Stoke Bomber Bohemian Ale | McCashin's Brewery

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Stoke Bomber Bohemian AleStoke Bomber Bohemian Ale
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Stoke Bomber Bohemian AleStoke Bomber Bohemian Ale

Brewed by:
McCashin's Brewery
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by doktorhops on 07-31-2012

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Photo of Marc280
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hiwattowner
3.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking beer. Good hops bite. Wish could get this in Northern Hemisphere. I think some wheat in the malt bill. As to hops? Some Old World and New World combo? Whatever at play, a good beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.29/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh dear.... Trying to find some share beers for Christmas, and this one jumped into the trolley DMs. Shame it didn't jump out again.
Zero hops, flat pour, stale bready malts, metal from the get go screams lager not pale ale. Would give VB a run for its money.
Miss. Tho in fairness freshness has to be an issue here.

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Photo of personpitch
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SmashPants
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Format: a solid brown 650mL longneck with a standard Stoke series transluscent label. I'm hoping this is better than their Bomber Kiwi Pale Ale.

Appearance: a slightly hazy strong amber with sporadic but steady streams of fine carbonation. One finger of white head drops reasonably quickly to a thin cap. Decent lacing.

Aroma: as with the Kiwi Pale Ale, there is virtually no aroma. Just light grain with some citrus.

Taste: apparently this has "wheat and lightly roasted barley with lively citrus and pepper". I get "grapefruit citrus" and "not much else". There is some obscure malt behind. The grapefruit is a good APA flavour though.

Aftertaste: bitterness at the back of the throat from the hops, with a touch of that earth malt flavour.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with a moderate carbonation that feels a bit fluffy and clunky.

Overall: this is better than the Bomber Kiwi Pale Ale, but only just. Neither of them are very good APAs - awkward and clunky without much saving graces. AU$6 a 650mL bottle, but I wouldn't bother - I donated most of these beers as I'd rather have something else. they aren't bad, just a bit boring.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%

- crafted in Nelson, New Zealand.

(3.65) A pale orange pour darkens in the vessel to a oxidized orange while still maintaining a fairly good clarity. A heaping 2+ finger off white head had a whipped consistency like mashed potatoes, was sturdy and rigid with a lengthy retreat. A quick paced effervesce races up along the inner walls of the vessel while a very good coverage rate remains for lace.

(3.80) The aroma is where this surprised me, was really fresh and fruity hops, watermelon, green melon, with a sweet and juicy appeal. Sweet peaches mixes in with some lemonade that was fresh and wet on the nose with a good complexity factor. Sweet sugary grains also chimes in.

(3.65) Flavor was toasted malt and fruitiness, lighty dry apple-citrusy notes, with pear-mango combination and caramel toasted malt. Green melon with a lightly warming of flowery hops come on the finish. Hints of grapefruit-orange, sweet toasted buttered oak appear with some warming.

(3.60) M: Light bodied, frothy feel, turning creamy and full on the hold. Flowery textured hops gently touch the tongue.

(3.65) O: Overall really like the unique fruity hop character this had to offer on the nose, fresh and wet nature, with a nicely toasted body and malt texture. This is labeled as a pale ale, drinks more like cross between a pale and maibock hence the bohemian ale. Thought this was unique, and judged not as a american pale but as a interpretation of a fruity maibock and pale combination or hoppy lager.

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Photo of sonorb7
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of PolarBear3
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a cloudy straw colour with a one fingered head that dissipates and leaves a thin film

S - Hoppy notes , citrus, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit although not very pronounced

T - Get the citrus up front with some sour tartiness like lemon merangue or grapefruit, a litle grassy with a slight although fairly pleasant bitterness at the end.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Not a bad ale. I actually don't mind it and was quite surprised. Lacks that flavour intensity a good pale ale has. Hence its more like a pale/lager. But worth a try

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Photo of doktorhops
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is it a Pale Ale or is it a Lager? Appearance-wise I would say Lager but aroma-wise it has Pale Ale characteristics and as such I've labelled it as an APA... I may be wrong, and if any McCashin's are out there in the BeerAdvocate world please by all means correct me.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Stein... was unsure which glass direction to go in there.

A: If it is an ale it is indeed very pale - straw coloured cloudy body with a cappuccino froth 1.5cm white head.

S: Light grapefruit aroma hops and a modest malt grain base. There is a sweet dash of honey thrown in as well. Not bad at all, however it is almost odourless.

T: Bit of a Frankenstein brew going on; spicy pepper hops upfront with that honey/toffee-like mid palate grain base and ends with a sour (slightly bitter) grapefruit note. Sounds interesting on paper but in practice it's a shamble of flavours vying for my attention, there's no harmony here.

M: Mid to light body and medium carbonation.

D: Lacking balance overall in the flavour department and again I'm disappointed with Stoke, who are essentially the people that created the excellent "Mac's" beers. What has happened with these brewers? Proverbially flying too close to the sun is my guess, trying to reinvent the wheel when they had such good brews from their previous endeavour. Perhaps they set the bar too high?

Note: It actually gets better as it warms up, like an English pub brew. Beats the Stoke Bomber KPA marginally.

Food match: Bohemian ale conjures up thoughts of classic Czech cuisine, however this is the opposite of what I would recommend - roasted poultry with a zesty salad is the way to go.

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Stoke Bomber Bohemian Ale from McCashin's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 9 ratings