M.P.A | Renaissance Brewing

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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:
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Added by ADZA on 12-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
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3
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Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Could not find freshness info on this bottle.

A - Opaque dark amber colour with one finger of dirty white head.

S -Floral and tropical fruit aromas. Some mango, pineapple and a touch of pine with a fairly big caramel malt sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness for the style with a big caramel malt backbone adding sweetness. Some pine, mango and tangerine notes. Very "balanced".

M - Medium body. Some stickiness. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of dry bitter hops with light floral notes with light sweet notes that are also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by dry and bitter hoppy notes with light sweet malt notes with very timid floral notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another Renaissance beer that fell a bit short in terms of hops punch.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ludachris
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The very murky rusty orange body screams unfiltered, which means it's conserved every possible bit of hop goodness. A finger's worth of creamy paper white head floats on top, but not for long. This is one heavy looking DIPA!

The nose isn't as pungent as I had anticipated but it is still very intriguing. It's fresh and very floral. A hefty sticky sweet malt backbone is apparent. Biscuit, toffee, and rich bread all come to mind. This is however a DIPA and the hop character does well at asserting itself as such. The characteristic tropical notes of New Zealand hops come streaming through in the form of mango and papaya but it is ripe field strawberries that steal the show. The strawberry character is incredible and leaves me salivating.

The beginning is floral, grassy, and earthy. This hop character quickly spreads itself across the palate before reaching the height of its bitterness where mint leaves and pine assert themselves. The sweet and bready malt character stays at the back of the palate the whole time, letting the hops put on a show. The tropical fruity qualities of the papaya and strawberries hold strong on the middle of the tongue but almost get bulldozed by the bittering quality of the beer.

One of the first things that I noticed was how clean the feel of this 8.5% ABV DIPA was. It's almost exceptional in that regard. It still carries with it a soft creamy feel that's typical of the style.

Overall, a solid offering in the DIPA category coming out of New Zealand. I absolutely loved the nose; it was so inviting with the melange of ripe fruits. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the bittering hops used in this beer overtook a lot of the flavourful qualities of the aroma hops used. Perhaps that comes with the style of beer. If more focus was placed on the flavour of the hops rather than their bittering qualities, this would be an exceptional DIPA in my books. As is, it's still good and I'm glad I tried it!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a turbid russet red with a patchy white head. Plenty of lace trails line the glass. Soft passionfruit and lemon aromas in the nose. Alcohol is also noticeable in the back. The taste is hoppy with a classic NZ tropical fruityness and some pine sap. A bready malt counter-balance keeps things in check. Booze creeps in the background and increases quickly with warmth, adding a spicy heat. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but rather full bodied. The finish is moderately bitter and fruity.

A very nice DIPA. The hop flavors could be more intense and centre-stage, especially with such delicious NZ hops, but this is still great stuff. Worth a try, if the price is a little steep.

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Photo of HATS4BATS
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 30 2013. I loved the Stonecutter scotch ale from these guys when I tried it a few years ago, but I hadn't seen anything else from this brewery on the shelves - until now, that is. As a hophead, I'd be remiss to skip this one, apparently brewed with a native Kiwi hop variety I know nothing about. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber-bronze colour, topped with one half-finger of dense, frothy off-white head that melts away within a minute or two. It leaves behind a thin, soapy collar and a few scant smears of lacing. The aroma is fruity and juicy, with lots of pink grapefruit and orange pulp, peaches, passionfruit and some earthy pine sap, with underlying caramel malt notes. There's something to please every hop fan in this bouquet.

