Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #383
Ranked #4,198
4.16 | pDev: 5.53%
May 27, 2023
Feb 11, 2015
Notes: Dry hopped golden sour ale.
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Rated: 4.31 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

May 27, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a very hazy golden yellow color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing. 2015 bottle.

Even at five years old, this has a pretty pronounced hop character holding on, with fresh citrus and some spicy grassiness. There's some breadiness, lemon, and oak.

I'm really surprised at how well this one held up. The hop character is still intact, with a bold citrusy character, along with some spicy character. There's some pear, stone fruit, and oak, with white wine and grassiness.

This is light bodied, clean, and very smooth, with a soft and non-threatening acidity.

I haven't had much Crooked Stave lately, and clearly I need to change that. This was excellent.
Sep 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
This is my first crooked stave beer and I will definitely seek out more.

Body is a uniformly hazy golden yellow hue and pours with a 2 finger head that lasts and lasts.

Nose is very soft with components of sour lemon, funk, European hops, freshly baked bread.

Flavor is similar. Soft and classy with a good dose of lemon sour, funk, a hint of vinegar, maybe a hint of Belgian candy sugar, bready malt backbone with a euro hop overtone. The finish has a slight bitterness to it after the initial sour wears off.

M- a little fizzy which otherwise detracts from a perfectly smooth bready light to medium weight soft body.

O- "dry hopped golden sour ale" add the word farmhouse in there and you got it. Part sour, part Belgian golden, part Belgian IPA, part saison. This is complex yet so balanced. Great beer overall and I am looking forward to trying more from this brewery.
May 16, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Oct 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
-initial bottle pour is clear and golden, but the final yeast dunk produces a deep yellow-orange cloud. There is a 1/2 cm foam cap that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of hay, light lemon and Brett-like funk. The flavor includes grapefruit and tangerine. The wild yeast character dominates appropriately. This brew lacks the breadth of flavors of othe Crooked Stave offering. Perhaps that is because the Progenitor is the starting base for some other brews.
Aug 18, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
375ml bottle. Label is marked for bottling date as 'MAY 2015'.
Murky, gold colored (similar to apricot juice) body. Two finger white head quickly retreats to foamy, bubbly cap. Lots of residue left in the bottom of the bottle. Leaves no lacing.
Aroma of sour fruit and rubbery funk.
Taste is sour fruit (grapefruit and pineapple) and horse blanket funk (grassy, woody, and sweaty). Also has a lot of malts.
Mouth feel is medium plus, has a fuller texture. Very good carbonation.
Delicious sour fruity ale that expresses the funk. If hops are present, they are represented by the slight spiciness within. Not complex but well balanced.
Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - Hazy orange with a grayish cast, moderate white head, lots of stringy lined lacing.

S - Modeate grape and wood notes, wet limestone, and a bit of grass and blanket.

T - Pungent pear and apple, moderate middle of malt with lemony highlights, a subtly tart finish.

M - Brisk but just a bit sticky in the finish.

O - Delicious and quite satisfying.
Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by yungBeerBrat from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
FUNKY AND BARNYARDY I was not a fan of this beer. I rate it based on a farmhouse ale in which case i think it was a very good example from the flavors I have come to know from farmhouse ales. I had a 2013 sofie two weeks ago that tasted exactly like this but MUCH stronger and over carbed.

I had a bottle from 2016 february ( 2.5 years old) in a tulip glass.

