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 biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, a cool new find at the local liquor monopoly chain. Can't really see how this entry is retired - it's been reviewed at least every few months for the past couple of years. Anyways, brewed (thoroughly, apparently) with the Rakau hop - that's a new one for me.

This beer pours a hazy, quite dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of dense, bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of Denmark-esque peninsular lace around the glass as it slowly but surely fades away.

It smells of bittersweet tropical fruit - pineapple, mango, and papaya - cooked strawberry and nectarine, caramel/toffee malt, musty, earthy hops, and a touch of warming alcohol. Lots going on already, it would seem. The taste is more bitter, yet juicy grapefruit and pineapple, warmed peaches, mandarin orange, a somewhat laid-back caramel/toffee pudding malt, and a further leafy, piney hop assertiveness. The alcohol does well to keep a respectful distance.

The carbonation is fairly restrained, but still duly supportive, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and generally smooth, but with the usual caveat when big-boy hops are given free reign. It finishes off-dry, the kind of doughy caramel malt holding fast against the still siege-happy hops.

A genuinely bitter and hoppy DIPA, the trick here being the complexity gleaned from a single hop varietal. Given the region, and even city of origin, I was expecting huge Sauvignon Blanc allusions, but other than the grapefruit, that wasn't the case. Robust and zesty fruit, subtle pine, and an agreeably dazed malt. What's not to like?

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Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This should be un-retired as I was able to find a bottle locally.

Pours a cloudy amber with blonde highlights. Nice big head too. Looks a lot like hop juice to me.

Spicy with a touch of mango and pineapple in the nose. Creamy?

Assertive hop bite that's equal parts spicy and citrusy. Very mellow. Pineapple, mango and grapefruit.

There's just something different about this that I can't quite pinpoint. The mouthfeel is fairly mellow and finishes cleaner than I figured.

I have to agree with other reviews. This is more malt-forward than overly-hopped.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml (16.9 oz.) bottle into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a very dark amber capped with a cream colored two finger head. Average retention, hints of wispy lacing. Pineapple, passionfruit, hints of spiciness, perhaps chive, cut grass, biscuity notes. Mixed tropical fruit notes, caramel maltiness midpalate, mint and fresh green tea. Finish with hints of chive, a hint of warming alchohol an light caramel. Big, full smooth body, moderate, gentle carbonation. The Rakau hops remind me of a cross between Summit and Simcoe. Spicy and assertive. Overall an enjoyable, malt forward IIPA/DIPA.

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Photo of Timadae
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy oxblood, almost brown, with off white creamy head that fades fast and crusts.
Stewed peaches, caramel, candy apple, resin and strawberry - deep.
Toffee, peach cobbler and pomegranate then orange peel, passionfruit and pine sap hops.
Fresh apricot finish and long luscious bitter linger.
Medium, lots of cling, round.

Single hopped with Rakau.

Big, fruity, chewy, bitter IPA. Darker and maltier than maybe it needs to be - verging on being an Imperial amber or English barleywine more than a DIPA. It's a shame because the malts tip the balance so it's not the best example of how fruity NZ hops can be (like, say, Tuatara Double Trouble.) There's also a dank, earthy thing, like Simcoe, that I'm not sure belongs. Could learn from Cali on how to let the hop sing.

Needs a lighter (or more confident) hand.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at City Beer Store today for 9.99.

Pours a dark orange approaching copper. Good not great clarity. Light tan foam with great retention. Tropical fruity aromas with passionfruit and stone fruits being most prevalents. A biscuity/toasty malt aroma making it through as well. Biscuity malt backbone flavor in support of a mango/peachy hop character. High level of bitterness but impressively smooth. Some lingering fruit on the back end. Moderate body, a tad chewier thank your typical DIPA.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, tropical fruit, and earth hops with sweet caramel and bready malts, with some biscuit.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and other tropical hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some earthy and piney hops come through with some more bitterness and some bready and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet bready and caramel malts with tropical fruits and earthy resiny hops and bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and resiny with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very interesting hop profile, but overall good mix of hops, malt, and bitterness.

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Photo of Lee45102
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy orange/auburn color. Light tan head. Seems to actually be some hop floaties suspended in the beer.

Aroma is actually more caramel malt heavy to me. There is plenty of hop aroma too, though. Some raisins, mango and grassiness. Alcohol pokes through too.

The flavor is initially rather dark with caramel and roasted malt, raisins and other dark fruits. This shows in the finish as well. In between there is some hop flavor. It is not strongly citrus or pine like a US hop, but more fruity and floral.

Mouthfeel is full. Not strongly carbonated.

Overall a fine beer, but seemed far from an explosion of hops to me. Does go nicely with Indian food.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look – somewhat dark amber color, hazy, with about a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – earthy, fruity, type of smell. Smells like a somewhat strong ale. Interesting smell from the new Rakau hops.

Taste – very interesting earthy quality to the hop taste. Pretty close to the smell, but there’s an intriguing muskiness in the middle that permeates into the finish and aftertaste. The bitterness really only shows up in the aftertaste, and even then it’s not too oppressive.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little bit on the creamy side.

