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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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,851 Ratings

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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

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Ratings: 2,851 | Reviews: 891
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,851 ratings.