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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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68
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.79%
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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Chou

Oregon

3/5  rDev +7.1%

04-17-2012 05:08:23 | More by Chou
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 13:58:59 | More by tbeckett
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev +35%
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/

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 18:52:25 | More by CwrwAmByth
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dansmcd

Australia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 02:38:57 | More by dansmcd
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dmorgan310

Panama

3/5  rDev +7.1%

01-31-2012 15:09:04 | More by dmorgan310
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Ngati30

Australia

4/5  rDev +42.9%

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

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 23:29:42 | More by drpimento
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PolarBear3

Australia

1.8/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 08:59:25 | More by PolarBear3
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sfprint

Germany

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

3/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:05:43 | More by philphilphil
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dgilks

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 09:01:48 | More by dgilks
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 12:29:08 | More by CrazyDavros
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mulder1010

Australia

1.88/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 16:37:35 | More by AltBock
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 02:31:49 | More by TubaManJack
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Macca

Australia

2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Japan

3.65/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 03:37:00 | More by SargeC
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WHROO

Australia

3/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

AVERAGE ON ALL ACCOUNTS!!!

Serving type: bottle

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

Japan

2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 07:11:57 | More by Weizenmensch
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brendan13

Australia

2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 09:51:35 | More by brendan13
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GFSchwab

New York

3.88/5  rDev +38.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 17:31:36 | More by GFSchwab
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

2.13/5  rDev -23.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 11:52:36 | More by soulgrowl
Tui East India Pale Ale from Tui Brewery
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