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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

2,581 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,581
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 107
Gots: 205 | 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 jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crooked Tree sports the hop-heavy aroma that is typical of IPAs, smelling spicily of grapefruit, with just a hint of pine. What is surprising, however, is the heaviness of the malts, which add large peach and apricot scents, as well as candied apples and confectioner's sugar, all of which promises a nice malty counter to the huge hops.

On the tongue, this promise holds true, as malts and hops commingle nicely, each playing off of the strengths of the other. On the hops side, pine comes through the most predominantly, followed by grapefruit (this is opposite the nose, perhaps due to the huge sugar aromas), and all leaving a lovely bitter tingling on the tongue. On the malts side, caramels and apricots fuse with bitter apple, creating a lovely sweet/tart punch. The aftertaste is almost entirely hops, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, while the high IBUs will drive off anyone who's not serious about their hops, those who appreciate the finer points of the plant will find themselves in their own private heaven. Even better, the beer is decently balanced, providing a nice relief from those IPAs that are the equivalent of a hop nuke.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
2.88/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sadly, no date on the bottle, so no idea how old it is. Need to stop buying un-dated IPAs.

Pours a very dark amber, with a big fluffy yellowish cream-colored head. Great retention and loads of lacing. But the downside, it has a massive amount of sediment in it. So much that, despite a careful pour, my glass still looked like my one-year-old had backwashed in it. I generally like bottle conditioning, but this stuff has more crud at the bottom of it than my homebrew. Unfortunate, as it would be a very pretty beer without all the floaties.

Smell is pretty faint, rather malty, honey sweetness. A bit of fruity citrus and piney hops, but faint enough that it's hard for me to pull them out.

Taste is quite malty and sweet. In fact, if I tasted this without knowing what it was, I wouldn't peg it as an IPA. Malts carry the flavor throughout, with a nudge of bitterness on the back-end the only real indication there are hops in it. It's not even what I'd call balanced, it's got a gaping hole where the hops should be. Finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, a little sticky, with not enough carbonation.

I'm not impressed. Very malty, and not very flavorful. And doesn't taste at all like an IPA. It's quite possible that this bottle is past its prime. But without a date on it, who's to know? I suppose that's the risk the brewer and the buyer take.

zeledonia, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Courtesy of THECPJ, cheers Shane!

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a thick, soapy white head that settles to a thin cap, leaving spotty lacing.
S - Pretty malt-forward, with big aromas of honey, grapefruit, and pine resin.
T - More sweet honey/caramel malt with a generous dose of grapefruit and pine and a very bitter finish.
M - Moderately big and sticky, with a medium-full mouth-feel and fairly crisp carbonation.
O - Not really my preferred style of IPA, this is way too malty and sticky for my taste. Hoping the Double is better.

jsanford, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Make your own six pack

A pretty straightforward orange translucent colored beer. Unimpressive fingernail of fizzy yellow white head, which fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Upon first opening the bottle there is a loud dry piney hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus and fruitiness. Slowly fades into more of a bready and malty scent.

Pretty darn hoppy from start to finish. Super piney hops. Very bitter finish. This beer is by no means balanced (only a bit of malty taste) but I’m not opposed to this style of IPA’s. Medium bodied with carbonation that tingles the tongue. Smooth sipp’n with a dry crisp finish. Tad bit chewy.

Nothing mind-blowing but quite good. If you live and MI and like IPA’s it’s a must try.

minterro, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Food Dance! in Kalamazoo, a really nice establishment. A six-ounce sample comes with two other beers in a "Michigan sampler," though one is actually Great Lakes.

Cloudy, dark golden in color. Small head and small lacing.

Smells of soapy, citrusy hops.

Flavor is malt and then a wall of citrusy hops, but they take a character that's more soapy and thick than crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel is good and lightly carbonated.

This IPA is certainly hop-forward, but it's a hop characteristic that doesn't mesh with the rest of the beer. I'd be willing to try this again if I'm in the area, though, to make sure I somehow didn't get a bad example.

musicforairports, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy darker copper color with a nice two finger beige head on it.

Smell is nice and hoppy. Some citrus and pine notes coming through as well.

Taste is pretty well balanced. Some sweet malt flavor upfront and a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and it went down smooth and easy.

