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Hud-a-wa' StrongHud-a-wa' Strong

Brewed by:
Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ADZA on 06-09-2011

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by dansmcd:
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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown with a large lasting head.
Nose shows rich sweet malt with caramel and toffee characters, alongside some resinous hops.
Flavours are a little dissapointing after that, not as much malt as the aroma suggests. There's still a fair bit of caramel but the hops steal the show with big resinous, piney grapefruit notes and an aggressive bitter finish.
Too much carbonation, detracts from the malty goodness.

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Photo of spicelab
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle thanks to [email protected]

Ruby brown, slightly murky, half a finger just off-white head. Leaves a very lasting ring and a slow bead.

Upfront Sauvin presence, backed up by grapes, sour cherries, raisins, and a touch of candy floss and toffee. Truckloads of pungent biscuity malt character. Quite a pronounced interplay between hops and malt.

Sauvin hops prominent again, but quickly overcome by a biting earthy bitterness. Caramel and light toffee malt background doesn't quite keep it in check. Some nice nutmeg and woody notes floating around.

Pretty full, with moderate and lasting back palate bitterness, exemplified by a rather sizzly carbonation.

Solid brew with plenty of intrigue that would show its wares much better if the domineering bitterness was reined in.

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Photo of joecast
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not Abigail fan of amber ales generally, but with the resurgence in popularity and my own interest in brown ales I thought there might be the same shift in focus in ambers. That shift being in a bigger hop presence and less malt heavy beer. Let's give it a rip.

Decent appearance. Actually amber in color where many in the past have crept up towards copper or even bordering on brown. Lightly tanned frothy head with good stability.

Good balance of caramel and floral hop aromas. Certainly fresh and interesting while also giving the impression of a substantial beer backing it up.

Great balance in this. It's got an old fashioned malt base to it that I don't get in a lot of beers now. Big refreshing light malt sweetness (if that makes sense) with a lasting peppery bitterness.

Quite nice and a very enjoyable example of an amber ale. Strong without being overwhelming or intimidating.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat afraid this bottle might be a bit old. It was purchased a month ago, but hopefully it was fresh enough then. Best before date says March 2012, at least.

Pours a hazy, but relatively clear bronzey copper colour, with a very fine but flat head of off-white. Some patchy riddled lacing and some decent heft to the body. Looks pretty good.

Nose is incredibly rich and malty (and immediately makes me think I've waited too long to drink this, given the lack of hops). Almost smells like unfermented wort. Big sweet malt juiciness with flashes of dates, caramel and earthy yeast tones. Completely not what I expected at all (it would be great with an insanely fragrant hop presence of the top).

Taste is lighter, with some mild biscuity and sweet savoury caramel characters giving a basis to a decently bitter hop presence. Somewhat nutty characters come out of the amalgam, giving a lovely blend that I wish was accentuated by some additional hop fragrance. Feel is smooth and rich, and suitable for the heavy malt presence.

Needs more hops! Especially on the nose. I can only hope they fell out in the aging process, because this has the basis for a great, robust American Amber. Certainly, there's nothing stopping me from buying this again, but I wish this example was as good as I feel it could be.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this drop and it pours a clearish light copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger creamy,bubble laced head and sporadic lacing,the smell is very sweet with hints of boiled candy,barley sugar,trifle,passionfruit and herbal hops,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and the taste is sweet and moreish with tastes of brown sugar,boiled candy,sticky date pudding,passionfruit and finished with a herbal hoppyiness that is definately bittersweet and overall this is nice and only my second beer from this brewery so look forward to what else is in store.

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Photo of admiral
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer. Big flavour, well balanced and an extremely enjoyable drinking experience.

taste: full of berries, cocoa, grapefruit, orange, jam, apricots, blueberries and grape juice. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dgilks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant orange colour with some mild haze. Creamy, foamy light tan head. Some lacing.

Bright fruity Kiwi hop aroma with some passionfruit and cherry notes. Mild grassiness and some malt comes out as it warms.

Bright and hoppy with a lovely tropical fruit note and moderately high bitterness. Some toffee and a slightly astringent character come out in the beer as well. I find this beer a little confusing. It is billed as a Strong Ale but the character is more like an IPA or IRA.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. I find the carbonation to be a bit much.

This is a nice beer, don't get me wrong about that, but I find that it set expectations it was never going to meet. This is a hoppy ale focussed on the clever use of NZ hops and it does that well but the Strong Ale moniker is misplaced.

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Hud-a-wa' Strong from Yeastie Boys
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 9 ratings