This beer is by the Wigram Brewing Company out of Christchurch. This particular beer has hops in it that were used by Mr William C. J. Kortegast, who was a Hokitika brewer in the 19th century. The particular hops used were lost for a time, until they were found again growing along the Hokitika River and used in this beer. I appreciate having a bit of history in what I am drinking.
As far as red ales go this one has the nose of a rich stout, nice and malty with notes of chocolate, but that is where the similarities end. The taste is a continuation of this with a strong malty flavor along with a good measure of hops. To finish the flavor lingers a bit and is slightly bitter with hops.
This is a pretty good beer. It is nothing that will shock you with anything unexpected flavors, but all the same a fairly decent beer. The Hokitika hops have a nice flavor to them that is rich but not too bitter. The flavors come out when the beer is cold, which is perfect.
Who: Wigram Brewing Company, New Zealand
What: Red ale
Nose: Rich malts
Look: Cloudy golden brown
Taste: Malts, hops
Finish: Lightly bitter hops
Form Tried: 500ml bottle