Overall a good tasting beer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Wouldn't mind drinking this again.

richkrull, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Slipperys
1.2/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a: poured into a wide snifter with decent head. Dark and packed with unflocculated yeast.

s: you smell some hops, but nothing but bittering bops...zero aroma hops

t: dark bitter yeast!

M: heavy and over carbonated..

O: Maybe there was a contamination in the 6 bottles, but I will not take a chance in the future.

Serving type: bottle

Slipperys, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of J0E
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into a snifter with minimal head. Orange copper color. What you would expect an IPA to look like.

s: very citrusy and piney. A bit of that great grapefruit like hop smell.

t: Earthy, bitter hops held up with some malty sweetness and some orange rind right at the end. The citrus flavors are very present here.

M: medium bodied with the right carbonation.

O: This is a great IPA. I regularly pick up a bottle or 6. It is one of the best in Michigan, hands down.

J0E, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another trade goodie from Mid - Cheers Bro!

*No bottle dating apparent. Pint glass

A: Crooked Tree pours a murky dull colored pale that really darkens towards the center of the glass. Cloudy with sediment. CHUNKS ALERT! A nice 2+ finger of khaki foam frothed about and seemed to have glimpses of light peach hues to it with some sporatic lace to my glass.

S: Smell is fruity at first but in the yeasty esters sort of way. Some floral and citrus notes. Slight maltiness. Nothing overly impressive.

T: Taste is actually quite hoppy with a nice juicy burst of citrus fruits and pine resins. Has a real nice bitter hop pucker punch. Just the right amount of malt backbone that provides it some caramel sweet balance to the hops. Some florals noted. A little yeasty. Good flavor overall.

M: Despite being a chalky mofo. relatively light bodied and creamy IPA with a sleek coat to the tongue and definite hop bitter bite.

D: A good IPA that is a bit rough around the edges which I can see as being a turn off for some. Very Homebrew-esque with it's bottle conditioning and lack of filtration.

A definite case of don't judge a beer by it's cover. There is a nice classic pine + citrus combo going on here. Would definitely order if on tap or something but perhaps not hunt down in a trade or anything.

Nugganooch, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of ElizabethCraig
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dark Horse Brewing Co - this is an abbreviated review from my few tasting notes of it.

The scent and taste match up very well to my nose/palate - this is one of the few IPA's that really pushes through both citrus *and*floral on the nose and on the palate. It ends up bitter but with a very clean finish.

A good IPA, I'm not a big IPA fan but I would happily drink this anyday.

ElizabethCraig, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque copper, with sediment. Nice frothy head, and appealing "tree-line" lacing.

Aroma says floral and citrus. Average IPA nose, but appealing, nonetheless.

Taste is a well-done mix of citrus hops and a sweeter malt profile that balances it out. Finishes with a grapefruit tanginess. Pretty well a tasty and balanced IPA. Enjoyed it!.

secondtooth, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of sidetracked
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Map Room.

Light amber, yellow-orange in color with cream head. Head lingers nicely and creates some lacing.

Smells of bitter citrus, lemon and caramel sweetness. Not that aromatic.

Upfront taste is bitter hops of lemon, pine, and grass. Light caramel and bready malt sweetness. Bitter finish--lemony and grassy hops with a little grapefruit bitterness.

Medium body, slightly creamy. Lower carbonation.

Fairly aggressive bitterness with lots of grassy and lemony hops. The level of caramel malt compliments the grassy hops very nicely. More enjoyable than when I've had it from a bottle.


sidetracked, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of elephantrider
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orangish color with a lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of pine with some citrus.

T: Much like the aroma, flavor is dominated by piney hops with some citrus flavor. A little earthy, finishes with just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

O: This is one of the Michigan IPAs that is in my regular rotation when I buy IPAs. Very drinkable and especially enjoyed on a summer day.

elephantrider, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of TheBear11D
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft

Pours a cloudy light orange to yellow color with a foamy off-white head that lasts a good while and leaves plenty of lacing.

Hops dominate the nose with citrus orange and grapefruit leading the way and pine hops also involved in the mix.

Pleasant amount of balance for an IPA. Grapefruit and orange citrus hops are the strong flavors here with pine and a hint of malt also distinguishable.

Medium to thick body.

This is a very nice beer. I would quite like to have this again and seeing as how I live 40 minutes from the brewery that will likely happen sooner than later.

