Crimson Pistil IPA | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Crimson Pistil IPACrimson Pistil IPA
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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:
#32,246
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
190
pDev:
9.54%
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sachie23
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Categart
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
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 +6.3%
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 +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DougT
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joshuacarper18
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Erikshegda1994
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmhannon
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Paoloboston
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of mbjb0720
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the cool things about the simultaneous & ongoing eradication of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody as well as The CANQuest (tm) is the ocCANsional opportunity to CANduct a back-to-back side-by-side (or perhaps vice versa). As always, I begin with the bottle (ugh) & then Crack! open the CAN.

From the CAN: "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."

Ah, the glorious Crack & inverted Glug of a CAN of beer ... Nothing beats it! I also created three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, pinkish head with excellent retention as a result of my efforts. Color was still Amber to Deep-Amber/Light Copper with that pinkish tinge (SRM = > 9, < 13 OR N/A), but the clarity was button-bright, even with the inverted Glug. Nose had a fruity, flowery, perfume-y quality reminiscent of flower &/or herbal teas like I supped on in the Orient while a sailor. I was not thinking of an AIPA when this was going on. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but definitely big for the style. The taste had an unpleasant sharpness that was out of place in the style, first of all, but then it was CANpounded by an herbal/flowery/perfume-y flavor that just was not doing the trick. Finish was semi-dry, but I would be loathe to identify this as an AIPA.

From the bottle: "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."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour since that is my resolution from the beginning of the year. I am coming to embrace it as there have been far fewer accidents & spills than with an aggro pour as in the past. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, pinkish-white head, not as intense as the cotton candy-like beer from earlier in the week, but definitely with a pinkish cast. Color was a pinkish-Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13 OR N/A) and I am hedging my bet only because I cannot tell if the deepness of the color was due to the hibiscus presence. Nose smelled flowery and perfume-y, more like tea than an AIPA. I will be frank here & say that I am not a fan of hibiscus s an adjunct. I visited many places in the orient during my naval career & I have drank herbal & flower teas & I just do not find them all that appealing. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had an odd sharpness with a definite flowery, perfume-y quality that really did not put me in mind of an AIPA. I thought of rose water or other flower-infused, light beverages, but as a hophead, this just was not doing it for me. The finish was light, ethereal, semi-dry & refreshing, but it was not scratching my itch.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of willcumbie
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

From the can, it pours a reddish amber with a modest head that soon reduces to a thin layer with a nice ring. Lacing as you enjoy it. Mostly flowery hops in the nose, with a bit of malt. The mouth enjoys the lightly flowery hoppy and malt flavor. Nice!

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop-Leaf
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish hue with a light tan creamy head that didn't hold up like I would have expected. Smell was lighter than expected, considering the hop forward taste and flower and hop aftertaste.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Crimson Pistil IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 190 ratings
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