Brewed by Croucher Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Rotorua, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Tasting Notes: Appearance - A rich rose-gold hue, with good head. Aroma - Massive up front fruit with strong freshly crushed grain. Passionfruit and lychees predominate with a stonefruit undertone - fruit salad on weetbix. Grassiness from three Nelson hop varieties compliment the fruit to give an aroma reminiscent of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but the grunt in the palate leaves you in no doubt that this is a very serious beer. Body & Mouthfeel - Very smooth with a gorgeous lingering finish. Delicious burps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (842) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2011
A solid performer for Croucher with a fresh fruity nose. Not an overly carbonated beer, but has rich flavours of caramel that linger in the back palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jpeldrid (8) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2011 does not count
Pours with a reddish tinge and didnít seem to hold a head for too long. Reasonable amount of body. Found it bitter with only the slightest taste of fruitiness. It didnt linger on the palate for too long. It also seemed to taste higher in alcohol than actualy is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 7, 2011
Coppery-rosy hues in an amber beer with a white head that sinks into the glass and releases good green fruity hop aromas and a touch of grassiness. Same flavours evident upon tasting, plenty of carbonation and a good amount of bitterness. The finish lingers for some time and leaves a hankering for another pint. You canít ask for more than that, can you?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Tap @ Galbraithís Hazy, brown-gold pour with a short white head leaving moderate lace. Light caramel nose. Medium body and carbonation. Caramel, pine, almonds, toast and some citrus. Short, dry, bitter finish. Reminds me of SN Green - very sessionable. Another winner from Croucher!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours an opaque copper with a one finger width white head. The head is very dense and there is some good lacing. Aroma is subtle, a little too light. Very light hops and sweet fruits. Flavour brings out a very nice sweet malt backing. Caramel and citrus in there. Wasnít expecting much but came away fairly happy with this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1224) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2011
From a 500ml bottle on 12/3/2011. Pours a light amber. Has a distinct fruity and caramel malt aroma, with a hint of pine. The flavour is dominated by caramel malt and citrus fruit, with a good hop kick at the end. This is a very nice APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2460) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head. Nose shows fruity and grassy hops... and weed... First beer Iíve ever said that about. The fruit is mainly apples and pears, but what really shines through in the aroma is the malt; loads of sweet caramel, toffee and cookie dough-like characters. Quite enticing. The malt continues to dominate as a flavour with very similar characters and perhaps even a hint of toasted malt. Unfortunately thereís more than a hint of hot alcohol mixing in with the resinous, sharp finish. Carbonation could be upped a little to cut through the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3044) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle, 500ml. Amber with a thick beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, nectarine, passionfruit. Taste has mild caramel sweetness and a little biscuit. A little nectarine. Hop aromatics are not all that fruit-salady (a plus for me) - mainly grapefruit with a little pine and grass. Bitterness is balancing but lingers nicely. Itís intriguing how the hops are very American but still so clearly Kiwi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (4508) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2011
330ml bottle. Well carbonated as it started bursting forth from the bottle when I opened it. Needs to be poured slowly as it quickly builds up a big head of beige coloured foam. Dark hazy gold colour when the foam finally settles down. Strong pleasant caramal malt aroma from the type of malts used in the brewing process. Very inviting and the aroma makes you want dive right in and take a big swig. Intense sweet malty flavour that is moreish and although the alc/vol is only 5% it seems to carry a bit of a kick. Finishes nicely with some fruitiness on the palate. A well rounded pale ale and worth seeking out. My first beer from this brewery and I look forward to sampling the rest of the range.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2010
Clear amber body with lasting head. Fruity aroma, pleasant bitterness in the taste, dont really notice the malts, drinks well.

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