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


on tap


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmeup (602) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2010
Is this a Pale Ale? Clear filtered tannin colour, cloudy? no crystal clear. Fruit salad and a quite pungent sweet caramel aroma left in the glass. Dry resinous finish. Very meh, for a pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3815) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2010
Fluffy white head clear amber coloured pour medium strong carbonation aroma soft fruit and floral good malt sweetness coming through flavour hop fruit coming through lychee citrus apricot smooth maltiness good cascade hops used here finish bitter sweet goodness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 15, 2010
New 500ml bottle. Very nice looking, big head and golden colour. Lots of hops on the palate. Well balanced. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2010
Interesting interpretation of an APA... but nonetheless, a fairly well executed style that has some good hop character going on. Well made, but for me, i’d like a bit heavy handedness with the hops! Now, seriously, donfardz... 9/20? I think you need your tastebuds checked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 4, 2010
Really strange - extremely estery Belgium yeast ester characters - no real hop flavours, hardly in style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2010
From 330ml bottle. Very rich nutty brown in colour, lovely head. Aroma a bit weak, slightly metallic, hints of nuts and fruits. Surprisingly sweet on the tounge, fading to a nice bitterness. Very full and round in the mouth, stimulating the palate with fruit and nut. Could’ve done with more hoppiness, but complexity comes from some nice sav blanc characteristics under the nuttiness of brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (2016) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Tap at Underground. Great beer, the best of their regulars IMHO. Aromas of flowers, grass, and caramel. Taste has a sweet start, followed by long-lasting bitterness. Velvet in the palate, and medium body. Amber colour, the head does not last long.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2009
Copper-orange appearance. Some hop and some malt in the aroma, but not much of either. Slightly metalic hop character. A plausible APA, very drinkable, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle from Dux de Lux in Queenstown. Pours a clear gold-amber color with a medium eggshell head. Aroma and flavor dominated by hops along with mixed fruits and grain, with a touch of soapiness. Bitter, fruity, with moderate carbonation. An interesting take on an APA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 330ml bottle. Fantastic aroma. Very strong fruity aroma particularly dried fruit (date, raisin) initially then very peachy mango-ish. Average sized creamy off-white diminishing head, slightly hazy light amber hue. Fruity sweetness especially date flavour and caramel, long bitter finish. Low level of carbonation. Perhaps a little too peachy - reminiscent of Speights apricot flavoured summer harvest wheat beer - a drain pour, though this beer is in a totally different league. A nice beer. Re-rate: 1/2/10 Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. not peachy this time, wonderful passion fruit and citrus aromas, smooth . Much better on tap.

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