1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,126 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2126
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,126 | Reviews: 831 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of pkalix


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

huge head. foamy and white.
typical IPA aromas, but nothing stand-out. kind of a bland smell to the brew....
a little sweet on the tongue at first, then some caramel malt, and the slight hop bitterness hits as it drains.... very good taste with some sweetness.
overall, very good. another new Midwest brew for me. lots of taste (as opposed to the west coast bitter) but starting to see a definite trend... maybe that's why the west coast began doing bitter....?

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:12:43 | More by pkalix
Photo of reebtaerG


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe no date??

A-The beer pours to a cloudy orange color with a 1/2 finger white head that dissipated. Ok lacing. Some sediment.

S-The aroma has a pine, slight citrus note to it.

T-The taste is more forward with some hop citrus bitterness to it.

M-Slight carbonation with a nice mouthfeel.

O-Average IPA for me might have to try find one with a date to be sure of freshness

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 23:49:05 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is hazy copper with a smallish (half-finger) off-white head. No lacing.

S: Modest lemony citrus over bready malt. Not terribly strong in the nose, but a good IPA scent to it.

T: Caramel malt foundation is followed by tea-like hops: herbal, floral and citrusy (orange peel and lemons). Finishes semi-dry with a touch of both sweetness and then lingering bitterness.

M: Very active, fizzy carbonation; heft is medium in weight.

O: A good American IPA. Doesn't blow me away, but it's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:19:47 | More by Kendo
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours amber with a nice-sized off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of pine and citrus with caramel and black pepper.

The taste is of pine/resin with citrus and pepper. It has a sweet caramel touch that keeps it from being harsh. It has a bitter, dry finish.

It has a chewy medium body.

This is a heavily hopped IPA with a rounding sweetness. Slight alcohol is noticeable, but well-integrated. This is an excellent example of a standard American IPA! Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 21:09:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of clayrock81


3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with two finger head and lace ring down glass. Elegant aroma that balances a large chunk of citric hops and some fruit sweetness as well as some caramel malt. Beer is light, easy drinking fare, that has a large amount of hops that a hophead could like with a little bit of sweetness and bread malt to fill out the body. Pretty simple but good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:40:07 | More by clayrock81
Photo of mrfrancis


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

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thin, clinging white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, blood orange, grapefruit, lime, pine, tangerine, herbs, caramel, and biscuit predominate on the nose.

T: Delicate notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, blood orange, tangerine, kumquats, pine, herbs, crackers, biscuits, and caramel wash across the palate. The finish is bitter and intense with grapefruit, lemon, kumquat, pine, caramel, and biscuit flavors in abundance.

M: Medium in body and typically resinous. Carbonation is rather prickly.

O: A rock solid IPA. I appreciate the fact that it is unfiltered, although I did not feel the lack of filtration added anything new to the flavor. In the end, I like this beer, but I am not certain I can really relate to the hype that seems to surround it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 15:04:28 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of brutusmuktuk


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a hazy, translucent brown color, with a small bit of white head. Smells of spruce and a touch of citrus. I don’t get a dry finish so much as a surprisingly sweet finish. It’s a nice touch. Flavor is spruce and citrus, with some medium bitterness. An enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:52:27 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Caramel. Minimal lace. Tons of sediment.
Smell: Grapefruit, fruit, citrus.
Taste: Grapefruit, tangerine, malt.

This is great. First you're drawn into this thick caramel colored liquid that has so much sediment wandering around. Then, it's citrus all around. The grapefruit hits your nose like a hammer, and the tangerine sip just seals the deal. If you like IPAs, get this. The tangerine taste is so interesting. I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 05:18:00 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of lochef81


4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another awesome ipa from another awesome Michigan brewer. Pours a beautiful hazy Orange with a very small head of off white foam which dissipates to a very nice, lasting lacing. The aroma is all grapefruit and pine, almost reminiscent of fresh mangoes. It Sips smooth but with a body that coats the mouth very nicely. The flavor is what really takes this one to the next level. Super hoppy and bitter but well balanced. Lots of citrus and pine and very fresh tasting. This is definitely a go to ipa. Extra points for my favorite designed tap handle in the business.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 21:30:20 | More by lochef81
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with awesome label. Beautiful brilliant blue color paired with a bright green make a real vibrant and eye catching design. Throw in the bonsai and its pretty killer. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - bright orange color with the haze giving it a more burnt look to it out of the light. Wonderful funk particles and sediment Floating about, just as the side of the packaging states. Bright shade of white head wasnt massive, but still pretty nice. Some fluff to it and it settled quite nice leaving some fairly good stick.

S - grapefruit and light pine up front. Nice balance between fruity hops and bread like malt backbone. A real nice gushing orange note creeps up and stands out with other smaller hints of lemon.

