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M.P.A - Renaissance Brewing

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 80
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 4
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

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Beer added by: ADZA on 12-09-2009

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Photo of beergoot
2.61/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark orange body, honey-like; thick off-white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Heavy sweetness, apricot, earthy hops

Taste: Overly sweet; dull hop bitterness; alcohol warmth dominates over hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, almost syrupy

Overall: I don't see this as being anything like an American IPA. It lacks the floral hoppiness that those kinds of hop bombs and the taste is just too sweet and overpowering. The malts and hops seem to lack any kind of coherent balance and clash more than come together. Who knows, this may have been an old bottle that just didn't travel or age well. (623 characters)

Photo of danieelol
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a rather dark red golden with nice head and really good lacing.

Aroma is very muted. Honey, ginger, some floral notes. Hops in this one seem spicy and ginseng-like. Bit of plastic and spider's web. Definitely spicy.

Taste is a soft malty honey syrup. Then I'm pulling some nutty flavours out of it.

Mouthfeel is thickish and syrupy with decent carb.

Not sold on these Rakau hops. Polished beer, but I don't really get what it's supposed to be doing for me. Really don't get any strong doses of flavour from this at all, from either hops or malt. (555 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

...And it seems that the influx of new hop varieties continue their endless trek. Resistance Brewing explores the fruity, woody, and winy taste of Rakau hops in this Imperial IPA that celebrates the Marlborough countryside.

Richer than the average IPA, the dark russet redish-brown ale has a nearly burgundy nature to its hue. Releasing a semi-structured dense foam cap, the beer retains its foam and resists the sprite effervescence of typical IPAs.

Malty-rich aromas start with slightly scorched caramel, toffee perhaps, and with elements of sorghum, bread crust, and light molasses. A perpheration of vinous wine, wood, tea, and tobacco frame the secondary notes that rise to decorate the malty focus.

Sweet malty taste is met with a rich bready taste of both sorghum and biscuit flavors. The full flavor of malt is counter acted by hop flavor that seems red wine-like, gin-like, and with flavors of mango, cider, and passion fruit before turning woody, herbal, and grassy in its bitterness headed into finish. The malt-sweetness also borrows mature and gentlemanly flavors of fresh cut tobacco, mulled tea leaves, and root beer.

Fuller than the expected imperial IPA, the lighter carbonation and effects from residual sweetness play heavy on the palate and prevent the dryness that's expected of pales. But the release of carbonation leads to a sticky cola-like texture on the palate before the semi-dryness from hops usher in the acetone and acetic character of warm alcohols to finish the beer.

Complex and flavorful throughout, the beer seems to compare favorably when up against beers like Belhaven IPA which isn't an IPA at all, but simply an exploratory ale that introduces new flavors and combinations than have ever been tasted before. And that's good enough for me. (1,783 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich bronze, busy effervescence. One-finger off-white thick head. Good retention.

Muscatels, raisins and biscuity malts initially. Tropical, citrus and piney hops gradually emerge however. Slight phenolic notes.

Muscatels, dates and dark fruits even more prominent at first, more reminiscent of a quadrupel or barleywine than an IPA. Shortly after, pine needles, lemon peel and strong resin notes creep up until they absolutely dominate. The eventual bitterness is deceptively high.

Alcohol very apparent; acidity is quite high and almost unpleasant. A pleasant chewiness from the resinous hops.

Drinkability not great for mine. Alcohol seems too high - to the point of dampening the hop and flavour profile. (720 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This should be un-retired as I was able to find a bottle locally.

Pours a cloudy amber with blonde highlights. Nice big head too. Looks a lot like hop juice to me.

Spicy with a touch of mango and pineapple in the nose. Creamy?

Assertive hop bite that's equal parts spicy and citrusy. Very mellow. Pineapple, mango and grapefruit.

There's just something different about this that I can't quite pinpoint. The mouthfeel is fairly mellow and finishes cleaner than I figured.

I have to agree with other reviews. This is more malt-forward than overly-hopped. (562 characters)

Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at City Beer Store today for 9.99.

Pours a dark orange approaching copper. Good not great clarity. Light tan foam with great retention. Tropical fruity aromas with passionfruit and stone fruits being most prevalents. A biscuity/toasty malt aroma making it through as well. Biscuity malt backbone flavor in support of a mango/peachy hop character. High level of bitterness but impressively smooth. Some lingering fruit on the back end. Moderate body, a tad chewier thank your typical DIPA. (505 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml DIPA from New Zealand that uses the obscure Rakau hop, "heaps of them" apparently. My first from this brewery, long overdue.

A - Pours a straight up red color with a bit of haze, nice color for sure but strange for an IPA. A thin off-white head retains as a slight cap.

