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New Crustacean - Rogue Ales

New CrustaceanNew Crustacean

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very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer - just drink it and enjoy.

88 IBU

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 07-23-2012)
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Reviews by wordemupg:
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 7/2/14

A slight haze in a golden yellow body. just a few slow tiny bubbles but they pump out a well sustained three fingers of foam that leaves a few thick rings followed by continuous thick coverage, lighter in color then expected but sexy looking stuff

S lemon, mango, tangerine, and pineapple, some grass, tropical citrus I can't place, sweet hard toffee, and just a hint of booze and something I can't quite place mint perhaps?

T not to far off the nose, more booze and just a little pine and cereal

M silky and a little syrupy, some heat, and almost slimy on the palate, just a little sticky on the lips, cereal and tropical fruit on the finish

O not what I expected but I liked what I got, big brew but not over the top, the booze hits my head and chest more then my throat

light on the malt for something so big, I can see how this one would get stuck in between styles, I'd peg it as an Imperial Pil, don't think I'd age this one

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 09:16:19 | More by wordemupg
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright orange coloring, opaque, with a frothy, dense, finger-thick, off white head that settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of tropical fruits all over the place, heavy on the pineapple, peach, and apricot, with a hint of booze, roasted notes, and some subtle hops bitterness in the background. Flavors are very malty sweet forward, with an underlying blast of booze. Again, heavy on the tropical fruit, with pineapple, peach, and mango commanding the taste buds. Bready backbone provides substance, and there are citrus highlights throughout, with subtle grassy and bitter notes towards the end of the palate. Heavy, robust bodied, filling your senses with every sip. The aftertaste has a bit heavier roast characteristic, with a more subdued sweetness and building warmth from the alcohol. Smooth, lingering sweet finish. This is a heavy beast of a beer!

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3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Crustacean looks brand spankin' new: it has a strong, charged golden radiance and glitters as though it were intentionally designed to stand out. Make no mistake, however, the ale is nowhere near transparent; its haziness is so heavy as to make it look thick as a brick.

Though designed as a Double IPA/Barleywine cross-breed, it has the earthy hops, toasty breadiness, and alcohol esters to pass for a Bock. Or at least it would if not for the pine and grapefruit flavours. Still, those aren't prominent enough to satisfy my nose, and for all their aromatics the sap and zest are out-muscled by alcohol.

New Crusty does kind of taste like it's being funneled through a gas tank; the alcohol is overpowering. There's no two ways about it: 10.8% is a lot of booze, especially when there's not enough grain to hide it all. Nevermind blurring the lines between Barleywine and Imperial IPA - this thing blurs your vision (if you don't lose it entirely). Harsh stuff.

The palate is fortunate for the caramelly sweetness of the malts and for the generous amount of grapefruit zest because otherwise there's few redeeming qualities to this beer. The combination of herbals, citrus, tree needles and unabashed alcohol give it the profile of a craft gin - and don't make it any easier to drink straight. The bitter, dry aftertaste acts as a punishment.

Intended to show that beer need not fit neatly into categories to be enjoyed, the only thing this offering proved is that old is better than new; whereas Old Crustacean is rich and mellow, New Crustacean is hollow and hectic. It tastes and drinks more like something made at Rogue's distillery than their brewpub. Rogue usually does a better job at 'big' beer - don't bother with this one.

On-tap at Rogue Public House in Portland, Oregon.

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A - Murky, cloudy pale orange, ruby highlights. Active sediment. Thin lace on the pour, very thin head formation.

S- Orange citrus, mango, dark fruit

T - More of the same, followed by a wallop of malted grain mid swig. Scary absence of alcohol. The hops are present, but the bitterness is not as dominant as you would expect at 88 IBUs.

M - On the side of low carbonation. But very heavy, and somewhat sticky.

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A hazy orange brew with a one finger head of foam, doing well with the lacing as the head shrinks.

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Super bitter up front, almost too bitter but not quite, as a huge caramel maltiness sweeps in and tames the hop bitterness for the most part. The alcohol is very noticeable, bringing a hella lot of heat. This is also a very dry sucker, a very dry sucker.

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New Crustacean from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.