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

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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4.48/5  rDev +14.9%

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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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Vanz
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of GarthT
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of theranchstar
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 TheBadger0289
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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 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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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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