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Crank IPA - Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 299
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 6.84%
Wants: 41
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: millerbuffoon on 03-06-2014

Single Hop Citra IPA
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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives very cloudy, with an impressive and perky head capping the amber colored liquid; nice sheets of lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit aromatics, with mango, apricot, peach and papaya

Taste: Just a hint of cookie dough malts and then the fruit flavors arrive, bringing all the elements detected in the aroma; tangerine builds, after the swallow to add a slight bitter element to the fray; the finish is a fruit salad of Florida flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, a bit of a tongue coater; low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A terrific IPA; if the availability were broader it would easily make the Top 250 (631 characters)

Photo of jkinzey
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an unbelievable New England style IPA from Florida. The look is a hazy orange. Smell is pure citrus, very prominent Citra hop profile. Very soft on the palate with a hoppy zip but not overly bitter. This is my favorite Florida IPA and is right up there with the greats from Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, TH, and Trillium. (326 characters)

Photo of HopFrenzyFl
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like hazy orange juice. Insane tropical fruit in the nose and taste. It's sweet, but not in a malty way. The Citra hops really shine in this one - an outstanding beer from Cycle. (194 characters)

Photo of SockPuppet
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a crowler a friend picked up from the brewery. Great beer. Very grassy and hoppy, like juice. This might be the best Florida IPA I've ever had. at 6%, it's very crushable and perfect for the Florida heat. (218 characters)

Photo of basshaug
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this beer at a nice little pub on the St Pete pier called Hops and Props. They had a great selection of local florida beers with the very knowledgeable staff. The beer is a great florida style ipa and is actually better than most of the more recognizable breweries flagship IPAs.

The beer itself:

Look - 3.5: the beer is a beautiful golden wheat ale color. I'm guessing there is wheat in it, and it is a great summery Florida style IPA.

Smell - 4.25: definitely a nose full of citrusy hops. If i had to guess this beer has it's fill of citra and centennial. This beer packs a great citrusy nose. I would smell it if i couldn't drink it.

Taste-4.25:a nice refreshing IPA. A nice hop bite with a trailing citrusy finish. Very easy drinking and light

Feel - 3.75: very easy and refreshing, for an IPA, It is a tad thin for an "IPA" but it's july 5th in florida, so its perfect.

Overall 4.25: this beer is intended to be a refreshing hoppy, IPA, and it delivers. I hope this beer is available everytime im visiting the beaches here is florida from here forward. Great refreshing florida IPA (1,110 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it. I am all about IPAs like this. Unfiltered, heavy citrus, smooth flavor, crazy easy drinking. I'm having a moral dilemma in that I was going to give someone my crowler of this beer. Hmmmm... What to do!? (211 characters)

Photo of KensWorld
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect IPA! smells very hoppy and piney as is a good IPA should. Taste is incredible, just the right amount of bitterness and sweet malt. It goes down so smoothly, unlike Jai Alai. This is one of, if not the best Florida IPA's available. Perfect IPA. (251 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 32-ounce Crowler filled at the brewery.

A pretty light amber or pale gold with a bright white head.

Bright aroma of juicy citrus-like hops.

Bitter and juicy but in some ways subtle to my hop-fried palate.

Body is almost creamy.

Overall an excellent IPA. Seek it out. (283 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to greg for the hookup in a crowler! filled prob about a week ago.

a - brew pours murky yellow orange nice frothy head. classic ipa.

s - tropical fruit, spot on really nice.

t/m/o - one of the rare ipas that tastes better than it smells. big bursts of tropical citric fruit. great hop. super drinkable and delish. (328 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember this beer being pretty good, along the lines of anything from MBC not named Dinner.

It's still nowhere near the Vermont Big 3, though.

For those less spoiled than myself, this is probably a great regional offering. (229 characters)

Photo of Mscanlon31
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy gold appearance
Great citrus orange mango smell
Taste : same as the nose with nice hops
Overall: one of the best IPAs I've ever had comparable to Julius (159 characters)

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reminds me of HF IPAs and pale ales with that grassy character along with the soft on the palate mouthfeel...so good...This beer offered in 16oz 4 packs would be killer...make it happen, cycle! (193 characters)

Photo of Lapalou
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy citrus bomb, great smell, a little piny, but not bitter. I wouldn't call it balanced because the city's is so in your face, but that's a good thing. Everything you want in an east coast IPA and Florida's best IPA IMO. (224 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

received a crank-case in trade, hazy light peach color, nice foamy head, and a hoppy-citrus nose. Flavors of pine and citrus hops with mild bitterness. Love me some hazy citra hoppy deliciousness!!! reminds me of the best of NE... TH Haze, Trillium, HF..... A Winner and well worth seeking out! (295 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

All kinds of flavors in this one. Its very grassy with pleasing hop bitterness and fruits abound. I get pineapple, lemon-lime, guava, mango, and peach. Its both fruity and earthy. This is a fantastic IPA. (204 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours gold. GIANT mango pervades every inch of the beer's flavor and aroma. Mango up front, mango in the middle, mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit in the back end. Big, bold, bright, but never too sweet, never gimmicky.

