IPA | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
American IPA

Built to showcase hop aroma and flavor, this juicy unfiltered American IPA is all about the hops. Dominated by citrus and tropical flavors from Amarillo, Azacca, Mosaic, and Motueka hops, this IPA remains smooth and easy drinking making it a great beer for everyday.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, we gotta tell it like it is: indulging in some Monkish, and then going to this beer is like having a weekend romp with a Victoria’s Secret model, and then moving on to one from Tily’s. Don’t get Raul wrong, ain’t nothin’ wrong with Tily’s. Them dames float my boat just fine. But what I’m sayin’ is, is that I’m just sayin’, ya feel me? And what we have here is basically an IPA light. A bit hazy, a bit pithy, and a bit hoppy. Damn thing doesn’t taste bad, but she also doesn’t taste amazing.

Cheers to that.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Can
Canned: Feb-5-2019 (Consumed Mar-16-2019)

Pours a milky yellow with a luscious creamy white meringue head that holds solid and leaves sheets of lacing. The aroma has lemon zest, over ripe mango and a light herbal bite. Crisp green bite to the flavor, dry. Fruity aromatics but not "juicy" per se. Some tropical fruit sweetness and clean light malt character. Mouthfeel is crisp and a little soft with moderate carbonation and a dry aromatic finish. This is a nice beer. Not exactly what they say on the can but still very nice. Crisp, drinkable IPA with a touch of the NEIPA fruitiness without going full-on juice bomb with it. Very enjoyable.


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Photo of malrubius
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can. Hazy but not murky gross pale yellow with nice dense head and lace. Grapefruit grassy pineapple lemon aroma. Medium light tropical fruit sweetness with medium grapefruit bitterness in very dry finish. This is what NE IPAs should taste like even though it's not from NE. TOTALLY FUCKIN EXCELLENT.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Hazy amber-gold appearance, opaque almost, not bright. Perhaps even yellowish-green. One finger thick eggshell colored head, good lacing and retention.

Pine, grapefruit, lime and lemon zest, mango, and orange and tangerine are upfront on the aroma. Very tropical, very floral. Other notes of pineapple, peach, bread malt, papaya, and other citrus.

Bread malt is more prominent than in the smell. Pine resin and spicy hops dominate the palette, with citrus accompanying the taste. Other notes mentioned in aroma are in the background. Feels somewhat smooth.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Opaque and bright pale yellow in appearance, capped with a frothy eggshell white head with great retention; and leaves sheets and curtains of lacing.
At nearly three months old, this smells a bit old; hopefully the taste will have held up. Smells like iced green tea with honey and ginseng, lemonade powder, and sweet ripe white peach. Actually, it still smells pleasant even despite smelling old.
The palate is initially dominated by ripe white peach, pineapple, and orange zest; leading into a delightfully soft and creamy malt backbone of pure fluffy white bread and dough; then comes the green tea, honey, and lemonade powder mix as the aroma indicated, leading up to an abrupt and clean finish with no bitterness, just a lingering green tea leaf flavor. I can tell this is old, but it still tastes good.
The mouthfeel is stupendous for 6%! Most NEIPAs 7-9% don't have a mouthfeel this good! Creamy, thick, and chewy; lightly carbonated. Milkshake or smoothie-like!
I need to try this fresh. I'm still going to keep this rating and review as is for now, because even despite its age this still tastes and feels great. I will update my review if I try this fresher. Great IPA!

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 12/27/18 into pint glass. Pours a hazy amber-gold with a nice off white head. Intial impression is grapefriut, lemon, mango. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for my taste. Finish is crisp and slightly bitter. Very enjoyable but not a standout.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The heavily hazed golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 2 1/2” foamy ivory head that that recedes slowly to leave a web of patches, streaks and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. While foam eventually becomes a thin irregular island of foam combined with a ring around the glass there is lots of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered small patches of foam on the side of the glass for most of the beer.

The aromas include a complex mixture of grapefruit, other citrus and zest, some tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, papaya) and some resin that seems almost floral in character. Way in the background there’s also some bready malt.

