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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

2,347 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 91
Gots: 137 | FT: 6
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good grapefruit aroma, pine. Good appearance, darker yellow with lace. Pronounced leafy bitterness, too much I think. More aimed at the Maerican Hophead type as opposed to balance. Still good effort, serviceable IPA. Complements to Dr. Jay for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 00:17:54 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

09-18-2012 22:35:22 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-08-2012 01:09:38 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

A: Orange-copper with some haze to it. Decent white head.

S: Good stuff going on here. Plenty of ctirus fruits from the hops.

T: Some malt, but this thing is dominated by the citrus hops, and I won't complain.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Very good right here. Dark Horse puts out some really solid brews, and this is a fantastic one to get started with.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 13:16:22 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Coppery apricot with an impressive cloud of particulates in suspended animation. The final pour results in an opacity that is as light-rejecting as any stout you'd care to name. The cap is pastel orange-ecru in color and develops a mesa of melted foam as it departs. Thin rings and larger chunks of lace appear on the glass.

The aroma is impressively 'West Coast' hoppy, just like the brewers intended. It may not be quite as explosive as some, but it does open up nicely with warming. Eventually, bursting bushel basketfuls of grapefruits, oranges and pine cones greet my nose with each sniff.

Crooked Tree IPA is my kind of IPA. It has the flavor profile that I love, a near perfect malt:hop balance and tons of drinkability. I wish more brewers would keep the ABVs on their IPAs on the low end so that hopheads could get satisfaction over the course of several bottles without inebriation becoming a factor. Dark Horse has done a very nice job with this one.

There isn't an abundant amount of malt. What's present adds a light sugary sweetness, along with a 'just right' amount of melted toffee candy. The American hops (natch) are the stars of the show. White grapefruit rind, lemon pith, orange peel and a significant amount of spruce sap wash over my taste buds and make them very happy indeed.

I have no idea how old this bottle is. It tastes fairly fresh to me, but I can easily imagine a brand spankin' new Crooked Tree ripping the top layer off my tongue like this one doesn't quite do. It's still damn good and is disappearing in a big hurry.

The mouthfeel was designed for speed (of consumption), but is still pleasurable from a tactile point of view. It's medium for the style, with a rounded smoothness that comes dangerously close to silky. A perfect (read: restrained) amount of carbonation doesn't hurt.

Most of my Dark Horse experience prior to today had to do with their excellent Holiday Stout Series. Crooked Tree IPA shows that they know what the hell they're doing when it comes to hoppy beer as well. I continue to maintain that the Midwest does hops as well as California and the Pacific Northwest. Let's see... Surly Furious, Three Floyds Dreadnaught (and Alpha King and Alpha Klaus), Bell's Two Hearted and HopSlam, Town Hall Masala Mama and Fresh Hop, Tyranena Bitter Woman... and on and on and on.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 14:07:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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

On-tap at Barley’s Smokehouse and Brewpub, Columbus, OH

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that left lots of lacing on the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of citrusy and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: A little more than a moderate amount of bitterness stands out in the overall taste, which also has notes of citrus and pine resin hops. The bitterness particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This is a very hop-forward beer and the bitterness makes it one that cannot be drank very quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 18:12:12 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Floral citrus (lemon/lime) and pine aroma that you can smell a mile away; caramel malt base peaks out underneath

Taste: Starts out with a fruity biscuit base that adds plenty of tangerine peel citrus and pine elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, I get a brief sweet blast that joins in and lingers with the citrus into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with foamy carbonation that tingles the tongue

Drinkability: Nice and flavorful IPA; a little strange on the mouthfeel but otherwise very enjoyable

Thanks, boolshot

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 02:07:16 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

eep amber, copper, w/ a one finger head wich settled nicely, fine lacing throughout. Smell and taste both lived up to the name! Smell came through strong piney, with citrus overtones, very fresh smelling. Tatsed AWESOME.. Grabbed you right away with the fesh pine taste and lingered for a good bit, almost begging you back for more. Very smooth and highly drinkable, if I had more access to this I could be in trouble! Overall highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:45:45 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-29-2014 18:17:15 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a cloudy dark beige color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops is quite overpowering but also very enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some nice caramel and toffee malt with some huge bitter piney hops. Body is quite full with what appears to be low filtration. I am actually surprised at the rating since I thought this was actually a lot better then the norm.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 17:39:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

The famed Crooked Tree IPA has quickly become the name that's synonymous with the Dark Horse brands. And with its dedicated focus to the grapefruit-flavored hops of the Pacific Northwest, it's easy to see why.

