Bird Dog - The Emerson Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst for their Kiwi SpecTapular.
Pours a deep copper-gold colour, with a very clear, almost filtered look. Head is fine and white, which dissipates to a ring of film around the edge. Lacing is patchy but decent. Light in the look, but it's suitable enough.
Nose is sweet and citrussy, giving a good Cascade aroma of crisp orange, although it's missing some of the bite I expected from the NZ cultivar. Indeed, the malts give a pleasant smooth vanilla note, or at least they give just enough sweetness to pretend. It's an interesting balance. Certainly more malt-heavy than I thought it might be.
Clean, bright cascade characters on the palate, with a bit of nutty grain. Some sharpness to brighten it, but not a lot of true bitterness. Very well balanced and exceptionally drinkable. The hops certainly appear more on the front than the back, leaving the back a little flat. But this just means you want to take your next sip.
A very drinkable and very enjoyable pale ale. Lovely.
06-07-2011 06:43:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a deep golden colour. Head is whispy and off-white. Decent lacing, quite nice.
Smells very enticing. Lots of floral hop notes - tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, sherbet and a touch of rosewater. Fresh, sweet, tangy. Very pleasant indeed.
Taste is full of refreshment from the get-go. Light pineapple notes with mild sweet grain. Touches of citric hop come through midway, but it's just a touch of zest, with a bitter finish that is clean, crisp and confoundingly good.
Feel is wet, smooth, with a bit of bite towards the back.
Fantastic pale ale showcasing the lovely flavours of NZ Cascade hops to their full potential. Emerson's have done it again; supremely enjoyable beer.
06-01-2011 01:13:35 | More by laituegonflable
Bird Dog from The Emerson Brewing Company
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