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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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 41
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, bright copper amber hue, with one finger of tight, flattened foamy ecru head, which leaves a sinking wall of painted suds around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bready, somewhat doughy malt, a mild ashy nuttiness, and some quite tame muddled tropical fruit notes. The taste is biscuity, crackery, grainy malt - none too sweet, a more pronounced ashy, flinty character, an eerie echo of orchard fruit, and softly bitter earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad peppy, but mostly settled into its support role, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth, like that of thumbing the edge of a dime. It finishes with a modicum of sweetness emerging from the heretofore dry biscuit malt, that ashy leafiness tagging along for the kiddie ride.

A tasty enough bevy, I must say. However, the taste is much more akin to that of an English Bitter, than anything resembling an IPA, be it British or American. The label explains how they go to the trouble of sourcing the yeast for every beer from the style's point of origin - perhaps this program should be extended to the hops as well.

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Photo of chinchill
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 dbrauneis
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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Photo of liamt07
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Jason, opened to start the night for my 22nd. 11.2fl oz into a bottle.

Poured a hazy golden brown, more on the brown side. Cream coloured head which lasts well and lace nicely. Nose has some juicy and interesting hop notes, some light tropical, clementaine, orange and pineapple. Sugary malts, almost candied (brown sugar-ish?). Crackers and cookie dough too. Taste has some more malt notes, lightly sugary and more of the subdued tropical hop notes. Lightly carbonated and light feel, easy to drink and moderate bitterness in the finish. OK as a pale, but not as an IPA. Uninteresting.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 23/10/12

A clear pale copper with a short lived thumbs width of foam that hangs on for only two sips and leaves a single partial ring of lace

S nutty toffee with some iced tea and herbal hops, some faint citrus and a little woody, more of an English Brown then an IPA, not really nailing the style regardless what side of the pond your drinking it

T a handful of pennies come in a little faint with some leafy hops on top of what I smell, again not really what I expect from the style, the caramels there but its not enough to impress me

M medium bodied with enough carbonation to give it some life, a little slick after the fact with a metallic herbal aftertaste

O rating for style I should be a little harder on this one, if they called it a brow ale it would score higher, much higher. I'd never guess IPA or EIPA if asked to guess the style

You have magical Kiwi hops at your disposal and this is your IPA? I can appreciate an English IPA (sort of) but this one isn't quite there, call this a nut brown or brew a Kiwi style IPA and watch the high ratings role in, just a suggestion

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Photo of jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into my De Struise glass...Lots of carbonation, pours with at least three fingers of head, its tope good retention only so-so lacing. The beer itself is a dark and clear orange...The aroma is really light, malt caramel, a little grass, only a faint aroma of hops. It reminds you of "greeb" kind of refreshing...Taste is ok, but not at all an ipa. A very malty ipa, bread, pineapple, light hop for a split second at the end. Easy to drink just boring.

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Photo of StJamesGate
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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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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is malty and sweet, scarcely hoppy, not much like an IPA. It pours a clear, dark golden amber with a respectable, if not too persistent, pale cream head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is fairly hoppy, but as much malty as hoppy, with a fruity undertone of pear and orange. Smooth texture has average body and fizz, and leaves a malty, slightly fruity, slightly hop bitter finish. Average, but still acceptable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
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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Photo of popery
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Not a bad beer, but too light on the hops for an IPA, in my opinion. There's some likable caramel sweetness, but without a strong hoppy finish, it's not very satisfying. Of course, this beer was shipped from New Zealand, so it could be better fresher. Nice look, though - bright copper liquid with a creamy off-white cap. Mouthfeel is smooth. Hops are grass, pine resin, a bit earthy. Malt tastes of rich caramel, but the aftertaste is mildly cloying. Nice label on the bottle.

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Photo of patre_tim
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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Photo of joemcgrath27
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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Photo of matjack85
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found this single 330ml brown bottle at the grand opening of the new Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $4.99. No freshness date to be found - only a small blurb about the beer and brewery that doesn't really tell you much.

The beer poured a hazrd amber/orange color with a huge pillowy white head. Over half the glass is taken up by the head, so be careful with the pour. While the head retention lasted over 3 minutes before settling down to a 1/4 inch top, the lacing was not as spectacular.

After waiting for the head to subside, I stuck my nose inside the glass, swirled it a bit, took a nice big sniff, and got ... well, nothing! No aroma to this one no matter how hard I tried to find one. Oh well, at least it doesn't smell bad.

Hmmm. An IPA that is more malty than hoppy. Mild caramel sweetness followed by some grassy and herbal hops with a touch of pine in the finish. It tastes OK, but not what I want from an IPA. If there's such a thing as "IPA lite", this is it.

This beer has a creamy smooth texture to it with only moderate carbonation. Its thickness gives it a full bodied feel despite its lack of any strong character.

Very drinkable with no noticeable alcohol, but also not very IPA-like. Maybe a beginner's IPA.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
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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Photo of Everydayoff
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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Photo of OF001
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330mL btl served at 6C

Clear, vibrant, and rich amber-copper pour with a nice thick, but not dense white head, spotty but acceptable lacing. Lots of carbonation, like most of the tuatars from the 6-mix pack retains a 1cm head until the very end and lend to a great look.

Sweetish, bready malt dominate the nose. Some hops on the aroma, but more sweetness there too. Some hazelnut (sweetness lend to the specific nut, otherwise high oil nuts).

Crisp semi-sweet malts. Tropical tree fruits in so many complex ways. High minerality pronounces the frankly mild, leafy hopping, gives it a little more bite that would otherwise be seriously lacking. improves immensely as it warms and becomes more balanced and a little more hop-oily with the carbonation giving a little more crisp citrus top end.

Mouth feel is light and well carbonated, very dry on the finish.

The look needs just a little more character, it looks like a big production beer; while pleasing, lacks a certain depth to gain higher points.
The nose is a little one dimensional and lacks hops for an IPA. Although being from the northwest coast I am spoiled by fragrantly hopped to hell IPAs.
Balanced english IPA as it warms, but from my geographical origins it lacks punch. But is otherwise a very drinkable, amazing PALE ALE (4.25 if not 4.5), maybe technically an IPA and therefore lacking.

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Photo of Wasu
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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Photo of Stefman454
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into an IPA glass. Best before 7 May 2015, bought as part of a Mix Six pack. Poured with a somewhat thin head, approximately one finger, which settled into a thin covering with no lacing. Nose seems a bit off. A few nice hops notes in the background are overcome by a strong malt smell. A very malty IPA which seems somewhat off balanced. The first flavour is malt, almost like a cascadian ale. Then dissipates into a dull hop bitterness. No development on the aftertaste. Not one I'd seek out, but not awful.

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Tuatara India Pale Ale from Tuatara Brewing Co.
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