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Tui East India Pale Ale - Tui Brewery

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Tui East India Pale AleTui East India Pale Ale

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69
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 22.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-25-2002)
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Reviews by doktorhops:
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doktorhops

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -10.6%

Working my way round the local Dan Murphy's I spied this timid NZ India Pale Ale. I've had this drop a few times and my recollection was of something bland and inoffensive so let's find out if my memory serves me correct.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a plain tulip pint glass.

A: The body is a clear copper colour suggesting a vat conditioned macro filtered brew. Head is foamy white and it dwindled down to an unremarkable thin lacing. Nothing exciting here.

S: Aroma is yeasty with an apple over tone and malt grains on the back note... if the hops are there they must be playing a minor role in this brew (which is disappointing for an IPA).

T: Very grainy, not a good grain taste either (like in a wheat beer) but more of a corn flavour (something you would expect in a macro lager). The yeast adds a sour taste but it's minimal. If I had to describe the taste of this beer with three nouns they would be: corn, yeast and water. "No hops can I detect, hmmm" [Yoda voice]. This beer is false advertising, like the many Australian Lagers that have "Bitter" in their name this brew has nothing in common with it's "IPA" namesake (what were the brewers thinking???).

M: Watery with slight to low carbonation, nothing else to it.

D: Overall this brew is cheap enough for me not to outright condemn it but the false advertising - calling this an IPA, does indeed niggle at me as I write this review. Are my recollections valid though? Bland and inoffensive, spot on! It's easy to drink (too easy mind you) and if I had to pick between it and macro Australian Lagers then fair enough, but otherwise give it a miss.

Food match: The classic "meat and vege" will work with this... easy on the gravy though; you want to taste something from the beer.

06-16-2011 08:05:24 | More by doktorhops
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Weizenmensch

Japan

2.63/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

03-26-2008 07:11:57 | More by Weizenmensch
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btmo

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.65/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

09-01-2006 09:11:12 | More by btmo
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shjdy


4/5  rDev +41.3%

07-09-2014 10:20:32 | More by shjdy
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

01-14-2014 03:02:44 | More by chinchill
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

06-21-2002 05:20:57 | More by rastaman
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apbarwood

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

09-11-2009 16:43:32 | More by apbarwood
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Anonmatel

Australia

2.73/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

07-05-2004 08:00:25 | More by Anonmatel
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bearbreak

Korea (South)

1.25/5  rDev -55.8%

07-05-2014 17:35:36 | More by bearbreak
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sfprint

Germany

2.42/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

10-05-2011 00:19:25 | More by sfprint
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jahsausage

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

08-09-2002 00:30:11 | More by jahsausage
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BuddhaBrowett

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

07-05-2014 21:28:54 | More by BuddhaBrowett
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

05-20-2010 12:29:08 | More by CrazyDavros
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peabody

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +6%

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.

09-19-2011 21:52:27 | More by peabody
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Kulrak

Australia

3.28/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

10-16-2006 12:18:52 | More by Kulrak
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tonton

Hong Kong

3.48/5  rDev +23%

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.

03-12-2013 12:53:19 | More by tonton
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Ngati30

Australia

4/5  rDev +41.3%

01-22-2012 12:49:57 | More by Ngati30
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soulcougher

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +6%

06-04-2014 06:11:34 | More by soulcougher
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philmen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

08-20-2013 03:18:14 | More by philmen
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Macca

Australia

2.93/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

12-16-2008 08:01:11 | More by Macca
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WHROO

Australia

3/5  rDev +6%

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.

AVERAGE ON ALL ACCOUNTS!!!

11-17-2008 05:25:33 | More by WHROO
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mulder1010

Australia

1.88/5  rDev -33.6%

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.

02-02-2010 12:18:52 | More by mulder1010
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matthewfuchs

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +6%

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.

07-23-2007 16:02:36 | More by matthewfuchs
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Bobhoya

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-20-2014 18:23:17 | More by Bobhoya
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soju6

Missouri

2.86/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a small creamy head that fades to minimal lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness and bit of fruit.

T: Taste of caramel sweetness with some fruit and spice in the background. Very mild bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

F: Moderate body and smooth feel.

O: A decent non-offensive beer that doesn’t seem to fit the style of an IPA.

06-01-2013 00:04:37 | More by soju6
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Tui East India Pale Ale from Tui Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.