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.

Added by tylerstravis on 08-09-2017

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by tylerstravis:
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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly fantastic.

Update: Round 1 was incredible and had a possibility of being a daily drinker. The last batch I had was okay. I hope they dial this in so I can buy more of it.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Aroma: holy shit this smells great! Spicy hops with fresh cut hay/grass, hop spiciness, pine resin and grapefruit zest. Dry smelling (if than can be conveyed through smell). This has to be one of the best aromas of any beer that I’ve rated to date (150+).

Appearance: dry hay-colored and completely hazy, almost grapefruit juice colored or better put, grapefruit juice mixed with a little bit of milk.

Flavor: NEVER have I tried a beer that so well captures fresh hop taste. This is superb. Fresh-off-the-bine hop flavor and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium; spot on for style.

Overall: without a doubt, this is the best standard IPA that I have ever tried. This is only 6.0% abv, which I’m happy about, because I’m going to drink several of these. I haven’t been this impressed with a beer since Lagunitas the Waldos. I love Melvin beers, but this is superior. Wonderful! I’m going back to the liquor store tomorrow to buy more. Crooked Stave makes some excellent beer. It is ironic that their best (IMO) is a standard IPA – outside of their wheelhouse.

EDIT: I have tried this beer several times since the above review. The beer has never repeated its initial quality, and my most recent can was downright not good. That being said, the original beer well deserved the high rating.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.61/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy milky yellow with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is stinky garlic hops with some fruit and pine and sharp alcohol.

The flavor is some sweet malt with a little fruit and bitter garlic hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but watery.

Overall, this was a disappointment. Their Sourless IPA was much better. Looks, but doesn't taste, like they are trying to jump on the NE IPA bandwagon.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RobertJBeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carteravebrew
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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


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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Can a beer be both avant garde and traditional at the same time? This is the question that the Crooked Stave team attempts to answer with their new IPA. Using the juicier, hazier and smoother character of the trendy New England styled IPA, high impressions of hop fruitiness slather a crisp and bitter taste of West Coast varieties.

Simply named, "IPA" the beer's hazy upstart has a near custard aesthetic but crowned with a creamy white blanket of foam. High aromas of tropical fruits mingle with citrus, herb and melon fill the nose before an initial sip of honey, pastry and dough.

The hops simply blossom on the middle palate as its equally high hop flavors splash the tongue with pineapple and passionfruit. Not to be left behind, the citrus complement from hops bring a taste of white grapefruit, radiant orange peel and a nearly lime-like character. Curiously, a late palate of blackcurrant, verbena, green tea and pine resins have a moderately resinous and bitter tone to command the aftertaste decidedly.

Medium bodied, the beer is a tale of two halves: starting creamy, juicy and smooth but trending dry, bitter and crisp for a high rate of both drinkability and succulence. Honeydew and muddled herb come with a complex but effortless finish as the aftertaste is long and lean with the hop bitterness of fruit peels and pine.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a hazy and cloudy golden yellow body, one finger thick white head, good retention, lots of lacing rings. Smell is light grapefruit, a bit of zest, minerals, a bit of lemon tartness and even a touch of leafy resin. Flavour is grapefruit, light floral resin, a bit of zesty citrus, minerality and caramel. It sort of reminds me of matcha or green tea, but in a cold and resinous form. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, light bitter floral resin on the backend. Bottom line, another featureless hazy IPA that ended up tasting a bit like green tea but not much else to separate it from the rest.

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Photo of Electros
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, citrus, hop juice. Low bitterness and soft mouthfeel. Hits all the New England IPA marks that I am looking for. This is a go to IPA at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of benloho
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is an improvement over other iterations of crooked stave hoppy beer, more refined, less of the intense hop pellet bitterness at the end, although there is some. its light in color like a cloudy pilsener, no crystal or caramel malt elements to this at all, which i like in this context, more dry hopped than anything else, the simple earthy dry grain base is just right for this sort of thing, and it still feels creamy and substantial enough. the hop complexion is great, a blend of a number of cool varietals, all balanced well and all contributing, azacca and mosaic obvious in the nose, more integrated in the flavor, but a nice relationship between all of them i reckon. i like that this is sort of new school but is also bitter, its not too intense like some of their older ones were, its enough to have a bite and thats all, not a flaw, rather an appreciated and often neglected or avoided element these days. high carbonation keeps this drinking light, and in the end there is a fresh almost tea character with the hops that makes this pretty distinct. nice to see they have refined the clean ipa so well, this is on trend but better than many.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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