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


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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pictish (10) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2014
Pale amber body topped with a frothy head. Peach and melon are the top and dominant notes, but all overidden by a malty bitterness. A very good ale which I like to treat myself with. Yum, yum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6352) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Slightly hazy golden. Aroma of citric hops, a bit stale. Sweetish flavor with malt, citric hops, slightly stale, and decent bitterness. Medium-bodied. Could be fresher but still alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hank37 (111) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2014
Strong fruity aromatics, along with some pine. Quite tart and sharp on the bitterness with some grapefruit and mandarin. Well-carbed. A great all-rounder, unlike Ravi Bopara.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - AUG 24, 2014
Orange with a white head. Aroma is sweet candied fruit, malty, citrus hops, too. Full bodied and quite smooth. Flavor is full of sweet fruity hops with a backbone of caramel malt. Nothing really distinguishes this from other pale ales, however it is a very well designed and well brewed beer. I could go a few rounds with this and boy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badskirt (2) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
This beer lays the smack down on you like a wwe wrestler. Big hoppy flavour with hints of citrus on the nose make for a powerful beast of a brew with a soft caramel color. The finish is slightly tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hop_Hedonist (260) - 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 (1156) - 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 15/20
cattrall (17) - Midlevels, HONG KONG - AUG 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Very nice. Pours with no head. 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 (1147) - 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 (629) - 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

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