Artic Dekoorc Eert
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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American IPA
4 | pDev: 9.75%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Crooked Tree Malt using Citra as the single hop showcase.
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 340
Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy copper with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh grapefruit and citrus zest, with some earthy caramel malt.
T: It tasted like sweet honey malt, with some bitter citrus zest and earthy caramel. It had a mostly clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a surprisingly sweet IPA. The scent was good, but the taste lacked bitterness. The body was ok and the finish was fairly smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Really not bad, but certainly not great.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Citra Crooked Tree backwards? Hmm, this is an oddly named brew. Still, Dark Horse and Citra hops...I'm in!

Hazy orange body with a fluffy finger of of-white head.

Nose is tropical with a hint of spice (or pine, maybe). There is a yeasty note that reminds me this is supposed to be unfiltered.

Flavor is slightly sweet, smooth and sharp on the finish. Not as tropical as other citra brews I've had. Tasty and balanced.

Mouthfeel is slick and only slightly stripping.

Overall, a very nice brew. Drinkable and complex. Seems that it would go very well with food.

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Photo of dowen17
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown/orange with a one finger head. Not much lacing going on.

On the nose is sweet malts and grapefruit. Tangerine. Citrus from the hops. And some earthiness.

Taste is all bitter. Maybe a slight hint of citrus but nothing much more than a big piney punch. If you're into IPAs this is for you.

This beer has nice carbonation. Full bodied.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: A transparent gold amber color with heavy small bubbles on the body. White head was a little thin in frame rising to maybe 2/3" with a hard pour. Settled pretty quick.

Smell: heavy citrus aroma, feels incredible. Has a problem, it's light but the grade of the scent it doesn't have to be potent.

Taste: Floral,hoppy and bitter, you can feel the grapefruit properties immediately. Improves a lot as you get closer to the end of the glass. Maybe one of the smoothest IPAs that I have had.

Mouth: medium bodied, not really sticky but smooth. Ligt hop after feel mighty seem a tad dry for some.

Overall: picked this up on a gamble, and honestly not a bad investment. I would definitely pick it up again especially for one of those days you want one of those easy days drinking it up. Salud!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, I've found I really like Citra hops, and this beer uses it.

A: slightly hazy golden with little head, only minor lacing
S: floral and a little orangey
T/M: same as smell with a little grassy tinge at the end leading into the mild dry ending
O: solid Citra-hopped beer that is well balanced, very enjoyable.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vertical tasting with the other crooked trees. All very dark caramel color. Nice malty smell with a bit of citrus. Not overly citrus flavor. Quite malty like the others. Nice smooth finish for me. Fun little IPA. Third favorite of the 4 I tried. Easy drinking, but the FF and Cascade were better.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is an apricot-gold color with a little bit of hop haze. The head is small, but pretty well-sustained. The citra hops certainly announce their presence on the nose. There is a nice tropical fruit mix of sweet pineapple, lemon rind, and fresh oranges.

The beer has a nice light-medium body and an average (firm) feel, but a nice balanced hoppy flavor. I get some nice sweet marmalade-like notes up front, a little bit of bready malt underneath, and a nicely tempered accompaniment of spicy, fruity hops. Nice dry, hoppy finish with lingering fruit bitterness. Very drinkable and refreshing without wrecking your palate.

The body is a little lacking, but I really like the balanced flavor of this beer. In a world that seems to be dominated by ``extreme beers'', I find myself growing more and more appreciative of brewers that can construct an enjoyable and well-hopped IPA without having to resort to something that scours the tastebuds off my tongue. This isn't something that hopheads will flip over or seek out, but for those of us that appreciate balance, it comes as a welcome offering.

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Photo of hardy008
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a two finger off white head, with a lot of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. This beer has excellent head retention, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has citrus, tropical fruit, caramel, and some biscuit malt.

Tastes very much like it smells. There is a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with oranges, grapefruit, tropical fruit, caramel, and biscuit malt. It starts out sweet, and has a slightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied, with below average carbonation. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste. A very nice IPA from Dark Horse. I really like the Citra hops in this beer, and would buy it again gladly.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle.

