Do You Even Zest?!
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,082
Ranked #13,163
3.97 | pDev: 6.05%
Jul 16, 2021
Apr 01, 2017
Very Good
Notes: Citrus Double India Pale Ale
Elevated from our experimental hazy IPA series, Do You Even Zest?! is a limited release loaded with an immense amount of hops and freshly zested citrus. This Citrus Double IPA was born out of our playful nature as brewers looking to challenge the status quo. Our team meticulously zests fresh citrus for each and every batch, which begs the question, do you even zest?
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4.25 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 16, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KTCamm from New Jersey

7/1/19...cloudy opaque mustard yellow. Lemon citrus nose. Oranges too. Citrus forward flavor and subtle light bitter. Loads of rind mixes it up. Juicy! Another win.

Dec 28, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by citrus. Taste is strong of oranges, light vanilla, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Jun 07, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BeerBaronBear from New York

This is still the only beer I've tried from Crooked Stave, but it was a winner! Tons of fruity citrus notes in the can pop smell, and in the taste as well. Nice balance, a bit on the sweeter end of the spectrum with less of a hop bite. Very drinkable and smooth, although not a super-engaging mouthfeel.

Mar 26, 2020
4.24 by kinmundy77 from Illinois on Jan 19, 2020
3.95 by valianes from Canada (ON) on Nov 09, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus and toasted caramel. Zesty citrus taste with a sharp piney bitterness and toasted caramel finish.

Sep 24, 2019
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3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I'm trying this at the Water Tower Taproom in Montgomery, Alabama and it's disappointing. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had faint ripe fruit flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dank fruit notes. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a poor DIPA.

Jul 30, 2019
3.68 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Jul 19, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Happy 4th of July, 2019 aka Independence Day for these United States! Since I spent a couple/few days celebrating CANada Day on 01 July, it only seems right & fitting to spent this four-day weekend drinking, reviewing & rating AmeriCAN-owned & made beers. Here goes! Cheers!

From the CAN: "Juicy*Tropical*Citrus*Hazy"; "Elevated from our experimental hazy IPA series, Do You Even Zest!? is a limited release loaded with an immense amount of hops and freshly zested citrus. This Cirtus Double IPA was born out of our playful nature as brewers looking to challenge the status quo. Our team meticulously zests fresh citrus for each and every batch, which begs the question, do you even zest?"; "cultured in yeast [undersigned] Chad Yakobson Brewmaster"; "Pack In. Enjoy! Pack Out."

Nothing to report on the Crack! this time, other than everything was Green & Go! I went with a slow, steady C-Line Glug until it became obvious that clarity was not a CANcern. I then throttled up, allowing it to form just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was a deeply-cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was really citrusy & zesty & I was reminded of the first time that I was taught to make zest.

The CAN depicts the method of unwinding the peel from its fruit using a knife, as is a common thing at bars, where the "tape" is used as a garnish. I was taking HomeEc & we were using a grater to make zest to be baked into bread! If you think that zest smells good, you should smell it in baked bread! Yum.

The nose had a lemony-oranginess that was highly reminiscent of the bread prep. Mouthfeel was medium, but the softness that I had noted in their earlier beers now translated to a definite creaminess! It was like a liquefied Dreamsicle! Orange & vanilla with a little grapefruit to keep things from being too sweet. Think fruit smoothie meets Dreamsicle. Yum. Finish was dry, but more citrusy-bitter than hoppy bitter. It is marked as a "Limited Release" probably because of the time & effort that goes into creating the zest, but I REALLY hope that they bring this one back full-time!

Jul 04, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drtth from Pennsylvania

The hazy pale golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4” white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a cap and then a fairly large thin irregular shaped island of foam while leaving a web of large patches of lacing. Sipping creates slender arches and a moderate amount of leggy lacing at first but that eventually changes to lots of medium and small patches of lacing..

The aromas are full of lots of citric zest and a bit of tropical fruit with some malt way in the background. There’s orange zest, lemon zest, a touch of mango and even a bit of grapefruit flavor.

The flavors are similar to what is expected from the nose in that there’s a lot of orange and lemon citric zest with orange and lemon. There’s also a hint of mango, grapefruit and malt but the orange zest bitterness is very forward and reasonably intense so that any sweetness serves only to take the rough edges off the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the light persistent carbonation. The finish is fairly long and the tropical fruit flavor and any malt sweetness disappear fairly soon while on leaving the citric zest bitterness and an almost totally concealed bit of hop bitterness to slowly fade in a long, nicely bitter dry ending.

