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M.P.A - Renaissance Brewing

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M.P.AM.P.A

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BA SCORE
86
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +31.2%

stevergca, May 12, 2014
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep amber IPA color with a consistent head. Lots of sediments floating around. Slightly hazy unfiltered look. Looks straight from the farm. Pours a 1/4 inch foamy head with micro bubbles.

Smell: I get lots of floral hop aromas. Big fruit smells, especially orange and tropical fruit (passionfruit and mango).

Taste: The perfect amount of bitterness that is subdued and balance beautifully by a english style malt base. The caramel and pale malts blend to create a nutty ESB style malt profile. It finishes great with a eye awakening punch that makes me glad to be alive and drinking beer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, oily and delicate. A finely balanced body slides down my throat.

Overall: Great recipe, unique flavors for a DIPA. This beer has a fantastic presentation and great drinkability.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of bobWFMU
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

bobWFMU, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of litchity
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

litchity, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Nerudamann
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look – somewhat dark amber color, hazy, with about a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – earthy, fruity, type of smell. Smells like a somewhat strong ale. Interesting smell from the new Rakau hops.

Taste – very interesting earthy quality to the hop taste. Pretty close to the smell, but there’s an intriguing muskiness in the middle that permeates into the finish and aftertaste. The bitterness really only shows up in the aftertaste, and even then it’s not too oppressive.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little bit on the creamy side.

Overall – very good-tasting and interesting brew. Nice to try something a little different.

Nerudamann, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Colvil
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Colvil, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of spdyfire83
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Review – from notes
Bottle into NB snifter

L: Light banana color (almost burnt khaki). 0.5 fingernail head on vigorous pour.

S: Very earthy and malty with a hidden hint of hops.

T: Smooth malt character straight to bitter hop bite; however, a very sweet touch on the back of the tongue. I like it!

M: Well-balanced start to finish. Nothing overly done...just very, very nice.

O: Very enjoyable IIPA! The Rakau hop is quite earthy, but it accents this beers boldness very well. Great job Renaissance Brewing of NZ!

spdyfire83, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Niceroad77
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok, where to begin? First, I noticed this has been put under American Double/Imperial IPA but apart from the Double, there is nothing american here. This is truly a "Double English" IPA.

A: Nice cloudy medium amber colour. Thick head showing good retention and lacing.

S: Don't expect smelling an American IPA, this is not one! Yes it has pine needles and citrus but there is something more medicinal to it. If you know what great English IPA's smell like, well you won't be disappointed here.

T: Same here. You know English IPA's? Well, enjoy this one!

M: Thin to medium body with good carbonation.

O: I think, as a Canadian living in the Northwest that English IPA's are a great change from the excellent brews we have here. This one being a double, everything is somewhat more upfront. If you are a hop head and can appreciate the good but somewhat different English IPA's, well this is another one for you. But expect to have to double the "ahhhs".

Niceroad77, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Timadae
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Timadae, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am allowing my review below to stand as it is based on the bottle I consumed in New Zealand when it was fresh and close to the source. The next bottle I've had back in Australia doesn't have the same freshness but it still very good. It's probably more of a B+ beer when not as fresh.

Big, overripe fruit aroma. Lots of banana, pineapple and kiwi with a touch of gooseberry. Rakau is interesting to say the least.

Slightly hazy copper colour with a reasonable sized off-white head.

Well rounded, smooth hop flavour. The ripe tropical fruit and gooseberry note is good though some people may call it sweaty. The biscuity malt background lays a good foundation for the hops and the bitterness which is high doesn't come through as high as it allegedly is.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Suitable and it works well.

A tasty beer which shows off a hop that could really be described as "Super Sauvins". Clean bitterness with lots of flavour and aroma and while I like it, some people may not like it.

dgilks, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

thehyperduck, Jul 29, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a classic IPA colour of clear amber with a nice white head that retains OK.

S - Aromas are quite hoppy floral

T - Quite sweet flavours and some real nice, quite strong piney notes and a bitter finish.

M - Medium to full body and carbonation that makes for a balanced drop.

D - This is the best IPA from the southern hemisphere that I have tried.

eric5bellies, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-brown color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, citrus, pine, and malt.

