I happened upon some New Zealand brews while tooling around the bottle shop and despite the somewhat high price of admission decided to give them a whirl since I could not recall having a Kiwi beer. The brewer is Moa and the first beer I opened was their pale ale. The bottle says this rings in at 5.5% ABV and the website lists Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops. The aroma was muted hop character, but the flavor had a nice bittering component and a strong aspect of caramel malt. It was a bit on the hazy side and I am not sure if that was poor decanting on my part or if the beer is generally hazy. If you are expecting an American Pale Ale, keep in mind this beer comes from New Zealand. If this is what we can expect on a trip as the standard pale ale I would have to say not too shabby. Not the most awesome pale ale on the planet and the price of admission was a little on the steep side, but if you have not had a Kiwi beer, pick one up and take it for a test drive!

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