This beer, as implied by the name is mostly about the citric zest. The aromas/flavors are dominated by the citric zest (e.g., orange and lemon) that almost conceal a touch or mango, grapefruit and toasted malt. As a once in a while beer this is enjoyable and fairly drinkable. However I’d probably not want more than one occasionally. Overall this is a beer worth trying if you are fan of citric zest bitterness.

Jun 30, 2019
4 by crewfan1952 from Ohio on Jun 27, 2019
3.3 by dstc from Florida on Jun 26, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Never had a beer from these guys and I wasn't as all disappointed. Very smooth citrus hops and zest tones perfectly crafted around a very light grainy biscuit like malt. Even though its a double IPA it drinks so smooth light and fruity. Would love to have this again!

Jun 16, 2019
4.03 by Donkster46 from Washington on Jun 13, 2019
4.08 by ccozzi from Colorado on Jun 10, 2019
3.75 by mothman from Minnesota on Jun 10, 2019
4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jun 09, 2019
3.73 by BlueShepard19 from Kentucky on Jun 06, 2019
4 by dsshuck from Delaware on May 23, 2019
3.78 by meatyard from Florida on May 16, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

Canned March 12th 2019.

Pours cloudy colour of lemonade, oodles of foam and good lacing.

I get loads of citrus fruits, orange zest, lemon peel, mango, low degree of dankness and bitterness. Juicy overall.

Orange zest, citrus buttload, low dankness, earthy and toasted malt, juicy as heck flavours. Abv a non factor as it's not that high for the style.

Slick resinous mouthfeel.


Apr 29, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Tilley4 from Tennessee

Really citrusy.... definitely getting the Citrus zest in this. Lots of Orange and tangerine..... super refreshing and crisp.... I would Crush these all summer at the pool if the price point were better.... this bunch is usually known more for their sours but this is a good effort...

Apr 25, 2019
3.65 by swid from Missouri on Apr 10, 2019
4.3 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Apr 03, 2019
4.05 by cbf94 from Virginia on Apr 01, 2019
3.99 by robotic_being from Florida on Mar 21, 2019
4 by VaporDome from New York on Mar 17, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sewercap from New York

This was very good! Doesn’t really stand out from the crowd, but better than a lot of others. Tasty and went down easily.

Mar 03, 2019
3.96 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on Dec 26, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by baldy00 from Connecticut

from a can into a pint glass, hazy, yellow to orange in color, tropical fruit/melon

Dec 20, 2018
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Dec 10, 2018
4 by jbarletto from Massachusetts on Nov 09, 2018
4 by sgttibbs from Minnesota on Oct 30, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by FLima from Brazil

Whiteish orange color with a thick thin head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of oranges, mango, peaches and biscuit bread.
Flavor with notes of lots of orange peel, resin and peaches, oat, pine, grapefruit and a bunch of spices. Dry, acid and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is very well disguised.
Spices may have slightly won the battle over zest. Still, this is quite citric.

Oct 16, 2018
4 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Oct 15, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 10, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- Standard can into a tulip glass with a very, very chalky and cloudy pale yellow-orange body. The head forms quickly to about two fingers high with a luscious and thick creamy consistency. Great head retention and rings of lacing at each sip stop.

S- Considering the name of the beer it is not hard to guess what this would be like: a ton of zest indeed. Orange zest blasts off the top and combines with the other fruity hops and some sweet hints to actually suggest a creamsicle a bit. Citrus zest dominance with orange and grapefruit oils all the way. Yeasty bready hints.

T- Changes quite a lot from the aroma and this is not surprising as the bitter oils from the zest really come into play and zest gets even more dominant than in the smell. Grapefruit and orange zest saturate the palate and the flavor is similar to when you peel a clementine with your teeth/bite into it. It appears that Crooked Stave, does indeed, zest. Ruby red grapefruit juice and intense bitterness.

MF- Creamy and puffy consistency to the light-medium bodied ale. The bubbles are at a fairly high level and it ends with a very sharp citrus and hop bitterness.

Hops stand no chance against the level of zest that Crooked Stave have put into this brew. Intese citrus bitterness and flavor pierces the palate and dominates the flavor profile.

Oct 09, 2018
3.75 by peabody from Kentucky on Sep 14, 2018
4 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Sep 11, 2018
Do You Even Zest?! from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 70 ratings