Tapawera is an India Pale Ale brewed exclusively with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. Delightful citrus aromas of tangerine and orange blend with a distinct earthiness, creating an appealing hop laced nose. An initial pineapple fruitiness is complimented by sweet toasty malt flavors before a sizable, but not overwhelming, bitterness. The overall experience is a clean and balanced showcasing of aroma, flavor, and bitterness of this multifaceted hop variety.

  • ABV: 7.4%
  • IBU: 70
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Origin Story

Tapawera, this new brew was made entirely with a hop variety that we have never used before, Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand. When ever a brewery has the opportunity to test out a new hop variety, it's not uncommon that they will make a beer exclusively with this new hop, in order to learn exactly what that variety has to offer. Many hops are referred to as aroma or bittering hops, meaning that they excel at imparting those qualities into the beer in which they are used. All hops come with descriptive notes and details regarding their alpha acid content, along with other specifics. However, the best way to really see what a new hop has to offer is to use it in a brew, all by itself, so the full scope of it's potential can be understood. Nelson Sauvin hops bear the name of their most common aroma descriptor, Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The have alpha acids, which impart bitterness, in the low double digits, meaning that they are a great dual-purpose hop that can provide varying degrees of bitter intensity depending on what the brewer wishes to achieve. Nelson Sauvin hops also have a good oil content, making them perfect for imparting the sizable aromas that American craft brewers and consumers prefer in their hop forward beers. With some remarkable similarities to some of our more well known and increasingly popular American hop varieties (Simco, Citra, and Amarillo), many suppliers of this variety claim that they still share similar spicy characteristics (black pepper and allspice) of other well known New Zealand hops. Commercially, Nelson Sauvin hops have been used in everything from pale lagers and pale ales to Belgian ales and Weizenbock.


Nelson Sauvin

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 200

Name Origin

Tapawera is named for the small town in New Zealand where Nelson Sauvin hops are grown. Not to be confused with Capybara, which is actually the world's largest rodent and has nothing to do with hops.
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