Moa 5 Hop Ale | Moa Brewing Company

Moa 5 Hop AleMoa 5 Hop Ale
BA SCORE
49.3%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 67 ratings
Moa 5 Hop AleMoa 5 Hop Ale
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GilGarp on 08-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,436
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
67
Liked:
33
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
12.3%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear looking copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention and lacing were decent. The smell of the beer is malty with some very earthy hop aromas on the nose, it's almost spicy in a sense. The taste of the beer is earthy, plenty of malt with a subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is clean and drinkable, it has a good amount of carbonation and body to it. Overall this beer wasn't bad, wasn't anything too special either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive foamy head...takes up about half of the 24 ounce glass--only a third of the bottle used on the initial pour. Settles in a lumpy fashion, leaving some chunky lace. The color is deep amber with a bit of haze.

Fresh floral hop smell. There's a good, mildly sweet crystal malt aroma as well. Very pleasant and well-balanced.

The flavor is less impressive than the look and smell. There's a strong yeast bite on the initial taste. This dominates the rather dry malt flavors. The hop bitterness is raw and uncomplicated. The body is as one would expect.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, cloudy amber with a thick head into my glass. Very nice presentation thus far.

It's light-struck, which is unfortunate. Very grainy. Not much of the hops. Reminiscent of a straight bitter.

More malt than hops. Buttery malt too. Hops don't really matter as they don't leave much to the imagination in this state. Very grassy with some citrus.

Lingering bitterness and buttery malt make up the mouthfeel here.

Meh. Again, bottle choice should be obvious. When you have 5 different hops in a bottle, go with brown.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks sparky. Much appreciated. A wildly excessive head. Funky Aroma I assume is a mix of those wild NZ hops. Sweet and a bit fruity but 8n a iniquity way. Not quite skunked but it does have a green bottle (corked too).lighter colored with a yellow gold hue.
Certainly get a more traditional English ale taste with a balanced hop malt taste with more earthy and herbal character. Smooth and despite the huge head a flater feel.
Not so sure about the aroma and look but I liked the taste.

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Photo of ordybill
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12.7 OZ bottle into a int glass. Aroma- Hops then some malt and a little floral presence. Appearance- Pours a murky amber color with a small off-white head. Taste- Has an OK hops and yeast flavor Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a buttery texture to it. Overall- An average beer, I probably won’t drink this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CJNAPS
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 49.3% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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