don’t tend to use the word “malty” to describe an IPA, and if I do it’s
usually not a compliment. In the case of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
it’s definitely one of the more malty IPAs I’ve had, though it’s not a
bad beer. I enjoyed the malt character – maybe not immensely – but I did
enjoy it. That being said, it’s just a fine IPA; no more no less.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 5/28/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Surprisingly dark orange to brown proper hue; extremely hazy
body though no sediment is visible. Pours to a large, white, frothy
head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Mostly piney notes with light floral aromatics. Considerable malt presences for the style.
Taste: Since this bottle is nearly three months old it might be
understandable why it’s noticeably malty for the style. Dark amber malt
flavors are quite prominent here; not unlike those found in a
traditional amber ale (in fact, this beer could easily be classified as
such). I notice some caramel and toffee notes as well as a touch of
chocolate or perhaps coffee. It’s still plenty hoppy, though. Mostly
pine and resin character with a touch of earthy spiciness. The
bitterness is enough to notice but mild enough to overlook. An enjoyable
palette for sure, just not an amazing one.
Drinkability: The delivery of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA is pretty much
what I expect in the style. Medium bodied with noticeable carbonation
crispness. There is a bit of a sticky texture and a lingering sensation
of hop oils after each swig. It doesn’t seem to be quite as big as the
6.5% ABV on the label would have me believe, but it’s sturdy enough to
stand up to a meal or enjoy on its own.