Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Today was a busy day. I spent the day smoking a brisket and two racks of ribs. I also made two different types of barbecue sauces, grilled some cornbread, Jersey white corn and some peaches. I also moved a bunch of patio stones. Who said that I wasn’t productive? This is one of the brews I picked up in Pennsyltucky and also allowed me to get the Untappd “I Believe in IPA” badge for the month….

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by West Coast I.P.A.’s, but brewed with Michigan style. The Crooked Tree is heavily dry hopped to give it a big aroma of pine and citrus. The flavors are big, yet very balanced between fresh hops and malt. Often described as ‘grapefruit’ our hops give this beer an excellent fruit flavor that finishes dry, crisp, and clean. It will pour a nice deep copper color with a bit of haziness. Because of our almost patented ‘Intense Transfer Methods’ our Crooked Tree has won several medals in the India Pale Ale category.”

Random: I kinda love long weekends…the only bad part is having to go back to work.

This brew poured a cloudy dark orange color with a crazy amount of visible sediment. Very odd…definitely didn’t expect that. The head was one-finger high and pure white in color. It dissipated crazy slow and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The nose was a lot of fresh grapefruit and citrus with a minor hint of sweetness at the end. The taste came with lots of hoppy bitterness. Yummy. I thought it had more tart grapefruit than pine on the taste. It also had moderate carbonation that helped the bitterness last through to the finish. As to be expected, not a lot of alcohol on this brew. My only complaint? I didn’t find a lot to balance this out, but it’s really a minor complaint. This is definitely a brew for the hop head. Someone who wasn’t into IPAs would not appreciate this one. With that being said, I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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