Description:Hops climb up twine that’s just loosely tied to the trellis
with a half hitch knot— and this Imperial IPA is just loosely tied to
tradition. The Mosaic hop imparts surprisingly floral aromas instead of the
more expected grapefruit-y notes. On the palate, complex layers of flavors
might remind you of guava, mango, stone fruit and lemon, unraveling your idea
of what an Imperial IPA should be.— Crux Fermentation Project
Random thoughts: Crux Fermentation Project recently sent me a few samples.
I’ve heard great things about their beer, but have never had the chance to
taste one. That changes now. Today I’m
drinking Half Hitch, an Imperial IPA that features Mosaic hops.Mosaic is a descendant of Simcoe, Tomahawk,
and Nugget hops. Its flavor descriptors include citrus, cedar, floral, stone
fruit, tropical, pine, and even onion and garlic! Let’s hope those last two don’t
find their way into this beer!
The tasting: Bottled on December 4, 2013. Half Hitch is golden orange in
color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma starts with grapefruit, but quickly
moves to tropical fruit with guava and mango taking center stage. There's also
a bit of bread and a touch of alcohol in the nose. At the first sip, mango and
guava are front and center in taste. Grapefruit is present, but is takes a
backseat to the tropical fruit flavors. This is a nice change of pace, as most IIPAs
tend to emphasize grapefruit flavor.
In the middle, biscuit and slightly sweet caramel malt
flavors emerge followed by a bit of warming alcohol.At 10% ABV, I expected a more noticeable alcohol bite, and was pleasantly surprised by the lack of it. Hop bitterness is
moderate to high, but is very nicely balanced. Half Hitch is moderately
carbonated, medium bodied, has a mouth feel that’s creamy, yet slightly resinous.
It finishes with a tropical fruit and warming alcohol.
4 star. Really good! I want this again! This is a delicious Imperial IPA! It has loads of juicy tropical
hop flavors, but manages to stay out of hop-bomb territory.For a 10% ABV beer, it’s extremely drinkable—so
take it your time and savor it. Sadly, my drink didn’t last very long. Half Hitch might
be hard to find, so if you're an IPA lover and come across it, don't hesitate to pick it up.
Have you tried Half Hitch? What's your favorite Crux beer?