Mac’s Hop Rocker (NZ)

My first beer in New Zealand for 25 years came complete with stunning views of the cloud-draped mountains above beautiful Kaikoura. With a name like ‘Hop Rocker’, I was expecting a fruity pale ale (having ordered from the menu rather than from the bar of the Pier Hotel) so was a little surprised when a pint of what turned out to be a pilsner arrived. Still, I was not to be disappointed.

Mac's Hop Rocker - great with seafood
Mac’s Hop Rocker – great with seafood

 

Pale straw in colour, Mac’s Hop Rocker is crisp and clean, and cuts through the dust of a 2’1/2hr road trip up from Christchurch. I might not have been what I expected but it was surely what I needed. The taste is delicate and nuanced, there’s light undertones of chardonnay grapes and a slight honey sweetness. It was the perfect accompaniment to the rather wonderful seafood platter served by the good folk of the Pier Hotel. The first of many Macs to come.

Conversely, a seafood platter goes well with a pint of Hop Rocker.
Conversely, a seafood platter goes well with a pint of Hop Rocker.

 

Here’s late Baby Boomer band, Generation X, with “King Rocker” ……

 

 

 

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