The IPA pours with a sturdily hazed deep amber glow and particles of yeast or hops swirling about, the beer portrays and unadulturated non-filtered appearance to retain all the aromas and flavors to come. Capped by a creamy off-white head, the foam retains and laces very well as the beer fades.

White grapefruit juice becomes the predominant focus for the beer because of the citrusy hop blend while supportive elements of slightly biscuity malts, thin caramel, and light honey give the fruit flavors a candied effect. Mildly grassy and herbal, the beer shows it's focus on the hop plant more as the beer warms.

Caramel, biscuit, and mild toast strike the taste buds first, but is quickly followed by the onslaught of hops. White grapefruit juice, citrus pith, and the pungent bitterness of biting down on fresh grasses or pine needles shape the zesty flavors at mid palate and the clean resinous bitterness at the finish. The clean beer keeps yeasty fruit flavors and spicy yeast character at bay in order to draw attention to the citrus flavored hops.

Medium bodied due to just enough unresolved malt and starch textures and its creamy carbonation, at least to start. The beer quickly turns toward a middle plate filled with transition- malty sweetness turns malty-dry, hop flavor turns cleanly bitter, and rosy alcohols turn to dry warmth just before a decidedly bitter, clean and dry finish that lingers with a memory of those citrusy hops.

This is a delightful IPA that doesn't do too much to stand out. It doesn't steer from the beaten path of ipas for uniqueness, experiment, or identity. It simply hits the tried-and-true recipe head on and builds it well. Its rewards are well deserved, both by Dark Horse, and by me!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 05:36:03 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-23-2013 18:08:43 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-14-2014 00:18:56 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-18-2012 05:33:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-13-2013 02:25:01 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-14-2014 00:27:35 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-09-2013 23:33:19 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very large 3.5 finger off white head with very nice lacing. Body is cloudy with amber and brown hues. aroma is a nice cirtus and hoppy aroma with hints of malt. A slightly musty hop flavoring in the opening with transition to mild citrus and woody hop flavor with more musty hops in the finish. medium body and moderate barbonation. A very good IPA. Not sure if I liked it as much as the Bros but still good.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:30:55 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Had this awhile back when I found it in Mount Pleasant,nice bronze color with really nice head that left some lace.Very fresh and zesty smelling,tasted of grapefruit and was a little grassy.If ur a hophead I think u would really like this one,Iam not but I still really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 07:51:48 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-06-2014 14:56:21 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This beer pours out as a nice looking copper color. The head was white with a decent lacing to it. The smell of the beer was slightly sweet with big notes of pine like citrus. The taste of the beer was full of bitter hops along with some grapefruit flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer wasn't too heavy at all, it's got a bitter lingering feeling to it. Overall I thought this was a pretty good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 22:25:20 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The only good crooked tree is a bonsai... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of wan cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-tart grapefruit zest, toffee, pine resin, light earthy greens, and a mild pinch of mint. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pine is now the star of the show (though nowhere near the only one) and the grapefruit now favors the peel. he body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice, decently-balanced IPA, one of the better regularly-offered IPAs out there if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 04:11:15 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

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

This is a solid session IPA that is a fridge staple at my house.

Deep amber orange tone with suspended sediment. Spindly lacing around the edge of the glass. Citrus rind in the nose, along with some caramel malt tones.

Full bodied and malty, with a big caramel base that gives a nice contrast to the bitter, citrusy hops. Bitterness is moderate, but pleasant. Easy drinking and sessionable. A solid midwest IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 02:41:53 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a very clear, golden hue with orange highlights. It had a two-finger, white head of pillowy foam that left thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, resinous pine and burnt toast maltiness.

T - Nice burnt toast malt flavor with some sweet caramel. It had a strong bitter, piney hop bite to match the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue with a very dry finish. A medium bodied ale

D - I had been looking forward to trying this IPA for awhile and it didn't disappoint. Very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:36:05 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-14-2011 22:30:45 | More by JAHMUR
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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.