Moa 5 Hop Ale | Moa Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
moabeer.co.nz

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GilGarp on 08-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
1
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6
For Trade:
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of AFDerek
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of EkimGram
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From my beer journal dated 4/17/12

Appearance: 12.7oz heavy green glass bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a hazy brown with a lightly caramel-tinged head that is enormous. The pillowy head fades slowly leaving a bubbly rim.

Smell: Clean, clear, and crisp malts with some bitter, citrus hops. Very nicely balanced.

Taste: Sweet, bready malts at first followed by a nice bitter bite of citric hops. Finishes with a touch of a roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy - which is both surprising and quite enjoyable - and mildly carbonated.

Overall: Amazingly balanced, great flavours, and great aromas. I love the creamy mouthfeel, it is certainly a unique twist to this style and it's fantastic. A world-class beer!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: Hops dominate the aroma filling the air with tropical fruit, fruit rind, citrus, spice, floral and a hint of banana and bubble gum.

L: t pours brilliant copper producing a persistent 2" cream colored foam cap that produces a lattice work of lace on the glass.

T: It has a very creamy palate packed with tropical fruit flavors - mango, papaya, and orange. There is a light sweetness that gives way to a balancing bitterness on the finish. The beer focuses more on the rich hop flavors than on the bitterness. The bitterness is soft and not harsh.

F: The body is medium and the carbonation is average.

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Photo of grumpygerman
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of coriswrasse
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Bottle shared into two snifters. HUGE head. no date.
Sweet hop smell, very English in nature.
Has a nice sweet mouth feel that then dries out leaving a resinous pine feel.
Very well balanced. Good sweetness with hop tones that grow on you and come out amazingly. Very nice and refreshing and each sip the flavor comes out more and more. Would buy again. Probably tomorrow when I drive to SC to my spot down there.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MOA 5 Hop Ale

Appearance: dark amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: floral hops, dark fruits, and spices.

Taste: hops, slight dark fruit, and spices.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This has some very nice flavors. I can't identify this one darker spice. I like this one. It's well balanced.

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Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy deep amber with active carbonation. A Dense cream head slowly falls to an 1/8" pillow of foam that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Lots of hop aromas all around. Pine, black tea, cut grass and lemon are joined by a bit of leather and pepper.

T: This beer has lots of hop flavor without a crazy level of bitterness. Starts out with an almost leathery flavor. Bitterness comes on quick with a strong dose of black tea, earth, and lemon. A small amount of pine comes in late and rides through the long finish.

M: The medium body is slightly chewy and has just a bit too much fizz.

D: This is a nice English IPA from a brewery that's new to me. I'm very glad I picked it up.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of straightlambic
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Solid lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malt and some mild hops.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: Some sweet malt up front, with hops and a bit of caramel in the finish. A pretty good, though not totally dynamic flavor. Still worthwhile, though.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, generally well-crafted and drinkable version of an English IPA.

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Photo of life_of_agony
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burnt orange colour beneath a thin creamy eggshell coloured head and spots of lace.

S - A mix of sweet fruit and floral hops. Passionfruit and mango are prominent. A hint of marijuana also.

T - Fresh and fruity with passionfruit and orange flavours. Honey and burnt caramel balance with the hop profile.

M - Quite highly carbonated, medium bodied.

O - Another really solid IPA out of NZ.

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Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DrewShal9
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark burnt orange-almost brown with a 2 finger white head
S: floral with a hint of sweet malt. Can't really grasp what else I'm smelling at the time being.
T: bready malt with a tinge of caramel and a spicy hop finish.
M: very light and drying with a lot of carbonation. Even after taking a sip, the bubbles still feel like they're ticking the tongue
O: not bad but not great. An interesting choice as I was intrigued first at the brew being from New Zealand and secondly from having 5 hops. Worth a shot.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening the bottle was enough to start it foaming over the neck, so be careful when opening!

A: Well there is more than enough carbonation. The beer is a darker shade of amber and hazy. A thin but good head will remain on the beer after it largely subsides. There is good lacing.

S: There is a wealth of scent in this beer. I pick up earthy resinous, dull pine-like hop character. There is a bold malty smell to this. I get hints of caramel, and some Belgian flavors (odd but..it's there).

