Fresh aroma of flowery hops and smooth caramel malts. Flavor of hop bitterness is quickly squashed by a full-palate fruit flavor, that finishes slightly thick and sticky with some dry hop flavor lingering in the background. Your mouth recognizes it just had a full flavored beer, but there’s surprisingly little to no heaviness left in the mouth.
Sweet aroma of apricots/peaches. Taste is fairly smooth but has a little bitter edge just staying slightly in the background. Overall full palate of flavor that leaves mid fruit sweetness lingering. So delicious.
Aroma of dark sweet malt. Crispness of malt with a slight yeast sweetness that comes in to push the malt flavor away. Slightly crisp hop bite can also be detected up front. Very clean, with lingering hints of dark malt sweetness.
Sweet aroma mix of caramel malts and crisp hops. Initial taste has a crispness that fades rapidly and then slowly builds a butter hop edge. Cleans the palate fairly well and leaves a slight lingering sweetness with a mix of malt, hops and yeast.
It’s been years since I had this. I haven’t seen much from Dark Horse since they were bought by Roak, so I was excited to see a throwback. This was canned on 03/25/23, drank on 04/29/23.
Aroma has faint caramel malts with some sticky hop aroma. Taste starts clean with a slightly sharp hop bite, then slowly builds a thick hop bitterness mixed with some caramel malts. Finally finishes clean as all the flavors somehow disappear.
If you’re in the mood for a caramel-y IPA, this hits the spot.
Fresh, bright hop aroma. Taste is slightly crisp, and builds a slight edge of hop bitterness slowly. Never a strong bitterness, and mellows and calms as mild caramel malt flavors come in. Finishes very soft and smooth, with a mild nutty flavor at the very end.
Just bought today, 1/14/2023, they have no marking on cardboard box, but saw after opening this was canned on 2/10/22. Damn I hate buying old beer!
Very sticky sweet aroma of hops and caramel malts. Taste is mostly smooth with a little bit of a hop edge on the back end. Almost mediciny-like taste comes in, a mix of malt and yeast. Finishes with a dry palate and a slight edge of hop bitterness as the malt/yeast sweetness crescendos and then fades.
Hop aroma is slightly pungent, but also green and fresh smelling. Slides onto the palate with a slight slipperiness, but immediately a hop bitterness edge comes cutting in. Hops fade, and then slowly a slightly sweet malt flavor starts to rise. Never gets too strong before subsiding and then gets mixed with hop flavor. Finishes very dry.
From a mixed holiday pack. Canned 11/29/2022, drank on 1/5/2023.
Strong sweet aroma, almost smell a little alcohol heat. No bitterness bite, but a strong hop sweetness comes in quickly, which is then replaced by a yeast sweetness. Aftertaste is fairly mellow with some sweetness mix of hops, yeast, and malt. In the background you can tell there’s some alcohol waiting to catch up with you (9.5%).
4 out of 5 stars.
Craft beer and homebrew from a Michigan perspective.