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Beer – #875 – Moa – Festive IPA (Red Edition 2016)

Christmas beer you’d think, the Festive IPA (Red Edition) but it’s a beer festival drink. I think. Just happens to be festive season.(Originally brewed for Marchfest 2015)

perfect for the changing 

This is a 500ml bottle of a beer that is 6.2% ABV and 186 calories a serve size, this has 75 IBu things, and is around 2.4 standard drinks.

Brewed by Moa Brewing Company in the style that is of an  India Pale Ale (IPA) and that happened in Marlborough, New Zealand

Festivity about to commence

Festivity about to commence

Pine, citrus and ripe passionfruit hop characters complement this rich, full-bodied, malt driven Red IPA.

A medley of speciality malts offer some rich, roasted caramel aromas, while a big throw of US Simcoe and Amarillo hops provide typical piney, resinous and tropical hop flavours.

A moreish beer, perfect for the changing of seasons.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

I opened it expecting a hop burst and got a bready yeasty aroma.

Quite a noisy beer when you listen to it, and the aroma didn’t really move past that bready thing I thought I had, not what I expected at all.

moa-festive-ipa-red-edition-2016This is a very malty beer, almost all malt and that makes it a bit oddly unbalanced and one sided, the bitterness is an overlay and the finish is hinting at a dryness that you might otherwise get from an IPA but it’s struggling to get there.

Perhaps I don’t like the over malted beers, and whilst it can sometimes add a robustness to the a beer there isn’t a lot else that works in the particular concoction that needs that kind of attention or counterpoint and for me this is a pretty ‘meh’ kind of limited edition beer.

Then clicked a few links in the background, played a different  album that was pretty average and a bit screech singing, got back to the beer to find out that it hadn’t improved, lucky that there are a few more than 12 says left in the festive season.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. Wholly unremarkable and disappointing beer really, for a special reserve limited release this seems to be an  average  attempt at best.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland, but this time Albany, but It should be all over.
  • Am I enjoying it? It is drinkable but not exceptional
  • Would I have another? no
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No, unless it was specifically a Festive thing I was going and it was in keeping, but it’s not a beer I’d give as a gift.

Music for this:  ” Blueneck ” and ” The Outpost” on Spotify 


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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