Moa Pale Ale | Moa Brewing Company

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Moa Pale AleMoa Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by timtim on 06-08-2011

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
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4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +17.2%
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 ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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 DarrellK
4.79/5  rDev +27.1%
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 Arherring
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of earlholman
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
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 EgadBananas
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Nice and refreshing. Not a lot of hops.

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Photo of awicker
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of rkcrozier
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of LHRodriguez
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tzieser
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Deivos
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jjd315
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of freduardo
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of timmynyc
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing Company
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