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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

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very good

894 Reviews

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Reviews: 894
Hads: 3,020
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 127
Gots: 448 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stem glass. Bottle date unknown.

Cloudy dark-ish amber, almost copper, with a finger of off white head that dissipates into a thin beige ring that leaves lacing.
Smells of black tea and pear, mild grapefruit and tangerine, perhaps faint tropical notes, and malt. It's probably an old bottle. It's a pleasant smell, but very muted.
Mostly malty, but still tasty. Sweet but not overly sweet notes of caramel, toffee, and toast, and some mild hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and mango. There's still a nice bite of piney citrus bitterness on the finish to balance out the sweetness.
Nice mouthfeel, though. Thick and smooth, the fuller side of medium, with ample carbonation.

In its prime, this is probably a very good beer. However, I don't know the bottling date, and this tastes like it's probably past its prime. However, this tastes better old better than some I've had. I'll say that its decent, but I'll reserve judgment until I can find it when I know its fresh.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Opperman's Cork 'n' Ale in Saginaw last weekend for$10.99. No bottling date visible. Enjoying it while sitting on my porch looking at the Tullymore golf course.

Beer poured an unfiltered orange with a beautiful white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose is a nice mild citrus.

Taste is grapefruit and orange that slightly overpowers the pale and caramel malts. I like that there is not an overpowering amount of residual hops left on the palate

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall this is a smackable beer that an IPA lover will enjoy!

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Photo of Roby923
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled from TJs Grosse Pointe, MI. Bottled July 31st 3015. Pours cloudy amber. Was hoping for a solid punch of hops but didn't get it. The hops are more subdued and mingle harmoniously with the light caramel malts. Not super memorable, but a very commendable IPA out of Marshall, MI.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with a nice cloudiness. Excellent aroma with plenty of hops. Had a pretty hoppy taste with a bit of citrus and malt. Amazingly smooth and easy to drink. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of emmasrue1
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong floral hops. Amber in color and a breezy, carmel taste. Very nice aroma of fruits Much fuller than expected and goes down so easy.

It is simple and not overpowering but just about perfect. This is a world class beer and I keep it in stock both here at at our home in Northern Michigan. Dark horse is a brewery I would like to visit for sure. They have some great IPA style brews.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky Amber body with some sediment left in it. Sticky, soapy off-white head sits on top. Aroma is an even balance of pine and citrus with a strong biscuity malt aroma. Flavor is pretty similar, pine comes through first, balanced out by the biscuity malts, then some lemony citrus towards the end. Feel is somewhat prickly with a lingering bitterness. This one appears to lean more towards a balanced IPA, with lots of malt character. It is okay, but nothing I would look for.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle brought here in a suitcase by my in-laws from Chicago. Date is 4/21/15. Poured the whole thing into my tulip glass, and the tail end of it was murky.

Looks, consequently, murky, amber-gray, with a medium head and plenty of carbonation. Smell is very muted. Like, I can barely smell it. Tiny amount of floral.

Taste is (thankfully) more pronounced. A little lemon tartness, a little lemon rind bitterness, a bit of pine bitterness, a bit of vague malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little chewy, fluffy, nice. Overall, not a knock-your-socks-off beer, but a good solid beer.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quite effervescent after pouring from 12oz. bottle. Nice lacing after the head deflated. Hazy copper color that is darker than expected.

Strong floral hops. Slight caramel notes and tart fruit.

Strong bitterness greets you at first sip (but not very high on the IBU scale). After the bitterness fades, sweet malt and caramel flavors come through at the end. Citrusy notes creep up and, upon fading, finishes slightly dry

Great mouthfeel. Fuller than expected and pleasing to the tongue. Light – Medium.

I really liked this IPA and my first sample from Dark Horse. I saw this in a Michigan Meijers store on vacation and gave it a try.

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Photo of B-Stad
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA offering from Dark Horse. You can't find a better balanced IPA than Crooked Tree. There's nothing exciting or unique about this beer, it is simply crafted to perfection. If you enjoy IPAs you will definitely appreciate this beer.

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Photo of uvachief
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours this funky brown orange color with a gold hue. Full finger of white fluffy head. Didn't dissipate quickly. Lingered. Lots of purdy bubbles rising from bottle of pint glass. Smell wet hops and citrus but I know it is going to be piney. Taste is just that but clean. Nice clean and fresh wet hop taste. Piney but not too bad. Finished clean with bubbles. Solid ipa. Will drink again.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is murky for an IPA,a cloudy orange.
Right away with a surprising fresh citrus but not BIG hops taste and it's w/a medium to full body.
Overall, for a not so super hoppy tasting IPA, it's drinkable and very satisfying.
My wife bought one for me & i'm gonna watch a recorded two day old,Fare Thee Well night 2 in Chicago while (or soon after) drinking it (depending on when my wife comes back up from the basement after gaming)...i'll continue watching Seinfeld reruns & reading Ulysses until she gets up here...My dog Sputnik looks bored over there setting in the red chair,poor guy! He wants to watch Grateful Dead & Trey too....also,this beer has a slight after taste that is not the best...a little bitter in a bad way...like the way you can feel about a Crooked tree in your back yard & the way it always scares ya a little bit that it might fall on yer garage in stormy weather...