Appearance - Normal golden color with white head, more carbed than expected but head did not last leaving just a small amount of white while sipping.
Aroma - Smelled sour and herbal, no notes of hops which was disapointing but i had a 2 year old bottle so completely expected. I cant describe the aroma well but it is distinct, my friends said it smelled like citrus cider, i think astringent citrus would be a decent description.
Taste - Like a farmhouse ale, very much like the 6 year old sofie by goose island i had and apex predator by off color. I think the flavors were better balanced though very barnyard it was very drinkable and enjoyable. The taste i say is barnyard i would have previously said maybe a black licorice sort of herbal.
Overall - Good, would not buy again especially for $8. If you love farmhous ales then youll love this if its old.
Sep 06, 2018
Rated: 4.65 by PJHOY from Ohio

Jun 10, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by BalancingBrooms from California

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by bwarren82 from Illinois

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy golden color with huge fluffy white head. Aroma has nice rustic notes la fresh herbs, meadow flower, wood, barnyard and unripe orchard fruits. Taste starts tart and follows with mostly the same barnyard flavors, a bit more hay and soft woody bitterness, still quite fruity, not too dry. Medium body with medium plus carbonation. Not too complex but it's nicely balanced and easy drinking.
Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Jan 04, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Nov 03, 2017
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12.7 oz. Bottle

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy dark golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation (almost a gusher), with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, tart, with some pretty nice citrus complex (lemon, peach, grapefruit, pineapple), funky. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, funky, tart, with a pretty nice citrus complex (lemon, peach, grapefruit, pineapple). Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, this one surprised me, pretty tasty brew.
Oct 19, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by DamienArk from Iowa

Oct 07, 2017
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours an opaque deep gold/pale amber producing a semi-aggressive, somewhat lasting, shaving cream foam, white head which recedes to a small, clumpy island cap & thin collar ring leaving thin streaks & motes of lace. Aroma is lactic, bread, cobbler dough, green apple, pineapple & lemon wrapped around a Brett-like "Band-Aid"/surgical tape note. So acidic it lightly stings the nostrils. Taste is sour, citric, green apple acetaldehyde prominent, pale malt & hint of thin pineapple with a reserved version of the Brett character found in the nose. As with several other brews of the wild ale style I have tried there is a Gose-like brine developing in the finish & riding over into the aftertaste. I have no idea if salt is an ingredient in this brew or not but the brine is there. The Brett phenolic note, prominent in the nose & found to a lesser degree in the finish & aftertaste I find very pleasant. Throughout the first half of the sip there is a loose balance of sweet & sour with sour rapidly becoming dominant in the lightly acidic, drying finish. The aftertaste is short-lived. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, juciy, prickly & lightly drawing. Nice but not quite as unique or complex as I expected.
Sep 10, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Nat1975 from Indiana

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by durlta from Iowa

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by BillRoth from Maryland

Jun 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Treated as a wild/sour ale, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy orange color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated practically immediately. Messy lacing roamed around the sides of the glass. The aroma starts off with sweet to sour white grapes (nice level of vinous); sweet grass; bitter lemon rind; sticky sweet floral and then sour-ness. Tame funk. The flavor is pretty much the same thing with a crisp sour to sweet citrus/(lemon) aftertaste and sticky finish. Added light dry woodiness in the flavor as well. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable to sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels right for the style allowing enough palatable harshness coming from the sourness to hit appropriate on my tongue (crisp/movable). Overall, well done wild/sour ale that I would come back to.
Jun 22, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jun 18, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by sweemzander from Illinois

Jun 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy orange gold with such an impressive billowy head of foam. Long lasting too. Dry hopping permeates my nose. Funky aromas follow, minor amounts of tartness. The taste seems to be more complex to me. Besides what I noted, I get fruity tartness and vinegar like sourness with really deep in the background cracker malt with hints of white pepper. A surprisingly thick mouthfeel for a beer with this relatively low abv. Outstanding!
Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

May 28, 2017
Rated: 3.42 by dustin22martin from Missouri

May 04, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Apr 28, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Apr 19, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Apr 15, 2017
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
375 ml bottle, bottled February 2016. Served in a MadTree Teku, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrus, tropical fruit, bready malt and some grassiness. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some lemon peel, white grape and earthy flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this sour ale, definitely worth picking up if you've never had it before!
Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey

Apr 10, 2017
Progenitor from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 370 ratings