A refreshingly local take on a blonde ale.
“So this was to be my introduction to Parrotdog, tasted from tap at Pommeroy’s in Christchurch. An introduction I have been waiting for for quite some time now that you mention it. The beer poured yellow-gold with very little head and cold… very cold. This had the effect of stifling most of the aroma initially. Let to its devices (ie. I drank half and by this time it had come up a few degrees from sitting in my hand) it smelt of lemon, grassy hops and orchardfruits – Cox’s Orange Pippins and unripe apricot. The taste revealed plenty of fine carbonation and that same lemon dominant flavour along with a good fistful of bittering hops that gave spruce and green grassiness and amounted to a very long finish with lemongrass, zest and spruce for a good half an hour after. I was happy to go back for seconds on this beer, which considering most of my complaints about golden ales are about them being bland, uninspiring, insipid and there to appease a public afraid of flavour. This was not one of those Golden Ales. A good sessionable pint actually (just served too bloody cold).”
Source: Ratebeer.com (jimthechap)