Half Hitch | Crux Fermentation Project

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Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Mosaic IPA

Hops climb up twine that’s just loosely tied to the trellis with a half hitch knot—and this Imperial IPA is just loosely tied to tradition. The Mosaic hop imparts surprisingly floral aromas instead of the more expected grapefruit-y notes. On the palate, complex layers of flavors might remind you of guava, mango, stone fruit and lemon, unraveling your idea of what an Imperial IPA should be.

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Photo of Oliba
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Potent but retains all the right flavour. Slightly sticky on the palette like honey to balance the kick of what appear as muted medley of background hops.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml. Bottle purchased from Trader Joes in Salem OR.
Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a nice sized bubbly white head.
Massive pine and Seville Orange aromas..almost shocking. Earthy caramel malt.
Taste similar to aromas..but remarkably balanced..pithy fruit dominate.
Great mouth feel smooth for the alcohol strength.
A nice mellow smooth DIPA

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Photo of Act25
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nothing run of mill with this IPA. First time from brewer, it's odd, but powerful and a knock out.
a) Pours a golden amber color with big white foam that lasts and laces.
s) Fruity, floral blossom, on the tropical, overripe and wild side, with mango, guava, papaya, passion fruit.
t) Follows the floral character, with some special extra flavor that's hard to pin down. It's hop delirium.
f) Mid and mid.
o) If novelity and originality is your goal with flavor knots to unravel, drink Half Hitch.

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Photo of redresonatedragon
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A solid DIPA, doesn’t really have a strong hop note or particular auroma that sets it apart from others. The overall balance of malts to hops is excellent, and the feel is very nice, highly recommended, but it doesn’t have that “wow” factor that can alienate or garner new fans. I’ve enjoyed this brew for several years now, definitely a must try for PNW IPA drinkers

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Photo of Radome
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 500 ml bottle bought in Seattle.

L - Light golden color; good clarity. Thick, persistent white head is a mix of ultra-fine and large bubbles.

S - Lovely fresh hops aromas of citrus and tropical fruit are layered with lower levels of sweet, biscuity malt. The overall impression definitely leans toward hops, but it smells sweet and malty; a great aroma profile for a DIPA.

T - The flavors follow the aromas, with sweet, lightly biscuity malt being the first to hit the tongue. This is followed by the orange, lemongrass and mango of the hops. The clean yeast did not leave any fermentation character.

F - Medium, silky body seems fuller due to a creamy carbonation. Hops bitterness is strong but not overpowering. Moderate alcohol presence.

O - This is a delicious and well-executed American Double IPA.

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Photo of markjknowles
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big meringue head with an almost cloudy not quite clear body. Pleasant fruity smell. Thin flavor for a DIPA. Kinda thin for an IPA . Really muted flavor, even as it warms. A little syrupy. Light carbonation. Just Ok, to me. Actually, I came back to this because the next day I was still thinking about it. I really did not like this. It tasted like a home brew and not a very accomplished one.

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Photo of gopens44
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has me wondering why I don't drink West Coast IPAs exclusively. Where NEIPAs have gotten away from using Mosaic as an overload to the sensories, this has elements of heat, pepper and scratchy, earthy mango in an undoubtedly bitter creation. Terrific beer!

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Photo of mpyle
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, definitely takes the pale in IPA seriously. Slight haze from the hops, pours a big creamy white head, incredibly lingering for a strong beer.

An absolute fruit bowl of an aroma with a lot of mango, grapefruit, and pineapple, a very sweet smelling fruit aroma. Guessing some malt aroma is contributing to the sweetness.

Big sweet malty character mixed with some strong grapefruit flavor. Also some pleasant alcohol flavors midmouth, and I think the alcohol aids in the drying of the finish. Finish is briefly bitter, but overall is amazingly clean for such a beer.

Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Definite sensation of alcohol, with some warming. No astringency, overall pretty pleasant mouthfeel for such a strong, hoppy beer.