T - grapefruit and pine like hops up front with a blast of awesome hop spice. Real juicy and gushing fruitiness to the flavor. The juiciest, gushing orange notes set off a spectacle inside my mouth. Perfectly balanced with bread and cracker like malt. The finish picks back up with more grapefruit hop notes and really taking on a exceptional dry bitterness.

M - medium bodied and smooth. Texture is close to perfect for its size and does well coating the entire mouth with luscious notes of ipa goodness. Easy to drink and just plain awesome. This is one of the most well balanced ipa's I've ever had.

O - Crooked Tree is simply a stunning work of art. Maybe the greatest ipa I've ever had. West Coast my tail... This is a world class take on keeping an ipa complex and perfectly balanced. It's my new go to ipa. This is Michigan brewing at its absolute greatest. A grand gem and crown jewel no matter who you stack it up against in its range of abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 03:05:12 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

"My brightest star is my inner light, let it guide me"... Yeah, Raul is feeling this one.

Kind of like when you were a child and you thought that you opened all of your presents on Christmas and then you found one more lurking behind the tree. And not only was Crooked Tree IPA a nice surprise, it was a super goody good one.

I'm on a raft in a foreign land, and as the sun melts into the blurred horizon, that image is what I see while taking every sip. It's juicy, but balanced ever so perfectly with luscious malts - the damn thang is almost creamy in texture.

I can't, I just can't say anymore. Go get it my children.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:13:53 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber, almost light brown, color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet malt mixed with earthy hops and an apparent booze fume.

T- This is a very malt forward IPA. Toasty and grainy with the moderately bitter hops playing second fiddle. Still, pretty smooth and enjoyable.

M- Oily with medium carbonation and a mostly full body.

O- This is one of the earthiest American IPAs I've ever had. Good but different.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 01:16:39 | More by Immortale25
Photo of screamking


4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours cloudy burnt orange, with a 1 finger off white head. Lots of earthly bitterness in the nose, with a little bit of pine in there as well. Grapefruit is there too, but mostly hidden. The taste is rather surpising, the bitterness is there but so is a impressive malt backbone that fights back just as hard as the hops. The bitterness does win out in the end with a bitterness kick that just keeps hanging around. I've always seen this beer at the store, but for some reason I always pass it by. Not this time, thankfully. This is one of the better IPAs I've had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:56:56 | More by screamking
Photo of BreakfastStout


4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Imagine my surprise when I found this tasty little treat! I picked it up on a lark at Muggs Party Store in Grand Haven, and I was blown away! And I thought that Two Heart was the only IPA that I could ever score this high. Though not quite as smooth and balanced as a Bells Two Hearted Ale, this beer can hold its' own with any other IPA I've ever sampled. Now whenever I reach for an IPA six pack at my local beer store, I have 3 solid choices, Founders Centennial IPA, a Two Heart, or this little gem.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 17:00:48 | More by BreakfastStout
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks ago over at Top Hops, having never had anything from Dark Horse or knowing that this beer had over 1,800 reviews on here. While not a total hophead, I love a great IPA and thought that I had most of the classics, standards, and standouts when it came to these given that I've gotten my hands on nearly everything available at any local liquor store.

But I was wrong.

I love it when beers sneak up on me, out of nowhere. One innocent buy turns into an unexpected discovery, which turns into the purchase of a full pack instead of trial bottle. Sure enough, that's the case here as I'd love to get more of this should I find it again. There was just enough to differentiate this fro the West Coast IPA's without making this too deviant from the ordinary.

No doubt that the appearance was the best aspect of this beer - as the cloudy dark peach hue, moderate but solid head, and near-perfect rings of lacing combined for an extremely pleasing appearance. Lots of rye, pine, and tropical citrus in the nose, followed by booze, blood orange, and a mild but sharp earthy bitterness in the taste. The carbonation was right on the money and this felt a lot strong than it turned out to be in actuality. So easy to quaff and just the right amount of bubbles to scrub the burning after each sip. A hint of tobacco lingered in the aftertaste but this wasn't a Cigar City beer. Michigan? Really? This deserved to be mentioned in the same sentence as Bells and Founders!

While not a session beer, this tasted and felt a lot more potent than the 6.50% ABV would have led me to believe. This had just the right amount of body to feel like a Rye beer and a slightly dry-hopped nature that led me to sip more in an attempt to quench my thirst. This was wonderful and if you love beers that delight and surprise while delivering a healthy does of hops, you owe it to yourself to give this a go. I'm glad this was available in my neck of the woods!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 19:51:48 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of andrewjraab


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

A - Pours a dark burnt orange with a full 3 fingers of foamy whit head, amazing retention, nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus hops, big bouquet of flowers, faint malts in the the back of the nose.

T - The taste follows the nose nicely. A really juicy citrus hop presence, nicely balanced with some malts to create a medium bodied kick ass IPA. A drying taste bud snapping finish makes you want to keep coming back for more.

