This Golden Ale by the Mount Brewing Company is infused with Manuka, which sounds pretty cool. I was quite excited to try this beer because I like Manuka honey, so having it in a beer is a brilliant concept, to me at least.
The nose is full of honey with a touch of that yeasty/malty smell that occurs usually in Belgian beers. The taste is smooth and dominated by honey, and the finish is the same. Usually when you see beers like this you expect a subtle note of the advertised flavor, but this one puts the Manuka right in your face.
I didn’t expect the flavor to be as strong as it was, but was pleasantly surprised by it. The flavors are fantastic and it suits the Golden Ale style well, I don’t think it would really work with any other style of beer, although I am ready to be proven wrong. If you like Manuka then this beer is for you, and with all the healthy properties of Manuka, that technically makes this beer a health food.
Who: Mount Brewing Company, New Zealand
What: Golden ale
Nose: Honey, Belgian
Look: Cloudy gold
Taste: Smooth honey, Belgian
Finish: Smooth honey
Form Tried: 1l bottle