The Wild Wild Brett Blue Dark Hoppy Ale Brewed With Colorado Blue Spruce Tips from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Fort Collins, Colorado pours out a dark brown in color with little light getting through and is topped with a large, tan colored head that slowly recedes to a thin film. On the nose, this smells like a Cascadian Dark Ale hopped up on pine steroids. Maybe that should be spruce steroids. Super hoppy nose, mostly pine and spruce with some earth and a little brett funk. In the mouth, more complex. Deep layers of flavor ranging from spruce, funk, earth, peppery spice, pine hops to mild bitter citrus. Definitely bitter through and through. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Slightly chewy mouthfeel. The finish is incredibly long, very dry and provocatively bitter.
What a well crafted beer. It is a treat to be able to drink beers likes this. My craft beer friends will totally appreciate that sentiment. The beer that is so well crafted you'd like to be able to drink it all the time but know it is here for just a short time. WWWB you have my respect. I hope to have the opportunity to drink you again sometime soon n the not too distant future. Kudos to Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project for nailing another awesome craft beer. May you be one of the lucky 1531 people (that is if everyone only buys 1 bottle). Highly recommended.
750ml bottle, 7.3% ABV, Batch 7/12, Bottle 1044/1531
Beer 196 of 366 for 2012