NZPA | Hawkshead Brewery / Staveley Brewery & Beer Hall

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
16 Ratings

Brewed by:
Hawkshead Brewery / Staveley Brewery & Beer Hall
England, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with several varieties of New Zealand hops and designed by our Kiwi Head Brewer Matt Clarke, NZPA is a sparkling golden ale bursting with hop flavour. Passionfruit, mango and apricot aromas and a citrus bitterness are balanced by the sweetness of English Maris Otter barley, to produce an extraordinary beer which showcases the hops of New Zealand, some of the most powerfully flavoured in the world.

Added by jazzyjeff13 on 04-21-2012

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a small tulip.

Appearance: Pours clear, amber like a lager. Decent head.

Pungent and herbal hoppy aroma.

Flavor: Moderately bitter as expected. Grapefruit and herbal hop flavor

Feel: Precisely carbonated medium body.

O: reccommended NZ style IPA.

 276 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours into an impy nonic a clear light golden with a billowing white head atop.Maris Otter malts with a tinge of zesty NZ hops,the malts win out.Dryish on the palate with some leafy and fruity hops mixed with a big malt profile,something just isn't right in balance here.I thought I might like it more than I do,not overly impressed.

 333 characters

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist. The name stands for New Zealand Pale Ale; all the hops used come from NZ (Green Bullet, Motueka, Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin).

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Appears to be filtered. A clear golden hue with medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that remains for a minute or two before subsiding. An intense aroma of light, fruity hops - plenty of white grape and melon in evidence. A hint of malt underneath, and a background whiff of buttery diacetyl that isn't completely masked.

Tastes of light, fruity hops with a dry, crisp bitter finish. Notes of white grapes, melon, grapefruit, and citrus, underpinned by subtle malt. A distinct background hint of diacetyl. A spicy, restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but a tad thin. A pleasing hoppy astringency dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter fruity hops.

A nice brew, and the emphasis on NZ hops gives it an interesting twist. The flavour profile is more white fruit and less of the typical citrus/pine combo that many hoppy beers pursue. Mildly reminiscent of white wine. However, it could have been better - I've had this before on cask and it was superb. The lack of bottle conditioning has resulted in lingering diacetyl, which lurks and contaminates the flavour. The carbonation could also have been a bit more effervescent. Still, it's tasty stuff and well worth sampling if you come across it.

 1,501 characters

Photo of LJWalker
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of hdtrice
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Hanglow
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of FLima
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber yellow color with a thin thick head with short retention.
Green aroma with notes of tangerines, biscuit malt, lychees and cantaloupe melon.
Hoppy flavor with notes of resin, pine, melon, passion fruit seeds, lemon, wheaty bread, mild smoke, tea bags, candied oranges, mango, spices, English malts, toffee and tangerines. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste. Not sure how many IBUs, but it made me sneeze a couple of times.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation.
Excellent APA shouting with strong kiwi accent. Originally complex and hoppy.

 562 characters

Photo of sleepymole
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up the set of three hoppy beers at the brewery in Staveley and was really looking forward to drinking it as all the beers on tap there were high quality.

It looks fantastic, pale, with good head retention but on smelling it it reeked of diacetyl. The hops came across as abrasive and little malt character could be picked up.

Upon drinking the beer a slick of diacetyl coated my mouth ruining the beer completely. The hops were all over the place and not in a good way.

This beer has been taken off the yeast too soon during bottling and pushed out of the door too fast. I don't believe this is the brewers fault as the cask beers are outstanding. Hawkshead should slow down, allow this beer (and all the other hoppy ones) to condition properly before bottling. A shame really don't let it put you off their other beers. The cumbrian 5 hop on cask is superb.

 870 characters

Photo of ceetee26
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Arkansawesome
1.28/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of Spike
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 330ml bottle.
L: Pale gold, clear, thin head, little lacing.
S: White wheat and hay.
T: Dry, light, grassy fruit.
F: Moderate carbonation and a tangy finish. Nicely drying.
O: I had this on draft 4 years ago and remember it being superb. This bottled version leaves me underwhelmed. The aroma and taste are under-developed compared to what I remember. The fruit and new world hop profile seem bleached.

 409 characters

Photo of charlatan
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at 'spoons. Straw coloured beer with a white head and very hoppy nose which is fresh, herbal, minty, almost peppery. After a hose water and caramel start with a thick feel, passion fruit and grapefruit flavours break out. The finish is spicy and increasingly leafy. Excellent.

 284 characters

NZPA from Hawkshead Brewery / Staveley Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 16 ratings