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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Reviews by lamarr04:
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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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 Weizenmensch
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Traditional-looking 500mL bottle with a classy red, green and gold label, I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while. Best before Mar 08.

Appearance: Dark amber/chestnut with a full, dense, fluffy, sticky head that stays put. A large amount of effervescence from the bottom of the mug; the scores of fine bubbles rising to the surface are seemingly endless. Very appropriate for the style.

Smell: First impression is that of a microbrewery crafting a very traditional IPA. No strong aromas jump out at me. The buttery, sweet-smelling hops can be detected, but overall the aromas are not as complex as I expected. As the beer opens up, the volatile hop esters become very prominent and are intoxicating, potent and confusing, but not very balanced.

Taste: Pleasantly bitter and not overly hopped, I am glad this beer is not an American-style double IPA, but more a traditional brew that isn’t trying to invent something new, rather produce an excellent example of a classic style. The bitterness is just what I expected, and I think this beer could even handle a bit of cellaring to alter the hop character. Still, I’m glad to be drinking it fresh. The tiny amount of yeast left in the bottle adds a faint anise flavour to a man’s beer of England. It doesn’t fill you up too much, but it leaves a good taste in the mouth. Skilfully brewed, with the hops making the most impact on the brew without being over the top.

Mouthfeel: This is a very full-bodied beer, and that’s the first thing you notice when it enters your mouth. The flavours of the brew are delivered well, and the taste is authentic.

Drinkability: The most exciting thing about this beer is its ability to teleport you to a 19th-century London porterhouse. The appearance and effect in the mouth are spot-on, and this would make a great session beer. I was not disappointed by my first Emerson’s brew, and will definitely visit the brewery if I ever go to New Zealand.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rastaman
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent IPA from a great brewery, hoppy, zesty and fresh, highly drinkable and interesting aswell, if only it were sold at my local, i love it.

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Photo of IanGrant2014
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

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 rec
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very little lacing and poor retention are apparent after pour.

The smell is a pleasant one - honey and florals come through the strongest.

Upon tasting, bitter hops are intense and the aftertaste ends up dry, yeasty and metalic.

It's definately something to try, but not something I'd really recommend.

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Photo of joecast
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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Photo of Macca
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured an orange/copper colour with a sizeable head from a vigorous pour but this drops and there is some retention.

The nose is of floral hops. A bit of resin and some malt notes.

The hoppiness and maltiness are there on the palate.

Medium carbonation and a nice bitterness which gives it some length.

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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 ohitsbrad
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 May 2006, Best Before Sep 07

Appears a misty orange/amber colour with a small white head. Floral, resiny and fresh hop aromas not unlike the Emersons APA. Some honeyish yeast and fruit malt aroma too. Taste is fruity and refreshing with a lasting bitter hop aftertaste. Light to medium body and low carbonation. A very tasty IPA and another great Emersons beer.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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Photo of TubaManJack
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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Photo of lisagirl
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hefevice
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle of anything from Emersons is a rare find indeed in Brisbane, but I am glad I found this little gem.

Not much to look at, hazy coppery amber with hardly any head. The aroma - wow - plenty of fruity hop presence manifesting mainly as passionfruit, with tinges of grapefruit finshing with a slight earthiness. Sweet malt with zingy citrus hops very well balanced in both flavour and bitterness. Pleasantly dry and bitter finish that lingers.

Medium mouth with low carbonation that works very well. Goes down very easily. Has to be the best IPA I have found in Australia so far.

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Photo of JakeBarnett
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pours an bronzed amber in colour with a fluffy white head that disappears, however there is some nice lacing.

Fruity nose of citrus and tropical fruits (pineapple) mixes well with some slightly floral notes. A caramel maltiness pops in as well. Very nice.

Great sweet caramel malt flavours on the palate that combines well with a nice backbone of citrus hops. Good hoppy aftertaste - more raw/pine hop flavoured than anything else.

Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, luscious and perfectly balanced. Don't expect anything less from Emersons and this beer is no different. A real sweet and bitter combo with a huge mouthfeel. Top stuff.

Quality ingredients made by a quality brewer - great beer. More please.

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Photo of Lukie
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a lovely golden bronze with a thick fluffy one inch head, which lingers, before slowly dissipitating into a very delightful layer on top.
S: Floral and beautiful pine notes, with a hint of citrus.
T: Nice soft malt flavours, a hint of caramel with good pine notes and a hop finish.
M: Medium bodied, with a nice creamy feel. Low carbonation.
D: Very impressive beer, and very drinkable. Incredibly refreshing, and currently one of my favourites.

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Photo of vancurly
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a) Slightly hazy pale amber, white head, fairly still.

s) Honey, hint of spice, warms to briar wildness

f) Wild vegetation, almost ME-twang in there. Herbal, like gin/juniper. Medium bitterness.

m) Medium to light, touch hollow

d) Not bad...perhaps to 'wild' in vegetative notes, and not as strong as IPAs can be.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: copper color with thick, impressive head that retains, some lacing, carbonation on the edges
s: malty alcohol with bits of hops
t: soft malts, alcohol then a very bitter finish -- hops & black licorice that lingers on the palate
m: smooth body up front, lots of carbonation on the back end, medium body
d: mixed. the front of this beer is very smooth & impressive, but the bitter finish was a bit too much. will try another some time.

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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 AirBob
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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1812 from The Emerson Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 41 ratings