Tuatara KAPAI | Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Tuatara KAPAITuatara KAPAI

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Tuatara APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale)

Added by CrazyDavros on 04-30-2012

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Cookeeman:
Photo of Cookeeman
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess, based on the label, I was expecting a Pale Ale, but this is not one. It's an IPA for sure. The smell was a huge bouquet of hops, lots of citrus, melon and grapefruit. The flavour is great, the body is thick and full, lots of sappy malt. The finish is all hops, with lots of citrus and tropical fruit that is typical of these New Zealand hops. I'm quite impressed by the quality of this brew. I picked up their mixed 6-pack earlier this month, but this beer far surpassed those in flavour and quality. As a hop fan, I'm very glad I took a chance on this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of stephenlee
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tuatara APA (Aotearoa PA) 5.8% in a 330 ml brown reptilian bottle purchased and consumed in Wellington, NZ. BB date of August 2014.

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

A big pale ale featuring NZ hops, with a very aromatic herbal/weedy aroma and a citrus-herbal flavor.
Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. Appropriate malts for balance.

Feel: medium body; smooth; good carbonation.

O: A fine transformation of an actual APA to a NZPA.

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Photo of FknClownshoes
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Caramel amber colour with a dense head. Good lacing.

Citrus, spice and grass on the nose with a slight cornbready-ness. Very aromatic!

Tastes how it smells, lots of citrus/spice and some slight tropical fruit flavours. The initial hoppy punch bitterness tapers out to some caramel maltiness at the finish. Has a really nice lingering hop flavour which I cant quite put my finger on (must be the NZ hops!)

Medium body, relatively low carbonation.

Clean and hoppy and packing some interesting fruit flavours, a highly sessionable APA

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Is the reason for the two entries here the switch between using American-sourced vs. local NZ hops, or just the label change, or a combination of the two? Anyways, this is a new brewery to grace the store shelves in Alberta, and a new species for me to look up - the titular Tuatara appears to be a New Zealand relative of something like an iguana, and he stares out at me from the well rendered cap.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of moderately foamy off-white head, which leaves some random islet streaks of lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of ripe pineapple, mushy guava, sugary grapefruit, bready caramel malt, and a mildly acrid floral pine hoppiness - all quite enticing. The taste is softly bitter tropical fruits - pineapple, kiwi (natch), and yellow grapefruit, with a stoic, somewhat tangy caramel malt backbone, and a subtle passionfruit and gooseberry fruitiness that screams out NZ terroir (at least in terms of tasty intoxicating beverages, that is).

The bubbles are presently restrained, or maybe it's restrained in their presence? Anyways, the body is a pleasantly plump medium weight, and decently smooth, save a few hoppy pricks. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and lesser malt sweetness waxing, and the bitterness of the hops petering out, with but a few too many indicative death throes.

A rather enjoyable, big-H hopped APA, one where the A for American is shaky at best. Which is the point here, I suppose, in this display of what a foreign, yet true to the original intent, take on a standard can be. Big and hoppy, with nothing really lost in translation, I must say.

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Photo of Vanz
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Hopper69
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gillagorilla
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Dark, golden.

S: Deep grass notes and floral. There is some weird, sweet funk here.

T: Interesting taste. Tastes like it smells. Quite a flavorful APA.

M: Even carbonation and crisp.

O: One of the better APAs that I've had.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich amber with a large head.
Nose shows fruity confectionery, peaches, green apples, grapes, lychees. Underneath is sweet caramel and crystal malt.
Similarly tasty flavours, with more fruity and resinous hops, caramel and cookie dough-like malt, and finishing with an assertive but well matched bitterness.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle recomended by the always helpful staff at Brewery Creek in Vancouver, BC.

Appearance. Pours gold with just a bit of amber and a very slight haze with over 2 fingers of foamy off-white head.

Smell. Nice citrus rinds and tropical fruits, a little cedar and pine along with some toasted light grains. Smells like a good american pale ale.

Taste. Good toasty malts followed by some bitter grassy and floral hops. A little citrus and tropical fruit, but quite dry. Some lingering grassy bitterness. The hops taste familiar but slightly different than most apa's.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. A good hoppy pale ale, maybe just a little on the dry side for me.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a very rich, deep lemony yellow. The nose is almost as lemony! Very strong aromas of bright-smelling New Zealand hops. There's a little spice in there as well. The taste is terrifically balanced between caramel malt flavours and citrusy/peachy malts. This is a really good version of an American Pale Ale made with Kiwi hops.

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Photo of marcrech
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ntanp91
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper with a light haze, a moderate amount of medium sized bubbles. A finger of off white head fades to a foam quickly.

S: Citrus pine and grapefruit, spicy and hot, caramel and orange candy all in one.

T: Mozzarella cheese melt with hot sauce meets orange marmalade. A hot, almost garlic like heat with some umami dankness and resinous pine cone. A light orange taste and bitterness.

M: Medium resinous body leaving a resinous coating on the tongue, lots of fine heated foamy carbonation.

O: Full of resin, it displays the style of hops very well. Awesome bottle style. Got in Chiang Mai, drank in Kunming Jan 27th 2015.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamStockslager
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JackieKu
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Bright golden copper in color with a clear texture, the pour yields massive silky white head that stands with very good retention before slowly subsiding to thin everlasting foamy layer atop along with several lacing patch and spot along the way down.

Citrus, grapefruit, orange candy, pine, spice, resin, and slight earthy, all of these aromas are derived from the hops while malt is in the back end with notes of bread and caramel.

Kick off with sweetness and breadiness from bread and caramel malt, hop thereafter overcomes with a solid taste of citrus and grapefruit while pine, spice, and some earthiness are slightly hidden in the second layer. Bitterness is at the almost end with a resiny touch that also a bit lingers in the aftertaste.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and medium carbonation generated some crisp and refreshing feel through the palate, very dry finish that will quickly lead to next sip.

Good pale ale indeed with good hop and malt quality which surprisingly came from 100% local ingredient, so this one is good “NZ” pale ale.

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A fairly hazy amber-orange color with a frothy and modest light-tan head. Good lacing in the glass. Caramel malt on the nose with faint orange and citrus (not sure of the age here). The first sip brought dry, bready malt with a bit of caramel but not too sweet. A nice gradual bitterness with earthy and orange notes . Medium-bodied.

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Tuatara KAPAI from Tuatara Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 55 ratings