Definitely different than any DIPA type beer I'd had before. A bit boozy, but the hop character is great and is a nice unified beer that isn't overly sweet. Is like a pleasant IPA that has an alcohol character tacked onto it.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. Another great brew from Crux - it’s been around for a while but I never really gave it a fair shot until now. I’m really glad I finally got around to it. It’s fruity. Fruity look, fruity smell, fruity taste, fruity feel and overall fruity. I’m a big fan of Mosaic and this well balanced DIPA brings out all its wonderful characteristics front and center. I’ll definitely be enjoying more of these this summer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy, transparent golden orange with a firm white cap of head. Medium-plus retention, with streaky lacing.

S: Cantaloupe, overripe mango, orange zest, tangerine flesh, biscuit malt, slight booziness.

T: Tangerine, cantaloupe, mango, biscuit malt; sweet candied citrus with very mild alcohol warmth. Finishes surprisingly clean and lightly dry.

F: Medium, well-carbonated, smooth and oily.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high frothy white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of guava and biscuit malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of blueberries and guava from the hops along with notes of biscuit malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This IPA is somewhat maltier compared to other beers in the style but does an excellent job at hiding any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: can

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Photo of WatertowerIV
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- lightly foggy amber with a dense, foamy head that won't quit til you slurp it down

S- so bright that it redeems the Netflix movie simply by association, and so citrusy you'd swear it was a shandy. I've never seen mosaic hops used as well as this

T- Exquisite bitterness with just a hint of tangerine rind on the corners of the mouth. Despite its high abv (nearly 10%!) the malt isn't overpowering

F- again, with the abv, I'd be expecting a beer that was resiny to the point of being chewy, but this one really remains balanced

O- This beer has convinced me to be on the lookout for other offerings for these guys. If you're not blown away by your first sip of this, then I don't know what to say

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Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Forgot the price, or, indeed, the beer itself, until a foray to the back of the fridge produced it. Canned on November 6, 2017, this might be a little past it's prime, but I generally give (non NE hazy) IPAs a 3 month window before I pass them by, and am usually not burned, and we're only a few days beyond that. Given that it's an IIPA in a can, there's even more reason to hope it still resembles what it was meant to be like.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a somewhat chill hazed copper amber color, with a big, creamy and fluffy white head that left lots of lace.

Fairly subdued nose. I don't know if this is a beer where Mosaic merely leads the hop charge or is truly a single hop IIPA. It is labelled an "Imperial Mosaic India Pale Ale ", however you choose to interpret that. Regardless, there isn't a big hop blast to the workers at the olfactory. The aroma is more akin to tropical fruits such as mango or guava than grapefruit or pine. It's also not terribly assertive. Perhaps because it's getting a little long in the tooth, or, like so many double or triple IPAs, the hops are significantly offset by a big malt bill.

Mellow flavor as well as a mellow aroma. Again, mango-ish flavor, with some mild, citrusy notes in the background. Surprisingly low bitterness, even given it's either mostly or entirely Mosaic hopped. Fairly soft and mildly bitter finish. No trace of this beer's high alcohol content is betrayed to the taste buds.

Medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is relatively soft for any sort of IPA.

Most IPAs that I've had that were past their prime have seemed out of balance. That isn't the case here. This just seems really restrained for what it is. It also fits a pattern I've discerned with Crux. I've never had a beer from them that hasn't left me wanting more of one quality or another. I don't know why this is. Maybe I've come to subconsciously expect it. Whatever the reason, I'm not convinced that this beer not hugely impressing me can be explained away with age.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottom of the can stamped: "Canned on 12/04/2017."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-glossy burnt orange to slight amber color with a thin cap of a little white foamy head. Lace clung nicely around the glass in a nice soft filmy sort of way.
The aroma had a soft semi-danky to earthy oily hoppiness up front flowing over some sweet peachy fleshiness. Slight floral/lavender sort of hops to flower petal-like character came out semi-sweet and dry.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a stifled bitterness coming in. That dried sweet malt penetrated the floral/lavender petal quality. Slight aftertaste of dried floral to peachy sort of character.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Pretty dry and floral in the finish.
Overall, though the date seemed fairly fresh (less than a month old), maybe I just need to have it fresher or possibly on tap. I usually think these guys are the bees knees for West Coast beers, but well, I'll just end these thoughts with - "that it's a solid DIPA."

