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

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2441) - JAPAN - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Nose was piney with little roast. Thin mouth feel. More a straight forward IPA. Little roast or chocolate with a decent bitter finish. Solid, but needs more body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 13, 2010
Pint at Galbraiths. What a treat. No hiding from the hops in this puppy...passionfruit embellishes the nostrils and the tongue. Little hints of mint as well. Like nectar in a glass. Nice one boys.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2011
Jet black with a tight white head that seems to endure. Passionfruit is the last thing I expected from a black pint. What a pleasant surprise. Also vine leaves and citrus. To taste it is significanly lighter than I expected. Not much charry roastiness. Lemoncurd flavours, a twinge of bitterness, berry cane and zest. Not as much IPA as I thought, but a curiosity certainly.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (2000) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1932) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
Draught - O’Carrolls Treehouse, Auckland. I must confess that I was somewhat perplexed when I came here to add my notes and found it listed as a black IPA. For me, this beer is all about the dark malts, the coffee and roasted malts in particular. There are subtle citrus hop notes but they are decidedly in the minority on this occasion. Medium body, soft carbonation, a rounded mouthful and an enduring coffee malt finish coupled, again delicately, with a citrus undertone. A fine and fading beige head leaving a soapy lace atop an opaque brown - near black - body. Really good stuff irrespective of style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1856) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear ruby hued deep dark brown, lasting tan foam. Aroma is caramel malt and citrus hop. Darker roasted charred caramel malt taste, citrus floral hop, hints of evergreen and licorice. Softer than average carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Pours a clear dark brown color with a big frothy light brown head. Aroma is a big citrus burst with fruity tropical fruit esthers like passion fruit and guava. Taste is citrus hops with much of the same tropical fruit flavors and some roasted malts in the background. Not really a black ipa, needs more of the porter aspects to give it more body otherwise this just seems like a sessionable dark hoppy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1609) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Toasted malt, Worcestershire sauce, pine, and bread. Very dark brownish red with a very creamy, long lasting, 4 mm head and nice lacing. Taste is pine, lemon, toasted malt, grains, and a touch of coffee

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gramity (1600) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KeefOz (1463) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
Poured an opaque brownish black colour. Moderately thick beige coloured foamy head that disappeared fairly quickly. Aroma of hops. Taste dominated by roasted grain. Medium body. Finishes long, slightly sweet with slight bitterness. A tasty black ale!


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