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Beer – #630 – Rocky Knob – Home Again

I like the beer I’ve had so far from the lovely people at Rocky Knob, and had a few words with Bron in passing recently at a beer festival. Then I discovered their beer on the FYO again at my local Liquorland in Forrest Hill. So here we go;  Good beer, good music, good times and a good score.

100% Kiwi. All NZ malt and hops.

From the FYO then a 1 litre of beer, that is 5.6 % ABV and 40 IBU, making this 4.42 standard drink units, and around 168 calories a serve size.

Brewed by Rocky Knob Brewing this one in the style that is  American Pale Ale and that’s in the small seaside town that is Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

It's a cold night, and I'm putting on a brave face.

It’s a cold night, and I’m putting on a brave face.

This is a fresh zesty, clean and incredibly sessionable hopped up NZ Pale Ale.

Riwaka, NZ Cascade, and Nelson Sauvin give this a punchy citrus and classic Nelson Savin zestiness.

So what could possibly go wrong?

Not much if the opening aroma of sweet sweet caramel and hint of grass is much to go by.

It’s quite lively in the bottle with a spontaneous head forming and popping out of the neck, not something you see often.

Pour is as you see it, although there was less head then the sitting spontaneous head would have made me think, and what head there is is settled to a film.

Rocky Knob Home AgainThere is a lot of the Sauvin hops in this, and the aroma, and I like that. It is surprising light and easy to drink with a nice mouthfeel and a decent finish that is slightly dry but not parching.

There are a number of beers using the Sauvin hops, and so the taste is quite distinct, hard to differentiate between them, from memory, but this is as good as I’ve had.

I’d go so far as to say that this is a really good candidate to be called a great session beer, I’d be happy to sit and mull over all sorts of nonsense drinking some of this.

Lovely aroma, then a lightly but firmly hopped bitterness with a nice sharp clean finish, makes you just want to have some more, it’s very rewarding and inviting.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. Thoroughly enjoyed this, it’s well balanced, sweet where it has to be crisp where is must be, and it is consistent through the whole drink, even as it warms.

The double dip review

Am I enjoying it? I am, and I would love to enjoy more of it.
Would I have another? It would be a great go-to beer, and a reason to enjoy a holiday at the Mount.
Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? There is nothing at all wrong with this beer for sharing, it’s got flavour, it’s got bitterness, it’s got dryness, it’s got sweet, it’s got great aroma. I’d day that was a yes from me.

Music for this, an odd piece of music ‘ Tom McRae & The Standing Band ‘  ‘ Did I sleep and miss the border? ‘ which is my listening on Spotify and everywhere else I imagine. The Standard says it’s quite good.


American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads.


One comment on “Beer – #630 – Rocky Knob – Home Again

  1. Pingback: Beer – #647 – North End – Fieldway APA | A life just as ordinary

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