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Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 339
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: warnerry on 08-11-2012

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (464 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 5/26/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me this beer

Appearance: Hazy, copper-orange, with some gold highlights - pours with a small, off-white head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some lacing

Smell: Citra, in a subdued liquid form, with some malts - ripe tropical notes, including pineapples and melons - some fleshy orange and tangerine - not much depth otherwise - some pale and caramel malts, with some graininess

Taste: Regretfully, even more one-dimensional than the aroma - mild tropical notes, tangerine, orange, peaches, and pineapples (but all very mild) - some pine as well - medium level bitterness - somewhat dry - some earthiness - nice pale and caramel malt backbone - some balance

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, smooth, nice carbonation, drinkable

Overall: Good but mostly meh

Citra is a magical variety of hops, but it shouldn't go solo. It's more of a support class. It has some amazing properties, but it can't survive on its own. What I would really like to try is Crooked Tree dry-hopped with Citra. (1,056 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Mild haze on a copper-infused dark gold. Head is small and white. Drops to faint wisps of a cap with a small creamy collar. Moderate carbonation with almost no lacing.

Smell: Oh hey, it smells like Citra. Tropical fruits. Mango with some peach and pineapple, but it's not particularly aggressive. The malts are a nice balance, bringing some bready notes with a sweeter caramel malt backbone. A bit toasted. It is Crooked Tree with a little less depth.

Taste: Slightly toasted malts. Nice blast of peach and mango. A bit of lingering pine bitterness. Relatively clean. Slightly spicy. Caramel malt sweetness. A touch of cracker. Resinous and bitter, but it's not quite as aggressive as the standard iteration. Leafy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit of lingering bitterness. Smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall: Citra, you have forsaken me.

I had high hopes for this version and maybe that's why it fell short. The single-hop lacks the hop depth I expect from Crooked Tree. It's good, but not an overall improvement. (1,063 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date, but cool art. out tha sampler pack, son

typical ipa look, hazy but not cloudy. smell is fresh hop flowers, taste follows. crisp and bready grain, honey malt, grassy and dank hops. crisp and easily drinkable.

delicious hop burps (255 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange/copper. Very cloudy, non filtered IPA. Nice sized off- white bubbly head, seems like a bigger head than the FF version and maybe bigger than the cascade version. Nice lacing

S: Nice citrus and grapefruit with that carmel malty backbone.

T: Mainly citrus hops, nice and fresh tasting. That carmel malt backbone is there, like always to provide nice balance, but the citrus hops still shine through.

M: Medium body, average carb. Feels like the other ones.

O: The best out of the bunch and probably even better than the normal Crooked Tree. Good drinkability. (576 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Poco Grande glass. Imprinted 105-13 (April 15, 2013). Love the labels in this variety 12 pack!
Thick 1 finger head, white and fluffy with a ton of tiny bubbles. Leaving a ton of lacing in the glass. Dark amber body, looks nice a dense.
Smells of tons of citrus and pine and peaches.
Ton of Citra hops hit you right away with a great bitterness and a flavor that lingers on. Just the right amount of malt to sweeten it up on the finish.
A resinous hop bitterness hits you non stop on this bad boy! Not overly carbonated so it doesn't fill you up quickly.
Love this beer! If you are looking for a single hop Citra beer, look no further, this is for you. Very enjoyable and a lower abv so you can have several of these without there being too much of an issue. If you can still find the 420 variety 12 pack/case pick it up!
Cheers! (861 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (572 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. My third beer from the Dark Horse Crooked Tree variety pack! Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - One finger of fluffy white froth for a head. Body color is perhaps just a bit brighter of an orange, with some more yellow tones, than the Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert, with the same amount of sediment suspended in the glass & the same murkiness. Thin wispy lacing.

S - Smell is comprised more prominently of freshly cut bitter grapefruit and rind than the others were. Blood orange. Tangerine. Same bready malt qualities to it, but perhaps a bit more earthy.

T - Taste is of bitter grapefruit, juicy blood orange, and bready malt. Doesn't deviate too far from what our standard tastes like, but I definitely think the addition of citra hops makes the beer tasty more earthy. Bit of fruity sweetness to the finish.

M - Sticky, resinous hop bitterness. Sweet & smooth.

Overall, another delight of a beer from the Crooked Tree variety. I'm not sure if it beats out the Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert, but I think it might be better than the original. Don't hold me to that one though, because so far they've all been amazing. Definitely a nice way to showcase the differences in hop varieties, that's for damn sure. Definitely a beer I would buy again, and as far as I see it there's no reason for them not to start making all of these year-round.

Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert ---4/5. (1,453 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The last brew to review from the Dark Horse IPA snack pack.

Served in an Elysian tulip... sorta.

A: Looked pretty much like the other ones, including Crooked Tree: Dark orange, murky as hell, but this one had a much, much frothier head on it.

S: Mango skin in spades up front. Potent... fruity... hoppy... fresh.... Ahhh... I also got some hints of orange juice and pineapple in there as well.

T: Dang, I loves me some Citra. The name of the hop tells the story pretty much: Citr(is)a, with a nice bitter component, however, the fruit wins here.

M: The carbonation was spot on and the lacing was really nice. Fruit sugar in spades.

O: This was really nice, however, I think the Falconer's Flight entry was about as good. (727 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. Bought fresh and featuring citra hops the aroma was very nice. The aroma has a tropical fruit and maybe grapefruit smell. It's not very assertive like some west coast IPA but very confident.
This CT is unfiltered so it has a hazt amber color with a little off white head.
Drinks good and brimming with tasty hops, but not all that flavorful. More dank and wet then anything else.
I like it. It was a good variation from the standard Ct. (455 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'll be noting only the hop character for this review unless something sticks out. See my Crooked Tree review to know more of what I think about the beer.

S= The smell is a nice big sort of dirty citrus smell to it. It's not the typical citrus bomb most citra hops are. This seems to have a little dirtier smell if that makes sense.

T= The taste is really big in the dirty sort of grassy taste up front before the finish which is very reminicent of the citrus bombs I'm use to with citra hops. The hopping seems to be a little ligher with this version than the Crooked Tree. I'm guessing lower AA in the citra hops than say the centennials or something early in the boil. (673 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a single finger white head. Smell is very earthy pine, citrus and trpoical fruit, biscuit. Taste follows the nose, lots of tropical fruit, breads, very piney, slightly bitter finish. Texture is as to be expected. Overall this is very good, the cascade version is very enjoyable and I'm glad I got to try it (329 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a big proponent of the Citra hop, I was very excited to learn that Dark Horse would be including an "all-Citra" version of Crooked Tree in their variety pack. Artic Dekoorc Eert pours basically the same color as its FF and Cascade hop counterparts - a murky and mostly opaque, cloudy amber and copper color with a soapy, thin, big-bubbled, gray-tinted head. No lace, no legging, not much action with the cap.

The first whiff definitely contains some citrus, but not quite like what I was expecting. I was expecting a tropical and citric fruit explosion as I leaned it, but surprisingly enough, I don't even think the citrus was the most prominent portion of the aroma. There were an equal amount of brash leafy and grassy notes; earthy and almost a big dirty. It's not bad at all, but it's it's not at all what I was expecting.

Don't mistake me; there is definitely a helping of the citric character to be found - mild grapefruit peel, very light tangerine and pineapple - it's just met equally as strong by the hop forestry that's taking place next to it. The malt gives off the same caramel tinted vibe as in the FF and Cascade variants, but the hop bill in this one is a bit more pungent and robust, toning down and slashing through the malt's sweetness just a bit more. This one smells like a doozy already.

I take a sip and my taste buds are met with a mouthful of bitter citrus pith, juicy grapefruit centers, orange peels, and a more-than-secondary helping of white pepper and ash-like spiciness. The hops evolve on the palate and unleash a big-time pine needle characteristic, slightly oily and resinous as you may expect. All the while, a menacing bout of bitter citrus peels are tingling the corners of your mouth.

The malt is definitely more-soft spoken in Artic than in both FF and Edacsac - again, I believe this is due to the presence that this all-Citra hop bill has on your palate as compared to the other two. If I'm not mistaken, the malts did not change for any of these variants (feel free to correct me if I am misinformed). The aftertaste is slightly spicy with a citrusy and resin-filled bitterness. Medium-ish bodied with lower than expected carbonation; oily and slick mouth feel.

