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Great Cresent IPA | Great Crescent Brewery

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Great Cresent IPAGreat Cresent IPA

Brewed by:
Great Crescent Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Ale is the beer created to make the long ocean voyage to India when it was still a British colony. This beer lives on today in many interpretations - Great Crescent IPA is made in the classic English style and maintains balance between the malt and hops. The clean finish of this beer comes from the use of Glacier hops for flavor and aroma.

Added by oracle on 09-11-2009

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of target88
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of vermilcj
3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Cmteagardin
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of karengarys
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours hazy dark orange - it was a bit overexcited coming out of the can... It settled down nicly.

Smell is malty and citrus/floral like....

Taste is quit citrius, not sure - it kind of has a sweetness and citrius/bitter at the same time. Lime peel maybe? As it warms it sweetens up a bit, and some orange begins to emerge.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, Hefty and creamy enough from an IPA.

Quite drinkable. Worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of Kasabear
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden with a good head that lasts the whole pint.
Smell is malts and plenty of hops. Also a Carmel comes through.
Taste is great as all three of the smells come through. Not too bitter, yet hoppy.
Mouthfeel is outstanding as the carbonation is simply perfect. Very easy to drink this beer. Every drink calls for another, and the next one is just as good.
I would recommend this beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of barczar
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper brown color with a moderate cream great that leaves light lacing.

Aroma is doughy, caramel malt, slightly nutty, but without much evidence of hops. There's a hint of earthy hops.

Flavor is a bit offputting, tangy, metallic, not reminiscent of quality hops. Herbal tea notes, earthy hops, lemon, and bready malt backbone are present, ending slightly bitter and soapy. As it wayne, roasted, slightly astringent malt surfaces.

Body is moderate, with fairly low carbonation, ending somewhat astringent.

Overall, a lackluster brew that has some issues, possibly with old hops. There's an off tangy flavor I can't approve of. Definitely closer to an english ipa than american, but not a good example.

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3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this CAN in my reefer for so long that I CANnot remember who sent it to me in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), but today being New Beer Sunday (NBS Week 379), this seemed like a good time to make the Crack & Glug happen.

From the CAN: "Great Crescent Brewery is located on a sweeping curve of the Ohio River. Our brewery is rooted in an area founded by folks of a pioneering spirit, who forged new lives in the rich wilderness. We promise to embrace the best of these qualities in our deeds and in our hand-crafted beers, which will always be authentic, down-to-earth and full of life. Thank you for buying our beer. [undersigned] Dan & Lani Valas".

The Crack & Glug revealed a beer foaming to get out from the CANstraints of its packaging! As such, a quick pour was in order to keep the countertop from being the recipient of the liquid and not my glass. As you might imagine, the head was massive - two plus fingers of dense, tawny foam with excellent retention. Color was a deep amber with initially NE-quality clarity until I got toward the bottom of the CAN and inadvertently poured some lees. This was definitely an English IPA, given the malty nose, like caramel, up front, underlain by minty hops. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a sharpness to its taste that reminded me of cheese. I am not sure how I feel about that since it was not totally off-puttling, plus it may have been attributable to my inadvertant aging. Finish did not follow through with this taste, however, getting more of a flowery quality to it. It was decent and I am not going to dun it too severely as it may have been partly my fault, but I have had better, both in terms of style and from them in CANs.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz tall boy can! No date or abv listed. Slightly hazy, darker copper color. Seems to be a good amount of carbonation as I pour. White fluffy head holds together rather well, eventually leaving some impressive lace.

Caramel malt is present in the nose. Searching for some hop aroma, but not finding much. Some herbal and earthy notes in the distance. A bit of a mineral-like feel.

Good amount of caramel sweetness up front. A hint of jucy fruit, and some stonefruit. Earthy bitterness, with a hint of citrus. A mineral feel near the finish.

Medium body, and a good amount of carbonation, for an almost fluffy feel. Alcohol is hidden well. The sweetness up front sort of ruins this for me. Some nice fruity notes help to salvage.

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2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour - great looking orange to peach colored IPA. Head resembles pancake batter and leaves some ridiculously thick lacing inside the glass. Very good looking beer coming out of this can.

Aroma - citrus along with some Christmas tree pine aromas that sort of lean towards being astringent and soapy smelling. Not a whole lot of malt sweetness detected in the nose. This almost has the aroma of plastic a bit. Hmm...

Taste - first taste and I get some more of that astringent bitter flavor. It reminds me of pine but perhaps a bit more than I'm used to tasting in an IPA. Some malt backbone comes into play but this lacks much in the way of hop flavor. The flavor profile of this particular India Pale Ale leaves me scratching my head and tapping the glass.

Overall - not overly impressed by this one. I can't help but feel that there are some off flavors and something isn't quite right. Even if this was more of the British-style of IPA I'd be getting more hop flavor and aroma along with a solid malt backing. The astringency of this brew is a little off-putting. Bummed as I've loved the other beers we've tried from Great Crescent. Perhaps it was just this particular batch? The look of this beer was the best thing about it...

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3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks again to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. This beer exploded from the can and finally settled down to have a dark brown color with a 1.5 inch head. Smell has hops, something slightly metallic also, can't quite make it out. Taste is also a bit unusual, hops are definatly present, something metallic like is also there, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is not a bad beer but is a little off somehow in the taste and smell.

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3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date, but I know they just started canning so it has to be pretty fresh!. The body was a beautiful, clear chestnut color. The head was barely off white.

The smell was leafy, organic. Dank. Nice, my favorite IPA aromas.

The taste was caramel eclipsed by citrus pith and pine resins. Juicy citrus followed by a drying bitterness. This one may be inspired by Surly Furious (not as good but inspired by).

The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I would expect. Some slickness in the beginning with a coarser carbonation in the end. I will definitely buy more of these in the future.

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3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 16 oz. can: one of the most attractive ales I have seen in awhile. The pour yielded a clear, bright golden-copper with some orange highlights. The creamy, off-white head slowly receded leaving intricate, full lacing on the glass.

The spicy, sweet malt aroma was quite noticeable upon opening the can, leading to the conclusion that this is more of an English IPA.

Quite correct on the origin of style: the faint caramel and buttery flavors that are complimented by a gentle hop bitterness is English and all about balance. There is a fresh, yeasty aftertaste that keeps this one interesting.

The mouthfeel is soft and clean with a very agreeable bitterness lingering on the tongue. The body is light to medium with noticeable carbonation.

This is another refreshing, lightly hopped IPA alternative to the plethora of American, highly-hopped versions. This one drinks like a very good, American pale ale.

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3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from Urbancaver. Thank you darling.

Pours beautifully from the can. What a head! Sadly, after a great start, retention is something of an issue.

The beer itself is a solidly average IPA. It's clean, but somewhat boring and one-dimensional. I'm delighted to be able to try it, and I'll enjoy the whole thing, but I'm not really sad that I can't buy it where I live.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly pretty golden orange. A small amount of white head. Lots of carbonation. Smells mildly hoppy with a touch of caramel on the nose. the hops are piney but really not strong on the aroma. Tastes sweet and bitter. The hops are a bit one dimensional. Not balanced with the malt profile. There is a bitterness that is overwhelming but not strong. Overall thick enough to satisfy but nothing particularly special

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Great Cresent IPA from Great Crescent Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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