Marlborough Pale Ale (IIPA) – Renaissance Brewing (Marlborough, NZ)


  • My Rating: B-

Marlborough Pale Ale (Imperial India Pale Ale) – Renaissance Brewing, 8.5% ABV – 500ml, (Marlborough, New Zealand)

On the back label:

“M.P.A.~Marlborough Pale Ale~ is built to showcase Rakau, a new Hop variety developed in New Zealand. Starting with Canterbury grown Pale Ale Malt, we add Rakau Hops ~ heaps ~ and then we do it again and again throughout the brewing process. We even add hops to the fermentor. The result? Well…one sip of M.P.A. and you will know Rakau!. M.P.A. pairs well with curries and other strong spicy foods or mature cheese.”

  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Taste Profile: cream citrus sweetness -> grapefruit/caramel malts -> gassy/bitter grapefruity hop finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off), July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, worth a try

Visual: Pours cloudy light brown amber with a nice-sized lasting head, very foamy CO2, lots of lacing, lots and lots of activity.

Nose: citrus caramel malts, with easily detectable hops

Attack: creamy, 6/10-sweetness w/ citrus

Mid-palate: cream-fizzy, (MAIN) yellow grapefruit, caramel malts, (HINT) orange, pine

Finish: light burpy/gassy, soft-intensifying sharp bitter grapefruit hops, lingering bitter finish.

Summary: The alcohol is well hidden beneath the citrus malt body and hoppy bitterness of this one. Quite drinkable and goes nicely with spicy food. This IIPA doesn’t tire out my palate as much as other IPAs I’ve tried.