Renaissance Marlborough Pale Ale

Renaissance Marlborough Pale Ale

Rated 3.589 by BeerPals

Brewed by Renaissance Brewing Company

Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

Style:  Imperial IPA

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Marlborough Pale Ale, or M.P.A. for short, is a uniquely kiwi take on an American Double India Pale Ale and is the biggest beer in our range. It is also the most philanthropic as it contributes significantly to the national economies where it is sold due to its generous donations to the excise tax man! The style is based on the Americans intention to create a massively hopped full-bodied, higher alcohol Pale Ale to showcase the bitterness flavour and aroma of their locally grown hops. Rather than simply copying the Americans, Renaissance Brewing has taken the concept and turned it into a kiwi brew by utilising not only New Zealand grown hops but also by choosing to use only New Zealand hop varieties. M.P.A. is a released seasonally as it uses the new seasons hops every southern hemisphere autumn. In the current vintage release (2009) Renaissance has chosen to use a single variatal, Rakau, a hop recently released by Hort Research. M.P.A. showcases the lovely piney, apricot and stone fruit flavours that Rakau is capable of, balancing its flavour and bitterness against a strong malty full bodied Ale. M.PA. is massively hopped. A normal brew has 3 or 4 hop additions, M.P.A. had 13 additions, and this yielded an ale with approximately 120 hops per bottle. Most people are unaware of how any single hop varietal tastes. One sip of M.P.A and they will know Rakau! Cheers!

ID: 46119 Last updated 6 months ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank1981
Overall Percentile95.7
Style Rank163 of 1697
Style Percentile90.4
Lowest Score3.6
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.883
Weighted Score3.589
Standard Deviation0.232

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  • CHOPZ 5339 reviews
    rated 3.8 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    This one has a pretty big head, which is not seen as much in Impy brews usually. Beige, fluffy, foamy, great retention, thick soapy lacing. The beer is a deeper amber than average with a slight haze. Grassy nose with some citrus, grapefruit mostly, oranges, with caramel malt in the background. Becomes quite fruitier with time... nice. Smooth mouthfeel, wet and refreshing, but does finish with a light dryness. Bitterness is mild, but nicely present. Flavours are well-balanced with roasted malts, caramel malts, fruity notes, grassy hops. Goes down very nicely for such a high alcohol content. Nothing too crazy, but a good easy-going Impy IPA.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 4.1 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a hazy copper colour with a thin long lasting beige head leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is pine and fruity. Pine, grapefruit and pineapple flavour balanced well with caramel maltiness. Great mouthfeel full bodied creamy and oily. Different flavour to most impy ipa’s. Very enjoyable.

  • PAULCARDOM 545 reviews
    rated 3.7 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This pours a clear amber colour with a small tan ring for a cap. Probably the reddest and clearest DIPA I've ever had. Aroma contains quite a bit of pine with a backdrop of alcohol, grapefruit, and peppery spices. Flavour is caramel, grapefruit, and spices. While you can smell the alcohol, it can't really be tasted.

  • CYRENAICA 2078 reviews
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    500ml bottle
    8.5% ABV
    King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    June 11, 2013
    The beer pours a translucent copper colour with a sticky whitish head. The aroma is pine, citrus, spices and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with average carbonation. Flavour is caramel, grapefruit, and a peppery sense. Renaissance makes some decent brews.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Bottle - sampled this beer before and it seems to vary only in hop intensity. This sample looks similar - beautiful hazed amber hue with orange highlights - decent tight-pored cap which lasts well. The nose to this is a tad spicier with more layered hop and malt tones. Lighter bodied than one would expect from a DIPA, spicy-hoppy character. Flavour profile is what makes this beer for me instead of the usual caramel malts we get big malt layering- pale, red, Munich great malt spine - otherwise it would be obliterated by the piney, spicy, stone fruit tones - long dry bitter finis. Great DIPA with character and uniqueness. .

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours a hazy and thick amber/copper with a rather thick light-tan head and some lacing surrounding the head. A fruity aroma of caramel malts, hops, oranges and citrus, light raisins, figs, nuts, honey and brown sugar, and mild spiciness. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Flavors of caramel malts, hops, orange and tarty citrus fruits, raisins and figs, nuts, honey and brown sugar, and mild spiciness and zing. Wonderful after being in the cold all day ...

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