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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

2,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 91
Gots: 136 | FT: 6
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 ClockworkOrange


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed apricot color with an inch of dense off white foam. The head lingers for about half the glass, leaving behind a thin lace in it's path. Aroma and taste is loaded with citrus and tropical fruit notes such as grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, mango as well as just about the right amount of sweetness from the caramelized malts to bring it all together. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 19:34:59 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of hwwty4


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baconisaveggie for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. This beer pours a murky melon with a rocky white head that leaves some serious lacing of the American variety. The nose is the typical American IPA. Big citrus notes with sweet oranges, lemons, a bit of pineapple, and some sweet caramel from the malt backbone. The flavor is a lot sweeter then I had anticipated from the nose. The malt really dominate the flavor profile. Pineapple, peach and just a hint of lemon zest pop their heads through the malt. Big toffee and caramel overtones. This really had me twisted. I completely expected a hop bomb from the nose and just didn't get it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and and finishes slightly dry. This is a good IPA but just not what I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:50:01 | More by hwwty4
Photo of botham


4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the brewpub in Marshall. pours a hazy apricot color with a half finger of white head that leaves light lacings.

aroma is of rich and fresh hops with tropical undertones and a bit of bready malt. very fresh in the nose, with a bit of piney hops mixed in. wonderful.

taste follows the aroma with intense piney hops at first, followed by a smoothing citrus hop character and lightly tropical undertones. very fresh in character with borderline perfect mixing of a widely diverse palate of hop qualities.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a dry texture and a piney finish.

drinkability is great. this is an intensely hoppy brew with a wonderfully smooth character and a great semi-dry finish of residual hop resins. the freshness of the brew only accentuates the hops, producing one of the most well crafted IPA experiences of this BA's tenure. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2009 02:32:25 | More by botham
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much love to Phyl21ca for the extra!

Pours a hazy orange with that soft, pillowy head I've come to appreciate in serious IPAs -- the head that falls around the edges to make an island in the middle, leaving splotchy lacing. Dunno if the haze conceals the rising bubbles, 'cause I don't see a whole lot.

Smells great -- rich, flowery, citric, pine, a tinge of alcohol. Good balance of malt & hops in the taste, at least appropriate for a balanced IPA. That flowery, grapefruit taste is up front, then settles to usher in some really satisfying malt sugars, softening the blow.

I like the balance here, & am starting to value a well-balanced IPA more & more. This is in the middle-left on the mellow/harsh scale (Surly Furious on the left, Ruination or Green Flash West Coast IPA on the right). Very nice mouthfeel, feels satisfied without being beaten to death with palate-ravaging hop bitterness. This is a keeper, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:03:03 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of AltBock


3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a cream colored label that has a crooked green tree inside a crooked red square. On the outer edges of the label is where you'll find all the mandatory US information. It's too bad they didn't bother to put a date on the bottle.

I decided to pour this Michigan born IPA into my Bell's pint glass. Boy was this IPA hazy! Not naturally hazy like some IPAs. This IPA was hazy because of all the hop (and possibly yeast) particles floating around the inside of this beer. The color of this hazy IPA was a solid golden orange with a few minor lemon yellow highlights along the sides. The head of foam was pure white in color and about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in height. Despite it's small size, the head of foam lasted for the entire duration of the beer's life in the glass. When the head of foam receded with the beer, it left behind tiny spots of lace around the glass. In other words, it was great IPA appearance!

This IPA favored the scent of grapefruit more than anything else. It's funny that when it's swirled around, the scent of grapefruit doesn't increase, but decreases. When it decreases, in comes some lightly toasted malts, a hint of lemon peel, and a touch of bitter citrus hops.

The taste of this IPA wasn't going to beat around the bush. It kicked off with the taste of bitter citrus hops, bitter and tart grapefruit, and a gentle touch of tart lemon. This bitter citrus taste lasts for a good 30 seconds and then the bitter taste starts to lower it's defenses. When the bitter taste lowers it's sense of awareness, in comes a faint taste of some slightly toasted malts. That's how the taste ended. The bitter citrus taste does not make another trip back.

Crooked Tree was a light to medium bodied IPA with a long lasting dry citrus based aftertaste. The aftertaste was long lasting with just the taste of bitter citrus hops. There was no grapefruit, lemon, or toasted malts in the aftertaste. Just a straight up taste of bitter citrus hops.

