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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 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
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of 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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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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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
Photo of BEERchitect


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
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of TMoney2591


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
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Dark Horse's Crooked Tree IPA displays a cloudy golden-orange amber in the glass; and the tenatious head of creamy off-white seems to want to hold all day, eventually dropping but maintining a thin, creamy, solid surface covering. Thin puffy rings of lace are left about the insides of the glass as you imbibe.

The nose is loaded with rich citrus notes that include juicy, sweet fruit as well as rind. It includes grapefruit, tangerine, lime, and lemon. Some piney hop notes also make their way through, helping to round it out.

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied with a delicate zest from the natural, very-fine bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor assault begins with citrus and ends with citrus but offers some biscuity malt, peppery alcohol, and yeastiness along the way as it rides roughshod over the palate. It's mainly about the hops, and the malt simply acts as a springboard. A bit of balance is lost in that approach, but it's not terribly out of round. The bitterness is solid, and although it carries over into the finish most of what lingers are the hop resins, citrusy/piney notes, and peppery alcohol.

A nicely done, take-no-prisoners kind of IPA that's sure to please the hop head, but probably won't serve the average beer afficianado too well.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 13:16:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at the faux-Irish bar next to my hotel in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of sudsy white head, which leaves a nice array of layered lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crackery caramel malt, and pine/citrus hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel, mild citrus cream, and some mild weedy, piney hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body a shallow medium weight, with a hallow, cloying aspect. It finishes with some weak earthy, weedy hops, and clingy malt.

A generally ok IPA, just too restrained to keep one's attention.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 05:24:24 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA. 12 ounce brown bottle. Odd looking label art, slightly askew and off-kilter, like many of their others.

Hazed orange appearance, small white head, soon gone.

Intense aromatics, out loud and proud! Huge grapefruit citric notes, big pithyorange and lemon peel, slice of pineapple, fresh, vibrant, even pungent, and lively. Lovely stuff.

Fat mouthfeel, plump and abundant with flavor, but it fades back after such a shining promise. Tasty hops. Persistent bright orange flavor never flags, big, bristling bitter buzz playing on the palate.

Little malt in action here.
Nice hop action, but, yet not quite enough, there's a certain spark missing that could push it to another place.

However, I do like this. I could possibly learn to really like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 02:13:55 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky yellowish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with a strong hops smell, along with some citrus and caramel notes.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a decent hops bitterness, citrus sweetness and caramelized malt. The hops flavor isn’t as strong as the smell leads you to believe, but there’s enough there to know you’re drinking an American IPA, maintain the beer’s balance and not over-power you with bitterness. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, not very filling, very good representation of style, what the beer lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in drinkability. I could certainly drink a good number of these and stick with it for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 02:11:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


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
Photo of russpowell


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

Got this one from czoch75; cheers Clint!

Pours a hazed amber with 1 finger of beige colored head. Hazing never clears, above average head retention& lacing

S: Citrus hops & breadyness

T: Lemon, pine, & grapefruit hops, plus breadyness up front. Piney and earthy hops hit the back of the throat as this warms. Finishes with much pineyness & a bit of toffee

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation & good balance

Easy drinking IPA, nothing earth-shattering here, but very sessionable

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 02:00:02 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, creamy malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. The malt bill boasts of pale, crystal, and carapils malts. It's sweet in the malts and bitter with the hops; nicely balanced. The taste is decent. It has quite a bitter hop bite. The malt base is solid, but seems a bit watery. The piney hops really shine through. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. I like the hop character, but I wish the malt taste was a bit more pronounced. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 00:06:37 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Overall a rather plain IPA.

Beer is light copper with a full white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass. Mild haze and moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is weak and mildly malty with hints of pine hops on the edges.

Beer is bitter and sulfury on the mid to late palate, overall its a chewy beer at medium body. Weak lead off but a strong hop presence in the second half of the mouth. Its a decent tasting IPA, easy drinking, just not very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 20:33:16 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


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

Thanks to bmwgirl9606 for sending me this beer as an extra.

The beer pours a murky orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is citrus - mainly bitter oranges. The flavor is bitter oranges and the overall bitterness is medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:47:23 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


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
Photo of jlindros


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge fluffy and fuzzy 3 finger head in my tuliup glass fades semi quickly as it needs to so I can pour the rest of the beer in. It's a super hazy and even chucky filled amber orange red color with oil swirls.

N: Nice hops, some citrus, little pine, chewy hops, some earthy hops, slight fresh dry hops, the citrus adds some orange and tangerine. Pretty much no malt, a pretty decent west coast style hoppy IPA.

T: Musty fresh wet hops to start, but not so much bite. A decent chewy hop presence with some pine and citrus, little hop oil even. Slight fruit with some orange and tangerine again. Somewhat bitter with all those hops, but more of a fresh hop bite than bitterness itself. Very slight malty sweetness with all that hop flavor.

M: Medium with some hop oils and decent carb.

F: Bitterness hits harder on the finish. More musty fresh wet hops and hop oils with more chewy hop flavors. Some bitter orange peel with more citrus hops and touch of tangerine and hint of grapefruit. The bitterness lingers for a long time too. Overall a nice tasty west coast style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:34:52 | More by jlindros
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lightly hazy copper color with a tan colored head. As I pour I get a solid aroma of hoppy grapefruit. As I go in for a deeper whiff I get notes of citrus, pine, tangerines, and a hint of toasted maltiness at the end. Lightly sweet up front with a dry maltiness, if that is not a contradiction. Quite a nice floral hoppiness up front as well. The combination of the hops and malt give this a nice citrus based fruitiness. The finish has a nice bitterness that gives this beer a certain zing to it. The finish is also quite dry, with a malty-biscuits type note to it. As I finish this beer the malt presence becomes stronger and more interesting, reminiscent of lightly toasted bread crust. This is quite a nice IPA, and is emminently quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 20:28:51 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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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
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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy orange/amber with a thin creme head. Nose is not overly prevalent, but has some nice earthy character to it and a decent complexity. Flavor is very earthy as well with a bark-like profile reigning most noticed. A very constrained citrus edge is there, but earthy is basically what you're getting here. Carbonation and liquid feel good. This is a pretty nice IPA. Earthy tones make it more of a sipper, but it certainly has enough character to carry it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 05:34:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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