Mike's OMPA (330ml Bottle)
This beer marks a turning point for mike's, a sort of coming of age for both mike's and the NZPA. Not trying to emulate the American pale ales. Taranaki born and bred, hardcore and straight-up. Pours a pale gold with a rose tinge, and creamy light head. The aroma is a blend of ripe oranges, grapefruit and a certain nuttiness. The flavour is straight-up and full-on, there is real hop flavour and genuine solid hop bitterness. Mouth-feel is crisp and clean and a bit drier than mike's other pale ales, the aftertaste is big with solid lingering grapefruit flavour and bitterness. This is generously hopped beer, with exciting yet simple flavours. Serve chilled in a tall pilsner glass, allowing the colour and clarity to shine, and the aromas to excite the drinker. This beer celebrates unique hop flavour, bitterness, is crisp without being bone dry and chalky, and is a thirst quencher in the height of Summer, but still goes down quite nicely on a Winter afternoon. This beer is very refreshing to quaff for a 6. 30% ABV candidate, so beware and please drink responsibly.
India Pale Ale & IPA
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.