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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

2,378 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,378
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 96
Gots: 145 | FT: 7
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,378 | Reviews: 848 | Display Reviews Only:
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-28-2011 08:29:31 | More by fuzzcherry
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cates1tg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-27-2011 14:09:54 | More by cates1tg
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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

Pours an amber color with a good size off white head. The head is dense and leaves some spotty lacing about the glass. Carbonation was light.
Aroma has some hops and some cararmel malts and some low levels of diacetyl.
Taste is similar to the nose lightly hopped and with a bigger caramel malt backbone and low levels of diacetyl.
Drinks with a medium weight on the palette smooth with a soft finish. Clean and no aftertaste.
Something is going on here because according to the website and the reviews here on the BA this is a west coast style IPA. But to me this is more of an English IPA. Lightly hopped sweet caramel malts and diacetyl contributing a butterscotch taste all scream English. In any event it's good no matter what.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 13:57:21 | More by micromaniac129
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Bbranden85

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-27-2011 01:12:33 | More by Bbranden85
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RTrain12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-26-2011 21:14:14 | More by RTrain12
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ryancorn

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-25-2011 23:14:34 | More by ryancorn
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-25-2011 20:55:03 | More by Exiled
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-25-2011 17:01:08 | More by deapokid
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-25-2011 03:53:03 | More by danielp215
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-24-2011 19:37:44 | More by mdillon86
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-24-2011 16:35:42 | More by celticfutblclub
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CHickman

New York

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy brownish orange in color with a huge 2 finger foamy off white head that had a ton of bubbles in it and faded very slowly, leaving great lacing sticking to the sides and a foamy layer on top. There was so much crap floating around in the brew that it looked like a shook up snowglobe.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, pine cone, lemon, biscuit, sweet malt, caramel, light grains, herbs and light spices; the biscuit or cracker aroma adds a little balance to this hop-centric brew that is really sweet with the nose being dominated by the citrus and floral hops.

Tastes sweet and hoppy up front, with biscuit, sweet malt, caramel and cracker striking first and then getting washed away by citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, tea leaf, herbs, grass, floral hops, piney hops and earthy tones like pine cones or dry hops in the mix. The flavor is very herbal and earthy with the floral hops, herbs and flowers lingering as well as some of the citrus bitterness. After the beer goes down the grains and malt re-appear and subdue the hops a bit, which works well overall.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a chewy feel that is on the oily side as it slides down.

This is an easy drinking beer that tailed off and lost some of the bold hoppy American IPA flavor as it went down, but this was still a very good beer. More like a pale ale then IPA in the end, but still quite enjoyable and very good overall. A solid beer that is worthy of trying.

NOTE: Had this again on 3/18/2013 and the flavor was much hoppier than the first review indicates, so I raised the score fro 3.5 up to 3.75. It was still very herbal and floral to me, but the piney and citrus hop notes came through stronger and gave a better true IPA flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 05:53:49 | More by CHickman
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coz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

11-24-2011 00:23:01 | More by coz
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.6%

11-23-2011 18:48:52 | More by jenray
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Rick0685

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-23-2011 18:19:56 | More by Rick0685
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Mark000

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-23-2011 17:58:25 | More by Mark000
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-23-2011 17:26:13 | More by PEIhop
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Jips

Kansas

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-23-2011 02:04:20 | More by Jips
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-22-2011 21:33:04 | More by thewimperoo
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-22-2011 15:49:47 | More by bluntedboywonder
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-22-2011 14:53:32 | More by touchmeimsac
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shuggy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.6%

11-21-2011 22:56:49 | More by shuggy
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CaptainBeefart

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-20-2011 22:05:54 | More by CaptainBeefart
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-20-2011 17:33:59 | More by DoctorB2B
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Jenkster4

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-20-2011 16:19:40 | More by Jenkster4
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,378 ratings.