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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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very good

2,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,622
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 107
Gots: 217 | 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)
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Photo of bierbrauer
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Purchased locally as a single ($1.79). No freshness data. Newer label design.

A: Opaque gold/amber; many small, suspended particles; 1" creamy head that settles slowly and leaves a solid, thin layer of lacing.

S: Yeasty, with faint fruit.

T: Initial fruit, w/ sourness; biscuit, followed up by strong, blunt bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium/heavy body and light/medium carbonation, dry finish; no alcohol presence.

O: Not so good. This bottle must have been past its prime.

bierbrauer, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Moredrinkin
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Moredrinkin, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

BMart, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. There is some good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: This is a rather sweet smelling IPA with lots of malt and some citrus fruit notes. Not a whole lot of strong hop bitterness showing up but still smells nice.

Taste: More hoppy than the smell, but still quite sweet. The malt is quite apparent up front, but the citrus peel hop bitterness ramps up through the whole sip. Wish it were a bit more balanced throughout the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is a solid IPA, but I would have liked the balance to be a bit better. I might have another if I ever see it on-tap.

oline73, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Yabev15, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Scotchboy, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Cottzilla
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Cottzilla, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Gtg642, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of futura123
4/5  rDev +0.5%

futura123, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of beerslushy
5/5  rDev +25.6%

beerslushy, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pellinore1, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of RudiNicole
5/5  rDev +25.6%

RudiNicole, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of SATBMan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

SATBMan, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of sjverla
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated brown bottle into tulip glass.

Nose: Very hoppy. Plenty of pine. Crisp malt backbone that's lightly sugary.

Appearance: Rusty orange with an ok head that has pretty good retention. Pretty murky

Taste: Really nice. Sweet, crisp malts transition perfectly to the taste of a slightly overbaked sugar cookie. then the deep, green, earthy hops finish it off. Excellent balance. Very clean.

Overall: An outstanding example of the style.

sjverla, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of danyalc
5/5  rDev +25.6%

danyalc, Dec 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

gratefulbeerhead, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of fuzzcherry
5/5  rDev +25.6%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of cates1tg
4/5  rDev +0.5%

cates1tg, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
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.

micromaniac129, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bbranden85, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

RTrain12, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ryancorn
5/5  rDev +25.6%

ryancorn, Nov 25, 2011
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,622 ratings.