M.P.A - Renaissance Brewing

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M.P.AM.P.A

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BA SCORE
85
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
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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Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of beergoot
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of danieelol
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of spicelab
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Bencooper27
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  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.

Photo of mulder1010
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of jbowers56
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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M.P.A from Renaissance Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.