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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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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 70
Avg: 2.84
pDev: 29.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tui Brewery visit their website
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
Photo of GFSchwab
3.85/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pourted a medium copper with good head retention, especially is you get it on tap.

It smelled of the british style hops and a good presence of the bitters ,along with the meager levels of barley that had been pulverised by the ethanol notes and hops. The taste was decent in flavor and had a strong carbonation. Overall it was very light and very DRINKABLE.

The good thing about this beer is a MAcro Larger being held to such high quality. Definitley one of my favortie beers from NZ.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.73/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an amber colour with a white head and no lacing.

Smells ok, weak hops and malts.

Tastes very well balanced, no strong flavours though, yet no blandness or horrible tastes either.

Overalla good beer no complaints/

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Photo of SargeC
3.62/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Fruit, dominated by apple. The aroma has a sweet, red wine quality to it. Touch of alcohol.

Taste: Nice overall flavor. The initial sweet wave is followed by a slight bitterness. Easygoing flavor with hints of tea.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Smooth, with minimal carbonation.

Drinkablity: I could see myself knocking back plenty of these. A serious session brew with an interesting flavor.

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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 Ikhoudvanbier
3.45/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been living in New Zealand now for four months. I have tried several Kiwi beers and value wise it doesn't get better than Tui. I always buy bottles and pour into a standard half litre glass. It pours a reddish bronze colour and leaves a trace of head as it goes down along the glass. For an IPA it has a low hop level (IBU) and thus goes down smooth. Quite a drinkable beer for a NZ macrobrewer. Certainly worth a try.

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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 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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite dark amber, with reddish tinges. Good, thick off-white head, which creates good lacing. It's a pretty good looking beer this one.

Smell: Malty and biscuity, with a hint of a vegetative aroma. Smells quite bready, yeasty. Little hoppy fragrance, which kinda suits the style of the beer (that's the style the beer actually is, not the style it claims to be - coz this ain't no IPA). So far, this beer has far exceeded my expectations.

Taste: Quite a disappointment. Rather weak, very little depth. Mostly dry yeast flavours, a little toasted malt - but not rich and full like you expect from the smell. This is the sort of drink I was expecting, really, but the first impressions gave me hope that this might be better.

It's certainly not bad, it's just another standard dull beer. If I were a New Zealander, and had to choose a cheap swill to drink, this woulf probably make a good choice.

Overall, this was rather better than I was expecting, considering this gets swilled down by every second Kiwi I met. Certainly the best NZ macro brewed beer I tried.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the local supermarket.

A - Bright. Copper, mild carbonation. film of white head. No lace, film retention.

S - Toffee and tropical and earthy hop. More malty than anything else.

T - Some tasty malt, a little earthy hop and some Kiwi hop flavour. Mild.

M - Medium carbonation and a light to medium body with a toffee/hop finish.

O/D - Not as terrible as expected, yet not anything close to what I would look for in an IPA. It wasn't offensive or flavourless, just not overly interesting. Alright though.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Moderate Brown with average carbonation, it looks average. There is a limited and rapidly disappearing head.

S-Limited malt and hop notes. The notes are muted and you have to hunt.

T- A light ale with the taste of bitters. This is not the Americanized IPA that many of us are use to. Rather a taste that in the US would be called British Bitters. There are hardly any standout malt flavors. However the general neutral tone of everything besides the hops goes together well. The beer is not really that filling and there was a fair amount of carbonation.

D- See above. It has the same characteristics that mimic cheap American Ales. However the price is right and is decent for a session.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.07/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange/amber color. Nice fluffy head leaves a bit of lacing.
Does not have a strong smell, maybe a slight yeastiness and a hint of malt.
The flavor is fine if a bit on the sweet side. It is a pretty run of the mill brew but i do not find it to be offensive in any way.
Goes down easy in a mug. Not bad in cans either.

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Photo of AltBock
3.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Stubby 330 ml bottle with a bright blood red cap and an eye catching orange and red label. On this label is a Tui bird on a tree branch and the word "Tui" in bold white letters. The back label has a picture of the founder, a brief bio on him, barcode, and a best before date of June 09. Just in time!

I poured this beer into a standard Victory pint glass. This IPA poured a semi clear pure amber color. No highlights anywhere. It was just a simple pure amber color. On top of this beer was a minimal fizzy head of white foam. It OK retention that left behind a string of white rings and a few spots of lace.

To be honest, there wasn't much of an aroma. I only received a hint of toasted malts and a gentle touch of black licorice. When it was swirled around, a faint whiff a red delicious apples emerges from the background. That's it for the aroma folks!

There wasn't much to the taste either. The taste was lightly malty with the taste of some lightly toasted caramel malts, carbonated water, and a tiny speck of red delicious apples. As the beer moves along, the taste will get maltier, but then all of a sudden the malts just stop at a low to medium amount. Since this was a Pale Ale, I thought I would get some hops in the taste, but they were nowhere to be seen anywhere in the taste.

This was a light bodied beer with plenty of carbonation and a faint aftertaste of carbonated water and toasted malts.

There's not much to this beer, but I could actually this as a lawnmower beer or regular session beer. It's easy to drink a few of these in a sitting, but I wouldn't. The taste of the malts were on the weak side and there was no sign of the hops. A good friend picked up a six pack of this for me in New Zealand.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a great Pale ale colour , deep mahoganyImpresses first up.
No smell that I could discern
The taste is reminiscent of wheat digestive biscuits with a touch of honey aftertaste, however the whole feel /sensation is "stale"
Over all this is a different tasting Pale Ale , lacks hop qualities but is individual enough to enjoy.
Not that I would like to drink a lot of it , but for its low coast , good value

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

Bottle: brown 330mL bottle, reasonable label for a macro.

Appearance: slightly cloudy yellow with a decent finger-and-a-half head.

Aroma: malt overtones over standard lager smells with a light yet almost pungent caramel backing.

Taste: reasonably sweet - definite caramel malts, but kind of awkward with that pungence.

Aftertaste: sickly sweet remains, but not much else.

Mouth feel: fairly light body with low- to- medium carbonation.

Overall: an alright beer, a little bit unsubtle - tastes like a lager with caramel lumped on top for good measure. Odd.

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

nothing special, but not offensive.
Appearance is dark copper colour with fast receding head.
Smell is IDK some vague smell that isnt lager?
Tastes is very light with a tiny touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is average central
Drinkability is not bad, you can slam them down and it doesnt taste chemically, on the other hand it is no artwork, just inoffensive and inexpensive.

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

From Bottle! Pours clear deep amber, small frothy white to off-white head, light lacing. Aroma malty, caramel, bit toasted. Taste sweet and bitter, malty, caramel herbal notes, bit watery.

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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 wordemupg
2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

745ml bottle poured into pint glass 12/3/14 from notes

A clear copper with a short lived finger of foam fed by many little streams of bubbles leaving two rings of lace

S faint citrus, lots of bready malt and caramel, doesn't smell like an IPA

T brown sugar, cotton candy, lacking hops, some leafy, herbal hops but not really a whole lot going on, some orange creamsicle as it warms

M light bodied but the bubbles give it some life, lots of malt on the finish

O drinkable but very boring and tame for an "IPA" quenched my thirst but that was about it

More of an IPA the Alaxander Keiths but that's not saying much, one and done

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Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear amber under a thin head with minimal retention and light traces of lace.

S - Very subtle hop aroma, green apple.

T - Sweet and clean but pretty uninspiring. Very mild.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

O - Easy drinking and inoffensive but essentially just bland.

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Tui East India Pale Ale from Tui Brewery
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