One of New Zealand’s first new generation pale ales and now something of a classic, Emerson’s 1812 is all about balance. Pouring a bright amber hue beneath a deep cream coloured head, the aroma hints at caramel and dark toffee balanced with a light citrusy fruitiness. Medium bodied, the palate first offers a marmalade-like combination of ripe citrus and caramelised malts before resiny hops come to the fore and lead into a lingering dry finish.
"A few years ago, when I was first starting to explore craft ales, I tried this and went "where’s the hops?" Today, on impulse, I filled a rigger at Regional, and I’m glad I did. So balanced, so full, the citrus notes of the hops not overpowering the lovely toffee notes warm malty notes. And so full in the mouth. A lovely rounded IPA - but, perhaps, for the hop heads out there just think of it as a pale ale and you’ll probably be in a better frame of mind when this hits the mouth. Mmmmm."
Source: RateBeer.com (buzz_and_hum)