Janszoon Summer Ale | Townshend Brewery

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Brewed by:
Townshend Brewery
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by laituegonflable:
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3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold colour, clear body with sparse-bubbled white head. Bit pale for the style; OK.

Nutty, grainy nose. Has a slight adjuncty character as it's all just grain and cereal. Bit of pearl barley note. Very simple.

Again simple on the palate, bland and grainy. Wish I could like it more, but there's just nothing to it.

Not too thin on the body; just enough presence there to let you know it's beer, bit of carbonation.

I would really love to rate this higher as it's a very decent session ale. Pleasant enough and drinkable as Hell. I'm really glad it exists, but it's just not exciting. Would be a cracker of a cleansing ale.

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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at GABS in Melbourne.

Pours a clear yellow colour, quite bright, with a filmy head of white. Not much lace, not much body. It's decent enough, but not at all inspiring.

The nose is a pleasant surprise, however, with an unexpected grain-forward aroma giving hazelnuts, husk and a bit of leather. These meld with the subdued hop characters to give a suggestion of earth, which is odd to get from NZ Motueka and Cascade hops. Very interesting.

Taste enters very late, with very little character on the front. More grain characters come forward later however, with more husky notes, hazelnut and a clean, crisp and bright but earthy, savoury character on the finish. Some lingering grainy bitterness again confounds the palate into believing there's UK hops through this.

The feel is a little too light. It would be great from a handpump.

Overall, this really surprised me. It's certainly a very decent UK pale ale, and I was impressed that they were able to do this using 100% Kiwi ingredients. Really interesting work.

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Janszoon Summer Ale from Townshend Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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