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1812 | The Emerson Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Emerson Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of New Zealand’s first new generation pale ales and now something of a classic, Emerson’s 1812 is all about balance. Pouring a bright amber hue beneath a deep cream coloured head, the aroma hints at caramel and dark toffee balanced with a light citrusy fruitiness. Medium bodied, the palate first offers a marmalade-like combination of ripe citrus and caramelised malts before resiny hops come to the fore and lead into a lingering dry finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of uuoo33
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IanGrant2014
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of JakeBarnett
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tazzman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 12/3/14 from notes
My bottle says "Hoppy Pale Ale"

A clear copper with bubbles of all sizes feeding a finger of foam that lasts a few sips leaving some random lace

S Melon, tangerine, grass, hay, hard toffee, a hint of pine, faint leafy notes, smells like a pilsener crossed with an IPA

T thankfully it mimics the smell, a faint metallic flavour that seem to work for it, only major difference I notice

M enters silky and quickly creams up, slick on the palate, a mild bitter bite, tropical grass on the finish

O interesting take on a pale but it works wonders for me, the 500ml bottles pretty much gone at this point

I can only recall having their pilsener and I remember liking that one to so perhaps its time to go seek out some more Emersons.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of soju6
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brew on Quay, Auckland, NZ.

A: Served a copper color with a decent head that faded to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some fruit with a hint of malt sweetness and spice.

T: Taste of citrus with a mild malt sweetness and bit of spice. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and flavorful. nice balance.

O: Enjoyable beer worth checking out

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich bronze colour, clear with a light bead. Head is a bit thin, with off-white colour but nice trails of lace left behind. Quite decent.

Smells malty and toasty and English, with bready grain, toffee and some sourdough as well. Hops come through a bit minty and herbal; needs a bit more fruit or floral or citric character maybe, because the whole thing is sweet/savoury and smells like something that isn't really beer, more like a solid baked good and the hops here accentuate rather than contrast with that character. Decent, but I'd like more refeshment on the aroma

Taste is also a bit sweet, with lots of English-style malts - bready grain, hot cross buns and some slightly medicinal hops Slight spice on the back, bit minty and toasty with malt continuing to the finish as well. Mostly malty, but the hop notes sort of add a slight sourness to the grain which is dominant. Not bad, but nothing special. For a 'hoppy pale ale' I would like more dominant, out-there hops rather than something gentle and mild that accentuates the malt notes.

Mouthfeel is not bad, smooth but with a kind of sheen to it. Slight fizz; not a bad pale ale feel at all.

Very English, and I'd just like a bit more contrast between the malt and the hops - or for the hops to stand out on their own a bit more, it's all a rich blend and it comes off ultimately a bit stodgy.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Emerson's 1812 should be drunk whilst listening to Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture and reading Charles Dickens. No really, it should. But I didn't, perhaps my fatal flaw, going blind into a bottle of 1812 with a flagrant disregard of the possible consequences. Pity me fair reader, pity me.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Looks like a typical IPA with its deep copper body and off-white laced head. Looks can however be deceiving.

S: Hoppy Pale Ale?! What hops?! Magic hops that have no aroma? Well it seems Emerson's has discovered said hops. Apart from invisible hops this IPA has a classic malt grain base aroma, not impressed at all.

T: Metallic, grainy base leads to the invisible hops. It's an outright crime in my opinion to claim in bold lettering on a beer label that it is a "Hoppy Pale Ale" without the drinker being assaulted with brutish and loud, fruity/herbaceous/earthy hops in the first mouthful. Bad Emerson's! If you can't deliver on the hops don't advertise it, simple. Disappointed.

M: Wishy-washy almost watery body and fairly flat carbonation.

D: IPA this is not. More like a mild Kentish bitter without the hop finish. I'm disappointed with the lack of hops when the label is so unashamed about declaring the hops (it even has a picture of a hop flower on the bottle, come on!). Past that it is a hum-drum average ale. Meh.

Food match: Pie.

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3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden red with nice head and lacing.

Smell is loads of caramel malt, bit of sourness and some strange spicy hops; most likely English. What's that sourness? Some nuttiness.

Taste is more sour nondescript herbs. More nuttiness. Just weird.

Mouthfeel is OK, bitter, noticeable carb, medium body.

Overall not a bad beer, can certainly get through the bottle. Kind of odd though.

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2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours bright with a dark golden colour. Two fingers of fluffy khaki head. Decent carbonation. Spotty lacing and a film of retention.

S - Toast, caramel, earthiness, and a gentle citrus. Very tame.

T - Quite malty with toffee and breadiness. A very light citrus but the hop kick is there in the end. More of a raisin and caramel complexity when it warms, smoothing it out. Quite earthy and it has some orange rind too.

M - Light carbonation, medium body and a dryness in the finish.

