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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

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very good

2,126 Ratings

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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)
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Photo of elNopalero


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap—and picked up a growler to go. Delicious!

This pours an amber-orange auburn-tinged with nice foaming.

There’s a big, piney-citrusy aroma followed by some light straw. On the flavor I get a lot of bittersweet citrus with a pleasing bitterness and a piney-resiny dry finish. There’s more heft to this than the West Coast IPAs I’ve grown accustomed to—but it’s consistent enough with the other Michigan IPAs that come to mind (Two Hearted anyone?) that I think it’s far to say there might be a regional influence to the style at this point.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2013 06:27:27 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Nanners


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh how I wish this came in a can! Please effort that Dark Horse! This is my "go to" summer beer. It is THE ideal beer for cookouts and such. If ever a beer needed to come in cans ... it's this beer. Pours a little darker than your normal high end IPA, but don't let that fool you. You may even smell a little bit of the malt in your noes, but don't let that fool you either. This is the most well balanced beer you will find on the market, and I'm a total hop head. I judge a beer on it's hops, and I can drink this beer all day long and then some. There are some beers that are of supreme quality that can vary from six to six and this is one of those beers. Sometimes it's slightly darker than other times, but it doesn't matter. It always has that citrus and fruit hop dance on the tongue. What really makes this beer shine is the buzz, and I'm not lying. It has that over the top "I'm king of the world and everything is good!" feel to it. It's a total smiley face beach and summer time social beer that won't bring you down. I have had all the variations from double, to falconers, to cascade, but the best is the strait crooked tree ipa. If this came in cans it would be touching the 5 star mark!

Serving type: growler

08-18-2013 17:41:12 | More by Nanners
Photo of kevanb


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

64oz clear growler poured into a Dark Horse Pint glass. Filled on 3/27, opened on 3/28.

The beer pours a murky copper color, very hazy with just a few visible bubbles rising to the top of the glass. An aggressive pour yields a good 2, almost 3 fingers of white head that has nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is of bitter, earthy pine and resinous hop oil, very grassy and dirty with a fair amount of caramel malt behind it, but not overly sweet, but very one dimensionally bitter. The flavors are right in line with the nose, very earthy, very dirty, bitter, grassy, weedy and pine forward. There is some caramel malt character hiding behind the hops, but the balance and integration is average at best. The body is nice, very smooth with a nice level of lively carbonation with a moderately dry, bitter finish.

Verdict: A decent IPA from Dark Horse but nothing special. The intensely bitter and earthy character is contrary to what I typically look for in an IPA or DIPA. Not to say this wasn't enjoyable or a task to drink, but it's a beer I don't really need to have again.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2013 01:02:17 | More by kevanb
Photo of Gtreid


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to greatfulbeerhead for hookin me up with a tasty growler of Dark Horse goodness. Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Murky copper color. The pour dropped a finger of cream colored head that retained well and left nice lacing. There was some sediment floating throughout the growler that transfered to the glass, so that will lower the score some.

A: Super fresh piney hop aroma. Notes of pine sap, tangerine, grass, and sweet malt. I am a fan of balance in my IPA's and this one does not dissapoint.

T: More of the same pine sap, grass, and light citrus. Notes of sweet crystal malt, some light bread, small grapefruit, and tangerine. No evidence of the alcohol. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium body, crisp and clean. Perfect amount of carbonation, spot on.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great here, if I wasn't sharing this growler, I would have no problem finishing this off myself. Overall, this is one of the better IPA's I've had. I was lucky enough to get a growler of this directly from the brewery, and it was fantastic. This would be my go to IPA if I had regular access to it. Great job! Skal.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2010 12:29:23 | More by Gtreid
Photo of toolbrew


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange color with a thick foamy, off-white head. Great lacing down the glass.

Very hoppy aroma! Citrusy and fresh cut grass smells. Tingles the nostrils.

Tastes like hoppy goodness! Lots of hop attack with some sweetness at the end.

Very smooth taste that goes down easily. Slightly oily taste.

Great session beer! Growler works very well.

Serving type: growler

09-04-2008 21:11:31 | More by toolbrew
Photo of KC8LTL


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a Growler a week ago at the brewery. It has been sitting in my fridge since.

