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Beer – #647 – North End – Fieldway APA

It’s the BeerJerkNZ Beer Club beer of the week, this week the  North End – Fieldway APA

A home grown classic.

330ml can of a beer that is 5.8% ABV 50 IBU things, and 174 calories in the can, an 1.5 standard drink units.

Brewed by North End Brewing Co in the style this is  American Pale Ale
and they do all that at Waikanae Beach, New Zealand

Aotearoa Pale Ale. Our hop forward pale ale is bursting with hops grown across the Strait in Nelson.

New beer new hair cut, it works.

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A fruity New Zealand pale ale combining NZ Cascade, Pacifica and Waimea hops with NZ malt and our fruity ale yeast strain.

Sweet lemon, lime and mandarin marmalade is joined by a hint of the herb garden and tempered by a malt from the Rangitikei.

A home grown classic.

Field Way APA is named for the surf break of the same name.

So what could possibly go wrong?

Well, for a beer that’s been sitting in the fridge for a couple of weeks it’s incredibly lively, or excitable, a foam runneth over when I ka-chinked the tab.

Fruity aroma of fruity things though was distracting enough to forgive, things like Mango, even i they say Lemon, Lime, marmalade, papaya and bubble gum. I’m saying mango.

North End Fieldway APAPour is a pale yellow golden with a nice head that is fluffy and yet appears thin, but isn’t.

Aroma settles to the more pale ale hop aroma that you’d expect and is no surprise, still with that lovely tropical fruit note.

It’s a lot more bitter than the IBU rate of 40 might have you on to believe, and it had a firm dry finish, it’s a rather ‘large’ presence beer.

Quite tart, dry finish, lovely aromatics, it’s quite entertaining, and not at all what I was expecting, but that might surprise no-one as I’d not really thought through the APA style  which are usually big bitter affairs, in which case this is a swing and a ding.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It is lovely to drink, but that almost creamy tropical fruit sweetness is quite imposing and very near the front of the palate. Did enjoy and dryness of the finish and the overall bitterness that was persistent through the whole drink.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s a stop and drink beer, I don’t know that it’s a sit and talk beer, it demands your attention.
  • Would I have another? I would love another, if only to figure out where my limit was in the balance of the sweet and bitter.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No problems with cracking a few of these for a chat and tales session.

Music for this,  ” Lee Fields and the Expressions ”  Elmer “Lee” Fields is an American soul artist born in 1951 in North Carolina, An Album “ Faithful Man ”  on the Spotify.



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.


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