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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours an opaque copper with a one finger width white head. The head is very dense and there is some good lacing. Aroma is subtle, a little too light. Very light hops and sweet fruits. Flavour brings out a very nice sweet malt backing. Caramel and citrus in there. Wasnt expecting much but came away fairly happy with this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1481) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2011
From a 500ml bottle on 12/3/2011. Pours a light amber. Has a distinct fruity and caramel malt aroma, with a hint of pine. The flavour is dominated by caramel malt and citrus fruit, with a good hop kick at the end. This is a very nice APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head. Nose shows fruity and grassy hops... and weed... First beer Ive ever said that about. The fruit is mainly apples and pears, but what really shines through in the aroma is the malt; loads of sweet caramel, toffee and cookie dough-like characters. Quite enticing. The malt continues to dominate as a flavour with very similar characters and perhaps even a hint of toasted malt. Unfortunately theres more than a hint of hot alcohol mixing in with the resinous, sharp finish. Carbonation could be upped a little to cut through the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3850) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle, 500ml. Amber with a thick beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, nectarine, passionfruit. Taste has mild caramel sweetness and a little biscuit. A little nectarine. Hop aromatics are not all that fruit-salady (a plus for me) - mainly grapefruit with a little pine and grass. Bitterness is balancing but lingers nicely. Its intriguing how the hops are very American but still so clearly Kiwi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (5742) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2011
330ml bottle. Well carbonated as it started bursting forth from the bottle when I opened it. Needs to be poured slowly as it quickly builds up a big head of beige coloured foam. Dark hazy gold colour when the foam finally settles down. Strong pleasant caramal malt aroma from the type of malts used in the brewing process. Very inviting and the aroma makes you want dive right in and take a big swig. Intense sweet malty flavour that is moreish and although the alc/vol is only 5% it seems to carry a bit of a kick. Finishes nicely with some fruitiness on the palate. A well rounded pale ale and worth seeking out. My first beer from this brewery and I look forward to sampling the rest of the range.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2010
Clear amber body with lasting head. Fruity aroma, pleasant bitterness in the taste, dont really notice the malts, drinks well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmeup (673) - 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 (3909) - 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, id like a bit heavy handedness with the hops! Now, seriously, donfardz... 9/20? I think you need your tastebuds checked.

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