Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid fruity hop presence that is slightly better in the smell.
06-11-2013 01:55:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Flirting with the varying taste of hops, this "Citra" installment promotes a heightened taste of tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, and ruby red grapefruit above a base of caramel, biscuit and malt sweetness.
And just like the original, "Artic" pours with a sturdily hazed deep amber glow and a non-filtered, hoppy haze that's careful not to strip the aroma and taste. Capped by a creamy off-white head, the foam retains and laces just as well as the regular Crooked Tree
Ripe grapefruit pulp and juice becomes the citrus-dominant aroma. And then a follow of tangerine pineapple, and apricot come in the second aromatic wave and is supported by light biscuit malt, thin caramel and honey to give the fruit flavors a candied effect. Mildly "chive-like" and herbal, the beer shows it's focus on the hop plant more as the beer warms.
Caramel, biscuit, and mild toast strike lay gently on the tongue, and then is pursued by the dominance of Citra hops. Ruby red grapefruit, bright orange, and acidic bitterness sooth the taste at middle palate and provide a light acidic bitterness to finish. The clean beer keeps yeasty fruit flavors and spicy yeast character at bay in order to draw attention to the citrus and tropical hops.
Medium bodied due to just enough unresolved malt and starch textures and its creamy carbonation, at least to start. The beer quickly turns toward a middle plate filled with transition- malty sweetness turns malty-dry, hop flavor turns cleanly bitter, and rosy alcohols turn to dry warmth just before a decidedly bitter, clean and dry finish that lingers with a memory of fruity hops.
Its a delightful IPA that explores what's so alluring about the "Citra" brand of hops. Its delicate and tangeriny, even if the malts still seem to interfere with the Citra display to the extent that I would prefer.
04-30-2013 19:17:36 | More by BEERchitect
4.21/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a standard pint glas a dull lightly hazed deep burnt orange with a one finger slight off white head atop.Fresh citric hops in the nose,not overly sharp just juicy and fresh smelling,a not overly sweet firm malt base is there as well.Like the nose the flavors are dominated by overripe citrus fruitiness with mild grassiness to boot,there is enough malt to "kinda" hold up the citric blast.A great ipa,love the freshness in the aromas and on the palate.
05-27-2013 18:17:52 | More by oberon
4.04/5 rDev +1.3%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Part two of my three-part trek through this variety pack. It pours a clear amber topped by a finger of wan cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, candied grapefruit peel, sweet caramel, melon, berries, and some vague greens. Now this is how Citra is supposed to come across! The taste brings in more of the same, but with more grapefruit rind and some pine resin for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine IPA, a nice showcase for the Citra varietal.
05-18-2013 05:06:22 | More by TMoney2591
3.71/5 rDev -7%
This only uses citra hops? Really? If that's the case, and I'm sure that it is, it shows single hop variety potential, but probably not for the reasons you hope for with citra. Tastes very much like an east coast ipa. I want to say it tastes something like Simcoe. No real citric tones. Mostly pine and resin. Smooth feel. Nice drinker. But for a citra single-hopped beer, I've had much more interesting besides this one. (Most recently the Flying Dog citra dipa.)
06-30-2013 23:02:06 | More by RblWthACoz
3.79/5 rDev -5%
an interesting ipa, related to the crooked tree beers, but im not totally sure how. this pours a moderately hazy honey color, with about an inch of slowly receding translucent white froth. the nose is hoppy indeed, but not as complex as I remember the crooked tree being. its got some citrus in the aroma, oddly sweet with the sharpness, like one of those ugly japanese grapefruits. bigger malt base than expected, granular and a little sappy, its the first thing I taste. citra hops do abound in this brew though, giving that nice light lemony kick, but lacking any real bitterness to counterbalance the malt density. I would like maybe a more sturdy varietal to back up the delicate citra, although I suppose that's what the crooked tree is right? great feel, with jovial and sassy carbonation, and a bigger than medium body, as well as just the right alcohol content for the style (for me at least). a fun beer, I would like to try the others all side by side before too long.
07-11-2013 12:54:19 | More by StonedTrippin
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
Dark amber with a strong haze. Thin head, with a lasting single-bubble layer. It leaves a nice ring of lace. The edges streak down the glass. There's only spotty lace after the initial sip.
A bit more dark and earthy than the Esdasac. There's still a hoppy overtone, but it's mild.
Starts with a brief amber malt taste of neutral sweetness. The white pepper hop flavor quickly takes over. The body leans to the thin side but is compensated by the low carbonation. The finish is bitter with non-descript hop. It doesn't live up to the citrus flavors expected.
05-27-2013 20:29:17 | More by smcolw
4.04/5 rDev +1.3%
Served on-tap at Pony Bar (Hell's Kitchen) in New York, NY
A: Pours a hazy mediu orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops over a lighter body of caramel malts.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate body of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. There are moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: Very enjoyable and the overall aroma of this beer was great - I wish the flavors of the hops were as pronounced as the aromas but this is definitely a beer I could easily have a couple during a session and enjoy it.
07-04-2013 01:37:57 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +0.3%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/5/2013. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of peach, passion fruit, mango, tangerine, orange rind, floral, caramel, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of peach, passion fruit, tangerine, orange zest, floral, caramel, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruits, floral, caramel, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a balanced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
06-10-2013 04:29:13 | More by superspak
Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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