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


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RATINGS: 79   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6164) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy. My notes are sparse on this one, but I thought I was fresh and full of complex hoppy aromatics, tropical fruit and pine. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PJhelm (7) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 30, 2013 does not count
Great all round tasting a.p.a perfect session beer. Prefer it over the american version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
Fantastic fruity aromas and flavour dominate this beer and it’s great. Refreshing, interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeliriumT (354) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2013
Pours rosy copper. Aroma is very sweet fruit salad. Flavor is crisp and light and really highlights the hops grown in easily the most interesting hop nation in the world. Keep it up NZ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2013
a bit of an improvement to the original apa i think, has the same hop punch and some of the citrus but the fruit is a little more complex with tropical stuff too and there’s a lovely back sweetness that rounds out the malt base nicely. good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (1753) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours a rich orange amber color with a frothy two finger white foam. The nose is pretty dull lots of mottled malts, touch of cardboard, citrus and grass. The palate shows a bit more hop presence and the mouthfeel is nice and full with flavors that match the nose. Nice bitterness that really cleans up the finish. Not a bad beer but not worth the price tag that the long journey to the states requires.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (11842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Had on tap - guessing this is what I had. Bubbly head. Fruity (curranty, slightly earthy) aroma and amber colour. Soft body, lots of bitterness, rich citrusy hop character with light caramelly malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 Rerate: New 330ml bottle as opposed to 500ml. A different animal. Very American hop aromas and flavours. Halfway through the glass the malts start coming to the fore and the beer becomes a sticky amber ale. A nice one, at that. Original: Kind of a play-off between the dank/grassy and the citrus/floral. Unfortunately it was a bit of a one-sided match, with the dank easily over-powering the more delicate citrus, although the citrus fought well. Maybe it was designed that way, but if you’re going to tempt me with such alluring aromas, I’d like to taste them before they are bludgeoned into the forest floor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2022) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 13, 2013
Kinda forgot to rate this... I do now. Laaaaate.. so very late... smellz yumtakuler. tropikal froot, karamell, fruitee wite whine, pashun froot, leechee, hunee, probablee graypfroot, uther sitrus, linguring spise. Larg bit-her-ness, karmaeml, wite peppur, lemin, graypfruit, meluns, suweeet oringe, stuph. KNot kwite meedeeum bawdeed, lawng finushing bight. Hilee injoiable. Mee thinx itts bean awn da shelvz fore sum thyme butt yummaroo faktor stihl reziedz. Pleckmohadda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike69neilson (9) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
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