Off Leash | Crux Fermentation Project

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Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Debuted at an event that crowned our hometown "Dog Town USA," this light-hearted ale bounds with regional Citra, Centennial and Crystal hops for those citrusy notes beloved by Northwest hop hounds. We've nudged the malt bill in the other direction, for a sessionable ale that's easy to love.

Added by vkv822 on 06-21-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 110
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hope are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is nice and citrusy but quite light in body and as a resell very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a couple fingers of head on a clear medium straw body.
The aroma is dank pine and grapefruit.
The taste is mild but flavorful: bitter lemon, grapefruit and pine.
The texture is softer.
A tasty session.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip. Independent of the beer itself -- I love Crux's cutaway windrose logo on the label. Some of the most creative packaging I've seen.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little touch of haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not exactly an IPA look, but for a session ale not too bad.

Smell: fruity hops with a grapefruit and tangerine character over a light malt base. Pretty good for a session IPA, both in strength and composition.

Taste: quite a lot like the aroma, but with a nice underlying sweetness. While the aroma was a piquant, herbal grapefruit/tangerine, the flavor is more of a candied citrus. Frankly, I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a halfway decent creaminess. I dig it, especially for a session brew.

Overall: I'm pretty impressed with Crux's take on a session IPA. It's a hard style to nail, and I think Crux has done a better job than a lot of other breweries at putting this type of thing together.

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Photo of draheim
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear honey color w/ a nice frothy white head, patchy lace.

Aroma is nice pleasant citrusy NW hops and an underlying malt sweetness.

Taste is likewise a balance of spicy, bitter hops and pale biscuity malt. Light and refreshing with a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit light in the body, as would be expected for a 4.5% session ale. The upside of this is how clean and drinkable this beer is.

Overall a really nice drinkable session ale. It didn't knock my socks off, but then it's not supposed to. Very enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with some coppery notes and a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Light, but pleasant aroma of biscuit malt, citrus hops and light fruit. Flavor is a great blend of biscuit and caramel malt, grassy and citrus hops, tropical fruit and citrus, finishing with grassy hop bitterness with a touch of lemon citrus. Medium bodied. Relatively light flavored for an IPA, but considering the mild ABV, remarkably balanced and tasty. I'm not a big fan of the session IPA style, but this is very nicely done, and I'd get it again any time.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a touch of haze to an aged copper body that has a nice swirl of microcarbonation rising to the surface. There is a thin sticky film of snow white foam that sticks in sheets to the glass with each sip.

S- The full aromatic green floral hops come through as soon as the beer is sat infront of me. There is a pine resin character that finishes the aroma with hints of a slight musty pale malt note that grows as the beer opens. This beer makes me want to just sit an smell it all day.

T- The rich pine resin hops blends with some unripe fruit hops and a mix of pale malt and cracker malt in the finish. This finish is a bit dry with some papery green hop flavors lingering. The pine resin flavor hangs on the tongue but there is no bitterness to it.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is a full of great hop character with enough depth to keep it interesting but also staying light enough to make a great session beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 2/4/14. Pours hazy golden orange with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is biscuity malts with some orange and tropical fruit and some resiny hops. Oddly, it's a bit salty too.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts with some tropical fruit and a decent grassy, resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a solid session IPA.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled as part of a blind tasting flight of session IPAs. Slightly funky nose of sweet tropical fruit. Palate is balanced between sweet malt and bitter, citrusy hops. Body is a little thin, yet also creamy. Lightly sweet note of biscuity malt on the finish.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the 15th Avenue Hop House in Portland. It was my first beer of the evening and my first beer from this brewery. It was served in a 16 oz strange. The beer is dark gold & amber with a skim of off white head.

Nice aroma of grapefruit and grains.

Nicely hopped but with balance from the malts. Slightly earthy in the best way. Grapefruit and tangerine.

Mouth is decent and bit better than I expected for a 4.5 beer.

Great session beer that will hold your attention.

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Photo of Dope
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light, clear amber with a good sized and fizzy white head. Head fades out very slowly.

S: Mild grapefruit hop presence. A dry, crackery malt backs it up. Crisp and refreshing.

T: Grapefruity and citrusy hops in general. Nice bold flavors up front. A dry, crackery type malt - saltine like. Not overly bitter but a decent wave of bitterness follows in the finish. Lingering grapefruit in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, dry and crisp.

O: Wow, this was really nice. Really flavorful for 4.5%. This blows Founders All Day IPA out of the water for a session IPA. It's not some enormous hop bomb or layered with 50 different flavors, but that's just fine given what this beer is supposed to be. What it is supposed to be a is a nice, easy drinking session IPA and it delivers exactly that. Great balance, great bright hop flavors and it just works.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at "b2Taphouse" in Salem Oregon. $4.00 Clear golden ale with a small off white head..that goes fast but leaves attractive lace. Fine fresh grapefruit/lemon peel aromas..a small amount of weak caramel malt. Very nice lemon/grapefruit taste..fresh and invigorating. Nice mouthfeel not that thin for style but coats the tongue. Overall one of the best "Session ales" I have had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence all around.

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Photo of Amalak
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. It has a dull caramel color, with a foamy white head and some good lacing. It's clearish, but kinda cloudy. No real bubbles that I can see.

S. Very hoppy scent.

T/M. Like the scent, this is a lovely hop scent. There's a bit of sweetness there, perhaps a grape. It's easy on the mouth. Semi-carbonated. Has a good earthiness to it. A bit of apple.

O. Very easy to drink. Very flavorful for a session ale.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.28.13
Dated Aug 1. 13

A - Pours a clear, darker orange with a large cream-colored foamy head, with good retention.

S - Hoppy - very citrusy and piney.

T - Very light, but nice citrus and pine.

D - Good carbonation with a very light body.

O - Nice hoppy session beer. Very, very light, but refreshing.

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Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Description on bottle reads: "Debuted at an event that crowned our hometown, "Dog Town USA", this light-hearted ale bounds with regional Citra, Centennial and Crystal hops for those citrusy notes beloved by Northwest hop hounds. We've nudged the malt bill in the other direction, for a sessionable ale that's easy to love."

16.9oz bottle into SN IPA Glass.

Pours a lightly hazy, golden with a foamy, off white head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Big citric, fruity hops upfront. Really inviting. Same thing in the palate with a clean, crackery malt finish.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

A well done IPA, or maybe APA.

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