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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2,940 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,940
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 118
Gots: 387 | FT: 5
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 oberon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this awhile back when I found it in Mount Pleasant,nice bronze color with really nice head that left some lace.Very fresh and zesty smelling,tasted of grapefruit and was a little grassy.If ur a hophead I think u would really like this one,Iam not but I still really liked it.

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, maybe even more so towards a light shade of amber, hazy and highly opaque with teeny tiny bits of sediment floating around the brew. Nice, slightly off-white cap shows decent retention and some seriously amazing, chunky lacing. Nose is wonderful, very perfumey, pungent, and floral, like a bed of wet roses. Earthy, ashy, and a bit peppery even. These hops have a lot of character to them, and quite a nice repertoire. Some toasted bread and crackers bring up the malt aroma which pales in comparison to the hops.

The hops kick you in the mouth first here, mostly taking on that ashy, peppery aroma in flavor. Very herbal and spicy, almost like dry tea leaves and white pepper. Bitterness hits high at first, mellows out quick, and then plateaus into the aftertaste. Some pithy, bittersweet citrus flavors are second in command, including some grapefruit and heavy lemon zest. A bit of alcohol flavor and warmth adds to things and combines with the lemon zest to give a Lemon Pledge type flavor, but it actually tastes better than it sounds. Bready malts and yeast are apparent in the aftertaste, giving your mouth that fluffy, dry coating. Light malt and barley flavors cut through at times during the hop trounce, but aren't that noticeable and are certain far from the forefront. Medium body, slick with a touch of residual stickiness. Carbonation is on the higher side of things, giving the palate a crisp snap after each sip.

Had this a long time ago, thought it was okay. This time around, it was much to my liking. Goes to show you how the palate changes over time. A solid IPA with a nice ashy and earthy bitterness. Reasonably priced and local, too.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

West Coast IPA done Michigan style with an almost patented "Intense Transfer Method." Bring it on, our hophead alter egos are ready for it. Nearly clear orange-amber color dons a thin haze. Solid head retention with some sticky bubbly lacing. Deep aromas of ruby grapefruit, evergreen and wild flowers show what the hops are all about. It seems the nose is all about the hops as well. Mild carbonation, smooth and crisp medium body. Citric hop flavor throughout, mostly tangerines, sweet grapefruit and blood oranges. Hop bitterness is soft as the hop flavor is dominant with a puckering component. Sure there is some maltiness present with a notch of sweetness and light biscuity undertones, it brings some balance to the mix. Hint of alcohol middle to end with a juicy cherry fruitiness. The finish points toward dry with a long lingering and pleasant hop flavor.

Bull's-eye when it comes to the style its aiming for. Drinkability is high and with only 6.0 percent ABV it's a borderline session ale; at least in our book it is. IPA freaks should seek this beer out.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Liquor Stop in Highland, IN. Pours from the bottle a deep, cloudy fall colored pumpkin orange with a nice inch of foamy eggshell head that sticks to the glass. Aromas of sweet underlying pale and caramel malts collide with a bracing dose of grapefruity citric, piney hop oils. Fresh and green...quite a nice nose on this one.

First sip brings a nice sweet pale caramelly maltiness that has underlying bready notes (sourdough). This is followed by a wall of big hop bitterness featuring notes of citrus, herbal spice and pine needles. I enjoy the transition from sweet to semi-bracing bitterness on the way down here. Finishes clean with a lingering mellow hop bitterness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy with a hefty malt body to hold up the hoppiness. Good carbonation helps this go down smoothly. I could easily enjoy a few of these...a well made IPA that leans to the bitter side. I hope to see more Dark Horse stuff around here in the future.

Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color. Solid two-finger white head on the top. Reduced down a bit but left some scattered thick pillowy remnants stay on top. Sticky lace clings to the side.

Strong citrus and floral hop aromas blast from this one, mainly orange and apricot with some honey. A touch of sweet roll butteriness mixes in too.

Sharp on the tongue initially. Not a whole lot of hop flavor initially when compared to the aroma. A substantial amount of resin bitterness though towards the end. Finishes out a bit sweet with maybe a little alcohol showing through. A touch of butteriness shows up throughout. The lack of flavor up front is the only downfall I really see.

Good medium body. Flavor hangs for a while. Drinkability is good as well. The strong aroma really draws me to this beer, but the flavor needs a bit more. Regardless I think this one is pretty good and I'd have a couple more if I had them.

thanks to hoppymeal for this one...

Photo of nickadams2
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_ Dark copper orange with a small bone white head.

S_ Heavy grapefruit,orange zest,and caramel malt.

T_Huge grapefruit profile,hoppy,and some citrus. Sweet caramel malt back bone. Nice hop kick but pretty well balanced overall.

