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Tui East India Pale Ale - Tui Brewery

Not Rated.
Tui East India Pale AleTui East India Pale Ale

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 70
Avg: 2.84
pDev: 29.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-25-2002

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 70
Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
1.81/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear amber tea colour with one finger off white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film. Miinmal lacing on glass.

S - Very disappointing smell. A little yeasty, sweet with caramel malt. Not much to it really.

T - Sweet with that caramel malt coming through, apple with a tad of citrus. A little bitter on the finish but very little if any hops for a Pale Ale and very bland.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation

O - Very ordinary that is not even close to Pale Ale. The hops seem to be pretty much non-existent and I struggled to come to terms with the rather bland taste.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

People rave about this Kiwi brew so I thought I'd give it a try. 330mL brown screwtop bottle containing one standard drink, conveniently enough, best before September '08.

Appearance: Dark amber with a rocky light tan head that doesn't stick around for very long at all. From the looks of it, I expect some hops. Hope I'm not disappointed. Moderate carbonation and the lacing looks pretty sticky.

Smell: Kind of rusty hops, no real fruity or sharp hop aromas, I'm a bit disappointed already. Smells watery, and I don't think it's going to be as hoppy as I expected. Not good for an IPA.

Taste: This is hardly an IPA. I think because it's called an "East India Pale Ale", people ignore the first word and class it as an IPA anyway. It's a run-of-the-mill cask pale ale, and not a very good one at that. Fairly insipid but easy-drinking: some grassy flavours, mild yeastiness - the most pleasant sensation is from the satisfying carbonation.

On the plus side, there's no adjuncts, and considering this is as cheap as most Aussie domestic beers, this definitely rates higher than most Carlton and Lion Nathan crap. But since this isn't available everywhere, I wouldn't seek it out - I'd rather have Coopers or something if I'm just choosing something at the local shop. Not as good as I expected, not as bad as it could have been, and definitely not nearly as good as some of the ales NZ is capable of producing. Many of their ales shit on the stuff Australia produces.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice and fizzy which is important for a beer with no other notable characteristics - no strong hop flavours, and no malty sweetness or yeasty zest. Drinkability is fine too, I wouldn't mind knocking a few of these back if I were at a party. If it was a party in NZ however, I'd be drinking Emerson's if available, or at least Monteith's.

Overall: People rave about this beer probably because they are NZ fanbois and have never tried Emerson's 1812 IPA. By the way, if you think this is an IPA whoever classed it as such, you're seriously mistaken, and you should try a real English IPA, then kill yourself srsly lol.

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Photo of btmo
2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me preface this review by (re)stating the obvious. Regardless of how it is marketed, this is nothing more or less than a standard macro lager style beer, indistinguishable from the million and one other macro lager style beers on the planet.

Let me further state that marketing is what makes this beer special.

Here in NZ, Tui ads are played late at night, and usually have at least one (and normally many) large... pectoralled women, covered in oil.

Now, given their target market - those experiencing the first flush of testosterone - this is a Good Thing (tm), and Tui could probably sell liquid detergent with a small amount of rubbing alcohol in it just as effectively.

But back to the beer....

Colour is, as expected, straw pale. Head is thin and definitely not persistant.

Smell is not offensive - it is minimal.

Flavour is completely as expected. Thin, uninspiring, but not offensive either.

Mouthfeel is not dissimilar to a heady lemonade with a hint of bitterness.

Drinkability is ok. You could sink a few of these on a hot afternoon (and I have, and will again).

Did I mention the girls in the ads? They really are quite stunning. As the voice over in the ad says "Gorrr-geous women!"

Oh, and just a note on the packaging. The bird on the can IS a tui.

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Photo of shjdy
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Tui East India Pale Ale in a 330ml bottle purchased and consumed in NZ; BB dated July 2014; 4.0% ABV

Excellent clarity in this deep amber ale.

Both flavor and aroma are rather light, especially the aroma. This is no IPA; not even a pale ale in terms of hops. More like a tasty and well-balanced, but light amber beer.

Feel: Light+ body with medium carbonation. Smooth and soft. Clean finish.

O: fine as a low cost, highly drinkable beer, but way more like an amber than an IPA.

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmmmm, pretty thin and messy in a way, very unlike a India Pale ale, no hop character, and no real malt character, hard to see anything outstanding in this brew.

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Photo of Shane_Gr
4.74/5  rDev +66.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is not a bitter IPA but a great drinking beer. This was absolutely my favorite NZ beer.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised when I found out this was supposedly an IPA because I didn't think it tasted like one at all, more like a light brown ale. To be honest, it seemed pretty similar to Newcastle, at least closer to that than any IPA I've ever had. There wasn't much in the way of hop character, a slight bitterness perhaps. Most of the beer was dominated by a light malt character with some caramel notes. Definitely seemed adjuncty to me but I may be wrong. Anyway, it's drinkable. I certainly didn't hate it but I don't think I would seek it outside of New Zealand. Worth a try if you're on vacation there though.

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Photo of Anonmatel
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great Tasting beer, unfortunatly it lost points big time when it didn't actually taste like an IPA, well it kinda did. They could have had a higher ABV, they could have added more hops, they could have even put it in a bottle rather than that ugly hunk O' can. I'll buy it again, only cause it's so cheap.

