Fresh Hop Crikey
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American IPA
Ranked #2,782
Ranked #19,745
3.97 | pDev: 6.05%
Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
Very Good
Fresh Hop CrikeyFresh Hop Crikey
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 16
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3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2019 version, canned 9/10/19. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very lightly hazy medium yellow color with an inch of white head that had good retention and very little lacing.

Nice citrus and pine hops dominate, with just a slight malt aspect.

Very similar on the tongue, with the pine notes showing through a bit better.

The body was on the light side of medium, smooth, and had a medium finish.

Drinkability was nice, as expected, I could drink a few more of these.

Overall, a very nice brew, certainly worth your time if you see it.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can served in a pint glass. Canned 09/10/19.

Pours clear golden with a big fluffy head that fades fairly quickly to some sparse lacing and a thick ring. Smell is simcoe, green and lush.

Taste is neat -- kind of a soft lead up of fresh greenness, pine and lemon kind of vibes, and then a sudden shift to bitterness, still with lemon and pine, but morphing to zest and resin.

Mouthfeel is soft and comforting. Overall, nice beer. My memory of regular Crikey is that it's pretty sharp -- this is gentle in comparison.

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4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2019 version. Canned 9/10/2019. This batch uses fresh Amarillo hops, but in general Crikey is made with Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, Chinook, and Magnum so I don't believe this beer is 100% fresh hops and I also don't know the percentage that Amarillo makes up of the recipe.

Pours a clear gold with a small head that was gone quickly. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, but not as strong as I would expect from a fresh hop beer.

Starts with a light bready malt taste, then I pick up some pine and a bitter citrus (e.g. grapefruit). Long slightly bitter finish on this one. This might be placebo effect, but I notice the Amarillo on the finish. In past years, Reuben's has made a Fresh Hop Amarillo pale ale and it reminds me of that. Very well balanced.

This is the best Crikey I've ever had. It might be that it's super fresh or it might be the fresh hops but it's special. Some fresh hop beers like to be a punch in the face with hops, but this strikes a balance and is essentially delivering the ultimate version of an already delicious IPA.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of lightly caramel malt, citrus and tropical fruit hops, grapefruit, lemon, melon, mixed tropical fruit; aromatic. Flavor is pale malt with a hint of caramel, citrus, piney and dank hops, lemon, melon, mixed light stone and light tropical fruit, light pine. Finishes with lots of fruit forward herbal hops, but only moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with light to medium creaminess. Yay! It's fresh hop season again and today I got two from a pair of my favorite breweries (this and Fremont). I liked Crikey and looked forward to this fresh hopped variant. It seems a bit different hop bill, with the base IPA more pine forward. As expected, there is more herbal flavor here, but at the expense of bitterness in the finish. The hops are fine, making this a great introduction into this year's fresh hop season.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours transparent golden, over a finger of rocky white head.
Nose is yeasty, some citrus, berry, and melon notes.
Taste is grapefruit, honeydew, piney, herbal finish, almost like juniper.
Mouthfeel is medium, soft carb.
Not a bad IPA.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed pale orange with three fingers of yellow-tinted head. Spotty, soapy lacing.

Classic wet hop aroma: spicy, citrusy, earthy goodness. A little honey in there, too.

The taste is definitely pretty delicate in comparison: a lot of great spiciness throughout, but also some weak tea, weaker citrus, a little honey again and just the slightest dull, earthy bitterness. No malt backbone to speak of.

Medium bodied with just a little creamy heft to the feel and light carbonation cutting through.

Pleasant and easy-drinking. The nose outshines the other characteristics. Would gladly have again.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and clear this is another incredibly clean looking brew from the Reuben's crew. Solid finger of white head has a silky cap that belies an underbelly of soapy wet large sized bubbles. Good retention and sticky lacing.

Nose brings forth spicy and sweet hops. I'm having a tough time really nailing down specific components here. Under that initial read there's a subtle/faint glimmer of the undeniable freshness for which I was looking.

Flavour thankfully brings this fresh element more to the forefront than did the nose. It still isn't as bold a stroke as I would love to see, but it's got that living edge that is as unmistakable as it is indescribable. Clean hop flavour throughout, as is to be expected with these guys, but I just don't get the *pop* from the fresh hops that I was looking forward to.

Smoothe and clean and so so drinkable with a finish that is bitter, but gentle and forgiving.
Beers like this show how talented the brewers at Reuben's are, and just how they can stitch components together to create a seamless whole, but I wish that they would push the stars of the show a little bit more to the forefront.
I am of two minds about this beer. If one were to hand me a glass blind and I had no idea what season it was or anything, I would praise this as a smoothe, clean, masterfully executed if slightly unexciting IPA. As a FH beer, though, and especially a FH version of a beer for which I already have such adoration, I find myself wishing it explored the bounds of just what that means a little bit more.
Drink this if you can, but there are several other FH options available that I will reach for first.

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Fresh Hop Crikey from Reuben's Brews
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