T: Tasted of a little citrus (lemon), pine, hops, malt, and some caramel. A well-rounded flavor. Surprisingly, the hops don't dominate every other ingredient.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable DIPA.

avalon07, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. This must be new in the US as I have never seen it and it only has 17 reviews on BA so far.

A strong pour yield one finger of head that slowly fades to a spotty layer on the surface. The body is hazy orange with an amber tint.

The hops are different than anything I have smelled in an IPA yet, and I suppose this is all due to the Rakau hop, which to my knowledge I have never tasted until now. The aroma of the hops has more vegetable stalky, earthy, elemental aroma than more common American or English hops. It seems to be a greener and more fibrous aroma than the bright citrus bombs of the Pacific northwest US. Peaches and cheese come to mind as I sniff.

The flavor isn't as bitter as expected, and has a thick hop oil quality that I find to be quite nice. The Rakau hop is center stage according to the brewers, and I believe them. This is one of the first DIPAs I have tasted that really is unique in flavor- which is saying a lot. The green/earthy/vegetable/stalky/almost cheesy hop aromas are translated into flavors on the palate, and it does well. The malts are more forward than some DIPAs, but I prefer being able to taste them a little to not knowing they are there at all.

The mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with lower carbonation and a fairly full body. I almost always prefer lower carbonation.

Conclusion: I love tasting a new hop variety! The flavor itself doesn't strike me as awesome, but then again neither did American or English hops when I first tasted them. I think if I drank this more the new flavors would grow on me the same way more common hop flavors have. Maybe it is just the "new factor", but I feel that the hop flavors in this beer are very complex and have an uncommon depth and range of flavor.

allforbetterbeer, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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

mick303, Sep 24, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, a cool new find at the local liquor monopoly chain. Can't really see how this entry is retired - it's been reviewed at least every few months for the past couple of years. Anyways, brewed (thoroughly, apparently) with the Rakau hop - that's a new one for me.

This beer pours a hazy, quite dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of dense, bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of Denmark-esque peninsular lace around the glass as it slowly but surely fades away.

It smells of bittersweet tropical fruit - pineapple, mango, and papaya - cooked strawberry and nectarine, caramel/toffee malt, musty, earthy hops, and a touch of warming alcohol. Lots going on already, it would seem. The taste is more bitter, yet juicy grapefruit and pineapple, warmed peaches, mandarin orange, a somewhat laid-back caramel/toffee pudding malt, and a further leafy, piney hop assertiveness. The alcohol does well to keep a respectful distance.

The carbonation is fairly restrained, but still duly supportive, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and generally smooth, but with the usual caveat when big-boy hops are given free reign. It finishes off-dry, the kind of doughy caramel malt holding fast against the still siege-happy hops.

A genuinely bitter and hoppy DIPA, the trick here being the complexity gleaned from a single hop varietal. Given the region, and even city of origin, I was expecting huge Sauvignon Blanc allusions, but other than the grapefruit, that wasn't the case. Robust and zesty fruit, subtle pine, and an agreeably dazed malt. What's not to like?

biboergosum, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

gloryhole, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +5%
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

LampertLand, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

TubbyDullard, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, tropical fruit, and earth hops with sweet caramel and bready malts, with some biscuit.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and other tropical hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some earthy and piney hops come through with some more bitterness and some bready and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet bready and caramel malts with tropical fruits and earthy resiny hops and bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and resiny with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very interesting hop profile, but overall good mix of hops, malt, and bitterness.

ngeunit1, Aug 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

HATS4BATS, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Molson2000, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

peensteen, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of jahsausage
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, with a long-lived 1cm head, much longer-lived than my two earlier pale ales from this brewery in my tasting. The smell is awesome, stinky pine, very strong. On first taste fior some reason I get hints of the smoky sweet flavour of manuka honey. Near the end the sweetish alcohol competes with the bitterness which is a new and interesting flavour balance. This is a very nice beer, would love to compare it to other DIPA as this is the first i've had.

jahsausage, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.50

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricot, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/toffee, and piney hops. There is also some apricot/pineapple fruity notes and a bit of a woodiness. It ends with a sweet mildly hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – A pretty good DIPA that I'm sure would be even better fresh. The booze is well hidden and it has a nice well rounded taste.. a little something for everyone. Kind of like an east meets west DIPA flavour wise.

spinrsx, Jun 12, 2013
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M.P.A from Renaissance Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.