Rogue New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta
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The story goes that Rogue Brewmaster John Maier had an urge to do something that had not been done before. Like John himself who started his career as an electronic technician and turned to full-time, award-winning brewing, this beer crosses categories and jumbles genres. As the name says, it’s part barleywine and part imperial IPA, and all together “dedicated to crustaceans.” Its aroma has a hint of pineapple that is found nowhere in the taste, so it smells faintly tropical. The flavor, though, is strong on hops yet balanced by mild malt. With a high ABV, the taste of the alcohol borders on mineral, like the sea that is the home to the caricature on the bottle. This beer is so new, we ordered it from the Rogue store but no information has been updated on the main website. All I can tell you definitively is that it ranks at 88 IBU, inconclusive reports on the ABV lean to somewhere above 9%, and the sipping experience is like few others.