Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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1.2/5 rDev -69.9%
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
07-22-2011 01:06:41 | More by Slipperys
1.75/5 rDev -56.1%
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.
04-01-2011 16:03:26 | More by harrymel
2.3/5 rDev -42.4%
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.
08-21-2011 23:49:19 | More by lnashsig
2.35/5 rDev -41.1%
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.
01-25-2011 04:13:48 | More by ms11781
2.35/5 rDev -41.1%
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.
03-20-2006 20:15:05 | More by Crosling
2.5/5 rDev -37.3%
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.
01-16-2011 07:17:55 | More by AwYeh
2.5/5 rDev -37.3%
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.
09-03-2008 15:52:32 | More by Oxymoron
District of Columbia
2.51/5 rDev -37.1%
Was excited to try this beer given it's high BA score, but I was so disappointed. The appearance and mouthfeel were average. The smell was musky, earthy, with some hay and straw notes. The taste was similar, with a lot of bitter citrus as well. I consider myself quite a "hophead," but this was far to bitter and unbalanced for me.
03-08-2013 01:43:13 | More by alysmith4
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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