When KAIJU! threw open the doors to their Huntingdale Cantina, part of the plan was the use the brewpub as a place to showcase small-batch, venue-only beers. The very such first beer to make an appearance there was Pleazure Kruze, which was also their first stab at a hazy pale.
The beer, which was based around a combo of Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Citra, El Dorado, Mosaic and Galaxy hops, clearly proved a hit as it's already outgrown the Cantina – and then some, with the beer set for a nationwide launch in cans ahead of summer 2022/23. At the same time as its ambitions have grown, the beer has got a little smaller: the liquid now inside eye-catching pink cans featuring what appears to be a rather doomed cruise / Kruze has been reined in to 4.8 percent ABV from its initial 5.3.
That said, it feels bigger with a texture as full as the familiar dense yellow gold haze suggests. And the refined version of Pleazure Kruze still sits very much in the sweeter citrus / tropical camp, as if the brewers have made a dash down Dale Winton's fruit aisle with arms open as wide as the tentacles of the giant squid on the cans. As it warms, a deeper, greener, rind-like bitterness rises from the depths to underpin that fruity sweetness in what's a most contemporary companion piece for Krush.
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- Hazy Pale Ale