This medium bodied American Pale Ale has been brewed with US Chinook (pronounced shin-ook) hops and copious amounts of the popular US Cascade hop imparting typical citrus, floral and pine characteristics.

Best enjoyed at 4–6 °C

5.0% ABV

Brewmaster’s Comments

We first brewed our American Pale Ale (A.P.A.) in 2014 as a limited release in conjunction with the Nelson ArtExpo’s People’s Choice Art Award. We featured the winning artwork by Nikki Romney on our rigger label and the A.P.A was also available on tap.

The beer found a niche in our range and we received many requests for it to be more widely available. Given that it sits so nicely beside our English IPA , Brown Porter and Scotch Ale we have decided to make it permanently available in both keg and 1.3 litre riggers.

Tasting Notes

This medium bodied APA has been brewed with US Chinook and copious amounts of the popular US Cascade hop giving citrus, floral and pine characteristics that these American hop varieties are known for. A portion of the hops were added during fermentation which is not uncommon for this style of beer.


APA is available online, in supermarkets and liquor stores in 1.25L PET Riggers.

Our Range


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