Half Hitch | Crux Fermentation Project

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States
cruxfermentation.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Mosaic IPA

Added by John_M on 06-16-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
437
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
38
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95
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 437
Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden color. Mildly cloudy, which could be my fault but I don't see any sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Small to medium white head. Fine bubbles. It doesn't stick around all that long. Little bit of lacing. At first, the aroma seemed to be just a big, juicy dose of peaches and floral hop flavor, but after a minute, I'm also getting a sweaty note. It definitely doesn't ruin the aroma for me - maybe, I've just discovered something about myself - but it's not quite as clean and juicy as I thought at first blush. Still, I'm impressed by the peachiness, as other mosaic (D)IPAs generally haven't lived up to the hype in that department. I'm also picking up grapes, raspberries and a little tangerine. A little bit of pale, sweet malt in the background. The taste is much the same territory, but there's a bit more citrus in the bitterness. The beer really isn't all that bitter, though. Lots of peach, grape, floral hop flavor. Pale malt in the background. It's not quite as juicy and interesting as the aroma, but I'm still quite happy. Also, the beer is much lighter than I'd expect from the abv. I'll call that "well made". Mouthfeel has some weight, but again, it's lighter than you'd expect from a 10% abv DIPA. Significant hop oiliness. This is a very good DIPA. I didn't come in with high expectations for whatever reason, but Crux did fine work, here. It's particularly nice to come across a Mosaic DIPA that shows off the varietal effectively.

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Photo of mactrail
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is REALLY an imperial IPA. Hot and sexy, like a 1930s starlet dosed with perfume and lounging in a fur-trimmed negligee. Maybe I'm fantasizing, but this is one lush and lovely big hoppy brew.

Golden color with plenty of white foam. Fruity, but on the lemony side, with papaya, passion fruit. The label mentions guava, which is also right on as guava lingers in the aftertaste. It's a new flavor in my vocabulary, but Mosaic is the Boss Man hop. A little bit hot, but the alcohol is more of a force of nature than a flavor.

This is not very bitter at all. It's just total hop delirium. From the 375 ml bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland. A rather pricey six bucks, but then you'd spend it to have that luscious lady, so what the hell. Make yourself happy and get a bottle.

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Photo of SocraticTortoise
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fucking delicious. This beer comes strait out the bottle with some 'tude. Mosaic hops bounce off the walls and strait into one's awaiting shnoz. Passionfruit, mango, melon, and a touch of balancing cattiness. The mosaic hop dominates this brew in the most loving way, like an older sister before you outgrow her. But, much like the sister, the hops are nothing without a solid base. Your hips will never wield the same pinning-power. The malt back bone in this beer delivers a smooth, sweet, caramely horse for those hops to ride in on, and finishes with a slight crystal bite that helps to clear the tongue of the otherwise lingering mosaic bouquet. This beer rocked my socks off, and made my spine tingle.

Poured medium-dark amber, beautiful and persistent off-white head, readied my tongue and belly for some mondo bitchin drinking. Highy recommended for homebrewers who like to play with hops.

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Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL (bottled 1/6/2014) into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a 1-finger frothy white head.

Aroma is big sweet tropical citrus, like a freshly cut grapefruit. Must be the Mosaic talking. Nice and pungent and clean.

Taste is likewise full and flavorful, with lots of pale malt evident on the first sip to balance all those juicy hops. The hop bitterness is somewhat subdued, with more focus on their bright clean citrusy character. High ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, actually pretty chewy. Slick.

Overall a really nice DIPA that knocks you down with pure flavor. More drinkable than a lot of high-ABV DIPAs.

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Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle (bottled June 5, 2015) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated August 6, 2015.

A-The beer is mostly clear and orange-golden colored. A one-finger-tall head of white foam has good retention and leaves a nice coating of lacing on the glass. I can see a bit of carbonation keeping the head alive.

S-The aroma is quite tropical with suggestions of mango, peach, and mandarin orange. Malts are pretty light and on the sweet side of things with honey notes creeping in.

T-The taste is more of the same: lots of juicy tropical fruit and citrus flavors that trend towards sweet instead of outright bitter or pithy. There is a mild hit of bitterness on the finish that suggest pine and grapefruit. Alcohol is well hidden here.

M-The body is medium to full in heft with a bit of stickiness and coating feel. Carbonation is average.

O-A nice juicy example of an IIPA and good first beer from Crux for me. If you like your hops on the tropical side of things, look no further. Maybe not the most complex beer around, but I would drink more of this if it weren't so expensive.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
1.78/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12.7 oz bottle, bottled on 2/11/14. Pours hazy yellow orange with a small white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is musty stinky hops with some onion and garlic and a little vomit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some vegetal spicy hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, this was not good. Overly sweet with a lot of stinky onion and garlic and a little vomit.

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Photo of Loganpatrick503
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JakerLou
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy gold capped by a 1” clingy white to cream colored foam collar that quickly recedes to a thick film.
S: Herbal, grassy, minty hops with citrus, light grains and some floral notes.
T: A yeast driven palate starts with fruit, melon, stone fruit, some mustiness, tropical fruit, light biscuit, with a moderate bitter melon hop finish. Tropical fruit character grows towards the finish and as the beer warms.
F: Has a wild yeast character and texture. Exceptionally creamy, airy, soft palate and medium light body.
O: A big, flavorful, complex beer with an exceptional texture and an excellent job on the hops.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppySeb
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timontheroad
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/23/15.
Poured a nice clear golden copper color with a half inch white head that quickly receded to a thin film that left some nice lacing.
The aroma on this beer was huge! Tropical fruits and a slight hint of grapefruit were noticeable right away, with some subtle wild onion smells and flowers in the background.
The flavor was outstanding, with tropical fruit favors very dominant. There was a slight sweetness and some sweet spiciness, like a spice cake flavor as well.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a very clean finish.
Overall, this was an outstanding IIPA, I've not had anything from Crux before, but if this is an indication of the quality of their offerings, I'll definitely be buying more in the future.

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Photo of Beer21
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pjvie
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.2 out of 5 based on 437 ratings.
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