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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

2,538 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,538
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 106
Gots: 192 | 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 mdwalsh
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

A: 4.5 finger nearly white head with a very pale golden body with lots of active carbonation. On first glance, I would think this to be a BMC beer. The head has nice dexterity and nice texture on top. It appears pretty clear as well, but not 100%. The yeast flocculates as little harshly though.

S: Classic American IPA. Lots of citrus and pine. Lots. And it's strong, I can smell it from a good 6-10 inches away. But, as I have learned from some too hop centric beers lately, this one seems to have the right aroma for balance. Yes, there's a lot of hops, but also a sweet and bready malt background.

T: Very similar to the aroma, though it's not as....full? Maybe I got this a little late, I've been drinking the sixer over the course of about a week, so it could have changed, but it's..less than perfect. I think the less than perfect comes from a slight over-citrus in the finish.

M: Very nice, good carb, good body for an IPA.

D: A really nice IPA and while it's no Two Hearted, it's one I would keep around.

mdwalsh, May 06, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3%

A: Huge fluffy and fuzzy 3 finger head in my tuliup glass fades semi quickly as it needs to so I can pour the rest of the beer in. It's a super hazy and even chucky filled amber orange red color with oil swirls.

N: Nice hops, some citrus, little pine, chewy hops, some earthy hops, slight fresh dry hops, the citrus adds some orange and tangerine. Pretty much no malt, a pretty decent west coast style hoppy IPA.

T: Musty fresh wet hops to start, but not so much bite. A decent chewy hop presence with some pine and citrus, little hop oil even. Slight fruit with some orange and tangerine again. Somewhat bitter with all those hops, but more of a fresh hop bite than bitterness itself. Very slight malty sweetness with all that hop flavor.

M: Medium with some hop oils and decent carb.

F: Bitterness hits harder on the finish. More musty fresh wet hops and hop oils with more chewy hop flavors. Some bitter orange peel with more citrus hops and touch of tangerine and hint of grapefruit. The bitterness lingers for a long time too. Overall a nice tasty west coast style IPA.

jlindros, May 06, 2010
Photo of GregPearson33
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%


Smell/Appearance: dark burnt orange/topaz with a hazy opacity. Poured with a two-three finger tightly laced head that stuck to the rims of the glass as it receded and left a mountain of foam in the center. Smells of strong citrus - could smell it as soon as a I cracked the bottle zesty lemon-citrus with almost no piney/earthiness as I might have expected.

Taste: Surprising considering the smell and appearance. Medium-low carbonation, less than which I think is ideal. Although I didn't initially take note of strong malts in the nose, I thought the caramel flavors were a little overwhelming and imbalanced. Very bready and sweet powerful caramels undermine those delicious hops I smelled.

Drinkability: Overall I think this is a pretty sessionable beer. Wasn't truly impressed by the flavor at the outset, but it's gotten a lot better as it warmed. Appearance-wise the lacing is pretty incredible - there's still some at the top of the glass! Whereas I would have given this a C initially, its stock has risen a whole lot since; B+.

GregPearson33, May 05, 2010
Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

pours a hazy amber with a nice sized head. lots of sticky lace.
the aroma is loaded with fresh, resinous, floral and citrusy hops. you find mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, pine and of course floral qualities.
the taste has got pervasive citrusy hops, mostly grapefruity. it has a nice crisp bitterness that while substantial isn't overdone. there is also some malt to be found, a biscuity caramel, that serves as a vehicle for the hops.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate, but smooth carbonation.
the drinkability is good, the bitterness is crisp and clean, with lots of hop flavor and enough malt to keep it from being one dimensional. a very good IPA, with some surprising balance.

kmo1030, May 05, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3%

12 ouncer$3.50 per bottle from Capones out side of Philadelphia. No freshness info to be had. Pours murky darker almond amber. Rich and frothy darker tan head, stays around for a good long while, leaves slippery sheeting and ample trailers of fine lacing. I smell a "west coast style" IPA here with a rich grapefruit nose, shining through. More grapefruit, some smoky leathery notes and a healthy dose of grainy hop goodness. Tasty and enjoyable IPA. Glad I was able to try it, but kinda pricey to be an every day tipple.

Billolick, May 03, 2010
Photo of Gtreid
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Big thanks to greatfulbeerhead for hookin me up with a tasty growler of Dark Horse goodness. Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Murky copper color. The pour dropped a finger of cream colored head that retained well and left nice lacing. There was some sediment floating throughout the growler that transfered to the glass, so that will lower the score some.

A: Super fresh piney hop aroma. Notes of pine sap, tangerine, grass, and sweet malt. I am a fan of balance in my IPA's and this one does not dissapoint.

