Edacsac Dekoorc Eert | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Edacsac Dekoorc EertEdacsac Dekoorc Eert

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with the malt base of Crooked Tree IPA and hopped with Cascade, a classic American hop. This beer is much more on the citrus, or “grapefruit” side of what IPA’s have become known as in American Craft Brewing.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Commenting on hop profile only. For a full review of the beers characteristics based on my opinion see the double crooked tree review.

S= The smell on this one I would say is the most dominate of the three. The FF was very reserved. This is a sort of bright citrus grapefruit in the aroma.

T= Bright grapefruit comes through. Cascades a lot of people don't care for. I myself think they are a great useful overall hop. They are a nice catch all hop with a pleasing flavor and they seem to work well with the malt profile in this beer. Some people would argue they are a bit boring but I think they offer enough interest without blowing your tongue away. They actually seem to dampen the sweetness a little bit in the malt character.

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Photo of brewtus
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured 12 oz into tulip. Pours slightly hazy with a single finger head
S- sweet bready hops, earthy, some citrusy fruit, some cucumber
T- lots of sweet hops. Breads, bubblegum, again some cucumber and citrusy fruit, I get a hint of lime in the after taste too
M- as expected for an ipa
O-my favorite of the single hops. This was very refreshing, bready, earthy, not very fruity but the perfect hop bite. Lots of crisp flavors, quality in simplicity

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Photo of thickgirth
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best mixer 12pack I've straight up ever had. so legit. not a couple good ones and a couple bad ones. but 4 legit beers all with a 6.5abv. This was one of my favorite of the 4. the cascade hops are off the chain. dark horse makes the most delicious, pure beer round michigan. founders and bell's can blow me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazed orange color with some sediment. An inch of white foam forms and recedes to the edges. A fair amount of lace is left behind this well hopped ale.

SMELL: Cascade hops all day, floral, pine, citrus, orange. There is a sweet candy like malt impression on the nose as well.

TASTE/FEEL: More great cascade flavors of dusty herb, pine and grapefruit. This is an American hop explosion. Has a prickly mouth feel that is quite nice. Bitterness is moderate, doing a good job at balancing and pretty much stopping soon past that. I like the earthy flavor of the cascade, it has that trademark citrus note then dries out to pine, herb, dirt and grass. The malt flavor is toasted, with notes of nuts and caramel.

This is a good single hop beer from Dark Horse. In many ways Cascade is still a workhorse hop in the states, and there is good reason why; Great aroma and solid flavor come from these little green cones. Edacsac Dekoorc Eert is an enjoyable IPA, more please!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A finger of crisp white head on the pour. Dark burnt orange color. Active carbonation is a touch on the lower side but still fits. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Fresh pine hits first. Potent medium bodied fruity hop lives on the body. Caramelized malts provide a great backbone and are on the sweeter side. Simple and straight forward.

Taste: Bright fruits hit on the palate immediately. That quickly yields to a sweet malt profile with accents of caramel and oak. Earthy pine shows up and stands out underneath the malt profile. Lingering pine with medium bodied sweetness stands on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Sweet malts and balanced hop bitterness do well together on the palate. Carbonation is fitting.

Overall: Really impressed with all three of the single hopped beers in this Dark Horse twelve pack this year. Apollo was probably my favorite, but all three were complex and great examples of single hopped IPAs. Well done Dark Horse.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz on tap at Pizza Luce in St. Paul

Look: hazy apricot with a resilient white film and some lacing
Smell: citrusy, piney
Taste: Great malt-hop balance. Malt is lightly sweet, just enough to counter the hops, which are citrusy and a little piney, very fresh tasting. a moderate bitter finish medium body, standard carbonation

Overall: A very nicely balanced IPA with great citrusy hop flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, strong citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong caramel and citrus. Then a strong grassy hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy pale orange with a small white head. Not a huge smell, but a huge taste. Bitter hops with a ton of malt that really comes on in the finish. Heavy on the citrus hop with a nice funk. I really like this on along with crooked tree and smells like a safety meeting. Hop resonates long after sip.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle no date. from the sampler pack, bought for around $20

very orange look, small white head. smell is fruity and woody, with a fair amount of pine. taste is hoppier than normal CT, even though I know it technically isn't. feel is shocking to the tongue; abrasive.

