emacgee (4025) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Holy crap is this a strong beer. At first it is just astoundingly complex and rich but after a while it becomes overkill. Glad I split this one with another person. Pours a thick hazy reddish amber with a thick, lasting, creamy, light caramel head. The aroma is sweet, citrusy bitter, alcohol, dry, very vinous. The flavor is very dry and alcoholic, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, hop of course, and sediment (bottle conditioned?). The palate is very thick and dry. The finish is warm and bitter. Finishing this was a battle from the start.
wmubronco1992 (614) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery in a snifter glass. Orange color. Small head with good lacing. Strong sweet citrus flavor with more then a hint of the high alcohol content. This one is a sippin beer best appreciated in small quanties. Overall tremendous flavor, but if you are looking for a highly drinkable beer stick with the regular Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from BBB63
Murky orange with a sticky tan head. The bottle didnít say anything about being bottle conditioned, but it looks like somebody dumped a White Labs vial into my glass. Rrrrrrrrr. The aroma is ripe peaches and apricots, oh yeah, and a pine forest. A nice dose of caramel malts along with pine hops and hot alcohol in the flavor. Quite full bodied, which may save this beer from being a complete wreck. Damn yeast in the bottle.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz bottle. Wife bought this while on a trip to Wi. and mother in law delivers beer on visit to AZ. Citrus aromas light up the nose. Orange body white head and above normal lacing. Citrus flavors though out with oranges being most prevelant. Dry hop and alcohol somewhat noticable. Syrupy, sugar sweetness in body texture. Smooth enjoyable beer and sweet dry citrus on palate. May god bless the wives and motherinlaws that buy ratebeer guys beer and deliver it too.
Beaver (1294) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle with waxed cap. Pours a glowing dark reddish amber with hazy floaties. The head is off-white and creamy and goes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is more subdued than I expected - sweet caramel malts, alcohol, and some grapefruity, piney hops.
The flavor is some sweet toasted caramel and fruits that is quickly overpowered by a big alcoholic hop bitterness. The finish is big and raw and harsh with a little residual sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable but not as much as expected from a 13.6% beer. The mouthfeel is full and syrupy with some sharp carbonation.
Overall, a nice DIPA. Itís not at all balanced and a little too hot, but still enjoyable.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz, poured a murky, chunky unfiltered orange amber with a small white head. Scents of orange, pine, wood, sugar... of course quite hoppy. Sweet at first, orange fading into grapefruit and hops, alcohol presence throughout (obviously). Very enjoyable IPA, and the best Iíve had from Dark Horse.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Murky orange color, nice light head and awesome lacing. Nose of bright alcohol and hops, very fresh but forced smelling. The flavor is nice and balanced, fairly hoppy and sweet, candy, finishes grassy. Full bodied. Brings balance together, more like a san diego pale ale. Whoa, thatís strong.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Brewblackhole for this one! Pours a cloudy dark amber color with little floaty, and a tiny white head that didnt last long Wonderful piney/citrus hop aroma followed by a nice caramel malt aroma. Nice Hop bang right in the begining,but the nice caramel malt soon cathes up to dominate the flavor. Big alcohol presence that seems to last for awhile. Leaves a nice warm feeling in your throat like you just did a shot!
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky unfiltered orange caramel color with a thick beige head. Aroma of pine needles, citrusy hops, caramel and slight butterscotch. Taste is a complex combination of sweet caramel, piney hops, citrus and warming alcohol. Alcohol is very well hidden and boy, after a few sips does it knock you down. Excellent !!
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
20070605 12oz bottle thanks to Schroppfy. Deep cherry amber color is lightly clouded and with a small off-white head that isnít as sticky as expected. Aromas both wonderful and perplexing. From a slight distance, this beer has a lovely pine resin and grapefruit aroma with some fresh berry notes (blueberry) and some wet forest (ferns, wet leaves, etc). But thereís something else happening here with the aromas, some kind of medicinal, citronella, and like alcohol soaked rubber bands. Nevertheless, I find it oddly appealing. The body is huge, viscous, only slightly pithy and astringent. Nice lingering bitterness really hits the spot and was just what I was craving after a tough day at work. Flavors carry some of the off aromas along, but mostly thatís tucked away under a heavy dose of sweet caramel and biscuity malts plus a good kick of caramelized citrus and a kick of warming alcohol. Unlike others have noted, I canít imagine this getting a whole lot better. In fact, I like it just fine all big and brash as it is right now. I think I have another rating of this somewhere.