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can into a smaller stemmed glass a burnt orange color with a thick billowing head that leave multiple broken 'globs' behind as it settled.Aromas of mango and peach with an underlying resin and leafy quality,nice hop mix going on there.Somewhat alcoholic and sweet on the palate with drunken mango and mild pine coming thru in the finish.The Mosaic's give off a nice tropical-like flavor, it's quite big and sweet but I like the hop complexity going on here.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


This pours a clear golden color. Sweetly floral, big rounded bitterness imminently approachable with notes of melon and guava rounding it out. Hides its strength dangerously well. Yum. This was all sorts of fantastic.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle, Bottled on 08/07/2017
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin white head and very nice lacing.
S: A sweet tropical fruit nose with a scent of grassy hops.
T: More of a fruity taste hit with a hint of hop bitterness.
F; Somewhat thick and a bit oily but nice. Good carbonation and good balance.
O: A nice double but somewhat different for a double IPA,i like it.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crux 'Half Hitch' @ 9.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $11
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
T-clean & crisp IIPA , lots of fruit (mango , stone fruit) big mouthfeel , bitter lemon finish
MF-decent carbonation , full bodied
Ov-bit pricey
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold and clear, a few fingers of ivory head, lots of lace trails behind... Very fruity and floral aromas - quite aromatic actually - followed with a juicy, fruity flavor profile - fairly sweet - literally reminding me of Juicy Fruit gum and fruit leather - getting lots of stone fruit and some tropical impressions - like apricot, pineapple, peach, and mango... Bitterness comes on the after-sip, kind of shellacking the tongue with a tacky coat... Medium weight, mild carbonation; has a little chew to it... 8/28/17 canning date...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear light amber, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells pretty Mosaic-y, with that sweet candied fruit thing, along with sweet caramel malt, and a bit of pine.

This doesn't quite work for me. It's a bit too malty, and I don't usually love Mosaic hops on their own. The maltiness plus the candied jelly sweetness of Mosaic just makes this not super crisp for me, and it doesn't quite work. I know Crux makes good beer, so this might just not be for me.

This is medium bodied, and the ABV doesn't really show itself at all.

This didn't quite work for me, unfortunately.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep amber bronze body, even a touch of copper like red to it in color. Fairly clear, with real creeping slow carbonation rising to the surface. Off white easy making three finger head. Settles with a little bit of retention, to a good thick slightly taller than one finger puck. Fine bubbled mostly, leaving a little bit of ring like lacing too.

Big tropical hop aroma. Large amounts of aromatic pineapple, mixing with a good soft caramel like quality. Great mix and contrast. Slight hints of lemon and citrus with a good juicy profile that isn't all to sweet. Very nice.

Excellent palate. Tasty notes of pineapple, but also a real nice matching peppery hop bitterness. Good washing mix of citrus fruit basket like quality, aromatic zesty citrus oils in flavor. Excellent juicy tones and mixing of pepper like bitterness on the finish as well. Minimal, but touches of faint light brown sugar in the malt profile which adds an extra bit of balance. Juicy and nearly creamy mouthfeel which doesn't get into slick or syrupy tones with excellent body and depth.

Very well showcased DIPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1L howler (@ 9.5% ABV) from Sherbrooke Liquor store - Imma be pissed if this comes in next week in the 500ml size, but I suppose it will still have the same inflated Yankee import price, so screw it. And 'Crux IPA'? Kind of lazy, eh, Edmonton's best bottleshop?

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well-bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar drooping banded web lace around the glass as it quickly seeps out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, some pineapple-forward muddled tropical fruitiness, a hard water flinty essence, banal domestic citrus rind, and plain earthy, piney, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery caramel malt, mixed and matched melon rind, orange/lemon/grapefruit citrus pith, subtle earthy stoney notes, and more gentle leafy, weedy, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is damned-near invisible in its wan-seeming frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and actually pretty smooth, with an unexpected airy creaminess saying 'how do ya do' when ya just aren't looking for such a thing. It finishes off-dry, the big malt, big hops, and big booze all acting in accord with themselves and each other.

