Crooked Pecker Brewing Company out of Chagrin Falls, OH is well known for their New England IPAs. The NEIPAs are hazy, juicy, and hoppy and are any hazy boi’s dream come true. I’ve been lucky to obtain cans when I can and I’ve learned that each beer is something special.
The global pandemic has caused Crooked Pecker to rethink and reinvent themselves as a brewery. They’ve experimented with varying can releases of their sought after liquid. According to their website, you can sign up for can release email notifications and there is a live shop with four packs of cans and Crooked Pecker apparel.
One of their heavily sought after brews is Rocket Snacks, a Imperial/Double New England IPA toting 8.5% ABV and one of the coolest yet simpliest can art I’ve seen in a while and from this brewery. Overall, I think Crooked Pecker’s can art for all their cans is top notch, but this one pops with the funky colorful background and then the simple back and white label reading “ROCKET SNACKS.”
When it came time to stop admiring the can art and start admiring the contents, I had high hopes. I popped the can open and was met with signature NEIPA notes on the nose, but not even because I hadn’t even gone in for a sniff. I knew this one was going to be good. As I poured the beer into a glass, this beer was just what every hazy fan was looking for and had a thick foamy head on top.
I’m just going to declare this – Rocket Snacks was one of the best NEIPAs I’ve ever had. Each sip was the epitome of what a NEIPA should taste like whether its a “regular” one or a double/imperial. Crooked Pecker knocked this one out of the park. The beer had a smooth and soft mouthfeel, along with subtle hoppy bitterness. I also thought that this tropical beer would be the perfect base for fruit variants, but I’ll leave that to the brewers.
If you see, hear, or have the opportunity to find Crooked Pecker’s beer, do it. They are a solid brewery brewing up solid beers.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Scott Stewart at Crooked Pecker for the recent delivery of cans, including Rocket Snacks for this review!