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Beer – #721 – Outlier Cartel – Kerikeri ’round the Corner

I’ve had this in the pub and I was blown away with it’s freshness, bitterness, fruitiness and the overall taste, so when it popped up on a tap at a fyo station there I was, like a robbers dog.

The wags at the Outlier Cartel list this as Tamaki Makaurau Ale, but we all know it’s an American Pale Ale, or I’d waver towards  India Pale Ale (IPA) They’re based in Auckland, and that’s about all there is to know. And don’t say that you don’t get an education reading this 🙂

So  to the chase, I have ale of 7.1% ABV and 41 IBU in a one litre bottle,  This then is 5.6 standard drink units, and 214 calories a serve size.

Summer shirt, summer beer, summer's here

Summer shirt, summer beer, summer’s here

A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.

Grapefruit, limoncello and tangelo notes, with a layered hops spectrum underneath. carried by a mellow malt base, this is a zesty and refreshing Tamaki ale reminiscent of what early summer can taste like. Days of sun to come.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

An unusual aroma, more to a sourness than I was expecting, but it’s nicely carbonated.

Pour is lovely orange, not bright, but darker, richer, with a decent and lively head that I thought might have just been a bit keen.

Outlier Cartel Kerikeri 'round the CornerThat is almost every bit as good as the first time I had it, and the second, I think this time it’s slightly more earthy and not as bright to the taste as once it was.

But that sweetness!

But that lovely real burst of flavours!

But that bitterness and then the surprisingly decent not dry finish and lovely after linger

The beer that still has a layer of foam head, but not a lacing in the glass to be seen.

This has got such a lot going for it as a bluddy nice beer that seems to have covered off the taste and bitterness balance, and the looks and aroma thing. Unusual and a bit clever.  Really nice and very clever

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a reluctant 9 and smidgen short of 10  of its things from the thing. It is so close to being one of ‘the beers’. Such good beer drinking. Such good drinking beer. Such beer good drinking. I’m going to quote that. What stops it then? I’d like more punch from the oranges at the beginning and in the middle, and I’d like a drier finish, I would. but this is just near perfect. Honest. (It was at this point that I realised I’d finished it all and that didn’t bring a smile to dial)

Such good beer drinking. Such good drinking beer. Such beer good drinking. 

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? I am so enjoying this that I got up and had a dance.
  • Would I have another? I may just be able to sneak another in next time I pass by the fill station, I don’t have high hopes, and they don’t bottle.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Kidding, I’d be there doing air guitar and all that, and banging on about this and that it’d be unstoppable.

If only you could get some it’d do you the word of good and make you think you’re a teen rock star at minimum, said the old man with a fancy dance move…..

Music for this :  ” The Manhattan Love Suicides ” who are   a UK-based rock band from Leeds, on spotify Quite raw and quite the talent.  For a moment there I thought that if in some parallel universe I played a rock guitar this is the rock that I’d guitar.


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.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.


2 comments on “Beer – #721 – Outlier Cartel – Kerikeri ’round the Corner

  1. Carlos
    January 23, 2016

    Lovely music match!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Philip Walter
      January 23, 2016

      Good new music and good new beer, how could that go wrong 🙂


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