BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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)
Ratman197 (8830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a hazy tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthinerss, grapefruit zest, light pine and a hint of lemon zest. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit zest, pine and light orange zest with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.
Hophaze (154) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours orange with medium head and minimal lacing. Aroma of pine and grapefruit. Earthy, grassy taste with slight grapefruit finish. Solid
bnielsen13 (210) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is grassy, earthy, a little citrus. Flavor is citrus, earth, grass, sweet malt.
superspak (2108) - Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/5/2013. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance. Taste of pineapple, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, bread, caramel, and floral earthiness. Sizable pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, pine resin, citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of hop notes with light-moderate malt balance; with minimal cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Good balance and complexity of hop flavors with solid malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Ernesto987 (3222) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to mike, earthy, sweet and grassy, interesting hop, like it, very bitter ipa however
fattybladdy (415) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a medium orange with off-white head. Nose of earthy hops. Taste of bitter earth and pine with a hint of grapefruit.
blackflag321 (430) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour to shaker. Pretty mild. My least favorite of the three Crooked Tree single hops, but still good.
tastybeer (1571) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark orange/copper with a white head, poor retention/some lace. Aroma of citrus, orange candies, pine. caramel/light toast malt. Taste is bitter, pine/citrus hop, caramel, earth. Palate is soft, a bit oily, bitter finish. Not as memorable as the others.
ICEatALAMO (846) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. The aroma is really non existent. The taste has the least amount of bitterness of the three.
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