Moa Pale Ale
Moa Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,194
Ranked #25,360
3.8 | pDev: 12.37%
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand
Very Good
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 94
Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Despite no agitation, started to foam out of the bottle, and has a rich golden color with a 2 inch head. Smell is malts, light hops. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some hints of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but lacking any oomph.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Very highly carbonated upon opening, but not infected. I let it dissipate before drinking. Pours moderate hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with outstanding retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a god bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice pale ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a medium amber. Lacey large white head. Grapefruit, pine and hops aroma.. Exact opposite taste. Hops, pine and mild grapefruit and citrus. Nice bitter finish. Try it if you can find it!

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Photo of Mikecap
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice pale orange with two fingers of whitish head, nice lacing as well.

S: Some citrus, but more earthy notes with some moss and pine.

T: Moderate hop bitterness with flavors of lemon, pine, and grapefruit.

M: Light bodied and smooth with mild bitterness and a crisp, clean finish.

O: A nice easy drinking American Pale Ale that I'd be happy to drink again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Arrived in a standard pint glass, a light bronze amber color with a smattering of whitish bubbles. Looks like a standard pale ale. Aroma very bright and fruity, with considerable grapefruit rind, lemon, lime, orange, and musky guava on the nose along with some smooth caramel malt. Fresh bright citrus coupled with rank tropical fruit and an iced tea-like sweetness. Tastes lightly toasted but fruity at the same time, with the elements on the nose melding together in interesting ways. I get a marriage of hay and citrus that evokes starfruit, gummy candy, a subdued floral element, and hints of garlic crouton. Moderately carbonated contrary to reports below, although mine was not bottled. Ridiculously smooth, near creamy mouthfeel and a minimally bitter finish redolent with citrus rind and fresh juice complete the package. The Kiwi flavor hops get most of the play here but I also dig the mellow sweet malts that somehow manage to be toasty as well and the sweet finish. The tropical island vibe this evokes might not be to everyone's taste, but then again, the pale ale/IPA galaxy would be dull if they all tasted the same.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a beer as unique as its packaging here. moa is all over the place, sometimes its short cork and cage rigs, sometimes taller long necks, sometimes stubby 12.7 ounce wide cap bottles (which this one is). the bottle is a gusher, oozing out bubbly white froth as soon as i pop the cap. it pours an almost green tinted shade of golden, rather clear, and boasting over an inch of sturdy and well retained white fluff. the nose on it is confusing, almost smells like belgian yeast, dry with some fruit notes. the bottle fermentation has definitely left its mark. the malt is hefty for the style, crackery and granular, coarse and hearty. hops dont appear to be any of the more tropical and interesting new zealand varietals, but they add a nice floral aspect and a certain punchy crispness that works with the yeast. the finish is real dry, except for some subtle metallic tang on the swallow. ive read that others found the carbonation level annoyingly high. but i enjoy the rushing bubbles and general liveliness of the feel here. probably medium bodied under it all, but its tough to tell. its a good beer, but this may be one that doesnt travel real well, and is probably killer at the brewery. i continue to enjoy moas take on traditional styles.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml silver foiled, caged and corked bottle, 5.0% ABV, again with the seal, this time a gunmetal gray, proclaiming this to be 'Super Premium Pale Ale'. They forgot a 'duper' in there somewhere.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden amber hue, with a ton of frothy, foamy, and vessel over-flowing off-white head, which leaves some tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it glacially sinks away.

It smells of grapefruit, orange, tropical gooseberries and kiwi, gritty, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel, some limestone flintiness, and more earthy, leafy, and somewhat skunky hops. The taste is more acrid orange, lime, and muddled tropical fruit, crackery pale malt, a rather faded caramel/toffee essence, more wet stone notes, and leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation, well, I must preface this by saying, that I have very, very, rarely been able to describe the bubbles in a beer as 'off-putting', but here we are - they provide an astringent, tight, palate-straining experience, like someone left the CO2 tank on for way too long on the soda fountain. That being so, the body is hard to pick out among the furor, but I do get that it's on the light side, and nowhere fucking near smooth. It finishes on the dry side, the fruit still there, but flat (ha - in this beer, right!), sugar not really a commodity here anymore.

Yeah, that's bottle conditioning for ya - one day its all sublime, rounded goodness (like with this brewery's German Pils), the next it's one big mess of stubborn cork popping misadventures, explosive pours, and finally gullet-stabbing consumption. A bit of a shame too, as there appears to be a nicely hopped pale ale under it all, representing Kiwi and Yankee styles alike.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a nice and frothy two finger head. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing from the reduced head and when the beer was drank too.

Smell: Tropical fruit, grassy, herbal, and light caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Mango, passion fruit, tangerine, a little caramel, bready notes, and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and light bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid APA. It tasted better with every sip and is a very sessionable beer too.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with some chill haze and a nice full head. Some lace.

Pepe LePew was in the house. Big skunk, but you get the rest of the toasted malt and some hop notes. There is a mineral element here as well.

Nice brew. Toasted malt and full bitterness, with a touch of fruit. But this one leans more toward bread crust and husk bitterness than a fruity brew. Finish is bitter and mildly malty.

