Drunken Sailor India Pale Ale - Crew AleWerkstatt

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Drunken Sailor India Pale AleDrunken Sailor India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sfprint on 10-26-2012

Weigh the Anchor, Hoist the Sails...
colossal waves and lashing winds.
That was the life of the English sailor whose job it was to bring beer to Colonial India. Only with an insane amount of hops and high alcohol content could it withstand the perilous journey. Drunken Sailor IPA brings the adventure and powerful taste into the 21st century...
Ship Ahoy!

Hops: Herkules, Citra, Cascade, Simcoe

Malt: Pilsener Malz, Münchner Malz, Karamellmalz
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Photo of beerdrifter
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Slightly hazy pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is malt forward with lots of caramel and brown sugar along with hints of pine, perfumey hops, toffee, and subtle tangerine and grapefruit. The taste is more balanced with pine and resiny hops up front along with hints of tangerine, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with medium carbonation and a syrupy finish. Overall, a pretty decent, well balanced IPA from an up and coming German craft brewer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, dubbed 'Crew Republic' here. Strange mix of English and German on the label description, not to mention the rather American-sounding name. Oh, and I choose to submit this under the listing where they at least know how to fucking spell.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark copper amber hue, with a shocker (the finger configuration, FYI) of puffy, lazily foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some eroded landform lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sugary caramel malt, bready toffee nougat, further brown sugar, orange cream, candied grapefruit, subdued pine resin, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee/Mars Bar nougat, citrus Creamsicles, a soft acrid pine needle and forest floor bitterness, hints of metallic alcohol, and a mixed grape must fruitiness.

The bubbles are fairly understated, manifesting in a weak-form frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt still holding it over the hops, who, despite their peppy attitude, cannot overcome all that damned sugar.

Is this tasty? Yep. Is this hoppy? Uh, sure. Is this really an American-style IPA? Nah - the heavily sugary leanings lend credence to the idea (mine alone, so far) that being so very far off there in Bavaria, something got lost in translation, and they went and flipped the recipe in their attempt at Yankee Doodle Dandy-ing up their brewing efforts. So, next time, Fritz, or Karl, or whatever, a bit of advice - the hops come first, dummy.

Photo of sfprint
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty dark for an IPA. Sun tea with an edge of fuzz at the top. Cloudy. Carbonation lines the glass but I don't observe it rising.
S: Heaven in my nose. A beautiful hoppy pine scent with the perfect degree of sweetness. Very similar to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale.
T: Quite good. For a German IPA, I have to give it 4.5. A smooth, well blended flavor with a nice moderate spiciness. Also celery.
M: Slight sting, medium body.
O: The best German IPA IMHO. So glad to have finally found a wonderful one.

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crew Republic 'Drunken Sailor' @ 6.4% , served from a couple of 330 ml bottles purchased for $ 3.70 each

A-pour is dark gold from the bottle to a hazy amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-hoppy German IPA

T-big tasting German IPA

MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , interesting take on an IPA , I'll try again

prost LampertLand

Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pumpkin with lumpy clotted cream-colored head that rims and sheets.
Dank fresh hop nose with tangerine, toffee and some malty goo.
Caramel and overripe peaches then orange, resin, nectar, and mango juice hops.
Skunky finish and lingering sweetness. Medium, lots of chew, round.

Herkules, Cascade, Citra and Simcoe hops.

Surprise here coming from Germany - big, fruity, resiny and almost full-bodied. My experience of Citra is lots of grapefruit but I hear that fresh it's much more tropical and that's certainly the case here, along with sticky Simcoe pine sap. There's a chewy malt load that could probably carry 75 IBUs instead of just 58, so this could cloy eventually. More than enough gloopy aroma to entertain.

Unique take on an IPA.

Photo of boddhitree
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Drunk from bottle at Naïv bar in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ingredients listed:
Malts: Pils, Münchner and Karamellmalz
Hops: Herkules, Citra, Cascade and Simcoe.

Appearance: Dirty, dark amber with tints of brown but closer to a deep, dark burnt orange, which is under a snow white head that dissipated quickly but is continually refreshed from bubbles below.

Aroma: A nice stiff initial whiff of C-hops, lemon, citrus, grapefruit, melon, and some underlying Pils and Münchner malts, which manifest themselves as toasty and caramel. Not bad, could be a tad stronger but it’s a wonderful aroma meeting the nose.

Front: mmmm… nice bitterness but more in the comfortable category. With Herkules listed, I expected it to punch me slightly more, yet you still feel it slightly, especially the more it sits on the front of the tongue. You also get citrus and a decent jab of tartness, a telltale sign of Pils malts. Also there’s tropical fruits floating around.