S - Pine, grape leaves, lots of caramel and toffee, grapefruit, earthy honey bread.

T - More grapefruit with some pineapple, resiny piny hops, still big candy caramel and toffee malt with some toasted bread. Kind of a leafy tea-like presence.

M - Big malty feel with light but decent hop bitterness. Sweetness is kept in check. Carbonation a bit on the lower side, light alcohol warmth.

O - Definitely malt-forward but not in a bad way, lots of good caramel and breadiness with decent depth, pretty good hops too though they're buried. Reminds me of alot of DIPAs from 6 or 7 years ago (old bottle or intentional?) (895 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark orange brown color (almost rust like). Nice reverse cascading off white head that grew to one finger in height and held its form well. Very little visible carbonation and just small rings of lacing through drinking.

S-- Candied citrus. Mostly Lemon and orange, grapefruit and pine in the background. Small amount of oily residue smell. Much sweeter than other DIPA's that I have had and not as bold. A lot of carmel smell in this.

T-- Juicy Orange and peach forward taste. The peach is very unique and nice. Peach really resonates in this. More crisp than aggressive to me. Pine and grapefruit are there but are much more muted and do not attack like other DIPA's do.

M-- Low carbonation and crisp feel to this. Touches of carmel are present and the grapefruit and pine are middle to the back of the feel. Peach just stands out in this though.

D-- Alcohol becomes present in this about halfway through this. Still very drinkable and can have 2 of these easily. Can tell this was thought out well. As the beer is very well balanced in the hop and in the malt taste and feel. Not in your face like US DIPA's are. Different and well done. (1,185 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy orange/auburn color. Light tan head. Seems to actually be some hop floaties suspended in the beer.

Aroma is actually more caramel malt heavy to me. There is plenty of hop aroma too, though. Some raisins, mango and grassiness. Alcohol pokes through too.

The flavor is initially rather dark with caramel and roasted malt, raisins and other dark fruits. This shows in the finish as well. In between there is some hop flavor. It is not strongly citrus or pine like a US hop, but more fruity and floral.

Mouthfeel is full. Not strongly carbonated.

Overall a fine beer, but seemed far from an explosion of hops to me. Does go nicely with Indian food. (667 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Belmont Station and figured I'd pick up a bottle to quaff while booking the details for my upcoming trip to NZ. Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter.
Body is a cloudy deep orange color, topped by a small, creamy, off-white head. Lots of suspended solids. Aroma of sweet, bready malt mixed with a big dose of citrusy hops. Prominent notes of biscuit and grapefruit are offset by subtler hints of grass and sweet pineapple.
Palate is mostly sweet malt up front, with the citrusy notes of the hops coming through on the swallow. Nice notes of biscuit and pineapple again. A big flourish of bitterness emerges on the finish but doesn't linger long. Instead, a mildly chalky character of the malt hangs around for a couple of moments after the swallow.
Body is full, just a touch creamy, but actually a little thin for a beer of this magnitude (both bitterness and strength). A very nice effort, with a different hop profile that is a nice change of pace from what we get here in the northern hemisphere. (1,031 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark copper colour with a 1 finger cream coloured head. Doesnt leave the best lacing.

Smell is suprisingly citrussy. Some pine in there as well. Much less present than expected is that typical new zealand hop sweet fruity quality, but it's there in a perfumy peach scent. Also some rich caramel and syrupy notes from the malt. Very nice. Could be more intense perhaps.

Flavour is a little sweeter than the nose suggests and the stone fruit qualities of the hops are more present, though some pine and citrus are evident especially in the after taste. Sweetness has a light caramel flavour to it. Bitterness is alarmingly soft. It is certainly there, and not in a small way - however the actual nature of the bitterness is incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is interesting, quite low carbonation which I think works well. I would like it to either feel lighter, or be obviously more creamy in it's texture.

Overall, good but lacks the robust strength of flavour found in the best examples of the style. (1,005 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer was suggested to me by a Kiwi as a nice hoppy New Zealand beer, so after checking a few stores I finally found this, wasn't cheap though.

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are stinky, resin, floral, earthy (mushrooms?) some ripe fruits, and white wine notes.  A bit odd, but nice.

Taste is hoppy, but not overly so.  Resiny, with a musty earthiness, light citrus, oranges, white wine, and general bitterness.  Finish is dry, with a lingering hop bite. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall, a nice DIPA, more of a standard IPA to an American west coast palate, but still quite tasty. Drinkable, but not a great value. I prefer Epic and 8 Wired's hoppy offerings to this one. (741 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazed deep copper in the glass, with 1 ½ fingers of off-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, which leaves back a huge creamy cascade of lacing that settles into a ton of spotty froth down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells herbal, earthy, and piney, with softer underlying textures of soft fruit and toasted grains. This is initially pretty nice but as this hits room temp, the alcohol hear comes out in a big way, and starts to dominate the nose with a LOT of spicy alcohol warmth.