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Photo of bearbreak
1.25/5  rDev -56%

Photo of sfprint
2.42/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark tea color, no carbonation, no head. Looks more like ice tea left out in the sun too long with a little bit of "scum" on the top.
S: Sweet and a bit syrupy. Like a white port wine spiked with concord grape. Strange for a beer.
T: It is very tea like, with a bit of fruitiness/concord grape and brown sugar. An odd beer. Not really a beer. I could see this in the refreshments section under flavored tea. It's not bad, but just not beer.
M: Barely felt carbonation. Like a fairly flat soda-tea.
O: Not really beer. No bitterness. Strange drink with a beautiful bottle cap.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.32/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to agree with ChrisV calling this an "east india pale ale" is like calling Budwieser a beer. Apart from that its not bad. Tastes to me of fanta for some reason probably too sweet. I wouldn't say no to one but I wouldn't buy it for myself.

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Photo of BuddhaBrowett
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.98/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows dirty malt with lots of vegetal notes and a fair whack of caramel. Faint resinous note.
Flavours aren't so bad, showing caramel amber malt. Unfortunately some of the vegetal notes are still present.
Pretty light body, carbonation is too high.

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Photo of peabody
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly cloudy yellow with one finger of suds.
Smell is weak pale ale. Not a lot of hop here but the malt is fairly heavy.
Taste is weak IPA. Needs a little more hop.
Mouthfeel is clean but this is a 4%er so not much about this beer is big.
Overall it is a weak attempt.
Thanks Andrew for the bottle, always ready to try new stuff.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep bronze color with chunky white head that laces the glass. Smells a little like aluminum (from the can probably, even though it was poured into a glass), and a little malty. Not much else. Tastes sweet and clean, surprising for a beer this dark. Not much in the way of flavor or bitterness, but it does finish clean. Mouthfeel is a tiny bit creamy, but mostly like heavy water, just a little thick. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of tonton
3.47/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a medium brown 375ml bottle into a heavy clear water glass with straight edges which for future reference I'll call my Ikea glass. Bottle art is nice, I love the bird. Nice amber look, white 1" head that quickly dissipates to half that.

Smell - not bad, not great for an IPA.

Taste - as above. Non-memorable, but still better than a lager.

Mouth - nice. Everything I expect from an IPA. Creamy goodness.

Overall - meh. See "taste" above. I would choose a Boddingtons or even a Newcastle brown over this.

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Photo of Ngati30
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of monorailred
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of soulcougher
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of philmen
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Macca
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very little head even with a vigorous pour. A light cover is retained. Dark amber in colour.

Muted aromas and certainly not the hoppiness that I would expect from an IPA. Some floral notes perhaps.

Quite sweet on the palate. A bit yeasty. Nothing really interesting.

Very light and and easy drinking.

Pretty good for the price, I would rather it than something from CUB, but not a lot to it. Refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of WHROO
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure how this is an IPA...more towards a red ale or brown ale.

Dark brown colour, with little head, off white in colour.

Aroma reminded me more of a brown / golden ale for sure...little sweet malts, some cooked vegies...no real IPA hops as hoped for.

Taste was the same basically...with no traditional IPA bitter kick whatsoever...

Mouthfeel was a little sticky...not too much carbs on the tongue.

Drinkability::: well just not alive enough for me, & was definately left disappointed as I thought I would have been trying an IPA. This is not too bad, but not too good either.


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Photo of mulder1010
1.9/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330 ml poured into a rocks glass

A-- Poured a dark amber color. No head, no lacing, decent carbonation. Nothing exciting about it.

S-- Faint hops, mostly carmel malt. More sweet smelling than bitter. No pine or citrus smell to this. Closer to an ESB or a bitter than an IPA by smell alone.

T-- HMMMM... Tastes like an amber ale. Probably closer to Fat Tire than an IPA. Has a bit of an apple taste to it. No real bitter taste and more sweet than anything else. At least not watery.

M-- Carbonation is good. Just nowhere near an IPA, ESB, APA, or EPA. Faint bite but more of a fruit flavored bite. Once again apple is what I taste and feel. Even the citrus taste is more like apple juice. OK.

D-- Nothing special, even at 4%. If it was reclassified as an amber ale it would be decent and passable. Have had this in NZ and was far better than this. Anyway, still more passable than stuff Fosters or Lion Nathan makes in Australia. If in NZ avoid this stuff and go get some decent stuff from Emersons, Pink Elephant, Twisted Hop, Harrington, or Mac's. Speights is far superior to this.

Note: the grade is more because it is not an IPA, or even close to one.

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Photo of matthewfuchs
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this beer from a friend on a trip to NZ. She said it was a pretty popular beer there and was not too hard to ind, at all. SO I assume it is mass produced, however the taste was much better than i thought.
pours amber with small amount of retention.
taste a mild hop bitter but not much more.
ok mouthfeel and drinkability, not something to get excited about, but definitely ok to have a few with friends. nice can too.

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Tui East India Pale Ale from Tui Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.