Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (661) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1200) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2015
From a 500ml bottle on 24/8/2015. Pours a dark golden with a small head. Has a sharp sligtly pungent fruity nose. Take a sip, and it starts with big, syrupy apricot, orange and peach sweetness, with some pine and herbs, followed by a firm, quite astringent, sticky bitterness with some lingering booze. The texture is syrupy and the carbonation soft. While it has some interesting qualities, itís a little too blunt to really charm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1740) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
500ml bottle. Coppery orange amber colour, with a creamy off-white foam head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of toffee, orange, hoppy resins. Taste is sweet, bready malt, molasses, toffee, fruity with mango, orange, spicey hop and woody pine bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry malty tangy bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (743) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Smells rather malty for an imperial ipa. Looks like a glass of slightly carbonated iced tea. Very smooth fruity hops that is very ballenced by the malts. Thick body but still refreshing. Great beer but not what you expect from an imp ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (552) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2015
Looks.. Vibrant amber, med head Smells.. Mandarin, pine, apricot, caramel. Tastes..bright & fresh orange stonefruits, a little soapy, red honey.. Juicy caramel malts.. Little dose of bitterness at the finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davros (2448) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2015
Pours amber with a white head. Nose shows resinous and spicy hops along with truckloads of sweet-smelling caramel and fruit confectionery notes. Flavours includes loads of sweet clean malt and herbal, resinous hops. Perfectly balanced, very easy to drink. Could do with a bit more carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pdubyah (539) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlassBrass440 (306) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DylansDad (471) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (756) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2760) - 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.

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