Saturday, August 18, 2018

Crooked Stave Do You Even Zest?!

Fill date: 7/3/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 22A Double IPA)

AROMA: Moderately-high orange peel character which is more sweet than bitter, but not juicy per se. Faint notes of lemon and grapefruit as well; difficult to discern which components are from hops and which are from citrus zest. Malt base is generic and nondescript; seems more like a pale ale or single IPA. No alcohol presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: NEIPA-like complexion with an opaque pale yellow hue (2-4 SRM). Moderate white foam never completely dissipates and leaves some lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Orange flavor from beginning to end. Unlike the nose, the palette is more of a bitter peel and pith taste. Bitterness is presence throughout, though only moderate (and remarkably low for a DIPA). There is a consistent dryness between the citrus zest and the actual hop bitterness. Malt base is quite weak; it adds no richness or sweetness and contains no specialty character. Overall presentation is closer to a single IPA. No alcohol presence. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light[ish] body; moderately-high carbonation. For a Double IPA, this is surprisingly light and crisp, though overall drinkability is pleasant (even briefly refreshing). Does feel like a much lighter brew than its 7.5% ABV potency. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A nice combination of fruit and hops, but the palette is simple and repetitive. A bit too light to be marketed as a DIPA. 6/10


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