Friday, November 26, 2021

Crux Krystal Juice IPA

Beer Name: Krystal Juice
Brewery: Crux Fermentation Project (Bend, OR)
ABV: 6.2%

How sold: 16 oz. tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: January 21, 2021
Date Drank: May 1, 2021
When brewed? Limited-time beer.
IBU: 50

What's on the Can: "In the pursuit of the next great IPA, sometimes, it doesn't hurt to see where you're headed. Introducing this new-era IPA that sparkles with big, juicy hop flavor and aroma without any hazy impurities. Whole flower Galaxy, Mosaic, and Citra hops shine brightly with notes of grapefruit and orange zest while aromas of melon and mango complete this slightly sweet, fully tropical experience. One taste and you'll see that, clearly, this IPA has nothing to hide."

Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic.

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 clear golden into a pint glass. Very frothy white head, virtually no lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Pleasant, balanced floral and tropical experience. Getting mostly grapefruit and orange on the tropical portion. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Clean, slightly sweet, tropical citrus from start to finish. Some floral and melon detected. Complementing hoppy citrus peel, likely the grapefruit and orange zest, pops up in the aftertaste. Very straightforward, refreshing, and delicious. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Juicy with slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent to outstanding IPA. Perhaps this was even more satisfying to drink after a taking a long walk, but Krystal Juice has a no-frills and largely citrus approach to the IPA experience. Perfect after a long day and on a warm spring/summer day. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.413/5

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