Monday, 21 March 2011
Breakfast Beer Tasting: Crooked Tree IPA
The basics: No sign (again) of any ABV. Are all American drinkers psychic or is it they just don’t care? Anyway, it’s a standard 12 oz bottle. It poured hazy amber with good carbonation and a very tight off-white head. It had an appealing, quite strong, hop aroma of pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Quite full bodied and hinting at a high ABV. Pine and floral hops strongly dominate upfront to give it a “classic” IPA taste with some grapefruit at the back. Not as astringent as I was expecting.
Finish: Quite short; piny.
Conclusion: More balanced than many American IPAs, but, for me, just lacking that killer punch that would make it stand out more from the competition. One for your uncle.
Update: Ok so it’s 6%. It tastes stronger, so I’m marking it down for lack of ease of drinking.