Monday, November 8, 2010

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

Here is what the Brewer says:  
"Big hops balanced with tons of malt give this beer a huge body. Although this beer is as cool as "The Fonz"  when first purchased, it gets really mellow and smooth with some age. After a year or two stored in a cool dark place you'll notice the heavy caramel and malt flavors are trying to sneak past the hops."
My Thoughts: Being that I bought this on November 3rd and it was bottled nearly 8-9 months ago in February it has had some time to sit and age in the bottle.  The color is a medium brown with a hint of copper.  The smell and IBU rating of 98ibu lead me to believe I was going to taste a hop monster.  The flowery hops hit my nose right away.  Upon first taste the hops were present but the malty sweetness was right there with it every step of the way.  Throughout the entire beer the malt and hops stayed very equal to each other.  I would have liked less malt and caramel flavor for a double IPA.  The body on this brew was a little thicker and carbonation was too.  The end result is a Double IPA that is more malty and sweet than other DIPAs and still remains very high in ABV...12%Abv to be exact!  I didn't mind drinking 1 maybe 2 but I don't see myself buying a 4-pack.  I do plan to buy this fresh and re-review it.

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle

My Rating: Overall 70.75/100
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | drink: 3

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