Crimson Pistil | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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:
#35,145
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
225
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
55
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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of jmdrpi
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into glass

clear, dark pink in color, thick white head. good head retention. floral, fruity, earthy aroma. similar flavor, not really that bitter. dry, flowery aftertaste. thinner bodied.

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Photo of Canalfisher22
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUBrew
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Keith27614
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregorAu5
1.98/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of StanleysCup
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich, crimson red in color with good clarity. Poured with a short, off-white foam with medium low retention. Medium, fresh floral aromas followed by dark citrus and melon aromas. Medium malt aroma. Medium bodied with a light smoothness before the tangy, medium high carbonation. Floral, citrus and melon flavors with caramel malt flavors and maltiness. Mellow, medium high hop bitterness through the middle followed by light floral and citrus notes and dark caramel malt. Finished semi-dryly with citrus melon and light floral notes and a lingering citrus bitterness. Aromas are unique and balanced. Flavor balance tips to the hoppy and floral side with a typical malty Troeg’s backbone. Carbonation is a touch on the acidic side but does not hurt the feel. I’ve had this on tap a dozen times and wasn’t terribly impressed. The bottled version sampled here was mush tastier. Unique, flavorful and easy drinking.

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Photo of kraut6363
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.69/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours red, the color of a rhubarb stem only translucent.

Smells like melon and old school hop tang. I'm trying not to let the pour influence my taste perception but I kinda feel like I'm picking up some berries.

Tastes rather plain and straightforward. Very nice, but considering the bizarre pour I was a bit disappointed at its lack of insanity. But after a few sips my expectations realign and I realize this is actually a very good, perhaps borderline excellent American IPA. This beer is at no point intense. Drinking it, I never get the feel I get from something like Heady Topper, where every sip is like a bite from a Snicker bar. This is a beverage! Every sip provides its own adventure and invites commentary, but none is overwhelming.

Here, I get berry sweetness up front, a grainy middle with generic hops, and then a back end that is a wonderful combination of tea and tropical fruit. The finish is dry and lingering, which is what you should look for in an IPA.

Honestly, this is one of the best non-ceremonial beers I've had in ages. While it's fine to revere a rare stout, I feel as if most brewers have moved away from quaffable beers that don't overwhelm one's vision and pallete. This is a stupendous, drinkable American pale.

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of estajoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours Amber with Crimson highlights and a cream colored head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of tropical fruit, citrus, and floral and earthy hops.

Taste is floral and citrus hop punch with notes of star fruit and mango melding into a slight bready malt backbone. Very lively carbonation keeps the mouth feel intense.

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Photo of rdub
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy orange color. Small slightly off-white head with minimal retention. Left very nice lacing.

S---Lots of hops. Pine & tropical citrus. A little herbal aroma in the background. Smells like this going to be a juicy beer to drink.

T---A bit of a letdown based on what I was expecting from the smell. Some fruit (grapefruit/orange). Mild hoppiness.

F---Medium feel. Well carbonated. Quenching.

O---A really good IPA. I'll definitely keep an eye out for it in the future.

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Photo of Boone757
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of florisj135
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ppavlick
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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Crimson Pistil from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 225 ratings