Mid: Here you get the punch of bitterness that Herkules brings, but again, subdued. Not sure if it was meant to be almost mild, but it’s verging towards that direction though it’s still noticeable. Here you get orange, grapefruit and some tartness. On the sides, there’s more caramel and lots of tropical fruits, though it’s not overpowering.

Back: More of what was in the Mid-section: a decent but not a super-noticeable threshold, C-hops and lots of caramel with tartness combined. Here it tastes like an West-coast version, but you still get the German malts coming through.

Aftertaste: Here is where the Herkules wakes up and says it’s there, for the grassy, earthy bitterness is heavy, but again not overpowering. Along with that, you get tartness and a slight caramel aftertaste.

Overall: It’s a really good IPA. Lots of C-hop goodness with some a little Herkules noticeable if you know to look for, but it’s almost too subdued for my taste. Herkules is a heavy, carpet-bomb of earthy, grassy bitterness at 17+% A.A. and it’s easy to go overboard with it, as I have in my homebrew, but it’s also a distinct new German hop and I feel it could’ve played a larger role in this beer. The German malts are also evident, though more the Pils malt and it’s tartness and underlying toasty and bready flavors, though again, though here the toasty and tart flavors are strongest. The caramel of this beer is also apparent but more or less balanced by tartness and toasty flavors. They work together well but the tartness is also too much at moments.

I really want to love this beer but it’s like something’s holding me back. It’s got all the pillars of what should make it a great beer, but something is shaking the foundation & keeping it unstable. I definitely tastes like a German IPA, but either it needs more of some of the flavors or to showcase one or more. This might be a case where “balanced” verges on a loss of excitement. It’s, nonetheless, just under the threshold of being a wow-beer, though the more I drink, the more lulled I get to its charms. Again, it’s a very good German IPA, and I’m happy it’s on the menu here at Naïv, but with Braukustkeller's Amarsi IPA and the Backbone Splitter IPA on the menu, it doesn’t compete. Next time I’m here I’ll try Crew Republic’s other beers and see how they are.

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

Same beer as Crew Drunken Sailor. Hazy dark amber color with good three fingers thick head with great retention and leaving laces.
Citrusy aroma with notes of oranges, pine resin, honey and toasted malts.
Likewise, a predominant bold citrus flavor with notes of spices, pine, grapefruits, Cointreau liquor, resin, American yeast, caramels and grapes. Dry aftertaste with a persistent and pleasant bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 6.4% is well hidden.
That was a positive surprise, especially from a German beer. Nice American IPA with a predominant citrus bitter and sweet drive. Very well balanced and not tiresome.

Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

I bought a 0.33l bottle of this while in Bamberg (€2.60) and quaffed it in my flat on my last night in Maastricht - 03OCT14.

Drunken Sailor was a somewhat cloudy, medium chestnut brew - relatively darker than most IPAs. Had a nice, 1" tan/beige head, which lasted well with ok lacing. Aroma was very much on the rindy, citrussy side. Body was medium, and it did not upset the tongue in any way while passing over it.

Had a dash of caramel and toffee, but really just lots of rindy, pithy hops, which really coated the palate. Solid all around, yes indeed. Prosit!!

4.10/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.15 | smell: 4.00 | feel: 4.00 | taste: 4.15 | drinkability: 4.10


Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in an English pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange color forming a big fluffy beige head. Great retention and tons of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Great grassy and flowery hops in the nose. Quite citric too. Strong notes of caramel and crystal malts. Notes of oranges and grapefruit. American profile yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee and caramel malts. Hops are quite herby and grassy. Great and persistent hops bitterness in the mouth. Great bittersweet balance as well. Notes of tropical fruits, mainly grapefruits and oranges

M: Medium bodied. Molasses. Good carbonation. Caramel bittersweet aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Germans daring to produce American style IPAs means, great beer! Of course!

Photo of Arminius757
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great IPA. Really enjoyed it. It is really nice to see the Germans break out of tradition and try something new. If you are an IPA fan, you will not be disapointed.

Photo of Brewhemoth
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a hazy (dark) amber color with a dense off-white head which left great lacing. Really good head retention. There is no visible activity.
S: Super heavy malt. A lot of caramel and toffee notes. Definitely not what i was expecting. There's a leafy pine and citrus hops present in the background.
T: Beastly malt backbone; a lot of cara malts and that bready chew from Munich malt. There's some spice in there too, almost rye-like. Followed by pine and some citrus hops, but faint. The bitterness is smooth and builds nicely.
M: Very thick. Smooth and velvety though. Light carbonation.

O: Not what i was expecting at all. An extremely malt forward IPA

Drunken Sailor India Pale Ale from Crew AleWerkstatt
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