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Half Hitch - Crux Fermentation Project

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Crux Fermentation Project visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 06-16-2013

Imperial Mosaic IPA
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden color. Mildly cloudy, which could be my fault but I don't see any sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Small to medium white head. Fine bubbles. It doesn't stick around all that long. Little bit of lacing. At first, the aroma seemed to be just a big, juicy dose of peaches and floral hop flavor, but after a minute, I'm also getting a sweaty note. It definitely doesn't ruin the aroma for me - maybe, I've just discovered something about myself - but it's not quite as clean and juicy as I thought at first blush. Still, I'm impressed by the peachiness, as other mosaic (D)IPAs generally haven't lived up to the hype in that department. I'm also picking up grapes, raspberries and a little tangerine. A little bit of pale, sweet malt in the background. The taste is much the same territory, but there's a bit more citrus in the bitterness. The beer really isn't all that bitter, though. Lots of peach, grape, floral hop flavor. Pale malt in the background. It's not quite as juicy and interesting as the aroma, but I'm still quite happy. Also, the beer is much lighter than I'd expect from the abv. I'll call that "well made". Mouthfeel has some weight, but again, it's lighter than you'd expect from a 10% abv DIPA. Significant hop oiliness. This is a very good DIPA. I didn't come in with high expectations for whatever reason, but Crux did fine work, here. It's particularly nice to come across a Mosaic DIPA that shows off the varietal effectively.

More User Reviews:
Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL (bottled 1/6/2014) into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a 1-finger frothy white head.

Aroma is big sweet tropical citrus, like a freshly cut grapefruit. Must be the Mosaic talking. Nice and pungent and clean.

Taste is likewise full and flavorful, with lots of pale malt evident on the first sip to balance all those juicy hops. The hop bitterness is somewhat subdued, with more focus on their bright clean citrusy character. High ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, actually pretty chewy. Slick.

Overall a really nice DIPA that knocks you down with pure flavor. More drinkable than a lot of high-ABV DIPAs.

Photo of Beaver13
1.78/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12.7 oz bottle, bottled on 2/11/14. Pours hazy yellow orange with a small white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is musty stinky hops with some onion and garlic and a little vomit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some vegetal spicy hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, this was not good. Overly sweet with a lot of stinky onion and garlic and a little vomit.

Photo of dirtylou
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32oz grenade from the tin bucket in Portland, split

Peachy-orange body - big aromas of melon, grapefruit, booze. The mosaic trend is getting a bit out of control (i'll take my straight Citra back, please) - this "single-hop" beer was just OK i thought. The alcohol wears a banana suit - you can't miss it. Melon, sugary bitter citrus, skunk, a touch metallic.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is lots of bright fruits: mango, pineapple, lemon, orange and a little dankness.
The taste has a malty start then turns to moderate bitterness and finishes a little spicy. Great profile.
The texture is soft and a little fizz.
Great aroma and taste. A super winner.

Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a nice hazy gold with a touch of orange and a finger of thick and sticky looking white head.

Smell. Those mosaic hops. Jammy tropical fruits, yellow grapefruit and a bit of cedar. There's a touch of green onion coming through as well but not super offputting. A touch of sweet light malt as well.

Taste. Big tropical and citrus fruits, that mosaic hop flavour. Some sweet light malts, very little bitterness in the finish considering the big hop flavours but then again, mosaic. It is a little bitter in the dryish finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, low+ and very smooth arbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. I would gladly drink another one.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

RB

375 bottle Derek A. shared tonight... Pours clear golden with a decent enough white head and lacing.

Aroma is holy hoppy!! Wowzers... Big mosaic (I guessed Mosaic before Derek dropped the info :-) Huge/light fruity hoppiness with a bit of melon and something that I guess is floral hops... That said, this is an amazing nose.

Big bitterness with perfect malty drinkability... light malt with melon hops and a bit of floral essence.. so very drinkable.. I would love Crux all the time.. the hops get a bit catty on the finish, but I am not complaining that hard. Catty vs. Amazing DIPA... Crux wins.