good shii

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top on this final of the three, pouring a brew of rusty copper into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two finger head of big, cakey bubbles of eggnog color, showing great retention. Mountains of lacing are left around the glasses. A thick haze distorts clarity, with pinpoint flecks of sediment floating about. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is fresh, hanging low with heavy hop oils of grapefruit, herbal, and earthy varieties. Malts are pale and soured, with light toast and faint wheatiness, while the remainder of the nose is occupied by fresh mango, green grassiness, chalky yeast, perfumed florals, phenolic plastics, carrot juiciness, metallic vanilla, apricot, and fusel booziness. With warmth comes a sticky sourdough breadiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very well balanced, with just the right amount of sweetness to the malts to meet the herbal and floral hop twang. As we sip, the taste opens with toasty pale malts, white flour, darkly herbal hops, black peppercorns, sweet honey, and lemon, pineapple, tangerine, and apricot fruitiness. The middle comes to a peak of hearty spiciness, with herbal, floral, and grassy hops, corn husk, coriander, salted pale malts, toasty pine nut oils, allspice, and sugary mango syrups. Washing through the finish is grapefruit rind and flesh, white sugars, soapy bitterness, citric and herbal hoppiness, light bubblegum esters, unwashed pale malts, mineral, baked barley, and booze. The aftertaste breathes of matchsticks, gravel, herbal and earthy hops, citric rind, coconut shell, fusel ethanol, black cherries, black pepper, light clove, vegetal grassiness, sesame seed, and dust. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium, but with good prickle and burn to the back of the throat. Each sip gives soft slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with crisp finishing pop. The mouth is initially cooled and coated, with eventually tame pucker and slick astringency across the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is high.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its appearance, and excellent drinkability. While comparable in coloring to the other “Eerts”, the retention and heartiness of the head kept things attractive, while also contributing to the softness on the lip. The nose was comparatively light, but what was there was sticky, even, and fresh. The taste to follow showed equal freshness, but with more robustness of each ingredient; with special consideration giving to the cascades, obviously, as well as that core of black pepper spiciness throughout. This guy remains extremely well balanced, and not overly bittered or puckered, making for the most drinkable and refreshing beer of the bunch.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, but it's obviously fresh. Acquired as part of the Dark Horse Crooked Tree variety pack. Excited to try this new variation!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours one finger of fluffy creamy white head on top of a luscious bright orange colored body. Murky & unfiltered with lots of sediment suspended in the glass. Thin webbed lacing.

S - Smell is sweet and citric. A lovely showcase for the cascade hops invoking the smell of blood orange and maybe some grapefruit rind. Biscuit malt in the background & lightly floral. Perhaps a touch of alcohol fumes on the nose as well.

T - Not as bitingly hoppy as the original, but again a lovely showcase for the cascade hops. Sweet, juicy, fruity, and bready / malty. Very nicely balanced like it's predecessor.

M - Ridiculously smooth. Creamy. Light to medium bodied. And a bitter / sweet, & dry finish. Lovely.

Overall, a nice worthy successor to the original Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA, not meandering too far in flavor being that they are both brewed with cascade hops. I am definitely looking forward to trying the remaining two beers from this variety pack, and if they're anywhere as good as these others, I don't see why they shouldn't continue to produce these beers year-round.

Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert ---4/5.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Focusing on the classic American hop variety, the "Cascade" version of IPA results in a straight-forward taste of white grapefruit and orange peels. Light grass and pine round out the caramel, biscuit, and malty-sweet body.

And like the original Crooked Tree and the Citra variety, "Edacsac"pours with a sturdily hazy, 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.

Straight up grapefruit- pulp, pith, juice and all becomes the center stage of aroma. Its then up to the supporting biscuit malt, thin caramel and honey to provide a suppole balance all the while, give the fruit flavors a candied-malt effect. The slight resinous aroma of pine needles rise a bit as the beer warms.

Caramel, biscuit, and bread crust give an early impression of sweetness, but then is layered upon by the sharp grapefruity character of Cascade hops. Red grapefruit, white grapefruit and all parts of the plants anatomy is represented in the ale's citrusy taste. The lightly acidic and cleanly lingering taste shies from fruit esters or yeast spice to the the attention on the grapefruit-type bitterness in aftertaste.

Medium bodied due to just enough malt structure ensures the beer's creamy carbonation, at least to start. The beer quickly turns toward a middle plate filled with malty sweetness turn turns malty-dry, and then dryly bitter to close. Light rosy-warm alcohols warms the palate and accompanies an echo of grapefruit in memory.