Overall, yeah, this is indeed a stellar big-boy DIPA, with the 19-proof booziness doing well to remain in the shadows, which makes for a very enjoyable, right down the rabbit hole sort of affair at this particular part to the day, especially as I prepare to jump into what I anticipate to be one crazy-ass Better Call Saul season finale.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange tap pour with 1 cm of tan, sticky foam. Aroma is sweet, not so fruity. Flavor starts with hop bitterness but is dominated by caramel and honey malt flavors. This is a rich brew, a double IPA for a cold or rainy night.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Piper Pub, Boise ID.

A: Hazy darker gold with plenty of head and lacing.

S: Big tropical juicy character with a significant malt sweetness as well - lots of overripe fruit character, papaya, even some fresh flowers...honey, hints of alcohol...nice stuff.

T: More of the same, honey sweetness with some mango, papaya, even pineapple? Some dank/green character as well. Hop bitterness strikes a bit in the middle of the mouth but never gets too crazy...the background sweet booziness is another nice component.

MF: Signifant body in this one, lingers for awhile on the palate. Lighter carbonation too. Some dryness, expected with the abv and hops, but it's relatively balanced.

O: Flavorful, big, sweet and juicy. Really nice stuff. Everything Crux does has been impressive, well done.

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

500 ml bottle

I have had this beer before on draft, and it is fantastic. First time testing it in a bottle.

Pours a two finger white head into my can-style glass. The head is pillowy, not quite creamy. Head retention is good, after a few minutes, a solid finger remains. After about five minutes, the head is mostly gone, but some serious film is left on top of the body. Lacing looks like it’ll be nice, but we’ll see about that. Body is golden orange in color, visibility is fairly high. Carbonation looks medium-high. So far a great looking beer.

Aroma is perplexing. I first need to start off by doing something I shouldn’t do, and that’s comparing it to what I recall the draft aroma being like. I recall this beer being a tropical bomb on the nose (very well representing the mosaic hops), very smooth, with low indication of alcohol. This version is different. Slightly booze astringency on the nose, very low for a double IPA, but higher than what I remember. It smells a hair oxidized, slightly too sweet, rough grains. For being drank two months after this was bottled, and at 9.5% these things really shouldn’t be an issue. I have on good authority that this beer was stored properly. Bitter aroma is there, but not in my face. Perhaps some light tropical fruit aromas, but not much compared to what I was expecting.

On some sniffs, you get a smoother, more pilsner like malt character, cleaner. As this warms, some of the aromas are coming out more, I’m definitely picking up more mango, melon. The off smells are also becoming less apparent as this warms. More fresh, bright, not as “stale”. Overall, the aroma improved to what I would consider “good”. I’m hopeful the flavor will “pop” more.

This is a damn smooth beer for 9.5%, with a heck of a lot lower sweetness than some of these damn double IPA’s, as well as a noticeable enough fruit presence, light mango, light papaya. Booze bite is hardly there, with a small twang that is almost welcomed. I think the best characteristic of this beer is how sessionable it is, which makes it very dangerous at 9.5% what I’m getting at is that it isn’t terribly complex for a double IPA. Not necessarily a bad thing, but somewhat surprising. Anyways, overall it’s a smooth flavor, subtle fruit, easy bitterness blends with an acceptable booze twang. Malt profile is not what brings the sweetness, it’s light bodied, and very nice. Getting some vanilla notes at the end as well. It’s an easy 4, I don’t think it’s quite a 4.25, but it is a tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is….interesting, good though. A light bodied double IPA, with a light sweetness that coats your mouth. The beer is probably a hair under carbonated for my liking, it’s definitely a low carbonation, not flat by any means though. For how sessionable this beer is, it works. Not a bad mouth feel at all.

The drinkability is through the roof, probably the most drinkable beer I’ve ever had if you are considering ABV.

Overall I had a hard time grading the flavor of this beer because of my past bias with the draft version. This is a darn tasty beer, but I just want a tiny bit more. Overall a really good beer, I just can’t go all the way and call it great, at least not this time.

The appearance turned out killer, a super resilient head, some impressive lacing, and a solid appearance all around.

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Half Hitch from Crux Fermentation Project
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 514 ratings