O - Cheers to one helluva American IPA right here in the mitten.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 20:12:56 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of scotorum


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Nearly clear amber topped by an inch tall off-white head which receded to heavy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Piney hops up front followed by more.

m: Light to moderate due to the prominent hop presence. Fairly smooth. A bit watery.

o: A solid hoppy IPA, though it might have a bit more body. A sure summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 05:16:18 | More by scotorum
Photo of kjlcm

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle bought in MA

A- Beautiful cloudy gold color with a finger white head. Looks great!

S - Floral hoppiness. Definitely the smell of a good IPA.

T - Good balanced flavor. Hops and malt and grapefruit.

M - Good on the paltae and has a nice aftertaste.

O - I picked this one up and reviewed it blind and like it quite a bit. I will get some more when I get the chance I think!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:47:50 | More by kjlcm
Photo of Hendry


4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt cloudy copper hue,1 finger of thin white head, unfiltered with a good amount of sediment in the initial pour, more so than others noted for their sediment.sticky lacing.

Solid grapefruit aroma with some pine in there and only a hint of bread in the background.

Grapefruit,peach and pine are the predominant flavors with some herbal notes,very hop forward and crisp.

Good mouthfeel, medium, well carbonated to move the flavors along.Delightful dry finish with a good dose of enjoyable bitterness.

Crooked Tree IPA is a great example of the style, and I am also on board with the Brothers World Class rating, worthy of higher BA ratings. Highly recommended and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:00:43 | More by Hendry
Photo of beatenbyjacks


3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark red caramel color. Looks very appealing. Did a vertical tastin with the other crooked trees. Very very malty smell. Overly malt flavor with a slight citrus finish. Easy drinking beer, but I don't see this as an IPA. Leaves a bitter finish in the end. Least favorite Crooked Tree beer of the 4.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:25:46 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer is dark amber. There is a smallish off-white head. Decent retention, slight lace.

Smell is surprisingly malty, a biscuity scent. Grass and a bit of citrus.

Taste contains some pine, grassy flavours and some citrus. A fair bit of caramel and biscuit malt. Fairly bitter. Stronger hop flavour than a typical English IPA, but the flavour profile still makes me think of that style. Not your typical juicy American IPA.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Somewhat irritating.

Overall, fine but somewhat disappointing. There is a date on the bottle but it has been wiped off a bit so all I can tell is it was bottled this year (phewf!). Not sure if it is old but it is not a great example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:43:50 | More by jrenihan
Photo of smakawhat


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head ale glass. No obvious bottle dating noticed.

A peach dull brown amber body, fairly opaque and cloudy appearance. Head makes a fluffy light tan and off white colored presentation and leaves a thick soapy collar with minimal lacing.

Biscuity malts, and light sweet brown sugar on the nose. Hop angle very downplayed, perhaps some citrus juice quality, but otherwise a decent malt saves this from being poor but this doesn't smell like an IPA.

Palate comes with a nice solid malt backbone. Hop angle is more obvious in taste than the nose. Juicy hop and leafy chewy pine coat the mid palate. Swallow comes with a nice bitter aromatic and hints of mild herbal tea, and pine warmth. Very coating and resiny. Some nice citrus warmth comes after some sips.

Overall not bad, perhaps just slightly better than above average. I wish the hops delivered on the nose though.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:45:13 | More by smakawhat
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek


3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely cloudy, medium copper color. Light beige foam, persistent and well-structured head.

Nose is a bit stubborn, notably hoppy (pine) with lemon tones.

Powerful hop profile up front fades somewhat to a subtle hint of caramel malt, drying to a satisfying bitterness on the finish.

Feel is rich and round, with nice crispness around the edges.

Overall, a fine example of an American IPA, with characteristic strong hoppiness but some other layers to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:01:05 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
Photo of Pencible


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a murky dark gold with rocky white head.
S: It smelled like resin and grapefruit hops, with some wild honey and bready malt.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and resin hops, with some wild honey and copper and a bit of bready malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a good IPA, with enjoyable scent and taste and body. However there was nothing unique or much better than average about any of it. The finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 19:47:03 | More by Pencible
Photo of MistahBeah


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky orange/amber with lots of carbonation. Half a finger's worth of creamy off-white head. Good lacing. Some sediment

Aroma: Citrus firstly. Oranges and some lemon with a little grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Some piney hops are faint but definitely present. Ends a little malty. Caramel and bready notes. Top notch

Taste: Follows the nose to a tee. Starts off with sweet tropical citrus. Some resiny pine spiciness makes itself known on the midpalate. Ends a bit bready with a lingering pine aftertaste. Not overly complex but has enough going on to remain interesting

Mouthfeel: Carbonated. Crisp. Pretty full-bodied

Overall: This is a really nicely balanced IPA. Again, not extremely complex but it does its job and it does it well

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 22:22:18 | More by MistahBeah
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.