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Moa 5 Hop Ale | Moa Brewing Company

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Moa 5 Hop AleMoa 5 Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GilGarp on 08-17-2010

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Photo of alkchrios
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glass.

The brew poured a dark amber color with about an inch and a half of an off white creamy head that held itself together for quite a while. Almost no lacing. This beer smelled very earthy, almost a peaty, mossy aroma. The first sip was rather spicy with hints of grapefruit and all those hops really came out which was nice. It finishes almost like a Belgian..very crisp, very clean. All in all, a well crafted beer which really surprised me because every other beer out of NZ I have found to be mediocre at absolute best. This is a very good winter session beer and I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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 GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
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