Tuatara Waimea Hopcat | Tuatara Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 01-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was a collaboration between Tuatara and Beer Here, brewed using the new Kiwi Waimea hop. 650ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a golden-amber hue, perhaps a bit too light for a Red, perfectly clear, with a very large, bubbly head of off-white that settles down expeditiously. Body is light and fluid, but with some slickness behind it. Fine, but exiguous carbonation. Lace sticks around in cave-like stalactite patterns. Looks decent enough.

Wow. The nose is spectacular. Big, fresh crushed citrus and mild tropical fruit aromas, with an incredible Kiwi hop overtone: fresh, sharp vegetation, passionfruit, hints of lemon myrtle and eucalyptus. This is all cosseted by a pleasant sweetness, wrapping it up like a fresh apple pie. Absolutely gorgeous aroma. It's comforting, but expressive. It's direct, and yet complex. Amazing stuff.

Taste is clear and pleasant, slightly empty, but refreshing. It opens with a clean, fresh, faintly malty sweetness, that drops away almost immediately never to be seen again. From here, the hops provide an overarching structure, with some fragrant vegetative tones and a little more husky grain. There are nuances to the fragrance though: a little nutty tone like chickpeas, some crushed kale, and a sweet fruitiness like peachskin. Overall, this is very tasty stuff.

Feel is good once the head and the carbonation settle down. Indeed, in has a pleasant frothy fineness to it throughout.

Overall, I'm super impressed. Tuatara do do some good beers, but this is clearly the best I've had from them so far. Indeed, the intense fragrance but delicate structure reminds me of Ballast Point's Sculpin. This is just as drinkable, and just as well put together. Really quite amazingly good stuff.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows grassy, herbal and fruity hops with a bit of lychee and peach. Also some sweet malt with a hint of biscuity, toasty malt.
Very similar flavours, sweet malt, soft toasty notes,grassy herbal hops. Pretty sweet, maybe a bit heavy-handed on crystal malt?
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Cheld
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Tuatara Waimea Hopcat from Tuatara Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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