3.5/4.25/4.25/4.5/4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head that looks like whipped cream, with excellent retention and tons of lacing. Mmmm.. Aroma of tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, bready malt and dank hops, quite aromatic. Wow, this is very tasty. Piney, citrus hops melded almost perfectly to a bready malt that supports it very well. Lots of herbal esters. Finishes with pine, grapefruit rind and lingering herbal bitterness. Great creamy body with improved by the creamy head. I have not been overwhelmed by the mosaic hop profile .. before now .. This is well balanced, interesting and delicious. In an area with a plethora of excellent IPAs, this one stands on its own. Dangerously covers its high ABV.

Photo of VashonGuy
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Papaya, Seattle.

Appearance is light golden.
Aroma is citrus, not quite pure grapefruit, lots of fruitiness.
Taste is citrus and fruity. Not much bitterness at all. A little sweet, in just the right amount. Very well balanced.
Overall, a lovely DIPA, very well executed.

Photo of jakewatt135
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the huge tropical note from the mosaic hop in this one. A little alcohol noticeable but very delicious, definitely will be drinking more of this.

Photo of GoneARye
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Date on the bottle is 6/30/2014, so pretty fresh.

A: Light blonde colored beer, filtered. Potentially was expecting a bit darker for a IIPA. Small amount of lacing as I drink, minimal ring of head around the edge of the glass.

S: If I didn't already know what mosaic hops smelled like this beer would make that introduction loud and clear. Amazingly powerful scents of tropical fruits: guava, mango, papaya, maybe coconut, and yet definitely not pineapple (at least to me). A simply amazing olfactory experience.

MF:Carbonation is on the milder side, but is certainly still there. Not as oily as some IIPA's I've head, but definitely on the thicker and from a traditional IPA.

T: The taste follows the smell. The Mosaic hops sing across my tongue with tropical flavors during the first taste. A pleasing, but not overly strong bitterness is present during the finish, with a lingering tropical presence on my tongue long after I swallow.

O: I would definitely buy this beer if I saw it again, and I look forward to trying it on draft one day. Great example of a hop that is continuing to become increasingly popular nowadays.

Photo of toolingguy
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One the the best and most unique tasting IPAs that I've ever tasted

Photo of sbauer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: pineapple and rose, nice floral notes
T: matches the nose, balanced

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

May 19 2014, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, light lacing, hazy honey nectar amber color. 3.75

Nose fruity but not very bright hops, aged spicy fruity hops that just don't come through anymore, old fruity bubblegum, little tangerine faint faint. 3.5

Taste brings flashes of decent qualities, fruity and grassy hops, little spicy note, juicy fruit and faint tropical notes, almost like an unripe guava. Malts are juicy and fluffy, smooth to deliver the could have been very nice hops. Hops bring a faint peppery note, and turn sixty on the finish, fair bitterness drier, faint fruity. 3.75

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, booze hidden very well. 4.25

Overall not bad, just seems older.4

Photo of dleigh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There are delicious notes of sweet citrus in the nose that are matched by a slight sweetness that goes along with the hoppy bitterness in the taste. Overall, a fantastic IPA.

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap the Bier Stein. Served in a 33 cl snifter glass.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, and seemed to improve as the beer warmed in the glass. There was considerable dry citrus and pine, but as the beer warmed up, I got black pepper and light skunky weed as well. There is some light noticeable malt as well, but this DIPA really smells as if it will be pretty dry (which is a good thing in my book). The flavor profile replicates the nose, and as expected, the beer is pretty dry on the palate. However, there is just enough sweet malt to balance the considerable pine and dry orange citrus I'm getting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the finish is long and fairly bitter. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and beer is very well balanced. You can tell the abv. is up there, but I really don't get the sense that I'm drinking a 10% abv. beer.

Nice beer from Crux. I'd order this again in a heartbeat.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.17.13
Bottled on Dec 04 13

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a large fluffy tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Pine, floral, dank.

T - Floral, mango, sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - A sweeter and more tropical and floral IPA. I did enjoy it.

