This is a promotional release by Tuatara for Taika Waititi’s new movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople. To keep with the theme the beer uses “untamed” hops from the Waikanae River, along with Pacific Jade, Columbus, and Cascade.
The nose of this beer is hoppy as you would expect, but also with floral notes and a hint of what I like to call mastic. A lovely aroma, but very subtle. The taste is hoppy and the finish is that of lightly bitter hops. The trouble I have with these beers with multiple hops is that with a combination of hops I have trouble pulling out one set of flavors. In any case, the nose is very nice, and the flavors as it goes down are not out of character with this. There is a bit of malt in the flavor too, but again, subtly.
Overall this is a decent easy drinking brew, which I guess it is aimed at being available pretty much everywhere in a six-pack. The hops arn’t strong like an IPA but this is a very hoppy beer for a Pale Ale. The flavors start to come out when it is cold, but for me I think repeat drinkings are required to explore the many flavors in this wild hopped beer.
Who: Tuatara, New Zealand
What: Pale ale
Nose: Hops, floral, mastic
Look: Clear gold
Finish: Bitter hops
Form Tried: 330ml bottle