Bready malts, toasted biscuits and a slight toffee/molasses sweetness start the flavour off, but these notes are soon swept into oblivion by the intense floral, fruity Rakau hop bill. Grapefruit, peaches and mandarin orange give way to vinous notes, juniper and earthy pine sap, the latter lingering into a long, bitter finish interrupted briefly by a flash of warmth from the ethanol. Bitter, resinous aftertaste, with a somewhat slick, oily mouthfeel. On the hefty side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels and a smooth feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.14, a respectable A-. Renaissance Brewing's Marlborough Pale Ale isn't the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had, but it's definitely one of the tastier ones. The alcohol becomes more prominent as this one warms, but it integrates nicely with the powerful, earthy bitterness of the Rakau hops - so I consider the added heat a feature, rather than something to find quarrel with. A solid brew any way you slice it - and given the difficulty of finding quality DIPAs in these parts, I'd definitely consider it worth another pick up in the future. Worth a try for sure, and I hope to try a few more of Renaissance's brews before the local stock runs out.

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Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge creamy head over cloudy amber liquid.

S -Interesting aroma: a little bit of pine, a little bit of fruit, a little big of apple and a dusting of tobacco. Alcohol comes through as well.

T - Apple is evident. Some sharp piney hops and some orange. Leans towards the dry side for a DIPA. A little bit spicy maybe.

M - Smooth medium body. Again, seems a bit dry, which IMO, keeps the hops from reaching their full potential.

D - Fairly easy drinking for a DIPA. Big hopping is obvious, but lacks the balancing sweetness and the big resinous flavour I expect.

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Photo of TubbyDullard
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Renaissance Marlborough Pale Ale (M.P.A) looks like a slice of blood orange (and, coincidentally enough, tastes a bit like it too). Despite the vivid colour, however, it has a very misty complexion; only shadows are visible from the opposite side of this flaming beer. Head collapses but enough foam lasts so as to make mirages out of it, as if seeing shapes in the clouds.

M.P.A has a lot of pine needle and grapefruit zest, much of which is overlooked by the tremendous caramel and bread pudding notes of the malt. The sweeter, toffee-ish malts actually command, but meld well with the resinous and candied citrus flavours of the hops. It's an almost passive-aggressive aroma; bold yet reserved.

Like many DIPAs, this one drinks like a sweets shop crossed with a fruit stand. Maple and sticky toffee pudding flavours combine with grilled tropical fruits; pineapple, mango and papaya all taste slightly roasted, having maintained some juiciness but lost not much of their piercing acidity. Some sips can be like biting into an apricot pit: fleshy-sweet fruity, but nutty too.

M.P.A is an 'imperial' ale in weight (8.5% alcohol) as well as width; this is full-bodied to the point of being muscular. I bet it could bench-press more than I can. The brewery estimates this to have the equivalent of 120 hops per bottle - a fact as impressive as the math required to calculate it. Still, it has a maple sweetness that makes this approachable to most anyone.

Marlborough doesn't produce quite as good a DIPA as Southern California, but it's not far off. If I were a brewer in San Diego I'd be shaking in my sandals - sure, these guys are on the other side of the world but they've proven capable of making beer every bit as bright and hoppy (and they've got their own varieties to do it with). Another solid offering from Renaissance.

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Photo of Colvil
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of gloryhole
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.50

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricot, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/toffee, and piney hops. There is also some apricot/pineapple fruity notes and a bit of a woodiness. It ends with a sweet mildly hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – A pretty good DIPA that I'm sure would be even better fresh. The booze is well hidden and it has a nice well rounded taste.. a little something for everyone. Kind of like an east meets west DIPA flavour wise.

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Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is a somewhat murky dark caramel, with a very small beige head, despite a vigorous pour.

Nose contains tropical fruit and pine, particularly the latter. Resin and needles, with some mango.

Taste is a blend of hops and malt, but favouring the former. Like the nose, a strong pine flavour, accompanied by some tropical and citrus fruit notes. Mango, grapefruit. A full caramel malt base. Moderately bitter.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Quite oily. Booze is noticeable.

Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bang on DIPA. In your face hops, and these hops were citrus tangy, with some white wine character in the taste. Big foamy head. A bit boozy. Good drinkability on taste.LCBO treat.Worth seeking out for hop fans. Fuller mouthfeel, somewhat palate erasing/numbing.

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Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of artemh
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

M.P.A from Renaissance Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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