When I heard about the Dark Horse 12-pack with Citra, FF, and Cascade variants of Crooked Tree, I figured that Citra would be my favorite. And I was right. But, I think I still may prefer the original Crooked Tree over the all-Citra version. Artic Dekoorc Eert was definitely a good beer, but it wasn't exactly like I was expecting. It didn't blow me away like many other Citra-style beers have. Just goes to show you that you can't just throw in an all-Citra hop bill and end up with a masterpiece. While Artic is definitely tasty, it might be one of my least favorite Citra-centric beers to date. (2,812 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

idk about this... these 3 beers were too close to notice major differences which probally shouldn't surprise me but i was ecpection more of a different between the 3 and the normal crooked tree...maybe i shoudn't have drank all 4 in one night, but i did try to clean my palate as much as i could in between all of them.
appearence: the same of course
smell: hoppy and slightly sweet some cirus mixed with earthyness, no soapiness.
mouthfeel: not as carbonated as "FF" but just as much as cascade.
taste: similar to all the others... happy in a way the crooked tree is the best of these all in my opinion since this is a beer available all the time. this one thoe is my fav of the other three, not by much thoe, not by as much as i was expectin. oh well still good fun to try and interesting none the less. (806 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,830 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Hazy as hell orange. A half finger of an off white head.

S- A nice citrus nose, a slight onion spiciness. A little sweet backing from the malts.

T- Th citra in this beer doesn't add a ton of bitterness but a bold hop profile. There is a nice citrus with orange and mango. There is also an earthy spice. a kind of sharp wooden character. A good balance between malts and hops and overall nice drinking.

M- A decent feel to this beer, moderate carbonation and bitterness.

O- A solid IPA, not as good as the classic crooked tree in my opinion but the best of the single hopped ones. (621 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy bronze hued beverage under a thick, creamy head of froth. Juicy, pulpy citrus aromas, a little earth, peppery hops, brown sugar, and grainy malt underneath. Fresh grapefruit and orange citrus hop flavor and a really nice grainy sweetness. Fruity sweet too, in a tropical sort of way, with some grass and pine sap wrapping things up. Medium bodied and appropriately bitter. Good stuff, but I'm not really as madly in love with Citra as everyone else. (455 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The head was think and off white in color. Moderate lacing remained. The body was hazy apricot.

The smell was citrus rind and pith. A bit garlicy.

The taste was full of citrus and tropical fruit sweetness. Solid maltiness but with a bolder, brassy finish. Drying.

The mouthfeel was was medium to full in density. Light to moderate carbonation. (417 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky medium golden apricot with no head, but slight cream lacing at the rim.

Grapefruit, tangerine, resin, and oniony hops form the initial aroma. Fresh cut grass and light caramel malt, and floral hops add complexity.

Flavor is fairly citrusy, with muted grapefruit and sour orange finding pineapple, then becoming fairly bitter and resiny at the finish, with a hint of pine. The bready malt backbone merely shines through as a toasted flavor mid palate.

Body is a tad heavy, due to the lack of carbonation. There's moderate alcohol warmth.

Why this is on cask is beyond me. The flavor profile suffers due to lack of carbonation. If the flavor were accentuated to match the aroma, this would be incredible.

Update: out of a bottle, nice one inch cream head that lingers.

Resin and malt dominate the aroma. Onion is prevalent, with underpinnings of citrus.

Flavor is fairly sweet, toasted caramel malt, with resin hitting mid palate and carrying into the fairly bitter finish. Tropical citrus is dwarfed by malt.

Carbonation is moderate.

Wow. Night and day difference. The malt overwhelms in the bottled version. Lots of resin. Too bitter for me. (1,164 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is Dark Horse’s Crooked Tree IPA done up with citra hops. As I quote from my notes, “Freakin’ fantastic! Those citra hops are amazing.” Seriously. I was hooked on it from the first sip.

Artic eert pours a cloudy hefelike orange straw color with light foam. (I guess I could have just said it’s hazy.)

I can’t express how much I enjoy the aroma of tropical fruit & citrus. Guava and pineapple dominate over the citrus notes but its such an incredible, vibrant mix. Hop forward flavor. Lightly bodied with a slight smack of bitterness and this great, intense flavor.

While the beer itself is mildly bitter it is intensely flavorful. I’d say it’s almost sweetly bitter with the tropical fruits on it balancing out the bitterness. Loved every sip. Citralicious! (783 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopcat

A - Pours a cloudy (not sure I've ever seen a Dark Horse beer that wasn't cloudy) orange brown with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S - Huge citrus hop presence. Smells about as good as Zombie Dust. Very little malt in the nose.

T - Similar to smell, a citrus hops showcase with just enough malt to provide a little body. I like how Citra brings both citrus zest and some sweet citrus pulp to the flavor. Finishes dry.

M - Medium mouthfeel with earthy bitterness throughout.

O - I like regular Crooked Tree, but this is definitely a step above that for me. I'd love to see this become a DH regular. (660 characters)

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Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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