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


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RATINGS: 118   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCritSean (5) - - FEB 8, 2015 does not count
Poured fresh on tap from Fine Wine Delivery Co. Pours a rich golden colour with a slight orange tinge, and smells of freshly mown grass and subtle citrus fruits. Very easy drinking, with hints of citrus and toffee, leaving a slight bitter taste in the mouth. A good beer to have for BBQ’s or crack one open after mowing the lawns. Good job Tuatara

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlassBrass440 (145) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 26, 2015
Big American aroma and flavor but with kiwi flair of melon and tropical fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (116) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 26, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium sized head. Refreshing nose, clearly NZ hops. Despite not being an IPA, the malt backbone isn’t pale at all and works perfectly with the well crafted aromatic hops body. Lasting finish. Well done, Tuatara!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cruzer (67) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Light amber pour, small head, little lacing. Aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit. Flavour of citrus, spices, and hops bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3882) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Pours yellow to orange with a tan head, aroma of vanilla, peach, apricot, tangerine, flavor is bitter, tangerine, peach, slightly acidic, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2542) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from stirchley wines, birmingham. Light copper beer with small head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel and a little tropical fruit. Taste is citrus, grapefruit, caramel and moderate pine resin. Fruity. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (3772) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from Stirchley Wines via SarkyNorthener cheers Martin; clear amber pour with a thin white head, light pine and malt, taste has caramel, sweet malts, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3512) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
330ml nice knobbly bottle from Hippo Beers. Copper brown, good head. Leafy spicy hop aroma. Bitter asparagus hop flavour. Very bitter aftertaste. Unusual and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle, 11/8/2014. Clear burnished copper pour, sparkling, medium sized creamy head. Juicy aroma, passion fruit with soft grapefruit flesh, floral, honeyed malts. Taste is tropical citrus, tongue tingling, bright grapefruit, some pine. Light body, drinkable and balanced. Really nice, enjoyed this one greatly and had several times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (603) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 13, 2014
330ml bottle at Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours golden yellow with a white head. Hoppy aroma with pine and grapefruit. Bitter finish.

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