Behemoth Brewing Co ‘Chur!’ NZ Pale Ale


image“Our flagship beer. This is NZ hops in a bottle or glass. A tropical hop fruit salad if you will. A refreshing bitterness that makes you want to come back for another sip or gulp. This beer is all about having a great flavour packed bigger tasting beer and enjoying the churness of good friends and family. Chur!”

Served in a shaker. The pour offers a bright amber hue with a thumb of foamy head emerging on top. There’s steady reduction, eventually it forms a ring that weaves a fairly decent lace down the glass.
The aroma is popping with tonnes of fresh green NZ hoppy goodness. Loads of tropical fruits like pineapple, passionfruit, lychee and guava with hints of gooseberry finding its way in. Some pine resins, citrus fruits and white grapes also. Quite a clean malt backing, mild-moderate sweetness with a touch of biscuit and bread. Got a bit of everything.
Relatively light and sessional in the mouth. Love the subtle fizz, perfectly carbonated. Gentle bitterness (40 IBU) developing in the swallow. Very pleasant to drink.
Brilliant transition on to the palate with a hearty dose of tropical fruits, citrus, pine and vinous hops with just a hint of semi sweet malt tucked in behind. It carries through the mid with a tangy citrus note leading in to the crisp, piney and mildly bitter finish.
This was another bottle we muled back from our recent NZ brewery tour. The week was long and our liver’s hated us for it but this great little micro brewery was uncovered in the process and was easily the pick of them all. So, no surprises that this was another cracker of a beer.