Moa Cider – Kiwifruit

I think I’m finally a morning person. Even on my days off, if I don’t set an alarm, I’m up by 5 AM at the latest. I always have these grandiose ideas that I’ll get to sleep in, but I never manage to. Since I have a cold, I’ve managed to sleep about 12 hours on and off today. Anyways, let’s get to the cider.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Made from 100% New Zealand grown apples and natural kiwifruit flavor, Moa Kiwifruit Cider has a typical crisp­ apple aroma, with a unique, tropical kiwifruit twist.”

Random: I love when kiwis are in a fruit salad, even though the seeds get stuck in my teeth.

The cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, greenish-yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with kiwi, white grape and oak. Green apples came through next. The taste was dry and crisp. It had a touch of sweetness and acid from the kiwi with oak and vanilla. It had a lot of complexity to it and the oak note gave it some warmness. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with kiwi flesh and green apples. A bottle of this ran me $12.99, which broke down to $.59 per ounce. I really enjoyed this cider. The kiwi tasted authentic and it worked really well with the other flavors. I would highly recommend purchasing this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Moa Methode

Last night, I watched the first disc of a documentary on the Kennedy Assassination. I was so tired that I fell asleep on it. Apparently I incorporated aspects of the documentary into my dream because I woke up in a cold sweat wondering where the FBI was since assassins were after me. I also realized that I woke up on my couch, so perhaps I wasn’t being targeted…

ABV: 5.5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Moa Methode is a natural Pilsner style lager brewed using Champagne yeast. A late throw of Pacifica and Motueka hops impart herbaceous and tropical aromas, Moa Methode finishes with a dry malty spiciness.”

Random: I’m really into the new Imagine Dragons song, “Demons.” I hope it doesn’t get overplayed on the radio like “Radioactive.”

This brew poured with a huge, three finger white head that dissipated slowly with lots of lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was floral, with touches of tropical fruit and sweetness. Lemon came out as well. The taste started with a touch of bitterness and then a touch of mint and light notes of tropical fruits. Lemon and grain were present on the table as well. The flavors were relatively subtle, but very well done. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was quick, but had a touch of bitterness and citrus. For a style that I tend not to enjoy, this beer was exciting. It had some very unique flavors and was really well done all around. If you see a bottle of this, pick it up. You won’t be sorry.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0