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


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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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
medium amber color. Apples and oranges, soft hoppy nose. Not so American. Medium body. Dry somewhat bitter mouth. Decent, but lack malt backbone and seems more like a crowd pleaser than a pale ale that is trying to take it to the next level.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnat2006 (12) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2011
500ml bottle split with JK. Clean and strong citrus aroma, cloudy in the glass that never settled, relatively soft carbonation with a kick of bitter hops though not as pronounced as others. My favourite all-round beer at the moment with the most perfect palate I can imagine. Opened this as Ireland kicked off against Australia in the RWC and enjoyed it as Ireland proceeded with their demolition job. This may be a good reason behind the high score for the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zeke_NZL (32) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2011
My favourite Hoppy beer in NZ at the moment. Crisp, clean and a ton of hop aroma and flavour without the huge bitterness so common in this style(although there is plenty of bitterness in there).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Tap @ Brew on Quay. Hazy, orange-gold pour with a short, mottled white head leaving heavy lace. Fruit and flower nose - peaches. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Citrus, toast, pine, fruit. Going great up until the finish, which is on the watery side and rather lightweight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2011
Sampled off tap from Pomeroy’s, Excellent golden amber colour with a white head that didn’t hang around long after pouring. Lots of hop nose, buckets full of lovely lemon grass, spruce and citrus. Big bitterness is the first of a shockwave of flavours. Hop driven and lip smacking. This is a serious pint for serious hop lovers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1024) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2011
From a 500ml bottle on 3/7/2011. Pours a slightly opaque golden colour with a fine head.Has a a pleasant and quite strong aroma of lychee, citrus and pine hops. The flavours are full on with caramel, orange, grapefruit and honey. As inferred by the label, you get hops in spades, which keep you company long after you downed a sip. The only slightly confusing things is the reference to APA label, as this is much more an American style IPA. And a very good one at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2035) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2011
Pours dark amber with a small lasting head. Nose shows lots of passion fruit and floral and piney resinous hops. Underneath is cookie dough, caramel and oats. Similarly hoppy flavours with loads of pine. Little supporting malt, just a hint of sweet clean malt and some oats (???). Sharp, full-on bitterness. Nice med-high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 26, 2011
Nose of citrus pine passionfruit minty hops, med body, biscuity malt, nice resinous hop flavour with moderately dry lingering bitterness in the finish. Well attenuated and very drinkable. nice drop

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAY 7, 2011
A very well rounded APA. A bit more body than most with a flavourful citrus hop finish. Not overly brash, making this an easy drinker for any hop lover.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light bronze with a large rocky cream coloured head. Lots of lacing as it falls away leaving only the smallest layer. Aromas are dominated by US hops. Grapefruit and lots of pine resin. Just a hint of light caramel in support. Briallint stuff. Flavours are all about huge resiny hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Great stuff.

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