Boothbay Craft Brewery / Watershed Tavern

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4.33 | pDev: 4.62%
Boothbay Craft Brewery / Watershed Tavern
Maine, United States
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4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can - dated 08/09/19 - poured into a tulip at 45F.

Pours a slightly hazy - though surprisingly translucent brassy golden colour, topped with three fingers of plumey off-white head, with excellent retention, and leaving substantial lacing behind. Visible streams of effervescence.

Nose: Delightfully similar to its little sibling - Thirsty Botanist. For those who haven't had the privileged of drinking Thirsty Botanist, Cryptos burst with unbelievably fruity and juicy aromas of passionfruit, African pineapple, lychee, kiwi, guava, lime, strawberry syrup, gooseberry, white grape, fresh green leaves, and like TB, the faintest whisper of fresh chive stalk. The character oa the aroma is very unique. Unlike your average New England IPA, the hop aromas don't smell fermented, as if they were added as late as possible. It doesn't have that thick, late-hopped aroma. It quite literally smells like a sweet tropical fruit juice cocktail. Very exotic, and the definition of "juicy".

Palate: The senses are greeted with a citrus-like zing that wakes up the tastebuds. A firm but clean sweetness accentuates the ultra-juicy hop flavours. Very much like the nose, there are flavours of pineapple, lychee, passionfruit, horned melon, guava, and lime. There are also some seriously evident Mosaic notes of earthy berries, tea leaves, lemin zest, cilantro, and that faint dank chive note. The malt is simple, clean, and evokes a very honey-like malty sweetness. The finish is grassy, green, and quite pithy, though without any particular citrus flavours.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-bodied, with just a subtle element of fullness, due to the malty sweetness, as well as the 8.5% ABV. Effervescence is lively, especially for the ABV, and really gives a nice bubbly texture. The beer isn't soft or fluffy, as it's not really a New England (style) IPA. As a result, despite its larger size, the beer is quite drinkable, and borderline crisp. It's juicy, sweet, bubbly, and fluid.

Overall: This beer is a wonderful example of a proper double version of a preexisting beer from the brewery's lineup. It shares many of the same unique, signature characteristics of Thirsty Botanist, just turned up a bit. Thirsty Botanist is a wonderful beer in its own right, and this is a very classy and elegant big sibling, that bears striking resemblance. This beer is rotational, though seldom released, and done in rather small batches - so if you have the opportunity to try this, even at a premium, I highly suggest pulling the trigger - if not on a 4pk, then at least a single. An exquisite and unique Maine offering.

Sep 28, 2019
Cryptos from Boothbay Craft Brewery / Watershed Tavern
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 6 ratings