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M.P.A - Renaissance Brewing

M.P.AM.P.A

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BA SCORE
85
very good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 12-09-2009)
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Reviews by juju7:
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juju7

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date'- I'm surprised I bought it, but glad I did.
While I would say this isn't the freshest example of this beer it still holds together as an interesting brew.

Nose is of dusty, raisins and dried, oxidised fruits with a caramel background. Definitely not what you'd expect from a DIPA but not unpleasant. On the palate the alcohol has started to come through quite a bit. It's almost like a Tokay, fortified wine feel. That being alcohol and sweet dried fruits.

A somewhat unique taste, even if it's not in it's prime drinking window or how the brewer intended it to be interpreted.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 09:55:57 | More by juju7
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litchity

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +26%

03-26-2014 00:04:48 | More by litchity
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-13-2014 14:27:30 | More by beerhunter13
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Renaissance Brewing 'M.P.A. Imp IPA' @ 8.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6.25

A-pour is murky gold from the bottle to glass with a smallish off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-rakua hops , more pine than citrus

T-big hop bomb tasting imp IPA

MF-WEIRD carbonation , full bodied

Ov-good big beer , decent enough imp IPA , especially if you like Rakua hops

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 22:22:28 | More by LampertLand
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Gasc0igne

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-10-2014 06:41:26 | More by Gasc0igne
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: vigorous carbonation requires careful pour and creates a big, bubbly, lasting head; murky brown, unfiltered, a little like real apple cider

Aroma: toffee, creme brulee, vanilla - it's coming off like dessert, lot's of rich malt

Taste & Mouthfeel: carbonation intense enough that it stings isn't helping, but could be worse; diverges significantly from the aroma with caramelized apple flavours briefly showing at the start, quickly giving way to fairly unique hop notes - pine, but light, with touches of fruit - want to say citrus, but feels more exotic; great length and finish; carbonation calms over time, not a hindrance; some bubblegum; midway through it's really becoming well balanced between the resin and caramelized apple/pear flavours

Overall: interesting stuff going on here, and different; they've done a good job of highlighting a rarely seen hop variety in North America; just a few kinks to be worked out, but definitely worth a try

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 14:05:05 | More by BGDrock
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NZ is exciting because of the promise of their hops which are unique in the beer world. This is very different DIPA because of the hops involved. There is a bit of aging going on due to travel but I still get a real sense of the way the hops are both citrus but also slightly like lemongrass. Big malt backbone makes things interesting but the star is the uniqueness of the NZ hops

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 01:44:55 | More by canucklehead
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FLima

Brazil

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark amber color with a thick three finger head with long retention and leaving lots of laces.
Malty aroma with notes of caramel and a mild citrusy. I was expecting much more, though it is close to its best date.
Very condimented taste with notes of toasted and toffee malts, green grapes and pine. Hints of wood and tobacco. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
A malty DIPA that is a bit difficult to interpret, likely due to its uncommon Kiwi hop. Very assertive and hoppy with peppery notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:34:39 | More by FLima
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-03-2013 01:07:28 | More by Molson2000
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As I am responsible for letting this bottle age, am regretting not reviewing directly after Jeffo's summer tasting when the batch was fresher. It still pours a beautiful reddish amber, with an impressive head and good retention that leaves decent lacing. The malt-forward aroma is as I remember, although now there is a caramelized tone of slightly faded hops. The flavour is still impressive, with a decent malt base that has good hop highlights. A very nice finish that has citrus and nelson sauvignon elements that aren't found in many US DIPAS - and as this is a couple of months after release, that's even more impressive...

Very excited to be a supporter of this "upstart" kiwi brewery!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 03:22:49 | More by hopsolutely
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL BB Nov. 30th. Poured into a tulip glass, gave a great soapy light orange head with really outstanding retention and curtains of lacing. Colour is a deep burnt orange brown, very hazy and opaque. Fairly dark and brown for the style. 4.25

S – the advertised NZ hops are in strong presence. Notes of green coffee bean, kiwi fruit, lime, tropical fruits, slightly antiseptic with the bracing hop intensity, it has a strong ‘green’ rawness to it. Very rich. 4.25

T – follows a similar pattern to the smell. Rick coating layers of tropical fruits and thick bitterness, has some more malt balance but a thick hoppy IPA. Some coffee bean comes again and earthy nuttiness, mango, pine resins, some crisp malt notes and a whack of strong herbal flavor, a lot of juicy and herbal flavor backed by a coating smooth bitterness. Finish is bitter but not super-slick and some malty aspects to it. As it warms it becomes more balanced and pleasurable, but the flavor and depth is pretty impressive. 4

M – big pronounced bitterness, moderate carbonation, some alcohol presence and heat to it. Definitely something to sip, and the hop burn is an invigorating kick, but there is enough malt to make it an intensely hopped but fairly balanced DIPA. Long lingering herbal bitter aftertaste. 4

What a roller-coaster! this is one for fans of hopped-up DIPAs and a good argument for the potential for NZ hops, they certainly make a winning tasty DIPA here! Really enjoyable, it can be a bit harshly bitter but the hop flavor is quite interesting, notable flavor of pine, ripe tropical fruits, maybe some pepper, its maybe a step back from the best but still a really enjoyable and tasty beer. 4

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 23:28:51 | More by mick303
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-22-2013 20:51:51 | More by kaelingirl
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-10-2013 02:46:19 | More by kwjd
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Could not find freshness info on this bottle.

