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
Photo of siosu
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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

Photo of theranchstar
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Wer34truh
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a calm cooper color with a large head.

Smells of exotic fruit, pine, resin, grass, and some kiwi.

Taste is full of bitter breadiness. Quite a bit of resin, some pine, caramel. There are some sweet undertones, but the bitterness and spiciness dominates. A lot of hops as well. Feels more like an IPA than APA.

Solid beer, but not really my type. Nice bottle though.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: 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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ahhh, land of the long white cloud (aka the “Aotearoa” in Tuatara Aotearoa Pale Ale). When Kiwi craft brewers put their thinking caps on they really can really knock up some beastly, for a hop lover like me, brews. Tuatara is no exception, and perhaps my favourite Aotearoian brewer [yes I realise I have only tried their Double Trouble, but it was that choice bro]. Now I will taste the might of Pacific Jade, NZ Cascade, Sauvin and Wai-iti hops in all their Kiwi hop glory. Let the tongue lashing commence!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a clear golden body with a nice 1cm off-white fluffy cloud head that sticks around quite well. I have deducted a point in the filtering - I likes me beers unfiltered, yarrgh! 7/10.

S: The solid biscuit malt base lends itself well to a variety of hop notes: Tinned pineapple rings, pine resin, citrus, spice and a hint of white wine grape (which introduces itself as Mr. Sauvin). A superb complex nose again Tuatara! 9/10.

T: Flavour is decent enough (which is an Aussie colloquialism that may confuse international readers as it really means “not that great at all”) but lacking in hop promise. A big multifaceted hop aroma actually leads to a mild, but well-balanced, mixture of biscuit malt, citric/pine hops with a vinous white grape mid-palate and a spicy but medium bitter hop finish. It’s missing a bit of oompf in the flavour department. 6/10.

M: The body and feel however is solid - medium bodied with a nice dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: At 5.8% ABV I found this beer lacking in flavour. It annoys me when I get an APA like this that smells fan-*******-tastic! But it tastes like BDM* It’s far too easy and unassuming to compete with the likes of Feral Hop Hog or LCPA, and really if you’re making an APA those brews, in the antipodes, are your target. 6/10.

Food match: It’s right there in Sauvignon Blanc territory for food pairing - light Asian cuisine (a very broad term but you should get what I mean), oysters, white fish, salmon and grilled chicken with asparagus and snow peas.

*Beer Drinkers Mouthwash - my initialism for brews that I could easily down before brushing my teeth - not to be confused with Births, Deaths & Marriages (the aptly-named Australian government department).

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Photo of GarthT
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of AirBob
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beergery
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Old beer in a new bottle! Poured from it distinctive 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass, it appears a clear orange gold shade, topped with thick white froth, which did not retain well, but left thick lacing on the glass. The aromas are exceptionally fruity, in a tropical way - mango, pineapple, grapefruit in the mix, with some floral and pine. Taste is lightly sweet, then fading to light bitter, through to the longish finish. Nice level of carbonation, not too biting, but complements the medium bodied brew well. The aroma and taste is a nice variation on the pale ale, showcasing what the NZ hops can do!

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Photo of gefinley
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 keitho
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

this 500ml bottle poured a fine hazy orange gold with a hoppy citrus fruit aroma & a long-lasting head taste is likewise very fruity hoppy bitter with quite a dry finish

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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 CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Beer was a light orange/amber with a surprisingly impressive head, which for some reason kept going and going ... Nice balanced aroma of subtle toffee malt and spicy/citrus hops. The hopping regime puts this in IPA rather than APA territory. Taste was weighted towards the hops rather than the more subdued malt, with more of a lemon/lime citrus leaning (Wai-iti hops, although you can taste the Cascade as well) with less of the American grapefruit notes, some gooseberry (Nelson Sauvin hops?), a little tropical fruit although I detect more bitter, peppery flavors and a pronounced crispness. Some medicinal/camphor notes but little to no overt pine. Solid malt backbone that evokes toasted caramel. The Kiwi hops are different (in a good way), and this beer is less malty and sweet than many American takes on this style but has some interesting tropical fruit and citrus character than differentiates it from said American brews. I was very excited by the notion of "exotic" Kiwi hopping and tried to put this aside and write a legit unbiased review. Its a solid offering from Tuatara.

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

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