The first time I had Crooked Stave was at The Festival in Portland this summer. There were only a couple of breweries on my list that I had to try. Fortunately the lines were not long for Crooked Stave and the beer did not disappoint. The extra bottles from The Festival made it to some bottle shops in the Portland area and I was able to grab one bottle before they were all gone. Fortunately I have found several others in Vermont so this will not be the last review of Crooked Stave.
These bottles are small (375 ml/12.7 oz) so it is just enough to fill a glass and still have room for the head. The beer has a great light orange color and is unfiltered. Aroma has plenty of citrus, some lemon and just the right amount of funk. Taste is about the same with a nice light bitterness added in. Overall this is a very good beer and I am very interested to try the other seasonal varieties to see how they differ.
Pros: Only slightly funky and a fair amount of hops
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Crooked Stave