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


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombutlin (120) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 5, 2015
Spruce and citrus hops to keep a hop head happy, but not too much to scare off my novice drinking buddy. Rich red colour and a body that looks good in its underwear

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (1217) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2015
BB 21/10/2015. Poured a clear dark amber colour with 5mm of off-white bubbles for a head that diminished to a collar that laced OK. Carbonation low and fine. Aroma softly of semi-sweet fruit. Taste with a very tart bitterness; a bit rough. Light body. Crisp, rough and slightly dry with a lingering tart bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ngunity (77) - - JUL 31, 2015
From Bottle. Poured with beautiful colour and head. Too much aroma for my liking and not enough balance. Enjoyed it less with each sip

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle, decent deep amber colour, frothy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Herbaceous bitter, biscuit sweet, nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1640) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2015
Hop herbal spice hop aroma. Clear Amber colour good head and lacing. Malt herbal hop flavour. Smooth lingering palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (869) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAY 8, 2015
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours clear golden amber with a thin white head. Aroma of malt and pine and a hint of citrus. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (443) - HONG KONG - APR 4, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2015 TST East waterfront. Bottle from Craftissimo. Crisp and bitter but quite a bit more malty than I remembered. Body is crisp, lightly tart, dry. Tasted again on Matt's 31st birthday weekend, side by side with the Aotearoa APA. Lots of fragrant maple syrup crisp malt. Fragrant malt + piney bitterness. More malty and piney than the Aotearoa APA, less fruity and darker in colour. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (510) - HONG KONG - APR 4, 2015
Bottle from Craftissimo by TST waterfront. From bottle. Should have this side by side with other APA later. Meanwhile. Aroma seems maltier and crisper - less fruity - than the other one. Taste is similar - more malty and hops more dank and resinous (but not that strong) and then bitter. Really pleasant and full flavored despite being on the lighter side. Will try again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrus86 (227) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2015
BOTTLE. Pours a clean copper colour with huge foamy white head. Subtle sweet fruit hops on the nose. Sweet hops up front with a minimal resin hop finish.... not "hop head heaven" but still nice. Sourced Cellarbrations Capel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1397) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
500ml bottle pours a yellow amber color with a bit of head. A lot of flavor but nothing too intense. A great APA.

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