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M.P.A | Renaissance Brewing

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M.P.AM.P.A
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3.81/5
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82 Ratings
M.P.AM.P.A
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
renaissancebrewing.co.nz

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADZA on 12-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,733
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
82
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
Trade:
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of mdagnew
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy deep amber color with off white head which disappeared quickly; little lace and no cap. Earthy hop nose. Dank, oniony, earthy hop flavors with underlying caramel malt; touch of citrus and bitter finish. Medium carbonation, medium lite mouthfeel and resinous tongue coating. Overall, Long lasting bitter earthy linger, yet good balance between malt and earthy hops.

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Photo of life_of_agony
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml DIPA from New Zealand that uses the obscure Rakau hop, "heaps of them" apparently. My first from this brewery, long overdue.

A - Pours a straight up red color with a bit of haze, nice color for sure but strange for an IPA. A thin off-white head retains as a slight cap.

S - Pine, grape leaves, lots of caramel and toffee, grapefruit, earthy honey bread.

T - More grapefruit with some pineapple, resiny piny hops, still big candy caramel and toffee malt with some toasted bread. Kind of a leafy tea-like presence.

M - Big malty feel with light but decent hop bitterness. Sweetness is kept in check. Carbonation a bit on the lower side, light alcohol warmth.

O - Definitely malt-forward but not in a bad way, lots of good caramel and breadiness with decent depth, pretty good hops too though they're buried. Reminds me of alot of DIPAs from 6 or 7 years ago (old bottle or intentional?)

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this ale come out 15 years ago I think it really would have been a renaissance. While it is very much in the vein of current trends, it has a slightly different slant than we usually see, and that makes it worthy of your consideration.

It looks like a normal big, slightly dirty DAIPA, with nice fine fizz and little lacing. The aroma is uniquely pungent. I can honestly say it is a first time whiff for me.

The taste is hoppy but not grassy, bitter, dark, boozy and there is a lot of malt there too (but no sweetness). It is a huge rich taste, with very little bite but loads of growl. The aftertaste lingers bitter and boozy.

This is a great big beer from the Southern Hemisphere that is worth trying. It travelled to Ohio in the USA extremely well.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of bobWFMU
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Niceroad77
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok, where to begin? First, I noticed this has been put under American Double/Imperial IPA but apart from the Double, there is nothing american here. This is truly a "Double English" IPA.

A: Nice cloudy medium amber colour. Thick head showing good retention and lacing.

S: Don't expect smelling an American IPA, this is not one! Yes it has pine needles and citrus but there is something more medicinal to it. If you know what great English IPA's smell like, well you won't be disappointed here.

T: Same here. You know English IPA's? Well, enjoy this one!

M: Thin to medium body with good carbonation.

O: I think, as a Canadian living in the Northwest that English IPA's are a great change from the excellent brews we have here. This one being a double, everything is somewhat more upfront. If you are a hop head and can appreciate the good but somewhat different English IPA's, well this is another one for you. But expect to have to double the "ahhhs".

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Hendry
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like fresh pressed apple cider,half finger of khaki head,spotty lacing.

Aroma is malty and grassy,underwhelming.

Flavor starts out with a hefty English toffee blast followed by a moderate amount of balanced bitter dank hops. Alcohol well hidden for the abv.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, low level of carbonation.

I continue to question the freshness of New Zealand exports every time I pick one up, and can't help but feel this would have been much more vibrant had it been fresher. I feel like I get a better representation of New Zealand hops when they are brewed here in the States and offered fresh rather than ending up in a warehouse waiting to be shipped.Decent drinkability, but my sample was too malt forward for my taste. Stands to reason that since the California IPAs are typically 2-3 months old by the time they hit the shelves in Vermont, that this import is likely over 6 months old and not a good representation of what this ale once was. Moving forward,undated beer, especially imports, are better left on the shelf for the next guy and not for me. With so many choices offered that offer reliable bottle dating and freshness, this bottle has proven to be another waste of the $8 plunge.