I look at single-hopped Citra IPAs as existing on a continuum between two poles. Previously, those poles were marked "Zombie Dust," which is very bitter, and "Psuedosue," which is very fruity. Crank destroys that old continuum, blasting so far beyond Sue's fruitiness I could have sworn I was drinking fruit juice. Amazing. (555 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellow. Smells and tastes of lime with a hit of hops blended in right after. This is right behind Jai Alai in my IPA books. Excellent beer. (158 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a completely hazy golden color.

The aroma smells like pure lemon peel, with some lemon juice on top. Huge citrus peel and grapefruit. A touch of sugary sweetness. Guava, passionfruit, pineapple.

The flavor hits up front of grass and leafy hop quality. It literally sticks onto one's teeth. Then onto passionfruit, guava, peach, mango. Then onto herbacous and grassy green drying, with a touch of lingering bitterness.

The closest thing to Hill Farmstead or Tree House outside of New England and Toppling Goliath. An auspicious introduction into the top tier world class hoppy beers out there. (614 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Crowler filled 2-9-15. Thanks a bunch, colt3ninja!

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. resilient lacing trickles dlowly down the glass.

S- Pungent, juicy hop aroma reminds me of a homebrewed IPA. Resinous notes of pineapple, mango and orange. Also a bit grassy plus I get this hint of green pepper or poblano pepper that's surprising but nice.

T- Smooth citrus hop flavor that's moderately bitter but doesn't linger long. Malt is there just enough to provide some support. Ah and, now that I'm looking for it, there's that same green pepper element in the flavor that I found in the aroma.

M- Tangy, bright and crisp with medium carbonation and a body that leans toward the lighter side.

O- Great stuff. A very unique approach to a single IPA. Very drinkable and refreshing with a dynamite aroma. For the record, I love green peppers. (1,045 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a fresh 32 oz crowler - thanks Travis. Pours a hazy yet bright apricot color with a huge fluffy white head. Nose has hints of pineapple, mango and lemon. Citrus flavors come through but are quickly followed by nicely balanced hop notes. Very nicely balanced and highly enjoyable IPA. Crisp clean finish. (320 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Crowler from the brewery. Pours murky bright yellow with a big creamy fluffy white head that sticks around a whole and leave a lt of lacing. Aroma of pineapple, some pine, sweet malts, lots of tropical fruits but of citrus. Flavor follows the nose closely with big citrus pineapple flavors, pleasantly light bitter, juicy. Slightly dry body after the big juicy tropical fruit, medium carbonation, creamy. Wish these guys were closer as this is easily the best IPA I've had in Florida. (490 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 32oz Crowler of Crank. Drank and phone-reviewed in the good ol Portland hotel room.

A - Pour into a small stemmed glass is hazy and pale orange. A white head retains nicely at a half-finger/mostly full cap.

S - Nice scent of fresh peach, mango, tangerine. Gains some strength with warmth.

T - Taste is a bit weaker but still good. It is mostly dominated by smooth tropical fruit hops with touches of earthy veggie. Some slight biscuit/bready malt.

M - On the lighter side, soft bitterness, medium carbonation.

O - Flavor/bitterness seemed weirdly muted - maybe lost some oomph in the crowler? That being said, still quite good. Easy-drinking and definitely a bit of a tropical hop bomb. (722 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crowler brought back from Tampa. So many duplicate listings on here, this one has more ratings. Full notes taken to IPad during consumption.

A- Semi cloudy golden yellow beer out of the 32oz can to a few wine glasses. A creamy white head in all the glasses to just above a finger. Huge sheets of lace with ample spots.

S- Hops dominate the aroma with bright fruits. Mostly citrus and stone fruits but not a juicy nectar type profile. Oranges, grapes, tangerines and some mango.

T- Feels a bit fresher here somehow with once again a fruity but not pulpy or juicy hop profile. Clementine, bitter citrus pith, oranges, mango, apricot and tangerines make up most of the flavor. Grapes, berries, light cracked grains and bread round it out.

MF- Light to medium bodied overall with a crisp and fizzy foamy consistency. Slight creaminess from the high carbonation. Stone fruits lead to a medium clean bitterness. A bit seltzer like.

Stone fruits like mango and apricot lead to big tangerines in a fruity but crisp and not quite nectar hop profile. Lacks a certain fresh edge that other fruity IPAs have but still a refreshing and tasty brew. (1,139 characters)

Photo of tse15mt
3.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. The aroma is so piney. It's like putting you nose in a bag of hops... I could not stop smelling this beer through the entire experience. As a hop head, the bitterness did not match the aroma. Still a great experience. (239 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crowler that's ~10 days old

The beer pours a hazy light orange yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly with some lacing. The nose is bright citrus, predominantly orange and lime followed by light grain and yeast notes. The taste is citra-forward and juicy with some grain sweetness in the finish and a mild, lingering bite from the alcohol. This beer has a great body and mouthfeel with heavy handed & aromatic hops that saturate the palate without motor-boating it at a Christmas party, a light grain sweetness, and minimal alcohol. Although zombie dust still has an upper hand on this beer (yes, APA vs IPA) it's a close comparison. I'd prefer the same flavor profile, but bigger aromatics and a slightly thinner body. (730 characters)

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Crank IPA from Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
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