Tuatara APA
Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #911
Ranked #21,009
3.88 | pDev: 9.28%
Tuatara Brewing Co.
New Zealand
Very Good
Tuatara APATuatara APA
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shiu-chan from Singapore

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber, light cloudiness, one inch head, medium to large bubbles, persistent, good lacing.

Mango, resiny pine caramel nose.

Fresh bitterness, dry finishing with soft touch of citrus and pine.

Nov 27, 2019
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Mildly hazed golden orange color with thick white frothy head that stays with good retention, it gradually dissipates to everlasting bubble sheet atop and leaving plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Hop forwards in the aroma with inviting scents of citrus, lemon, tropical fruit in kind of passion fruit/mango/jackfruit/pineapple, as well as berry, pine, and resin while malt with its sweet, bread, and caramel.

The taste is crisp and well-rounded with fruity hop in the lead. I can get all the fruit characters that reflect in a nose as well as piney resin. Malt lays as a firm base with its bread, some sweet, and caramel to progressively drive hop forwards. Finish is pleasant with a strong presence of dry hop bitterness.

The body is medium with good crispness and lively carbonation. The feeling is refreshing with soft effervescence and smooth mouthfeel, very dry finish.

It won’t go wrong as usual when it comes to Tuatara. As well as this tasty APA, good brew without any doubt.

Jan 08, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bright vibrant yellow body with impressive huge white foaming head that sticks
Aroma of pineapple with a hint of raspberry
Nice shortbread like malt
Then pineapple then pitch perfect bitter finish
Good mf and carb
Great antipodean pale ale

May 19, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper gold with a few bubbles, topped with 5 fingers of yellow ocher tinged fluffy head.

Fruity bouquet of scents, pineapple, pine, durian, jackfruit. Roses and orchids.

Jackfruit, pineapple, orange rind and grapefruit. Garlic, light sweetness, light bitterness.

Light body, moderately low carbonation.

Beautifully well rounded beer. Very delightful, and worth a go. Drank April 25th, 2016 in Chiang Mai.

Apr 25, 2016
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In bottle from a local wine shop in St Helier, Jersey. Pours a golden colour with a white head. Aromas of fruit and floral hops. Tastes is of citrus, grapefruit & dry hops with malty sweetness. Overall a very decent APA

Sep 25, 2015
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Whiteweasel from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(Quick Review):
Drank from on tap in a pint glass at Inchbar, Dunedin. Served quite cold, so it took a while for the taste/smell to come through. Clear dark amber with less head than I was expecting. Smelled nice and hoppy though the roastiness seemed to overpower the hops in both the nose and the taste. Smelled nice, roasted malt with a tiny bit of pine. Somewhat harsh bitter flavours abound, and the final product wasn't all that balanced. Nothing was all that clear, as the grain and hops were muddled together. A nice mouthfeel, smooth and with a crisp aftertaste. It's not bad, worth having again, but only at a warmer temp to let the hops come out more.

Jul 25, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy apricot coloured body. Patchy white head. Solid lacing. Fresh tropical fruity hops on the nose. Succulent taste of citrus, orange and lemon. Mild malty sweetness beneath. Fresh fruity ending, smoothly bitterness.

Jul 21, 2015
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, dark-gold colour with a foamy, creamy head.

Aromas of sweet honey with slightly spicy hops.

Tasted almost like a sweet honey-mead throughout with hints of bitter, spicy hops at the finish. Medium-bodied, but still refreshing.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Apr 24, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Format: a solid brown 500mL bottles embossed with the scales and ridges of a reptile of some sort - crocodile? An average macro-looking label.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass - a hazy light amber-yellow in colour with a finger of off-white head that hangs about for quite a time. drops to a creamy half-finger.

Aroma: this is a great smelling pale ale - definitely comes across more as an AIPA than an APA. Plenty of citrus and pine as usual, with some tropical fruits and biscuit malts. A promise of things to come?

Taste: the palate adopts most of the flavours evident on the nose, however with a definite diminishing of strength. It still comes across more as an IPA rather than a Pale Ale, but a bit wishy-washy.

Aftertaste: all of the flavours linger in the mouth, with a touch of bitterness. The bitterness does have some flavour, but only some.

Mouth feel: a light- to-moderate feel with a moderate carbonation that fails to provided a decent body. It comes across as a bit flat, which doesn't bring the flavours through properly. A pity, really.

Overall: this could have been a really nice India Pale Ale, if it had more oomph from the body, I know it is meant to be an APA, but the flavours and aroma are much more akin to an AIPA. The flavours are about right, but the body is far too flat and flaccid. Add a price of AU$9 per 500mL bottle - or an estimated AU$105 equivalent for 24 x 330mL, and this one ain't worth it.

Jan 12, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great copper color with a very thick, sticky head. Excellent lacing.

A very sweet, fruit-like smell. Honey dew and cantaloupe come to mind with a faintness of citrus. Some pine and fresh grass.

Grapefruit is my first taste sensation, then a quick transfer to light graininess. Light biscuit, then back to a pear-like fruitiness. Their is a sparkling bitterness at the end that all blends together in a most enjoyable manner.

Besides the 'sparkling' bitterness, mouthfeel is light and clean.

A very different yet quite enjoyable APA. Based on the Beer Advocate description of use of local ingredients and expectation of fruity esters, I'd say this is a definite winner. Certainly not a 'traditional' IPA-style, and this is a good thing. Well-balanced and unique in taste to set this beer apart from the rest of the pack...

