The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #7 – ANZUS IPA (NZ)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #7

Anzus IPA – Croucher Brewing Company, 7% ABV – 330ml., (Rotorua, New Zealand)

on the front-left label:

“In April 1952, Australia, New Zealand and The United States formed the ANZUS alliance as the Cold War threatened our combined shores. In the 1980’s New Zealand rocked the boat with our stance on nuclear warships and was unceremoniously dumped from the alliance. While a Nuclear Free ANZUS alliance didn’t work, the Nuclear Free ANZUS IPA sure does with its heady blend of aroma hops from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. After a glass of this it won’t be Uranium they’ll be smelling on your breath.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Taste: Peach apricot pine bitter light salty hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you like IPAs

Visual: Pours clear golden amber with a small dissipating head, a thin layer of very micro retention, spread out large CO2 slow steady streams.

Nose: aromatic tangerine-apricot-peach hops, almost perfume-like. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: resin, pine

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) grassy, apricot, more pine, caramel malts

Finish: burpy, soft-bitter + salty hopped finish.

Summary: Orchard fruit and pine with a SALTY bitter hopped finish; quite interesting to say the least. With so many IPAs out there, this one isn’t to my taste.