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Brewed by Croucher Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Rotorua, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Croucher PATRIOT is an American Black Ale. It is black in colour but without the dark flavours usually associated with black beers like Porters or Stouts. It is chock full of American Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Very hoppy on the nose, with a delicious fruity flavour, with guava and passionfruit present.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4521) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
(500ml bottle) Purchased at vintage Liquors for $10. Pours a quick dissipating frothy white head atop a black body. Nose of PNW hops. Hops are much more pronounced in the front of the palate than Phillips, a tad thin but good malt and bitterness flavour through the finish. Yummy. --- reviewed on RateBeer.com

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (1780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours black with light head. Aromas of spruce and dark, sour over-ripe fruit. Maybe a hint of chocolate. Definitely American hoppy flavors, grapefruit and pine, but lacking in malt to balance. Nice but not great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petergaynor (111) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2012
Pint on tap. Pours black with nice thick caramel head. Smell is some stonefruit, malty caramel, some spice. Taste is coffee, chocolate notes. Really nixe dark hoppy beer

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanE (145) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2012
Like the label says, it is black. Little bit of dark chocolate brown highlights the dark liquid. Catch the hops on the nose but not a lot else. Nice mouth feel and great balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2012
This looks great, smells fantastic but still lacks a little something. Still very nice Black IPA, and in keeping with the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (989) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2012
From a 500ml bottle on 2/10/2012. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Has a moderate fruity, hoppy aroma with just a hint of chocolate. The flavour more full on with an interesting mix of roasty, resiny bitteress, set off against some sweet citrus fruit and touch of toffee. The carbonation is typical of an IPA. All in all, an enjoyable, high quality black IPA.

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6743) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle, shared with Grippitis and Parksy. I’ll begin by saying that never in my biggest hopes did I imagine finding such delightful kiwi microbreweries such as this one, here in little Medicine Hat! I had Croucher beers while living in New Zealand, and I’m so pleased that they have met such success to be able to offer their products around the world. This poured a dark chestnut brown with a tan head. Aroma surprised us all... by not being very appetizing. It was dominated by barnyard and pig manure notes, some wet compost. Pretty gross really. The flavours were much better, nice roast malt and soft tropical fruit hops. Moderately bitter finish. interesting brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
Dark beer with ruby highlights, poured with a large frothy head that laced the glass well. Heavy citrusy hopbag aroma, bready malt notes on the nose also. Medium bodied beer, which drinks like an IPA and finishes roasty. Very well balanced beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2603) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2012
From a 500ml brown bottle. Blackish pour, tan head with nice creaminess. Mild lacing. Light roasty nose, aromatic NZ type hops with a white wine and grassy sharpness. Taste has bright grass and citrus with grapefruit hops. Mild malts. Finishes with decent bitterness, grassy hops linger. Dry end. A bit off centre for black ipa, but overalll really good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
500ml bottle pours almost black in color with a 2 finger white head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is passionfruit and citrus with some caramel and roasted notes. Taste is passionfruit and grainy malt sweetness with some citrusy hop bitterness. Light to medium body with decent carbonation. A tasty brew that is highly recommended.


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