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Beer Review #2 - Renaissance Marlborough Pale Ale (IIPA)

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Published on Oct 14, 2011

I review Renaissance Marlborough Pale Ale. A New Zealand beer.

Renaissance Marlborough Pale Ale (Imperial India Pale Ale)
An explosion of Rakau hops"" 8.5% ABV

Appearance: Dark golden orange, quite clear, small head with little retention and minimal lacing

Aroma: Sweet, floral, hint of fruit, light hint of pine, hint of malt

Taste: Low carbonation, light malt, sweet, slightly boozy, medium bitterness that lingers a little bit, firstly hit with sweet hops which then fades

Verdict: Not a session beer due to high alcohol content. Although flavour hits at the start then fades away, it makes it smooth compared to other IPAs. Hops seem to be lower alpha and display hop body rather than full on bitterness. 120 hops per bottle seems outrageous. I wonder if that could be halved considering the bottle was about $12.

Rating: 7/10

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