Devils Backbone Brewing Co Cross Eyed Stranger
What the brewers say
“Tangerine notes and firm hops bitterness are derived from extreme hopping rates. Pale gold in color with intense hops character from Experimental Hop 06300. A Virginia collaboration beer brewed with Ocelot Brewing Company.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big dark fruit sweet aroma similar to a barleywine.Caramel maltiness, toffee, toasted malt, fairly strong oxidation - composty. I thought this was supposed to be a hoppy style?"
Flavor: “Heavy bitterness with a banana peal type flavor and astringency that grows well after the taste is finished. The bitterness covers up the body and perhaps what could be a touch of malt sweetness."
Overall: “Intense, perhaps off-putting, hop flavors and bitterness that distract from a decent base beer. This beer is trying to win an IBU battle that people stopped fighting years ago."