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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Photo of Vanz
5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Hopper69
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%

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 wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 23/10/12

A very slight haze in a golden amber body, slow tiny bubbles work their way to a thin cap that retains well and leaves lots of unorganized lace

S near perfection, tropical Kiwi notes, pineapple, passion-fruit, guava and a little melon and citrus mix well with some caramel and spruce with a hint of pine

T a little dark bread and the toffees stronger and the beautiful tropical notes are still there but toned down compared to the nose, the pine notes are stronger and there's a little orange rind I didn't smell

M the little bubbles have a pin prick thing going on, leaves just a little behind and has a mild bitter bite with a tropical rind iced tea finish that lingers faintly for a while

O great stuff no questions asked, I could jack up the overall to a 5 to compensate and would have no guilt, fuck it I'm pumping the smell as high as it goes this one deserves a "perfect' somewhere

Dug it! dig it? one of those beers that I could drink all day and the Kiwi hops are kicking ass. I'm still waiting for the South Pacific styles to get some props, New World Pale? South Pacific Pilsner? wait for it these beers are distinct, drink up!!

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

Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper with a ribbon of white froth that speckles.
Fresh resiny leaf, papaya, and tart Pacific Gem blackberry nose.
Some very English toffee malts with mango and peach then passionfruit, pink grapefruit and some Nelson Sauvin gooseberry.
Kiwi (Wai-iti?) finish and tart white grape linger.
Medium, chewy, crisp.

This is NZ hops. Great tropical fruit salad notes but with a fruit tartness rather than heavy IBUs to give it a clean finish. Individual hops shine through (or at least I imagine they do.) No pine, little citrus, therefore very much not Cali. A great summer drinker.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hiwattowner
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing, crisp beer. Great aroma with Kiwi hops coming through. A pale ale I would look forward to drinking.

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Photo of Tdenham
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy dark gold. Good carbonation, one finger of beige head. Sticky lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice juicy hop. Pineapple, mango, peach, some good malt as well. Really inviting.

T - Citrus, pineapple, orange peel, mango, malty too, really nice Kiwi hops galore.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - Pretty nice stuff. Really tasty. Hop forward and showcases Kiwi hops really well. Decent malt body to back it up. Nice.

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Photo of rawfish
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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 JackieKu
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 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 MylesMac
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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