Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beer Review: Double Crooked Tree IPA (2012, fresh)

Reviewing the Double Crooked Tree IPA (2012) from Dark Horse Brewing Company. I reviewed the year old vintage about a month ago, and just had to compare it to a relatively fresh bottle.
Score: 91

February 2012 vintage bottle served in a New Belgian Globe Glass and enjoyed on 04/25/12.

Appearance: Like the one year old version, this beer pours a dark and hazy and pulpy brownish-orange color with a moderately yellow hue. Two fingers of thick, foamy cream-colored head at pour slowly recedes into thin, creamy layer. Below average lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: A lot more hoppy citrus than the year old vintage. Lemon, grapefruit, and apple juice. Modest booziness, onion-y hops and light caramel. 4/5

Taste: Much more citrus and hops than the year old vintage. Grapefruit, lemon, apples and orange rind. Bitter hops, spiced caramel and onion. The year old version was like a DIPA barleywine, but this beer is much more like a traditional DIPA with barleywine characteristics. Lots of onion flavor in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. The carbonation accentuates the heavier DIPA body and bitter characteristics of this brew. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: It is surprising how different this beer is with age versus fresh. This one works wells fresh as a DIPA and aged as a hoppy barleywine.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out if you like bitter beers with oniony citrus flavors.

Pairings: Chicken pot pie.

Cost: $4.19 for a 12 oz or $16.99 for a four pack.

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