Moa Blackhops IPA | Moa Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown colour with cream-coloured head, sparsely webbed out and dissipating. Clear and a bit pale, but not bad.

Sweet dark malts upfront but lotza hops. Caramel/honey characters on the front and then a curious blend of US and NZ hop character, lemon and pine with some tropical fruitiness. Pleasant.

Taste is far more roasty, and lacking the hops the nose promised. Chocolate characters with a touch of rye spice and plenty of toasty warming characters on the back. Not quite bitter but spicy and hearty. Actually a very nice black ale but definitely lacking hops.

Decent mouthfeel - body is there to pad out carbonation so it's not really noticeable.

More black than IPA but sometimes I prefer it that way. Hops are in use on the aroma but the palate gives precedence to the roasted malts.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at the 2013 GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a deep, dark brown colour, clear at the edges, but otherwise seemingly hazy. Head is a faint brown without much consistency to it. No visible lacing. Looks ok, but not much better.

Nose is also ok, but seemingly pretty generic for the style: faint, slightly sweet citric hop character above a slight toasted bread note. It's very light overall.

Mild grain entry to the palate leading to some weak mid-palate flavours of orange and flimsy grain. Some roasted characters on the back with a suggestion of ephemeral hops, but it's very watery and leaves almost nothing to linger.

Feel is light and crisp.

Overall, it's not bad, really. But it's only "drinkable", not "interesting", and is certainly one of the less flavoursome IBAs I've had.

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Moa Blackhops IPA from Moa Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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