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 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 beatenbyjacks
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vertical tasting of the four crooked trees. Dark red caramel color for the beer. Strong citrus flavor in the smell. Smooth citrus flavor while drinking. Very easy to drink. Of the four this was my favorite beer in the tasting. Quite tasty. Interesting series for sure.

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Photo of hardy008
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a two finger off white head with nice retention. The aroma has grapefruit and caramel malt.

The taste has grapefruit, caramel malt, and biscuit malt. Bitter, with a little bit of sweetness from the caramel malt. Nothing stands out too much, but this is still pretty good.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. There is a grapefruit aftertaste. Overall a decent effort. I'm not sure I would seek this out again, but I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of gopens44
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grand appearance here. Amber and clear, full lacing and remnant foamy head throughout. Not a ton of stuff happening in the nose but what's there is setting an earthy table for the taste. Speaking of which, the earthy bitterness melds seamlessly with the malt backbone, which almost negates the malt altogether. Pucky bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while but it does have just a slight contradictory sweeteness. These guys never aim for the mundane, mainstream or mechanical; this one represents the fearless nature of their creative process.

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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 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 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hey what's an edac sac? Is that a bag that a Bigfoot carries?

Very muddy and cloudy looking beer. Earthy profile. Minimal citrus tones that are an accent to the earthiness and not the defining feature. Smooth feel. It's okay, but it isn't anything very noteworthy. Easy drinker.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy orange with a one finger off-white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Light aroma of citrus and bready malts.

T - Taste is orange and grapefruit with biscuity malts. The finish has a lingering piney aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - A nice twist on the oringal Crooked Tree. I've enjoyed all three varieties in the IPA pack. This is tasty beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better hop presence in the smell in my opinion.

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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 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 Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange-infused copper. Small off-white head drops to a thin cap and collar. Lacing is a bit sticker than normal.

Smell: Leafy wet cascade hops. A bit of citrus. Smells like a slightly soggy bag of whole leaf hops. Delightful. A little bit of grass. Slightly sweet malt base with a small toasted edge. Biscuit dough. Lightly caramelized malts. Nicely balanced and soft.

Taste: Of the three varieties this one shows the most depth and use of the single hop. Slight spicy citrus. Juicy grapefruit. A touch of pith. Nice slightly sweet and toasted malt backbone offers a nice counter. Warming pushes a bit more cascade forward and adds a little backing bitterness. Light caramel malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish, but clean.

Overall: Wait, single hop cascade beer is good?

A solid riff on the standard. Lacks an little hop.depth, but that's really the worst of it. Not an improvement over the original, but not a misstep either.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest bar-pour head. Settles to a single layer of bubbles. Cloudy, dark gold color. Leaves a ring of streaky lace.

Clean and fresh aroma of newly picked hops. Good crystal malt background without too much sweetness.

The taste first reminds me of dried apricots. It's not sweet but it's not dry neither until the swallow, then it is all hop with a very strong dollop of hop bitterness. Good body with a fine and plentiful level of carbonation.

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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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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap tonight at Sticks and Stones Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a bright looking burnt orange with a great looking one finger sticky white head,great clarity and even better defination to the head.Cascades are aroma hops but they don't really hit ya here,yeah there is citrus and resiny element but it's not quite as big as I was lookin for.Flavors of a lightly sweet biscuit base with a not so aggressive citric hop profile,now don't get me wrong it has nice hop flavors but to me they are a little subdued in nature.All in all it's pretty good,something drink all night,other than that it's just above average,I hate saying that with this being one of my favorite home state breweries.

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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 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 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 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 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 wedge
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy bronze under a small, bubbly white head. Earthy citrus and floral hop aromas along with some resin and woody hops, honey, and caramel malt. Dark citrus, earth, grapefruit bitterness...similar to regular Crooked Tree in that it's balanced with a fair amount of bready sweet grain. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and pretty crisp. Not bad, but it didn't quite "pop" enough for a Cascade-focused APA. I think the pleasant, grapefuity, floral nature of the hop works better on a lighter malt backdrop.

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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 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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Edacsac Dekoorc Eert from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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