T: This has an interesting flavor. At first, I get more of a roasted flavor, with it finishing on light hop bitterness. I get a very light grapefruit taste. Burping sets off a lot of good hop characters. Overall flavor trends more to the malt than the hops.

M: The moutfeel is pretty good. It is fairly smooth and sits on a solid medium body. There is light bitterness with nothing unpleasant.

O: Overall it's a pretty good beer. If I'm ever in New Zealand or Australia, I'll have to look for it. As for an import, it held up very nicely and was packaged in light-proof containers. It is a nice all-around IPA.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moa is new to Colorado and I was intrigued by the packaging, the origin, and the fact that it was brewed using 5 Nelson hops.

Moa comes in 12.7 oz. green glass bottles embossed with Moa Brewing Company Ltd. around the neck.

The bottle is stamped BB17412 so I take that to be best before April 17, 2012.

Served cool into a globe glass, 5 Hop Ale has a dark redish amber color with a definate hop haze. The head is tall and long-lasting. It leaves a nice sheet of lace as it settles.

Aroma is anything but what you'd expect given the name. It's sweet and tart, almost spicy, with very little of what I as an American associate with hops.

The same could be said for the flavor although here the bitterness comes through more strongly. It's initially sweet with what seems like a cherry influence. It then gets pretty bitter with grapefruit and citrus rind. There is also a decidedly funky aspect to this beer that almost makes me think it's more of a Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied, and well balanced. It starts sweet, becomes bitter towards the middle, and finishes crisp and dry.

Overall an interesting beer and one worth trying. At $4 I won't be getting it regularly but I may revisit.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL Poured into a Chalice

Beer guy at Argonaut recommended this little guy, it did not disappoint.

L: A cloudy apricot/tangerine, with hazy effervescent 1-finger head. Bubbles are eager to jump from the beer. Looks thick.

S: Sweetness on-top of sweetness, cut and enhanced by a balanced hoppiness. Smells fresh and crisp.

T: Burnt caramel into a subtle hop profile which cuts the depth short. Finish fades into a balanced lingering freshness.

F: Just about right, thick for a light beer, but bubbly as hell.

D: Pretty damn good.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, dark, hazy copper in color, with a little bit of yellow around the edges. Light, off-white head of close to two fingers. Laces nicely.

Smell is pleasant, with a slight spicy hop note, hints of bitterness and bready, sweet malts.

The taste is definitely a little zesty. Spicy hops start things off, moving slightly bitter/citrusy, but finishing with a tangy, buttery, bready malt character.

Feel is slick and smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation is good.

Pretty good, drinkable EIPA. Still warming up to the English IPA's, but this has helped.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a pep of tangy citrus and a firm armature of biscuit malt, the hoppy taste that make British ale popular gets an indigenous face-lift from the award winning brewers from MOA.

Five Hop is a darker rusty-amber hue that segways seamlessly to its toasted sweetness and piney aroma. Its soft biscuit malt starchiness gives the initial taste a creamy dryness to elevate a citrusy grapefruit, lemon and orange tone.

Across the middle, the ale simply blooms as its confident carbonation gives life to its brilliant white grapefruit, juniper, orange, lemon and grape character from those distinctive New Zealand hops. As the malts recede into a dry and toasty palate, its steely caramel taste is effortless on the palate but keeps the hops firmly supported.

Toasty-dry in finish, the hops continue to pull forth with elements of grass, white wine, peppery oak and its own wood-derived caramel and faint vanillans. With a tea-like presence in aftertaste, the taste concludes with hints of verbena and grain tannin.

MOA's Five Hop ale is a welcome addition to the American dinner table as it perfectly complements an array of domestic dishes from pizzas to burgers and everywhere between. One thing's for sure, moa beer is better than less beer!

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Copper-orange color, 2f off-white head. Sudsy and lasting head leaves nice lacing down the glass. Hazy appearance with active small-bubble carbonation.

S- Dry bread , mild EIPA hops, caramel malts.

T- Bready malts, fruity hops. Has the flavor of the style but carries a slight mineral/metallic flavor.

M- Smooth, tangy. Dry lingering malt finish. I'm looking for slightly more hop kick.

O- Nice malt profile drives the brew, the hops may be a bit too subtle. The bottle was well within its freshness date, maybe the green bottle color had an effect. Quite good, still.

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Photo of Beckieboo7
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
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