Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,749 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 115
Gots: 261 | FT: 3
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, date is missing but was told it was from January of 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours extremely turbid, murky amber with a one finger head that leaves some rings of lacing behind. Normally, I like my IPAs with some sediment but this one goes too far...looks more like some amateur homebrew...wayyy too much sediment in this one.

Aroma is some orange and grapefruit citrus, some pine, a little floral with some bready malt. Mild to moderate strength. A little weak in the aroma.

Flavor is grapefruit rind, pine, some lemon, some bread and caramel malt in the middle, finishes with strong bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

OK IPA. Flavor is pretty good, appearance and aroma are weak. Still glad to get a chance to try this out-of-market beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed honey brown with some dark gold. Head is Polish, white, and creamy. Leaves a small clumsy cap and collar with some nice sheets and notches of lacing.

Smell: Oily pine resin, candied flower petals, and enough grapefruit to last. Fleshy citrus dominates at first. Gives way to a slightly sweet caramel malt with a solid biscuit backbone. Some minor tropical aromas, something like pineapple and mango. Warming balances things out a bit, bringing out a solid backing bitterness.

Taste: Pine resin. Slick and oily. Some pithy bitterness. Nice caramel and biscuit back. Surprisingly balanced. Juicy grapefruit with some tangerine oil. Almost powdery aspirin like bitterness floats through the back. Some apple skin. Wet and increasingly bitter as it warms. Some residual cooked malt sweetness. Bready pine needle. Nice smack of floral as well.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, slick, and smooth. Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitter dryness.

Overall: You're going down Shere Khan!

A solid, albeit not stellar IPA. Needed to be a touch more dry to really shine. Solid hop profile, but just feels a little unfinished. Still worth drinking from time to time.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,749 ratings.