Overall – very good-tasting and interesting brew. Nice to try something a little different.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

...And it seems that the influx of new hop varieties continue their endless trek. Resistance Brewing explores the fruity, woody, and winy taste of Rakau hops in this Imperial IPA that celebrates the Marlborough countryside.

Richer than the average IPA, the dark russet redish-brown ale has a nearly burgundy nature to its hue. Releasing a semi-structured dense foam cap, the beer retains its foam and resists the sprite effervescence of typical IPAs.

Malty-rich aromas start with slightly scorched caramel, toffee perhaps, and with elements of sorghum, bread crust, and light molasses. A perpheration of vinous wine, wood, tea, and tobacco frame the secondary notes that rise to decorate the malty focus.

Sweet malty taste is met with a rich bready taste of both sorghum and biscuit flavors. The full flavor of malt is counter acted by hop flavor that seems red wine-like, gin-like, and with flavors of mango, cider, and passion fruit before turning woody, herbal, and grassy in its bitterness headed into finish. The malt-sweetness also borrows mature and gentlemanly flavors of fresh cut tobacco, mulled tea leaves, and root beer.

Fuller than the expected imperial IPA, the lighter carbonation and effects from residual sweetness play heavy on the palate and prevent the dryness that's expected of pales. But the release of carbonation leads to a sticky cola-like texture on the palate before the semi-dryness from hops usher in the acetone and acetic character of warm alcohols to finish the beer.

Complex and flavorful throughout, the beer seems to compare favorably when up against beers like Belhaven IPA which isn't an IPA at all, but simply an exploratory ale that introduces new flavors and combinations than have ever been tasted before. And that's good enough for me.

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Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of flexabull
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer was suggested to me by a Kiwi as a nice hoppy New Zealand beer, so after checking a few stores I finally found this, wasn't cheap though.

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are stinky, resin, floral, earthy (mushrooms?) some ripe fruits, and white wine notes.  A bit odd, but nice.

Taste is hoppy, but not overly so.  Resiny, with a musty earthiness, light citrus, oranges, white wine, and general bitterness.  Finish is dry, with a lingering hop bite. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall, a nice DIPA, more of a standard IPA to an American west coast palate, but still quite tasty. Drinkable, but not a great value. I prefer Epic and 8 Wired's hoppy offerings to this one.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. This must be new in the US as I have never seen it and it only has 17 reviews on BA so far.

A strong pour yield one finger of head that slowly fades to a spotty layer on the surface. The body is hazy orange with an amber tint.

The hops are different than anything I have smelled in an IPA yet, and I suppose this is all due to the Rakau hop, which to my knowledge I have never tasted until now. The aroma of the hops has more vegetable stalky, earthy, elemental aroma than more common American or English hops. It seems to be a greener and more fibrous aroma than the bright citrus bombs of the Pacific northwest US. Peaches and cheese come to mind as I sniff.

The flavor isn't as bitter as expected, and has a thick hop oil quality that I find to be quite nice. The Rakau hop is center stage according to the brewers, and I believe them. This is one of the first DIPAs I have tasted that really is unique in flavor- which is saying a lot. The green/earthy/vegetable/stalky/almost cheesy hop aromas are translated into flavors on the palate, and it does well. The malts are more forward than some DIPAs, but I prefer being able to taste them a little to not knowing they are there at all.

The mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with lower carbonation and a fairly full body. I almost always prefer lower carbonation.

Conclusion: I love tasting a new hop variety! The flavor itself doesn't strike me as awesome, but then again neither did American or English hops when I first tasted them. I think if I drank this more the new flavors would grow on me the same way more common hop flavors have. Maybe it is just the "new factor", but I feel that the hop flavors in this beer are very complex and have an uncommon depth and range of flavor.

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Photo of beergoot
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark orange body, honey-like; thick off-white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Heavy sweetness, apricot, earthy hops

Taste: Overly sweet; dull hop bitterness; alcohol warmth dominates over hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, almost syrupy

Overall: I don't see this as being anything like an American IPA. It lacks the floral hoppiness that those kinds of hop bombs and the taste is just too sweet and overpowering. The malts and hops seem to lack any kind of coherent balance and clash more than come together. Who knows, this may have been an old bottle that just didn't travel or age well.

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Photo of danieelol
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a rather dark red golden with nice head and really good lacing.

Aroma is very muted. Honey, ginger, some floral notes. Hops in this one seem spicy and ginseng-like. Bit of plastic and spider's web. Definitely spicy.

Taste is a soft malty honey syrup. Then I'm pulling some nutty flavours out of it.

Mouthfeel is thickish and syrupy with decent carb.

Not sold on these Rakau hops. Polished beer, but I don't really get what it's supposed to be doing for me. Really don't get any strong doses of flavour from this at all, from either hops or malt.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Review – from notes
Bottle into NB snifter

L: Light banana color (almost burnt khaki). 0.5 fingernail head on vigorous pour.

S: Very earthy and malty with a hidden hint of hops.

T: Smooth malt character straight to bitter hop bite; however, a very sweet touch on the back of the tongue. I like it!

M: Well-balanced start to finish. Nothing overly done...just very, very nice.

