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


on tap


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (2142) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle, 50 cl. Very dark brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, preserved dark fruits, fruity hops, faint notes of licorice. Flavor is medium sweet and heavy bitter, with citrusy hops and notes of caramel and licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark red brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, dark fruit, mango. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120320]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (1483) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
A pretty solid black IPA. Some fruity hoppy nose, some tropical fruits and a bit of coffee and roast malt. A little smokiness and some coffee with a nice fruity hop bite. Thin body. Very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Pours a very dark brown colour with small off white head amounting to a few spots and a light ring around the glass after a few minutes with moderate lace. Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and roasted malts. Flavours are citrus, pine, roasted barley, medium bitterness and overall a bit thin, could use a bit more of a malt backbone. Good beer, not sure if there’s a style for it yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2620) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Tap at Brew Craft pub in Tauranga. Pours a deep black colour with a thin beige head, aroma is grapefruit and sweet malt, taste is roasted malt then some fruit with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2524) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1021) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23407) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2012
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate hoppy bitter aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with hoppy bitter hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate hoppy bitter finish.

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