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Moa Pale Ale - Moa Brewing Company

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Moa Pale AleMoa Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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 doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

doktorhops, Jul 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.7%ABV per bottle label.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed orange infused lighter golden with a large blooming white head that lasted for a longtime.The fresh citric hops blast out at ya along with floral notes,I haven't had a pale ale with such a fresh bursting hop profile like this.Citric and grassy hops start out on the palate,and again quite fresh tasting,there is a mildly sweet biscuit malt base but it's very small compared to the big hops.This is a great pale ale,the hop profile is large and in charge but it's very very drinkable,kick ass.

oberon, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

ryancl, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of DarrellK
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a large fine headwhich surprised me becasue of the limited pop when uncapping the bottle. Color is a pale gold and is cloudy as axpected from a bottle conditioned brew.

Nose had a large flowery note which is much more than expected from the style.

Full mouth with a sort of sparkley feel. Finish is quite hoppy for the style, more an IPA. The brew leaves a nice lingering finish and I would say this is a large brew which is a good thing.

DarrellK, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Arherring
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Arherring, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

JonnyBeers, Sunday at 05:47 AM
Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of earlholman
2/5  rDev -47.5%

earlholman, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange, somewhat sunny, hazy, with a an off white head. Quite fluffy, great retention. Smells nicely of citrus, herbal hops, slight sweet pale malts and biscuit. Citrus taste, nice bitterness, spicy hops and a nice biscuit malt balance. Crisp, clean, refreshing, light to medium body.

This is a great pale ale. I'm impressed and will be getting more. At $3 a 350mL bottle, quite worth it.

EgadBananas, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +5%

Hopmodium, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

enelson, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium orange amber with a fine two finger white head that was constantly refreshed with carbonation. Looks nice. Very aromatic, with herbal and piney hops, fresh light fruit and a hint of cat. Flavor is more subdued, but still quite complex, with pine hops, grapefruit, some tropical fruit and sweet malt. Finishes somewhat dry with a long lasting piney citrus hop and grapefruit aftertaste. Light to medium body remarkably with a hint of creaminess for a 5.5 ABV ale. I'm seriously impressed. I'd like to see a higher ABV amber version of this.

LiquidAmber, May 30, 2012
Photo of awicker
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

awicker, Jun 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

rkcrozier, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

LHRodriguez, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

tzieser, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Deivos, Nov 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

freduardo, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

timmynyc, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of TommyLiam
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

TommyLiam, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a hazy yellow-orange. Very bubbly. Superb head retention. The aroma is surprisingly toasty, with sharp hops making a fairly strong first impression. The taste is very unique, this is a beer with plenty of subtleties. First off, there's a ton of hop flavor here. Floral, citrus, and herbal notes are fairly abundant, with the herbal aspect being strongest on the finish. Grapefruit is also abundant. There's also some toasty malts in the background that give everything an interesting flair. With all that said, this really doesn't feel like an IPA. It's just a very bitter pale ale.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly light, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a very unique sort of pale ale. I'm glad I tried it, but the import prices are still kind of ridiculous (4.79 for a single at a very well-priced store). That said, Moa is doing interesting things over in New Zealand, and I'll keep picking up anything I haven't had from them.

shand, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

JohnnyRay, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Syraquse, Aug 11, 2014
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Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.