Crooked Tree isn't really a one in a while treat. I would have to say that it's more of a session IPA. It's not overly hopped, but hopped just right. Finally, I would like to thank Donny2120 for giving me the opportunity to finally try a Dark Horse beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 17:41:25 | More by AltBock
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge fluffy, off-white head sits atop a deep orange-tinted brown with tons of floaties. Beautiful, thick lacing clings to the sides of my pint glass.

Smells amazing. Citrus, candied pineapple, mango, fresh pear, pine sap. In a word, the perfect IPA nose.

Taste elaborates on all of the goodness of the smell. Delicious. The finish is very bitter and piney. Although all components of the nose also appear in the taste, fresh pear is the centerpiece.

The one drawback is that it makes you really thirsty. Maybe that comes with the territory of hoppy beers, but I have had quite a few IPAs and DIPAs in my day and most aren't as bad as this. However, it's not a deal breaker, as its positive attributes greatly outweigh this one weak spot. There is plenty of carbonation and it is medium light. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 05:01:49 | More by sarahspat
Photo of jera1350


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Murky brown with some sediment floating about. Nice two finger head. Nice lacing.

S- Nice hop smell, but not real strong. Just a bit of caramel also.

T- Pretty well balanced. Nice sweet malt flavor with bitter hops. Hints of toffee and brown sugar.

M- Medium bodied, moderately smooth carbonation.

D- This is quite drinkable for an IPA. It has the nice malt presence to go along with the big hops.

If you are into IPA's, give this a try. I know I will again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:42:36 | More by jera1350
Photo of sholland119


4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly tapped two days previously at the brewpub.

A-Pours a hazy, cloudy golden honey with a thin white head and lots of lacing.

S-Fresh pine hops, very clean, with a light malt bakground.

T-Bitter pine hops all the way from start to finish with some earthy hops crowding in at the finish as well. A very light malt character as in the nose, though the extreme freshness of this IPA may have been responsible in part.

M-Medium bodied and a bit oily with nice lingering bitterness.

D-Very drinkable despite the pronounced bitterness.


Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 16:52:12 | More by sholland119
Photo of jsh420


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours golden orange with a 2 finger that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell is very piney and floral with a little citrus and malts

taste reminds me alot of moylans mixed with 2hearted ipa bitter pine(moylans) up with a creamy fruit/floral(2hearted) and malt finish

mouthfeel is perfect - a medium body with good carbonation that tickles the tongue

drinkabilty - hell yes i put this one down in 25min. on this humid day

overall this beer should be up there with the other greats 2hearted, racer5, greenflash, and moylans

- edit - after my first one cracked open antoher and this second one is a little on the thin side (maybe the hops from the first took its toll on my palate) but i had to knock down flavor and mothfeel .5 but still i have had many of these in the last year plus and still this beer is an A in my book

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:27:32 | More by jsh420
Photo of BierFan


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Big light tan head sitting on top of a murky amber/brown body. The creamy head sticks around for awhile and leaves good lacing. The aroma is very fruity, grapefruit and tropical fruit. The taste is also loaded with grapefruit. Has a bit of a bitter citrus peel and pine flavor on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 16:55:16 | More by BierFan
Photo of thirdeye11


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to amietaj1 for the extra!!

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The beer pours a beautiful orange/yellow color with 1 finger of head with large bubbles. Lacing on the glass is absolutely fantastic, one of the best I've seen.

S: Smells less piney than most IPAs I've had and I consider this to be a good thing since pine = bitter in my mind. The smell is predominantly of hops, slightly cirtusy, and just clean. I can't pick up any particular smells here. It's just good.

T: As far as taste goes this is one of the best IPAs I have had. It is hoppy in a great way and not bitter in the least. Extremely well balanced, possibly landing on the sweet side of things and I love it. If you're just getting into hops this would be a great place to start.

M: Absolutely perfect. The hop oils are in this one, it's just the right amount of carbonation, body is spot on and I don't think it could be improved.

D: Really very high. The bitterness is at a minimum, the ABV is not low but not too high to drink several.

