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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
THE BROS
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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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Photo of bobWFMU
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

bobWFMU, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Niceroad77
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%

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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Hendry
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Hendry, May 18, 2014
Photo of stevergca
5/5  rDev +31.2%

stevergca, May 12, 2014
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of litchity
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

litchity, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

beerhunter13, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +5%

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
Photo of Gasc0igne
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Gasc0igne, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of BGDrock
3.81/5  rDev 0%

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

BGDrock, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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

canucklehead, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

FLima, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +5%

Molson2000, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%

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!

hopsolutely, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%

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 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kaelingirl, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kwjd, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Rochefort10nh, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of ludachris
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

ludachris, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

HATS4BATS, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%

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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M.P.A from Renaissance Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.