Crimson Pistil | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3.66/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s summertime. Hop bines are growing up to 6 inches a day. Hibiscus is in full bloom. And in Crimson Pistil, the two get in a glorious tangle of berry-like tanginess, sunset technicolor and sticky tropical notes.

Added by jbaker67 on 12-19-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,968
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
197
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of dafla67
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CoasterGuy
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PA_Liberty
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you rate this beer comparing it to a typical American IPA, then it may score rather poorly. This beer, however, isn't a typical IPA so I'm rating it based on itself without it having to compete against other American IPA's with certain expectations.

I had this beer for the first time on draft at a local restaurant. It wasn't what I expected from an IPA, which usually disappoints me. This time, however, I discovered a fantastic, smooth, and drinkable summertime brew that will be a staple in my fridge this summer.

This is one you go to and grab at the end of a hot day, or after a long day of work. Would also be great for picnics and other daytime outdoor activities where you don't necessarily want a heavy IPA.

When poured into a glass, the color is a gorgeous crimson (obviously) but I will likely be drinking lots of these out of the can while kayaking and horseback riding this year. For me this is even better than a session IPA, albeit a higher alcohol content at 6.2%. Still a reasonable ABV for this purpose, but it might sneak up on you since they go down so easy!

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Photo of rodlavers
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meatyard
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Idrink
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has soul

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Photo of ogman
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is one beautiful beer. A dark uniformly hazy Amber hue and pours with a large foamy off white head that retains at about 1 finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Nose is mild and offers hibiscus and other floral notes, earthy hops and a light sweet malt backbone

Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of herbal and floral flavors and a light sweet backbone. Finish is more of the same with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Medium carbonation, medium weight smooth body. There is a slight watery consistency to the feel but just awesome overall.

Overall this is a good beer but not a really good IPA. It's extremely smooth and drinkable with nice herbal flavors. Unfortunately the flavor profile is just a touch on the dull side. Don't go into this beer expecting your typical IPA and you will probably enjoy it a lot more.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sachie23
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: November 8, 2017... OCCASION: waiting on Region Oil to get our gas back up and running... GLASSWARE: Stoudts pint... pours a cloudy, murky dark amber body... discerning effervescence is difficult... the head is clumpy as wet snow, but clings to the glass with a sponge-like lacing... strong resin empowers the aroma, with an equal amount of flowery hops and cracker malts... honey, dank basement, and damp field make this an IPA that is split between the coasts... first sip is fulfilling, medium-bodied and drinkable... subdued by its finish, not as bright or punchy as other IPAs.... a bit crunchy at the teeth, with a lingering presence of perfume... the twang suggests cranberry or elderberry rings true, with lemon, hay, resin, ginger (?), and sugary tartness late--an odd, mixed bag that does evoke the summer months fondly, but also lags in its consistency... an interesting attempt with ingredients I haven't encountered in a beer... but Troegs has done better...

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Photo of KLReed
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Categart
4.67/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

By far one of the smoothest IPA I’ve had. Deep golden color. Not too bitter but a little bite. Very enjoyable. Could be dangerous! This can sneak up on you!

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Photo of hereisew
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Defiantly a beer to pour out of the bottle and into a clear glass. It has such a great color. The taste is refreshing but not overwhelming. Something that you can drink while laying out next to the pool during the day or while next to the campfire. Great outdoor beer. A perfect vacation beer.

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Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DougT
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joshuacarper18
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Erikshegda1994
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmhannon
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Paoloboston
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful clear crimson with a light pink head with very good retention and nice lacing. The nose is an intriguing blend of Nugget hops and hibiscus. Pine, grapefruit, rose petals and hibiscus are present. Malt character is minimal. A mild white pepper note is present
The palate opens with a blend of grapefruit and hibiscus with pine and mandarin playing second fiddle. I can neither understate how prominent the hibiscus note is, nor overstate how tastefully this is integrated into the palate. A mild orange blossom honey note is present. Interestingly, the tartness that accompanies an intense hibiscus tea is absent - instead, this is all about the flavor
Drying, bitter finish, with lingering pineapple and hibiscus is present. Medium light on body, softly carbonated, this beer is quite good.

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3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Crimson Pistil from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 197 ratings