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Photo of stevergca
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of litchity
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Renaissance Brewing 'M.P.A. Imp IPA' @ 8.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6.25

A-pour is murky gold from the bottle to glass with a smallish off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-rakua hops , more pine than citrus

T-big hop bomb tasting imp IPA

MF-WEIRD carbonation , full bodied

Ov-good big beer , decent enough imp IPA , especially if you like Rakua hops

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Gasc0igne
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BGDrock
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: vigorous carbonation requires careful pour and creates a big, bubbly, lasting head; murky brown, unfiltered, a little like real apple cider

Aroma: toffee, creme brulee, vanilla - it's coming off like dessert, lot's of rich malt

Taste & Mouthfeel: carbonation intense enough that it stings isn't helping, but could be worse; diverges significantly from the aroma with caramelized apple flavours briefly showing at the start, quickly giving way to fairly unique hop notes - pine, but light, with touches of fruit - want to say citrus, but feels more exotic; great length and finish; carbonation calms over time, not a hindrance; some bubblegum; midway through it's really becoming well balanced between the resin and caramelized apple/pear flavours

Overall: interesting stuff going on here, and different; they've done a good job of highlighting a rarely seen hop variety in North America; just a few kinks to be worked out, but definitely worth a try

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Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NZ is exciting because of the promise of their hops which are unique in the beer world. This is very different DIPA because of the hops involved. There is a bit of aging going on due to travel but I still get a real sense of the way the hops are both citrus but also slightly like lemongrass. Big malt backbone makes things interesting but the star is the uniqueness of the NZ hops

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Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark amber color with a thick three finger head with long retention and leaving lots of laces.
Malty aroma with notes of caramel and a mild citrusy. I was expecting much more, though it is close to its best date.
Very condimented taste with notes of toasted and toffee malts, green grapes and pine. Hints of wood and tobacco. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
A malty DIPA that is a bit difficult to interpret, likely due to its uncommon Kiwi hop. Very assertive and hoppy with peppery notes.

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Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As I am responsible for letting this bottle age, am regretting not reviewing directly after Jeffo's summer tasting when the batch was fresher. It still pours a beautiful reddish amber, with an impressive head and good retention that leaves decent lacing. The malt-forward aroma is as I remember, although now there is a caramelized tone of slightly faded hops. The flavour is still impressive, with a decent malt base that has good hop highlights. A very nice finish that has citrus and nelson sauvignon elements that aren't found in many US DIPAS - and as this is a couple of months after release, that's even more impressive...

Very excited to be a supporter of this "upstart" kiwi brewery!

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Photo of mick303
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL BB Nov. 30th. Poured into a tulip glass, gave a great soapy light orange head with really outstanding retention and curtains of lacing. Colour is a deep burnt orange brown, very hazy and opaque. Fairly dark and brown for the style. 4.25

S – the advertised NZ hops are in strong presence. Notes of green coffee bean, kiwi fruit, lime, tropical fruits, slightly antiseptic with the bracing hop intensity, it has a strong ‘green’ rawness to it. Very rich. 4.25

T – follows a similar pattern to the smell. Rick coating layers of tropical fruits and thick bitterness, has some more malt balance but a thick hoppy IPA. Some coffee bean comes again and earthy nuttiness, mango, pine resins, some crisp malt notes and a whack of strong herbal flavor, a lot of juicy and herbal flavor backed by a coating smooth bitterness. Finish is bitter but not super-slick and some malty aspects to it. As it warms it becomes more balanced and pleasurable, but the flavor and depth is pretty impressive. 4

M – big pronounced bitterness, moderate carbonation, some alcohol presence and heat to it. Definitely something to sip, and the hop burn is an invigorating kick, but there is enough malt to make it an intensely hopped but fairly balanced DIPA. Long lingering herbal bitter aftertaste. 4

What a roller-coaster! this is one for fans of hopped-up DIPAs and a good argument for the potential for NZ hops, they certainly make a winning tasty DIPA here! Really enjoyable, it can be a bit harshly bitter but the hop flavor is quite interesting, notable flavor of pine, ripe tropical fruits, maybe some pepper, its maybe a step back from the best but still a really enjoyable and tasty beer. 4

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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