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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (1198) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2011
500mL bottle Deep ruby/mahongany body, creamy off-white head persists. Big smack of passionfruit and grapefruit hop, not to mention the obligatory grassy/leafiness you get with American hops. Not to be overshadowed, malt shines through nicely with roasted nuts, burnt caramels and fresh baked cookies. Full bodied, malt lends a nice density to palate and a bit of roast dryness is noticable amongst the hop bitterness. Good and quite well balanced combination of dark malts and fruity hops on the body. Malt character flirts with the Brown Porter catagory, whilst hops scream AIPA - it’s an interesting combination, but no doubt done well. Firm bitterness finishes, winning the malt/hop war. Well brewed and tasty. Suprised to see the Kiwis going for American hops, and somewhat relieved they named it an "American Black Ale", as opposed to the oxymoron BIPA tag people seem to give this faux-style.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle. This one messed with my mind. Poured beautifully black, but screamed MASSIVE US hop aroma’s (as stated above; Amarillo and Simcoe). The flavour delivers big time - oranges/citrus mixed with chocolate from the malt. The malt is fantastic - not too heavy, but enough to easily carry the hops. Not seen too many black IPA styles in NZ, this one is Deeeelish!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiwi_daz (44) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 2, 2011
good solid malt base with a bunch of hop flavour and aroma. My favourite beer at the moment, could easily smash these back in summer or winter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmeup (520) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2011
Very dark brown red in colour with an open tan head. Hoppy aromas of citrus, pine passionfruit and roasted grains. Pleasant enough in taste but a little thin in body.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2011
Dark black in colour with small offwhite head. Short hoppy floaral aroma. Big hop malt coffee chocolate flavours,"What’s missing?" Mouthfeel smooth considering all those big flavours."O" for awesome!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeke_NZL (32) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2011
Outstanding! malt and hops are both present but it leans heavily towards hops in both flavour and aroma. Great beer for hot or cold days.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with dense tan coloured head. Plenty of lacing. Aromas of citrusy hops an some roasted grain. Flavours show a little more of the grain with some roasted bitterness supporting the hops. A touch thin but not a bad beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3110) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a small beige head. Head dissapears quickly but leaves some nice lacing in the process. Some nice citrus and pine on the nose, mixing with roasted malts. Roasted malts override the hops a little in this one, which isn’t necessairly a bad thing if thats your thing. Pretty good beer and I would have again

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2011
Presented well in the glass, black with a mainly lasting head. Citrus, passionfruit then a bit of chocolate on the nose, which doesn’t too quite present itself as much in the taste, malts more into the play. Seems most everyone is trying this style nowadays.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3242) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2011
Biege head very dark pour red tinge soft carbonation aromas strong citrus hop dark malts chocolate hint flavour resiny pine citrus bitter is strong taste of malt chocolate cocoa mild bitter is stronger than sweetness floral touch good to drink but a little thin finish nice and hoppy strong bitter but lacking some body


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