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a wonderful floral forward IPA. It has a nice malt backbone, but it avoid the trap of sweetness. It is balanced, fun, and utterly enjoyable. Pleasantly surprised by this one, the best Dark Horse beer I have yet had.

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Photo of SaintZymurgy
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

There is a bottle date stamped on the neck of bottle, some are harder to read. Mine bottled exactly 1 month ago.

The appearance of this beer is the only downside because of the sediment, but it's always been known for that. Otherwise it's a dark orange.

I get citrus, pine, or floral hop notes on the nose and tongue. It has a big malt back bone and a medium to full body.

Overall it's an excellent IPA, it's very drinkable and satisfying, one of my regular go to IPAs though I generally prefer dry IPAs.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops/citrus in aroma and flavor. This ale was good but it had a slightly dirty flavor, almost like a heavily sedimented Belgian Ale without the flavor aspects. Pretty good, just could have used a little cleaner hop bite.

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Photo of atr2605
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a hazy copper color with a big fluffy off white head with good retention
S-citrus, bit malty, hint of pine
T-very strong orange citrus flavor with a substantial malt backbone, and resiny pine in the finish
M-medium bodied, mine was highly carbonated and gushed out of the bottle
O-pretty solid IPA, I thought the aroma was a bit subdued but the flavor was very good

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Photo of Stevedore
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow-golden body, one finger white head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of bread, citrus, a bit of pineapple and tropical fruit, mild pine, toffee and caramel. Flavour is a bit sweet with bread and caramel, a mild-moderate amount of hop aromatics come out to play with a bit of grapefruit and pine; nothing overwhelming but provides a nice balance to the sweet malt. Moderately bitter, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fair carbonation, moderate pine bitterness meshes in well with an otherwise light caramel finish. Overall, a decent flagship IPA that doesn't blow minds but can sometimes be a good hoppy option when there aren't others that are quite so appealing.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into an imperial pint, from a single w/o a date stamp

a: a beaut, huge 2 to 3 finger off-white head that stuck around for ages and left tons of lacing; a very hazy cinnamon orange body
s: little piney resin, caramel and wheat bread fresh from the oven, something a little spicy, like allspice or something, some very fruity deep round grapefruit or maybe blood orange notes as well (no rind or tartness to me).
t: the nose kind of prepares you well, as you get a little citrus on the front with some nice soft malty doughy sweetness, then mid-way through it gets pretty spicy, juicy, and ends with some more caramel and juicy sweetness and some tea-like dryness.
m: pretty substantial even heavy body for an ipa; medium to low carbonation, tongue is totally coated with hop oils, despite big juicy body this finishes dry and even a little chalky.

Have heard about this one for a long time but never tried it. Pretty big beer with big flavors. Hoppy but balanced with substantial malt backbone...I could see someone thinking it a bit messy, but for me, the integration of flavors works. Though it is a lot bigger, some things about the flavor profile remind me of some of my favorite Bitters and ESBs back in England. This is right up there with Centenniel and 2 Hearted (though very different), which is saying a lot in my book. Here's to Michigan ipas!

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Photo of kkleu357
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a bar called Dark Horse in Chicago. I thought this one was decent. Dry, light body. Slightly hoppy. Was also drinking an Anti-Hero at the same time, so this one kind of got overshadowed.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I got a bad bottle not entirely sure as the date was super hard to read. But to me this tasted like a unbalanced Carmel bready mess. Would like to try again at some point just based on reviews on here but for now one of the worse ipa I have had

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Amber gold with a slight haze, bottle conditioned, yeast sediment in the bottom. 1” foam cap dissipates fairly quick to film, produces excellent lace.
S: Citrus and bread.
T: Very fruity, juicy, plum with citrusy hop flavors dries out on the finish, a little bread in the background.
M: medium low carbonation, medium body a touch chalky, some light astringency.
O: Big flavor packed into an American IPA.

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Photo of Andewkline1
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Not a pleasant beer too look at, very cloudy but a nice white head. Very citrus grapefruit aroma, starts off with a smooth taste and has a very bitter after taste. Great for anyone looking for that beautiful grapefruit bitter taste. My only wish was the taste was as delicious up front as it is with the aftertaste.

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Photo of RacerDad
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fruity aroma kind of like peach.Lots of settlement in bottle before pouring. Label says unfiltered and unpasterized. Initial taste bright slightly fruity but not sweet and a little earthy. Carbonation a little higher than average.Smooth hoppy flavor with slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Substantial sediment; pungent grapefruit aroma; resinous, malty arrival, malty and tart; hefty mouthfeel. Not so refreshing, bottle maybe past it's prime (no date) bought 8/15, reviewed 9/1/14.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a good beer. Super hoppy with great hop aroma. The taste was also that of a hopped up IPA. The fact it is unfiltered showed a lot of hop residue inside the floating around the glass. It is stingy and has a big bite. The bitter factor played a role for me. The alcohol is definitely detectable. It is a strong beer and has a strong taste. Good beer for an IPA lover.

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Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Consumed from a Spiegelau glass: pours copper with thick, white head. Great lacing.

S: Perfect balance of hops

T: Everything I want in an IPA - balance of hops, malt; alcohol doesn't distract. Dry-ish, but not too dry finish. Great hop bitterness.

F: Smooth with moderate carbonation

O: Great balance in everything.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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