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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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very good

2,555 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,555
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 107
Gots: 196 | FT: 4
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

rjl910953, Jun 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

MattBreight, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

JimGlonke, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

brealbg, Jun 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

baybum, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no date

Look is amber-orange, with a fluffy khaki head. Bonus points for being unfiltered. Smell is a wonderful bouquet of citrus hops: orange, grapefruit, pine needles and a warm malt background. Taste is hop forward with grassy pine, orange, and grapefruit being the most prominent. There is muted cracker malt as well, maybe a note of roastedness. Feel is thick and full, with enough carbonation to keep it crisp.

The definition of a solid AIPA - great hoppy flavor with good availability and a decent price. Highly recommended.

jimmah120, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

djwhit24, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dtx00, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Rudy, Jun 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

IndianapolisDrinker, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

HumanParaquat, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crooked Tree pours a hazy golden orange color that bursts with ambers and reds when held to the light. Visibly, there's a thickness here that I love in IPAs from the hops. A wonderful two-finger head that's bright white with a noticeable soapiness.

Pine, orange, lemon and lime all mix together up front with the pine being most dominant. The malt in the back has a slight bready quality with a caramel aroma sitting inside nicely. The IPA tang is definitely there but the whole thing smells well-balanced.

There's a piney bittering hop on the front that carries a slightly sweet character along with it. The hops carry well into the center of the tongue and seem to dominate the hops a bit too much for my liking. A slightly bready character peeks out in the end but is quickly cut short again by powerful bittering hops.

The mouthfeel is a little thing but it's easy drinking. I think the relative thinness compared to other IPAs makes this seem a tad more bitter.

A middle of the road IPA for me. Honestly, anyone can craft a bitter IPA but I think a true master of the style would have provided a slightly stronger malt bill to back things up and create a stronger balance.

mtlasley, Jun 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

jricharc, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

frank12, Jun 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

JeffreyJDavis, Jun 10, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Very hazy dark apricot color with a thin head. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Very faint nose with notes of grapefruit and orange.

The beer has a nice, firm mouthfeel and medium body. The flavor is certainly hoppy, but there's a bit of tartness in there as well. I get some toast and marmalade flavors on the front of the palate, then a slight fruity tartness comes in at mid-palate along with the bitterness of the hops. The finish is dry and refreshing and the beer is nice and drinkable. Very little, if any, alcohol presence.

Overall, a nice IPA. I'm not sure how fresh my bottle was as the hops were not quite as assertive as I like. Still, a nice beer on a hot Sunday afternoon.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

whatname, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

TimoP, Jun 08, 2012
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mscott1975, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

danwho, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

nrombes, Jun 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

wcl113, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

nosavingsaccount, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ForrestChess, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

tARsh, May 31, 2012
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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