Medium body, good appropriate carbonation.

I liked this beer. Nice solid effort toward the style. Some flaws, and the big one is that you get skunk on every sip. Get rid of the goddamn green glass folks.

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Photo of brentk56
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color; an impressive head tops the liquid and leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: A bit skunky (thanks for packaging in green bottles)

Taste: Bready malt with a grassy hop profile; the skunked flavors take over, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; rather overcarbonated, I would say

Overall: Now I know why I usually see the pale ale in boxes - this one was purchased as a single on the shelf and clearly was lightstruck; still, in this day and age any brewery attempting to compete in the US market should not be using green bottles to package hoppy beers; too bad, as I was looking forward to seeing how the Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops interplayed

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a milky straw color. Decent head. Generous lacing.

S-I must preface this by saying that NZ hops are my favorite. I was hoping for a New Zealand hop slap. It turned out to be surprisingly dull. Some zesty hoppiness and cracker malt.

T-Same here. I like the flavor presented but its just a bit too tame. Grassy, zesty, hops are turned down way too low. Decent balance with the malt though.

M-Drinks easy. Too bad you'd need to be Trump to drink this regularly with such a price tag.

O/D-Disappointed. I wanted much more from those New Zealand hops. It wasn't bad but Jesus, a four pack of Pale Ale should not run you around $20.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz (huh?) bottle pored into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with over an inch of off-white head that had very good retention, very light lacing, and lots of yeast floaties. Is this beer bottle conditioned?

The aroma was pretty much neutral, a hint of very light citrus hops, and some very gentle grainy malt. The taste was pretty similar, very light grain, mostly soft and easy hops, with a slight citrus tang at the back.

The body was good, medium, even, and smooth. The beer drank pretty smooth and easy. Overall, and OK beer, probably not worth seeking out, but probably worth a shot if you happen to see it.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*eyes Moa Pale Ale* Well time to cross the next Moa off my list, and I must say so far their beer is pretty damn good, so good that I was thinking about trying the Pale Ale most of today. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson "Now time to take the step from dreams to reality".

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy amber body with large champagne bubbles throughout and thin white foam on top.

S: The nose is big and fruity, it's doubtless Nelson Sauvin hops were used; there's no mistaking that overpowering gooseberry and grapefruit aroma anywhere. Aside from this a rich caramel malt/sugar permeates, and at best guess this is going to be another well balanced brew from Moa.

T: Not what was expected from the above aromas; the hops are sharp and upfront bitter lemon, a bit of cannabis/earthy flavours in the middle, along with milder than expected caramel malts, and a finish that is borderline IPA bitter... well by Aussie/Kiwi standards anyway.

M: Medium bodied, slightly resinous and with gassy champagne carbonation.

D: Good, but it has a lot less dimension than it's brother the Methode. Far too gassy as well, but maybe that's just my low tolerance for gassy beers. Overall it deserves mention as an interesting brew in that the aroma and flavour are quite different however my money is on the Methode which is definitely a brew I will revisit.

Food match: The primary flavour for this is bitter citrus and that earthy flavour that would suit char-grilled meats, wood fired pizza or grilled large Swiss mushrooms for vegetarians.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint.

A: Hazy orange-amber, with an eggshell white, fine 1.5 finger head that doesn’t last long. Leaves patchy lacing.

S: Floral and bright citrus hop aroma, with fresh baked bread.

T: High- alpha citrus hops right up front, with grapefruit flavor and bitterness dominating. Bready malt flavors hide beneath the hops flavors. Hop/grapefruit bitterness lasts in the finish.

M: Medium body with an oily feel. Moderate carbonation.

O: Fruity, high-alpha hops and a fresh taste make this a true New Zealand pale ale. Comparable to a high-quality APA, NZ pale ales just always taste a little bit different and unique. Definitely worth trying if you’ve never had a pale ale from down under.

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange and melon hop aroma rising from a honey amber body and through a very thick, creamy white head; highly effervescent carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass giving the body a semi-cloudy appearance; faint trace of light malt scents. Bitter flavor overall with a fair malt sweetness in the background. Soft, slightly effervescent feel; clean and dry finish.

A good beer if somewhat disjointed due to a lack of balance between the malts and hops. I still would enjoy this one again...

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure this is such an "American Pale Ale" as it is a great example of a New Zealand Pale Ale. Poured into a a tulip snifter.

Massive, craggy off-white head on top of a very attractive red-tinged orange body with plenty of carbonation showing through. The head doesn't go anywhere...clearly we have a serious lupulin addition here. For a pale ale, there is no better appearance.

The aroma is on the subtler side, but sublime nonetheless. Fresh flowers, honeysuckle, tea, and some vanilla. Great aroma that I swear I could smell all night.

Taste is gentle and also on the subtler side, which I was kinda hoping would be more aggressive. Not bad at all, don't get me wrong. Floral hops, bitter on the backend, and not much flavor coming from the malt. Maybe that is what this is missing. The hops aren't "overpowering" but the malts seem to be lacking here.

Big carbonation level here, lightly astringent on the backend. Medium bodied beer, works for this "delicate" pale ale.