M_ Crisp, dry and full bodied.

D_Great session ipa.

Photo of andrewsporter
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So I was at the liquor store and I decided I'd stray from my beloved Two Hearted. You've been warned, I've got my baby in the back of my mind ;)

Appearance: Pouring the beer it looks EXCELLENT. It looks thick, cloudy, lots of stuff floating around, etc. The head looks good from the pour, but it dissipated pretty quickly which disappointed a bit. I'm a huge fan of lacing which this beer seemed to lack.

Smell: Good stuff, I didn't notice much but I'll be honest and say my allergies are pretty damn ripe right about now mid-autumn.

Taste: It's got a good bite. Not impressed but not let down. I can't really explain, but I'd like it to be a hint sweeter, or a ton more bitter. The hops just seemed *empty* if that even makes any sense at this point...

Mouthfeel: EXCELLENT. Quite thick, yet not syrupy, just as the appearance would suggest.

Drinkability: Yeah, I could kick back six of these and it would be a pretty good night...

Overall I think the appearance and the mouthfeel of this beer are the highlights.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Comes out a cloudy orange color with a nice, two finge rhead that quickly fades to some lingering foam and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very nice: I get lots of citrus: grapefruit and orange with a bit of pine and a little caramel.

This beer tastes amazing. Way better than the aroma hinted. This is a very, very juicy IPA. I get tons of grapefruit and orange, a little mouth-watering juicy fruit gum and a lingering, piney dry bite at the end. As I drink more, there is some bready sweetness underneath as well.

Mouth feel is light to medium, smooth and easy.

Overall, I'll buy this again. So juicy, I expected pulp. Very nice.

Photo of jewski
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into a 16oz. pint glass.

Golden yellow-orange in color with a thick white head. Smells of piney hops with some grapefruit citrus.

Very hoppy with a fair amount of citrus flavor and a bready, malty balance. Hops don't seem quite as fresh as they could be.

Mouthfeel has a bite to it with a good medium body. Quite drinkable.

Not an overly complex IPA, but refreshing and true to style. Something i will be having again.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an amber color with a cloudyness and a whirlwind of hops. A nice creamy head stays and laces well.
The aroma is a pale malt backing with a earthy hoppyness.
The taste is mild starts with a mouth full of carbonation. The hops enter very earthy with a subtle sweetness, it finishes with a strong bitterness.

Photo of Rustedbucket
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been pretty partial to IPA for quite sometime. This one, however, hit the palate quite flat. The initial draw rewards the tongue with the briskness that an IPA has, but the mid-palate and finish is let down by a disappointing sour.

The color was also a disappointment; it poured a darker amber than any IPA I've seen and attribute the taste differences with other IPAs with the color changes.

All in all, simply, I wouldn't buy it again for what I paid for it. It's 'drinkable,' but once it's out of my fridge it will not be returning.

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy amber color with bunch of floaties. Nice, small head that retains very well. Smells of citrus hops, lemon zest, and sweet malts. Tastes a lot less hop forward than I expected. Strong bready malt backbone with earthy and citrus hop flavors balancing it out....even some spicy hops going on. Mouthfeel is very prickly, like a belgian not like a BMC. Semi dry finish. Nothing to go goo goo gaga over but a solid IPA. Good flavor profile.

Photo of Duster72
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger head that took a few minutes to dissipate. Sticky lacing down the glass. Aroma was rather mild, but primarily earthy hops of the pine/floral variety. Taste is fantastic. Perfect blend of pine, floral and citrus hops with excellent matly sweetness. One of my top two IPAs. Very drinkable. If I had bought a six pack, I probably would have drank 3 or 4 at the minimum on a nice warm early spring evening at the grill.

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky apricot body with a one finger almond head. Good retention with patchy lacing. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit with hints of orange, lemon, and green apple. Medium body and carbonation contribute to a satiny mouthfeel. Taste is prominently weighted with grapefruit bitterness. Notes of sour apple and sweet maltiness add some balance. Finishes clean and bitter. A solid American IPA with some hop leafiness and a pronounced grapefruit presence.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer$3.50 per bottle from Capones out side of Philadelphia. No freshness info to be had. Pours murky darker almond amber. Rich and frothy darker tan head, stays around for a good long while, leaves slippery sheeting and ample trailers of fine lacing. I smell a "west coast style" IPA here with a rich grapefruit nose, shining through. More grapefruit, some smoky leathery notes and a healthy dose of grainy hop goodness. Tasty and enjoyable IPA. Glad I was able to try it, but kinda pricey to be an every day tipple.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this one...
Pours a cloudy citrus color w/ two full fingers of off-white head.
Tons of lacing forming on the side of the shaker glass...
Like it's color, this one packs quite a citrus hop scent...huge hop profile with very little malt sweetness detected.
Taste is very enjoyable...the sweet malt becomes more balanced as the hops give in just a bit.
Mouthfeel is fantastic...so smooth w/ just body and carbonation to make this one incredibly quaffable.
Just my second offering from Dark Horse...look forward to trying a few more in the near future.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, cloudy, orange/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: floral and citrus hops with some malt and pine hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweetish start that gets more bitter towards the end

Drinkability: An above average IPA that has an excellent blend of hops. Something to sip and relax with. I would not rush to get this, but would not pass it by either.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmwgirl9606 for sending me this beer as an extra.