An earthy citric bitterness and herbaceous character stands out first in the taste and I’m even getting a smack of tart and zesty lemon flavors coming out as well. A sticky tropical fruitiness mingles with the sweetness of the malts on the edges of the profile, before giving away to more of a toasted graininess in the backend. This finishes resinous, spicy, and dry, with a deep earthy pithiness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a softer and creamy carbonation that then gets pricklier in the mouth. Like the nose, a good bit of alcohol sweetness and warmth comes out in the body, but it isn’t as bad here and this overall stays fairly smooth for the size.

I was unfamiliar with the Rakau hop and this seemed like a pretty good intro to it, displaying a pleasant combination of fruit, pine, and earth. My only complaint here was the alcohol presence, which seemed to come out a bit more than you would think for an 8.5% beer (especially in the nose). Still though, I felt like I got my moneys worth out of this bottle. I’d be willing to check out another selection from these guys again. (1,686 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml (16.9 oz.) bottle into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a very dark amber capped with a cream colored two finger head. Average retention, hints of wispy lacing. Pineapple, passionfruit, hints of spiciness, perhaps chive, cut grass, biscuity notes. Mixed tropical fruit notes, caramel maltiness midpalate, mint and fresh green tea. Finish with hints of chive, a hint of warming alchohol an light caramel. Big, full smooth body, moderate, gentle carbonation. The Rakau hops remind me of a cross between Summit and Simcoe. Spicy and assertive. Overall an enjoyable, malt forward IIPA/DIPA. (622 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished orange colour, lots of haze in the body. Head is beige and dense, retaining a nice crown with a lovely cradle of lace around the glass. Excellent IPA look.

Smell is very hoppy. Lots of floral character with rose and frangipan notes, plus citrus and fresh cut grass. It's a light smell, but there's a devilish spicey note to it as well. Nice juxtaposition of the bitter with the sweet, and all just hops.

Taste is intriguing, but on first impressions can't say it's entirely successful. Starts with sweet grain notes, pearl barley with some cornbread and walnuts that altogether lasts to the end of the palate. Hops come through late-mid with more of their floral/fruity character, but this doesn't last long. The finish - albeit late - is all hop oil, resinous and bitter. It's not a flavour I dislike, but I was expecting the hops to cut through the malt a bit more at the front, as well as give off more flavour, not just bittering up.

Nice texture, maybe a bit sharp on the back from all the hopping going on. Good and full.

It's a good beer, and I can see peeps digging this, but to me it's the wrong end of the double IPA spectrum. Big hops and slightly off balance. (1,193 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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! (693 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (381 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy oxblood, almost brown, with off white creamy head that fades fast and crusts.
Stewed peaches, caramel, candy apple, resin and strawberry - deep.
Toffee, peach cobbler and pomegranate then orange peel, passionfruit and pine sap hops.
Fresh apricot finish and long luscious bitter linger.
Medium, lots of cling, round.

Single hopped with Rakau.

Big, fruity, chewy, bitter IPA. Darker and maltier than maybe it needs to be - verging on being an Imperial amber or English barleywine more than a DIPA. It's a shame because the malts tip the balance so it's not the best example of how fruity NZ hops can be (like, say, Tuatara Double Trouble.) There's also a dank, earthy thing, like Simcoe, that I'm not sure belongs. Could learn from Cali on how to let the hop sing.

Needs a lighter (or more confident) hand. (817 characters)

Photo of Hendry
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like fresh pressed apple cider,half finger of khaki head,spotty lacing.

Aroma is malty and grassy,underwhelming.

Flavor starts out with a hefty English toffee blast followed by a moderate amount of balanced bitter dank hops. Alcohol well hidden for the abv.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, low level of carbonation.

I continue to question the freshness of New Zealand exports every time I pick one up, and can't help but feel this would have been much more vibrant had it been fresher. I feel like I get a better representation of New Zealand hops when they are brewed here in the States and offered fresh rather than ending up in a warehouse waiting to be shipped.Decent drinkability, but my sample was too malt forward for my taste. Stands to reason that since the California IPAs are typically 2-3 months old by the time they hit the shelves in Vermont, that this import is likely over 6 months old and not a good representation of what this ale once was. Moving forward,undated beer, especially imports, are better left on the shelf for the next guy and not for me. With so many choices offered that offer reliable bottle dating and freshness, this bottle has proven to be another waste of the $8 plunge. (1,218 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (964 characters)

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M.P.A from Renaissance Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.