Aotearoa Pale Ale – Tuatara Brewery (Reikorangi, NZ)


  • My Rating: B

Aotearoa Pale Ale (APA) – Tuatara Brewery , 5.8% ABV – 500ml., (Reikorangi, NZ)

on the back label:

“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. 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.”

  • Style: (American-style) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Hoppy-bitter + citrus sweet pale ale
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off) – 500ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a decent lasting small foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of activity.

Nose: sweet citrus hops, mild malts (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: bitter citrus hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-citrus/bitter sweetness, (MAIN) orange, sweet grapefruit bittersweet hops, yeasty malts

Finish: lingering grassy bitter hops, off-dry citrusy bitter sweetness.

Summary: A pale ale with a pronounced yet gently balanced hoppy-citrus bittersweet profile. Extremely drinkable, even as it warms. Recommended.