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Moa Pale Ale - Moa Brewing Company

Moa Pale AleMoa Pale Ale

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: timtim on 06-08-2011)
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Reviews by OtherShoe2:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with some chill haze and a nice full head. Some lace.

Pepe LePew was in the house. Big skunk, but you get the rest of the toasted malt and some hop notes. There is a mineral element here as well.

Nice brew. Toasted malt and full bitterness, with a touch of fruit. But this one leans more toward bread crust and husk bitterness than a fruity brew. Finish is bitter and mildly malty.

Medium body, good appropriate carbonation.

I liked this beer. Nice solid effort toward the style. Some flaws, and the big one is that you get skunk on every sip. Get rid of the goddamn green glass folks.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 04:53:34 | More by OtherShoe2
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice pale orange with two fingers of whitish head, nice lacing as well.

S: Some citrus, but more earthy notes with some moss and pine.

T: Moderate hop bitterness with flavors of lemon, pine, and grapefruit.

M: Light bodied and smooth with mild bitterness and a crisp, clean finish.

O: A nice easy drinking American Pale Ale that I'd be happy to drink again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Arrived in a standard pint glass, a light bronze amber color with a smattering of whitish bubbles. Looks like a standard pale ale. Aroma very bright and fruity, with considerable grapefruit rind, lemon, lime, orange, and musky guava on the nose along with some smooth caramel malt. Fresh bright citrus coupled with rank tropical fruit and an iced tea-like sweetness. Tastes lightly toasted but fruity at the same time, with the elements on the nose melding together in interesting ways. I get a marriage of hay and citrus that evokes starfruit, gummy candy, a subdued floral element, and hints of garlic crouton. Moderately carbonated contrary to reports below, although mine was not bottled. Ridiculously smooth, near creamy mouthfeel and a minimally bitter finish redolent with citrus rind and fresh juice complete the package. The Kiwi flavor hops get most of the play here but I also dig the mellow sweet malts that somehow manage to be toasty as well and the sweet finish. The tropical island vibe this evokes might not be to everyone's taste, but then again, the pale ale/IPA galaxy would be dull if they all tasted the same.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 21:06:39 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a beer as unique as its packaging here. moa is all over the place, sometimes its short cork and cage rigs, sometimes taller long necks, sometimes stubby 12.7 ounce wide cap bottles (which this one is). the bottle is a gusher, oozing out bubbly white froth as soon as i pop the cap. it pours an almost green tinted shade of golden, rather clear, and boasting over an inch of sturdy and well retained white fluff. the nose on it is confusing, almost smells like belgian yeast, dry with some fruit notes. the bottle fermentation has definitely left its mark. the malt is hefty for the style, crackery and granular, coarse and hearty. hops dont appear to be any of the more tropical and interesting new zealand varietals, but they add a nice floral aspect and a certain punchy crispness that works with the yeast. the finish is real dry, except for some subtle metallic tang on the swallow. ive read that others found the carbonation level annoyingly high. but i enjoy the rushing bubbles and general liveliness of the feel here. probably medium bodied under it all, but its tough to tell. its a good beer, but this may be one that doesnt travel real well, and is probably killer at the brewery. i continue to enjoy moas take on traditional styles.

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01-11-2014 05:24:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml silver foiled, caged and corked bottle, 5.0% ABV, again with the seal, this time a gunmetal gray, proclaiming this to be 'Super Premium Pale Ale'. They forgot a 'duper' in there somewhere.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden amber hue, with a ton of frothy, foamy, and vessel over-flowing off-white head, which leaves some tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it glacially sinks away.

It smells of grapefruit, orange, tropical gooseberries and kiwi, gritty, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel, some limestone flintiness, and more earthy, leafy, and somewhat skunky hops. The taste is more acrid orange, lime, and muddled tropical fruit, crackery pale malt, a rather faded caramel/toffee essence, more wet stone notes, and leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation, well, I must preface this by saying, that I have very, very, rarely been able to describe the bubbles in a beer as 'off-putting', but here we are - they provide an astringent, tight, palate-straining experience, like someone left the CO2 tank on for way too long on the soda fountain. That being so, the body is hard to pick out among the furor, but I do get that it's on the light side, and nowhere fucking near smooth. It finishes on the dry side, the fruit still there, but flat (ha - in this beer, right!), sugar not really a commodity here anymore.