TheBear11D, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours cloudy orange/brown with some sediment. There is moderate head and lacing and the beer is pretty active. The nose is citrus and malt. Flavor is pretty fresh and mild, very minimal yeast detectable...but it does leave a little of that mucky aftertaste. Overall, its fairly sweet. The body is medium and drinkable.

beerdown77, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of wingman14
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange brown with a frothy white head. The smell is dominated by hops. The flavor is much more than what the smell would suggest. The flavor starts sweet with a big hop flavor but has a great balance with the malt. The flavors are big but not overwhelming. This is the biggest hop flavor without any real bitterness to follow. The hop lingers on the palette for quite awhile after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and nice. Overall an IPA that is one that I could keep stocked in my fridge.

wingman14, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Baraka
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-ish with a solid head. Nose and flavor both heavily citrusy and piney hop flavors with a slight caramel malt flavor mitigating and providing a bit of balance. Finishes with a nice lasting bitterness and solid hop flavors. Really good, if perhaps unexceptional IPA that is exceedingly drinkable.

Baraka, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy head with great retention. Good clarity and carbonation. Im sure closer to the brewing company this beer would smell different. I can't imagine I have the super fresh example here. But it is pleasantly hoppy, (citrus-pine aroma) just very mellow. Flavor is a sweet malt character mixed up with some nice citrusy hops. The decent A.B.V. content is only slightly noticeable in the flavor profile. Complimented by a very balanced bitterness. Bitterness isn't scorching or lingering. The acidity of the beer is right on, really enhances the flavors well. Pretty Dank Beer.

mlazzaro, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Ezone024
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy copper with tons of sediment. looks like beer oatmeal. thin white head disappears quick.

smells sweet fruits with a little pine.

taste is sweet and mellow, has a nice warm finish.

this beer is unique yet very average at the same time.
has a complex malt character that leaves a sweet feel over the tongue. would purchase again.

Ezone024, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper color with nice white head.

The smell is very sweet. Citrus hops with a touch of almost caramel from the malt.

The taste is West Coast IPA for sure. Hops forward with a little malt backbone but hops are what shine in this beer. Bitter on the front with a sweet caramel/toffee taste on the back.

A good beer that I really enjoyed. Doesn't stand out but sometimes that's just what I like in a beer.

Eriktheipaman, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of EnJeiBee
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep amber, giving up a 3 finger head with great retention and lacing

S - It had a strangely subdued hop profile

T - It has a great up front hop character. It lacks the typical hop bite of most IPAs, but the well rounded flavor isn't lacking because of it

M - Medium to light bodied

O - This is a great example of an American IPA. The hops take the stage but don't blow your taste buds out while the malt backbone takes on a supporting role

EnJeiBee, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong with citrus and hops. Taste is very hoppy, good but the citrus in the aroma is not profound, very little malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of whitemomba
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my 12oz bottle into my FFF glass.

A - Pretty dark and hazy copper color. Vigorous pour leaves about two fingers of head. Heavy amounts of lacing and a little bit of head stick around the whole time. Looks great.

S - Almost a musty like hop smell. Slightly citrusy.

T - Nice amount of hops of front. Its almost a little sweet and creamy. Tastes very good.

M - Light to medium bodied. Very easy to drink.

O - Pretty good beer. A little sweeter which i enjoy in an IPA. Very smooth and high in drinkability.

whitemomba, May 26, 2011
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours out a muddy apricot orange, little bit of an off white head that disappeared in short order. Little lacing noticeable and lots of yeast found on the bottom of the glass.

S: Mellow citrus in the form of grapefruit, nice musty hop sense rounds it all off.

T: A laid back IPA with a nice hop presence. More hop than malt, and I'm all for it.

M: Light in texture, easy to consume, refreshing.

O: Would like to drink on draught one day to compare. But, would definitely try again if given the opportunity.

BuffaloTapHugger, May 22, 2011
Photo of raznug
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice looking orange to copper color with off-white head, a little hazy.

Smell: A lot of grapefruity hops with a small amount of malt.

Taste: A awesome amount of hops just the way an IPA should be

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking light to medium bodied IPA

This is a great representation of an American IPA great hops flavor without being overpowering. Try it if you can find it.

raznug, May 21, 2011
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,581 ratings.