MaltOne (279) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice IPA. Good hop malt balance, refreshing. Similar to the Double Crooked Tree with less complexity and depth; less alcohol and about half the price. Its hard to have a bigger, more developed older brother - the double crooked tree is extraordinary. This is a very pleasant IPA. Shared it with a friend who said he was not likely to order an IPA but would definitely drink this one again.
Beertobealive (350) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a tulip glass at Express de Lyon. Pours a short beigeish head with wet cereals (dog food) aroma attack, which faints to bread aromas. Amber to kriek colored body. Specific in mouth with high bitterness and a light mix of his and roasted malts. Unusual but interesting. Not easy to match in a tasting or with food.
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martin00sr (1657) - Haderslev, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orangish, small offwhite froth. Malty aroma more so than the usual American IPA. Some citrus and a little caramel perhaps. Flavour has a more pronounced hop bitterness, a little grapefruit and caramel. Bitterness gets slightly citric later on.
SG111 (612) - New York, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
100th IPA. Bottled 07/03/15. Pour into IPA glass. Hazy orange/blossom honey color, vanilla cream head. Aroma is caramel malt, bready, Orange, citrus, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, orange. Very solid, super enjoyable. Not overly bitter. Nice bitter finish without being astringent and unpleasant. mildly dry finish.
Chad9976 (1445) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I donít tend to use the word ďmaltyĒ to describe an IPA, and if I do itís usually not a compliment. In the case of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA itís definitely one of the more malty IPAs Iíve had, though itís not a bad beer. I enjoyed the malt character Ė maybe not immensely Ė but I did enjoy it. That being said, itís 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 itís 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. Itís 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 doesnít seem to be quite as big as the 6.5% ABV on the label would have me believe, but itís sturdy enough to stand up to a meal or enjoy on its own.
jules1211 (14) - - AUG 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty standard michigan ipa... Wish it smelled a little better, satisfies my ipa cravings
CountPrattula (53) - - AUG 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fairly strong piney hop bite, with a smidgen of malt to ease the bitterness. Would like a more pronounced aroma.
Brew_Cat (40) - Athens, GREECE - AUG 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @home. Pours hazy amber with cloudy particles, small creamy lasting white head. Light to average malt presence, mostly caramel. Heavily hoppy, totally piney with some hints of citrus peel later on. Average alcohol, medium body, lively carbonation, bitter and dry finish. This lady here is a hoppy punch in the stomach!
Yorker (1684) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy golden with some sediment and a white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are grapefruit, pine, and caramel - with a bitter finish.
BlazerT (284) - POLAND - AUG 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sensoric. Deep amber with medium, white, semi-densed head. Medicore lacing and head retention. Nose is heavy malty (caramel), unfortunately a little bit oxidized hops. Hops are mainly piney, resinous and some hints of citrus (grapefruit, lemon). Taste at first is sweet malty, but than strikes you with high hoppy content. Medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, finish is medium semi-dry and medium bitter. In overall on of malty (caramel) packed IPA. Quite average.
markas101 (2028) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Zingermanís Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Hazy amber. Thin head. Caramel and pine resin aroma. Balanced flavour. Honey sweetness then a building long resin and mint finish.