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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
1
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6
For Trade:
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of capeannbass36
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated, attractive, exceptionally heavy green glass bottle. Surprisingly no skunky smell upon opening(sorry, but I am programmed to assume green bottle=skunky beer). Poured a cloudy dark amber, topped with an off white creamy looking head. Light to no lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy. Touch of malt and caramel near the end. Taste more or less follows the nose. Feels medium heavy regarding carbonation and mouthfeel. Feels heavier than it looks. Overall, pleasantly surprised. Will try again.

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Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 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 MichaelBurns
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours an opaque copper color with a thin off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Oily consistency in the glass.

S: Fresh dark fruit notes, almost smells sour, with plenty of malt as well as a slight bit of booziness.

T: Extremely malty up front followed by a twinge of the dark fruit notes from the nose and a touch of bitterness on the finish. I was underwhelmed by the hop flavor on this one.

M: Plenty of carbonation and very dry. Not the most pleasant.

D: Smells delicious, but that doesn’t come through in the flavor. Perhaps my bottle was out of date, but especially considering how rare this beer is, I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

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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 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 KickbacksSteve
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12.7 ounce bottle into an efes chalice. Short, off-white head, oily clear lacing. Body is dark golden and murky. Aroma seems to be dominated by sweet malt and minimal hops, surprising. Maybe the smell I'm getting is the aroma of faded hops, possibly the bottle is old (no date) but my friend just picked it up in Louisiana somewhere. Bunch of sediment also lends to this theory. Taste is mildly bitter but I feel like I'm drinking a slightly sweeter version of a Grolsch.

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Photo of twelvepack
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep hazy orange teetering on brown. Head about an inch thick that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal amount of lacing.
S-Sweet malt and floral notes from the hops followed by a slight maltiness.
T-Starts with a some sweet maltiness followed by bitter hops. Finish leaves dryness in the mouth.
M- Body is medium-light, light carbonation.
D- Overall not the best but not the worst. Not sure I would pick this one up again.

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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 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 alkchrios
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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 +10.6%
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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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 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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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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