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Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc EertDark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by warnerry on 08-11-2012

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Photo of elNopalero
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

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Photo of prototypic
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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 DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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 warnerry
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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 oberon
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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 jhartley
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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 brewtus
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 micromaniac129
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 deadonhisfeet
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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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