Friday, May 6, 2016

Crux Cast Out IPA

Beer Name: Cast Out
Brewery: Crux Fermentation Project (Bend, OR)
ABV: 7.6%
How sold: 6-packs of 12 oz. (355 mL) bottles; 500 mL bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $3.11 for a 12 oz. single

Date Bottled: February 25, 2016
Date Purchased: March 12, 2016
Date Opened: March 16, 2016
When brewed? Year-round beer.

What's on the Website/Bottle: "Many breweries procure their hops right here in the Northwest. But this beer features the Galxy hop from Australia, a country famously populated by England's cast out convicts. Cast Out IPA employs these hops aggressively from hop back to dry hopping stages. Yet the result is a balanced and bronzy ale, with medium hop bitterness complemented by moderate maltiness,  showcasing aromas and flalvors reminiscent of passion fruit." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of February 2016, Crux ships just to the Pacific Northwest. I know they are at least found in Oregon and Washington. See if Crux ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Carbonated wonderfully, frothy white head and some lacing left on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Predominantly pineapple-tropical, notes of mango or passion fruit. Loving it. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Again, mostly pineapple-tropical and malty upfront, with a pleasing hop-bitterness presenting itself toward the back end and aftertaste. A happy tropical experience throughout. I'd say a very clean tropical flavor; very little (if any) alcohol and quite smooth. I could drink this all day and night. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, slight carbonation on the tongue and a bit velvety. This is one of those times where I just know this has the right feel -- and my brain, heart, and mouth want more. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): A world-class IPA. I have been a fan of the beer formerly known as Outcast for many months, but only now finally got around to reviewing this. Cast Out is certainly on the higher end of the Single IPA alcoholic scale, but drinks so easily. I'm glad that Crux finally got around to making six-packs of this beer, because I would totally take it to a party and drink it all myself. Or maybe I'll save one for a friend if he or she is interested. It might be over $3 for a single and certainly on the higher end for a sixer, but that won't stop me. Winner winner panda beer thirty. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.738/5

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