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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgb1991 (131) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2015 re rate for Keg- Big floral aroma and some piney hops as well. Head disappears a bit quickly leaving a very carbonated amber body. Taste is silky, creamy, and spicy mainly from carbonation. Big on crisp finishing hops very dry finish. Finish is a little thin and watery. Good beer not great.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (579) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShaneJ (771) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle from Tuatara brewery. Slightly hazy dark golden, grapefruit, citrus hops dominate, toffee/butterscotch malt, quite good, but I prefer the NZ hopped version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17660) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Draft at Fork and Brewer, paired with Asian noodles. Hazy golden color, thick fluffy white head with giid retention and solid lacing. Aroma of stonefruit. Taste is sweet and malty with a bit of pine at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy deep orange gold with off white head and well clung lace. Big hop aromas of citrus, pine, berries over a med breast caramel wheat biscuit grainy malt character. Med body, lightly chewy malt character, decent bitterness, well carbonated finishing zesty and lightly powdery, well balanced and tasty apa

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyguns (1104) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle from liquor barons Carlisle. Pours a dark golden with a quickly fading white head. Nose is a grapefruit and citrus hop bomb!!! Toffee hints in there as well to add sweetness. Dry grapefruit hop bitterness dominates the taste. More citrus and toffee malts coming through. Just has that fresh new zealand hop presence shines through beautifully. Soft carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. This is a massive pale ale truly hop head heaven very good stuff!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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