Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
How neat to be the first to rate this beer. Red/Orange grapefruit color. Really expressive (and damn impressive) hop aroma, which gives hints of herbs and pine, but also a variety of fruts, like a fruit cocktail bowl with a big fork. Congratulations, Deschutes, for nailing hop aroma. Malt body is indeed muscular, but it’s pretty subtle and lacking character overall. Fortunately, the vibrant and well chosen hop character makes up for it. The hop character is very fruity, but well texturized and nicely balanced, with a variety of apricot and peach notes, as well as hints of pine, herbs and flowers. A bit lighter in body that I would prefer, but still damn good. Keep em coming Deschutes!