Appearance: Golden yellow... typical of an IPA. Awesome lacing from just about top to bottom. There may've been a slight haze, but it was dark in the place, so I didn't really notice.

Smell: Citra. There's that slightly earthy, mega-citrus sort of aroma from the citra. It doesn't smell quite as good as Zombie Dust or even Odd-Side's Citra Pale Ale, but it still has a super pleasant burst of those fresh citrus aromas.

Taste: Basically like the smell, but actually a little restrained, I think. There's quite a lot of citra, but it doesn't really "burst" like I felt Citra Pale Ale or Zombie Dust does. Strangest of all, I find it odd that this is considered an IPA, but I thought it was less bitter than the other two I mentioned, which are described as being pale ales.

Citra is clearly the show-case, there's no doubt about that. This is still an excellent beer, but it's not quite as awesome as I felt CPA or Zombie Dust are... Artic (I don't know how to pronounce the rest...) just doesn't seem to have as much depth. Regardless, this is a beer I'd have again if I could.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham. into a pint glass.

pours a hazy copper color with a slight head.

mild hoppy aroma, not a huge nose.

taste is typical for a citra hopped IPA. a tad dry. its solid.

medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall not much to say about this one. its a good American IPA but nothing special. you get what you expect here.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a orange with some yellowish. fairly hazy but not opaque. a bit of a off white head that fades away to just about nothing

Smell: citra hops. some bready malts

Taste: big juicy upfront citra hops. citrusy and juicy hops, a good amount of bready malts

Mouthfeel: nice medium body. just the right amount of bitterness.

Overall: a decent ipa. i like citra so hard not to like but i am looking for a lot more out of this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Man I love how these IPA look, except for some moderate floaties which is ok for a bottle condition ale. Head is a nice 1/4 inch that is sticky as hell.
S - Biscuit malts on this seem perfectly balanced hops are mildly citrus and papaya with mild lemon notes.
T - Taste is that of hops foreword citrus in nature, then the biscuit malts kick in a very nice balance not leaving much hops to linger on the palate which I enjoy then moderate earthy hops in the finish. It's... perfect.
M - Light to medium, I chugged a bit and it's the most balanced IPA I had in a while.

Overall like Zombie Dust (which I never had) citra hops really does make for a perfect tasting IPA. Cover art is pretty bad ass also chopping down the "crooked tree" like it's been dethroned...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.)

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Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Uniformly cloudy pond water brown. Quite the mucky unfiltered IPA. Head stayed somewhat low for how aggressively I tried to pour it. Straggles of lace try to remain unbroken. A slight lack of dry cling.

Dry fruitiness with a citrusy bent. Slightly herbal with notes of melon and tropical fruits (slight pineapple). A little less muted than the FF Dekoorc Eert. Almost has a rye cracker aroma to the malts. A little toasty, too. I want more, but I have to dip my nose in far.

An earthy toast to the malts creates a distraction from a delicate Citra hopping waiting to swarm. Has light pine and herbal notes with a feature of guava and tangerine and passion fruit. A bit melon-y. Nuances of peach. Maltiness is a little much. Although, I must say, there's an appealing balance. Maybe a hint of tart citrus.

Carbonation waits until the finish before applying a sizzling sting. I like more air in the opening mouthful. Body is decently round, but shy of smooth. Drinkability likes this beer.

A solid representation of Crooked Tree. I still prefer the original to this Citra single-hop brew. Still very worthy and I recommend it.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy orange amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, orange, malt, herbal

T-bready malt, orange, grapefruit, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-solid IPA with decent flavor profile and balance

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Photo of beerasaurusrex
2.99/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure how this got the rating of 91 . I must have had a older bottle from the 12 pack. Not sure . All I know is it's def not worth the 30$ I payed for the box! I think my expectations are/set too high because of price point etc.Lesson learned. I be interested in others opinions who have tried this as of late.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber with a thin white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus - orange, lemon, grapefruit.

T - Citra hops are present up front. Hops hang around for a short while leaving some bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

O - Very nice citra forward ipa. Highly recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a lightly hazy orange with a lean cap of tight fluffy carbonation. Soft lacing.

S-Citra single hop=citrus of course. Grapefruit, naval oranges, lighter grass. All pack in by a submissive maltiness.

