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Herevana – The Theoretical Brewer – The 1st Finch

The Theoretical Brewer The 1st Finch is the BeerJerkNZ Beer of the week, its like a book club but for beer, every week a new one. Also this another new brewer for #Herevana – the double. Does not get better than that.

I always look forward to the beer of the week, despite having drunk a goodly amount of beers they’re always new to me (except very very occasionally, which the exception rather than the rule)

The Theoretical Brewer make the The Theoretical Brewer The 1st Finch and they do that -in  New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. It is a Pale Ale – Australian / New Zealand styles and has an ABV of  4.5% ABV, this is 1.2 standard drinks.


Lovely bit of artwork on the label, very plain and simple. For me this is a boast of confidence in the product.

Nothing remarkable about the aroma when you open the bottle, a solid malty beer, and as a pour it is very solid, even coloured- a bgolden yellow, with a small and persistent head. The aroma is nice with a hint of something tropical.

Lovely crispness and that little bit of a bite, I though this was very clean and straight to the point.

I quite like that the ‘bite’ remains after the first sup, and again gets you as you go again.

And I quite like that this has a certain earthiness and lowness in the palate that is for me quite enjoyable.

And I like that this also has a nice level of sweetness, which in summary makes this a bit of beer that offers you a whole wheel of enjoyment, and takes you from the bite to the sugar in a nice easy fashion.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. A really enjoyable Pale Ale, that for me kept me interested and engaged on different levels, and then regretting that I only had the one. Punches well above it’s weight.

Cornershop – England is a Garden – is an upbeat pop album that you can’t help enjoy.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

With clean New Zealand malts as a solid base for our unique blend of Australian, American, and Kiwi hops, this clear golden brew is easy drinking, bursting with citrus and tropical flavours, and balanced by a refreshing bitterness. It is the perfect beverage for any occasion.

Brewers Notes

Pale Ale – Australian / New Zealand

The Australian Pale Ale and the New Zealand (NZ) Pale Ale are a golden to light amber colored, refreshing and average-strength hop-forward ales, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make it generally more balanced than IPAs. The clean hop presence reflects modern Australian or New Zealand hop varieties with usually features such as tropical fruit, mango, passionfruit or stone-fruit. These Pale Ales will generally be very reminiscent of American Pale Ales with specific hop varieties. Less bitterness in the balance and alcohol strength than an American IPA. More balanced and drinkable, and less intensely hop-focused and bitter than Session IPAs. The term Pacific Pale Ale is also accepted, to serve a function of describing Pale Ales featuring mainly hops from Australia and New Zealand, often mixed with American varieties


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