T: More of the same pine sap, grass, and light citrus. Notes of sweet crystal malt, some light bread, small grapefruit, and tangerine. No evidence of the alcohol. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium body, crisp and clean. Perfect amount of carbonation, spot on.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great here, if I wasn't sharing this growler, I would have no problem finishing this off myself. Overall, this is one of the better IPA's I've had. I was lucky enough to get a growler of this directly from the brewery, and it was fantastic. This would be my go to IPA if I had regular access to it. Great job! Skal.

Gtreid, May 01, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Clear amber color with dark orange hues. Two finger fluffy off white head.(fairly aggressive pour. Lots of sediment left behind.
S: Super citrus hops. Oranges and sweetness. Super Fresh Marijuana Dankiness!
T: Sweet maltiness to start, nice citrus orange peel and grapefruit. Great bitterness to finish.
M: Crisp, smooth, sharp carbonation.
D: Super drinkable! Relatively low ABV, nice lingering bitterness, could easily finish a sixer.

Amazing IPA! Right up my citrus loving alley. Better when fresh, like all other IPAs.

jmich24, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of bartle
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottle from Wacky's next door poured into my dark horse shaker.

Pours a sedimented, slightly hazy burnt orange that glows around the edges and with a creamy two finger thick head on top, that retains nicely. Looks highly carbonated. The head just sticks to the glass all the way down. WOW! love it!

the nose is zest of grapefruit, pine, slightly grassy, touch of biscuit and lingering yeasty character. Touch of mango and very light malt sweetness that follows through on the nose.

The taste is full of great citrus notes, grapefruit, clementines, and a rich malty character bound by pine and a huge bitter after bite. This sparkles, a touch of warming notes and bread character intertwined with a touch of honey. The yeast character is fairly present on the back of the tongue. The hops have a great balance with the malt. Just a little sweetness taking off the bite of hops.

This is super carbonated, full bodied and rich. It had a Dark Horse house taste. I think it's in the yeast and carbonation. I'm not complaining, it's just got this tickle on the tongue and thick feeling that just slides down the gullet.

This beer is kick-ass. Dark Horse is just an amazing brew-pub. I wish I lived closer and could join the mug club!

bartle, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a muted oranage color with some haze, a nice white cap of foam, good retention and lacing. Smell is of citrus hops with a faint touch of sweetness one you dig below the hops. Taste is citrus and tropical fruits backed with a nice sweet biscuty malt background. Nothing too complex but fantastic none the less. Body is medium, perfect carbonation level. An excellent IPA, perfect hop blend with a great malt presence.

rfgetz, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

A: A muddy composition of brown with dark burnt orange highlights.

S: Lots of fresh citrus hops.

T: Same as the smell, and has a nice mild bitterness to finish. There is some maltiness in this beer, but very subtle. Which I don't think is a bad thing.

M/D: It has a medium to high carbonation, mouth feel is a little thin. Overall this is a pretty good beer, I think it is great since I got a fresh batch. It's hard to say since I had DBL Crooked Tree first, which is simply amazing, but this is solid cousin.

kylehayworth, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev 0%

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, with big thanks to Jeff (Alewatcher) for the opportunity!

Dark Horse is a brewery I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing other than a couple of extras in trades. Definitely looking forward to exploring these guys more in depth!

Pours with a metric ton of yeast sediment - came out of the box yesterday, so I suppose I have no one to blame but myself for that. Cloudy orange-copper, with a creamy half-inch cap of foam that settles down to a thin layer on top. Even with the murkiness, still a tasty looking beer, but reminds me of Schneider Edel-Weiss between the murkiness and the color.

Nose is sweetish - caramel comes through clearly, hops faded a bit but still show a bit of life with some light grapefruit coming through. Still appealing, though if I was rating strictly to style it would probably take a hit.

Taste leads me to believe the hops have definitely faded a bit, but fortunately, what remains is still a tasty beer. Soft hop bitterness takes on a spicy, prickly, piny character with a decent amount of flavor left - this is still clearly an IPA, though one that doesn't take the "bitterness is best" mantra for its own. My kind of IPA. Malt body does a great job of supporting with a biscuity, even bready (yeast sediment?) body lurking but never getting in the way of the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice softish carbonation with just enough bite, almost lush feeling to it. Nicely drinkable combination of flavorfull-ness (sic?) and balance. Hardcore hopheads might not be impressed, but I like it.

Overall, a tasty example of a style that can be all over the place in terms of quality. I think this one may have faded a bit, but even if it has, it's still a tasty beer that's more than drinkable. Kudos for tipping the scales at 6% too, every little bit of sessionability helps.

JohnQVegas, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Axic10
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark copper with a tiny bit of head that provides lacing throughout the drink.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and a nice balance of hops and malts.

