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


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RATINGS: 110   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2014
pours copper gold, fine hoppy aroma, taste is all bitter hops with citrus fruit & malt, must compare this with the Aotearoa Pale Ale one day

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (5099) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique May 2013. Dark amber colour with a good head. Citrus and pine needle aromas. Feels like it is bigger than 5.7% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
Gives a thick head. Good in IPA glass. Nice piney aroma with US hops giving light citrus. Got malt in taste and bitterness that is nice and keeps on giving. 5.8%. 50ml. 2.4 std drinks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hop_Hedonist (462) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2014
I love APA’s - this ain’t one - it’s way more along the high octane Brit bitter lines due to the massive malt presence - far too thick on the tongue - like drinking a digestive biscuit - hits of great piney/resiny hops drowning in malt. Not the Hop Heaven I expected. Disappointed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
monumentbc (3) - - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
I'm biased. I love this beer. Pours Amber gold. Heaps of hop aroma and a pillowy head. Great hoppy taste over sweet malt. Well balanced to my mind. Lovely lace on the glass. Currently my first choice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsentribe8 (17) - Napier, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2014
Crisp, fresh and smooth APA, soft aftertaste. Excellent kiwi craft beer, well done Tuatara.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2014
Produces up a burnished orange, misted and not quite clear. Very fine, intermittent carbonation ebbs slowly to atmosphere below a billowing, cappuccino foam that leaves a thick lace. Nose has a candy essence to it and is awash with ripe grapefruit, navel and blood orange, rose musk, camphor and pine. Quite astringent and tart on the palate with a rough, herbaceous, bitter hop swallow. Quite lean in body, vinous and spritzy. Low malt with just a husky, grainy after thought peeping through. Piney, matchstick linger. Fruit is tart, underripe, almost sour as opposed to that glorious aroma. It is a little hard to drink to be honest. A fresh sample so I’m guessing this is supposed to be this puckering. A strange one. (50cL, BB 12/12/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (622) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2014
This has a great look, decent head, nice lacing, soft aromas give way to a full mouthfeel and carry of a hoppy beer that finishes well and not dry. Its very drinkable is what this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Khaggerty118 (69) - Olney, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2014
FINALLY. Ive been living in the West Coast in NZ for the past 4 months and FINALLY I found a worthy beer to buy from the local mart. The shelves are just packed with run of the mill working class ales. This beauty has the power and flavor of an extra IPA without being over bearing or too harsh (as my gf remarks about the double trouble). I personally prefer the double trouble, but this one has more mass appeal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1939) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2014
Keg - Pomeroy’s, Christchurch. A clear golden amber with a fine, creamy white head with fair retention. Slightly tart mid fruits and yeast complexities with grassy, leafy hop characters and hints of a pale malt sweetness. Light to medium body, medium carbonation with a finish of fine length pledged between subtly sour fruit and gently bitter hop notes. Perhaps a bit ’grubby’ but in an acceptable way and it’s certainly quaffable enough.

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