Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company (DB Breweries)
Style: Imperial IPA
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 167   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Extra-dimensional APA
If your answer to the question “how much hopping would you like?” is simply “more”, this is the beer that will make you careful what you wish for. Deceptively drinkable.

Taste: Full flavoured, sweet, piney, spicy, citric and earthy. Long lingering bitter finish.
Look: Pale golden amber
Aroma: Spicy hops, citrus and liquorice
Try With: The stonger the flavour the better!
Hops: Pacific Jade, Zythos, Amarillo, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin.
Malt: NZ Lager, NZ Ale, NZ Light Crystal, NZ Medium Crystal

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Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - NOV 15, 2012
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 you’ve just consumed. A symphony of taste and vision. I agree with my esteemed colleagues and their reviews, Tuatara deserve thanks for this offering. Let’s dance. PS: my tastebuds weren’t overwhelmed, just orgasming.

john44 (3215) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2017
Bottle. Bought Aug 2017 at GBBF; BBE Aug 2017; Drank early-Sept 2017 - Lightly hazed amber gold in colour. Good foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Very hoppy; heavy hop bitterness, piney resinous hops. Very fruity; grapefruit and lemon citrus, peach. Spicy. Malty; toasty malts, caramel/toffee. Bitter assertively hoppy citrus fruity throughout. Enjoyed this. Good punchy hoppy DIPA. Probably would be even better if fresh. (2017-09)

MelvinKalksma (1630) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2017 Aroma: 7 Medium aroma of malts, caramel, orange, tropical fruit, pine, hops and citrus. Appearance: 3 Clear/hazy golden/amber beer with a slight off-white/beige head. Taste/Palate: 8/4 Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, orange, tropical fruit and pine; ends slightly bitter and dry with hops and citrus. Overall: 15 This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Lovely amount of fruit and pine flavours. Shame it is filtered so excessively. The aroma could have been stronger as well. The taste and palate are both great however and these matter most anyways.

Beerhunter111 (21993) - P´Castle, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2017
Bottle shared at Chris & Ruth´s House. A clear golden beer with a small white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, orange, apricot, heavy bitterness. Taste of heavy orange fruits, apricot, grapefruit, long heavy fruity bitter finish. nice!

mlc56 (4) - - JUL 29, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2017 Double IPA with loads of hopiness and a yeasty tang that is different but not unpleasant. The gold standard of double ipas that you return to after trying another excellent double ipa to remind you of what that type should taste like. This beer has been around for a long time and is still almost peerless.

jgb9348 (6399) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2017
RIch, super hazy, raw golden coloured body (think Manuka honey from NZ) with a copper glow, and a thick, three to four centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of rich alcohol and biting hops with tropical fruits, pine, resin, alcohol, yeast and some deep malts all noticeable throughout the long smells. Full-bodied; Strong rich hop bite at first from pine and tropical fruits that shows a ton of alcohol, a good deal of grain and earthier malts along with some toffee and lightly caramelised sugar sweetness throughout. Aftertaste, a good beer with a lot of hop character with a good deal of hops, but nothing too terribly amazing for the style - a good beer for sure, but nothing amazing; However, on this side of the world it is a bit unique and nice to try. Luckily even more, I was in a relative non-beer part of the world (although Taipei is quite nice!) and drinking this here without lugging it halfway around the world is even better! I sampled this 50 cL thick, studded bottle purchased from Jason’s Market Place at Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan on 24-July-2017 for NT$250 sampled in my hotel room here in central Taipei, Taiwan on 26-July-2017.

Moolesen (580) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle 50cl. Light orange with a white head. Spicy hoppy aroma with some citrus. Dangerous easy to drink, considering the 9% alc/vol. very bitter. Nice rich body. Medium to long finish.

fombe89 (3723) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2017
Botella @Vivalabira, Oviedo 04/05/17. Color amarillo transparente coroa de espuma blanca, buena apariencia, el aroma es frutal intenso a lupulo con notas a caramelo el sabor es frutal alto con notas altas a lupulos resinosas el cuerpo denso bastante amarga.

venom666 (1050) - Elche, Alicante, SPAIN - APR 28, 2017
Pours an almost clear golden color with medium white head.Aroma has grapefruit, pine and orange peel, with grassy hops and herbal notes and a moderate malty and bready backbone. Taste follows the nose, grapefruit, citrus, floral, grass and herbs. Strong bitter aftertaste.

Towey1989 (3053) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2017
Bottle from The Bottle Lab, Leek. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, pine, some peach, slight biscuity malts and subtle floral, grassy hops. Taste of grapefruit, orange, resin, some peach, a hint of orchard fruits, subtle biscuity malts and slight earthy, floral hops. Medium bodied and an oily texture. A long, dry and bitter, citrus and earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Citrusy and resinous with big, bitter earthy and floral hops but I find the finish too bitter with a hint of oxidation. Doesnt taste 9% though. Expected better.

kaserov (887) - Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 18, 2017
Color dorado, translúcido, con capa de espuma blanca de tres dedos de grosor (retención decente). Carbonatación alta (más sutil en boca). Textura acuosa. Aroma muy complejo: cítricos, frutas tropicales, algo de melocotón, mucho lúpulo y resina, alguna especia (probablemente) y un toque de alcohol. En boca es casi dulce, con presencia de cítricos y frutas tropicales (estas últimas más remarcadas que en aroma). La base maltosa está menos presente de lo que el estilo me tiene acostumbrado, aunque no se echa en falta. Enorme cantidad de lúpulo, más que en nariz. Final de amargor medio (dudo mucho de esos 167 IBUs), resinoso, con un toque mínimo de alcohol (disfrutable, no lo digo como algo negativo). Echo en falta algo más que resina en postgusto, pues el amargor se pierde rápido. Cuidado, hay altas probabilidades de que más de uno (entre los cuales me incluyo) se ventile el medio litro en menos de media hora y sus 9% no son para andar con bromas. Muy recomendable. Tenía claro que si no escatimaban en diseño no lo harían en la elaboración.

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