Photo of therackman
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Market of Choice poured into Spiegelau IPA glass

A: Deep gold, no haze, 3 finger rich creamy white head with good retention and lacing
N: Floral, grapefruit, orange, mango, dank
T: Sweet, hoppy, a little bitter but less so than most DIPAs, mostly grapefruit, mango
M: medium body, normal carbonation
O: top 5 DIPA, worthy of my first BA review

Well done Crux, as good as I remember it on my first trip to the brewpub.

Photo of Moose90
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle dated 03/02/15 tasted on 04/20/15

A – Pours a bright and hazy orange, cloudy appearance with a bright white head. Lacing left behind is sticky and patchy.

S – Peach, tangerine, lemon, orange, pineapple, bright.

T – Mango, peach, guava, fruit nectars, sweet.

M – Medium in body, nicely done, lingering finish.

O – A unique and excellent representation of the style, really a great example of the mosaic hop variety.

Photo of JohnParadee
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise. Did not expect much, but happy I found & tried this one. Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Thick, fluffy, 1-inch white head which slowly dissipated. Fantastic lacing throughout. Beautiful orange/amber color, with some cloudiness. On the nose, a combination of sharp grassy dankness and mango/lemon/grapefruit. On the palate, soft mango/grapefruit dominates, with subtle lemon/lime hints. The hops are smooth and crisp, while the malts and alcohol take a back seat. No burn on the backside. Mouthfeel is full and charming. I really enjoyed this. Reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar, but it is softer and more mango in character, whereas NN is more bitter/hoppy and orange in flavor profile. I would strongly recommend this to all.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at APEX, Portland

Burnished gold with white film.
Musty pulped mango nose with herb, resin, and lots of sourness, plus a good bit of skunk. Not sure it’s what I’d expect.
Apricot Danish with tart fruity acid then huge mango, tropical fruit hops.
Kumquat finish and tart linger.
Medium, oily, chewy, no burn.

Crazy with the tropical fruit - Mosaic redux. Almost New Zealand in the fruitiness. Juicy like a smoothie. Just way too yummy.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head; the retention is good and there are multiple lacing strands that hang around

Smell: Tropical fruit tones, with papaya, lychee and coconut; sugary malt tones underneath

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors build initially, with the tropical fruit tones from the aroma developing; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, but it doesn't get near what I would have expected for 80 IBUs; the shortbread returns in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent IPA, not the best but pleasant enough

Photo of mabermud
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soft fluffy white head. Clear light amber body that looks pure and juicy. The smell is out of this world. Immediately out of the bottle, this beer smelled cleaner than Nelson and more pure than PtE. Uneven tropical fruit with a stale and sweet aroma, definitely much more sweet than stale. Afterwards...not as good. This beer has a nice grapefruit and tropical fruit taste that is very well balanced. No alcohol detected. The feel is there but somewhat flat and soft.

Overall - This has a great deal of potential. A tweak or two would bring it up there with Nelson or PtE. The Mosaic Hops are awesome. This beer on tap would be devastating to your palate. I think this is a great beer that could go places.

So far, the very best beer of 2015! =)

Photo of kingmaxwell
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much fruit taste half hitch
Apricot brandy flavor
Oregon wizards.

Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Bottle date of may 19

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden honey hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps. 4 (x .05 = .2)

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light mosaic hop notes, just older spent hop profile. Just like an old tired ipa 3.5 (x .2 = .7)

T - Taste is better then the nose, light malts, almost tea like notes, nice grass, good bitterness, faint citrus, light candy orange peel, faint older tropical notes. Soft tangerine, pleasant. 3.75 (x .45 = 1.688)

M - Mouthfeel is not bad at all, alcohol hidden very well for the ABV, lighter carbonation. Really nice 4.5 (x .1 = .45)

O - Overall this beer was old, but still tasty. Probably was awesome when fresh. 4 (x .2 = .8)

Total Rating Score: 3.84
Serving Type: Bottle

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Half Hitch from Crux Fermentation Project
93 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.