Tuesday, November 1st 2011
Great Crescent IPA
(Great Crescent Brewery)
From the brewery that brought the world the first ever canned barrel-aged stout comes this 16 oz. can of IPA. We don't know too much of the specifics about this particular beer - such as it's strength or it's IBUs not to mention we also have no idea which particular hops or malts are used in brewing it. Oh well, sometimes it's fun to guess.
From the Great Crescent site:
"The beer that was created to make the ocean voyage to India when it was a British Colony lives on today in many interpretations - all hoppy, some a lot more than others. Great Crescent IPA is made in the classic British style and maintains some balance between the malt and the hops. There is a moderate hop aroma with a carmel malt presense. Hop flavor and bitterness come through very cleanly in the finish."
Here we go...
Pour - great looking orange to peach colored IPA. Head resembles pancake batter and leaves some ridiculously thick lacing inside the glass. Very good looking beer coming out of this can.
Aroma - citrus along with some Christmas tree pine aromas that sort of lean towards being astringent and soapy smelling. Not a whole lot of malt sweetness detected in the nose. This almost has the aroma of plastic a bit. Hmm...
Taste - first taste and I get some more of that astringent bitter flavor. It reminds me of pine but perhaps a bit more than I'm used to tasting in an IPA. Some malt backbone comes into play but this lacks much in the way of hop flavor. The flavor profile of this particular India Pale Ale leaves me scratching my head and tapping the glass.
Overall - not overly impressed by this one. I can't help but feel that there are some off flavors and something isn't quite right. Even if this was more of the British-style of IPA I'd be getting more hop flavor and aroma along with a solid malt backing. The astringency of this brew is a little off-putting. Bummed as we've loved the other beers we've tried from Great Crescent. Perhaps it was just this particular batch?
Note - Great Crescent cans every one of the beers they brew. They do so by utilizing a can that allows them to adhere a label denoting the style within. This is similar to what both Sun King Brewing Company and Dolores River Brewery are also using.
Posted by Russ
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