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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2013
50 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow to orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild herbal and grapefruity. Dry and grapefruity. Smooth fruity and light greasy to dusty hops finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2013
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with beige head. The aroma has notes of hops, malt, spices, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of spicy hops, malt, caramel, and herbs, leading to a bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (19647) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Cloudy orange-amber color, with medium head. Very nice aroma of fruity hops initially, with malt grains and other cereals, and even some honey later. Dry mouthfeel; the flavor is dominated by the cereals, of good quality, and some toffee; strong hopping, that provides some soft resins and not much fruitiness; the final is long.
Quite good indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (11798) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Found at a random non-craft beer bar in Wellington CBD. Clear golden color, thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of fresh meadows and fruit trees. Taste is bright, sweet fruit with a bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft. Rich amber with faint haziness and a rocky head (something rare to find in NZ). Fruit gum and candy apple and sweet caramel malt flavor, similar aroma but faint. Medium body, bit starchy and rough texture, carbonation also a tad fizzy and brash. Malt seems over-killed and burnt and the huskiness is off-putting. Growing notes of laundry soap as it opens... Medium to high bitterness with strong sweetness. Harsh hop acid prick the mouth and linger in the finish with a mish-mash of fruit cocktail, resin and gum. It’s hoppy, sweet and bitter and seems aimless and carelessly put together. Very basic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6162) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
In short: A well balanced smooth golden pale ale with a fun fruity/floral hop character. Good session beer.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed a few days after purchase, however fresh a New-Zealand IPA can be in a Vermont store.
The look: Clear golden body topped by a medium white head with medium retention.
In long: The medium-aromatic hoppy nose is part fruity (mostly tropical) and part floral. In mouth the body feels full yet very light, like a mouthful of airy foam. Discreet semi-toasted cereals, a certain fruity sweetness just like dried fruits, an overall fluffy cotton candy sensation, a bitterness in the soft-medium range that is just enough to balance out the malt sweetness. The hops flavors are kind of fun, blending blood oranges, mangos, papayas, grapefruits, kiwis, and other exotic fruits, all that over a bed of flowers. A decent beer but it lacked punch, I wish I could drink a fresh pint of this on the side of the planet, it might be kick-ass when very fresh. You guys should know that my doctor forced me to stop drinking beer and after only one week and my cholesterol was down 2 points, my energy level was up 20%, my BMI was down 3 points, my heart rate was up two beats per minute and my will to live was down to zero.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (5903) - 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.


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