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

2,940 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,940
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 119
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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Ratings: 2,940 | Reviews: 904
Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Phigg1102
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber to light brown in color with tons of sediment. Really sweet with tons of malt in the forefront.

Photo of atr2605
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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

Photo of Stevedore
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of addiwilliams
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very oxidized. Must be an old bottle. BOTTLE DATE!

Photo of Taybeh
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of kkleu357
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of cdoub
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best Michigan IPA I have ever had.

Photo of gusman61
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites!

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.67/5  rDev -32.9%
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

Photo of hardysf
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA. Would rather have a two hearted though.

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 UPBrewer92
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This personally isn't my style of choice for an ideal beer, but I will admit that as an IPA this is well made for the style

Photo of heydrinks
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really love the feel of this one and the super delayed hoppy aftertaste...

Photo of Andewkline1
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of RacerDad
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of SaltofOH
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of ericfine50
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good Hoppy taste. Good drinking IPA

Photo of JPowell712
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Brabander
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA but i would be better if the hops were more upfront. Very drinkable beer though!

Photo of RichardRaeder
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look feel smell and taste are excellent!

Photo of RC613
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If I'm not drinking Two Hearted, I'm drinking Crooked Tree. If I'm not drinking Hopslam, I'm drinking Double Crooked Tree.

Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Poured into half pint, this beer is orange-brown with a white head and lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops. Flavor is similar with a little malt sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by the hop bitterness. Dry hop bitter finish. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.

Photo of ta_hagen
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice unfiltered IPA... Goes down smooth.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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