Saturday, July 7, 2018

Crooked Stave Hop Savant Brettanomyces IPA

Fill date: 10/18/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 28A Brett Beer (base style: 21A American IPA)

AROMA: Strong citrus and tropical fruit presence, especially lemon, pineapple, and passionfruit. "Funky" Brett presence is also noticeable, but rather subtle. Faint grassy/herbal character likely from the hops. Base malt is neutral with no specialty character, though none is really needed. No signs of oxidation considering the age of the can. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy shade of yellow/pale orange (4-5 SRM). Large foam never completely dissipates and leaves trace lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Remarkably fruity-tasting throughout. Lemon is the most prominent flavor along with a cocktail of tropical fruit juices. Brett imparts a subtle tartness and general funky flavor, but is only noticeable briefly on the backend. There is a slight tartness, which is an interesting counter to the juicy character. I detect a subtle dill or grass-like hop flavor. Actual bitterness is very low for an IPA, though the age of the can likely accounts for this. Malt base is nondescript; yet palette does not feel unbalanced. Brett lingers in the aftertaste briefly with a dry tartness, but quickly fades away cleanly. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth and refreshing makes it highly drinkable. Though a 6.7% ABV should be a bit more challenging. This drinks like an overt session brew. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Enjoyable, interesting, and fun to drink Brett beer. Could use some improvements on the base style, though. 7/10


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