Again, Edacsac is a delightful IPA that exhibits what's best about the ever-charming "Cascade" hops. Its boldly grapefruity, even if the malts try to balance the beer a little to much.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/5/2013. Pours hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon peel, floral, caramel, grass, bread, and light pine. Damn nice aromas with big citrus hop presence and moderate malt balance. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, caramel, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop flavor balance and complexity; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice single hop 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 AdamBear
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very hazy orange with a thin cream colored head

S-tingling scent of citrus, ginger, and hops. some sweetness to this. strong

T-comes in with a refreshing taste of citrus and hops. very clean. the after-taste is matching, but more fruity with tropical fruits also.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is an extremely drinkable IPA. it smells like a strong double, but it drinks as nice as any pale ale. also tastes super fresh which i love. this is something for when you're looking to drink volumes, also as good as it is, i could see this being used to help convert people to hoppier beers.

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Photo of prototypic
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The single hop Cascade variation of Crooked Tree looks similar to the other releases. It’s a very hazy, orange stained gold color. The orange tint becomes more apparent with a little light behind it. An off-white head covers it. It rises to just under a finger in height and sticks around for a while. Lacing was sticky and moderate. Good stuff.

The nose is quite good. It smells nicely balanced. The malt base smells a little sweet, toasted and biscuity. It’s not a bad base. There might be some light caramel, but it doesn’t overwhelm. The hops are very citric. It smells primarily like grapefruit. There might be some pine, as well. With each passing whiff, the hops seem to come through stronger. I like that. Alcohol is there, but isn’t strong. I like it. The hops might be a little one-dimensional, but I’m not complaining.

In trying these Crooked Tree variations, I’ve learned something – it’s tough to screw up Crooked Tree. The flavor here kicks off with a nice mix of toasted malts and biscuity flavors. There might be a little sweet caramel in the house, but it’s subtle and secondary. It’s a nice, sturdy base. The hop flavor is good. It is a nice, strong grapefruit flavor that delivers a bitter kick. There are some piney flavors in the background, but it’s mostly grapefruit. Tastes good! Alcohol is masked well and isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes a little dry with a bitter grapefruit flavor and a touch of biscuit. Good stuff.

The body is medium. It feels nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and soft. Just like the other Crooked Tree varieties, this is an easy-drinking American IPA. Good stuff.

The Cascade variety of Crooked Tree is a nice twist on the original recipe. I’ve actually enjoyed all of them. This one isn’t quite as good as the original recipe or the Citra release, but it’s still impressive. This has been a fun series. Good stuff, Dark Horse!

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Photo of Chaney
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the IPA snack pack.

Served in a Port City snifter/tulip.

A: Poured a bright orange, extremely murky (unfiltered), with a slight ring posing as a head.

S: Nice hop profile with some fresh clean linen to boot. Understated, yet effective.

T: Pleasant tasting, not nearly as bitingly hoppy as Crooked Tree, yet that shouldn't take away from this at all. Nice balance.

M: Pleasantly bitter and probably the most "gulpable" from the DH IPA pack. Lots of lacing and cushiony carbonation bill.

O: I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy copper color with good clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Slight citrus, earthy, herbal tea, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Cascade is a lovely hop. Nice light bitterness in the too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and light bitterness.

Overall: The third of the single hop backwards Crooked tree. I dig it. Will be sampling all 3 on draft in the near future.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Finishing my jaunt through the single-hop Crooked Tree fest. This stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of wan cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit zest, lightly-earthy greens, candied orange peel, and toffee. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though the grapefruit isn't quite as bright, the toffee has transmogrified into more of a caramel flavor, and some pine resin is tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, another tasty IPA, not quite as good as the Citra, in my opinion, but still pretty strong.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A touch lighter than the Crooked Tree IPA, with a solid rocky 1/2 inch of head. Very sticky lacing.
S - Somewhat malty at this point the hops are rather citrus like but the balance is great.
T - Has a nice bitter hop bite especially well after the finish which comes off very herbal. Malts seem to be very smooth never getting in the way. Still surprised of the bite 3 months after release.
M - Just like the Crooked Tree IPA it's very hoppy, balanced, but seems to be too bitter.

Overall the hops really do cling to the palate quite a while which may be good for some but I like more balanced with my malts.

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Photo of herman77
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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. Nice lacing.

S: Fairly citrusy with a bit of grassy hops in the mix. That carmel malt backbone creeps in as well with some sweetness.

T: Pretty fresh, fruity and citrus tasting. Way more going on compared to FF. This is more my style of hop profile. The carmel malt backbone provides a nice sweetness that mixes with the citrus and flowery hops. Seems a bit less bitter than FF.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. A bit slick feeling. Feels just like FF.

O: Really good drinkability. I like this one a lot better than FF, I've only had one citra so far, but I remember liking that one the best... Will see with a formal review.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Pours burn orange and hazy with a crisp white head.

S - Floral, citrus zest, malts, brown sugar.

