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Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company (DB Breweries)
Style: American Pale Ale
Paraparaumu, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tuatara Brewing from New Zealand and Beerhere from Denmark laugh at the tyranny of distance. They’ve come together over 18,000kms to create Hopcat, a hoppy red ale brewed with the brand new kiwi hop, Waimea. Debuting in a flash of bright orange with an off-white head, Hopcat releases hop aromas of pine and strawberry. The flavour is bready malts and caramelised sugars while the long finish leaves a rich and decadent mouthfeel. If you really want Hopcat to purr, serve it between 7-9 degrees C.

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4.1
ComradeK (1262) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2013
650ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber, with a large off-white head, which does not last all that well but does leave reasonable lacing. Fruity hops aromas of strawberry and kiwifruit mix with pine, a touch of charcoal and some rye toast. Fruity strawberry up front blends nicely with some caramel malt. The flavours sharpen into potent kiwifruit hops leading into a body of caramel and toasted rye malt. Bitter pine hops come through in the finish, which leaves an aftertaste of pine and strawberry. The hops flavours in this beer are very enjoyable indeed. If Waimea is a new hop variety, then I can only hope that it catches on.

3.9
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2013
I added the commercial description to this beer and I’ve thought that this wasn’t a terribly good idea because people are suggestible when it comes to imagining flavours. Yep, pine and strawberry, caramelised sugars and bread. They’re all there. I would only think to add tangelo to those descriptions and this seems to be my predominant impression of Waimea hops. The impression of the beer overall is favourable but I think in terms of body it could be a little bigger. That said, I’m glad I purchased it.
(I wish someone would pay me to drink beer, or is that a little obvious for anyone on this site?)

3.9
mkel07 (6462) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
500ml bottle from The Wine Emporium. Lots of malty goodness in the flavour. Sweetness left in the mouth.

3.8
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2013
Great APA, good flavours and balance. I love the resinous strawberry flavour. Doesn’t last long which is a shame.

3.8
Gramoit (494) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2013
Big hoppy aroma. Pretty good APA this, plenty of flavour including some sweet malts and plenty of hops. Really good session beer, would be great if they could put these in smaller bottles.

3.7
Ungstrup (38596) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2013
Bottled. A red beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, spicy hops, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, spicy hops, citrus fruits, and malt, leading to a bitter finish.

3.7
Davros (3310) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2013
Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows grassy, herbal and fruity hops with a bit of lychee and peach. Also some sweet malt with a hint of biscuity, toasty malt.
Very similar flavours, sweet malt, soft toasty notes,grassy herbal hops. Pretty sweet, maybe a bit heavy-handed on crystal malt?
Could use more carbonation.


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