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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. Crisp Lager has nothing to hide behind - no makeup to cover up any flaws. Raw ingredients and their essence, full and unabated...uninhibited...CRISP.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Hazy tan amber with, soft, off-white fluffy head. Spicy, resinous, hoppy nose--a bit stinky with sulfur, rotten eggs, rotted flesh, damp, old sock. Flavor is also a bit "off". Over-ripe hops and fruit, a bit rotten. Spicy, powdery hoppyness. Sweet vegetal notes. Thinnish, and foul tasting aftertaste. Off-balanced, off-kilter, and just plain off the mark. Blech.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Sample from can at the Strange Brew Tasting on 02/18/2012. This beer is a hazy golden color with a medium thin white head that evaporates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and toasted malt. Light body with flavors of biscuit malt, grassy hops and a touch of citrus. The finish is short with a zesty citrus aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Can shared by a friend. Clear yellow pour with a huge white head. Malty and creamy nose with honey and crisp hop notes. Sweet malt and honey sweetness starts off on the palate, then a crisp pilsner finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
robgibbens (406) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Pours a golden amber with a short white foam. The aroma is yeasty doughy. The taste is bitter with a clean crisp finish. Very doughy/yeasty. Not bad but something with the aromas detracts from this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2012
This beer just arrived in Indiana last week. It pours a light bodied honey gold in color with a one finger head. The nose is essentially smooth and mellow pale malts with a touch of honey. The flavors are mild and dry. You get plenty of pale malts with a touch of honey and it finishes dry with moderate bitterness. The level of bitterness is surprising, and more than I anticipated. The more I sip it the more floral components I get, yet not in a hoppy manner. The hop presence is minimal. This beer drinks light in body with a dry finish. The dryness and bitterness keep me from really endorsing it but itís a decent pils in a can.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Dry, bitter, pils lager. Simple, not spectacular. Clean. Probably best ice cold on a hot, hot summer evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1137) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Itís very rare a craft brewery makes a lager that is remotely standard. Imperial pilsners and malty lagers tend to be the rage these days - but why not a fizzy yellow lager that doesnít taste like corn or rice? I suppose that was the idea Sixpoint had with their German-style lager "The Crisp." A to-the-point name for a to-the-point beer. Itís pale lager for sure, but tastes nothing like those made by the macro breweries.

I poured a 16oz can into a lager glass.

Appearance: Standard lager appearance of clear gold with plenty of fine carbonation visible. Forms a large, frothy, off-white head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: As soon as I pull the tab on the can I smell the lager aroma emanating from this beer. Itís nothing foul, though, just standard and identifiable. But a closer inspection reveals a more complex, refined nose: lemonpeel and a spicy hop variety give the beer a clean, fresh, flowery scent.

Taste: You donít tend to associate lagers with being bitter, but the first thing I noticed about The Crisp was just how much hop presence it has. Thereís a dry, spicy bitterness that begins the palate. This gives way to a more standard lager taste, but without any astringent adjunct flavors. Instead of rice or corn, thereís a noticeable presence of lemon pith and a variety of light peppery spice. Perhaps this is Saaz hops (I couldnít find an official description of the recipe anywhere). Itís an interesting, almost conflicting combination of clean lager and spicerack bite. Thereís a touch of citrus flavor, which is subtle to be sure, but strong enough to notice and enjoy.

Drinkability: Not surprisingly, this beer is aptly named since it is indeed crisp with a 1-2 punch of fine carbonation and a touch of spice. However, it is not highly gassy, so it goes down smooth without any CO2 caught in the throat. It finishes mostly clean, but leaves a pleasant, faint aftertaste of lemon and dry hoppiness. The 5.4% ABV seems perfect, as it definitely has a little more weight and chutzpah than your average macro lager, but it wonít overwhelm you after one pint. The Crisp is refreshing on a hot day or with the right situational pairing, but still a fun and easy beer to drink on its own.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours a dark golden orange color with yellowish edges and a one finger frothy white head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grass and straw along with a crisp(duh), spicy hop presence. Floral with subtle pine and light fruit notes. Faint buttery character but not enough to kill the nose. Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a good balance of earthy notes, pale malts and crisp, earthy hops. Slight dry bitterness up front with a spicy, pine hop presence that is nicely balanced by pale, biscuity pilsner malt, grass, straw and light fruit. Well balanced and sessionable but kind of standard for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Radek Kliber (6373) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Can 473 ml
Aroma: frontal diacetyl, butterscotch with soft herbal hops, some vanilla. Way off.4-
Appearance: fine haze on gold. Medium white top. Decent lace. 3+
Palate / Taste: Creamy, buttery texture with soft body. On top slight hop notes shown. Mess, this one is extreme opposite of crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1890) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Cloudy orangey amber in color with a thin whitish head. Bready, yeasty, but with a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Light pepper and citrus zest.

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