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: 94 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by doktorhops:
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3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ChuckTom
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing Company
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