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Beer -#827 – Outlier Cartel – KeriKeri Harwood Orange Edition

Beer club night, and exclusive in bottles for the club, but available in kegs elsewhere is the Outlier Cartel KeriKeri Harwood Orange edition. Membership etc etc

“… to remind you what summer tastes like….”

A 500nl bottle, only available in kegs elsewhere, of a beer that is 7.1% ABV and 41 IBU things, and that’d be 213 calories a serve size, and overall this is 2.6 standard drink units.

For Outlier Cartel this is a beer in the style of an  India Pale Ale (IPA) made in Auckland, possibly in Riverhead at the Brew Fountain, but that’s a guess.

This beer changes with the seasons, as should your taste.

The Ghost of Sumer past ...

The Ghost of Sumer past …

We juiced and zested a big load of the late ripening Harwood Oranges, and made this beer to remind you what summer tastes like. Enjoy!

The Harwood Orange is a New Zealand variety closely related to Valencia.

They were grown in an orchard next to Hallertau in Riverhead, Auckland where they brew. 

So, what could possibly go wrong?

That’s a big amount of aroma, matly citrus peppery and rather nice.

Pour is much paler than you might have thought, but nice looking with a lovely big and white firm head, not very noisy though.

Outlier Cartel - KeriKEri Harwood Orange EditionAroma in the glass is slightly less than when I opened the bottle and is moving towards more a grassy note, and it is still very peppery. Nearly snorted fluff over the keyboard.

Rich malty full flavoured nice bitter beer, sweet, and sharp at the same time with a dry finish and lingering mouthfeel. That’s a bit special.

This is really nice in the bottle, I can only imagine, because I’ve not had it on tap, that it is spectacular when fresh. I have to get out more.

A beer, again, that hides or masks that it is higher ABV and yet is so easy drinkable and enjoyable that stopping to savour is a test in itself, and since this is a once off deal in a bottle once this has gone it is truly gone

Still lovely even once you get used to that malt middle, the bitterness calms and the dryness fades out to be there but not distracting, still has a great aroma and there is a kick of citrus bitterness to be had. I think it is a thing of beauty.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. I really enjoyed the first half and thought I’d gone to heaven. I calmed down as did the beer for the second half, and enjoyed a way to easy to drink stronger beer that kept itself together and a became a beer that I’m wondering how I’m going to get more of.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The BeerJerk NZ Beer Club, But it’s on keg in some places.
  • Am I enjoying it? It is fabulous.
  • Would I have another? If only I could I would
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? This is another of those beers that is slightly stronger but has such character, aroma and drinkability that it’d be magnificent to share with a group. Bitterness and Citrus for the passionate, and just a bloody good of beer for the doubtful.

Music for this: ” Blind Pilot” with ” And then like Lions” on Spotify

Blind Pilot is an American indie folk band based in Portland, Oregon



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.


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