Crystal Springs IPA, a regular offering from Klamath Basin Brewing, poured a hazy acron color into the glass, topped with a whipped, white head fed by a tiny amount of carbonation. The IPA had a big, citrus and pine nose typical of a Northwest-style IPA.
Despite the lack of visible carbonation, Klamath Basin Crystal Springs IPA hit my mouth heavily carbonated with a gripping, fruity hop start. As the effervescence subsided, the hops mellowed into a subtle, sweet caramel center. A strange, almost minty herbal note came through as the hops faded, and the malt profile took on a slightly “off” earth taste.
Klamath Basin Crystal Springs IPA is a good craft beer, and I wouldn’t turn it down, but in the current glut of similar IPAs, this IPA doesn’t stand out.