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


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (762) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2013
Gold pour with a thin off white head. Big floral aroma with some citrus, herbs. Taste is malty, grapefruit, slight resin with good persistent bitterness. I *love* the Aeoteroa Pale Ale, but this is milder and more sessionable.

   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 (31) - 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 (481) - 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 (1249) - 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 14/20
beer-yum (992) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2015 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 (2570) - 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

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