O/D - Not something I would reach for again. The "hoppy pale ale" on label certainly doesn't describe this properly. An alright English IPA but certainly nothing I would rain praise upon. Just meh.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of heygeebee
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber with one inch head. Great lacing.

Aromas of not much. Sorry, have to say it.

Taste is an oddity - I now realise I have served too cold after asking the bottle shop to recommend an East Coast IPA - I get an English IPA. Hops dominate an earthy palate, with some malt to support. No other dominant recognisable flavours.

Nice and carbonated so all here.

Strange beer, really doesn't taste like an EIPA, but where does it fit?


Second half of bottle - I have waited til it warmed - much more understandable now... English IPA characters now prevail. Caramel, toffe, and malts drive a well made beer. Scores adjusted. Funnily enuf - carbonation drops as temp increases.

Normal service resumes at some point :-)

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Photo of warnerry
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2012

A - Pours clear copper with ona and a half fingers of off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Great looking beer. If there were some more carbonation rising (there is almost none), I would give this a 5.

S - Citrus and floral aromas, along with a substantial bread and caramel malts. Not bad, but a let down after the appearance.

T - Pretty balanced with hops and malt. Hops are a bit more assertive up front, but quickly fade, leaving mostly malt from the midway point through the finish. I weird metal taste detracts from the finish a bit.

M - Medium, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, but some more carbonation would improve it.

O - A pretty good beer, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent English IPA here. A mild spicy hop character plays with a decent malt character. The medium-bodied copper liquid is topped off with a decent head with good head retention. This is a good basic, refreshing English IPA with solid flavour but it isn't anything too difficult.

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Photo of juju7
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about this beer I can't quite put my finger on. Like some of the other Emersons beers, it's a little outside the box when it comes to style. It looks like an IPA but that is probably where it ends. As a beer overall, I really like it. As an EIPA, you could probably pick a few faults. But why would you wanna do that to a great tasting beer? The nose is a little fruity and even a little spicy. The bitterness is also a little soft but it still feels wonderfully zesty on the palate. There is some malt chasing those hop flavours and it's all in line. A tasty brew on it's on terms.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a ridiculously huge soap-suddy head.
Aroma shows lots of floral and grassy hops, along with juicy pears and grapes. There's some sweet clean malt, and later on the aroma takes on more of a herbal note, with coriander and cloves. Different to any other IPA I've had!
Flavours include some floral hops and juicy fruit, with some light sweet malt and a prominent but easy-going bitterness. Unfortunately there's a soapy taste in there that quite off-putting after a few sips.
Moderately high carbonation and a light body makes for quite a refreshing brew.
Very easy to drink. If fact I wouldn't even say this is of IPA strength.

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Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice pale copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves a one finger head with very nice lacing,the aroma is full of fruity,passionfruit,piney hops with a malty background,and the taste is pretty much the same with an above average mouthfeel with tastes of piney,fruity hops that finishes with a touch of malty warmness and a tad bitter,i quite like this beer and could easliy drink alot of and definately recommend.

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Photo of lamarr04
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Tonic in Dunedin. served in a nonic pint glass

A: Pours a clear medium hue orange with thin white head

S: Smells of sweet citrus. a smell I am starting to associate with New Zealand hops.

T: Not overly hoppy. Sweet malt upfront balanced by the citrus and bitter hop notes.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation and a lingering finish.

D: Balanced flavor profile makes for an easy drinker.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stout looking brown 500ml bottle. best before 2/10

attractive clear golden/copper color. medium carbonation. full just off white head with good lacing.

aroma starts with a slight metallic aspect which thankfully fades as it warms. what is left is a floral hoppy aroma. not too much malt sweetness on the nose, but it is a nice sniffer.

taste is nicely balanced with plenty of hop flavor and a good level of bitterness. maybe finishes a little sweeter than i would like, but i could see this going down by the pint easily.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Woohoo my first hand drawn pint...

Appearance- Hand drawn light tan head initially with lots of big bubbles filling the glass. Later calms down and overfilled to a proper 1/4inch level by the barkeeper. The body is a copper shade of amber. Limited lacing.
Smell- Big Hop notes of herbs and citrus. The herbs seem earthy and the fruit is oranges and lemon. The malt comes in at the end with a malt bitterness and caramel presence.
Taste- Hop driven goodness, the slight citrus at the front and then the malt bitterness balance and earthy notes. The piney tartness of the hops finishes each taste. -- Awesome
Mouthfeel- A smooth milk-like creaminess. So light and fluffy and full. There is barely any carbonation to disturb the whole experience. Thank goodness, my tongue is so happy.
Drinkability- One step short of selling my first born for more experiences like this. On a serious note- it was incredible and worth seeking out on cask if you had any love for the British way of doing things.

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1812 from The Emerson Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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