Croucher Galaxy IPA
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Brewed by Croucher Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Rotorua, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (5145) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1382) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle from K&G. Nice and hoppy. Aromas of mandarin, grass. Taste starts sweet, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Orange, with a thin head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2012
A lovely golden amber colour with a good finger of head that sat like frosty snow on top of the beer. Aromas of spruce and green herbaceous grasses. There is no shortage of hop there. This is the first thought when tasting. Just a massive hit of hops: tart, bitter, bitter, bitter and bitter. Orange peel, astringent pith, mango, coffee grinds and other odd fruitiness. This tastes like taking a bite out of a green pine cone. Australian hops you say? Seems very much like a Pacific NW IPA. A triumph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (586) - North Shore, Auckland, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2013
Pours a super light golden amber. Thin white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is floral hops with some buttery citrus. Medium mouthfeel with some nice hops and plenty of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (822) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Plonk. Clear orange/gold, grapefruit/citrus aroma, solid malt profile, resiney/piney bitterness. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2013
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 An excellent single hop (Australian) IPA. Nicely balanced and not as strong as others of the style - which can be an advantage at the end of an extended tasting session. A beer I hope to have many more of in future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2013
Light golden colour. Huge citrus marmalade aroma. Bitter hop flavour with grape fruit and apricots. Long lingering hop mouthfeel.

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