Friday, October 23, 2020

Crux Heart Hands Hazy IPA

Beer Name: Heart Hands
Brewery: Crux Fermentation Project (Bend, OR)
ABV: 6.8%

How sold: 4-packs of 16 oz. cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: May 18, 2020
Date Drank: August 29, 2020
When brewed? Limited-time beer. Was available through July 2020 (I drank it after that time, though)
IBU: 60

What's on the Can: "A hazy mirage of mellow refreshment shimmers beneath a vibrant sky exploding with juicy goodness from Comet, Galaxy, and Lotus hops in our latest dry-hopped hazy IPA. The perfect companion for enjoying the sunset from our Tasting Room - or wherever you area - this Insta-worthy India Pale Ale is set to go viral."

Where distributed: Crux distributes to Oregon, Washington, parts of Idaho (around Boise), and parts of California (Bay Area). Their beer has also been spotted in Japan and the Netherlands.

Appearance (5%): Poured mostly hazy orange-golden into a pint glass. Unfiltered. Frothy white head, good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Balanced earthy/pine, stone fruit, and berry with assertive floral hops. 4/5

Taste (40%): More of a hoppy/earthy experience to start. Citrus and stone fruit try to come through after the initial wave (and also in the aftertaste), especially after the beer warmed up. Has a malty or slight octane taste to it as well. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied, good carbonation. Some stickiness and slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): A decent IPA. This fits more with the West Coast "hazy hybrid" IPAs, although as the beer warmed up a bit, the fruity components came through a lot more. Overall, I'll remember this more for the hoppy, earthy vibe instead of the fruity. I also really dig that can art. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.9/5

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