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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

2,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,561
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 107
Gots: 201 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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Photo of grover37
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance (4): A clear orange with lots of particulate floating around and settling on the bottom of the glass. This one had a ton of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. I find this to be the case with many Dark Horse beers so they must not filter very finely, if at all. A huge fluffy head of three and a half fingers reduces to a very thick layer that remains until the last sip. Big, thin patches of lacing. It'd probably be a 4.5 if not for the floaties.

Smell (4.5): A nice blend of resinous, dark citrus and orange flavors mixed with a caramel malt backbone with a hint of biscuit. Digging deeper there are some brighter, sharper citrus notes hiding resembling grapefruit, lemon, and passionfruit.

Taste (4.5): Mango and grapefruit up front combined with a subtle caramel flavor followed by more grapefruit and a bit of pine in the middle. It's not a stinging citrus flavor - it mixes well with the malt backbone. The finish is a resinous mango and orange with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium to full bodied with low carbonation that is creamy and coats the mouth. A decent blast of bitterness up front that lasts through the aftertaste.

Drinkability (4): A very enjoyable beer but the beer tastes larger than the ABV indicates. This one feels like it could be 7.5 or 8%.

grover37, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy orange amber with small head that goes away quickly.

S- not too smelly but im getting hops and some citrus. Some floral aromas too

T- hoppy and sweet. Pine and grapefruit up front, with a sweet bitterness afterward. Pretty tasty

M- feels good. Carbonation sits on the tongue nicely and is nice and light.

D- goes down good, tastes good, can't ask for much more than that

Gushue3, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 11/24/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark amber colour; cloudy with sediment. One finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Bitter citrus hops -notes of grapefruit, peach, tangerine. Some sweet caramel in the background.

T - Bitter up front. Floral/earthy notes with some citrus. Citrus is not as strong as it was in the nose. Sweet caramel backbone.

M - Medium body; moderate carbonation.

D - Not as one dimensional as many reviews indicate. Then again, I love hop-forward IPAs. Would buy this again.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of ms11781
2.35/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep orange color with a foamy 2 finger, off white head. Decent creamy foam lacing left on the glass.

Nose is piny, resiny hops. Not very strong but they are there.
A little caramel malt to balance the hops but it doesn't take much because, as mentioned, the hops aren't all that strong.

The taste follows along with the nose except the hops are even more subdued. Slight piny hops followed by a moderate sweetness from the malt. A hint of bitterness at the finish but that fades as well.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. A hint of bitterness at the end but smooth nonetheless.

Body-wise this beer is fine but the hops flavors (and malt flavor for that matter) are lacking. Not really what I've come to expect from an IPA.

ms11781, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Al's of Hampden.

Orangish amber in color with a lasting cream colored head and some lacing.

Aroma is big citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit, with some sweet malty notes to back it up.

Flavor is sweet malt, mostly caramel, with orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and herbal notes.

Medium-plus bodied and slightly resinous on the palate with average carbonation.

A good IPA but not a standout.

nickd717, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a hazy amber-orange, with one finger + of foamy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus hops stand out here: grapefruit and pineapple in particular. Notes of pine, flowers, and caramel also detectable.

T: Resoundingly bitter; little definition of any hop flavors here outside of a bit of grapefruit. Some caramel malt flavor comes through, but with little sweetness; largely unbalanced.

M: Thin body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

D: Drinkability of this one was quite low; I had a hard time finishing my glass considering the great one-dimensionality of the bitterness.

Might need to return to this in the future, if I find one that I know is particularly fresh.

AwYeh, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy amber color with bunch of floaties. Nice, small head that retains very well. Smells of citrus hops, lemon zest, and sweet malts. Tastes a lot less hop forward than I expected. Strong bready malt backbone with earthy and citrus hop flavors balancing it out....even some spicy hops going on. Mouthfeel is very prickly, like a belgian not like a BMC. Semi dry finish. Nothing to go goo goo gaga over but a solid IPA. Good flavor profile.

Doomcifer, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Hopalong29
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a first for me. After cracking top noticed strong citrus piney aroma, Nice! Poured into tall footed pint glass, nearing bottom of pour I noticed chunks of sediment. Not willing to try with gunk in the bottom of glass, I decided to pour into another glass and mix remaining sediment as best as I could. After a couple pours the issue was resolved and created a nice burnt orange with a decent two finger head.
The citrus aroma is more obvious in the smell than the taste.
For me not my typical IPA experience but will put this one on the "try again" list.

Hopalong29, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a burnt/dark orange color (seems darker than typical IPA's) with a finger thick, white head that leaves slight lacing.

S: Scent is floral hops, slight citrus aroma, but mainly hop scents are present in this beer.

T: The taste has slight hops, not as prevalent as I would have thought from the nose. There is some maltiness and sweetness in the middle and hints of bitters and citrus in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, tingly carbonation feel, crisp and smooth.

D: Although this is a good beer, I was kind of expecting a little more. There was not as much hop flavor as I was hoping, even though it is a well balanced beer, I feel it's missing something that would put it over the top to a great beer.

mavbrew, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of Crooked Tree IPA at the store the other day since I like Dark Horse but I have yet to try and IPA from them, so lets give it a go. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This brew pours a dark burnt orange color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that left a little spotty lacing.

S- All I really get from the aroma is citrus and floral hops, there's also a hint of pine in there.

T- This has all the best parts of the aroma only more amplified. A little more earthy then most IPA's, but that tends to work pretty well with this brew. I can still pick up the malt back bone this beer is built around, nicely balanced. Bitter on the finish but not too bitter.

M- Medium light bodied with good carbonation.

D- I found this beer to be pretty drinkable, I finished my bottle faster then expected, i probably would have a second if I had one.