Lots of citrus in several different varieties. Clementine grows into bitter grapefruit. There are some softer fruity notes too. Hints of mango. Then it turns mildly herbal with some decent bitterness.

M-Very easy drinking. The bitterness is modest but still noticeable.

O/D-Anything Citra is a must try for me. This was a very tasty beer but I found its hoppiness to lack the flavor shifts that other elite IPAs display with this specific hop. A lot like regular Crooked Tree. I think that beer is great too so I have no qualms. A legit beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top, pouring a brew of deep coppery brown into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two finger head of cakey French vanilla colored bubbles, showing great retention. Sticky patterns and spots of lacing are left around the glass. Thick haze permeates clarity, with microspecks of sediment twirling about. Carbonation appears to be active and pervasive. The aroma is sweet and fresh, with brightly citric and earthy hop bitterness, syrupy sweetness of cola, bready pale malts, faint caramel sugars, Graham crackers, herbal clove, soft plastics, apple juiciness, and big booziness on the back with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nice with big enough sweetness to balance the citra bomb. As we sip, the taste opens with honeys, herbal, earthy, and bitterly citric hoppiness, mossy tree bark, metallics, juicy baker’s yeast, sugar cookie breadiness, and tangy tangerine and apricot fruitiness. The middle peaks with a curious depth of grain that gives toast, roast, and partial chocolate maltiness, along with white flour, dirt covered citric hops, chives, lemon rind bitters, pale malt wash, and coiny metallics. We end with a blend of fruity cranberry tartness, chalk, milky lactics, bitter and metallic pale malts, distant smokiness, and the full onslaught of bitterness from the citra. The aftertaste breathes of drying walnut, faintly wet wheatiness, pales, light caramels, green plant stems, dirt, dust, powdered yeast, cracker graininess, and herbal and those bittered citric hops. The body is surprisingly on the high side of medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives heavy cream, froth, and slurp, with decent finishing smack and pop. After an initial oily slickness, the palate and tongue are left with pucker and generally strong astringent dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its interesting and dynamic flavoring. First off, this is our first of the deconstructed Crooked Tree beers and it is such a cool idea. That said, we were expecting things to be exactly that: we figured things would be simple, handed to us ingredient by ingredient. What we found, however, was a vast complexity, with the citra having to fill the gaps left by her missing companions, and the malts coming up big, with more sweets and syrups, to help keep not only the flavor alive, but to bolster its spirit and feel. The nose also showed refreshment from the standard blend. The next two “Eerts” are on deck, and if this is any indication of what’s in store, we simply cannot wait.

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Photo of prototypic
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For the sake of spelling ease, Citra Crooked Tree pours an attractive gold color. It looks slightly hazy. Backlighting gives it more of an orange look. A soft white head tops it off. It’s rather modest, standing less than a finger in height. It holds steady there for a while though. Lacing was sticky and moderate. Looks good.

The nose is impressive. It has a strong citric hop scent. It features grapefruit, orange, and mango notes that smell delicious. The malt base smells pretty sturdy. There are some caramel and bread-like notes. The caramel doesn’t come through all that strong. That’s a big plus. Still smells very hop forward…and delicious. Alcohol is there, but isn’t very strong. 6.5% seems about right. Smells good!

The flavor is likewise impressive. I honestly believe this might be as good as the original Crooked Tree. The malt base features some sweet caramel and bready flavors. The caramel flavor is mild and anchors it down nicely. It’s not overbearing. The hops are very flavorful and are allowed to shine. Citrus flavors orange, grapefruit, and mango are easily the focal point. It’s nice and bitter, but is far from a palate wrecker. Alcohol isn’t all that noticeable. It’s simply a very flavorful, hop forward IPA. Really good stuff.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems light and reserved. It is very smooth and easy drinking. Goes down far too easily. I could probably handle a few of these in a sitting given the opportunity. It is that good.

I’m really impressed with this Citra variation of Crooked Tree. In my humble opinion, it is as good as the original. Perhaps a little better. I didn’t expect that to be the case. Citra hops are very flavorful and work extremely well with this recipe. Not much to complain about here. Really good stuff.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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