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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

2,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 111
Gots: 299 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

No notes at this time.
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly cloudy, apricot-colored beer with a big cap of sudsy head; retention is strong and lacing is very sticky and dense.

Aroma has aspects of tropical fruit, both bitterness and sweetness, with a late trace of onion and garlic. The flavor also has more prominently bitter hops, with light citrus, particularly pineapple, but more of the sharp oniony bite of the nose. An undercurrent of faintly sweet maltiness props things up a bit.

Excellent mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation, somewhat full-bodied and sticky. No bottle dating makes me suspect this a little on the old side; the hops seem oddly faded but still powerful in terms of the bitter oniony flavor. Only hints of what may have been a stronger juicy tropical fruit taste. Solid but not top tier.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy muddy brown with a thick one inch slightly off white head. There is good head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is familiar, but nice all the same. Big citrusy hop notes, lightly floral, and a light metallic aroma as well.

The taste is ok. It's a bit earthy with an herbal tea like quality. It's floral and lightly citrusy. There is very little bitterness for an IPA IMO. Interesting and not too bad.

The mouthfeel is lacking for me. It's pushing full bodied but the carbonation is falling a bit flat. It's got a decent efforvescence but just not quite right. Maybe it's just me tonight.

Overall it's a decent beer. IPA's have become a bit boring for me these days but it's still very enjoyable. It's definitely a well made beer, but I want it to be just a little bit more than it is.

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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.

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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.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,792 ratings.