Style: Spice Beer
ABV: 6.2 IBU: 52
Tröegs Brewing Co. Crimson Pistil IPA
What the brewers say
“It’s summertime. Hop bines are growing up to 6 inches a day. Hibiscus is in full bloom. And in Crimson Pistil, the two get in a glorious tangle of berry-like tanginess, sunset technicolor and sticky tropical notes.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Dank and citrus hops with raspberry and cranberry whiffs from the hibiscus. A bit of lemon and grapefruit too, along with a hint of black pepper.”
Flavor: “The cranberry and raspberry notes from the hibiscus come out more in the flavor with lemon citrus and grassy behind it. It’s a well-balanced IPA with just enough bitterness to round out the malt. Spice beers routinely overdo it on the spice, but this one felt restrained, like they could have gone further but played it safe in a enjoyably balanced way.”
Overall: “The hibiscus and hops play nicely together with a citrus and grassy character combined with red fruit notes. A fun beer, and the color is fantastic.”
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