The beer pours a murky orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is citrus - mainly bitter oranges. The flavor is bitter oranges and the overall bitterness is medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very hazy orange with suspended yeast. Foamy head that settled to a thin line leaving some nice lacing lines.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, pine and toasted malt - more sweet smelling than dry.

Taste: Definitely drier than the smell. Orange, grapefruit and pine countered by malts that have both the standard IPA toasted taste, as well as a more tea-like flavor that I usually associate with an English Bitter. Somewhat bitter at the end, with an emphasis on pine.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish. Once again, seems English.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking IPA that also has some nice English Bitter characteristics.

Why do people always argue about East Coast vs. West Coast IPAs? Doesn't anyone ever think about the Midwest; the number of quality IPAs coming out of Michigan alone is amazing.

Photo of amidabha
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a generous pour into a sam adams glass gave me a frothy inch head with minimal lacing. my allergies prevent me from fully appreciate the smell but i still get a nice piney/hoppy aroma. this has a hazy unfiltered amber appearance that makes me want to drink it.

the taste has a nice combination of carbonation and hoppiness for a good bite, not too much malt character coming through. this has a light, crisp mouthfeel with only a slight hop bite remaining making me want to drink it a bit quicker than i normally would.

not too bad overall. i went to a local store to buy a mix pack of ipa's i've never tried before and this is my first from that batch

Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crooked Tree sports the hop-heavy aroma that is typical of IPAs, smelling spicily of grapefruit, with just a hint of pine. What is surprising, however, is the heaviness of the malts, which add large peach and apricot scents, as well as candied apples and confectioner's sugar, all of which promises a nice malty counter to the huge hops.

On the tongue, this promise holds true, as malts and hops commingle nicely, each playing off of the strengths of the other. On the hops side, pine comes through the most predominantly, followed by grapefruit (this is opposite the nose, perhaps due to the huge sugar aromas), and all leaving a lovely bitter tingling on the tongue. On the malts side, caramels and apricots fuse with bitter apple, creating a lovely sweet/tart punch. The aftertaste is almost entirely hops, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, while the high IBUs will drive off anyone who's not serious about their hops, those who appreciate the finer points of the plant will find themselves in their own private heaven. Even better, the beer is decently balanced, providing a nice relief from those IPAs that are the equivalent of a hop nuke.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp into a snifter. Bottled 4 22 14 (1 month old)

Pours out a dark orange almost bronze color. Darker than your standard IPA. Not much head off the pour and quickly fades to a thin ring.

Juicy hops, big dose of fresh pine, grapefruit, hop resins.

Great taste. Lots of dank, resinous hops. Juicy, pine, and citrus. Leaves lots of resinous bitterness. A slight awareness of alcohol. Only a touch of malt provides a nice backbone to all the hops.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Medium in body.

Really nice IPA. Huge dose of hops.

Photo of ehammond1
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online
Thanks, www.archerliquors.com!

Hazy, murky, cloudy, dark, rusted, amber and copper color with a loose and large khaki colored head that eventually leaves ribbons and spiderwebs of lace down the glass.

I suppose the aroma is the best aspect of this beer, but even it isn't very good. There's some tropical fruit notes, a lot of caramel sweetness, and some alcohol fusels emanating up from the glass.

The flavor is only average at best: some citrus, lots of bread, malty sweetness, and alcohol harshness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An average IPA. No need to seek this one out again.

Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat cloudy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles and some floating sediment. A pretty big and creamy four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big mix of hops with a solid malt base. Upfront are citrus hops with big hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Fairly grassy with lots of earthy hops and some pine resin. Bready malts with hints of caramel, toasted biscuit, toffee, and yeast. Hop forward but well balanced aroma. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like the aroma leads, a big taste of hops up front with a solid balancing of bready malts. Starts out with a nice mix of bitter hops. Citrus grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Strong notes of earthy hops and grass. A little pine resin. A good presence of malts add some bready sweetness. Notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Taste is bold and well balanced between the hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly drying on the mouth. Pretty smooth for the style.

Overall: A really good Midwest I.P.A. Well balanced between the juicy hop bitterness and bready caramel malt sweetness.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,940 ratings.