Friday, July 22, 2022

Fort George Crysknife Hazy IPA (REVISITED)

(Original Review -- May 2019)

Beer Name: Crysknife
Brewery: Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR) in collaboration with Our Mutual Friend Brewing (Denver, CO)
ABV: 7.2%

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

Date Canned: August 27, 2021
Date Drank: November 20, 2021
When brewed? Likely a rotating beer. A continuing collaboration with Our Mutual Friend Brewing in Colorado.

What's on the Website: "This IPA distinguishes itself with a bit of biscuity English malt called Maris Otter, giving it a stronger malt character than most modern IPA’s while still packing a big tropical, peachy, and citrusy hop profile. As fruity as this beer is, it still has a mild bitterness to round it out and prevent it from being overly sweet. A collaboration with Our Mutual Friend Brewing and named for the knife made from the tooth of the sandworms in the Dune novels. Mostly because we’re nerds. But also because these hazy IPAs have become one of our favorite styles, never to leave our side, like a trusty knife.

Crysknife is deep gold and opaque haze in appearance with a sweet, juicy, fruity aroma that round outs its tropical fruit flavor and medium-thick mouthfeel. It is double dry-hopped, once at the end of fermentation and again after fermentation."

Hops (as listed on the website): Mosaic, Azacca, Cashmere, Citra, Amarillo.

Malts (as listed on the website): 2-Row Barley, Maris Otter, Weyerman Pilsner, White Wheat, Carafoam, Flaked Oats.

Where distributed: Fort George distributes just in the Pacific Northwest. Since this was a collaboration, this beer may have also been available at Our Mutual Friend Brewing.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy golden-orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered; lots of sediment at the bottom of the can. Frothy white head, trace lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Mix of slight dank and tropical citrus/stone fruit. Complementing oaty malts. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Dank and slight octane to start, followed by tropical stone fruit and oaty malt. Lovely citrus aftertaste that sticks around. Three distinct waves. Malt much more noticeable as the beer warms up. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied; some carbonation. Juicy and creamy with some dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. The last time I had this, I really gave it a ton of accolades, but admittedly, this time around, I'm not as excited about it despite it still being a wonderful brew. I love the fruity refreshing nature and it goes down even easier on a warm day. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.475/5

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