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Crew 7:45 Escalation | CREW Republic Brewery GmbH

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Brewed by:
CREW Republic Brewery GmbH

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow colour, dense medium head with long retention, fading to a thin ljavascript: RadioSel(appearance,4);asting layer. Good lace. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, orange peel, some resin, flowers, notes of trpical fruits. Full body, creamy texture. Good carbonation. Taste of grapefruitos, caramel, orange peel, flowers, and resins 8More than in te aroma). Dry finish. Good balance, not as agressive as some others IPAs.

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Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

CREW Republic Brewery Gmbh "7:45 Escalation"
,33L brown glass bottle, "Mindestens haltbar bis: 21.03.2018..." and sampled on 22.09.2017

Look: Clear deep gold body beneath a finger-thick head of creamy white foam that holds quite well and leaves remarkable lacing about the glass.
Smell: Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, sweet grainy malt, apple, apricot, floral.
Taste: Decidedly piney and bitter upfront, with some of the tropical flavors following although most are lost. Dry, bitter finish with some alcoholic heat. The bitterness lingers.
Feel: Medium-full in body and gently crisp.
Overall: It looks good, and it smells good, but the tropical notes found in the aroma seem to disappear in the mouth. As you progress you'll find some here and there, but for the most part it hits you hard up front and then steps back immediately. A secondary problem is that the alcohol shouldn't be so clear at just 8.3% ABV.

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Photo of desint
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icemanls4
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled piney, fruity and of roasted malt. Sweeter tasting than I expected with a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of DuncanMcBommer
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oidmoe
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pale yellow, good head

S - Melon, grapefruit, pine

T - follow the smell plus some toffee

F - Nice carbonation, heavy mouthfeel but not boozy

O - An hopforward but balanced brew. The pilsner texture and malt profil leave the place for a great but subtle hop presence

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RippchenRick
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of der_meister
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.43/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before: 29.04.2016. 33cl brown glass bottle boasts an eye-catching loud blue & yellow label with a black branded pry-off crown cap. I bought mine at Ambrosetti in Berlin.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label (which calls it a double IPA). Brewed with Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Chinook. 8.30% ABV. 83 IBUs.

Always nice to see German breweries dipping their toes in foreign styles.

HEAD: Healthy and foamy, settling at about ~8cm of width. Pale khaki colour. Thick consistency. Average complexion. ~6 minute retention.

BODY: Clear copper of above average vibrance. Clean, with no floating yeast or the like.

It's a conventional imperial IPA appearance. Has no unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Pine, onion, bubblegum, cream, pale malts, caramalts. The caramalts lend it seemingly too much sweetness, and I'm already fearing the worst for the balance. Some floral hop character is present in addition to the aforementioned hop notes. Bubblegum dominates, to its detriment. Some ale yeast esters bounce around in there, but nothing is distinct or identifiable...just yeasty intangibles.

ABV could be better disguised, but it's not so overt.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Imbalanced, indeed, with naked hop bitterness running rampant throughout the beer. There's inadequate sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness, but somehow all the negatives of caramalt (that raw sugariness primarily) come through, but none of the positives. Pine scrapes against the palate, simcoe-derived onion feels wacky, the bubblegum is all wrong in this build...it's a messy flavour profile with poor hop choices across the board. I don't care much for this. And there's a prominent (if not dominant) note of boozy ripe pineapple - the hop note I hate the most. This just really isn't for me, and the weird new world tropical hop emphasis isn't working to its benefit in any way whatsoever. Has some subsidiary notes of tropical fruit bits you wouldn't ever want to eat (e.g. bitter watermelon rind).

Mouthfeel is rightly medium-bodied, but has a somewhat rough scratchy presence on the palate. Overcarbonated as well, and unrefreshing. Too thick and hefty on the palate. Not a great complement to the taste overall.

OVERALL: A lack of fundamental balance ruins this beer, but the problematic texture doesn't help much either. I'd go back to the drawing board with a new hopping schedule (if not new hop choices altogether). This is a lackluster attempt at an imperial IPA, but it's worth noting this is one of only a few German breweries even trying them right now. I wanted to love this, but I can't recommend it over traditional German beers to those only in the country for a brief period. Not undrinkable for what it is.


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Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from the Duvel guy down the road from the old place.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 83
Best Before 13 April 2016
Hops: Columbus, simcoe, amarillo and chinook

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a 2+ finger, medium-thicker looking, creamy white head with great retention. Body is slightly hazy, amber orange in color and has quite a bit of active carbonation. Head slowly fades to a nice cap and leaves some decent lacing on the glass as it empties. Good looking.

SMELL: Piles of honeydew melon, passion fruit, some pineapple, tangerine, lemon and some dank notes on the nose. Very aromatic and well put together.

TASTE: Passion fruit, piney flavors, some musty notes with melon at the swallow. A bold but dry finish of hop bitterness, pine flavors, passion fruit and honeydew melon as well. Quite piney yet well balanced by the musty notes and melon sweetness. Good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Really nice stuff. A mustier profile than you might expect for the style, but it works well with the melon character and piney bitterness. Bold in both aroma and flavor as well, which made it all that much more enjoyable. A good brew for sure. Cheers.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drmeto
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-low to medium carbonation
-medium,creamy body
-alcohol noticeable
Great DIPA.Could've used a bit more bitterniss

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Photo of qrazvan
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of k3ve
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iftcoach
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schoeni
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, pours in with a nice fluffy head. Look like amber, nice Aroma: malty and sweet but also tropical fruit notes, papaya and pine. The body is well balanced, rich , can't really taste the alcohol. There could be more hoploads in this beer, to challenge the rich malty sweetness.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bitter, Gummy, Caramel, Resin

A Double IPA in the raw. Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, & Chinook hops lay down some crazy layers of flavor. From fruity overtones to fresh grass, bitter resin to citrus rind. Big kiss of caramel is pushed down by the alcohol. Get this, 8.3% abv and 83 IBUs ... coincidence? Interesting enough to keep to push forward and take sip after sip.

STYLE: Double IPA | ABV: 8.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

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