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


on tap

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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GarciaVictor (7) - - AUG 5, 2013 does not count
Body is softly leafy, but uncomplex, and a bit stillborn.Poofy, air-filled head sits atop a golden-amber body. Light leafyness with a hint of soap esters, a bit of a muted nose

pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2013
It is funny how much the aggressive american hopping of pretty much all beer styles has changed peoples perceptions of a beer style. There is now a need to define your pale ale as american or english; this should apply to the IPA style. If you compare it to a big AIPA this is puny on AATP, however, it really captures the EIPA style beautifully. It has a gentle hop presence that crescendos, only to be balanced with the chewy malt. It is subtle and easy to drink

Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
Amber colour. Citrusy and slightly woody aroma. Earthy, light citrust character. Moderate bitterness and a hint of chewiness. Reminds me a bit of Blockhouse IPA from Cape Town.

Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2013
500mL bottle. Pours deep golden with a small white head and a light spicey/ash? aroma. Light spicey flavour with a slight fruityness to it, pronounced bitterness, light toffee backing.

VertBaconStrips (2422) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - MAR 31, 2013
Poured out a deep amber with a huge bubbly tan head that leaves a mess. My cat is attempting to make out with me. This might be getting old but ill try to push that aside as this smells very interesting. Very malty and spiced up well - a hard citrus smell and some ESB qualities makes me think this is lost in the twilight zone between styles. Warm and fragrant, unknown tropical notes - maybe sauvin? Still learning about that one. I can’t describe the aroma but I freaking love it. Fantastic flavour that lacks a bitter beatdown. Big malt base with this fantastic NZ hop thingy. Soap candies from The Bay in my youth, is spice, odd fruit odd everything. I like odd in this set up. Airy. Dig it.

GMCC2181 (1617) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle via StateLine... Funky color, murkey orange, decent head. Nose is odd as well. Earthy notes, spices, light hops, malty, bready, sugar. Taste is a bit malt forward for an IPA... more of an ESB? Malty, sweet but not sugary, bread notes, earthy hops, some spices. Meh.. Full bodied. Overall. Not bad, but rather have an american IPA

HeadyDE (885) - Delaware, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle pour..fairly surprising large fluffy head..darker than expected almost murky orange color..nose is mostly grassy with some pale malt and a touch of nz Sauvignon...little carbonation evident..things go downhill from here..hard to describe mouthfeel..it just isn’t good..odd combination that isn’t appealing..the hops are not really in play here...

mike69neilson (9) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
Cause I can ..................................................

ben4321 (6830) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Location: 11.2 oz bottle from State Line, 1/31/13, Rating #111 of the Month!

Aroma: The nose is fairly subtle, with some clean pale malts and some citrus hops
Appearance: Pours an unclear orange-amber with a rather large, pillowy, heavily laced, off-white head
Flavor: The taste is a little bit sweet, a little malty, mildly spicy, and with a bit of earthy hop
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a decent mouthfeel, but a little too much carbonation
Overall Impression: I felt like this was a half decent example of a British-style IPA. (Which, if you let him, jcos can go on a 30 minute rant about how it should be it’s own style.) Anyway, back from that digression, there are some good components here, but some flaws too, and it obviously doesn’t have the in-your-face hops that an American IPA fan would prefer in the style. Still though, it is a solid, drinkable beer.

madmitch76 (26419) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
23rd October 2011
Very hazy amber brown beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Palate is softish but has a fine prickly carbonation. Creamy malt with a nice touch of caramel. A little raw malt as well. Just a touch of citrus providing some balance before the crisp dry finish. It’s fine but an IPA really should have more hop presence!

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