Voyager | Renaissance Brewing

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3.5 w/ 35 ratings

Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the boldly hoppy ales of old that were exported from Britain to the furthest corners of her vast and glorious empire, Voyager I.P.A. Is a rich and satisfying ale with an emphatic hop bite. Pale Ale malt from Cantebury is mashed with European specialty malts to forge a solid base on which to build its august hop edifice. We generously hop it, first with Kiwi hop varieties, and then finish it with Fuggles and New Zealand bred hops for a spicy floral finish. The result, an ale fit for an emperor!

Added by joecast on 02-09-2012

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that died down, but consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts and notes of biscuit and toasted malts are present in the nose along with some floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with notes of biscuit and pale malts—although more subdued compared to the aromas—and has notes of floral hops, which contribute a light amount of bitterness. The malts seem to become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels somewhat short of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good representation of an English IPA by a New Zealand brewery. The use of biscuity malts and floral hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, hay, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, tea, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of citrus zest and grassy hop characteristics.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry British Fuggles hops with light fruity notes form the Kiwi hops. Taste is also a mix between the dry hoppy notes of Fuggles and some fruity ester from their kiwi hops with light grainy non-descript malt base. Body is a bit light for style with OK carbonation. Too much Fuggles for my own taste.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Voyager doesn't seem to have held up too well during its voyage; the milky caramel beer is lifelessly flat with no bubbles or head at all, its highlights dimmed so low to the point of being virtually extinguished. Even the clarity seems exhausted, haziness has been allowed to set in.

It seems oddly appropriate for me, in Canada, to be drinking an IPA - a style originally designed for long-distance export - from New Zealand, the literal other side of the world. The beer couldn't have traveled a further distance. I'm thinking this may be the reason why its hops seemed to have faded so significantly, to the point of being undetectable.

The palate too, however, reveals little hoppiness of significance. Instead, there is a honeycomb toffee (but toastless) maltiness that is inconsequential enough to allow water minerals to dominate the aftertaste. The beer's unequivocally light mouthfeel is distinguished by this sulfur component, the likes of which is reminiscent of Burton ales.

Hop levels, like water composition, are evidently modeled after modern commercial British examples (which is to say underwhelming). This conservative and earthy profile affords only weak, vague grassiness and a flaccid bitterness like that of short-steeped tea. It allows the very bready, wafer- or biscuit-like malts to prevail even though they, too, are utterly feeble.

Beer, unlike wine, can more or less be made to taste the same regardless of where it's actually brewed. There are exceptions to this but, by and large, it is true - certainly in this instance. The label says "a British classic" and, for better or for worse, that's exactly what is delivered. For a beer named "Voyager IPA" this disappointingly offers no sensation of adventure whatsoever.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No apparent date on the bottle.

Beer is amber or toffee coloured. A monstrously large off-white head results from the pour.

Smell contains bready malt scents, light fruits (pear and peach stick out for me) and grassy notes. Pretty pungent and quite nice.

Fairly bitter taste, with a large bready malt profile (a bit toasty) and some of the same peach fruit flavours that were in the nose. As suggested on the bottle, the finish is a bit spicy. Grassy. Some nice flavours, but the bitterness is a bit unpleasant.

Medium to light bodied, super high carbonation. Very fizzy with a chewy body.

Overall, a very nice nose but the rest of the beer doesn't live up to it. Can't say how old the bottle is or whether it would be better fresher.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5.60

Appearance - Clear light copper or amber colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5-6minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, peach

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and caramel/toffee. There is also a grapefruit/peach fruitiness and some astringent dry hops. It ends with a light fruit and quite bitter astringent hop aftertaste.

Overall – A nice overall taste but it is a bit harsh at times. I like bitter hops, but there is something not quite right with this one. Still a good beer worth trying, but only once.. especially given the price.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle from the LCBO, part of a Summer Renaissance brewery release.

Poured into a nonic. Hazy caramel marmalade, about a half inch of foam, good retention on it, lots of lacing.

Nice hop aroma on this, definitely getting some NZ tropical hops with a bit of British (Fuggles, I guess), and caramel malt.

Interesting twist on the style, I'm just not sure if the NZ and British hops are melding well. Interesting blend of flavors, at any rate. Opens with the sweetness of the malt and citrus, and finishes with a dry tea. Bit of chocolate. Mild bodied, light carbonation.

It's not bad whatsoever, and I'm sure this would be improved fresh, but it's not blowing me away. It is definitely a big cut above many an English IPA, so it's probably a step in the right direction.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although I'm glad to have tried this beer, have to imagine it's significantly better fresh i.e. before being shipped half way across the world... Still a decently flavourful pint and I'm glad to have a change to support one of the new wave of NZ micros!

Pours a hazy copper colour - beautiful looking, except for the intense carbonation that makes the head overwhelm the glass before fading to a hole-ridden mess. Resin, anise and pepper in the aroma, with underlying tropical fruits tones that are unusual for a British-styled beer. Delightful and definitely in line with my own personal preference, but have rated it higher than I would have it were called an APA because of that surprising hop element. It's mild, but better than the "typical British" malt portfolio. There are enough malts to give the body depth and a caramelized sweetness that blends well with the candied mango, guava and other tropical tones. The bitterness in the finish is by no means overwhelming, but ends each sip on a pleasant note.

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Beer rating: 37.1% out of 100 with 35 ratings
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