Yeah, that's bottle conditioning for ya - one day its all sublime, rounded goodness (like with this brewery's German Pils), the next it's one big mess of stubborn cork popping misadventures, explosive pours, and finally gullet-stabbing consumption. A bit of a shame too, as there appears to be a nicely hopped pale ale under it all, representing Kiwi and Yankee styles alike.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a nice and frothy two finger head. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing from the reduced head and when the beer was drank too.

Smell: Tropical fruit, grassy, herbal, and light caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Mango, passion fruit, tangerine, a little caramel, bready notes, and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and light bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid APA. It tasted better with every sip and is a very sessionable beer too.

Serving type: bottle

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2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color; an impressive head tops the liquid and leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: A bit skunky (thanks for packaging in green bottles)

Taste: Bready malt with a grassy hop profile; the skunked flavors take over, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; rather overcarbonated, I would say

Overall: Now I know why I usually see the pale ale in boxes - this one was purchased as a single on the shelf and clearly was lightstruck; still, in this day and age any brewery attempting to compete in the US market should not be using green bottles to package hoppy beers; too bad, as I was looking forward to seeing how the Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops interplayed

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a milky straw color. Decent head. Generous lacing.

S-I must preface this by saying that NZ hops are my favorite. I was hoping for a New Zealand hop slap. It turned out to be surprisingly dull. Some zesty hoppiness and cracker malt.

T-Same here. I like the flavor presented but its just a bit too tame. Grassy, zesty, hops are turned down way too low. Decent balance with the malt though.

M-Drinks easy. Too bad you'd need to be Trump to drink this regularly with such a price tag.

O/D-Disappointed. I wanted much more from those New Zealand hops. It wasn't bad but Jesus, a four pack of Pale Ale should not run you around $20.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 23:58:28 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz (huh?) bottle pored into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with over an inch of off-white head that had very good retention, very light lacing, and lots of yeast floaties. Is this beer bottle conditioned?

The aroma was pretty much neutral, a hint of very light citrus hops, and some very gentle grainy malt. The taste was pretty similar, very light grain, mostly soft and easy hops, with a slight citrus tang at the back.

The body was good, medium, even, and smooth. The beer drank pretty smooth and easy. Overall, and OK beer, probably not worth seeking out, but probably worth a shot if you happen to see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 19:49:08 | More by beertunes
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*eyes Moa Pale Ale* Well time to cross the next Moa off my list, and I must say so far their beer is pretty damn good, so good that I was thinking about trying the Pale Ale most of today. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson "Now time to take the step from dreams to reality".

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy amber body with large champagne bubbles throughout and thin white foam on top.

S: The nose is big and fruity, it's doubtless Nelson Sauvin hops were used; there's no mistaking that overpowering gooseberry and grapefruit aroma anywhere. Aside from this a rich caramel malt/sugar permeates, and at best guess this is going to be another well balanced brew from Moa.

T: Not what was expected from the above aromas; the hops are sharp and upfront bitter lemon, a bit of cannabis/earthy flavours in the middle, along with milder than expected caramel malts, and a finish that is borderline IPA bitter... well by Aussie/Kiwi standards anyway.

M: Medium bodied, slightly resinous and with gassy champagne carbonation.

D: Good, but it has a lot less dimension than it's brother the Methode. Far too gassy as well, but maybe that's just my low tolerance for gassy beers. Overall it deserves mention as an interesting brew in that the aroma and flavour are quite different however my money is on the Methode which is definitely a brew I will revisit.

Food match: The primary flavour for this is bitter citrus and that earthy flavour that would suit char-grilled meats, wood fired pizza or grilled large Swiss mushrooms for vegetarians.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 08:56:32 | More by doktorhops
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing Company
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