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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 Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bang on DIPA. In your face hops, and these hops were citrus tangy, with some white wine character in the taste. Big foamy head. A bit boozy. Good drinkability on taste.LCBO treat.Worth seeking out for hop fans. Fuller mouthfeel, somewhat palate erasing/numbing.

Sammy, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
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
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Rochefort10nh, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Renaissance Marlborough Pale Ale (M.P.A) looks like a slice of blood orange (and, coincidentally enough, tastes a bit like it too). Despite the vivid colour, however, it has a very misty complexion; only shadows are visible from the opposite side of this flaming beer. Head collapses but enough foam lasts so as to make mirages out of it, as if seeing shapes in the clouds.

M.P.A has a lot of pine needle and grapefruit zest, much of which is overlooked by the tremendous caramel and bread pudding notes of the malt. The sweeter, toffee-ish malts actually command, but meld well with the resinous and candied citrus flavours of the hops. It's an almost passive-aggressive aroma; bold yet reserved.

Like many DIPAs, this one drinks like a sweets shop crossed with a fruit stand. Maple and sticky toffee pudding flavours combine with grilled tropical fruits; pineapple, mango and papaya all taste slightly roasted, having maintained some juiciness but lost not much of their piercing acidity. Some sips can be like biting into an apricot pit: fleshy-sweet fruity, but nutty too.

M.P.A is an 'imperial' ale in weight (8.5% alcohol) as well as width; this is full-bodied to the point of being muscular. I bet it could bench-press more than I can. The brewery estimates this to have the equivalent of 120 hops per bottle - a fact as impressive as the math required to calculate it. Still, it has a maple sweetness that makes this approachable to most anyone.

Marlborough doesn't produce quite as good a DIPA as Southern California, but it's not far off. If I were a brewer in San Diego I'd be shaking in my sandals - sure, these guys are on the other side of the world but they've proven capable of making beer every bit as bright and hoppy (and they've got their own varieties to do it with). Another solid offering from Renaissance.

biegaman, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Brad007, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 08, 2013
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 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 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
Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

laituegonflable, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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

canucklehead, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those breweries that just produces some nice quality brews and i was suprised to see this one in my favourite bottleshop,on the back of the label it says this brew was made to showcase the Rakau Hop and ive never heard of this hop before but i must admit they do a very good job of showcasing this Hop and the M.P.A means Marlborough Pale Ale New Zealand's take on an ADIPA,the brew pours a deep copper hue with average carbonation that leaves a small one finger head and minimal lacing,the aroma is straight fruity/piney hops but not one or the other just a exact cross of both fruity and piney with some underlying caramel malts,it has a nice full mouthfeel with with the smell coming thru on taste its quite a nice unusual taste that i quite cant put my hand on but i must admit its very pleasant indeed and the aftertaste is very nice with little bitterness and no alcohol warmth aswell its definately one of those Hops that ive had little to do with but would be very interested to hear about other brews with this variety a good and interesting beer if you can get your hands on it.

ADZA, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

StJamesGate, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

flexabull, Mar 10, 2012
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
Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kwjd, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +5%

Molson2000, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

FLima, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is a somewhat murky dark caramel, with a very small beige head, despite a vigorous pour.

Nose contains tropical fruit and pine, particularly the latter. Resin and needles, with some mango.

Taste is a blend of hops and malt, but favouring the former. Like the nose, a strong pine flavour, accompanied by some tropical and citrus fruit notes. Mango, grapefruit. A full caramel malt base. Moderately bitter.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Quite oily. Booze is noticeable.

Overall, pretty good.

jrenihan, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kaelingirl, Sep 22, 2013
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M.P.A from Renaissance Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.