If this beer was available in my area I have a feeling I'd have a 6-pack in my fridge at all times. In fact this one would replace Sierra Nevada for me I think. Really good, and highly recommended to IPA drinkers and people trying to get into hops alike.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 15:12:29 | More by thirdeye11
Photo of MacDomer


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is one fine beer. I've had it several times, but tonight's bottle was super fresh and really hit the spot. Love the low ABV on this one - consumed in about 30minutes as I'm snacking on some pretzels and preparing for a meeting in the morning.

Orangey-brown pour, a handful of floaties from the bottom, and a nice light tan head. Not into my normal glasses, since they're dirty, but instead into an old school A-B weiss like glass. So sue me, it's better than plastic. The aroma doesn't bowl me over, but it's pretty damn good. Citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruits and a hint of light malts. Actually, it's really good, but not quite awesome. Taste is awesome. Bitter, but not too...citrusy, but not too...tropical, yes...and a nice hint of malt at the end. Yum. And pine! Subtle, but there as well. Mouthfeel - it coats nicely, medium body, just how I like it. Wishing I had another for drinkability's sake...

This beer rocks - a bit under-rated I'd think. I've been looking for a good go-to IPA and have been fond of many, but this really fits what I'm looking for right now.

Give this one a shot - you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 04:48:00 | More by MacDomer
Photo of BoitSansSoif


3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Apple juice-colored brew w/light 1-finger head and a little tracing. The body is hazy from matter in suspension.

S-Nice aroma of herbal, citrus, and pine w/an even toasted malt backbone.

T-Slightly sweet malt w/strong herbal hops and a little pine and citrus. The flavor is pleasant, but the finish is unsatisfying, w/the herbal hops dominating, and failing to cleanse the palate. The aftertaste is of sweet cereal/grain in the front of the mouth and on the sides of the tongue, and the back of the tongue is coated by bitter hop oils.

M-Carbonation is on the strong side and the overall balance is interestingly even, but not harmonious.

D-Throughout the drinking experience few of the components seem to come together to produce a result greater than the sum of the parts. Still, a decent IPA that is easily quaffed. This is my second Dark Horse candidate this week after a long absence, and I am overall impressed by their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 06:38:01 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of Thorpe429


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-copper with some haze to it. Decent white head.

S: Good stuff going on here. Plenty of ctirus fruits from the hops.

T: Some malt, but this thing is dominated by the citrus hops, and I won't complain.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Very good right here. Dark Horse puts out some really solid brews, and this is a fantastic one to get started with.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 13:16:22 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of drpimento


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent brew. Poured with a nice head and some lace. Color is an amber on the dark side. Aroma is very hoppy with a little grapefruit and some muskiness, malty. Flavor is as described: on the dry side, hop bitter, very good carbonation. drinkable. Hoppy finish with almost no sweetness

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 20:57:52 | More by drpimento
Photo of gibby


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 12 oz bottle as an extra in my trade with abbdull. Thanks man.

My first dark horse beer and I have been looking forward to trying it. Pours a nice copper color with a 2 finger head. Some sediment floating around in there. Smelled predominantly like citrus, apple. Nice tasting beer, very carbonated. Very balanced IPA and quite an easy drinker. You get a nice bitterness from the hops but the malt backbone kicks in as well. Big lacing on the glass as the beers disappears into a memory. Nice offering from dark horse and recommended. I would like to try this again and I really want to try the double crooked tree. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:01:08 | More by gibby
Photo of projectflam86


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours nice orange color with a big tan foam that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Very aromatic combination of citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) piney hop scents. A small amount of floral, spice and malt present as well but overpowered by the hops. The way an IPA should smell like.

T- Lots of piney grapefruit hops with a malt backbone adding for a balanced finish. Nice initial bitter flavor that evens out after a few seconds.

M- Medium bodied and a tad high in carbonation.

D- Overall a nice brew that holds its own among the others.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:42:30 | More by projectflam86
Photo of WJVII


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a burnt orange color with a moderately creamy white head. There is a lot of noticeable floating sediments in the glass. The aroma of this brew is full of orange and wonderful bouquet of floral hops. There is a great taste of citrus and smooth balance of hops in the finish, which could actually be a little more bitter for my taste. It has been a while since I have had an IPA and man this is a good one. Need to make an effort to find some more of this caliber. Too bad I only have one from a variety pack because I could have a few of these!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 22:31:47 | More by WJVII
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

2 Finger slightly pillow-topped head. Good retention leaving some lace. Color is a hazy sunset copper orange. Has sediments floating about, which is weird for an IPA.

