Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Key Lime Tau (2π)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Key Lime Tau (2π) (7.0% alcohol by volume) is a mixed culture fermentation aged in oak with lactose, fresh lime peel and fresh lemon grass. Crooked Stave brewed Key Lime Tau in collaboration with the UK's Hawkshead Brewery to celebrate the color green. It has a tart citrusy nose with a trace of funk backed by some light biscuit, key lime, traces of lemon and tropical fruit with a hint of horse blaknket. It pours clear orange amber under a 2” off-white foam cap that takes 2 minutes to reduce to a thick, clingy film. An initial hint of butter from the lactobacillus precedes a big, lemony tartness with a lime aftertaste. There are two or three layers of lemon and lime from the bacteria, the yeast and the added lemongrass and lime. Hop flavor and bitterness are low to none and malt flavor is low to moderately low. Key Lime Tau has an exceptional mouth filling creaminess balanced by an intense citrusy tartness. The carbonation is medium high but very fine. The body is light. Key Lime Tau is a very tart, complex, refreshing summer beer. I rate it 90.