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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Blenheim, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Somewhere between a Barley Wine and a Double IPA, MPA has been a seasonal Ale for Renaissance for years now. So we thought we would tweak it. In this special ale we have used large amounts of freshly harvested hops from one of New Zealandís sexiest hop varieties Wai-iti. Wai-iti bursts with mandarin and lime zest and leaves the ale with a smooth finish. The soft bitterness is balanced by the malt sweetness of the base beer yielding a very drinkable ale. Best enjoyed at 6-8įC.


Dervock's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (533) - Emu plains, - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle - pour copper with a big white head that clings to the glass on the way down. Aroma is tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit and a big piney resin. Hops dominate the taste but not in a cloying way. Nice bitter finish at the end without being too over the top. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pdubyah (486) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2015
FYO from the keg. Outstanding! Lovely sweet malt upfront, fantastic light level of bitterness over that and a finish that is just like a kiss. It fair made me stop and smile and contemplate what I know about beers. Sure you might get a better than this, but itís so rare that they do. This is a rare gem that is just jaw droppingly good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlassBrass440 (219) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2015
Pours a clear, rusty amber with a slight white head and good lacing. Lots of tropical fruit in the aroma. Peach, mango, banana, tangerine. Flavours bring bubble gum, mango, pine, mint, and finally alcohol before the clean, but lingering, finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DylansDad (387) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 18, 2015
UPDATED: APR 21, 2015 RATE DRAUGHT: Draught into 1litre swing top bottle: not as good as bottled. The beautiful silky slick body and smooth rounded flavours are thinner and sharper with a noticeable alcohol twang. Maybe it lost its delicacy betwixt exiting the keg, being transported home, sitting in fridge for a couple of days until now being drunk. ORIGINAL: 9% beers donít come much better than this. Beers in general donít come much better than this. Flavour and aroma are pretty much as per the label and the posts below. Then as it warms add a touch of rose, a sprinkle of potpourri a dribble of dank, sticky alcohol and malt sweetness and a body so smooth that it feels like youíre drinking a silk tie. Warming, smooth and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (666) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle from Slowbeer (June 2014). Clear medium-dark amber, 1cm off-white head, pine needles, juicy peaches, mango, rich sweet caramel, hop resin, full body, smooth, slick texture, long resiney bitter finish. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2404) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle pour@5e Mondial de la BiŤre, Mulhouse - FR, avec un grand merci aux gentlemen du Lyon Cervoise Club. Inviting golden amber beer with green inflections. Wonderfully juicy hop nose, freshly squeezed lime, leafy zest. Taste is nearly as elegant, very well defined: condensed bitter tangerine marmelade with some kumquat and gooseberry thrown in for good measure and bark resins for gelatine. Mouthfeel still biscuit-crisp for an IIPA. Good antipodean stuff working with some prime local terroir hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1396) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2014
Foresters Hall ontap (30-Aug-2014) Floral sweet citrus aroma.Amber,ok head&fluffy suds lace.Spicy sweet pine flavour. Herbal pine spice finish&spicy light sweet malt aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (682) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2014
Golden peach pour. Not much aroma. Taste is juicy resin but still very drinkable. Nice bitter hop finish. Overall, a very nice double IPA. Prefer this to many of the 8 Wired fresh hop varieties.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1060) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a clear medium amber, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Peach, apricot and lime hops notes mix with rye toast and caramel malt to create the aroma. Apricot, kiwifruit and lime hops up front give way to a firm malt backbone, with plenty of caramel and toast notes. Lime hops give it a cleansing finish. A very enjoyable DIPA; Iím surprised it doesnít rate more highly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stuvetnz (9) - - JUL 31, 2014 does not count
Bottle at home, thin white head, pale copper, very slightly opaque. Big fresh fruity hops on the nose. Great hop bitterness. Piney and resinous. Not as good as from draft

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whoisghost (91) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2014
Remarkable clarity and good visible carbonation. Off white head with not much, if any lacing. Getting scents of bitter coffee and pine. Tastes very malty and resinous - grass after with some of that bitter citrus coming through. Feels great in the mouth, good carbonation and density and gives the mouth an amazing coating.


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