WWB Batch 60 | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

44 Reviews
no score
Send samples
WWB Batch 60WWB Batch 60

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DrinkSlurm on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 323
Photo of popery
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a yellowish, goldish orange color. Quite cloudy. Medium-sized white head. Lots of fine bubbles. Seems to be pretty sticky. Nice enough looking. The aroma is ok. Mostly funk and sour with some hops in the background. There's some nice depth to the funk. Some solid oak comes through. Dusty. Unfortunately, the messiness of the flavor also starts to emerge, though it doesn't really take over until you hit the taste. (Edit: as the beer warms, the diacetyl becomes increasingly prominent in the aroma. Unfortunate.) The citrus hop flavor tries to push it toward a citrus-y sourness but doesn't quite get there. The taste is a big step down. Pretty much from the get go, it has a grainy sourness with a bile note and a bunch of diacetyl. This beer might improve with time as the brett eats away at the buttery flavor. I just think that pedio got a hold of this one, and it wasn't given enough time to clean up. Fairly tart. Some mild hop bitterness. Full mouthfeel. Medium pucker. I don't understand the ratings on this one. It reminds me of the diacetyl-heavy sours from Ale Industries. I love CS, but this is a mess that they threw some hops on top of. Also, this is becoming an increasingly common problem among American sours, and it's terribly disappointing.

 1,266 characters

Photo of danedelman
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into Pizza Boy Tulip at about 62 degrees

A-Nice hazy orange color with little head but sticks around the entire time of the glass.

S-Warm buttered popcorn, funky horse blanket, hint of citrus, grapefruit.

T-tart citrus fruit up front but then turns into a diacetyl mess in the mid to after taste. Ugh! Horrible. I was easy though as all sours typically get this way when the pedio is dominate at the beginning. Should have waited on this one.

M-medium body, nothing wrong here.

O-probably opened(or the brewery released) too early. I can see where it is headed but now just not there. hold your bottles if you have them.

 645 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a orangish yellow color. super hazy and near opaque. a finger of an off white head that fades slowly and leaves a pretty strong lacing behind.

Smell: opens up with a strong citric acid. lemons and grapefuit. almost a hoppy citric character. can't pick up any malts or brett character.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of lemon. grapefruit juice. some earthiness. slight funky yeast. some souring at the end

Mouthfeel: lightly sour. almost refreshing but needs a strong carbonation to get there.

Overall: My first venture into crooked stave. not quite impressed. it drinks a little bit too much like a juice. could use more brett and more carbonation.

 667 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

 1,189 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and green wax.

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy pale straw yellow bodied beer. 2 full fingers of bone white head with so really good staying power. Thick lacing all over the glass. Head drops to a thick cap that never really goes away.

Smell: Smells of fruity brett and also smells rather juicy. Funk and yeast are also very noticable. Lots of tropical fruits like pineapples, mangos, and papaya. Rotten hay and wheat malts. Hops are slightly dank and slightly catty and musty. Sweet citrus thats orange like. There something in the aroma that I cant quite pick out from the aroma of this beer.

Taste: This beer is almost moderately sweet; its a combination of tangerines and fruity / earthy brett flavors. Not much bitterness from the hops in this beer which surprises me. Lemons are fairly strong in this beer as it warms up. Light tropical fruits mostly mango and pineapples. Hint of concentrated urine and dank cattiness. Slightly sweet malts. Slightly floral. Green apples offers a surprising amount of tartness. Man there is alot going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low to almost moderate carbonation level.The carbonation is soft and creamy. Almost gets to the level of being semi-dry, but it is a bit lower than semi-dry.

Overall: Really interesting beer. The brett is so massively fruity that is really pushing my limits on the amount of brett in a beer. Its another good crooked stave beer. Very different and very unique.

 1,569 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice mild yellow pour, hints of soft orange. Nice white head, disappeared, thin lacing.

Aroma of flowers, lemon, sweet biscuit and mild spices.

While the biscuit is present in the taste, it's not as sweet as I assumed. It's there, underneath a bouquet of flowers, mild bright spices and lemon. The lemon is more of a tartness than flavor, but it's there. Pomelo and hints of tangerine. But this isn't what some would call a fruity beer. It's bright and tart. Easy drinking and dry on the finish.
Bring on the sea bass!

 524 characters

Photo of kojevergas
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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.


 2,675 characters

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to blue_bleeder for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow/dark gold with a small bright-white head. Loose and slightly bubbly collar with a spotty cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: So much Brett. Lemon zest. Spicy and funky yeast abounds. Damp and earthy with some fresh grass and hay. Fruity with a backing yeasty spice. Pineapple, mango, green apple, and even peach. Tropical and funky, almost like it was hit with a moasaic dryhop. Some esters and a solid biscuity/doughy malt backbone. Definitely bready. A touch sweet from the pale light malts.

Taste: A bit more more tart than the nose indicates. Powdery yeast is light and throws a decent ester collection. Fruity with a slight spicy ester as well. Layers of soft fruit, some vague tropical fruit, but it's mostly lemon flesh. Lightly sweet and a touch bready. Some pale malt sweetness to balance it all out. Powdery and yeasty in good measure. A touch of leather. A nice balance and blend. Brett is solid and adds the typical earthy funky elements.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Wet up front with a slightly drier clean finish.

