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.
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!