Appearance: There are quite a few craft beers that are unfiltered, but Dark Horse beers seem to be the most cloudy, and sometimes chunky out there. When I had this beer from a bottle, there were many 1/8 inch sized chunks around the bottom. However, the growler is a cloudier orange with a fair amount of yeast at the bottom. The particles are all rather small... Some hate this. I don't mind, but you have been warned. Some lacing and a small white head that fades to just a surface layer.

Smell: As soon as I opened the growler, I smelled an inviting citrus smell from the hops. When I pour it into a snifter, the first smell is still citrus, but there when you get closer, there is more piney... This is certainly a hop-bomb.

Taste is all hops, all the time. After a hint of citrus, there is a piney, bitter taste. The malt makes a brief appearance, but fades before I can really describe it. Leaves an oily, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is a hoppy brew. I like the bitter mouthfeel, and especially how it lingers.

Drinkabilty: For fans of agressive IPA's, it is very good. It delivers the hop blast you want, and you will taste it for a while.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2008 03:30:00 | More by KC8LTL
Photo of letsgopens


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In addition to several pints at the brewpub, I decided to throw a growler in the cooler as well. Great stuff. It pours a woody copper with a frothy white head that recedes leaving some thick scattered lace.

The aroma is fruity with a lot of citrus, primarily orange. Rather light and neutral on the nose. Some hops at the end.

Crisp and citrusy with some very prominent orange flavor. Great hops develop toward the middle and add a piney note toward the finish. Some sweet honey and malt. Good lingering hops.

Light and well carbonated with a nice dense texture on the palate that tends to lighten a bit at the end. Awesome with food, especially in the summer time.

Serving type: growler

07-30-2007 04:00:12 | More by letsgopens
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 Bouleboubier


3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: super freakin' cloudy, pinkish-amber hue.... thinnish, weak head (due to sediment maybe?) - looks a mess or, worse, infected.... and I've seen the bottle, too - the label art is pretty psych-out cheezy

S: mildly custard aromas, perhaps a touch of mango.... mostly a fragrant but muddy orange scent with a decidedly yeasty background

T: predominately creamy orange and doughy malt, bit of melon... not terribly sweet, but hardly dry... moderate, washed-out bitterness

M: up front - medium-bodied, oily.... slips away, thinning a bit on the finish... altogether fairly smooth but somewhat dull and dead as well

O: a muddy, yogurt-y (or smoothie-like) sort of IPA.... finished the glass, but i would never touch this stuff again nor recommend it.... it has potential - they ought to clean it up a bit

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 23:48:57 | More by Bouleboubier
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 lovindahops

New York

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

Finally getting the chance to try dark horse crooked tree ipa

A- hazy orange with a strong glow and minimal lacing on the edges. I love the orange body on these type of IPA's

S- strong mango with sweet flavors of pine and a slight bready malt background. The burst of citrus hops bundles with sweet flavors on the scent profile. Very inviting scent

T- great intro of mango hops coupled with the bready malt backbone I expected. Sweet caramel and an overseer bitterness at the end. Very drinkable and tasty simultaneously. Good orange flavor chimes in as well, as you take a sting on the tongue from the bitterness

M- coating flavor that I love from an ipa. Absolute good flavor

O- what a great drinkable ipa. Balanced and enjoyable. Really enjoyed this and will circle back

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 23:10:23 | More by lovindahops
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 StonedTrippin


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the classic American india pale ales out there, bringing new twists to a story that's been told a million times. on tap with a whole bunch of other dark horse stuff at j ryans in Syracuse, ny. the pour on this is hazy muted bronze, with minimal white head, rather unimpressive in a pint glass. the nose is great though, real woody and bitter, like its aged in oak, but I don't think it is. lots of citrus to the hop profile as well, lemon and grapefruit, with a pale malt base. the flavor is great, again with the wood and bitterness its got a lot more of an organically derived feel than so many others. the hops profile is nice, lots of zesty citrus in the finish, probably citra hops and some C varietals as well. dank but not overly oily or sappy like some of the west coast ones, more drinkable too, and without the sweetness. there is a definite woody feel to this, not sure what from, but its persistent throughout. clean finishing too for a hazy hoppy beer, with a drinkably medium body and very little residual sugar. and excellent ipa overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 17:17:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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
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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.