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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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BA SCORE
69
poor

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 22.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-25-2002)
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1/5  rDev -64.7%

Larz_73, Jul 10, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -55.8%

bearbreak, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of PolarBear3
1.8/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

PolarBear3, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
1.88/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

mulder1010, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

rastaman, Jun 21, 2002
Photo of CrazyDavros
2/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

CrazyDavros, May 20, 2010
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2/5  rDev -29.3%

Noodleboyg, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of JennBushey
2/5  rDev -29.3%

JennBushey, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
2.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a red-tinged dark amber, with big carbonation bubbles all around. Negligible head, just a bit of fizz that settles to nought. Intriguing colour but totally meh otherwise.

Smells quite metallic, with a sharp astringent malt-liquor note. Slightly caramelised but it's a bit sickly mediciney sweet, maybe overattenuated or just some simpler sugars added before fermentation, so it's sharp without having malt substance behind it. Not a great complexity to it. Bit unpleasant.

Taste is similar. Metallic and malt-liquory upfront in spite of low ABV. Sweet but boozey upfront with a big overload of malt, slightly cardboardy. Yeasty on back. Yeah overattenuated, there's quite a malty flavour but it goes nowhere and ends up yeasty. Could use loads more of everything. Like flavour, for instance.

Not a bad mouthfeel at first; full upfront, coats the mouth. Ultimately very empty though. I say not bad, I think I mean not 'as bad' as the rest of the experience.

There is a distinct benefit to this beer, which is its use in marketing other beers, because after drinking this you feel like drinking another, better beer to improve your mood, but you also feel like getting drunk so you will have more than one. Aside from that, this drinking experience is as empty as life itself.

laituegonflable, May 21, 2013
Photo of AleLover2010
2.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a very good beer. Much too sweet and lagery( bottle says its a pale ale). Actually this beer is brewed with a lager yeast and I hear it has browb sugar colouring to make it look like an ale

Not much real flavour. It really is a pretty poor beer. A lot of New Zealand beer is like this unfortunately. Better than Budweiser and all of those American lighter coloured adjunct beers that are made with corn and rice. This beer is one for to get if your tight on money and you have a BBQ to attend

AleLover2010, May 22, 2014
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2.13/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear cinnamon-tinged garnet with a pathetic, fizzy white head. Poor retention, a good-looking IPA does not make.

Smell: Stale wheat bread with apple jelly and wilted carnations. Odd chemical funk... is that hairspray? Smells like a hair salon inside a ballpark. Naaasty.

Taste: Sour... surprisingly sour, and bready. Kinda like rye bread soaked in Rodenbach, but a lot milder than that probably sounds. I don't know how this brewery gets off calling this an IPA of any kind. Maybe I would be more inclined to like this beer if it were in a different category - New Zealand Wild ESB, perhaps? Also, there's a faint mineral undercurrent that reminds me of blood. Eww.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and frothy. Light and very very dry.

Drinkability: This drinks more like a really bad amber lager than an IPA. Which is to say, not very easily. Avoid!

soulgrowl, Oct 14, 2007
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2.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep copper colour poured into a pint glass with a few centimetres of off white head that falls away rather quickly.
S - Cooked vegie, light floral note, a bit metallic.
T - Similar to the taste but with a a weird soapy sort of flavour too. A bit of a caramel malt aftertaste.
M - Light to medium bodied with a highish carbonation.
D - A 4% IPA ? Ok...this isn't horrible but it certainly isn't good & it definantly ain't an IPA & there are MANY, MANY better choices, both here & in NZ.

brendan13, Nov 29, 2007
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2.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fairly clear copper colour with a non-existent head. Disappointing.

The aroma is slightly sweet with a touch of metal. There is not hop character.

Sweet, metallic and not at all appetising. This is more macro kiwi lager than IPA.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Acceptable.

A poor example of an India Pale Ale and really a beer that doesn't stand up.

dgilks, Dec 03, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Julian4077, Oct 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Having this served at at a good temperature, with a smallish, foamy, cream colored head that soon settled to a ring and no lace. Color is a clear copper amber with some bubble streams. Aroma is malt, beer. Flavor isn’t much more except inclusion of carbonic tang, very little hop. Body is ok, carbonation perhaps just a touch forced. Finish is like flavor, on the short side, and utterly forgettable.

drpimento, Jan 18, 2012
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2.42/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

sfprint, Oct 05, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bronze-copper body. Clean, clear. Tight, small, off-white head. Toasted cereal grain with sugar sweetness on the nose with penny hop bitterness-tang. Soapy, toasted, sweetish malt flavors. A touch of butterscotch followed by a mellow hop splash. Mostly adjuncty-sweet malt in the finish. Light, bubbly, feel that's a bit soapy. Definitely not an English IPA. More like a NZ brown lager.

alexgash, Feb 24, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

BuddhaBrowett, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

doktorhops, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Weizenmensch, Mar 26, 2008
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2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

btmo, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of aussielars
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a decent quickly disappearing head. Effervescence is average.
Not much smell save for a hint of malt.
Sweet in taste without any bitterness. Is this really an IPA?
Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with a high carbonation.
Very easy to drink since it's very watery and bland. Don't think this one would survive the trip to to thirsty troops in India with this low alcohol content and absence of hops.

aussielars, Sep 19, 2007
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2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a much darker amber than expected with a half finger white head and crystal clear body. Head retention was on the low side and next to no lacing was evident on the glass.

Not much coming from the glass as far as smell goes. A slight hint of malt and only a trivial amount of hops for the style.

A nearly pleasant taste that starts off sweet but doesn't finish with much of anything let alone hop bitterness as anticipated.

Very smooth and light bodied, but could be improved.

This one goes down well although for the money I would try out something else. If you in NZ it might be a good option but in AU drinking this import just isn't worth it.

TheFlyingBeer, May 19, 2007
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2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Anonmatel, Jul 05, 2004
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2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bobhoya, Feb 20, 2014
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Tui East India Pale Ale from Tui Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.