Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -22.8%
Acquired via online
Hazy, murky, cloudy, dark, rusted, amber and copper color with a loose and large khaki colored head that eventually leaves ribbons and spiderwebs of lace down the glass.
I suppose the aroma is the best aspect of this beer, but even it isn't very good. There's some tropical fruit notes, a lot of caramel sweetness, and some alcohol fusels emanating up from the glass.
The flavor is only average at best: some citrus, lots of bread, malty sweetness, and alcohol harshness.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
An average IPA. No need to seek this one out again.
02-08-2012 01:41:04 | More by ehammond1
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.
A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger off white head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thick coating and thin foam ring. The body is a sediment saturated sunburst orange at the edges and deep burnt orange in the center. Great lacing can be seen around nearly the entire glass throughout consumption.
The nose is filled with awesome citrus aromas that come at you from the beginning of the pour. Notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple comprise the base of the nose. However, some pine and sweet caramel malt is also noticeable.
Sweet citrus flavors dance on the tongue at first sip with notes of tangerine, orange rind, lemon peel, and a bit of grass in the back of the mouth. Upon swallowing, all traces of citrus are quickly vanquished as grassy, piny hops come marching in. Of course, a good, strong bitterness accompanies these flavors. The flavors (and bitterness) fade over time but seem to stick around 'til the next sip.
Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is one easy-drinking, thirst-quenching IPA. The body is light and easy to swallow. Some may find this a good thing on a hot day but others may feel that it leaves a watery mouthfeel. The carbonation seems just right as it fizzes just slightly but never interferes with the flavors or the experience.
02-02-2012 07:10:07 | More by output01x
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
A-dark orange brown color with an off-white head and minimal lacing
S-fragrant citrus and pine with some floral notes
T-citrus and pine with malt and a nice bitter dry hop finish
F-medium body with moderate carbonation
O-a solid IPA, easy drinking.
01-30-2012 23:48:24 | More by MDDMD
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
A - Poured a thick opaque burnt orange, quite hazy. Clearn white rocky, solid two finger's worth. Nice retention, with sticky lacing to the bottom of the glass.
S - Deep evergreen forest come to mind, somehow "cool" smelling, fresh. Plenty of citrus in there as well, pink grapefruit is prevalent. There is a final twist of fresh flowers as well, one of the few IPAs I've tried that hits on this many hop tones. Some buttery caramel malt balances the nose.
T - Citric hops hit immediately, and surprisingly given the aroma. Very juicy beer, tangerines and sweeter grapefruit come to mind. Light biscuit malt undertones, with a touch of sweetness. Finishes nice and dry.
M - Light, crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation adds some bite to this one. Dry on the finish.
O - Very solid IPA, West coast style from this midwest brewer. Complex aromas and taste for an IPA, could use more "punch" to be elite, but could be that this was an older bottle.
01-29-2012 15:29:41 | More by chilly460
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Picked this up as a single yesterday when I was out and about, and consumed during the Patriots/Ravens game (seriously Billy Cundiff?). Poured straight out of the fridge into my Delirium tulip.
A: A bad pour on my part, letting some sediment into the glass. Otherwise a dark orange with a small white head with little retention. I imagine it would have been a more aesthetically pleasing beer if I had been more careful.
S: Grapefruit rind and other citrus. A bit of grassy notes. Pleasant and even better as it warms.
T: The grapefruit certainly comes out in the taste as well. There's a bit of pine, but that citrus rind is dominating. A solid malt base leads to a pleasant aftertaste, one asking for another sip.
M: Maybe the best part of the beer. Very smooth with light carbonation. Again, a pleasant lingering of flavors that I really liked.
O: I had expected a lot from this beer and I can't help but feel a little bit let down. Still a good beer and one I wouldn't hesitate to drink again, but I'd pass this over for a number of other IPAs.
01-23-2012 00:52:06 | More by Andrew61923
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured into a pint glass. No Alcohol % or IBU info on package
A: Very nice amber color, two fingers of head. Murky as hell, not only unfiltered but also chunks and bits of yeast float around like a home brew, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
S: Deep earthy smells, that of I'm guessing muskier hop varieties. Deep dark ruby red grapefruit.
T: Very bitter initially on the tip of the tongue and not very sweet at all when swirled around the palette. A deep, earthy complexity, almost that of dried mushrooms. A sophisticated bitter bomb.
M: Almost a bit too carbonated for my tastes, again like some batches of home brew I have had, could be a little creamier/smoother.
O: I can almost feel my mouth drying with each sip. Something makes me want to pair this beer with seafood or a mushroom-cream dish. I think it deserves another try from an un-jostled bottle to escape the overt yeast sediment, as mine had just been unpacked from a bike ride home.
01-20-2012 13:02:21 | More by bennway
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
12 oz. bottle poured into a straight pint glass.
A: The beer pours dark, murky copper color similar to unfiltered apple cider. There was a very small cap of foam on top of the beer that quickly broke apart clinging the sides of the glass.
S: Slight notes of citrus hops such as grapefruit and orange. Pine and caramel are present but not as prominent.
T: There is an initial grapefruit flavor that gives way to caramel grain and pine tree hops.
M: Pretty smooth medium body, but the carbonation seems kind of high on this one. Easy to drink, but the carbonation could be better.
O: My first IPA from Michigan, not bad. There are some nice citrus hop notes going in this beer, which is more West Coast than Midwest.
01-20-2012 05:51:55 | More by distantmantra
4.03/5 rDev +1%
A - Pours a cloudy copper color with a 1 finger off-white head, leaves a little lacing behind.
S - A little fruit, some floral mixed with some herbal notes.
T - Grapefruit, a bit of sweetness and of course the bitter hops.
M - Medium bodied with a dry finish.
O - Really enjoyed this one, great IPA.
01-18-2012 04:21:00 | More by keytown
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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