The hop factor is given a boost in Emerson’s 1812, which at first sip won’t overwhelm, but as the hop flavour comes through you realise there is more to this beer than first thought. In the same way, Pop Art feels like everything is there on the surface to be understood in an instant, but upon further consideration it becomes apparent the artist is saying more than expected, and in knowing this you get more pleasure from the experience. For example, Warhol’s Marilyn painting series are beautiful silkscreens of a modern day icon by themselves, but they also reflect Andy’s fascination with the way personalities could be commoditised and consumed like products.
There is much pleasure to be derived from the flavours in Emerson’s 1812. One of New Zealand’s first new generation pale ales, it is medium-bodied with a palate that offers a marmalade-like combination of ripe citrus and caramelised malts, before resiny hops kick in and lead to a lingering dry finish. After finishing an Emerson’s 1812, it is sure to elicit a desire for a stronger hop hit.