King Crimson
Church Brew Works

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American Amber / Red Ale
3.72 | pDev: 7.53%
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2015 Collaboration with Church Brew Works, Draai Laag, and 11th Hour.

Avangard Pilsner, Castle Biscuit, Weyerman CaraRed & Crisp C45. El Dorado, Galaxy, & Cascade Hops. 2 Types of yeast & 2 Types Brettanomyces.
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one poured a fairly opaque dark amber/coppery color. There was a thin off white head that left some lacing. It had a good aroma: some earthy hops, dark fruits, malts. The taste is very good. Malty, but almost no sweetness. Some earthy hops, fruits, biscuit, toffee. A touch of sourness, possibly that of tart cranberries. Nice.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Pours hazy amber brown. Head retains as lacing, light eggshell hue.

Smells of caramel, bready malt, and woody hops.

Tastes of bready malt, pecan, dry woody hops, and a hint of butterscotch. Dry hop finish.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation.

Pretty good stronger ale with decent hop character. It tends towards a heavy brown ale. Nothing super special but above average.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish color with a short lived head. Aroma is malty with a hint of earthy, woodsy hops, a bit of fruit from the yeast or advertised Brett additions. The taste is malty, slightly nutty with citrus hops and earthy bitterness following. El dorado hops add a little lemon lime citrus at the end. Full bodied, malty feel. Overall, this is a drinkable amber ale but is lacking complexity and bolder hop flavor for the billing.

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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on cask at CBW. Could stand to be just a touch cooler, but no matter.

The amber ale character is great. Really solid on that aspect and it shines beautifully coming off cask. The Brett here however seems minimal with a slight fruit tone happening with a very, very mild funk showing. There is a good bit of a hoppy thing gong on in an amber kind of way. With Draai Laag being involved in this one, I'd hope for a significantly stronger punch on the wild side of things. Without having known there was brett in here beforehand, I would have thought this was a straight amber ale. As it stands it seems much more a CBW kinda beer.

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King Crimson from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 10 ratings