Half Hitch
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #274
Ranked #1,785
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States
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Notes: 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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SoCAlifer from California

3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a tasty and smooth IIPA. Brew date reads 12/9/2019 and I'm enjoying this on 1/14/2020. Snifter glass pour and the nose is very faint. The taste however is very complex. The look and color, are on point. The mouth feel is a little flat for me. Definitely Worth enjoying. Pour cold and taste at different temps. It will pay off

Jan 15, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very different tasting IPA, but so good and drinkable. Not sure even how to describe the difference, other than it was quite different and tasty. Had this at the brewhouse from the tap and sat with Patty,a Christian first grade school teacher who loves beer. So thankful for her encouraging words as we shared life stories and several beers.

Sep 08, 2019
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Oliba from Canada

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.

Mar 10, 2019
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Reidrover from Oregon

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

Feb 24, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

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.

Jul 26, 2018
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redresonatedragon from Washington

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

Jul 05, 2018
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Radome from Florida

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.

Jul 04, 2018
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markjknowles from Oregon

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.

Jun 19, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

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!

Jun 10, 2018
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mpyle from Maryland

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.

Jun 10, 2018
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

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.

Jun 09, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Jun 06, 2018
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metter98 from New York

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

May 13, 2018
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WatertowerIV from District of Columbia

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

Feb 16, 2018
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woemad from Washington

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.

Feb 11, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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."

Dec 28, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

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.

Oct 29, 2017
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elNopalero from California

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.

Oct 04, 2017
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Ghrymm from Canada

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.

Oct 02, 2017
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LampertLand from Canada

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

Sep 24, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

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...

Sep 22, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Jul 17, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Jun 28, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

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.

Jun 23, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

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.

Jun 04, 2017
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