Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Tuatara Indian Pale Ale is brewed using the finest New Zealand malt imparting to the beer a full-bodied malt character yet still retaining the light color of the style. Classic English variety hops are used to produce the traditional high bitterness, flavor and aroma enjoyed in this style. This is a strong ale with 5% alcohol.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle. While the bottle description says this is golden mine poured an amber colour with copious white frothy head. There was almost no aroma. I left it to warm up and evenutally got a whiff of earthy, woody hop. First impression was a light, clean, bitter taste - more like an amber lager than the expected hoppy ale. I slurped, sloshed and gargled in anticipation of the flavours opening up but to no avail. This was a surprisingly lightly flavoured beer with a hit of bitterness and not much else. To date the only Tuatara beer that I wouldn’t order again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle at Wachi Grill, Kyoto. Hazy amber with a big head. Hoppy nose followed by crisp bitterness. A decent enough brew, but lacks character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Amber orange, beige cover. Buttery diactyl, dulled hop and candy aroma. Taste is more sweet candy, toffee, butterscotch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle and served in Bells snifter: Clear bronze hue with a very nice head and good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and minty hops, slight pineapple and green apple esters, pils and biscuity malts, hint of soap water. The taste is rather plain more towards an basic English bitter than an IPA, raw grassy and herbal hop bitterness over a layer of wet grains with a slight acidic bite towards the finish. Slight chalky and metallic finish. Drinkable enough, I have had worse.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Pours a clear amber with off white head. Aroma is a weird musty corny breadiness, very little hop characteristics. Bitter finish, taste is off. Maybe an old beer? Or maybe this passes as good beer in New Zealand?,

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Butters (3857) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Sampled at Lithy’s Tennessee/Ole Miss tasting. Pours a clear dull amber with good tan sticky head. Sickly sweet fake nose. Earthy bitterness finishes off the old, spoiled sweet grainy brew. Not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness,orange zest, spicy hops and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and spicy hops with a smooth lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear deep bronze copper with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a semi-sweet toasty pale malty nose with some lemon zest and grassy hops with a touch of light oxidation. Starts with light sugary sweetness with some mild citrusy hop bitterness before a drier grassy finish. Could use a little more malty fullness and fresh hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2010
11.2 oz. bottle in a tulip glass. Nice aromas of caramel, toffee and candy with a bit of grassy and citrus hop presence. Copper-red in color, very clear, minimal off white head. Like the aroma, taste is medium sweet caramel and candy with a light citrusy and grassy hop balance. Medium to medium-light body with a barely sticky texture, soft carbonation and a medium length finish that allows the hops to stick around. Better than I expected for whatever reason. Can’t remember for sure what I paid for it, but I’d buy it again for $2 - $2.50.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8945) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle at Max’s. Pours clear amber. Nose of pepper, hops and citrus. Taste of dry hops, white pepper and caramel malts.

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