Crash Zone

Delaware
United States
Crash Zone by Fordham & Dominion Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Crash Zone is an India Pale Lager brewed with some of the worlds most sought after hops and then dry hopped in Oak Chips. It has an incredible hop aroma, bitterness and smoked flavor.

Profile

ABV: 
7.50%
IBUs: 
70
Served at: 
38-45º
Hops: 
Columbus, Citra, Sorachi, Crystal and Mt. Hood Hops
Malts: 
Munich, Crystal, Caraamber, Carafoam and Torrified Malts
Judges Review 
James Link's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

I have evaluated the below described beer after a pour from a 12 ounce bottle into a .4L Pilsner glass. Since there are no recognized style guidelines for IPL's the following review is based on known parameters for lagers and how the ingredients marry together in balance.

Citrus and earthy hop aromatics are immediately evident upon first pour with a firm roasted malt base in support. Esters appear restrained as a result of the cooler fermentation temperatures realized here.

A  good looking beer highlighted by a brilliantly clear dark copper color and tightly knit khaki colored head. The flavor was hop forward and much like the aroma in that Citrus was predominant and lingered throughout into a long dry finish. Alcohol was evident at higher levels than would  normally be experienced with standard lagers yet does not detract.

Medium bodied,crisp and well conditioned. No astringency or off flavors sometimes associated with warmer fermentation.

This IPL leaned more to the IPA side of the style in that hops define the character of the beer with lager qualties somewhat hidden in the background.