ABV: 7.8 IBU: 90
Devils Backbone Brewing Co Cross Eyed Stranger
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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."
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