Beer Review: Wigram Brewing Co. Kortegast Sparkling Ale

IMG_0180_cropThis 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

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