The flavors are similar to what is expected from the nose but are even more complex with lots of different citrus that seems to include grapefruit, citrus zest, some orange and tangerine. There are also some tropical fruits in here (mango, pineapple, papaya, etc.). The bready malt contributes some sweetness that does not cloy and plays well with a soft almost floral bitterness in the background. No single flavor dominates and all are nicely intertwingled.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly with the moderate gentle carbonation. The finish begins as the soft smooth fruit flavors begin to fade away to leave behind a dry and slightly zesty, softly bitter resinous ending that slowly recedes and that invites another sip,

Easy drinkable, enjoyable and worth revisiting. Definitely seems a high quality example of the NEIPA. Lots of balance between the citric and tropical with some resinous notes. While I don’t think I’d more than one a night, I’d be happy to have this one again.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely color and nose...almost a hint of grapefruit or similar citrus in the mouth-feel ... Super smooth and refreshing...one of the best new brews I've had in quite a while (and that's saying a lot LOL).... Big props

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Photo of Myros
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can to pint glass, pours a cloudy, beautiful lemon curd color. I find the rich greenish yellow color super inviting.

The nose is nice but nothing out of the ordinary for the style with tropical citrus, beach sand, and a hint of pine.

Taste wise I think it is fantastic with an excellent, well balanced hop combo that seems Amarillo dominant to me. Tropical citrus, pineapple, orange zest, hop spiciness... Medium bitterness with a long pine resin finish that I find enjoyable to balance out all the fruit.

Soft, full mouthfeel that is juicy with a bitter bite.

Overall, this beer lives up to it’s stated intent: a juicy ipa that is all about the hops. Chad built an excellent stage for these hops to show off their stuff. I could drink this all day. Probably shouldn’t though.

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Photo of stevepat
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pour is like pulpy orange juice, lightly off yellow/orange, kinda dingy and very very opaque. Head is thick fluffy and white, very persistent with a wide variety of bubble sizes. I know this is some peoples cup of tea but to me this color of hazy is a little too close to dish water, I would drink out of the can in the future.
smell is tangerine, pineapple, and something faint like pine forest air. quite nice and fairly unique in a field that tends toward monotony in the scent department.
taste is sort of like watered down orange juice. some little bit of the pineapple and the tail end tends hard toward the resinous piney. This resinous bitterness tends to accrue a bit as I'm working through this beer in a sub pleasant manner.
mouthfeel is pretty solid for a regular ipa but a little lacking in body for what i've come to expect from the hazies.
Overall I'm a bit disappointed, I was really looking forward to my first ipa from crooked stave because I've liked their wild ferments and had heard rave reviews, I also really like the hops listed on the label (azacca, mosaic, motueka) but I just don't think this one does them justice. I'll try again but this isn't a keeper for me. For the record this beer was canned about 6 weeks ago

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was stoked this showed up at my favorite shop in Nevada (Craft). Ty hooks it up. Anyways, this pours an unfiltered and therefore hazy yellow with 1/2" white head right out of the can. Aroma was plenty hoppy, with a little bit of everything (meaning citrus/tree/tropical basically). You've got the American proprietary dry hopping standard of Amarillo, but then it gets all down under exotic with Azacca/Motueka/Mosaic also seeming used as late edition hops as well. Interesting, cool stuff.

Taste also followed the nose, relatively low bitterness and alcohol punch, mouth feel so silky and easy going that you can crush 12oz of this in like 12 seconds unintentionally. Really runs the gauntlet of practically every hop flavor possible (although I guess the traditional C hop pine/grapefruit thing is somewhat miniscule, but its all good at the same time).

Holy crap look at the dumb ass who thought this was a wild/funky beer just because its from Crooked Stave. Good thing about actually tasting the beer you review or rate, you won't be in the dark. This is a solid, clean ipa that is very affordable at $10/6 pack. Love it.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a good-sized, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled very fruity, citrusy and floral. Sweet citrus, grapefruit and toasted caramel taste.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a shaker.

Hazed-out, cloudy pale blonde. Loose white head.

Guava, mango, grapefruit, dank, pine, and caramel.

