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Voyager - Renaissance Brewing

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: joecast on 02-09-2012)
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Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.9/5  rDev +14%

Hazy amber colour, ring of white head, with a bit of lace at the edges. Lots of malts and bitter hops, a bit of bready caramel set against earthy-floral and mild citrusy hops, a little bit of butter, mild grapefruit as well but lots of floral earthy hops here. Taste is malty initially followed by lots of tropical fruit mixed with breads, earthy with a medium bitterness, light sweet points toward the finish, touches of caramel as well. Light carbonation, medium light feel. While this isn't a world beater it is certainly one of the most balanced beers I have had in a while, a very drinkable English IPA that I would entertain again gladly.

peensteen, May 31, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

beerhunter13, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%

500mL bottle from the LCBO, part of a Summer Renaissance brewery release.

Poured into a nonic. Hazy caramel marmalade, about a half inch of foam, good retention on it, lots of lacing.

Nice hop aroma on this, definitely getting some NZ tropical hops with a bit of British (Fuggles, I guess), and caramel malt.

Interesting twist on the style, I'm just not sure if the NZ and British hops are melding well. Interesting blend of flavors, at any rate. Opens with the sweetness of the malt and citrus, and finishes with a dry tea. Bit of chocolate. Mild bodied, light carbonation.

It's not bad whatsoever, and I'm sure this would be improved fresh, but it's not blowing me away. It is definitely a big cut above many an English IPA, so it's probably a step in the right direction.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Sammy, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours dark amber with a huge head.
Nose shows earthy and herbal hops with sweet malt backing. Also some piny hops.
Pretty much the same flavours but with little malt to support the hops.
Too much carbonation.
I would have liked more caramel/toffee characters.

CrazyDavros, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry British Fuggles hops with light fruity notes form the Kiwi hops. Taste is also a mix between the dry hoppy notes of Fuggles and some fruity ester from their kiwi hops with light grainy non-descript malt base. Body is a bit light for style with OK carbonation. Too much Fuggles for my own taste.

Phyl21ca, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +17%

pin, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of joecast
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%

And so continues NZ brewers attempts to take over the world. Not that I mind. They brew some tasty stuff.

Gotta mark this one down a bit for looks. The bottle and label are class, but high carbonation gives it a massive head which just does not want to settle. Pouring (and drinking) takes ages.
Beneath all that is a cloudy, due to bottle conditioning, light amber beer with constant streams of bubbles making their escape.

Pungent hops fill the nose. New Zealand varieties dominate with their strong spicy floral character. Nice but just seems to overpower things a bit.
No, I can't believe I said it either.

Here again the hops seem to have free reign. Heavy influence of hop flavor and resiny mouthfeel mean there's not much subtlety. Bitterness is not over the top though and is well matched by hop flavor and malt sweetness.
Note: a but of warmth softens the edges a bit.

Ok, after a rough start it does show promise. The high carbonation definitely has a negative impact, but aside from that sits a pretty damn tasty beer.

joecast, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5.60

Appearance - Clear light copper or amber colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5-6minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, peach

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and caramel/toffee. There is also a grapefruit/peach fruitiness and some astringent dry hops. It ends with a light fruit and quite bitter astringent hop aftertaste.

Overall – A nice overall taste but it is a bit harsh at times. I like bitter hops, but there is something not quite right with this one. Still a good beer worth trying, but only once.. especially given the price.

spinrsx, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Mr_Rocca, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of gloryhole
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

gloryhole, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of bgibbard
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

bgibbard, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -12.3%

cfalovo97, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

No apparent date on the bottle.

Beer is amber or toffee coloured. A monstrously large off-white head results from the pour.

Smell contains bready malt scents, light fruits (pear and peach stick out for me) and grassy notes. Pretty pungent and quite nice.

Fairly bitter taste, with a large bready malt profile (a bit toasty) and some of the same peach fruit flavours that were in the nose. As suggested on the bottle, the finish is a bit spicy. Grassy. Some nice flavours, but the bitterness is a bit unpleasant.

Medium to light bodied, super high carbonation. Very fizzy with a chewy body.

