FlaxenFeather - ParrotDog
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3.64/5 rDev +9.3%
330ml brown bottle purchased in Auckland. Poured initially without the yeast sediment.
Pours a rather clear, but pleasantly bright golden hue, with a large-bubbled, filmy head that settles where it may. Body has a little heft to it, surprisingly, and it holds a very fine bead of carbonation. Minimal lacing. Looks decent without being spectacular.
Nose is clean and bright, initially with a slight skunkiness, although this disappears very quickly. Under it is a mild but present Kiwi hop character, giving it a touch of crispness, above a pronounced neutral malt basis—this is slightly bready, and a touch thicker than I would have expected. Again, it's okay without being great.
Taste is similar, although here there's a crispness along the middle and back of the palate which delineates the malt nicely, ensuring it doesn't get too aggressive. Indeed, the hops provide just the right balance, while maintaining a slight build-up on the tongue. It means it tastes better as it goes along.
The feel does have a little more weight than expected to it, but the crispness of the hops, and the right level of carbonation still provide a budding sharpness. It's pleasant.
Overall, by the end of my tasting I was digging it. It's fairly neutral and a little bit by-the-numbers, but it has a refreshing edge to it by the end that means that I'd reach for another one after finishing the first. Solid stuff.
12-13-2013 05:45:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.18/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle with a decent craft label. A good package for a small operation. Bought from Leura Cellars.
Appearance: pours a vibrant light straw yellow with fine carbonation across the profile. A decent half-finger white head drops to a solid ring with limited lacing.
Aroma: a refreshing aroma of tropical fruits - pineapples predominantly - with a slightly tart stone fruit behind. Some floral hops also.
Taste: quite different to the aroma due to the spiky carbonation - the emphasis is more on the stone fruits, with an over-riding tart floral funk that almost ruins the beer. Pretty awkward.
Aftertaste: the funk hangs about but changes to a more mellow, enjoyable state. A bit of sweetness from those tropical fruits do turn up.
Mouth feel: the feel is light- to-moderate which is fine, but the carbonation is a bit too high and too sharp.
Overall: my second beer from Parrotdog, and the second time I have said, this is an interesting beer, but overall pretty awkward and not well combined. It would be okay for a wild card every now and then, but certainly not for AU$120 a case. I have 2 more Parrotdogs to go before deciding to leave them behind - let's wait and see.
04-22-2014 12:14:10 | More by SmashPants
FlaxenFeather from ParrotDog
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