Overall: Gun-slinging for more soon.

Damn you Crooked Stave and your hard to obtain magic.

 1,238 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a hazed golden yellow with a small amount of tight white head and moderate lacing. Nose is very nice, faint leathery brett, a hint of grain, and huge tropical fruit notes. Mango, tangerine, and subtle peach. Taste follows suit, extremely juicy tropical fruits, very light leathery brett, mild acidity in the back. The mangos and tangerine are strong, a bit of bitterness is a very aggressively carbonated beer with a light body. Reminds me a little bit of HF Juicy.

 473 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

 670 characters

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375ml into tulip on 3/3/2014

A: Straw yellow with a hint of orange. Pretty cloudy - cannot see through to the other side of the glass even though there is no visible sediment. Pours with a 1-inch head that dissapates in ~ minute. Excellent lacing.

S: Fruit-forward. Peaches and oranges mainly, with hints of pineapple and green apple. The slightest hint of funk but you really have to search for it.

T & M: Also very fruit-forward. Pineapple notes dominate with grapefruit, lemon, green apple, and tropical fruits also in the background. Dry-hopped character is there, but definitely not overpowering...not a beer for hop-heads. Very tart on the back-end that lingers on the tongue well after the sip. Dry on the tongue with good carbonation.

O: A good beer from CS, but I'm surprised at the very high ratings this is getting. It's an unapologetic fruit and tart bomb. Unfortunately for me, the fruit notes are all over the place and the tartness is somewhat overwhelming.

 989 characters

Photo of sweemzander
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a golden yellow color. Some solid white froth
(S)- A nice dry yet funky oaky citrus meets subtle pine
(T)- Nicely tart citrus up front that flows into some funky bitter pine. Finishes dry with an oaky bark taste
(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Tart, dry, and funky but with a nice hoppy kick to even things out
(O)- An interesting play on what I would call, a funky wild meets a citrus forward pale ale

 459 characters

Photo of lmperialChad
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Crooked Stave's Batch 60 from Mr. B's in Denver. The Batch 60 pours a hazy orangish golden with a thick white head. I get a lot of tart citrus and Brett character on the nose. The taste is composed of tart citrus flavors, lemon, Seville oranges, lemongrass, big floral character, summer honey, and lots of Brett character. I thought the mouthfeel was quite smooth. Batch 60 is really a very pleasurable and welcoming sour ale. I thought all of the tart citrus and floral flavors played together very nicely. Another impressive offering from Crooked Stave.

 579 characters

Photo of paul_db
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had my buddy bring me back a bottle from his work trip back home.

Poured into a snifter… very low carb. You can smell a lil bit of the lemon and hops.

Taste was very balanced out, from lemon, almost a bit of a grape fruit tang, some hops. None of the flavors were bold or overpowering which for some might be a 'minus' but for me I liked it.

Great wild ale… enjoyed it quite a bit.

 390 characters

Photo of denver10
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head. Aroma is funky with some barnyard and a good dose of pineapple, some bread, floral and fruity of the citric and slight tropical nature. Quality aroma but have tried enough hoppy wild ales at this point that this one doesn't stand out amongst the group. Does stand up to the field though. Flavor is funky, lots of citrus that starts out juicy and closes out sweet (orange and clementine), a little pine, floral and dry woodiness in the finish. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, thinking these hoppy wild ales could be considered their own sub-category and glad for their presence. Even happier that so many Colorado breweries are leading the way with the style and doing such a great job with it. Great beer from CS here, gonna have to do a side by side with their Hop Savant to choose which hoppy wild ale I prefer from them.

 873 characters

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange color.

Tons of tropical fruits. Mango and grapefruit with peaches and oranges. Nice funk,
Nothing overdone with the Brett.

Light bodied. Nice sourness.

Well done. Very enjoyable!

 202 characters

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Bright light yellow body under a minimal white head.

Awesome aroma of tropical smoothie. Light and fruity funk overlaid on pineapple juice and strawberry smoothie (maybe someone threw a piece of banana in there too). A little swirl brings up a touch harsher brett phenol character, reminding me that this is a serious beer and not just a beach party.

Sharp acidity strikes first and cleans the palate clock promptly. Close behind comes more of the oddly fuzzy and juicy pineapple and lightly funky fruit punch twang. Not quite as dry and the sourness makes it seem, and there is slightly more bitterness than usual for a wild ale (not a bad thing).

The feel is lively, springy, and light. Fizzy and refreshing.

Conclusion: Huge success in my wild ale loving book. The best I have had from CS so far, but I have not had many of their beers to date. The hops are a wonderful addition to the interesting brett complexity.

 964 characters

Photo of ajmitch4
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to pass by any new Crooked Stave offering anymore. Poured into a tulip. Bright peachy color that is cloudy and inviting. Plush white head disappears after the pour.

Get the bready, farmy funk in the smell with a hint of tartness mixed with the dry hops.

