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Special Forces American IPA - Crown Brewing

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Special Forces American IPASpecial Forces American IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crown Brewing visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: khiasmus on 04-13-2010)
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Reviews by bgreg3:
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bgreg3

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

app- Amber color with creamy foam lacing that stays for a while. Looks like any good IPA

Smell- Tropical/apricot fruitiness backed up by sweet maltiness.

Taste- Fruity citrus comes first and then hops come and dominate. Later it is balanced by the malt. It ends on a wet hoppy note.

MF- A bit light for an IPA with nice carbonation.

Drink- Because of it's light body and good carbonation this is a very easy drinking IPA. I had to slow down!

Note- Reminds me of Alpha King's little brother. It's less bold and lighter bodied but still kicks some fuckin ass

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 14:09:48 | More by bgreg3
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, mango, pineapple, toast, bread, slight pine, floral, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with a good balance of malt/hop aromas. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange, pine, bread, light mango, pineapple, floral, grass, bread, toast, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, grass, floral, tropical fruits, toast, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Good complexity of hop flavors and very balanced between bitterness/sweetness; with almost zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Some nice hop flavor complexity with a very balanced malt backbone; and very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Laura for this one.

A: Giant three finger head that dissipates to a thick one finger foam. Dark, cloudy, amber/copper. Much darker than I was expecting an IPA to be. Kinda looks like a homebrew. Methinks this is going to be a maltier IPA.

S: The smell is a sharp citrus rind mixed with hints of grassiness and herbs. Some pine resin comes through at the end. Almost like someone put a lemon peel in a blender with grass and pine needles from the yard. As it warms, some caramel malt comes through, making the overall smell a bit musty.

T: Whoa that is bitter. Pine and citrus hop punch in the mouth that dissipates into a bitter resin astringent taste. I like big piney and citrus IPAs but this took me a bit off guard. Not getting much else. Not unpleasant but needs more balance.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Coats the tongue with a layer of bitterness.

O: After pouring and smelling the beer, I was not looking forward to drinking it. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste but the pineyness is just too much without other tropical/floral/malt tastes balancing it out. The mouthfeel is great and would drink easy if the taste were better. Glad to try it and would revisit if local. However, won't seek out.

Serving type: bottle

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Special Forces IPA" Julian date "1147" printed on bottom of bottle.

Dark color, deep burnished copper orange, slightly hazy. Very thin layer of foam, creamy with irregular peaks of larger bubbles throughout. Thick drippy lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

Sweet tropical fruits, dried papaya, cantaloupe, candied orange. Rich and resiny hop aroma, hope the taste follows suit.

Flavors are overwhelmingly malty and nutty. A very specific toasted specialty malt that throws off some cocoa, walnut, and savory grain flavors. Interesting, but out of place for an IPA, unless it's intended as an English IPA (possible). Full bodied, very malty, residual bitterness that lingers for a long while. Some dried fruit, puffed wheat or barley cereal grains, earthy bitter hops that linger in the background.

Objectively it's enjoyable, it has a bit of odd toasted malt complexity that defines the flavor and even the color. Not going to nitpick the style, don't really care to be honest. It's good, but an acquired taste, and likely not what anyone thinking "American IPA" might expect. To be fair, it doesn't say "American IPA" anywhere on the label (anymore), or on their website.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:43:53 | More by emerge077
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Special Forces American IPA from Crown Brewing
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