Crooked Stave Hop Savant "NZ Pacifica" Brettanomyces IPA

It's the final beer in the series that I went into with much anticipation and wonderment, but I ultimately have been a bit disappointed with the project. From first to last, they were all pretty... moderate. Was it because of the yeast or the hops? Was it something else? I wish I could tell you, but I can't really recommend any of them based on the rather high price that they are charging. Maybe this one will break the mold.

It might just be my eyes playing tricks on me, but there seems to be a tower of gold inside the cloudy yellow-orange beer. The head barely built at all during pouring compared to its positively effervescent sisters I've had. The head is also less clumpy and it leaves a lot less lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is WAY less pungent than the others of its ilk. Yes, it still has the funky yeast and the citrus, but it is like it's been turned from a 7 to a 4 or 3.

First sip is an unexpectedly strong one. It's heavy tropical fruit at the beginning, and then it's the brettanomyces at the end. They are like a hammer, but it's a ball peen hammer, as opposed to the sledge that this yeast normally brings. It's like those tropical (mostly lemon here) hops are just taking care of business.

Tip-in is slight funk and slight carbonation tingle. The tartness is really the loudest thing in the beginning. The middle comes with a very odd sensation of a tangerine-lemon smacking the top of the mouth with every gulp. Tartness keeps the mouth tight through the middle entirely. The finish is the middle, but louder. The funk is pretty minimal, but the tartness and a sourness kind of take over for it.

Bottom Line: If you are in the mood for a very tart beer, I've got one for you. Me? I may reach for a different beer next time.



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