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Croucher Galaxy IPA
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Brewed by Croucher Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Rotorua, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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With another ’world-wide’ shortage of American hops staring us in the face, we looked closer to home and experimented with an (unkown to us) Australian hop called Galaxy. The resulting IPA is BIG on hops, deliciously fruity.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (989) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
From a 500ml bottle on 16/5/2013. Pours a clear medium golden with a medium bright white head. Has a glorious floral, fruity aroma featuring lots passionfruit and lychee. There’s some moderate caramel and toffee malt notes up front, along with masses of sweet fruit, including more passionfruit, apricot, peach and mango. But this one is all about the hops. A sharp, lingering grapefruit bitterness is the backbone of this fabulous IPA. The body and carbonation are medium. A delicious, challenging full on brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Golden-tan w slight haze. Has a catty, gooseberry quality that tells me this is an accent hop not quite ready for a solo. Rich hoppy taste but harsh bitterness. For me, this isn’t a "single hop" type of hop.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gramoit (353) - AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2013
Pours a quite a pale yellow with a average sized head that dissipates into a thin film over the beer. Solid/good Ipa this one, probably lacks the proper malt backbone for the amount of hops in this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (307) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 What an amazing beer. It’s called IPA, but looks for all the world like a lager in your glass. The taste is awesome; it has the sharp clean-ness of a good pils but the hops and malt are all IPA. Honestly, it’s like drinking two beers at once. I’ll be trying this one again for sure. Re-rated on a clean palate: Great beer, I really get all the bitterness now, yet not quite backed up enough by the malt. Also, it seems the flavour profile of the Galaxy hop may be a bit too one-dimensional to be used as a single hop. That said, it is still one of my fave NZ ales.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brenhophead (558) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2013
500mL bottle. Pour light golden with a small white head and perfect carbonation for an IPA. It has that slight toffee candy like aroma that most US IPA’s have along with a nice pungent passion fruit mingling in. Balanced bitterness and the pine/passion fruit comes through in the flavour. Very good use of an exciting hop.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeliriumT (358) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2013
Aroma is fresh passionfruit. Flavour is sweet and citrusy and FULL of galaxy hops ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2964) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
keg@Brew, Rotorua
Light burnished gold with slightwhite head. Strong peaches, mango and passion fruitaroma. Smooth bodied with fruity passion fruit and a touch of chalky mature cheddar rind just in the long finish with pineapple notes. Best beer I’ve had using the Galaxy hop.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours a brilliant golden amber with small but dense slightly off white head. Seems to hang around for ages leaving heaps of fine lacing as it falls away. Very nice looking pint. Aroma is like sticking your head in a bucket of fresh hops. Piney & resiny and pretty darn good to be honest. Flavours for me unfortunately let this beer down a little. There are definately heaps of resiny hops but there is also an odd nuttiness that really distracts from the taste for me. The resiny hops and nuttiness lingers for a long time. Very chewy mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nysa67 (15) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
Would be interested to know the IBU? website says ’enough malt sweetness to carry the immense hop load, and finishes with a bitterness that will slap you across the cheeks!’ I agree with the bitterness bit but not the ’enough malt sweetness’ bit. It seems to me the bitterness is excessive and there isn’t enough flavour that can come through that excess hops

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (3383) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2013
500ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. The label warns about the hop smash in the face and they aren’t wrong. A big healthy dose of piney hop aromas assault your nose as the beer is poured and if you closed you’re eyes you would think you we’re walking through a pine forest. Strong golden honey colour with foam that laces the glass. This is a very chewy beer and has a big full flavour of hops that penetrate every part of your mouth. This beer is one to savour and not rush.


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