Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a golden color, maybe even more so towards a light shade of amber, hazy and highly opaque with teeny tiny bits of sediment floating around the brew. Nice, slightly off-white cap shows decent retention and some seriously amazing, chunky lacing. Nose is wonderful, very perfumey, pungent, and floral, like a bed of wet roses. Earthy, ashy, and a bit peppery even. These hops have a lot of character to them, and quite a nice repertoire. Some toasted bread and crackers bring up the malt aroma which pales in comparison to the hops.
The hops kick you in the mouth first here, mostly taking on that ashy, peppery aroma in flavor. Very herbal and spicy, almost like dry tea leaves and white pepper. Bitterness hits high at first, mellows out quick, and then plateaus into the aftertaste. Some pithy, bittersweet citrus flavors are second in command, including some grapefruit and heavy lemon zest. A bit of alcohol flavor and warmth adds to things and combines with the lemon zest to give a Lemon Pledge type flavor, but it actually tastes better than it sounds. Bready malts and yeast are apparent in the aftertaste, giving your mouth that fluffy, dry coating. Light malt and barley flavors cut through at times during the hop trounce, but aren't that noticeable and are certain far from the forefront. Medium body, slick with a touch of residual stickiness. Carbonation is on the higher side of things, giving the palate a crisp snap after each sip.
Had this a long time ago, thought it was okay. This time around, it was much to my liking. Goes to show you how the palate changes over time. A solid IPA with a nice ashy and earthy bitterness. Reasonably priced and local, too.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2012 05:26:06 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours an amber orange with a finger of near white head. Strong retention and fantastic lacing.
S - orange, grapefruit, pears, apple, sweet fruit and less citrusy/bitter. some sweet malts too.
T - Surprisingly bitter (considering the aroma), definitely a ton of pear type flavors and some apple as well. Rindy/sticky resinous qualities and a decent heft of caramel sweetness. Dry/slightly bitter finish and aftertaste.
M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, sits a tad thick/sticky on the tongue.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 02:35:43 | More by MacQ32
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.