O: Very enjoyable IIPA! The Rakau hop is quite earthy, but it accents this beers boldness very well. Great job Renaissance Brewing of NZ!

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep amber IPA color with a consistent head. Lots of sediments floating around. Slightly hazy unfiltered look. Looks straight from the farm. Pours a 1/4 inch foamy head with micro bubbles.

Smell: I get lots of floral hop aromas. Big fruit smells, especially orange and tropical fruit (passionfruit and mango).

Taste: The perfect amount of bitterness that is subdued and balance beautifully by a english style malt base. The caramel and pale malts blend to create a nutty ESB style malt profile. It finishes great with a eye awakening punch that makes me glad to be alive and drinking beer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, oily and delicate. A finely balanced body slides down my throat.

Overall: Great recipe, unique flavors for a DIPA. This beer has a fantastic presentation and great drinkability.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished orange colour, lots of haze in the body. Head is beige and dense, retaining a nice crown with a lovely cradle of lace around the glass. Excellent IPA look.

Smell is very hoppy. Lots of floral character with rose and frangipan notes, plus citrus and fresh cut grass. It's a light smell, but there's a devilish spicey note to it as well. Nice juxtaposition of the bitter with the sweet, and all just hops.

Taste is intriguing, but on first impressions can't say it's entirely successful. Starts with sweet grain notes, pearl barley with some cornbread and walnuts that altogether lasts to the end of the palate. Hops come through late-mid with more of their floral/fruity character, but this doesn't last long. The finish - albeit late - is all hop oil, resinous and bitter. It's not a flavour I dislike, but I was expecting the hops to cut through the malt a bit more at the front, as well as give off more flavour, not just bittering up.

Nice texture, maybe a bit sharp on the back from all the hopping going on. Good and full.

It's a good beer, and I can see peeps digging this, but to me it's the wrong end of the double IPA spectrum. Big hops and slightly off balance.

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Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date'- I'm surprised I bought it, but glad I did.
While I would say this isn't the freshest example of this beer it still holds together as an interesting brew.

Nose is of dusty, raisins and dried, oxidised fruits with a caramel background. Definitely not what you'd expect from a DIPA but not unpleasant. On the palate the alcohol has started to come through quite a bit. It's almost like a Tokay, fortified wine feel. That being alcohol and sweet dried fruits.

A somewhat unique taste, even if it's not in it's prime drinking window or how the brewer intended it to be interpreted.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Belmont Station and figured I'd pick up a bottle to quaff while booking the details for my upcoming trip to NZ. Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter.
Body is a cloudy deep orange color, topped by a small, creamy, off-white head. Lots of suspended solids. Aroma of sweet, bready malt mixed with a big dose of citrusy hops. Prominent notes of biscuit and grapefruit are offset by subtler hints of grass and sweet pineapple.
Palate is mostly sweet malt up front, with the citrusy notes of the hops coming through on the swallow. Nice notes of biscuit and pineapple again. A big flourish of bitterness emerges on the finish but doesn't linger long. Instead, a mildly chalky character of the malt hangs around for a couple of moments after the swallow.
Body is full, just a touch creamy, but actually a little thin for a beer of this magnitude (both bitterness and strength). A very nice effort, with a different hop profile that is a nice change of pace from what we get here in the northern hemisphere.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazed deep copper in the glass, with 1 ½ fingers of off-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, which leaves back a huge creamy cascade of lacing that settles into a ton of spotty froth down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells herbal, earthy, and piney, with softer underlying textures of soft fruit and toasted grains. This is initially pretty nice but as this hits room temp, the alcohol hear comes out in a big way, and starts to dominate the nose with a LOT of spicy alcohol warmth.

An earthy citric bitterness and herbaceous character stands out first in the taste and I’m even getting a smack of tart and zesty lemon flavors coming out as well. A sticky tropical fruitiness mingles with the sweetness of the malts on the edges of the profile, before giving away to more of a toasted graininess in the backend. This finishes resinous, spicy, and dry, with a deep earthy pithiness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a softer and creamy carbonation that then gets pricklier in the mouth. Like the nose, a good bit of alcohol sweetness and warmth comes out in the body, but it isn’t as bad here and this overall stays fairly smooth for the size.

I was unfamiliar with the Rakau hop and this seemed like a pretty good intro to it, displaying a pleasant combination of fruit, pine, and earth. My only complaint here was the alcohol presence, which seemed to come out a bit more than you would think for an 8.5% beer (especially in the nose). Still though, I felt like I got my moneys worth out of this bottle. I’d be willing to check out another selection from these guys again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-brown color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, citrus, pine, and malt.

T: Tasted of a little citrus (lemon), pine, hops, malt, and some caramel. A well-rounded flavor. Surprisingly, the hops don't dominate every other ingredient.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a classic IPA colour of clear amber with a nice white head that retains OK.

S - Aromas are quite hoppy floral

T - Quite sweet flavours and some real nice, quite strong piney notes and a bitter finish.

M - Medium to full body and carbonation that makes for a balanced drop.

D - This is the best IPA from the southern hemisphere that I have tried.

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