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


on tap

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4316) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2011
This has a fruity and complex aroma, signs that this is an EIPA-style. The flavor is malty and balanced in the hops with a dry finish. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, just that it doesn’t stand up to the best IPAs, its closer to an ESB.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 26, 2011
Fruity toffee butterscotch honey nose with some perfumy flowery hops, toasty biscuity sweet malt, medium body, grassy earthy spicy hop flavour, minerally bitterness. More of an ESB for my taste but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle (BB Sep 2010). Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of mandarin orange, dried mango, cinnamon, black tea, cardboard. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. As with the Pilsner, another old sample...but once again, one that has not suffered as a result. Just a very small bit of cardboardy oxidation, the rest is beautiful. Gotta love bottle conditioning. Anyways, it’s really tropical-fruity.and juicy. Great stuff that I’d love to try fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (1923) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2011
The aromas are of grassiness, orangeflower and fruitleather. My Aunty Kim makes a wonderful apple and blackboy peach fruitleather. It poured the colour of mandarin peel and a head that subsided with a sigh after a few minutes, leavingvery little lacing. Upon tasting there is a twist of citrusy bitterness and a silky malt character that lingers underneath the initial hoppy shock. This beer is sweet, without being cloying, tart without being overpowering. This is balance and marks this beer as a good session bitter. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle into my De Struise glass...Lots of carbonation, pours with at least three fingers of head, its tope good retention only so-so lacing. The beer itself is a dark and clear orange...The aroma is really light, malt caramel, a little grass, only a faint aroma of hops. It reminds you of "greeb" kind of refreshing...Taste is ok, but not at all an ipa. A very malty ipa, bread, pineapple, light hop for a split second at the end. Easy to drink just boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Pours an orange amber with biscuit notes the drive into a deper maltiness. You get light bitterness of the hops on the late palate and finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a golden amber with cream coloured head,. Subtle hop aroma and some biscuity malt. Nothing brilliant. Flavours o light sweet caramel and a little resiny grassy hops on the finish. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (7131) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle at Wachi. Slight citrus hop aroma, English hops. Lots of malty caramel. flavor also sweet and malty, with caramel and biscuits. A bit of hops but doesn’t balance out so well. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Sampled on 1/22/2010. This India Pale Ale pours a light orange gold color from a 33cl bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing. The aroma is biscuit and sweet, floral and herbal. Medium bodied IPA. The malts are caramel and bready, slightly sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. A traditional English style IPA. More malty and somewhat sweeter than an American and maybe even an English IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with some bitterness in the background.

   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.

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