Half Hitch | Crux Fermentation Project

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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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 512
Photo of LouZ
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle; golden with a finger of head and lots of lacing. Smell is citrus, mostly - grapefruit and/or mango. Flavor matches with a pleasant, strong hop presence. Good, medium to full feel. A delicious, easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Bottle date of may 19

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden honey hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps. 4 (x .05 = .2)

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light mosaic hop notes, just older spent hop profile. Just like an old tired ipa 3.5 (x .2 = .7)

T - Taste is better then the nose, light malts, almost tea like notes, nice grass, good bitterness, faint citrus, light candy orange peel, faint older tropical notes. Soft tangerine, pleasant. 3.75 (x .45 = 1.688)

M - Mouthfeel is not bad at all, alcohol hidden very well for the ABV, lighter carbonation. Really nice 4.5 (x .1 = .45)

O - Overall this beer was old, but still tasty. Probably was awesome when fresh. 4 (x .2 = .8)

Total Rating Score: 3.84
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Andy-drinks-beer
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Can I submit a review of beer on draught? Northwoods in Battle Ground lucked into a barrel! 8 oz pour in a Belgian glass. Golden opaque pour with lacy, frothy head that quickly subsided. The hop profile in this is a hop heads wet dream - citrus and tropical fruit, clean finish. Your mouth will never know its 10%!!

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

May 19 2014, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, light lacing, hazy honey nectar amber color. 3.75

Nose fruity but not very bright hops, aged spicy fruity hops that just don't come through anymore, old fruity bubblegum, little tangerine faint faint. 3.5

Taste brings flashes of decent qualities, fruity and grassy hops, little spicy note, juicy fruit and faint tropical notes, almost like an unripe guava. Malts are juicy and fluffy, smooth to deliver the could have been very nice hops. Hops bring a faint peppery note, and turn sixty on the finish, fair bitterness drier, faint fruity. 3.75

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, booze hidden very well. 4.25

Overall not bad, just seems older.4

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Photo of GoneARye
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Date on the bottle is 6/30/2014, so pretty fresh.

A: Light blonde colored beer, filtered. Potentially was expecting a bit darker for a IIPA. Small amount of lacing as I drink, minimal ring of head around the edge of the glass.

S: If I didn't already know what mosaic hops smelled like this beer would make that introduction loud and clear. Amazingly powerful scents of tropical fruits: guava, mango, papaya, maybe coconut, and yet definitely not pineapple (at least to me). A simply amazing olfactory experience.

MF:Carbonation is on the milder side, but is certainly still there. Not as oily as some IIPA's I've head, but definitely on the thicker and from a traditional IPA.

T: The taste follows the smell. The Mosaic hops sing across my tongue with tropical flavors during the first taste. A pleasing, but not overly strong bitterness is present during the finish, with a lingering tropical presence on my tongue long after I swallow.

O: I would definitely buy this beer if I saw it again, and I look forward to trying it on draft one day. Great example of a hop that is continuing to become increasingly popular nowadays.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


375 bottle Derek A. shared tonight... Pours clear golden with a decent enough white head and lacing.

Aroma is holy hoppy!! Wowzers... Big mosaic (I guessed Mosaic before Derek dropped the info :-) Huge/light fruity hoppiness with a bit of melon and something that I guess is floral hops... That said, this is an amazing nose.

Big bitterness with perfect malty drinkability... light malt with melon hops and a bit of floral essence.. so very drinkable.. I would love Crux all the time.. the hops get a bit catty on the finish, but I am not complaining that hard. Catty vs. Amazing DIPA... Crux wins.


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Photo of jakewatt135
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the huge tropical note from the mosaic hop in this one. A little alcohol noticeable but very delicious, definitely will be drinking more of this.

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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 BoldRulerVT
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My thanks to JohnParadee for this bottle.
Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a nice medium amber. Minimal head.
Smells wonderful. Very hoppy and a nice sticky caramel quality. Stickiness.
Tastes really, really nice. Not too bitter, nice hop flavor, and enough malt to support it.
Mouthfeel was tremendous. Really reminded me of Heady in the mouthfeel. Same Conan yeast?
Overall, this was a delicious beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at APEX, Portland

Burnished gold with white film.
Musty pulped mango nose with herb, resin, and lots of sourness, plus a good bit of skunk. Not sure it’s what I’d expect.
Apricot Danish with tart fruity acid then huge mango, tropical fruit hops.
Kumquat finish and tart linger.
Medium, oily, chewy, no burn.

