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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,616 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,616
Reviews: 863
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 108
Gots: 213 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

Chriskrejci, Oct 08, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

MortarPestle, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Slipperys
1.2/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a: poured into a wide snifter with decent head. Dark and packed with unflocculated yeast.

s: you smell some hops, but nothing but bittering bops...zero aroma hops

t: dark bitter yeast!

M: heavy and over carbonated..

O: Maybe there was a contamination in the 6 bottles, but I will not take a chance in the future.

Serving type: bottle

Slipperys, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

xdefeatsy, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of harrymel
1.75/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

You know what sucks? when you haven't invested in a dating system for your bottles...

A: Tanned copper ale with excellent clarity until suddenly an unusually large yeast cake follows thru on the last ounce or so. Two finger, loosely packed, peanut head dissipates in a minute or two and leaves a medium sheet of the same. spotty lacing.

S: Grassy, hay-like hops over malts. Yep, that's about it. The beer is not like typical IPA with aromatic hops you usually get in the mid palate and upfront.

T: Caramel malts, sweet. Bitter background. Some resiny flavors.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: I fear that this beer is old. But I can't tell. So, I have to assume it's average in freshness for the consumer. The result: this is a bland, plain IPA. More like an amber with extra early bittering hops.

harrymel, Apr 01, 2011
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1.92/5  rDev -51.8%

Joshua-C-Doe, Sep 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

nickmantia, Sep 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

bvlaminck, Sep 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

Kaveman, Aug 26, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

kellbell44, Today at 06:36 AM
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

JustinMatthew, May 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

CDubbs75, Sep 07, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

thegerm87, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of lnashsig
2.3/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to try this beer. Poured from 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter. Ugliest IPA pour I have ever seen- pours a murky dark dishwater dirty brown color. A little bit of head, barely any retention. I can only assume that this is a really old bottle, or something has gone terribly wrong with this one. After it gets into the glass, it looks like dirty brown dishwater, pretty disgusting. Smell- applejuice, some spices from the hops. Faint breadiness from the malt. Taste- gross. this is like applesauce gone wrong. You get some sweet flavors from the malt, and some bitterness from the hops, but this does not even resemble an IPA. This is a drainpour. I can only assume this is some sort of quality control issue after reading the reviews.

lnashsig, Aug 22, 2011
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2.35/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep orange color with a foamy 2 finger, off white head. Decent creamy foam lacing left on the glass.

Nose is piny, resiny hops. Not very strong but they are there.
A little caramel malt to balance the hops but it doesn't take much because, as mentioned, the hops aren't all that strong.

The taste follows along with the nose except the hops are even more subdued. Slight piny hops followed by a moderate sweetness from the malt. A hint of bitterness at the finish but that fades as well.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. A hint of bitterness at the end but smooth nonetheless.

Body-wise this beer is fine but the hops flavors (and malt flavor for that matter) are lacking. Not really what I've come to expect from an IPA.

ms11781, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Crosling
2.35/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Orange. Strange smelling, hoppy with a large emphasis on fruits, apricots and peaches in particular. Not much in the nose besides hops. Flavor is more of the same. Straight hop juice and not much else. Hoppiness brings forth various fruit notes (apricot, peach and lemon). Dry. Severely lacking malt flavor and body. Fizzy.

Crosling, Mar 20, 2006
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2.4/5  rDev -39.7%

CycleHops, Aug 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

zdauber, Apr 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

jayiz, Jun 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Jasonp79, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of AwYeh
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a hazy amber-orange, with one finger + of foamy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus hops stand out here: grapefruit and pineapple in particular. Notes of pine, flowers, and caramel also detectable.

T: Resoundingly bitter; little definition of any hop flavors here outside of a bit of grapefruit. Some caramel malt flavor comes through, but with little sweetness; largely unbalanced.

M: Thin body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

D: Drinkability of this one was quite low; I had a hard time finishing my glass considering the great one-dimensionality of the bitterness.

Might need to return to this in the future, if I find one that I know is particularly fresh.

AwYeh, Jan 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

JSSmith, Mar 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

las00hero, Oct 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Now who is the crook? Pours a very cloudy orange color with some lighter tan highlights. A soft wheat head with limited retention and lacing overall.

The nose is very muddled. Some piney note up front with a odd fruity hop/ester on the back end. Mostly apricots and peaches but some cherries and a almond nutty aroma. Some off yeast notes, cardboard/oxidation but not over the top. The malt is light but is really hard to pick out.

The taste is similar but not as muddled. Malt comes out with a sweet flavor but hard to really pick out distinct flavors. The hops are really off. A good bitterness up front but does not blend well/support the piney and floral hop finish. Some weird floral and apricot notes that just don't blend. There is a stronger yeast flavor that doesn't help on the back end.

The body is moderate to light. Good carbonation. Overall there is just something funky going on here. The malt is muddle and lacks the base for the hops. And the hop finish is just off with some off yeast and floral notes. Crooked for sure.

Oxymoron, Sep 03, 2008
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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,616 ratings.