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


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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (4334) - 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 (940) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (613) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a decent lasting small foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of activity. Nose: sweet citrus hops, mild malts (lvl-5)-pungency Attack: bitter citrus hops Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-citrus/bitter sweetness, (MAIN) orange, sweet grapefruit bittersweet hops, yeasty malts Finish: lingering grassy bitter hops, off-dry citrusy bitter sweetness. Summary: A pale ale with a pronounced yet gently balanced hoppy-citrus bittersweet profile. Extremely drinkable, even as it warms. Recommended. Share this:

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (363) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014
Looks- medium amber, medium head. Smells- fresh grassy/piney hops, crisp caramel malts. Tastes- stone fruit and tropical fruits, piney.. Lighter caramel malts.. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4482) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma is quite citric. Clear, amber coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is bitter, slightly malty, crisp citric hoppy together with other hoppy fruit tones. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
Rating #975 - February 13, 2014 - Aroma is a lemony grapey herbal volcano cone. Pours a good amber colour with a perfect sticky white foam, spotty lacing, decent retention. Medium carbonation, mild-medium alcohol warmth. Palate is a decent lemon grapefruit citrus hit, with some sticky pine resin notes, and a comfortable ABV - supah crushable. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamora (10) - Bangkok, THAILAND - FEB 17, 2014
Nice amber pale ale, with a mild fruity aroma. The pour is good, nice carbonation and a nice head with good lacing. The taste is nice, but a little too thin. All in all a good and easy to drink pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (910) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
(On tap) Clear pale amber with slight white head. Aroma has citrusy hops with some caramel. Medium body, excellent carbonation - soft and mouthfilling. Taste starts with gentle spice and tang with nice caramel notes developing and then giving way to a long bitter finish. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1797) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Tuatara APA (Aotearoa PA) 5.8% in a 330 ml brown reptilian bottle purchased and consumed in Wellington, NZ. BB date of August 2014. Pours deep amber with a bubbly bone-colored head. Excellent lacing. A big pale ale featuring NZ hops, with a very aromatic herbal/weedy aroma and a citrus-herbal flavor. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. Appropriate malts for balance. Feel: medium body; smooth; good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheNucleator (21) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2014
Aroma and appearance very similar to The Tuatara APA (American version). Moderate malty notes, hops are present and alcohol is offset with sweetness. More bitter, less balance than the American version. Still a nice beer though.

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