CrossBones

Maryland
United States
CrossBones Session IPA Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

CrossBones is our first new year-round beer since 2003! We worked long and hard to create the perfect session IPA that would satisfy the hoppiest of hop heads, all while not putting them under the table. This session IPA is bursting with floral and citrus notes and has a strong malt backbone to support all of that hoppy goodness. Upon tasting CrossBones, with it's big body, smooth finish and lingering citrus flavor, it's hard to imagine that it's only 4.5%. How do we get all of the aroma and flavor from a beer like Loose Cannon into CrossBones? Avast! You'll never find me buried treasure!

Profile

ABV: 
4.5%
IBUs: 
35
Malts: 
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramalt, Carapils, Biscuit
Judges Review 
Graham L. Barron's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Session IPA is a relatively new style that is arguably still finding its way among brewers. I look for certain qualities in a good session IPA: drinkability, lower alcohol content, and assertive hop flavor and bitterness. This example pours clear and bright with a beautiful orange glow and a fluffy off-white head.  Somewhat earthy hops mixed with citrus are up front in the aroma followed by biscuity malt. The bitterness level is high relative to the lower gravity of this ale, but the flavors are surprisingly balanced between citrusy hops and an almost English IPA-style malt character of bread crusts and saltine crackers with a dry finish. This is a fairly bitter, highly quaffable, well-crafted session IPA that, were it not for the characteristically American hop flavor, might even be confused for an English example of the style given its quite malty (but not sweet) flavor profile and relatively reserved hop aroma and flavor.

Brewery Introduction

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