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WWB Batch 60 - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 78
Gots: 47 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, tropical fruit, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, tropical fruit, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice combination of tropical fruit and Brett characteristics.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy lemon color capped by a nice head that leaves copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Funky and musty with a range of fruit elements

Taste: Funky with growing pineapple and lemon element in the middle; woody, with more funk and tartness building in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A lively offering that combines both funk and fruit as well as some oak; very nice

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

remarkably overrated. I'm a huge fan of crooked stave, but this one is a bit messy, totally pedestrian. the problem is no brewery can live up to expectations like these, but this beer is a big let down for me. not to say it isn't delicious, because it is, but its levels below the best of crooked stave. the color is hazy yellow, pretty thick, but sporting a nice inch of white fluffy head that doesn't really fade much. the nose is a bit hoppy, alpha acids, but more bitterness that interesting characteristics. a little heavy on the wheat malt too, especially in the taste, this is drinking a bit young and may improve over time, but its grain heavy as it stands. the brett is nice, more funk than sour, but there is a bit of acid to this that helps cut its rather large body down to size a bit. its well carbonated, but drinks like a loaf of bread rather than an elegant wild ale. i still love the combination of brett and bugs here, its just the right amount, but the base beer is nothing special this time around. this came across to me as a sloppy and less enjoyably hoppy version of hop savant, which i thought was exquisite. meh, ill try it again with some age and look for change.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 60. 6.7% ABV. 375ml brown glass bottle with green wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap served cold into a tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, CO.

Reviewed live as an American wild ale per the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Average creaminess and thickness. Retains well - for about 5-6 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Shiny complexion.

BODY: Clear orange-copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's far from unique or special for a wild ale, but is generally appealing.

AROMA: Peach, apricot, floral hops, blonde malts, funky brettanomyces yeast, crystal malts, and some mild tartness. No true sourness is detectable. I also pick up on some less distinct tropical fruit - mango and tangerine, primarily.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength.

No alcohol, off-notes, or bacterial sourness is detectable. For a wild ale, it isn't horribly wild. Mostly just funky and fruity.

TASTE: Fantastic peach and apricot notes boast a subtle sour smackiness, with some excellent albeit mild lactic character. Blonde malts comprise the base. Subsidiary notes of tropical fruit including mango and light tangerine. It's well balanced and built, but could use more complexity/intricacy, subtlety, and nuance - if we're nitpicking. More intense sourness and tartness would also enhance it.

I do love it, though, and it has a good depth of flavour. Above average flavour intensity and duration.

Sourness is wonderful, albeit limited - it's maybe a 5-6 out of 10 in terms of sour intensity. The brettanomyces yeast lends it unusual diversity of flavour, with wild character in there in addition to the signature funkiness. It's got some wonderful woody characteristics, some welcome lemon and barnyard notes, and tang. Green apple, and some musty cellar wood.

TEXTURE: Smacky, perfectly carbonated, refreshing, smooth, and wet. Light-bodied and fresh. Great overall presence on the palate. This texture elevates the beer and compliments the taste beautifully. Incredible execution. Lightly acidic.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

OVERALL: Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable. I'll blow through the bottle and will love every sip. Crooked Stave has come a long way since I first tried the beers they were brewing out of Funkwerks. This is a fantastic wild ale with impressively well-executed dry hopping and stunning balance, and it hides its above average ABV well. Great work from Crooked Stave.

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WWB Batch 60 from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
97 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.