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


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RATINGS: 96   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2991) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
500ml bottle, blonde-orange color, with a thick pillowy white head, light pale, toasted, caramel malt nose, with a mild earthy floral citrus, leafy, grassy hop, toffee accent, and a faint fruit salad note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice earthy pale, toasted, caramel malty, flowery leafy, grassy, citrus hoppy character, with some mild lemon, grapefruit peel, lemon pie crust flavours, with a toffeeish undertone, leading towards a mild toasted, caramel maltiness, lingering citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mattress63 (64) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2013
500ml bottle from Zesty Edibles at Gympie. Poured a nice coppery colour unfortunately with very little aroma. Disappointing in that respect. However, was nice and hoppy with a nice bitter finish but I was hoping the Sauvin Hops would show forth a little more on the citrus taste side. Unfortunately no but still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3557) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2013
500ml bottle from The Wine Emporium. Dark golden amber colour with a big whack of hops in the nose. Piney and resinous in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1305) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours light amber with white head. Nose of grapefruit, some pine, orange. Flavour tasted more Cascadian than any other hop to me, biscuit. caramel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (846) - HONG KONG - OCT 13, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013

330 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place, Mong Kok.

Clear amber colour; Half finger head and off white foam which last for 30 seconds; Good sticky lacing with notable slight carbonation; Fragrant aroma of sweet ale malt, with fresh grapefruit, orange blossoms, citrus, molasses, canned fruits, pine trees and faint grass; Mid to light sweet taste of ale malt, with grapefruit, citrus, pine, strong liquorices, strong lime and grass; Mid to light body, quite thin but slick palate; Mouth Feel is strong, soft-blow bitterness dominates, with moderate grapefruit took the backseat. Moderately malty and good piney in a rather thin but solid background; Hoppiness is fragrant grapefruits, orange blossoms, pine and lime in nose and taste, and a really strong but soft, un-German bitterness for a lasting finish; Quite dry after taste, limey and bitter to mouth.

Comments: A solid APA, and I was expecting more with the advertised American and NZ hops, but it wasn’t to be: fruity taste and aroma is modest, not mind blowing, and its body is a little thin. Still, it has a pretty sharp bitterness, and good piney nose and taste. Overhyped but still worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CacheManyHose (202) - HONG KONG - OCT 9, 2013
Smells very nice - piney and citrus. Tastes of hops and citrus. Very, very dry in a pleasant and drinkable way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - SEP 29, 2013
A uniquely New Zealand taste that's fresh with a great balance of hops to make this a tasty and appealing brew ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PissSinker (23) - Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2013
Fucking Norah. Fuck oath. Fuck me. What a fucking exquisite splash of piss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6574) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle @ Yespr. Nose of orange, lemon, caramel, biscuits. Pale orange color, lacy. Flavors of crisp hops, orange, sweet honey, bread. A bit sweet, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21091) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle at yespr. Cloudy golden coloured with a medium sized white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, hops, grass and pine needles. Hoppy finish.

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