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Tuatara APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale) | Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Tuatara APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale)Tuatara APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Tuatara Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CrazyDavros on 04-30-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 23/10/12

A very slight haze in a golden amber body, slow tiny bubbles work their way to a thin cap that retains well and leaves lots of unorganized lace

S near perfection, tropical Kiwi notes, pineapple, passion-fruit, guava and a little melon and citrus mix well with some caramel and spruce with a hint of pine

T a little dark bread and the toffees stronger and the beautiful tropical notes are still there but toned down compared to the nose, the pine notes are stronger and there's a little orange rind I didn't smell

M the little bubbles have a pin prick thing going on, leaves just a little behind and has a mild bitter bite with a tropical rind iced tea finish that lingers faintly for a while

O great stuff no questions asked, I could jack up the overall to a 5 to compensate and would have no guilt, fuck it I'm pumping the smell as high as it goes this one deserves a "perfect' somewhere

Dug it! dig it? one of those beers that I could drink all day and the Kiwi hops are kicking ass. I'm still waiting for the South Pacific styles to get some props, New World Pale? South Pacific Pilsner? wait for it these beers are distinct, drink up!!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stephenlee
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tuatara APA (Aotearoa PA) 5.8% in a 330 ml brown reptilian bottle purchased and consumed in Wellington, NZ. BB date of August 2014.

Pours deep amber with a bubbly bone-colored head. Excellent lacing.

A big pale ale featuring NZ hops, with a very aromatic herbal/weedy aroma and a citrus-herbal flavor.
Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. Appropriate malts for balance.

Feel: medium body; smooth; good carbonation.

O: A fine transformation of an actual APA to a NZPA.

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Photo of FknClownshoes
4/5  rDev +1%

Caramel amber colour with a dense head. Good lacing.

Citrus, spice and grass on the nose with a slight cornbready-ness. Very aromatic!

Tastes how it smells, lots of citrus/spice and some slight tropical fruit flavours. The initial hoppy punch bitterness tapers out to some caramel maltiness at the finish. Has a really nice lingering hop flavour which I cant quite put my finger on (must be the NZ hops!)

Medium body, relatively low carbonation.

Clean and hoppy and packing some interesting fruit flavours, a highly sessionable APA

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Is the reason for the two entries here the switch between using American-sourced vs. local NZ hops, or just the label change, or a combination of the two? Anyways, this is a new brewery to grace the store shelves in Alberta, and a new species for me to look up - the titular Tuatara appears to be a New Zealand relative of something like an iguana, and he stares out at me from the well rendered cap.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of moderately foamy off-white head, which leaves some random islet streaks of lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of ripe pineapple, mushy guava, sugary grapefruit, bready caramel malt, and a mildly acrid floral pine hoppiness - all quite enticing. The taste is softly bitter tropical fruits - pineapple, kiwi (natch), and yellow grapefruit, with a stoic, somewhat tangy caramel malt backbone, and a subtle passionfruit and gooseberry fruitiness that screams out NZ terroir (at least in terms of tasty intoxicating beverages, that is).

The bubbles are presently restrained, or maybe it's restrained in their presence? Anyways, the body is a pleasantly plump medium weight, and decently smooth, save a few hoppy pricks. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and lesser malt sweetness waxing, and the bitterness of the hops petering out, with but a few too many indicative death throes.

A rather enjoyable, big-H hopped APA, one where the A for American is shaky at best. Which is the point here, I suppose, in this display of what a foreign, yet true to the original intent, take on a standard can be. Big and hoppy, with nothing really lost in translation, I must say.

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Photo of Cookeeman
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess, based on the label, I was expecting a Pale Ale, but this is not one. It's an IPA for sure. The smell was a huge bouquet of hops, lots of citrus, melon and grapefruit. The flavour is great, the body is thick and full, lots of sappy malt. The finish is all hops, with lots of citrus and tropical fruit that is typical of these New Zealand hops. I'm quite impressed by the quality of this brew. I picked up their mixed 6-pack earlier this month, but this beer far surpassed those in flavour and quality. As a hop fan, I'm very glad I took a chance on this beer.

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Photo of Vanz
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Hopper69
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Dark, golden.

S: Deep grass notes and floral. There is some weird, sweet funk here.

T: Interesting taste. Tastes like it smells. Quite a flavorful APA.

M: Even carbonation and crisp.

O: One of the better APAs that I've had.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich amber with a large head.
Nose shows fruity confectionery, peaches, green apples, grapes, lychees. Underneath is sweet caramel and crystal malt.
Similarly tasty flavours, with more fruity and resinous hops, caramel and cookie dough-like malt, and finishing with an assertive but well matched bitterness.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle recomended by the always helpful staff at Brewery Creek in Vancouver, BC.

Appearance. Pours gold with just a bit of amber and a very slight haze with over 2 fingers of foamy off-white head.

Smell. Nice citrus rinds and tropical fruits, a little cedar and pine along with some toasted light grains. Smells like a good american pale ale.

Taste. Good toasty malts followed by some bitter grassy and floral hops. A little citrus and tropical fruit, but quite dry. Some lingering grassy bitterness. The hops taste familiar but slightly different than most apa's.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. A good hoppy pale ale, maybe just a little on the dry side for me.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a very rich, deep lemony yellow. The nose is almost as lemony! Very strong aromas of bright-smelling New Zealand hops. There's a little spice in there as well. The taste is terrifically balanced between caramel malt flavours and citrusy/peachy malts. This is a really good version of an American Pale Ale made with Kiwi hops.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ntanp91
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper with a light haze, a moderate amount of medium sized bubbles. A finger of off white head fades to a foam quickly.

S: Citrus pine and grapefruit, spicy and hot, caramel and orange candy all in one.

T: Mozzarella cheese melt with hot sauce meets orange marmalade. A hot, almost garlic like heat with some umami dankness and resinous pine cone. A light orange taste and bitterness.

M: Medium resinous body leaving a resinous coating on the tongue, lots of fine heated foamy carbonation.

O: Full of resin, it displays the style of hops very well. Awesome bottle style. Got in Chiang Mai, drank in Kunming Jan 27th 2015.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JackieKu
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper with a ribbon of white froth that speckles.
Fresh resiny leaf, papaya, and tart Pacific Gem blackberry nose.
Some very English toffee malts with mango and peach then passionfruit, pink grapefruit and some Nelson Sauvin gooseberry.
Kiwi (Wai-iti?) finish and tart white grape linger.
Medium, chewy, crisp.

This is NZ hops. Great tropical fruit salad notes but with a fruit tartness rather than heavy IBUs to give it a clean finish. Individual hops shine through (or at least I imagine they do.) No pine, little citrus, therefore very much not Cali. A great summer drinker.

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Photo of Hiwattowner
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing, crisp beer. Great aroma with Kiwi hops coming through. A pale ale I would look forward to drinking.

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Photo of keitho
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of MylesMac
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeckett
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy dark gold. Good carbonation, one finger of beige head. Sticky lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice juicy hop. Pineapple, mango, peach, some good malt as well. Really inviting.

T - Citrus, pineapple, orange peel, mango, malty too, really nice Kiwi hops galore.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - Pretty nice stuff. Really tasty. Hop forward and showcases Kiwi hops really well. Decent malt body to back it up. Nice.

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Tuatara APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale) from Tuatara Brewing Co.
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