Overall I enjoyed this IPA. It wasn't mind blowing, but it was damn good. I would for sure pick up a six pack of this, seems like a good summer IPA. I hope to try the double version of this beer, keep up the good work Dark Horse.

StoutHunter, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At 6% ABV, it is not as heavy bodied and malty as many IPAs, in contrast the palate is more crisp and dry. Appearance had a cloudy amber hue. Taste gave off a light citrus taste. A smooth and balanced IPA. The Crooked Tree IPA is earthier than a typical IPA with the right balance of hops. If you consider yourself a "hop-head" you owe it to yourself to grab this beer.

CuriousMonk, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of stevejbraun
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery. Rich unfiltered amber color with copper head. Slight floral on the nose. Strong but not over powering hop character. Have had this beer in bottle but on tap is of course fresher, but too much carbination. Easy drinking IPA with medium to strong hops. Drinkable year round, best in spring or fall.

stevejbraun, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark honey tan with an ecru head that trails. Big honey orange nose. Light and sweet white toast with some peanuts - straight pale malts - then pine needle, grapefruit juice, orange and fresh leaf tea hops. Gets resiny as it warms. Herbal finish and a tight linger. Medium, chewy, creamy.

A shallow but wide IPA - simple, yet takes up space. Good mouthfeel and a soft touch all around. Pleasant.

StJamesGate, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of robhunta
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about 1 finger of head, dissipates and leaves nice lacing and a ring of head. hazy orange color. nice hops aroma, hops flavors are even more prevalent and quite nice. has a dry mouthfeel that is easy going, very drinkable. I like this beer very much, it is true to style and a great example of an American IPA.

robhunta, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of jale
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Hazy orange wwith a light white head

smell: citrus and hops

taste: citrus hop foward with a piney finish. nice hop after taste with this beer. Just the right amount of bitterness.

mouthfeel: very good carbonation

drinkability: would drink another one

jale, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and orange-brown, very nice head and great lacing.

Grapefruit, floral hops, and a bit of piney earthiness sum up this brew's aromas.

Very good flavors, a bit earthier than a typical IPA but very nicely done. Good hoppiness, nice grapefruit and pine, nice floral flavors with just a touch of sour lemon in there too.

Feels crisp, medium bodied, with a lingering bitterness and tart lemon aftertaste.

Drink is pretty good. A very nice beer which I'd happily drink again and again.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We purchased this delightful APA just weeks before the nasty oil spill in the river outside this brewery, I feel very lucky to have it (unsullied)!

It is a delightful bottle, both in aroma and taste - very well balanced, yet hoppy enough to be tasteful... caramel, malts, hops & spices (of the fermented variety), all in all a great MI beer.

hopsolutely, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

A: This IPA is a hazy, orange hue. The head is tiny and leaves but faint traces of lacing upon the glass.

S: The aroma has some citrus and hop scents, with a sweetness lingering behind.

T: The beer tastes alright, with a decent mix of hop and malt flavors. Overall, I just found this to be lacking anything exciting, noteworthy, or memorable. The flavor just felt muted, or subdued.

M: The feel is a bit thin and watery.

D: With so many great IPAs readily available today, I don't see myself having this one again.

Huhzubendah, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nyrangerfan for this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and massively bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. Had a nice pungent aroma, but the flavor is kind of lacking though with a huge bitterness with no sweetness at all to balance it out. It is good for the ones who like massively hop intense beers, but that is about it.

thagr81us, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an amber color with a cloudyness and a whirlwind of hops. A nice creamy head stays and laces well.
The aroma is a pale malt backing with a earthy hoppyness.
The taste is mild starts with a mouth full of carbonation. The hops enter very earthy with a subtle sweetness, it finishes with a strong bitterness.

bishopdc0, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of GoldenChild
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Arrived with a finger thick head. Tight. Creamy. Hazy body - looks more like a Hegel than an IPA. Copper in color.
S) Citrus notes- grapefruit. Pinkeye like a Christmas tree.
T) Pretty bold hop bite upfront. The malts poke through just barely after the hops subside. Grapefruit. Subtle caramel. Towards the end malts fade out leaving a prominent bitterness on the tongue.
M) medium body. Fizzy but somewhat creamy.
D) Delicious. Pour me another barkeeper!

GoldenChild, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of jfrank85
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my stolen cigar city snifter from a 12oz bottle. Right off the bat i saw the thick cake of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, better pour carefully i thought. Got about 8oz in the snifter successfully without yeast transfer. Wow nice golden orange coloration with ample head and decent head retention. No lacing to speak of tho. Smells wonderful! Very inviting citrus and hop smells, just like an ipa should. Taste is outstanding, ideal ipa imo. A definate sipper since it abuses the senses with its hop attack but not as abusive as some ipa ive had. A great example of a well done ipa from a great craft brewery.

jfrank85, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/13/2010. Bottle. Pours a murky orange-brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and grassy hops. Flavor is sweet citrus initially with some light caramel malts. Nice hop profile. I thought it was similar to Racer 5 in these regards. Great IPA!

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Full one inch white head on top of an orange tinged copper IPA. Lots(!) of floating sediment. Good head retention and lacing. I really liked the way this one looked.

S- Immediately smelled the citrusy goodness once I pried off the cap.

T- Hops bitterness bite is somewhat subdued. Citrus aftertaste.

M- Medium body...maybe even a little on the thin side.

D/O- Not exactly an "in your face" IPA and that's alright because it means you can have more without killing your palate. A very drinkable IPA but nothing exceptional overall.

Duff27, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, and the head was white and creamy like. The aroma is very strong with citrus hops. The taste starts out a little sweet, but has a lingering citrus hop bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is medium light, and is overall a drinkable IPA.

arboristfish, Dec 16, 2010
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,561 ratings.