1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,703 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,703
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 112
Gots: 247 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,703 | Reviews: 870 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Redglimmer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Redglimmer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far, this is among the most flavorful single-IPA's I have had. It avoids being one-dimensional, while creating a complex flavor.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the golden copper colored ale produced a modest head. Even so it gave a sweet malty aroma, which was only a shallow reflection of the flavor to come. A sweet malty hoppy flavor showed hints of pineapple and peach. The malt seemed to clear a path for the citrus in the hops. A slightly thickened texture allowed the flavor to stick to the roof of the mouth and sides of the tongue nicely. The vitality of the citrus allowed the flavor to stay nicely in the aftertaste with the malty backbone disappearing. This is a very complex and drinkable IPA.

JohnnyHopps, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of leeo
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

leeo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy orange caramel color with just a bit of very white fizz.

S: Bright citrusy grapefruit and orange approach the nose up front with some light maltiness close behind. Some hints of overripened peach in there as well, almost rotten but not to pungent.

T/M: Doesn't feel quite as thick on the tongue as it appears but still coats nicely. Low to medium carbonation is smooth but almost feels too thin. Orange and orange peel accompany some pine hoppiness and supplants it all with a clean finish.

This is a great light IPA, but there are better options if you prefer a fuller flavor.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Calculat0r, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Localdrinklax, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Fallingonwater10
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Fallingonwater10, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Mark5252, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of dwduncan2
4/5  rDev +0.5%

dwduncan2, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish amber color with a half finger of off white head.

Smell slightly citrusy, floral and a wee bit of malt aroma. Not the most aromatic IPA out there.

Taste is bitter up front with some nice citrus, bittering pine, finishes with a linger bittering note.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect for a IPA, medium carbonation.

A good IPA, not perfect or my top choice but certainly a good one to switch it up with.

nickapalooza86, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of mtrog313
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

mtrog313, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

xdefeatsy, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of stoutlover1978
4/5  rDev +0.5%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of barczar
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach copper color with a two finger cream head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Orange, grapefruit, and resiny pine lead the aroma with support from an almost toasted malt background.

Citrus hops open the flavor profile. Tropical fruits...pineapple, grapefruit pith, mango fade to a bitter resin finish. The bready malt backbone supports the hop assault without dominating.

Body is moderate with moderately high carbonation and no astringency.

Overall, a very interesting ipa. The fruity hop flavor is more complex than most. Refreshing change from the typical American ipa. Not quite as extreme in flavor.

barczar, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

TheNightwatchman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +0.5%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

jminch, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of churchillea
5/5  rDev +25.6%

churchillea, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

tdmccarthy, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of OleLouIPA
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

OleLouIPA, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy woody orange body with some particles. Small rising head has fallen, and there's not much evidence being left behind. Mere blobbed dribbles of lace. Pretty color.

Massive pine hop aromatics coupled with some tart grapefruit. A true product of dry-hopping. Salty cracker of a malt residing below. Remarkable hoppy with a sappy touch.

Stirringly bitter and winningly clean. Nice dry punch of woody pine with an abundance of hop oils abound. Grapefruit, secondmost. Little trickles of earthiness and a sweet wafery malt that holds up rather well to the hoppy assault. Big flavors. Long bitter finish that's a little steely.

Oily and sappy. Fizzy on the tongue, not in the glass (although, I must note that I now make out some bubble streams shooting upward). Nice round body. Disguised strength. Winning feel.

Another absolutely solid IPA from the trusty state of Michigan. Further proof that the style is done justice on this side of the Mississippi.

thecheapies, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ygtbsm94, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of smb4087
5/5  rDev +25.6%

smb4087, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of sauger86
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

sauger86, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of syu3003
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

syu3003, Feb 17, 2012
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,703 ratings.