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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Spawned by freewheeling, Californian hopheads, American Pale Ale is the red-headed stepchild of the classic IPA. Big and extroverted with plenty of bitterness, a great APA shows off some fruit on the nose and the kind of earthy, herbaceous complexity Pinot Noir buffs drone on about when they corner you at a fundraiser. Anyway, we had a thumb through the Tuatara atlas and discovered that us Kiwis are New World too. So we reckon it’s time a New Zealand APA pulled on its dockers, flashed its Backberry and generally talked louder than anyone else in the bar. Here it is!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2014
Keg - Pomeroy’s, Christchurch. A clear golden amber with a fine, creamy white head with fair retention. Slightly tart mid fruits and yeast complexities with grassy, leafy hop characters and hints of a pale malt sweetness. Light to medium body, medium carbonation with a finish of fine length pledged between subtly sour fruit and gently bitter hop notes. Perhaps a bit ’grubby’ but in an acceptable way and it’s certainly quaffable enough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3236) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 23, 2014
bottle at home from dicey o’reillys, BBE june 2013
hazy pale amber with fluffy white head. lovely lemon pith and herbal hops on the nose, subdued now perhaps but i reckon would be lovely fresh. medium bodied, fairly dry bitterness, some gooseberry nelson sauvin character and perhaps motueka too. Lovely stuff and wish i’d tried it when i had the chance in NZ.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheNucleator (21) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
Great warm, malty aromas from the bottle and American hops. Pours clear with good sized head. Light caramel head and honey amber colour. Great malt and hop flavours as promised by the aroma. A touch of bitterness and overall well balanced with great body and mouth feel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Herzog_Wilhelm (18) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2014
Now with 5.8% and it also comes in a very cool bottle with a "Sauron-Eye crown cap". Good looking ale with a distinctive hoppy smell. Lots of citrus and bitter hops make it "californian" or "American", but I’ve had lots of british and even german IPA’s with a similiar complexity - so nothing i could clearly identify as "American". But nevermind, it tastes great, not exaggerated and it is well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgb1991 (119) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
Big floral aroma and some piney hops as well. Head disappears a bit quickly leaving a flat amber body. Taste is silky, creamy, fruity and malty. Not big on hops they actually take a backseat I feel. Finish is watery. Good beer not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeardyOne (2) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013 does not count
Nice off white head. Pours a lovely Amber color. Fruity hoppy aroma with a similar flavor. Hint of malt with a lingering bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (405) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2013
Looks.. Rich solid amber, sml-med off white head. Smells..tropical fruits and grapefruit citrus, a little grassy piney too. Tastes.. Fruity and citrus hop flavours, a little soapy a little bit of caramel before good dose of bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3380) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2013
The head is good, the body light. It smells sweet, hoppy, aromatic.. The taste is hoparomatic, bit malty. Taste is hoparomatic, fruity, bit creamy, nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle. Citrus / resin aroma. Bold hops, floral aromas are moderate. Good bitterness and full-bodied flavour. A bit light on malt balance.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sockless (21) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2013
Nice golden colour, with a big head. Soft nose, not too hoppy. Good hoppy, piney flavour, easy drinking, but plenty of flavour for hop lovers. Nice soft carbonation.


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