#171 Emerson’s – 1812

Emerson's 1812Name: 1812
Brewery: Emerson’s (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Style: IPA
ABV: 5%
Source: Glengarry’s Ponsonby

OK, so if you don’t want to know an IPA unless it feels like paint-stripper in your mouth, then you might be vaguely dissapointed by this one.

But – if like me you love the taste of hops and get turned on by the word ‘balance’, then step right up friend, the 1812 is for you.

Without actually bothering to Google it, I’d guess the name ‘1812’ indicates that this is how IPA might have tasted back in the olden days when the style first came about.

It certainly feels very English to me, rather than American. The hop flavour is fruity – I get juicy citrus, apple and stonefruit – with some pine and woody notes as well. The hops are perfectly balanced (ohh baby) with soft, caramelly malt, and the finish is only gently bitter, but still dry and with a lingering aftertaste.

Bravo Emerson’s – a very classy drop indeed.



Published in: on January 30, 2012 at 10:37 am  Comments (5)  

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  1. 1812 is actually the last 4 digits of the breweries phone number and thats where the name come from. You will find lots of blokes in pubs who will try and tell you it has some historic relevence. It doesnt. 🙂

    Nice to meet you the other dau if only briefly.

    • Ahhhh. I like that. Nice to meet you (briefly) too. Hope you’re having a great break in Waikanae.

    • I’ve heard Richard relate the symphony of flavours to the 1812 Overture.


      But, with him being deaf, I’m not sure I totally trust that one. I guess it is just a nice story to add to the legend.

      • yeah and according to Richard those big tanks across the road are full of his beer not petrol and he makes dunklewies dark by brewing it at night 😉

  2. It was changed from IPA to Pale Ale recently, it even says on the label Pale Ale vs http://tinyurl.com/7lzdryl IPA or Amber Malt Ale.

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