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

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours a clear golden colour with sizable white head that dissipates to a small white covering that laces the glass quite nicely. Aromas are pine, citrus, sweet malt. Flavors are grapefruit, pine, medium bitterness, bit of malty sweetness. Overall a very smooth flavorful beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1201) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a white top that leav s some lace. Aroma is a big burst of citrus, pine needles & grapefruit. Taste is much of the same with a present but very smooth bitterness that balances very well with the malts.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muffledego (6) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2012 does not count
This not only has fantastically fruity, citrusy, flowery hops, but also has a deep malty character and a long bitter finish that leaves you ready for the next mouthful. I took my time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alectron (30) - - JUN 16, 2012
Lovely still, not quite as fruity as the original american hops based APA. Similar pine & skunk depth though and shovels of citrus flavours.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rangi (573) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
Fantastic fruity aromas and flavour dominate this beer and it’s great. Refreshing, interesting and tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hop_Hedonist (246) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2014
Great fruity aroma - not quite as intense flavour - great bitterness - well balanced - solid APA but needs more personality.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle at Kinloch. Pours a hazy light amber with a small off-white head. Sweet with some dryness. Lots of hops aromas; mostly exotic fruits and hints of citrus. Tiny hints of resin. Full bodied. Medium to high carbonation. Aotearoa Pale Ale... My new favourite style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2012
This was a great beer. Fantastic balance, great hoppy flavour that was not overwhelming, leading into a nice gentle finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OJB (39) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2012
The colour was strong copper amber, a bit cloudy, with a strong frothy head and medium carbonation. The aroma was strong green and resiny with hops and light malt balance. The taste had sweet orange citrus malt fruit and long bitter hoppy resin finish. This beer was nice crisp and bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wellingtrony (2) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
Wow! Aromatic and punchy. Aggressive bitter hops balanced by its near 6%abv.


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