FlaxenFeather | ParrotDog

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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 12-13-2013

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows light malt and soft spicy, floral and lightly fruity hops.
Similar flavours, some biscuity malt, more spicy, herbal and floral hops.

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Photo of chogm54
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip

A - gold, slightly cloudy, trace of fine sediment, pours a frothy white head, about an inch thick, moderate retention

S -hay, grassy malts, some pepper, lemon, overall earthiness to the aroma as the beer warms a bit

T - bread malts, noticeable lime zest in the beginning and middle, a yeasty sourness towards the finish.

M - chewy texture, low carbonation, medium to full bodied for style.

O - average - it is refreshing , but not a big fan of lemon/lime flavours, and the carbonation is a bit low for me. low hoppy bitterness - more of a blonde ale than an APA.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of SmashPants
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle with a decent craft label. A good package for a small operation. Bought from Leura Cellars.

Appearance: pours a vibrant light straw yellow with fine carbonation across the profile. A decent half-finger white head drops to a solid ring with limited lacing.

Aroma: a refreshing aroma of tropical fruits - pineapples predominantly - with a slightly tart stone fruit behind. Some floral hops also.

Taste: quite different to the aroma due to the spiky carbonation - the emphasis is more on the stone fruits, with an over-riding tart floral funk that almost ruins the beer. Pretty awkward.

Aftertaste: the funk hangs about but changes to a more mellow, enjoyable state. A bit of sweetness from those tropical fruits do turn up.

Mouth feel: the feel is light- to-moderate which is fine, but the carbonation is a bit too high and too sharp.

Overall: my second beer from Parrotdog, and the second time I have said, this is an interesting beer, but overall pretty awkward and not well combined. It would be okay for a wild card every now and then, but certainly not for AU$120 a case. I have 2 more Parrotdogs to go before deciding to leave them behind - let's wait and see.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle purchased in Auckland. Poured initially without the yeast sediment.

Pours a rather clear, but pleasantly bright golden hue, with a large-bubbled, filmy head that settles where it may. Body has a little heft to it, surprisingly, and it holds a very fine bead of carbonation. Minimal lacing. Looks decent without being spectacular.

Nose is clean and bright, initially with a slight skunkiness, although this disappears very quickly. Under it is a mild but present Kiwi hop character, giving it a touch of crispness, above a pronounced neutral malt basis—this is slightly bready, and a touch thicker than I would have expected. Again, it's okay without being great.

Taste is similar, although here there's a crispness along the middle and back of the palate which delineates the malt nicely, ensuring it doesn't get too aggressive. Indeed, the hops provide just the right balance, while maintaining a slight build-up on the tongue. It means it tastes better as it goes along.

The feel does have a little more weight than expected to it, but the crispness of the hops, and the right level of carbonation still provide a budding sharpness. It's pleasant.

Overall, by the end of my tasting I was digging it. It's fairly neutral and a little bit by-the-numbers, but it has a refreshing edge to it by the end that means that I'd reach for another one after finishing the first. Solid stuff.

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FlaxenFeather from ParrotDog
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 6 ratings