Tuatara Nui
Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,290
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #18,256
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 3.69%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
13
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Tuatara Brewing Co.
 
New Zealand
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Year-round
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88
Very Good
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium Amber to lite copper color (12+) with off white head; good lace, clarity and carbonation; some cap. Citrus and earthy pine nose. Bitter lite lemon and pine flavors; dank earthy hops on lite caramel foundation; bitter lemon zest finish. Medium lite mouthfeel. Good balance with Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo - earthy vs. citrus - nice.

Sep 06, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasting notes: Aromatic, musky, dank. Massive tropical fruit, like sucking on a mango-cantaloupe cough candy. They advertise American hops on the label but this still tastes Kiwi to me. Some citrus but skewed tropical ... Lychee, mango, red berries, a little tangerine with a decent dose of herbal and conifer notes. Decent body, on the thick side for the style ... In this case, the sweet toffee malts complement rather than hinder the hops. Almsot creamy. Huge perfumy finish. Wow.

Jun 10, 2015
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2015 (I think). Given to me a little while back by my brother, who picked it up in NZ. The label describes it as a beefed-up version of Tuatara's APA; hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of overwhelming hop notes with hints of pine, weed, peel, citrus, sweet malt, mild brown sugar, subtle earthy yeast and stewed hops. Intense and delicious - bring it on!

T: Tastes of powerful aromatic hops and sweet malt with a stinging bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, orange peel, citrus, grass/hay, caramel malt, subtle grain, mild brown sugar, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a zealous hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and lovely body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine resin and sweet malt.

O: Superb - a top-notch IPA. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are fantastically hoppy. The malt balances the bitterness nicely. Good body. A treat for the senses; no self-respecting hop-head should pass up the chance to try it.

Apr 11, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, another with some slick lizard scale-like beading on the upper portion. The label on mine indicates that 'nui' is "te reo Maori" for 'big'.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, fizzy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some stellar and consistent Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter leafy, piney, and floral hops, acrid navel orange and white grapefruit pith, a bit of muddled juicy tropical fruitiness, grainy, bready caramel malt, peppermint, and a wee metallic booziness. The taste is bready caramel malt, thin toffee wafers, mixed forest floor flora bitters, chalky citrus pith, passionfruit, pineapple core, a still interesting herbal mint essence, and a very tame booze astringency.

The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive, the body a solid medium weight, and actually rather smooth, just a wee clamminess nudging its way in as things near room temperature. It finishes off-dry, the varied fruitiness battling it out old-school with the green bitterness, all the while the mopey malt hangs and frets about the fringes.

A pleasant and engaging blend of American hops and the south sea climate, which results in some complex bitterness, to say the least. Enjoyable to drink, once all the dissecting is done, a good (and probably the best) sign, I'd say. Go 'nui' or go home!

Dec 04, 2014
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chogm54 from Australia

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, 80 IBUs. Label says that 'Nui' is Moari for 'strong'

A - attractive burnt amber colour, pours a nice thick frothy off-white head. Crystal clear. Looks like wood polish.

S - strong hop aroma, tropical (lychee, mango) and stone fruits (peach). Dry resin and bready malts as well.

T - As to be expected, hoppy bitterness from start to finish . Potent, but not piercing or overpowering. There is an earthiness to the flavour, and while the fruits are noticeable (namely orange, passionfruit), they are not dominant. The finish is short, dry and crisp.

F - low carbonation, medium bodied, slight alcohol warmness, but this is kept well hidden by the bitterness.

O - I've had other APAs greater than 80 IBUs with much less bitterness than this beer. The 3 hop varieties complement each other, but the certain earthiness to the flavour (Simcoe maybe?) and the crisp finish is what makes this beer stand out. One of the better Tuatara beers (which is saying a lot - their Pilsener is one of the best).

Nov 16, 2014
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oceanman907 from Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

A Very good IPA bursting with Classic New Zealand hop flavors, fresh tropical passion fruit, pineapple, meyer lemon, really nice american IPA body, maybe just a little bit heavier could be good, but this beer was all about the hops and it was quite good at that.

Nov 07, 2014
Tuatara Nui from Tuatara Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 13 ratings