Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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IPA - American
Ranked #645
Ranked #6,124
4.06 | pDev: 8.13%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Notes: 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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VashonGuy from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crooked Stave IPA is golden, with a good white head. The smell is very hoppy and aromatic. The taste is similar, with a lot of hoppy flavor, but it's just barely bitter, which isn't what I think of when I have an IPA. I liked it, and would have it again, but I wouldn't hunt for it.

Jul 24, 2020
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leantom from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, generic floral IPA. Here goes:

A: Murky yellow. Pours a small head with only a little bit of lacing. Not appealing, not not entirely offensive.

S: Very lemony. Not much complexity besides lemon and grapefruit, but hints of floral bitterness are apparent.

T: Much better and more complex than the smell. Lots of floral flavors complement the lemon and the grapefruit.

F: Good.

O: Decent IPA. Would have again.

Jul 17, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 3rd beer from Crooked, lovely Rocky mountain water.
a) Looker pouring a custardy, hazed yellow body that slaps and maintains lace and head.
s) The best aspect is the aroma: Perfumed citrus, floral, herbal, pine.
t) Core citrus and tropical fruit, that temper into a floral yet pine and juniper filled herbal finale.
f) Starts juicy, creamy, and dries out in a nice mid-weight see-saw. Contrast nice.
o) Juicy and suitably complex.

Feb 15, 2020
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zonker17 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 month old can, pours a yellow haze, fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Mild pine and pineapple nose. Easy drinking, light tropical fruit flavors, very mild bitterness. Would love to try a fresh one.

Feb 06, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a single can at Julio's in Westborough for $2.50. My first brew from these guys, have not heard of before. Decent brew, nothing special, would try again.

Dec 26, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crooked Stave IPA has a thick, creamy, ivory head, an opaque, gray-yellow appearance, with heavy lacing. The aroma is of fruits, pale malts, and possibly lupulin powder. The flavor is similar, with relatively low bitterness and quite a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Crooked Stave IPA finishes midway sweet/dry.


Oct 15, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - good head and lacing. Good retention
S - hoppy dank pineapple and a little grass. A little yeast on the nose too...
T- doubles down on the weedy pineapple with a bit more citrus.
F- great carbonation..
O- a very good buy and a very good IPA among Colorado options. So why not a higher rating? Lacks a little character or distinctiveness. But a damn good beer!

Sep 25, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sorry to spoil the fun from the beginning but I started having doubts about the validity date of this beer halfway drinking it... because Crooked Stave makes excellent beers and although this wasn’t bad either, the taste somehow started fading away quickly and became thinner than it should have been (or at least this is what I would expect from how the beer tastes and smells like). Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any date on the can so it remains forever a mystery if the beer was off or if it was supposed to taste like this... but knowing CS, I give them the trust until I can taste this beer the next time and bring the ulitimate judgement. Until then, the beer is “just good”.

Sep 23, 2019
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Nass from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a canned on the date on the bottom of the can. The pour is a hazy yellow. The aroma is a faint lemon & faint herbal note. The taste is the same along with some orange zest & slight pine on the finish. Cheers! A-

Jul 28, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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: "Fresh*Juicy*Tropical*Balanced"; "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 every day."; "cultured in yeast [undersigned] Chad Yakobson Brewmaster"; "Pack In. Enjoy! Pack Out."

On the Crack! of the vent, I was met with CANother spray! They must really overfill their CANs at the brewery. This one required a little bit of calming time & I was happy to indulge. My Glug led to a LOT of foaming & the eventual formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention. I was becoming anxious for a sip, but it gave the ChANce to note its deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Yellow-Golden (SRM = 4 - 5) color. Nose was imprecisely tropical & fruity & by that, I mean that I certainly got the now-common tropical fruits, but there was something else in there. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but oh, so soft! This is the seCANd time that I have noted a softness in their beer. It must be their water. Yum! The taste was like a tropical fruit smoothie with some grapefruit thrown in to temper the sweetness. Mmm. Definitely juicy & very nice on this hot, humid day. Finish was semi-dry to dry & very quaffable. Not a bad modern iteration of the style.

Jul 04, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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 onto 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.

May 04, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.


Mar 21, 2019
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malrubius from Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Mar 17, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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.

Mar 12, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.14/5  rDev +2%
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!

Mar 10, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Feb 25, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Dec 23, 2018
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Dec 22, 2018
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Myros from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Dec 15, 2018
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Dec 15, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Dec 11, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Dec 11, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Nov 19, 2018
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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

Nov 14, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Oct 30, 2018
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