Review: Half Hitch, Crux Fermentation Project

 
Half Hitch Imperial Mosaic IPA
Crux Fermentation Project — Bend, OR


Stats:
  • Style:  Imperial IPA
  • Bitterness:  80 IBU
  • ABV:  10.0%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Mosaic
  • Sampled:  375 ml. bottle (provided by brewery) 

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? 
 
 
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2 comments:

  1. Crux is my favorite brewery. They don't make a bad beer. It's a little spendy but provides a solid buzz and a great experience on a single pint. There is something in the water in Bend. All of the breweries there are doing amazing things.

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  2. Crux is my favorite brewery. They don't make a bad beer. It's a little spendy but provides a solid buzz and a great experience on a single pint. There is something in the water in Bend. All of the breweries there are doing amazing things.

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