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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 08-10-2002

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Reviews: 906 | Ratings: 3,123
Photo of agreenman19
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - pours a turbid tan brown with a shitload of yeast.

S - caramel malts, some sweet hops. Tropical.

T - nice hoppy bite! Hits with the hops up front and doesn't let up. Malty with grapefruit acidity and dryness.

F - leaves a minor tingle on the tongue. Jumpy and zesty. Refreshing!

O - Dark Horse is a legendary brewery and while this isn't anything to blow your load over, it is a solid IPA.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber orange one one in a half finger white head
Smell: lots of orange really fruity sweet and malty
Taste: upfront I get that orange I got in the nose middle of the mouth citrus fruitiness some malt sweetness a touch of booziness.finishes with a sharp grapefruit flavor.
Feel: medium body with a dry finish the grapefruit flavor from the hops lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall: this is a very tasty beer. Nice balance of sweet and hoppy. Just enough body to hold up to the flavor.

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Photo of Wdominia
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wasn't sure anything could top my love for the Mad Hatter IPA, but this was fantastic. Thicker mouthfeel, unfiltered lends a different look- gorgeous, rich ambery color, grapefruit and honey-like notes. Hopped yet balanced.

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Photo of Mjk3psu2
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Admittedly - drinking a beer of this supposedly quality depends on the site - and I would rate the quality of the hardware here with a C - fair. The aroma, and the head were a tad below expectations and likely related. The clarity and color were spot on for what I would have expected and I thought the beer was well balanced with a nice hop profile.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 01/11/16. Pours a medium amber that is quite hazy and has a tremendous amount of suspended matter in addition to precipitates. This beer is unfiltered, so this is not a flaw. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and quite outstanding retention.

Outstanding, but a rather light, nose of floral and mild citrus over biscuit and caramel.

Light body with a smoothness that is slightly more than that of water. World class carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The light body and strong carbonation really make the flavors pop.

The flavor profile is very good. It begins with a blended hop flavor (floral, light citrus) that never separates. The middle brings a moderate rind and earthy bitterness over a not quite balancing sweetness that barely allows caramel detection. The finish is somewhat dry and an orange rind bitterness lingers.

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Photo of abzurd
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FWIW, this is my first review. I like an IPA with some body and a nice finish and this is one of my favorites. Decent hop beginning but not overpowering, and more body than most so it turns malty and a little sweet in the middle before the hops kick in again at end. This leaves a nice sweet hoppy finish. It's only the second time I've had this beer. The first time was on tap and this one came from a bottle. It's as good as I remember it.

This is an extremely drinkable, almost session, IPA for someone being introduced to the style and not ready to be punched in the mouth with hops. (Deschutes "Freshed Squeezed" is another good one like that). For the seasoned IPA drinker it's a smooth one you can knock back a few of, while still drinking something interesting.

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Photo of tlema1
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep Amber/orange with a thin beige head
S: citrus for sure
T: citrus and tropical fruits
F: well balanced good mouthfeel
O: this is a damn fine brew

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color.

Overall: Crooked Tree is heavily dry hopped which gives it a big aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is well balanced bittersweet, lot of tropical fruit juices, mango, tangerine, passion fruit. Very good IPA that has won several medals.

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Photo of ordybill
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is big on hops and citrus. The flavor is hop goodness with a nice malt blend. An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of leantom
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this was an unsuspectingly great IPA. Here goes:

A: Nice but cloudy amber-orange. Pours a huge head and leaves great lacing. Good.

S: Also good. Lots of herbs, grass, and some tropical fruit interspersed with caramel malt. Fruits include grapefruit, lemon, oranges, apricot, and mango. Overall, this is a very grassy and tropically IPA mixed it with some malt characteristics.

T: Follows the nose, which is good. Grassy hops and fruit flavors on top of a great caramel malt backbone. Overall, I really liked this beer. I would have it again in a heartbeat.

F: Very thick and well-carbonated. Great.

O: This is an excellent beer. Lots of tropical fruit on a caramel malt backbone, Outstanding.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an absolute outstanding IPA. I was a bit hesitant after trying the double crooked tree IPA, but was pleasantly surprised by the overall drinkability of the beer. Very balanced taste with the right amount of hops. I will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of SFNC
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very, very cloudy orange, visible sediment. Nose is herbal, earthy with light citrus. Taste is mostly malt, with a strong herbal taste. The feel is fine for an IPA, but I suspect this was a self turd. I'll need to revisit with a fresher bottle.

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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 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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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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