Breakfast Beer Tasting: Arbor Riwaka

I had the pleasure of sampling some Arbor beers on cask at the weekend. They really are at the top of their game at the moment. And so, what better way to start a dreary Monday that with, hopefully, a guaranteed banker in terms of quality. That’s the plan, anyway.

It’s a 500ml bottle and comes bottle-conditioned and weighs in at a nice and easy 4%. It poured a good looking pale gold with excellent carbonation and a fluffy white head. On the nose there was plenty of sweetish citrus notes, tropical fruit: mango, pineapple and some grass.

The beer itself was light to medium bodied and packed full of flavour. Typically tropical, you might say. The light malt backbone was more than matched by mango, passion fruit, pineapple and a little gooseberry. The finish began fruity and became increasingly drier, eventually leaving a satisfyingly dry aftertaste.

Tyson says: Yet another stunning session beer from Arbor. Packed full of goodness, this should count as one your five-a-day. 


RealAle UpNorth said…
Crikey! Sounds right up my street. Will have to hunt it down pal. I bet most of them flavours come from the magical citra hop? Probably wrong,but sounds citra hop influenced :-)
Tyson said…
It's a New Zealand hop that is really tasty. If you like Citra, you'll like this.

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