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.
From rigger poured at Regional. Pours pale golden brown, lovely frothy head that propels a gentle, delicious scent of grapefruit marmalade. Smooth and soft in the mouth, with a lovely sweet lemony taste, lots of citrus and the sweetness of the alcohol almost hides the bitter hop taste, until it fades to a lovely bergamot orange aftertaste. This is yum.
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Mustang A.P.A is our hand-crafted Ale with intense hop bitterness, character and aroma derived from superb New Zealand Hops & Malt. Hop bitterness is typically in the range of 40-50 IBU. The rich copper colour is derived from imported speciality Ale Malts to give a beer with a colour of around 20- 25 EBC.
Pours golden amber with a good head on it that seems to be leavng lace on the glass. Aromas arestrongly of malt, blueish cheese, caramel and biscuits. Nutty and lovely. I was expecting more hop aroma from an APA, but this still smells lush and inviting. Sweet at first, second and third. The label says 40-50 IBU. I think not and not by a long chalk. I’m not exactly accusing the brewer of a misrepresentation, but I was expecting something seriously bitter which I haven’t got in my hand. Malty and toffeeish, full bodied and silky. A tinge of bitterness on a long lingering finish.
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