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KNOW YOUR NEW TUATARA BREWS

Get to know Tuatara's new additions to the eye-opening, new-look range

Craft beer drinkers may have noticed Tuatara has undergone a huge makeover of late, with a brand-spanking new design and packaging, featuring the iconic Tuatara eye.

With the roll out came five new delicious beers, includinga new IPA, a Hazy Pale Ale, a Hazy IPA, a Baltic Porter and a NZ IPA.

Head brewer at the Paraparaumu brewery, Brayden Rawlinson, who developed the five new beers withTuatara founder, CarlVasta, gives us the lowdown on how the newbies came about, and describes the look, aroma, taste, bitterness and perfect meal match for each.

IPA

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"The new IPAis the beer were all the most excited by,"saysRawlinson."Its got big tropicalflavoursand a beautifully balanced bitterness kind of a Frankenstein beer, in the best way, because we have created something that wed all like to drink.

LOOK: Bright golden

AROMA: Layers of citrus from the fruit forward hops

TASTE: Very fruity flavours of citrus, tropical and stone fruits. Balanced malt base. Solid bitterness

BITTERNESS (IBU): 50

TRY IT WITH: A good old kiwi BBQ steak

Hazy Pale Ale

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"Thenew Hazy Pale Ale is, in my opinion, the ultimate hazy with all the bigflavourand aroma you should expect from this style, but with a slightly lowerABV, says Rawlinson.

LOOK: Dull golden, slightly hazy

AROMA: Tropical and citrus fruits with subtle honey malt

TASTE: A refreshing combination of mango and pineapple with a generous dose of citrus. Light bodied with honeyed malt undertones.

BITTERNESS (IBU): 27

TRY IT WITH: Poached white fish with lemon herb butter

ROUGHNECK HAZY IPA

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Were a big fan of hazy styles and have been playing around with them a lot in the last year our customers cant seem to get enough of them," says Rawlinson. "The new Hazy IPA is a refined recipe based on the crowdfavouritesSuspense andKilmogFog."

LOOK: Hazy orange

AROMA: Tropical and citrus fruit marry beautifully with the subtle esters of banana and apple

TASTE: Layers of tropical (Mango, Pineapple) and Citrus (Orange) fruit coming from the big, staggered triple dry hop. Some residual sweetness and a seemingly non-existent bitterness from the judicial use of kettle hops. Creamy mouthfeel and texture.

BITTERNESS (IBU): 15

TRY IT WITH: Fruit salad and vanilla ice cream

Midnight Sun Baltic Porter

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Last year, we did a Baltic Porter at The Third Eye, our Wellington microbrewery, and it was one of our most popular beers so weve been itching to release another for people to get stuck into," says Rawlinson.

LOOK: Deepest dark red

AROMA: Rich plum and raisin

TASTE: Lots of silky, velvety chocolate on the palate, very light coffee character. Beautifully weighted, rich, warming and embracing

BITTERNESS (IBU): 40

TRY IT WITH: A grilled steak (and save a pour to enjoy with your chocolate self-saucing pudding!)

Primeval Tendency NZ IPA

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"We know that Tuatara drinkers love Kiwi hops and our new NZ IPA has a massive hop profile that really celebrates the prodigious tropical characteristics of NZ grown hops, explains Rawlinson.

LOOK: Copper

AROMA: Herb, citrus, toasted caramel

TASTE: Orange zest and pine flavours balanced with a full-bodied crystal malt sweetness

BITTERNESS (IBU): 50

TRY IT WITH: A lamb kebab

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