Moa Brewing Co. Pale Ale (5%)

Moa Pale AleWhere have you been all my life?
This is an absolutely brilliant Pale Ale from New Zealand’s Moa Brewing Co.
It pours a deep amber with a fluffy head and smells big and fruity and fresh, with lots of passion flower and lime juice.
There’s a very nice spun sugar and brioche malt, but this is a beer for hop heads.
And boy do you get some good hop action.
The overriding flavour is fresh green gooseberries, and then there are kiwi fruit, pink grapefruit and a nice subtle tamarind hit.
All this along with a resinous woodiness that comes just before the mouth puckeringly bitter, zesty, zingy dry finish that seems to go on forever.
I think I may have just fallen for a big dead bird.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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3 Responses to Moa Brewing Co. Pale Ale (5%)

  1. Phil Evans says:

    I have one if these in ny fridge. Looks very unassuming. I am now very much looking forward to trying it. Let’s see how long I can wait.

  2. steve says:

    Bottle I had last night definately couple of shades lighter. Good stuff but certainly top end price for whAt it is. Feeling hawkshead prob do something similar and prob cheaper with (sorry not trying to start old agreements) cask conditioning adding that something extra.

    • Re. the price.
      You have to take into account how far it has had to be transported.
      If you mean Hawkshead’s NZPA, I like that very much too, but there’s not the gooseberry thing in it for me and that, for want of sounding very pretentious is a very New Zealand thing – Even much of their white wine has a pronounced gooseberry flavour.

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