Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc EertDark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of beerasaurusrex
2.99/5  rDev -24.9%
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 Goblinmunkey7
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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 -7.8%
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 SportsandJorts
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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 beatenbyjacks
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Beerlover
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of dowen17
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Axnjxn
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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 thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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 herman77
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 Cresant
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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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