Aroma is of floral hops, grapefruit, and a lot of citrus. A slight carmel aroma comes through as well.

Taste is obviously hoppy. Floral hops, grapefruit, and citrus. Just like the smell. Very slight bready malts. Typical, but solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but then gets refreshingly smooth. Ends with a very dry aftertaste.

Overall, a staple of an IPA and a solid representation of the style. I really enjoyed this, but I just had a Furious and that happens to be the hands-down winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 00:39:56 | More by mothman
Photo of marcobrau


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy orange IPA. Pours with plenty of carbonation that settles to thin layer leaving a good amount of lace behind. Great citrus (particularly tangerines) aroma. Fairy fat (full-bodied) and smooth with an orange marmalade hoppiness. The bitterness is very smooth and blends well with the caramel malts which lend this beer its color and some of its flavor. The finish is bitter, but also very fruity; almost Fruit Loops fruity. I must like fruity IPAs, because I like this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:38:27 | More by marcobrau
Photo of brokenleadedcask


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They started stocking this at my favorite retail joint. Disappointed they (Dark Horse) didn't have the ABV printed on the label or bottle, if it is, I missed it. Small tight bubbles capped this cloudy copper liquid in my Bell's pint glass. One of my favorite smells in the world, the fruity floral bouquet of an IPA. They definitely used one of the three C hops in this one, grapefruit and pine are representing. Nice smooth hop flavor not at all sharp like some, accompanied by a good malt backbone. Really looking forward to trying the Double crooked tree. At first, the carbonation tingles the back of the teeth and tip of the tongue. As it warms it's smooth as silk. Pleasantly drinkable, have to pick up a sixer of this one for cookouts and hot summer days

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 22:22:32 | More by brokenleadedcask
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3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cracked the bottle to a strong hoppy smell, very pleasant. Thick, frothy head and a slightly cloudy pour with floating sediment. Tan/orange in color. Decent taste, somewhat watery mouthfeel. Bitter taste towards the end, not overpowering or bad though. Could definitely sit around and drink a few of these no problem, but not one of my favorite IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 05:26:56 | More by jdskinns
Photo of mjl21


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with alleykatking.

12 ounce bottle poured into a sniffer. No bottling info or abv info is given.

A-Pours a very cloudy brown. Has a half finger off white head that goes fast, leaving foamy remnants scattered on the surface. Lots of yeast floating around.

S-Citrus at first, very much like fruit punch. Some pine and bready malt are in there

T-Citrus fruit punch and sweet malt, but not overly sweet. Get grapefruit bitterness along with an aspirin taste at the end.

M-Lighter bodied, creamy, and dry. Based on it's appearance I was expecting something that was syrupy.

D-Goes down easily due to the lighter body. Enough hop flavor to go for more.

Not a bad IPA. I would like to have some more bitterness, but I would not pass this up.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 06:09:23 | More by mjl21
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The of this beer remind me of a tree showing its fall colors. The color is mostly a hazy rusty amber but when held to the light it will show some light golden yellow. The head is bone white, starts out large and diminishes a bit but never leaves. On the way down it leaves sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of obvious hops but its not too intense. But I smell lots of bread flour smells. So this brew smells more on the malty side (for an IPA at least). Also not so much on the bitter citrus side either.

T- Yeah lots of malt in this IPA, it is initially hidden by the bitter of the piney hops. But when I sip and keep it in my mouth for a second longer than normal I begin to taste more of the malt that I was smelling.

M- Mouth is ok, it is full bodied beer with lots of carbonation that makes it feel lighter. I don't really like the way the beer goes down the throat. It leaves the mouth wet and thick, its kinda unpleasnt but it's easy to forget about.

D- Crooked tree goes down really easily, not the best IPA but it's decent, better than lots.

And for just more than $8 this beer is a good value.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 03:30:50 | More by brow1901
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been putting off picking this one up but finally decided to give it a try. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange very light copper color with a small one finger head. The head stays for a little while and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is hops, citrus, and pine. The taste is hoppy and piney. Somewhat bitter especially in the aftertaste but it's not a bad thing. Overall not a bad IPA at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 18:41:19 | More by dismal
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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