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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 68   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!


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
youngcaptain (7) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2010 does not count
I love hops so was easily seduced by this one. Pours dark copper with a huge piney citrus aroma that punches you in the nose straight away. Good start !! First sip BOOM a mouthful of spicy resiny hop flavours followed by a long sustained bitterness... my kinda beer

4.5
   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.

4.5
   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.

4.4
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyguns (909) - 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

4.3
   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.

4.2
   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).

4.2
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (306) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at Cookie. Nice, a bit too bitter though. Aromas of grass, and caramel. Taste is hoppy, with long-lasting bitterness. Palate is creamy, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.


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