Jimthechap (1855) - Christchurch, - NOV 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is like David Bowie.
I thought I would blithely throw this out into the forum and then struggle to justify my assertion as it is late at night and I have had a few, but then pride and confidence have become resurgent and I can qualify my statement with just one point: it is phenomenal. David Bowie is a phenomenon (voted by two of my pub quizzes as the coolest man alive) and so is this. It appears innocuous enough, golden amber and some coarse whitish head and then you smell it: grapefruit and resinous Pacific NW hops. Amber, spruce and an assault of chlorophyll, orchard fruit, stonefruit and sharp marmalade aromas. God alone only knows what Tuatara paid for the hops.
Anyway, the flavour is deeply apricotty, orange peel, wild grasses and a lovely sherbet-like carbonation. Once this beastie has sat on the palate you get loads of sour and bitter. Grapefruit, goosberry, amber pine resins, orange peel and a full noseful of what youíve just consumed.
A symphony of taste and vision. I agree with my esteemed colleagues and their reviews, Tuatara deserve thanks for this offering. Letís dance.
PS: my tastebuds werenít overwhelmed, just orgasming.
Bule (998) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle pours a yellow Amber color with a bit of head. Intense hops. A lot of citrus that lingers. Solid double IPA.
AdiBeer (1683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: resin, pine, caramel malts, citrus fruits. Appearance: hazy gold, big, frothy, white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets continue, resin, turning quite bitter in the finish. Overall: excellent IIPA, fantastic hops in both aroma and palate. Pint at CBR2015, Shoreditch.
markas101 (1955) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Coop. Slightly hazy amber. Thin beige head. Strong pine resin aroma with some lime citrus. More pine on the first sip somewhat chalky texture/afertaste with a long, cloying finish.
jc1762 (125) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Craft Beer Rising (London, 19 February 2015)
Shows a cloudy whiskey brown.
The nose shows mostly a lot of sweet malts with some notes of resinous pine and cannabis in the background.
The palate shows very light carbonation, a slight spiciness & heat in the middle, a very good malt back bone and a moderate to high bitterness.
waiake (287) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
another great 650ml tuatara this has a delicious floral fruity hoppy aroma & a taste that is bitter strong caramel malty with loads of hops
anstei (127) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from New World Fendalton, Christchurch. Pours amber with a small head. Impressive sweet nose, foreshadowing what the gums and the tongue will get to taste... Rich, full taste. Sweet, a bit of fruit, hiding the 167 IBU until the very end of the lasting finish where the bitterness for a moment says "Hi, Iím here as well" and disappears again. Very tasty.
tombutlin (25) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Punch-in-the-nose aroma, resin, floral, citrus. Hops to die for. The taste was a little thick and salty for a perfect rating, but was a complex and rewarding drink. Best shared.
pictoman (700) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 650mL bottle [bb 14/05/2016]. Clear, golden orange with off-white head. Pine, resin, and citrus hops with a very light background caramel malt. Didnít seem all that complex - Based on the bb date and average ratings maybe I should have aged it a bit? The IBU doesnít show through too much either.
mkel07 (3881) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Stewarts Wine Company January 2014. This beer will make you see double if you drink enough of it. Overdose of hops make this a wonderful looking, smelling and tasting beer.
Crazy_Kiwi_13 (9) - Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: (poured into tulip glass) pours a loose 3 finger white head that slowly settles down to 1 finger with plenty of lacing, body; clear amber-orange, noticeably heavily carbonated.
Aroma: Grapefruit, apricot, pine, malt, rich grapes, fresh hops, citrus, lemon curd, caramel, resin, bread, tropical fruits, mango.
Palate: Medium-full body, rather highly carbonated.
Taste: Resin, hops, bitterness, hints of dark chocolate bitterness, caramel, malt, pine, fresh grass, sharp citrus, long lasting bitterness on the finish.
Overall: Very nice balanced hoppy beer, well worth trying if you can.