#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…

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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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