Heavy Seas CrossBones Session IPA

Heavy Seas beers tend to be a constant disappointment for me. I found their tour to be…basically a bashing session on macro beers. Which, I guess is alright, but I’d rather you talk about your own beers. Anyways, Val picked this up for me, so I gave it a shot.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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 its 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!”

Random: Given the popularity of craft beer, don’t you think that you should have put out a new year-round beer before this? Just saying.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing as well as a half a finger of crown. The body was a hazy orange with lots of floaties and carbonation. The nose had a lot of tangerine and citrus zest. The taste had grapefruit flesh and zest along with some grass. There wasn’t any malt to speak of. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was long with citrus zest. This was $1.99 for a single can ($.17 per ounce), which isn’t a bad price. But, the beer was too thick and needed way more carbonation to be successful. This was fine, but nothing to write home about.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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