M.P.A - Renaissance Brewing
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3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-08-2013 00:23:14 | More by allergictomacros
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-22-2013 02:28:35 | More by biegaman
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
06-12-2013 01:00:06 | More by spinrsx
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-02-2013 19:57:10 | More by jrenihan
3.89/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-02-2013 03:11:55 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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?
03-03-2013 03:08:14 | More by biboergosum
3.51/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
02-25-2013 00:28:40 | More by Brad007
3.74/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-19-2013 04:27:28 | More by chanokokoro
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-23-2012 00:38:45 | More by StJamesGate
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
12-07-2012 05:54:13 | More by BrewerB
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
08-31-2012 01:54:53 | More by ngeunit1
M.P.A from Renaissance Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.