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Tuatara APA - Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Tuatara APATuatara APA

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 41
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tuatara Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: brendan13 on 12-04-2010

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Reviews by heygeebee:
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Personal notes - solid APA but hop balance not to this palate's liking.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, dark-gold colour with a foamy, creamy head.

Aromas of sweet honey with slightly spicy hops.

Tasted almost like a sweet honey-mead throughout with hints of bitter, spicy hops at the finish. Medium-bodied, but still refreshing.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of juicebox
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AxlSkull
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrKennedy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer, poured into a 7oz glass.

Orange, glowing appearance, with a nice 2cm head of foam that remains with it throughout, diminishing only slightly.

Nice fruity and slightly piney aroma, US style c hops are very prevalent.

Slightly sweet, early, with the bitterness coming late. Fruit salad flavours are mostly it.

Smooth mouthfeel, not a throat-raker at all.

Overall, a nice APA, very solid session ale. Tasting fresh and well rounded out.

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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small lasting head.
Nose shows lots of passion fruit and floral and piney resinous hops. Underneath is cookie dough, caramel and oats.
Similarly hoppy flavours with loads of pine. Little supporting malt, just a hint of sweet clean malt and some oats (???). Sharp, full-on bitterness.
Nice med-high carbonation.

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Photo of Cheld
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In bottle from a local wine shop in St Helier, Jersey. Pours a golden colour with a white head. Aromas of fruit and floral hops. Tastes is of citrus, grapefruit & dry hops with malty sweetness. Overall a very decent APA

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jgammoniv
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Tinkvasi
2.87/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of crusian
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tuatara apa. Hop head heaven.
Tap at galbraiths in Auckland. Ok, going to be brutal with this one. Calling something an apa opens that up. Pours a light amber color with a tiny bit of head, I think they tried to get as much as they could into the glass.
Nose is excellent. I think I smell a lot of nelson. Yum. Citrus overload on a 5.7% beer is amazing... also get a bit of sweetness.
Taste... man, I wanted to rip this a new one, but this is quite possibly the best apa I have had. Sweet hop and malt are so well balanced... no huge bitter mouth picketing finish. These nz hops are fantastic. This is the best under 6% ipa/apa I have ever had. Medium bodied nice.. can't believe they get this into a 5.7% beer.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(Quick Review):
Drank from on tap in a pint glass at Inchbar, Dunedin. Served quite cold, so it took a while for the taste/smell to come through. Clear dark amber with less head than I was expecting. Smelled nice and hoppy though the roastiness seemed to overpower the hops in both the nose and the taste. Smelled nice, roasted malt with a tiny bit of pine. Somewhat harsh bitter flavours abound, and the final product wasn't all that balanced. Nothing was all that clear, as the grain and hops were muddled together. A nice mouthfeel, smooth and with a crisp aftertaste. It's not bad, worth having again, but only at a warmer temp to let the hops come out more.

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Photo of adityashekhar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Waggman
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JackieKu
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour, clear body. Light bead, whispy beige-ish head. Decent.

Quite sauvin-y on the nose. Lots of passionfruit, pineapple, a touch of citrus. Nice resinous and woody characters and a slight spicy piquancy. Pleasant NZ hop nose, nice intensity.

Taste is quite malty. Lots of rich caramel toffee from front to mid. Hops come through late-ish, more passionfruit with light pine resin and wood notes. A pleasant, bitter American pale. But nothing very special.

Mouthfeel is good, decent body with a slight fizz - but not too much. Just a smooth drinking ale.

Good drinking beer to start off a session, enough hop to keep me interested.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse's Kiwi SpecTapular.

Pours a clear, pale golden colour, with a light by frothy head. good lace is formed as the beer goes down: sudsy, solid and complex. Light body, but it looks pretty decent overall. Very suitable for the style.

Nose is bright but subdued. Some tropical notes giving a fresh resonance, but it's very light overall, with a hint of graininess grounding it. Eh.

Taste is much better, with a clean and crisp nutty bitter character, that reminds me pleasantly of Mikkeller's single hop series. Crisp and bitter, but with good depth and a roundness to complement it. The hops give a nice greenness and a light pungency. Finish is long but clean.

Very easy drinking APA this one. Something I'd be happy to drink frequently. Not a bad drop at all.

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Photo of ddaedalus
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great copper color with a very thick, sticky head. Excellent lacing.

A very sweet, fruit-like smell. Honey dew and cantaloupe come to mind with a faintness of citrus. Some pine and fresh grass.

Grapefruit is my first taste sensation, then a quick transfer to light graininess. Light biscuit, then back to a pear-like fruitiness. Their is a sparkling bitterness at the end that all blends together in a most enjoyable manner.

Besides the 'sparkling' bitterness, mouthfeel is light and clean.

A very different yet quite enjoyable APA. Based on the Beer Advocate description of use of local ingredients and expectation of fruity esters, I'd say this is a definite winner. Certainly not a 'traditional' IPA-style, and this is a good thing. Well-balanced and unique in taste to set this beer apart from the rest of the pack...

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Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of hopnerd
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Tuatara APA from Tuatara Brewing Co.
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