Smokin' Bishop | Invercargill Brewery

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Invercargill Brewery
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 12-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by vette2006c5r:
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokin Bishop pours a hazy bright brown color, with a small lacing head. There is a very strong smokey beef jerky aroma. There is a strong smokey taste, very similar to smoked bacon, with a salty aftertaste. Pretty easy to drink, good full flavor. Overall a good strong smoked beer, wont dissapoint.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of JakerLou
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of goatxpower
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy copper color with small white head

S- caramel, smoked meats, hints of malt and hops. Smells like a Rauchbier.

T- smoke, obviously, but not the usual beechwood or alder that is more common in smoked beers. This beer is smoked using a wood called Manuka. The smoke has aromatic, almost sandalwood-like qualities to it.
After the smoke is a nice sort of pastry-like sweetness. The taste of the hops marries itself with the taste of the Manuka smoke, providing an intricate flavor component that is both bitter and smokey at the same time.
On the tail end comes fruit like pears and apples, while the initial smoke lingers.

M- pretty standard bock feel

O- If you like smoked beers, this is a good one to check out, it is a very drinkable smoked bock with some interesting flavors.

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Photo of Tibi81
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Picked from Greenville Beer Exchange. Cloudy dark orange pour, just a whispy layer of off white head.

Aroma, malty, caramel, bacon. A nice smoked woodiness.

Taste, Rick solid big smoke, BBQ and bacon. Roast malt, not as sweet as the nose. A little roast and hoppy bitterness in the finish.

About medium bodied, but the carbonation is lively and keeps it a little crisper than some. Real nice drinker, just be ready for the advertised style.

Do not hesitate to try. Love the style.

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Photo of NRo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows prominent smoke, as in smoked meat smoke. Also some woody character. Underneath is sweet rich malt and caramel hints.
Smoke carries through as a flavour along with the caramel. Finishes weakly with a faint grainy character.
Nice moderate carbonation and rich body.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy orange amber with a fine half-finger off-whte head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, smokehouse smoke and a hint of cardboard oxidation. Flavor is sweet bready malt and the same smokehouse (bacony) smoke, finishes a bit bland, but with pleasant residual smoke. Nice moderately creamy medium body. A pleasant, but not too complex smoked bock. The flavor of the malt body is somewhat subdued and finishes mildly, but the smoked malt flavors really pick up the slack; quite flavorful and last throughout the taste. This could well be an older bottle (the bottle manufacturing code seems to indicate 2008), and if so that may explain the attenuation of flavor. The mild oxidation aroma is not reflected in the flavor. A nice low key smoked beer that I would not hesitate to try fresh given the chance.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Retired? Damn this must be old. Purchased on discount for 5 bucks at the house of 1,000 beers.

A - Yep just a mild layer of foam to start that pulls back to practically nothing. Beer is a very very dirty amber brown color. Sediment in base could mean this is around a year old.
S - Caramel and toffee are strong kind of like an old ale. Smoke is there but secondary. Strong yet mildly skunky.
T+M - Very smooth smokey taste that steals the show and rises above all caramel and toffee malts. Nice bodied beer medium and kind of chewy with faded yet balanced hop profile.

Overall it was a pretty good old ale taste, mild hops, and decent smokey flavor. Would love to have tried this fresh and since retired can't find it anymore. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Never heard of manuka before this label, but I'm game to try a new kind of smoke in my beer! Boom! This stuff pours a hazy glowing sunrise amber topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty cream foam. The nose comprises soft-cedar-style smoke (so this is manuka...), light glazed ham, caramel, honey, and light mandarin orange. This smells like smoky heaven. Or at least something close... The taste holds notes of honey, light maple syrup, smoked glazed ham, light smoke (straight dark vapor, baby), light mandarin orange, and a hint of grapefruit peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' smoky goodness. Good times, good times.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. A rauchbier bock made in New Zealand using local smoked malts.
Pours a slightly hazy khaki color. Very foamy at first (a near gusher) and it never dies down. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass.
Heavy smoke on the nose. A slightly more bitter smoky note than the beechwood used in Bamberg, but similar. Beyond that, sweeter notes come out from the base beer, too.
Slightly sweet and caramelized on the front of the palate, smoky and slightly bitter on the back. The bitterness from their smoke (it's using manuka, a local plant) actually keeps things in check like an extension of the fairly mild hops. The smoke is stronger at first, but as the beer sits a bit, it calms down. The sweetness from the malts is never too strong, and never heads into BBQ sauce territory that old Schlenkerla bottles do. I find that the beer holds itself together pretty well.
Not a bad rauchbier at all, and maybe the best I've had outside of Bamberg itself.
It's a little potent and I'm not sure about wanting several, but it's a tasty item to split.
Glad to see brewers that are literally on the other side of the world doing this style some justice. Speaking of which - this really should be considered a Rauchbier, even if it is pushing style boundaries a bit.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a pretty good smoked beer- a style that I really appreciate when done right. Smoked over native New Zealand wood, it definitely hits you with a big smokey flavor, but this mellows a bit as you drink it. What I particularly like about the smoke here is that it's got a very nice campfire element to it, with a certain ashiness, but doesn't veer in the bacon or smoked meat direction . Don't get me wrong- I like the bacony direction of a traditional Rauchbier, but sometimes it's nice to find a smoked beer go in another direction. This wood tastes a little mesquite like, and the base beer is malty and solid enough to support it. Their is an undercurrent of herb, almost minty that couples with an ashen finish to create a unique taste. Like all smoked beers, this complements foods very well, especially mild foods. I enjoyed this with some traditional hoop cheese. Very nice!

