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Origins - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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95
world-class

391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 6.54%
Wants: 104
Gots: 114 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-25-2013

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Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 42
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3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml poured into snifter. The brew appears a dark burnt copper to mahogany color with big bubbly off-white cap.

The smell is fruity alcohol mixed with lemon and a soft oakiness like vanilla. In the back is a noticeable amount of mineral character.

The taste is lemony tart with oak and vanilla. Just like the nose, a noticeable amount of mineral flavoring is present across the finish.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall not bad but not that great either. Im really not sure what this mineral thing is that seems common across each the crooked stave beers ive tried recently.

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3.7/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle batch 2 $11.99. Burgundy color with a decent head at first. Looks just fine. Aroma is pretty nice, oak, wood, vinegar (in a good way of course). The flavor is not as good as the aroma, slightly sour, touch of barrel, slightest hint of a milkiness. Overall this is a fine enough beer but at this price point I expect a lot more. When I pay $11-$14 for a Russian River beer I am wowed just about every time despite having had the beer before multiple times. This didn't move me and for $12 it really should. The hardest part for me us that WWBV and WWBI did wow me and they cost less money.

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3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown and reddish. Nice off white head. Very wispy surface. Thick collar.

Smell - Bretty. A little acidic. Cherry aroma. Oak. Faint caramel malt.

Taste - Cherry is more.prominent. Tart turns to genuinely sour as it warms up. Bretty and earthy. More caramel malt. Maybe more toasty than caramel. Very dry and oaky in the back.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and light. Very dry. Medium sourness.

Overall - Not what I expected. Improved as I drank more of it, as always seems to happen with Crooked Stave.

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3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Mr. B’s on my trip to Denver. Brew No. 3 of my night of BA Sours for the last day of my 20’s. Pours dark brown with barely any light showing through and an of white head that fizzes off rather quickly. Aroma has the requisite oak and sour vinegar, dark fruits, and some brown sugar notes on this one. Flavor is lightly sour with some candi sugar sweetness, vinegar, acidity, dark fruits, some black cherry. Dry tart finish, medium body, with medium low carbonation. This is nice, but takes a back seat to the Rufus Corvus and Red Poppy I had just before it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml purchased for $12 at the brewery. Poured into a tulip.

This is an average-to-good sour in my book. It pours a dark ruby red/burgundy color as expected. Decent head at first that dissipates quickly. This beer smells better than it tastes: vinegary sourness backed up by a prominent oak undertones. Taste is similar - it's not quite as mouth-puckeringly sour as some beers on the market, but it's definitely a sour beer. My biggest complaint is that the beer seems fairly one-note: vinegary sourness with fruit on the front end with a tiny bit of oak lingering in the background. As you sip through the bottle, the characteristics of the beer really don't change, develop, or meld together to create an exceptional beer. This is one of Crooked Stave's "base beers" and you can tell.

I think my biggest problem with this beer is the price: $12 for 375ml - equivalent to $24 for a 750ml bomber. It's simply not good enough to warrant the price. For that price point, Cascade, Russian River, and Bruery are all producing better sours.

One caveat: the raspberry bourbon barrel aged version of this beer is EXCEPTIONAL - the best beer I've had in 2013.

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3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, received as an extra, poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/22/2014 as part of our cellar/extras cleaning tasting.

App- Dark mahogany-red body, one finger tan head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing. Actually looks a lot like Oude Tart.

Smell- Acidity, a bit of oak, tart cherries, but not much malt presence to cut the sourness down.

Flavour- Non-descript acidity with a bit of oak, not much on way of malts. Not very complex but quite sour, 7/10. Good palate cleanser.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, aftertaste is vinegary. Again, good palate cleanser.

Overall- Not a very complex beer, disappointing. We thought Oude Tart was more complex, and Oude Tart is most certainly not a complex Flanders red. I actually thought this was not that much different than Nightmare on Brett. The sour acidity is what stands out in these CS sours without a ton of complexity and additional flavours to pick out. That being said, it's still clean and enjoyable so I really can't dock the beer that much.

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Origins from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
95 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.