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


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RATINGS: 79   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 itís 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (777) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2013
Itís back after a long hiatus. Tried it next the Aotearoa Pale Ale. Darker in colour and freshness of the hops come through here. Little sweeter than the NZ version. When I first rates the NZ version I though it was better than the US version - now I would tend to disagree, though touch and go. Itís all about the hops as I though the NZ version was more muted and not as vibrant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2013
Bottled. The aroma has notes of amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of hops, spices, malt, caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, spices, hops, and lemons, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanE (145) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2012
Golden brown, almost copper pour. The hops are quite floral but balance nicely with the malt flavors. Oily texture. Little too much carbonation for my liking. Bitter but cleansing finish, sits a little too long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (626) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2012
Really enjoyable summer time beer with a enjoyable hop flavour that is more toward the aroma side than the bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alectron (30) - - JUN 16, 2012
Loving this, more multi-dimensional fruit than the following Aotearoa Pale Ale and slightly less bitter, not very malty, but makes up with pine & skunk aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
A really hoppy beer. If your a hop head, as I am, you will enjoy this beer. Great hop bitterness, that lingers on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2012
Burnt orange colour, frothy white head, that as it fades brings grapefruit and bergamot to the nose. Well balanced, the malt smooths away but doesnít overwhelm the sharp citrus flavours, Lovely lingering tail. A very nice ale; hoppy, bright and warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodies_Best (262) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2012
Light Amber, frothy head, good lacing. Aroma: floral and hops, peachy. Bitter then sweet then bitter aftertaste, long lasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3628) - 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.

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