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%
Wants: 0
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 Weizenmensch
2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (2,115 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 GFSchwab
3.85/5  rDev +37.5%
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. (487 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 aussielars
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of matthewfuchs
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of TheFlyingBeer
2.66/5  rDev -5%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Ikhoudvanbier
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of Kulrak
3.22/5  rDev +15%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of btmo
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,303 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 hungryghost
3.07/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (332 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 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 Anonmatel
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of jahsausage
3.32/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (245 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)

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