Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Paraparaumu, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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There’s a pile of clichés we won’t deploy here attesting to the fact that you can never take anything in this world for granted. Sure enough, just as Tuatara’s beloved American Pale Ale looked like getting bigger than Texas, our supply of the mighty American hops that defined it started to go wobbly on us. Undeterred, we set to crafting a local solution. Aotearoa Pale Ale takes the spirit of the old APA and reanimates it with a hopping regime that’s as kiwi as a 25 year mortgage. The same-but-different local recipe (Pacific Jade, Cascade, Sauvin and Wai-iti for all you trainspotters) is well within the remit of the original APA, but with a deep, long, new age flavour profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hop_Hedonist (242) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2014
Great fruity aroma - not quite as intense flavour - great bitterness - well balanced - solid APA but needs more personality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndyW68 (1056) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Light orange pour with slight haze and thin off white head. Aroma is citrus and pine. Taste follows nose. Pine and citrus is a little muted. Not bad. Could drink a lot, but not a top 20%we.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cattrall (13) - Midlevels, HONG KONG - AUG 1, 2014
Very nice!! Golden clear and crisp colour. Solid hops flavour and aroma without blowing your head off. Slight bitter palette lingering. Very enjoyable IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpmaster (1124) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
500 ml bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $6.99 Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (458) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle at home from drinkstore. Pours cloudy amber with white foam head. Spruce, pine, grass, spice, yeast on nose. Light malt base, biscuit, some caramel with a sharp pithy bitterness on finish. Slick mouthfeel. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (627) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Aroma is mostly the hop character. There is some grassiness, lemon grass, earthiness and some yeast. Taste is a medium rich maltiness that is met with a somewhat potent bitterness. There is a tarty and straw-like bitterness that lingers. Appearance is a clear gold with a pearl bubbly head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4484) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2014
30/IV/14 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: 20/XI/14 (2014-449) Thanks to Liam for the bottle!

Clear orange beer, big irregular creamy off-white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: some grains, hay, sweet ripe fruits, bubble gum, honey, sweet. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very fruity, bit sweet, peaches, hint of banana, grains, bit caramely, malts. Aftertaste: some citrus, hoppy, piny notes, sweet and malty, some exotic fruits, nice hoppy ending. Very balanced, very nice beer. Coolest bottle ever! Mine was covered in relief resembling some lizard skin or something, really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamplighter13 (1) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2014 does not count
A great "standard" beer. This is my daily drink as it is available in 6 packs. It’s not overwhelming like others but a great beer to drink and enjoy when out without the extreme alcohol but still great taste. As far as the taste I’ll click the boxes: bread, resin, dough, grass, and these are all good things. I am in New Zealand so this is readily available and the one I always reach for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (4321) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2014
500ml bottle at Brasserie V. Unfiltered orange-tan. Thin, patchy, oily head. Very resinous and oily, not the crisp tropical beer I had hoped for. Not bad, but in line with a classic brewpub APA, just a hint of hop variation. A decent enough beer, but it fails to capitalize on the NZ hops. The resinous oily feel dominates. Maybe old?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (920) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle to tulip Sweet citrus, grapefruit, flowers, caramel, some slight resin, and tropical fruit. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a 1.5 cm frothy and mottled off white head that lasts decently due to the vibrant effervescence. Eventually, when the head recedes, there’s small and spotty lacing. Taste is pepper, grapefruit, mango, papaya, and pine that ends in a long drawn out, but not harsh, bitterness. I’m liking this one.

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