Tui East India Pale Ale - Tui Brewery

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Tui East India Pale AleTui East India Pale Ale

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 68
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 14.64%
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Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-25-2002

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (636 characters)

Photo of dgilks
2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.98/5  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. (298 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (1,288 characters)

Photo of alexgash
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -28.6%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
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/ (272 characters)

Photo of peabody
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,725 characters)

Photo of brendan13
2.24/5  rDev -20%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
2.08/5  rDev -25.7%
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! (859 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
1.9/5  rDev -32.1%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
2.54/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (1,753 characters)

Photo of sfprint
2.42/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of SargeC
3.62/5  rDev +29.3%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (415 characters)

Photo of Macca
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of TubaManJack
3.08/5  rDev +10%
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. (696 characters)

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Tui East India Pale Ale from Tui Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.