A - Opaque dark amber colour with one finger of dirty white head.

S -Floral and tropical fruit aromas. Some mango, pineapple and a touch of pine with a fairly big caramel malt sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness for the style with a big caramel malt backbone adding sweetness. Some pine, mango and tangerine notes. Very "balanced".

M - Medium body. Some stickiness. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 16:43:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of dry bitter hops with light floral notes with light sweet notes that are also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by dry and bitter hoppy notes with light sweet malt notes with very timid floral notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another Renaissance beer that fell a bit short in terms of hops punch.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 20:29:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-05-2013 19:11:15 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The very murky rusty orange body screams unfiltered, which means it's conserved every possible bit of hop goodness. A finger's worth of creamy paper white head floats on top, but not for long. This is one heavy looking DIPA!

The nose isn't as pungent as I had anticipated but it is still very intriguing. It's fresh and very floral. A hefty sticky sweet malt backbone is apparent. Biscuit, toffee, and rich bread all come to mind. This is however a DIPA and the hop character does well at asserting itself as such. The characteristic tropical notes of New Zealand hops come streaming through in the form of mango and papaya but it is ripe field strawberries that steal the show. The strawberry character is incredible and leaves me salivating.

The beginning is floral, grassy, and earthy. This hop character quickly spreads itself across the palate before reaching the height of its bitterness where mint leaves and pine assert themselves. The sweet and bready malt character stays at the back of the palate the whole time, letting the hops put on a show. The tropical fruity qualities of the papaya and strawberries hold strong on the middle of the tongue but almost get bulldozed by the bittering quality of the beer.

One of the first things that I noticed was how clean the feel of this 8.5% ABV DIPA was. It's almost exceptional in that regard. It still carries with it a soft creamy feel that's typical of the style.

Overall, a solid offering in the DIPA category coming out of New Zealand. I absolutely loved the nose; it was so inviting with the melange of ripe fruits. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the bittering hops used in this beer overtook a lot of the flavourful qualities of the aroma hops used. Perhaps that comes with the style of beer. If more focus was placed on the flavour of the hops rather than their bittering qualities, this would be an exceptional DIPA in my books. As is, it's still good and I'm glad I tried it!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:37:27 | More by ludachris
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a turbid russet red with a patchy white head. Plenty of lace trails line the glass. Soft passionfruit and lemon aromas in the nose. Alcohol is also noticeable in the back. The taste is hoppy with a classic NZ tropical fruityness and some pine sap. A bready malt counter-balance keeps things in check. Booze creeps in the background and increases quickly with warmth, adding a spicy heat. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but rather full bodied. The finish is moderately bitter and fruity.

A very nice DIPA. The hop flavors could be more intense and centre-stage, especially with such delicious NZ hops, but this is still great stuff. Worth a try, if the price is a little steep.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 01:38:40 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-04-2013 03:18:26 | More by HATS4BATS
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 30 2013. I loved the Stonecutter scotch ale from these guys when I tried it a few years ago, but I hadn't seen anything else from this brewery on the shelves - until now, that is. As a hophead, I'd be remiss to skip this one, apparently brewed with a native Kiwi hop variety I know nothing about. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber-bronze colour, topped with one half-finger of dense, frothy off-white head that melts away within a minute or two. It leaves behind a thin, soapy collar and a few scant smears of lacing. The aroma is fruity and juicy, with lots of pink grapefruit and orange pulp, peaches, passionfruit and some earthy pine sap, with underlying caramel malt notes. There's something to please every hop fan in this bouquet.

Bready malts, toasted biscuits and a slight toffee/molasses sweetness start the flavour off, but these notes are soon swept into oblivion by the intense floral, fruity Rakau hop bill. Grapefruit, peaches and mandarin orange give way to vinous notes, juniper and earthy pine sap, the latter lingering into a long, bitter finish interrupted briefly by a flash of warmth from the ethanol. Bitter, resinous aftertaste, with a somewhat slick, oily mouthfeel. On the hefty side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels and a smooth feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.14, a respectable A-. Renaissance Brewing's Marlborough Pale Ale isn't the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had, but it's definitely one of the tastier ones. The alcohol becomes more prominent as this one warms, but it integrates nicely with the powerful, earthy bitterness of the Rakau hops - so I consider the added heat a feature, rather than something to find quarrel with. A solid brew any way you slice it - and given the difficulty of finding quality DIPAs in these parts, I'd definitely consider it worth another pick up in the future. Worth a try for sure, and I hope to try a few more of Renaissance's brews before the local stock runs out.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 05:03:00 | More by thehyperduck
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -46.9%

07-16-2013 02:45:45 | More by DonFrap
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-13-2013 20:54:33 | More by chickenm
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge creamy head over cloudy amber liquid.

S -Interesting aroma: a little bit of pine, a little bit of fruit, a little big of apple and a dusting of tobacco. Alcohol comes through as well.

T - Apple is evident. Some sharp piney hops and some orange. Leans towards the dry side for a DIPA. A little bit spicy maybe.

M - Smooth medium body. Again, seems a bit dry, which IMO, keeps the hops from reaching their full potential.

D - Fairly easy drinking for a DIPA. Big hopping is obvious, but lacks the balancing sweetness and the big resinous flavour I expect.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:23:14 | More by allergictomacros
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-07-2013 15:43:10 | More by TubbyDullard
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-27-2013 06:17:02 | More by WeissBoy
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M.P.A from Renaissance Brewing
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