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Photo of leftoverburrito
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Kiwi's continue to invade the shelves of US beer stores. Here's one from New Zealand's most southern located brewery. On to the beer:

Short headed, but it retains pretty well and leaves more than a few splashes of lace around. The color is flame orange with hues that stray into yellow. As the label makes note, there is smoked wood that is added to the beer, and there's enough smoke to go around. Sweet and smokey in the nose, toffee and bready notes along with the aroma of smoked ham hocks.

A taste similar to the nose would have been good for me, but the reality is it's even better. Smoking wood hits hard upfront and retains much of its intensity throughout. The bock aspect of dough and sweet dark bread adds to the enjoyment. More smokiness hits. Somehow, the beer isn't overly dominant of neither smoke nor bock. It's a medium-full bodied beer with a slight chew, and carbonation standing towards the higher end of intensity. Despite the reputation of the bock being a drink that's a meal in a bottle, this one drink rather easy.

One fun and tasty bock. It's been a while since I've had a bock that was so good, but I think the smoked aspect helps its cause as well. This is definately one for the rauchheads.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me by @epiclurk. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a murky mahogany colour, with a filmy head of off-white, that forms a more solid, but bubbly ring at the edges. Colour is very pleasant, body is decently weighted. Looks pretty good, all up.

Nose is intense—smokiness is the key, but it has a really savoury note to it, so that it smells like nothing less than Arnotts Cheddar Shapes. There's certainly something cheesy to it. Perhaps it's just the right balance of smoke, sweet and savoury flavours. It's very, very strange to be smelling cheese from your beer, but there you go. I'll pay it for it's unusualness.

Taste is lighter, and disappointingly a little too sweet. There's a caramelly tone to the flavour, especially on the front, which gives too much width to the palate, and oddly masks the smokiness. On the back, the smokiness has more freedom, and blends with a distinct roasted or bitter bite on the back to give a suggestion of char. It's very interesting.

Feel is a touch too thin, although it has a fineness which is quite pleasant.

Overall, pretty interesting stuff from a brewery I've been less than impressed with in the past—in fact, I'd almost sworn off them, and probably would have bypassed this one had not it been a gift. I'm glad I didn't bypass it in the end, however; this gave me an interesting beer experience.

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Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a 640ml brown bottle with a simple white logo on the front of the brown bottle and it has an elegant sticky label over the cap with in biro written on the back the year 2009 and also some other facts including that this won an award in 2007 at the NZ Brew Awards anways onto the beer itself,it pours a very impressive deep copper colour with nice amber/orange highlights and a two finger creamy head,the aroma is straight out smoked ham with big hints of burnt smoked wood it is as your almost right next to a campfire and the smoke is in your face this is definately an in your face beer just from aroma alone,it has a nice above average mouthfeel with that big smokey flavour the first thing that you notice and it is defianately obvious followed by a subtle kick of fruity hops but to be quite honest the smoke flavour overpowers everything in this brew and funnily enough im quite enjoying this bottle even though the one will do me ill definately finish this one,overall this is defianately one of the most complex smoked beer's that i have tried.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy amber-copper color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of smoke and oak with some sweet caramel and bready malts, vanilla, and tobacco.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel and bready malts with some vanilla and tobacco. Through the middle, lots of smoke comes through with some oak. The finish is a mix of smoke, oak, vanilla, bacon, cured meats, tobacco, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big smoke character, but in a really great way. Very tasty.

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Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Awww, got a bum bottle. Let it warm out of the fridge and it opened without and gas escaping. Poured with zero head. Color is a clear amber and no bubble trails. Flavor's actually pretty good except for the missing carbonic tang - but smoke, malt, sweet, bitter are good..Body is good despite the barest hint of carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with only a slight hint of smoke in a diminishing role. Unfortunate.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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