Stoke Bomber Kiwi Pale Ale KPA
McCashin's Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,672
Ranked #42,867
3.22 | pDev: 9.94%
McCashin's Brewery
New Zealand
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Photo of SmashPants
2.86/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Format: a solid brown 650mL longneck with a standard Stoke series transluscent label.

Appearance: pours out a vibrant amber-orange-red colour with an inch of off-white head that drops to a rocky, creamy finger. Looks pretty damn good.

Aroma: a very light aroma of biscuit malts and fruits. Though the characteristics are nice, it is very weak, and a bit of a disappointment after the look of the beer.

Taste: definite earth and some awkward caramels. Definitely not clean enough, and quite awkward. If anything, it comes across as a bit boring, and a bit amateurish.

Aftertaste: the caramel-ish flavour definitely lingers without much bitterness.

Mouth feel: moderate to fuller in feel, and quite viscous. A moderate fine carbonation that somehow feels a bit awkward. Definitely dry on the finish.

Overall: I can see where they wanted to go with this beer, but the flavours are clunky and awkward. I won't have this one again until they get it right. Such a disappointment after it looked so good too. Reasonably priced at least, with a 650mL bottle being AU$6. perhaps for good reason.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Danno's. No BB.

Pours a hazy deep gold. One finger off white head. Turns to film. Clumpy lace

Aromas of very little indeed. Almost English bitter malts on nose.

Taste is a dull affair. Some muddled citrus notes among more earthy hops. Gets better as it warms and a hint of marmalade.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated.

Odd beer. Never one thing nor another. Wish I had served warmer.

Edit later .... Flavours and aromas come to the fore as the beer warms. Not a great beer but more understandable now. More English pale ale than APA, which was not my expectation hence low serving temperature

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Photo of doktorhops
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stoke sat in the shop for a while after it came out in Australia, then I was told by a Kiwi that it was brewed by the same family as Macs - this sold it for me - being a bit of a fan of the Hop Rocker and appreciating their other beers I had to part ways with my $6 and give it a go.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents as a cloudy tangerine body with a minimal chalk head leaving a thin lacing.

S: Citrus and pine aromas with a hint of passion fruit, followed by a slight toasted malt base with toffee. The fragrance reminiscent of many APA's, however a bit lighter in this one. Can also detect a wateriness in the aroma which hopefully doesn't destroy the overall flavour profile.

T: Less hops more grain is the first overall impression. Flavours of the above; citrus, pine, passion fruit, toasted malt, and toffee. There is also pepper in the back palate and a slight bitter finish. A little bit disappointed with the hops - I understand this isn't a true APA but at least other oceanic pale ales try to differentiate themselves a little (LCPA, Stone & Wood, Murray's), there's nothing here that really stands out... also getting this odd vegetable matter flavour in the after taste.

M: Not as watery as expected, good, medium body and creamy mouth feel.

D: Could have been done better is the overall feeling with this brew. The competition is strong in the pale ale world and there are plenty of hum-drum pales vying for our attention, so it pays to have something unique to offer, this does not. Also that after taste is distracting... in a bad way.

Food match: I'm going to be cheeky and say 'lamb' (my NZ comrades will get that). Seriously though a classic lamb chop would really cut through the acidity of this brew. Along with the classic mash potatoes, carrots and peas (don't forget the mint sauce!).

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Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Im always scared of a beer when it states Bomber in the title netherless im not going to knock back a beer when ive never tried it before thanks Matt,it pours a hazy light copper hue with a fast vanishing one finger head and a rim of lacing and suprisingly it looks alright,the smell is floral hops,chestnuts and caramel candy,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and abit overcarbonated just a tad spritzy for me and the tastes are similar to the smell with hints of floral resinous hops,light stonefruit,caramel candy,confectionary and finished with a floral herbal hop bitterness and overall as soon as i saw this bottle i wanted to hate it especially after my last offering from this brewery and also where my mate stated he bought it from but given the fact my last offering was stale from the same company he got it from i thought id give this a chance and it actually tastes very fresh and it really is a big suprise for me apart from the overcarbonation its not a bad sessionable beer and a good one to get your Macro drinking mates started on and id even drink it again if offered cheers.

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Photo of dgilks
2.66/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark amber colour with a small, off-white head. Poor head retention.

Slightly oxidised aroma despite being relatively fresh. Metallic and slightly fruity. Not all that good.

Insipid pale malt and caramel malt flavour with slightly metallic hops and only a hint of fruity character. Not awful but not good and entirely uninteresting.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Meh.

An okay beer but it is industrial and lacking in depth and interest. A really poor use of the hops and other ingredients.

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Stoke Bomber Kiwi Pale Ale KPA from McCashin's Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 13 ratings