Moa Pale Ale – Moa Brewing (Marlborough, New Zealand)


  • My Rating: B+

Moa Pale Ale – Moa Brewing, 5% ABV – 750ml, (Marlborough, New Zealand)

On the front-side label:

“Bottle fermented & Conditioned.

Moa Pale Ale is a New Zealand take on a popular North American beer style. Using famous Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops, the dominant features in this beer are unique to New Zealand and the Moa bottle conditioned brewing method. Its hoppy strength displays powerful floral, citrus and tropical notes, and like its northern cousins is a beer best enjoyed just below room temperature.”

  • Style: (American-style) Pale Ale
  • Taste: crisp/fizzy-incoming bitter peel -> citrus/grapefruit/peach -> grapefruit bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off) – 750ml., Sept 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes!

Visual: “Beer for Olympians” printed on the side along with 3 awards. Gorgeous bottle, cork, foil wrap, and sub-$10 price make this one very enticing. Pours cloudy hazy orange with an enormous lasting fluffy head and abundant CO2 activity.


Nose: orange citrus sweet malts with a hoppy backdrop. Extremely citrus. (7)-aromatic strength.

Attack: crisp fizzy-creamy

Mid-palate: tingly, citrus (6)-sweetness (MAIN) orange citrus, grapefruit, malt (HINT) peach

Finish: grapefruit sharp (7)-bitter hops, grassy bitter hop finish.

Summary: Overall very solid – price, packaging, substance. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)