ABV: 6.3 IBU: 45
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Key Lime Tau
What the brewers say
“Key Lime Tau is a mixed-culture fermentation ale aged in oak with lactose, fresh lime peel, and fresh lemongrass.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Earthy, citrus—mostly lime, but a little dank and hint of vinegar. Light fruit—like lime, peach, and mango—that accentuates the tartness. The faint grassy note is quite appealing.
Assertive tart lactic aroma with lime citrus undertones.”
Flavor: “Limeade-like citric acid tag teams with a lactic acid tang for an unstoppable duo. Slight lactose sweetness in the middle of the sip dries out in the finish. Rich fruity sweetness up front, with a sour punch in the middle and a nice spice astringency on the swallow to clean things up.”
Overall: “Light, refreshing, milder than I expected from the nose. Easy drinking and really interesting—the lactose back sweetens it to keep the tartness from being overpowering and accentuates the light fruitiness. The spice additions add some complexity to the finish and cut the sweetness a bit, while the lingering lime remains intriguing.”
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