Overall, a very nice nose but the rest of the beer doesn't live up to it. Can't say how old the bottle is or whether it would be better fresher.

jrenihan, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of sonorb7
1/5  rDev -70.8%

sonorb7, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.66/5  rDev +7%

Pours a nice light amber with a frothy head into my glass. This is classified as an English-style IPA.

Crisp, sweet and fruity with a touch of buttery malt. Spicy as well. Uses Fuggles, Kiwi and other NZ hops.

Taste is very refined with a great touch of mango, spice, grapefruit and buttery malt. More robust than a regular EIPA.

The bitterness is subdued as it should be and you get more actual flavor/aroma out of these hops as a result.

You know, I could see this style being reinvented with hops other than Fuggles. This is one great example.

Brad007, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%

Although I'm glad to have tried this beer, have to imagine it's significantly better fresh i.e. before being shipped half way across the world... Still a decently flavourful pint and I'm glad to have a change to support one of the new wave of NZ micros!

Pours a hazy copper colour - beautiful looking, except for the intense carbonation that makes the head overwhelm the glass before fading to a hole-ridden mess. Resin, anise and pepper in the aroma, with underlying tropical fruits tones that are unusual for a British-styled beer. Delightful and definitely in line with my own personal preference, but have rated it higher than I would have it were called an APA because of that surprising hop element. It's mild, but better than the "typical British" malt portfolio. There are enough malts to give the body depth and a caramelized sweetness that blends well with the candied mango, guava and other tropical tones. The bitterness in the finish is by no means overwhelming, but ends each sip on a pleasant note.

hopsolutely, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

Timadae, Jan 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

yancot, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

kwjd, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%

Voyager doesn't seem to have held up too well during its voyage; the milky caramel beer is lifelessly flat with no bubbles or head at all, its highlights dimmed so low to the point of being virtually extinguished. Even the clarity seems exhausted, haziness has been allowed to set in.

It seems oddly appropriate for me, in Canada, to be drinking an IPA - a style originally designed for long-distance export - from New Zealand, the literal other side of the world. The beer couldn't have traveled a further distance. I'm thinking this may be the reason why its hops seemed to have faded so significantly, to the point of being undetectable.

The palate too, however, reveals little hoppiness of significance. Instead, there is a honeycomb toffee (but toastless) maltiness that is inconsequential enough to allow water minerals to dominate the aftertaste. The beer's unequivocally light mouthfeel is distinguished by this sulfur component, the likes of which is reminiscent of Burton ales.

Hop levels, like water composition, are evidently modeled after modern commercial British examples (which is to say underwhelming). This conservative and earthy profile affords only weak, vague grassiness and a flaccid bitterness like that of short-steeped tea. It allows the very bready, wafer- or biscuit-like malts to prevail even though they, too, are utterly feeble.

Beer, unlike wine, can more or less be made to taste the same regardless of where it's actually brewed. There are exceptions to this but, by and large, it is true - certainly in this instance. The label says "a British classic" and, for better or for worse, that's exactly what is delivered. For a beer named "Voyager IPA" this disappointingly offers no sensation of adventure whatsoever.

biegaman, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%

Bottle from a grocery store in Auckland. From notes.

A - Poured copper-ish with good carbonation. One finger off white head left good lace and good retention.

S - Mango, tropical fruit, quite floral.

T - Peaches, stone fruit, earthy, floral, some tropical fruit.

M - Good carbonation, nice medium body and a nice bitterness. Good and smooth.

O/D - Really nice Kiwi IPA with lot's of delicious hops and great drinkability. A good one.

tbeckett, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

ArrogantPrick, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +17%

Molson2000, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -12.3%

With thanks to MrKennedy for bringing this back for me from Warners at the Bay.

Voyager pours a mango colour with reasonable head and lacing.

Smell is boatloads of mango, spicy hops, fruity lollies.

Taste is a similar melange of flavours. Not very bitter

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with medium carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer which certainly showcases NZ hops, ones which I happen to not like all that much.

danieelol, Feb 29, 2012
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Voyager from Renaissance Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.