T - Hops up front - citrus, piney. Balanced with big waves of malts and finishes clean and crisp.

O - Solid IPA from Dark Horse - I'd recommend it and try it again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Just like the Ollopa version of the beer -- a brown/orange color that's really hazy. Not as hazy as the FF variety was though. Modest little head on this beer, about a quarter finger after it settles.

Smell: Dat Cascade tho. Sweet and very fruity. A "sharp" sort of sweetness. Tropical citrus as well as a peach kind of aroma in there as well. Caramel malts. The best smelling of the three I've had over the past 24 hours, definitely.

Taste/feel: Good, but I was just expecting so much more after smelling it. A fruity, herbal, and pine character comes through at first from the hops, followed by a kind of spiciness and caramel malt flavor to balance the beer out a bit. Very dry finish with a lingering, resinous bitterness. The texture of this beer seems different than the two varieties I had yesterday -- a tad thinner with a bit more carbonation, but it's not way off.

Like the others, another solid single-hop variety of Crooked Tree. The smell of this one had me really excited, but it turns out this was just a "very good" IPA, and not quite a great one. All three varieties of "Dekoorc Eert" (or four, if you had Artic last year) are good, but I prefer the original Crooked Tree. If I had to rank the brews individually, Artic would be my favorite, followed by FF, Ollopa, and then this one... though it's a really close call, as they're all essentially tied for me.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light hazelnut honey/amber with tornadic swirls of microparticles from the lack of filtering. The head sits small, at about a half-inch. It really wants to spark out, with its composition of coarser bubble foam. Laces okay.

Ah, the familiar aroma of single Cascade. Bursting bright pine and grapefruit. The single hop showcase brings out swatches of tropical fruits, however, they're mostly non-descript. A hint of orange rind sweetness that matches up well against pale and not-so-pale malts. Light toastiness and hints of caramel from the grain makes for a sweeter toastier cracker. Aromatic, and has that light sweaty dankness to boot.

Blindingly Cascade! Twangy grapefruit and orange rind with pithy citrus notes and palm and pine. Hoppy and bitter upfront with mouth-sucking dryness in the finish. The mid-section carries a little sweetness behind the rugged grain toast. Going back to the finish, Cascade offers a slight hop burn/astringency, but otherwise, cleans up nice. A lot of that caramel malt follows with finishing delivery, but sans the sweetness. They ante'd up on the grain bill to meet a balance in this beer that seems unlikely considering how much of the green stuff made it into the boil. Not saying that this is very hoppy, it's just the limitations of the single hop IPA--and, specifically, Cascade hops.

Bristly feel is a fault of the body. Something needs to smooth this out a little bit more. Carbonation is too low, in turn, where the beer doesn't move around enough in the mouth. Most of the burn felt is from the hops, with a much smaller percentage going to a low level of alcohol.

I love Cascade hops, but I always feel like they need one or two other varietals to push the envelope in the complexity department. Which is to say, they're not fascination on their own... but they're pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of Sark
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- orange brown and hazy with plenty of carbonation play, half a finger of velvety eggshell head

Smell- Big citrus notes from the Cascade, tangerine and grapefruit, undertones of pale malts and yeast esters

Taste- light pale malts play with the yeast to give a breadiness and the hops impart a little bite on the finish but with an unpleasant harshness on the tongue after a while

Mouthfeel- smooth medium body with milky finish.

Overall- Interesting take on an IPA that definitely wins on the exploration front, a bottle at a time seems like enough for me, the after bitterness isn't of the best kind

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/24/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Appearance: Copper to light amber from a distance, a more bright orange with some golden highlights when held up to the light - lightly hazy - pours with an average-sized, off-white head, fades to a little cap, leaves some lacing

Smell: Oh hi there cascade - ripe grapefruit and orange - fleshy, juicy, non-aggressive citrus - some earthy notes - hoppy character is balanced by some malt - pale, with some caramel, and some honey

Taste: Wait, did Dark Horse try to clone Mirror Pond? - nice hop profile, not overly one-dimensional despite the use of only one variety - fleshy grapefruit, some orange - some pith, some zest - medium level of bitterness - nicely balanced with the malts - pale malts, some caramel - nicely cooked biscuits, lightly toasted - lightly earthy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, finish could be a little cleaner

Overall: Very good, but not as good as standard Crooked Tree

This is interesting, particularly since goblinmunkey7 and I recently brewed a Mirror Pond clone (with cascade as the only hop). This definitely smells like a bag of cascade hops. Regardless, it's not as well-balanced or charming as Crooked Tree. An interesting experiment nonetheless.

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Edacsac Dekoorc Eert from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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