May 28, 2012
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crusian from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tuatara apa. Hop head heaven.
Tap at galbraiths in Auckland. Ok, going to be brutal with this one. Calling something an apa opens that up. Pours a light amber color with a tiny bit of head, I think they tried to get as much as they could into the glass.
Nose is excellent. I think I smell a lot of nelson. Yum. Citrus overload on a 5.7% beer is amazing... also get a bit of sweetness.
Taste... man, I wanted to rip this a new one, but this is quite possibly the best apa I have had. Sweet hop and malt are so well balanced... no huge bitter mouth picketing finish. These nz hops are fantastic. This is the best under 6% ipa/apa I have ever had. Medium bodied nice.. can't believe they get this into a 5.7% beer.

Oct 12, 2011
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dansmcd from Australia

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 2 fingers of soapy white head cap a murky orange amber, leaving behind thin threads of lace.

S - Tropical fruit hit of passionfruit, pineapple, orange and sweet sorbet.

T - Earthy fruity tang. Clean and fresh but something is lacking in the finish. Strong hop bitterness.

M - Smooth, acidic, oily, full body. Low carbonation.

O - Flavours didnt quite match the aroma, but improved as it warmed into a full, well-rounded pale ale.

Sep 27, 2011
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dgilks from Australia

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy bright orange colour with a small off-white head. The head is a bit creamy and quite small.

Sweet and caramelly malt with a bitter orange and lime note. There's some pine as well. Nice.

A balanced APA with big, bold citrus flavour, some nice toffee malts and a hefty dose of bitterness.

Medium light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid APA. Lots of great flavour and a nice balance of sweetness and hops.

Aug 02, 2011
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danieelol from Australia

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice creamy colour with good head and lacing.

S: Malty marmalade with some pine breaking through. Nice but not hugely potent.

T: Ok don't believe the APA designation. This is very much an IPA, and a damn tasty one. We're mainly getting pungent pine and bark in the taste with a fair bit of nuttiness. Oh and the bitterness really makes itself known but the tiniest sweet note at the end keeps it from subduing your palate entirely. But it does linger. There's a lot of marmalade, orange rind and citrus too. Great.

M: Thick, oily and resinous, with quite a bit of carb to tickle the palate.

O: Great stuff. This is a really well handled IPA with unashamed bitterness.

Jul 31, 2011
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small lasting head.
Nose shows lots of passion fruit and floral and piney resinous hops. Underneath is cookie dough, caramel and oats.
Similarly hoppy flavours with loads of pine. Little supporting malt, just a hint of sweet clean malt and some oats (???). Sharp, full-on bitterness.
Nice med-high carbonation.

Jun 10, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse's Kiwi SpecTapular.

Pours a clear, pale golden colour, with a light by frothy head. good lace is formed as the beer goes down: sudsy, solid and complex. Light body, but it looks pretty decent overall. Very suitable for the style.

Nose is bright but subdued. Some tropical notes giving a fresh resonance, but it's very light overall, with a hint of graininess grounding it. Eh.

Taste is much better, with a clean and crisp nutty bitter character, that reminds me pleasantly of Mikkeller's single hop series. Crisp and bitter, but with good depth and a roundness to complement it. The hops give a nice greenness and a light pungency. Finish is long but clean.

Very easy drinking APA this one. Something I'd be happy to drink frequently. Not a bad drop at all.

Jun 09, 2011
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour, clear body. Light bead, whispy beige-ish head. Decent.

Quite sauvin-y on the nose. Lots of passionfruit, pineapple, a touch of citrus. Nice resinous and woody characters and a slight spicy piquancy. Pleasant NZ hop nose, nice intensity.

Taste is quite malty. Lots of rich caramel toffee from front to mid. Hops come through late-ish, more passionfruit with light pine resin and wood notes. A pleasant, bitter American pale. But nothing very special.

Mouthfeel is good, decent body with a slight fizz - but not too much. Just a smooth drinking ale.

Good drinking beer to start off a session, enough hop to keep me interested.

Jun 01, 2011
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MrKennedy from Australia

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer, poured into a 7oz glass.

Orange, glowing appearance, with a nice 2cm head of foam that remains with it throughout, diminishing only slightly.

Nice fruity and slightly piney aroma, US style c hops are very prevalent.

Slightly sweet, early, with the bitterness coming late. Fruit salad flavours are mostly it.

Smooth mouthfeel, not a throat-raker at all.

Overall, a nice APA, very solid session ale. Tasting fresh and well rounded out.

Apr 21, 2011
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ADZA from Australia

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours an impressive looking hazy orange,light amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a very dense two finger head with heaps of lacing all over the place,the smell is quite nice with aromas of piney hops,orange zest and caramelized stonefruits,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which is nicely carbonated and has tastes of grapefruit,orange zest,mandarin,light caramel/toffee and finishes with a nice tinge of piney bitter hops and overall i think its a pretty decent drop that i will definately buy again cheers.

Jan 30, 2011
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brendan13 from Australia

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy dark orange/amber colour with a 3cm dense white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - The label states "Hop Head Heaven" and while I wouldn't quite go that far the hops are quite predominant showing tropical citrusy fruitiness as well some floral notes as well as a herbal, woody character. Some light caramel malt touches to balance it.
T - Not unlike the smell; the hops are the centrepiece in the taste as well. Floral and tropical fruit at the front followed by some woody/piney & herbal hop flavours. Enough malt sweetness to balance it but the hops still come through.
M - Medium bodied, lowish carbonation, quite hefty bitterness.
D - In all honesty could pass for a pretty good American IPA. Worth seeking out. My only complaint, which is probably being pedantic, is that it is too herbal for a great APA.

Dec 04, 2010
Tuatara APA from Tuatara Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 54 ratings