Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by warnerry on 08-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
340
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
13
For Trade:
1
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 340 ratings.
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