Friday, April 14, 2023

Crux Kiki Magic Hazy IPA

Beer Name: Kiki Magic Hazy IPA
Brewery: Crux Fermentation Project (Bend, OR)
ABV: 6.9%

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

Date Canned: March 8, 2022
Date Drank: June 12, 2022
When brewed? Likely a limited-time or rotational beer.
IBU: 35

What's on the Can: "Come together over this Hazy IPA brewed with a healthy dose of ultra-expressive BRU-1 hops, producing unexpected pineapple and ripe pear expressions. These friendly fruit flavors stand tall amidst an unfiltered and exceptionally smooth malt profile for an aromatic experience that’s perfect for pairing with good pals and conversation."

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

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

Smell (25%): Juicy tropical pineapple and passion fruit/orange, with complementing smooth malt. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Balanced tropical stone fruit and pineapple with complementing smooth, creamy malt. Aftertaste  has more of a passion fruit/orange experience. Not sure about the pear, although it also might be more noticeable on the aftertaste. Slightly less flavorful than some of the others I've had, but still wonderful. 4.5/5

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

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. While I would prefer just a bit more flavor punch, it drinks very easy and smooth. I agree...this is perfect to have with friends. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.538/5

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