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Beer- #707 – Tuatara – APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale)

A beer I’ve been remiss in drinking – this is the well regarded Tuatara APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale). I’ve had the other iterations of this APA, but this is  Old done new, with old done new music, old new numbers and new party old.

a hopping regime that’s as kiwi as a 25 year mortgage.

From the FYO station this is 1 litre of a beer of 5.8% ABV,  and around 174 calories a serve size, and this is 4.58 standard drink units worth, oh and 46 IBU things.

Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company  in the styl>e of an American Pale Ale and that happens in Paraparaumu, New Zealand

There’s a pile of clichés we won’t deploy here attesting to the fact that you can never take anything in this world for granted.

Surprise beer!

Surprise beer!

Sure enough, just as Tuatara’s beloved American Pale Ale looked like getting bigger than Texas, our supply of the mighty American hops that defined it started to go wobbly on us.

Undeterred, we set to crafting a local solution.

Aotearoa Pale Ale takes the spirit of the old APA and reanimates it with a hopping regime that’s as kiwi as a 25 year mortgage. The same-but-different local recipe (Pacific Jade, Cascade, Sauvin and Wai-iti for all you trainspotters) is well within the remit of the original APA, but with a deep, long, new age flavour profile.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

That bitter grass caramel sweet aroma is always welcome, this has a dampness about it too.

I say it a lot but this really is a bright orange burst with heaps of carbonation that lends to that off white head of some substance. It looks brilliant!

Tuatara - APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale)Bitterness is a lovely low level manageable hit, and it washes over under that caramel sweetness to a finish that touches to dry and lingers around coating the moth. It isn’t bad is this.

Enjoying the second and third sup as much as that initial hit, perhaps this is a beer that is to the sweeter end that makes it appealing and accessible.

I like too that it isn’t an arid beer on the palate, which makes you want to go again, and again. It’s early to commit but I might be tempted to say that I could session on this.

Even as it gets warmer and change character a little, some more roughness in the hop base, this is still a really quaffable beer.

So then were is it short, because as much as it is delicious it isn’t the best beer I’ve had, but it’s possibly in a list of beers that I might hanker for if I had a local that had a selection on tap. It doesn’t maintain that bitterness and grassy resinous oily thing that some IPA beers show, and sadly falls away a bit on the caramel thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not getting down on this, I think it is a lovely beer, and that it has remained on the regular brewing schedule shows that it is popular, and for very good reason of it being a really accessible IPA beer of character.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It really is well regarded amongst a lot of people, and if you’re growing into an IPA or stepping back from a hop monster this is a lovely place to end up, indeed if you want a pleasant and pleasing evening of beerage then this would also fits the bill rather well. Nothing spectacular, pretty solid and I’m a fan.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? I am, because it’s just nice drinking.
  • Would I have another? I would, because it’s just a nice drinking beer that lends itself to another.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would because you couldn’t spoil an evening with this and you could pick to stay of jump off to something else without a fear that you’ve given your palate a hard time.

Music for this :  well I’ve been listening to a bot of Northern Soul and the like and then this. ” Cotton Belly’s ”  ” Rainy Road” on Spotify.

A soulful voice, a folk sensibility, rhythmic stride passing from rock to reggae : The four Cotton Belly’s could have been born in a cotton field where they would have learned the blues to its roots. No, they are just Parisians who completely into the skin.

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2 comments on “Beer- #707 – Tuatara – APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale)

  1. kingmidget
    November 28, 2015

    “arid beer on the palatte”

    Thank you for that. It’s one of the things I dislike about certain overhopped beers, particularly in the IPA class, but I never knew how to describe it. Now I do. They are arid.

    And thanks for Cotton Belly’s. Got it playing on my Spotify now.

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    • Philip Walter
      November 28, 2015

      Cotton Belly’s are a nice find, you wouldn’t pick that they were French really. I liked that beer, it was above average hoppy without being too much, and kept its taste, I can’t believe I’d missed it first time around and since.

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