Croucher Nuclear Free Anzus IPA

Croucher_IPABrewer: Croucher Brewery, Rotorua, New Zealand  
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7%
IBU: Unspecified (high)

Description: Brewed in New Zealand, Nuclear Free Anzus is a tribute to New Zealand rocking the boat when it asked that the ANZUS treaty (a Cold War alliance with Australia and the US) not involve nuclear warships and was dumped. Using pale malts and hops from Australia, NZ and the USA, this IPA strikes an interesting balance. It is also the recipient of the Bronze medal at both the 2014 BrewNZ Awards and the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards.

 

Tasting Notes: This brew is another installment from the Advent Beer Calender, and was quite a lovely take on the IPA. It packs quite the gullet-punch when it comes to the citrus hop flavor. However, the passion fruit flavor was a bit overpowering, to the point that it almost seemed like they had thrown in some actual fruit and artificial flavor into the mix. Still, it was a pleasant brew and a good installment in the pack.

Appearance: Deep orange, clear, mild foam retention and medium carbonation
Nose: strong, floral hop nose, tropical fruit and citrus
Taste: Crisp malt, strong hops, grape, lots of passion fruit, citrus rind
Aftertaste: Lingering passion fruit flavor, citrus rind
Overall: 8/10

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