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Tuatara India Pale Ale | Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Tuatara India Pale AleTuatara India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tuatara Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't often see NZ beers in Ireland they say the transport is a problem. But glad I got to try this one. A bit malt intense for an IPA but enjoyable.

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4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear copper color with 2 fingers head. Smell of pine with a little touch of citrus. Taste is the same as smell. Very dry with bitter aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle,mPours a clear deep golden with a medium head. it’s quite malt forward caramel with some toffee with just a touch of fruit sweetness. Very nice.

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3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a light haze, no carbonation, 3 fingers of fiberglass head, off white with a beige tinge.

S: Floral perfume, orange, peach, lilac, red licorice,

T: Orange, dried apricots, children’s aspirin.

M: Medium thick bready body, little carbonation, dry finish.

O: Complex, unique, dry. Got in Chiang Mai, drank Dec 18th, 2014.

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3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear deep copper amber color with massive creamy off-white head that withstands with great retention before slowly collapsing to an eternal layer of soapy crown and leaving plenty of lacing wave all around, it displays high visible carbonation.

In a nose, crisp citrus, orange peel, lemon rind, tropical, pine, floral, spice, grassy, herbal, and tea-like bitterness, all of these aromas are derived from its hoppy goodness. Malt is also there with its biscuit, dough, and slight candy.

The taste is nicely blended between good IPA hop and rich malt bill. Hop with its citrus, orange peel, lemon rind, tropical, some pine, grassy, and persistent herbal yet tea-like bitterness while malt with its biscuit, dough, toasted, and slight sweet candy quality.

Medium body with some good crisp and lively carbonation through the palate, smooth mouthfeel with nice refreshing touch, finish is pleasantly dry.

This IPA offering from Tuatara is pretty good with bold suggestion of unique English character that is nicely fused with some touch of American.

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3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale chestnut with loose taupe head.
Orange marmalade, wood and toast - a very English nose.
Toasted granola and roasted hazelnuts with sandalwood and cedar hops.
Citronella finish and leathery linger. Light to medium, fizzy, some cling.

Very much an English IPA, but with the volume turned up - the IBUs are far more noticeable. Nothing wrong with this, but not what I look for from NZ. Tuatara's gateway beer?

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall thick white head that reduces to a thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts with some toffee sweetness and some light earthy and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of nutty malts (hazelnut seems to stand out) with some toffee sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of earthy and pine hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and almost slightly creamy.

O: I found this to be an enjoyable beer that in my opinion fits well into the style - easy to drink with a low ABV and light amount of bitterness. I could enjoy this as a session beer.

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3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle, stablemate to five other Tuatara brews in a mixed pack. A deep ruddy orange, almost bronze color with around three inches of off-white head. Aroma is mixed citrus and iced tea, lemon, lime, and orange along with faint toffee and whiffs of burnt toast. Quite dark and malty but with some bright citrus on top. Alas, the taste fails to live up to the smell. A few faint gummy candy and treacle notes but overall the malts are coarse and lacking in complexity. Ditto the hops ... I get mostly bitter citrus rind with little fruit, a little sulfurous vegetation like green onions, some oxidized cardboard off-notes and a bitter nuttiness like the woody structure that separates the meat in a walnut. Hints of black pepper spice and pine. Moderate body with just a bit too much carbonation. Perhaps I am making things sound worse than they are and certainly this brew is reasonably drinkable. The weakest of the Tuataras though ... No T-Rex, more of a duck-bill.

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3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown reptilian bottle purchased and consumed in Wellington, NZ. BB date of July 2014.

Pours deep amber with a bubbly bone-colored head. Good lacing.

A light, English-style IPA, with an aromatic herbal nose but with the hop power of a slightly aggressive APA. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. Appropriate malts for balance.

Feel: medium body; smooth; excellent, soft carbonation.

O: a weak version of the Tuatara APA, which I had immediately before this ale.

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Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is kind of a cross between English and American IPAs. Served at a good temperature and poured an average sized, fizzy, foamy head that settled down to some islands and good lace. Color is an orange copper amber. Aroma is hop, malt, musk, funk, caramel, fruit. Flavor's like nose with carbonic tang a bit too sharp, hops relatively more like APA or a hoppy EIPA. Body is good except for the fizzy carbonation. Finish is like flavor, carbonic bite lingers. Drinkable.

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3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poursw hazy amber with a superb, ever-growing head fed by lively streams of carbonation.
The aroma really showcases the noble hops with extremely spicy, green floral characters. The malt is also quite prominent with nice cookie-dough notes.
Similar story with the flavours, those spicy hops are really quite potent. Not so impressed with the character they give in the finish, it's quite sharp. The sweet cookie-dough-like malt does a great job of countering it anyway.
Carbonation is quite prickly, over the top.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear and surprisingly dark brown, two fingers of head retained extremely well
S - big notes of nuts and toffee, lighter hints of pine tar, earthiness, and a hint of booze
T - again big nutty and toffee malt flavours up front, piney and earthy hops, its tasting but its much more akin to an ESB than an IPA
M - medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy, mostly full finish with light bitterness
O - its definitely a tasty beer, but I would have given it 4's across the board if it weren't for a blatant miss on style category, this IS an ESB and should be advertised as such, definitely worth drinking, just don't expect and english IPA

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listed on the "1001", I will review if I ever have again.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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