This is a great pale ale. Not the usual citrus hop bomb that I love, but something a bit more unique and certainly worth a try! Would highly recommend and if this is something that is foreshadowing beers coming out of NZ, I will be paying close attention to new releases!

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.7%ABV per bottle label.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed orange infused lighter golden with a large blooming white head that lasted for a longtime.The fresh citric hops blast out at ya along with floral notes,I haven't had a pale ale with such a fresh bursting hop profile like this.Citric and grassy hops start out on the palate,and again quite fresh tasting,there is a mildly sweet biscuit malt base but it's very small compared to the big hops.This is a great pale ale,the hop profile is large and in charge but it's very very drinkable,kick ass.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange, somewhat sunny, hazy, with a an off white head. Quite fluffy, great retention. Smells nicely of citrus, herbal hops, slight sweet pale malts and biscuit. Citrus taste, nice bitterness, spicy hops and a nice biscuit malt balance. Crisp, clean, refreshing, light to medium body.

This is a great pale ale. I'm impressed and will be getting more. At $3 a 350mL bottle, quite worth it.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy orange hue with a massive effervescence and three fingers of frothy ivory foam. There is some material floating around which could be lees or hop material. Pretty attractive!

Smell: lightly malty aroma with tons of subtle and interesting hop character. A sweet, nondescript fruitiness; a light piney aroma; some dank and musty grassy character. An interesting combination of vernal and autumnal. I like it.

Taste: malt is a little on the dry side with a hint of toastiness. Hop flavor is fresh and green and grassy, and not nearly as dank as the aroma. Flavor builds to a moderate bitterness toward the end. A great hoppy beer that doesn't drift into IPA territory; they've really nailed the APA style here. Fabulous.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and very good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: an interesting and somewhat unconventional pale ale, yet still tasty and drinkable. In warmer weather, I could quaff this all day long.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.3 fl-oz corked and caged bottle that looks like it should contain champagne. Got this one heavily discounted at one of my local liquor stores so don't know what to expect.

Opened over the sink just in case. Good thing, there was an overflow following the nice pop of the cork.

Poured hazy orange with a persistent rocky foam head that left copious rings of lace. Beautiful looking pale ale.

Interesting smell. Pilsner? Fairly mild. Nothing off putting, but nothing really hinting at a pale ale.

Taste is excellent. Zippy strong carbonation with a soft supple body support a pleasing array of hop flavors..pine, orange and lemon pith, pineapples, green apples. Finish is firmly bitter, fades quickly, and very clean.

Drinkability is sky high. What a nice discovery out of New Zealand. I'll be headed back to the store to see if any further bottles remain, on sale or not.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is something new. Bottle poured into Bruery tulip. Good carbonation yields a thick, fluffy head. Appearance is a golden yellow.

Smell is interesting. The hops are there, but there's also a strong smell of pilsner malt. Smells almost like a hoppy lager. Notes of fruit and hops. Taste is pretty good! Very pleasant. Taste is similar to the nose. Fruity hops are paired nicely with bready malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, and it goes down smooth. Overall this is a great summer beer, and I would get it again.

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Photo of DarrellK
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a large fine headwhich surprised me becasue of the limited pop when uncapping the bottle. Color is a pale gold and is cloudy as axpected from a bottle conditioned brew.

Nose had a large flowery note which is much more than expected from the style.

Full mouth with a sort of sparkley feel. Finish is quite hoppy for the style, more an IPA. The brew leaves a nice lingering finish and I would say this is a large brew which is a good thing.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium orange amber with a fine two finger white head that was constantly refreshed with carbonation. Looks nice. Very aromatic, with herbal and piney hops, fresh light fruit and a hint of cat. Flavor is more subdued, but still quite complex, with pine hops, grapefruit, some tropical fruit and sweet malt. Finishes somewhat dry with a long lasting piney citrus hop and grapefruit aftertaste. Light to medium body remarkably with a hint of creaminess for a 5.5 ABV ale. I'm seriously impressed. I'd like to see a higher ABV amber version of this.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber - three finger head without trying. Head is dense and white and stays. Little lacing but the head really looks the biz

Traditional APA aromas, hop driven, hint of pine and grapefruit.

Taste is big pine/grapefruit intially, but the full flavour dies quickly to leave a dry hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel very light, well carbonated.

Well made APA. But then a lot of people make good APAs, hence marking down the overall score.

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Photo of shand
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a hazy yellow-orange. Very bubbly. Superb head retention. The aroma is surprisingly toasty, with sharp hops making a fairly strong first impression. The taste is very unique, this is a beer with plenty of subtleties. First off, there's a ton of hop flavor here. Floral, citrus, and herbal notes are fairly abundant, with the herbal aspect being strongest on the finish. Grapefruit is also abundant. There's also some toasty malts in the background that give everything an interesting flair. With all that said, this really doesn't feel like an IPA. It's just a very bitter pale ale.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly light, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a very unique sort of pale ale. I'm glad I tried it, but the import prices are still kind of ridiculous (4.79 for a single at a very well-priced store). That said, Moa is doing interesting things over in New Zealand, and I'll keep picking up anything I haven't had from them.

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Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 94 ratings