#95 Croucher – Pale Ale

Name: Pale Ale
Brewery: Croucher Brewing (Rotorua, New Zealand)
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5%
Source: Andrew Andrew (Auckland, New Zealand)

On a Friday afternoon I nearly always make the mistake of kicking things off with something outrageous – a Hop Zombie or an Imperial Somethingorother, at the very least an Armageddon. From then on I must continue to drink beers of equal or greater flavour/strength, which usually results in a very early bedtime and 4am feelings of nausea and self-loathing.

Not wanting to fall into that little pattern again, but still very badly wanting a beer that tasted good, I spent a long time scouring the Andrew Andrew menu for the perfect thing. For some inexplicable reason I was sitting in the blazing sun next to a roaring fire, so it had to be properly cold and thirst-quenching as well.

In the end I ordered the Croucher Pale Ale, which arrived just before I passed out from heatstroke.

I couldn’t really nail down the hop smell – It was bright and fruity like a New Zealand pale ale, but had American citrus and pine notes too. In the mouth those flavours were fleshed out with sweet honey malt, a slight cereal flavour, and bitterness which lead to a punchy dry finish. It was cold and fizzy and definitely thirst-quenching, and certainly my most enjoyable drink of the evening (but then the first one usually is.)

And in case you’re wondering – that wasn’t the beginning of the end. I had one more beer and a few glasses of gewurtz with dinner, then escaped relatively unscathed to the Waiheke ferry. They don’t have any good beer on the boat, which is probably just as well…

Published in: on November 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Had this on Tap at Brew in Rotorua…was the best I have ever tasted this beer and it was absolutely amazing. Fresh, Citrusy and oh so good. A must try!

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