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


on tap

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 14, 2013
as expected, the american-ness of this lends a kick to the bitterness. in any other language this would be an ipa. but nevermind that, this is rather good for all its citrus and hop punch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerrmatt (29) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 16, 2013
500ml bottle. Great aroma, floral, with herbs. Resinous full hop bitterness, more floral and herb notes, grapefruit lingering. Lively carbonation, malt balance is a little on the light side leaving plenty of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (449) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2013
King of citrus this beer is. Tastes so big for its relatively measly 5.7%. I used to think Pilsener was Tuatara’s best, but now I’ve had this APA for the second time, I ’ve changed my mind. This is excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2013
solid beer, in fact i preferred this to the nz apa. good flavours and balance, just delightful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydian1 (1173) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 6, 2013
On tap in Dunedin, NZ. Lovely APA with tropical fruit and piney hop aromas on top of a caramel malt base. Well balanced favour profile with a decent hop bitterness that persists. Appears amber with smallish white head. Medium bodied, slick texture, quite quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (819) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 While I prefer the kick of the American hopped version, both it and the New Zealand hopped version are excellent examples of the breed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with light head. Aroma of caramel, light pine, dough, and malt. Flavors of malts citrus, melon, and a bit of pine. Full body for an IPA. Quite fruity overall. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (786) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2013
It’s 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. It’s 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 (30476) - 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.

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