JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Malty nose with grassy and piney hops. Malt and grapefruit flavor with some caramel accents before a sweet and piney finish.
Hophaze (187) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap and in bottle. My rating is on tap. I would take away 2 pts out of bottle. Pours a golden orange with medium head and gorgeous lacing. Aroma of citrus and very well balanced. Those looking for an "in your face" bitter experience will look past this one, but this is a very well crafted beer (as all of the Dark Horse stuff is)
ryecatcher (1030) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. Bottle. Pours a murky orange-amber, medium white head that dissipated quickly. Nose is some malt and that Citra smell (sorta tropical fruity meets citrus). Mouth is malt and cereal up front, then some hoppiness that leads through a bitter fade-away. This one is slightly better than it’s Cascade brother-brew, but not much. Still pretty average -- especially considering Dark Horse makes some pretty good beers that I’ve had in the past.
Christpuncher (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a super flavorful beer. Little bitter and slightly hoppy. Definitely an average beer at best. Smells fruity
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BroSpud (1878) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from draft into a pint glass at Mead Hall. Another solid brew from Dark Horse. Sometimes these single hop experiments come across as lacking but this one works. Great tasting IPA.
superspak (3500) - Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/5/2013. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of peach, passion fruit, mango, tangerine, orange rind, floral, caramel, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of peach, passion fruit, tangerine, orange zest, floral, caramel, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruits, floral, caramel, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a balanced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Reynolds314 (2881) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citra IPAs are usually some of my favorites but this one is a bit overly malty and lacking in aroma hops to really bring out that tropical juicyness that I love. Still nice and drinkable and better then regular crooked tree.
milewide (1749) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of variety pack. Wonderfully unfiltered! Aroma and taste was excellent Citra tropical fruit. Little hop bitterness in aftertaste.
hopdog (9990) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a hazy/cloudy yellow color with a frothy off white head. Floral, pine withe some citrus. Toasty. Not overly bitter with a somewhat weaker body.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Horizontal throw down between siblings: Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert (Citra), F.F. Dekoorc Eert (Falconer’s Flight), Edacsac Dekoorc Eert (Cascade)... and Crooked Tree are a base reference (and re-rate):
Appearance Served in Duval snifters: As expected all the same with a golden hue, clean, fading frothy head, spotty lace. FF seemed to have slightly better head retention, and the CT best head retention of all (All four get a 3)
Aroma: Artic has moderate tropical character with some light catty dank notes, biscuity and yeast esters. The most forceful of the aromas but the dankness is what puts it behind the Cascade driven Edacsac (7). FF has juicy fruit gum note along with some herbal overtones, bready and slightly peppery. Sort of weak nose and nondescript (6). Edacsac has moderate citric overtones with grassy notes along with displaying more pale grains than the other two. (8) Crooked Tree has more straightforward bitter with a hint of citrus and tropical notes along with a hint of metallic vapours. (7)
Taste: Artic is oniony and alpha acid driven with some mango, peach and grains of paradise. (6) FF is twangy pear and apple like fruit notes with a lovely grassy and herbal center. Get a bit more malty notes with the FF than the Artic. (7) Edacsac is grapefruit rind, dragonfruit and moderate pepper with a slight metallic earthy finish. (8) The CT is more like the Edacsac than the other two, PNW citrus, some white pepper, garlic and onion is there too but much less than the Citra hopped. (7)
Palate: The differences are slight with the finishes being the only noticeable thing, Has mentioned above the Cascade Edacsac is slightly metallic (3), the Citra Artic is slightly astringent and more spicy (3), the Falconer’s Flight FF is cleaner and dryer (4) and the base Crooked Tree is quite metallic and even minerally (3).
Overall Interesting but as I expected I like the Edacsac the most, more balance profile and I liked the FF the least with a muddled hop profile... just like when I have used these hops when I homebrewed. I unlike most am not a fanboi of single hopped Citra beers and this reinforced that. (Artic 13, FF 11, Edacsac 14, CT 13)