Beer 281/365 – Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate - Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Almost a perfect balance between hops/malt.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this is in the top 10% of IPAs I have ever had.

Grade: A

8/16/2010: Dark Horse is hands down my favorite brewery. I have had almost a dozen of their beers now, but I have not yet tried their best seller; Crooked Tree. I know I know I should be ashamed, but as long time readers of my site know I did not like IPA’s when I started this website. Slowly but surely I am learning to love them.

Crooked Tree has a pretty hoppy nose to it, with sweeter than average malts for an IPA. At first sip you can instantly tell that this is a tamer version of the Double Crooked Tree DIPA (Obviously). The malt profile is a bit different for an IPA, very sweet almost toffee flavored, and the hops give off a lot of orange flavor, and a bit of pine. In this case I don’t mind the pine because the sweet malt is supplying enough backup. Mouthfeel is almost silky for an IPA, with just the right amount of carbonation. Dark Horse always seems to stay true to the style, but puts just enough of a twist on it to make it original.

Picture of the day: I gotta be honest, I read this one wrong the first time too!

Beer 232/365 – Dark Horse Rod

dark horse rod

Style: Amber Ale

ABV: 7.2%

Purchased at: On Tap at Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: The most herbal tasting beer ever.

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure if they are bottling it, but I would drink it again sure.

Grade: A-

6/28/2010: Dark Horse is hands down my favorite brewery for three main reasons. One, they brew awesome beer. I have tried almost a dozen different beers of theirs, and all were a B+ or better. Two, they turned down being in a Nickelback video (hate their music). Three, they don’t take themselves too seriously and have an good sense of humor when naming/describing their beer. For instance check out the sexual innuendo’s going on here in the description of the beer.

“Rod is a refreshing, medium bodied red ale brewed with aphrodisiac herbs for woman and men alike. Brewer Russ Beattie was working on his own version of Sex Panther, using passion flower, epimedium, damiana, and ginko to elevate the levels of spring time friskiness and brewmaster Aaron Morse decided that the best way to spread the love was via Rod.”

Rod smells toasty and herbal. The main event as far as flavors go, is no doubt some herbal funk. Can’t tell you what herbs exactly, but its herbal, almost like tea made with real tea leaves. A good bit of caramel malt going on, and finishes a little bit dry. Mouthfeel is a little heavy for an amber, but I think it needs the heaviness for the herbs to lay in. Very unique, but no it didn’t get me excited in that type of way hah.

Picture of the day: WOW, this girl has reached an entirely new level of stupidity.

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Beer 223/365 – Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Maybe Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids Michigan? I can’t remember ha.

What makes this beer different: One of the heaviest Oatmeal Stout’s I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, I hear they are selling in PA soon so thats a plus.

Grade: A-

6/19/2010: I think its official; Dark Horse is my favorite brewery. Every single beer of theirs that I have tried has been very unique, and very tasty. Plus I love the whole rustic/rural setting of their brewery/brewpub. If you haven’t seen what it looks like check out my brewery tour write up for some pictures.

This beer smells very very roasted, lots of coffee smell going on here. The taste is intense for an oatmeal stout. Almost a neck and neck race between dark roast coffee, and bittersweet chocolate, with vanilla lagging way way behind in last place. This beer is very sweet, but its kept in check by the burnt/roast flavor that the coffee is giving. Very heavy mouthfeel for an Oatmeal stout, but thats perfect for me because I love heavy beers. Not sure if you get Dark Horse beer in your area, but if you don’t be sure you try to trade for some. It will be worth it.

Picture of the day: Digging up the past.

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