Pale Ale | Croucher Brewing Co.

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Croucher Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 17
Photo of chogm54
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into tulip glass

L - copper coloured, clear, thin white head

S - tropical fruits (passionfruit, lychee) mixes with caramel.

T - caramel malt flavours upfront, tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit) and some orange comes through the middle. The is a biscuity malt flavour, and some resiny bitterness, towards the lingering finish.

F - moderate carbonation, dryish texture, medium bodied.

O - impressed - nice APA tropical flavours, but with a solid malt backing. Bit like a mix between an APA and an english pale ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. A seemingly down under simulacrum of a hoppy APA. Sure, sounds sporting to me.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of somewhat foamy dirty white head, which leaves a decent broken wall of painted lace around the glass as it hies it out of existence.

It smells of mild grapefruit rind, subtle pine resin, understated bready caramel malt, and some further bitter floral, grassy hops. The taste is lightly toasted caramel malt, sharply bitter generic citrus peel, leafy, forest floor greenery, and a soft, gentle orchard-esque fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit frisky at times, the body a tame medium weight, and everyman smooth. It finishes on the dry, bitter hoppy side.

While the start was sluggish, this turned out to be an agreeable version of that veritable Yankee pale ale - sturdy, workaday malt base, and free-ranging New World hops. Tasty, in a bit of Lost in Translation scenario, but not overly so.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows fruity and grassy hops... and weed... First beer I've 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 there's 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.

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Photo of shambeano
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark gold with about an inch of fluffy white head, some lacing. very nice.

S- a great gush of citrusy hops assaults the nostrils, grapefruit and passionfruit, with a touch of freshly cut grass. excellent.

T- just a touch of malt first, and then the hops kick in, more grassy to the taste, but the grapefruits and passionfruits come along for the ride. not as impressive as on the nose, but a very very nice APA.

M- coats the mouth fully, slightly prickly carbonation, bitterness prickles the tongue and drys the mouth slightly to a mid-length finish, very very nice.

D- i would have no problem having a night on these, insanely drinkable, but with a low enough alcohol content to not get on top of you. an excellent APA!

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good clarity, copper colour with a moderate sized off-white head. Okay head retention and decent lacing.

Nice orange and lemon aroma. Really fruity hop character.

A pleasant, clean bitterness accompanies a good hop character with lots of citrus overtones. The smooth malt backbone helps to carry the hop flavours.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A solid APA with enough going on to keep any beer lover happy but smooth enough not to intimidate a newcomer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber colour, some hazy in the body. Head was excellent and dense when poured, sinks to a thin cloud but leaves some excellent trails of white lace around. Looks pretty damn nice.

Nose is very floral and fruity. Lots of lemon, apple, pineapple, pawpaw and apricot with hints of rosewater, sherbet and cakey malt. Light, refreshing, sweet; an excellent pale ale nose.

Taste starts sweet, with a subdued maltiness, gets a bit grainy with hints of bread dough and a slight salty character on the mid. Finishes with hops that come through slowly and late, almost like they swing slowly in to join a fray which is well underway. Too late really, because they are very, very nice. Lots of rose petals, pineapple, crisp green apple and a good dose of citrus zest. It cleans up beautifully, but just could use it a bit earlier. That's the only drawback though, this is one damn tasty pale ale.

Foamy, swilly and smooth on the feel. Almost perfect. It just doesn't have any edges, it's just meant to be drunk. Fuck it, it IS perfect.

Outstanding beer, this. One hell of a quaffer, sessioner or even a cleanser.

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Photo of brendan13
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy copper colour with a 3cm off white head that slowly falls away leaving a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
S - Tropical fruit hops dominate with some slight caramel maltiness.
T - Initially a very hop driven fruitiness but some caramel and biscuit malt qualities also come through.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Bitterness is noticeable but not overpowering.
D - A quality APA. Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse's ANZAC Day SpecTapular in Sydney.

A really nice reddish amber colour, with a initially tight head of yellow bubbles. Lacing is really excellent. Overall, really looks a treat. An excellent looking APA.

Fresh tropical notes on the nose, but not the normal burgeoning sweetness. Slightly tarter notes of papaya, green plantain and honey dew. Some fragrant crushed vegetation and a hint of Sauvignon Blanc gooseberry. Very nice and extremely fragrant.

Taste is similar, lots of fresh herbal vegetation with a slightly tart fruit note. Finish is a cleansing bout of sharp hops. Just lovely. Fresh, pleasant, balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel sparkling and pleasantly frothy, adding lift to the fresh hop notes.

Oh yeah, this is a really excellent hoppy pale ale. Bursting with fresh hop characters and balanced for exceptional drinkability. Probably one of the top American style pales I've had, and certainly one of the best from the land of the long white cloud.

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Photo of femALEist
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American style pale ale brewed with Cascade hops and 5% abv. This poured a cloudy orange rust shade. It smelled of: cascade hops, citrus, grapefruit and pine. It tasted a bit light with some citrus, grapefruit, grass and a light caramel malt finish. It was my least favorite of their beers- it was decent but it did not rock my world, but I am also hard to impress living in California and the land of fantastic craft beer.

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Photo of ADZA
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On the front of this bottles label it states that it is from batch number A045 best before 11/09,it pours a orange copper colour with outstanding carbonation that creates a very nice rising,creamy,frothy two finger head that leaves heaps of lacing down the sides of the glass i must say this beer looks very inviting,the head is still there with just a few dimples it looks really good for the style maybe one of the best,it has aromas of fresh hops with some caramel and pine in there aswell,this beer tastes quite nice actually it has an above average mouthfeel with fresh flavours of passionfruit and grapefruit that finishes with a nice biscuty caramel finish this beer is defiantely way better than there pilsner effort and shows that this brewery is capable of some nice brews i will be buying this beer again.

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Photo of VitBAficionado
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright copper-orange with billowy off-white head. Big carbonation and moderate lacing. Gorgeous aroma of peaches and apples with some fresh cut grass hops and a hint of malt. Peach and fresh herbal hop bitterness come forward first, then balanced by a nice toffee malt presence that gives off a slight silkiness which is unfortunately overwhelmed by the high levels of carbonation though. Hop dominate the mildly-dry aftertaste. Very fresh. Cannot believe this is only 5%. Excellent session beer.

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Pale Ale from Croucher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 17 ratings