1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

2,851 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,851
Reviews: 891
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 116
Gots: 338 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 2,851 | Reviews: 891
Photo of brealbg
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jimmah120
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of djwhit24
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of IndianapolisDrinker
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of mtlasley
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of jricharc
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of frank12
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
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.

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mscott1975
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nrombes
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of wcl113
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ForrestChess
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tARsh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This unfiltered IPA pours a cloudy rusty orange, with low-ish head, and moderate lacing. Aroma is a hoppy floral nose with a top, bright estery note of pine and some sweeter citrus. Taste is balanced between sweet, bready and bitter; the over-bitter notes fade a bit, but linger, as an IPA should. Mouth-feel is substantial with moderate carbonation: a foamy, creamy, wet finish. Overall a solid, highly balanced IPA with little over-dominance by any elements and one I'll buy again. And again.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,851 ratings.