Crazy with the tropical fruit - Mosaic redux. Almost New Zealand in the fruitiness. Juicy like a smoothie. Just way too yummy.

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

What a pleasant surprise. Did not expect much, but happy I found & tried this one. Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Thick, fluffy, 1-inch white head which slowly dissipated. Fantastic lacing throughout. Beautiful orange/amber color, with some cloudiness. On the nose, a combination of sharp grassy dankness and mango/lemon/grapefruit. On the palate, soft mango/grapefruit dominates, with subtle lemon/lime hints. The hops are smooth and crisp, while the malts and alcohol take a back seat. No burn on the backside. Mouthfeel is full and charming. I really enjoyed this. Reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar, but it is softer and more mango in character, whereas NN is more bitter/hoppy and orange in flavor profile. I would strongly recommend this to all.

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Photo of therackman
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Market of Choice poured into Spiegelau IPA glass

A: Deep gold, no haze, 3 finger rich creamy white head with good retention and lacing
N: Floral, grapefruit, orange, mango, dank
T: Sweet, hoppy, a little bitter but less so than most DIPAs, mostly grapefruit, mango
M: medium body, normal carbonation
O: top 5 DIPA, worthy of my first BA review

Well done Crux, as good as I remember it on my first trip to the brewpub.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.17.13
Bottled on Dec 04 13

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a large fluffy tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Pine, floral, dank.

T - Floral, mango, sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - A sweeter and more tropical and floral IPA. I did enjoy it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head that looks like whipped cream, with excellent retention and tons of lacing. Mmmm.. Aroma of tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, bready malt and dank hops, quite aromatic. Wow, this is very tasty. Piney, citrus hops melded almost perfectly to a bready malt that supports it very well. Lots of herbal esters. Finishes with pine, grapefruit rind and lingering herbal bitterness. Great creamy body with improved by the creamy head. I have not been overwhelmed by the mosaic hop profile .. before now .. This is well balanced, interesting and delicious. In an area with a plethora of excellent IPAs, this one stands on its own. Dangerously covers its high ABV.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pour a light amber into the glass, with a large white foamy head that dissapates nicely to form great lacing and a cap that stays on throughout the tasting.

Smell: Get a wonderful fragrance of grapefruit and orange citrus, with a smooth integration of some pine and skunk weed as the glass warms.

Taste: The flavor profile follows the smell to the letter as the hops come in. A spectacular balance of sweet malts that completely come together to form a really smooth Imperial IPA. The piney flavors interact nicely with the malts, never letting one take over the other completely. Never get even a hint of the 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely done with a smooth, almost creamy character. The carbonation plays well, leaving a wonderful clean finish to an amazingly complex beer.

Overall: Makes me want to enjoy other mosaic hoped beers, however doubtful I am that they will be this good. I am alway impressed with Crux Fermentation Project, and the have definitely done it again.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32oz grenade from the tin bucket in Portland, split

Peachy-orange body - big aromas of melon, grapefruit, booze. The mosaic trend is getting a bit out of control (i'll take my straight Citra back, please) - this "single-hop" beer was just OK i thought. The alcohol wears a banana suit - you can't miss it. Melon, sugary bitter citrus, skunk, a touch metallic.

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

On tap the Bier Stein. Served in a 33 cl snifter glass.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, and seemed to improve as the beer warmed in the glass. There was considerable dry citrus and pine, but as the beer warmed up, I got black pepper and light skunky weed as well. There is some light noticeable malt as well, but this DIPA really smells as if it will be pretty dry (which is a good thing in my book). The flavor profile replicates the nose, and as expected, the beer is pretty dry on the palate. However, there is just enough sweet malt to balance the considerable pine and dry orange citrus I'm getting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the finish is long and fairly bitter. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and beer is very well balanced. You can tell the abv. is up there, but I really don't get the sense that I'm drinking a 10% abv. beer.

Nice beer from Crux. I'd order this again in a heartbeat.

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