Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1431) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2015
I 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.

RATING: 7/10

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