I take the first taste, a second, and a minute later I'm halfway through the beer. Wow. Incredibly dynamic, it's changing within each sip and even from sip to sip. The Brett character stands out, giving that nice funkyness and adding a crisp sour edge. The sour apple/tangerine/peach fruit balance out the Brett funk - each sip seems to have a different fruit taste. Fantastic.

Very light bodied and perfectly carbonated.

I only bought one on the trip to the store, but I'll be going back to get at least two more. I don't mind paying a bit more for these. I drink them quick, but at 6.7% abv I tend to doubt if there's any alcohol in this at all. CS continues to impress.

 941 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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

 429 characters

Photo of angrybabboon
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 3/25/14

Appearance: Hazy gold with some light orange, tangerine tones - some nice clarity around the edges - pours with a medium-sized, off-white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Potent, pungent Brett - truly a ridiculous amount of Brett funk - some barnyard aromas, with a touch of lemon - some nice citrus from the dry-hopping - floral citrus - some straight-up sour, with acidic and lactic notes - remarkably aromatic - I haven't been this dumbfounded by an aroma in quite some time

Taste: Hoppy and sour with a ton of Brett - moderately sour, with some tartness - lemon, green apple, and some white grapes - some nice hops, with citrus that interacts in some strange ways with the funk - plenty of Brett - finishes with some grass, some acidity, and some bright tartness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, tart but not puckering, nice carbonation

Overall: We are the wild Brett

This beer is fairly ridiculous on a couple of levels. It's extremely aromatic with some really interesting flavors. There are a number of components of this beer, and they work together oddly well. This is a gem worth seeking out.

 1,183 characters

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A zesty, lemony Brett nose with a hint of hops. And the taste.... ahhh, this beer wonderfully blends the trademark Crooked Stave wild ale flavor with hops. I love it when this brewery takes this approach (..then again, I love most anything they do!) A nice dry finish, for a very drinkable beer. I think this beer can attract sour fans and hop-heads, and hopefully expand the horizons for both.

 394 characters

Photo of peensteen
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%

Hazed orange colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is musty, lots of brett and tropical fruit, nice hoppy presence as well, a nice mix of juicy and musty. Taste is a nice mix of tart and subtle sour flavours, a bit of lemon acidity and tropical fruits, funky and lightly bitter. Medium carbonation, dry medium body. Solid stuff, incredibly drinkable, something that would be easy to drink in large quantities, first beer from Crooked Stave did not disappoint.

 465 characters

Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (labeled...Batch 60, no date) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of dense, white head. The retention is less than a minute and there is only a hint of fine lacing on the glass. The beer is quite hazy and is a bright, apricot-like color. Very little carbonation is visible.

S-The aroma is tart mixture of juicy orange citrus, pineapple, peach, and white grape. The brett comes through more as a floral, fruity mixture than as truly funky (floral notes aided by the dry-hopping, no doubt). Tartness is high and the brew has a sort of must aroma. Pretty nice.

T-The taste tracks the smell, but provides a bit more complexity and more fruit flavors. I taste juicy tangerine/orange, peach, musty white grape, and pineapple. Once again, the brett is subdued and floral instead of outright funky or barnyardy. The lemony acidity is pretty high...this is a sour beer.

M-The feel is medium body with a fine, slightly creamy carbonation. The acidic tartness lingers on the palate.

O-I really enjoyed the first half of this bottle and was thinking it might be one of my favorite CS beers, but my love affair faded a bit by the last drop. Nevertheless, this is a very good and complex sour beer. I would take this all day over the Hop Savant varietals or regular L'Brett D'Or. I think this beer is more complex and I like the fruit profile better here than with those two brews. A very solid beer.

 1,447 characters

Photo of Mongrel
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale, hazy, almost milky orange-gold, with soft loose foam that produces some decent lace.

S - Immediately upon cracking the bottle you're hit with a blast of tangy, piney funk. This is when you know you're in for a treat.

T - First sip of this blew my mind. I was stoked for this beer but had no idea it would be so tart. And juicy. And flat-out sour. I hadn't really heard of this beer being billed as a sour, so it was a nice surprise. Think fresh-squeezed lemonade with bits of grapefruit pulp suspended in it for good measure. Very citrusy with a little tinge of earthiness and pine around the edges. A little barnyard funk brings up the rear, just as the sourness dissipates with each sip. There are some vinous notes too. Really nice complex stuff that comes up just short of being too sour. This is a brilliant, highly expressive use of Brett.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but is rounded out by prickly tartness and some soft wooliness.

Overall, just an awesome, awesome super funky beer. Great for a summer pick-me-up.

 1,049 characters

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from tap at the brewery the day after its draft release. Pours a cloudy golden orange with thick fluffy white head. I love a cloudy brew.
aromas of tart citrus and apple with lots of brett character. Taste of citrus fruit..pineapple orange apple...so nice.
its pretty tart and nicely dry.
At $10 pour it was pricey but glad to try it since I won't be around for the bottle release next week at the same price.
as always.. a fantastic brew from crooked stave.

 479 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
WWB Batch 60 from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
4.31 out of 5 based on 323 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.