Tuatara APA | Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Tuatara APATuatara APA

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 50
Reviews by heygeebee:
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Personal notes - solid APA but hop balance not to this palate's liking.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of juicebox
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AxlSkull
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gracient
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, hoppy APA. Slightly too malt to finish, otherwise would be my top APA.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamFuel
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Cheld
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ntanp91
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of jgammoniv
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of Tinkvasi
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of crusian
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of adityashekhar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Waggman
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JackieKu
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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