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

bottled
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on tap
available

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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.


4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stevenellis (2) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
Great to see this on beer engine. Aroma isnít strong, but the beer is great on hand pull

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 Tasted 10/01/2005. On tap at the Malthouse - 5%, I believe. Golden amber in colour, spritzy nature. Thin white head that remains through this bright beer. Grassy hop aroma, a little malt. Light mouthfeel for an IPA. Bitterness is beautifully balanced with a citrusy sweetness. Juicy sweet grapefruits up front and grassy bitterness in the back dominate the flavours. Probably more along the lines of the new world pale ales than a traditional IPA, not quite gutsy enough. An extra couple of points aroma and flavour after tasting the hand pumped version at Bodega - tasted 05/05/2005.

4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6343) - 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, itís really tropical-fruity.and juicy. Great stuff that Iíd love to try fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2008
Wow, must be the first NZ beer that Paps havenít rated... yet. On draft @ The Malthouse. Pours a mostly clear goldn with a white foamy head and lacings. Smells hoppy and slightly floral. Tastes fruity with a soft bitterness. Lots of hops with mellow grapfruit aromas alsp a hint of pine apple. VERY soft carbonation. Medium bodied. Very juicy. Must be my first IPA on draft... it was good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike69neilson (9) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
Cause I can ..................................................

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (3662) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours with a massively deep thick sand coloured head that takes a while to settle. Musty dusty amber colour with pleasant hop aromas that delight the nose. Wonderful flavours dance around the mouth and settle in the back of the throat. Best of the Tuatara range that I have sampled.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2331) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle from Rakuten, it poured a deep copper-amber pour with a thick fluffy head & a luscious floral hop aroma with hints of fruitiness and dank resinous hop notes. Medium bodied with a lightly scratchy carbonation this IPA tastes lightly bitter with pine, resin & a certain fruity quality to it. Really tasty stuff, a great easy drinking fairly sessionable IPA. Nothing extraordinary but quite solid.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2002
With 50 IBUs, this beer claims to be one of the most bitter in NZ, which is probably true. Although it is bitter, it lacks in the hop flavour complexities.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Beer engine at the malthouse, Wellington. Poured a dark straw colour with large fluffy head, honeyed roasted ground almonds on the nose. A sweet manuka honey flavour with limited hop bitterness. I found this a little bit sickly and hard to finish....luckily my wife had an epic mayhem that i could sip on to get me through it! Okay i think i was a bit harsh, just had it in the bottle and itís completely different! Excellent hop bitterness to this that balances out the butterscotch malt.


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