February 22nd, 2015


Around The World In 80 Beers episode 164: 5 Hop Winter Ale

Moa Five Hop Ale

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy amber. The head is large and bubbly, and fades away slowly to a thick lacing.

First sip: Sweet malts and caramel up front, with a nice citrus after-taste. Quite a lot of hops bitterness which lingers for a long while, but not as much as you would expect from something called "5 Hops." Does not have the pine-resin after-taste I find in other hoppy brews. Mouth-feel is medium with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This is quite a nice brew. It tastes hoppy without being too bitter, and is quite warming in the belly. It is definitely a good one for Winter, but not so good in Summer. The hops really comes out when the beer warms a little. The beer comes corked and capped like a mini-champagne bottle. At first I thought it would be really gassy - I could have popped the cork like champagne - but it is really quite mild when it comes to gas in the beer.

Moa Five Hop Ale

This would go very well with any meal.

And it really does go well with a farmhouse cheddar, because cheese.

5 Hops Winter Ale
Moa Brewing Company, Blenheim NZ
6.2% alc/vol
375ml bottle

Moa Five Hop Ale

Same again, sir? Yes please!