Guava and mango nectar. Sweetened grapefruit juice and tangerine zest. Light bread and caramel backbone. Pine resin and dank.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, juicy, off-dry, and lightly bitter.

This is excellent!

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty solid but I don't think the slightly wild/funky IPA type style works for me. This reminded me of some Stillwater IPAs like The Cloud or Fast Fashion. I didn;t love it. nb

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Photo of arizcards
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the TW Camelback on 6-14-18 for $2.29. Canned on 4-23-18; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is nice, citrus forward with some hints of the tropics.

Taste follows the nose with orange and grapefruit with some mango. Catching a floral note which is odd before the light rind finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a nice NEIPA hat i would have again if offered but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazed as all hell straw color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Much citrus, breadyness

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, a little bready dryness up front. Bready dryness, plenty of pomelo & a little apricot & mango as this warms. Finishes dry, with a little bit of orange, just a kiss of mango & passion fruit

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice balance, a touch of grittyness

So easy to drink, willl revisit this given the chance this one was 3 months old. still held up great!

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Photo of TomEfiller
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow what a great IPA. If you like the West Coast style brews this one is a Top 5. Hazy light lemon shade with a nice silky head. Smells fantastic! Great aroma of grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango. Smooth tasting with little to no bite. Not quite a Sculpin, but the closest thing to it that I have had to date.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on August 6, 2018. Brewed with Amarillo, Azacca, Mosaic and Motueka hops. Aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Medium in body with a smooth finish.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow pour with a pilowy white 2 finger head that lasts. Fresh cut grass, yeast, orange peel and grapefruit on the nose. Palate mimics the nose. Very fresh and clean. Sweetness is subtle and the bitterness is there but tamed as well. Flavorful and quenching. Quite smooth and easy drinking. At 6%, you can definitely have a few and still be able to correctly pronounce your name. My first beer from Crooked Stave and this will not be my last. $10.99 for a six pack makes this a revisit. Recommended.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yet not New England style. Very hoppy nose and flavor. The flavor is better than most unfiltered IPAs, yet the aftertaste isn’t as overbearing as expected .

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Photo of PACNWipaFan
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pretty beer, if you like the haze style. More bitter back bite than some haze brews, which is a plus for me. Smooth, as the "haze style" should be, and with excellent head retention and glass lacing. ABV is only 6%, so drinking a couple won't set you on your ass. Overall, a solid brew.

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid light orange, two fingers of fluffy white foam settle to a half inch, thick lace trailing partway down the glass. Smell: orange creamsicle, lemon candy, lime zest, grass. Taste: dilute tangerine juice, pineapple juice, lime and grapefruit segments, with a mildly biscuity and grassy finish. Medium bodied, creamy and a bit sugary. Pretty tasty, comes off much like a "lite" version of their Trellis Buster.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 5/2/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- a very cloudy, deep gold with only a few noticeable bubble streams coming up the side of the glass. Head is a thin, fluffy white that leaves nice lacing!
Smell- guava, pineapple and juicy fruit gum!
Taste- tropical fruit forward ipa flavor profile with a touch of orange!
Feel - delivers a bitter hop punch, but ultimately overstays it’s welcome with an odd lingering green tea, almost soapy aftertaste.
Overall- a bit on the fence on this one; I dig the strong tropical fruit backbone, but feel I need to nitpick the odd finish. There’s a gnarly uniqueness to this, so that’s a plus.

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Photo of ZAP
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L-Cloudy grapefruit juice looking with a creamy white head

S-Terrific fruity aroma. Blueberries, pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit, mandarin oranges. Veritable fruit cocktail.

T-Fruity here as well with the blueberry, pineapple and sweet pink grapefruit notes leading the way.

F-Medium bodied. Creamy texture. All juicy hop flavor. Not much for a bitterness. So easy drinking it's scary.

O-Not sure if this is supposed to be a hazy, NE style IPA but that is what it is and an excellent one at that.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My bro in law was kind enough to gift this to me....it poured a unfiltered murky yellow with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had great citrus tones. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with juicy citrus presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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