Taste: Malty blast up front followed by the hoppy/piney after taste. More balanced than the IPAs I'm used to.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall a good value for what I paid for it and would drink again.

Axic10, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep orange amber color with a bit of haze to it. The off-white head rose 3/4" and then slowly settled to a thin but solid cap. Good retention. Tons of sticky lace down my glass.

S= I found lots of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma of this one. Lesser amounts of pine and some floral notes also present.

T= Light to medium malt base lent some caramel sweetness and bakery bread character without being too heavy. Hops were mildly bitter but heavy on flavor. Grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit sweetness all made an appearance. The fruitiness was big but stopped short of cloying. Alcohol was syrupy and sweet. Finished fairly dry with nice hop aftertaste.

MF= Thin side of medium bodied with a very crisp mouthfeel.

D= Very drinkable IPA here. Interesting flavor with an ABV and bitterness that makes this one an easy drinker.

spointon, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev -7%

12oz bottle into a globe. Purchased at Tiffany's in K-Zoo.

I've had this beer several times but only a few super fresh bottles. This qualifies, so it's time to put in a rating.

Looks decent in the glass, but I've seen better. Brownish orange with just a ring of head. Just a bit off, but I see where Double crooked tree gets it's brown color.

Smells nice, caramel and biscuit malt with a nice bouquet of citrus (orange) and some perfume.

Taste is good, malt is certainly present with biscuit. Sweet but a weird touch of tea-like flavors. Nice citrus hoppiness. Peaches. Orange. Dry finish, little lingering bitterness, but a good amount of IBUs.

Mouthfeel is overcarbed, but body is where I like it, just north of water.

Drinkability is good. Overall a good American IPA but there are better. I love Dark Horse's dark beers - this is just a bit better than the average. Now, if you double the hops and malt, we've got a different story to talk about.

jampics2, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

A- Cloudy orange and pours with a relatively large head that sticks around for a while and leaves little lacing

S- Aroma strong of citrus hops with some malty sweetness

T- Hops up front, both citrus and piney hop flavor well balanced by the sweeter malt flavors. Flavor is not quite as strong as the nose suggested to me but still a good tasting and more balanced than usual IPA.

M- Pretty well-bodied for an IPA, more carbonation that usual on the tongue decent hop-bite and not the smoothest IPA I have ever drank but still pretty smooth

D- Good session type IPA, nothing exceptional in the world of IPAs but still an enjoyable beer

Spiekerbox, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Dark hazy copper color, sediment seeming to rest on the thick layers of fog in the beer. A nice white foam forms and hangs around for a while, complimenting the overall appearance of the brew.

The is biscuit sweet and floral, an interesting combination. I expected the hops to dominate my nose, but the malts seemed just as present.

A piney bite hits first, but the sweet bready malts come in quickly to balance the taste out. A nice mild dry bitterness kicks in towards the end of the swallow and lingers around in the mouth.

Not a bad IPA.
S- A nice blend of citrus and pine hops to go along with a pretty decent malt backbone. There also happens to be a little grassiness in there as well. Pretty average for the style.

T- Citrus hops up front, more lemon than anything. A pretty fair amount of malt balances out the beer nicely. There is also just a little bit of sweetness at the tail end.

M- Medium bodied with a little bit of a hop bite. A good amount of carbonation tickles the tongue.

D- Overall I would have to say this is a pretty standard offering for an IPA. Goes down nicely but seems to not be anything outstanding.

donteatpoop, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%


I am finding that when I KNOW I am getting fresh beer this beer is much, much better...but it does not age well as most IPA's don't..

This is a fresh bottle..(I think...it just came in again but they do not mark the bottles at all so who knows)

A-Hazy burnt orange

S-Citrus...overripe oranges...a little pine too.

T-Pine...citrus (oranges and grapefruit)..Pine on the finish

M-About right for an IPA...medium bodied...dry on the fiinish..

D-Not as good as I was hoping for in this re-rate. I had it in the past year and thought it was incredible...this is only good...maybe there are consistency issues here...maybe my buds change...I'd say solid but not great...

Rating=3.1 (11-20-07)

A-muddied orange/brown

S-Fresh sweet citrus....oranges....tangerines....has a slight homebrew aroma to it...still very fragrant and enjoyable to smell...

T-Hops are upfront...more of a bitter citrus (grapefruit/orange rinds) and also some piney notes...what is lacking is a malt component..not saying it needs to be malty but this doesn't feel right....unbalanced to the hops without enough malt is my impression.

M-Medium bodied....certainly wouldn't confuse this for a lager..doesn't seem to lack girth or character...lingering dry bitterness on the long finish..

D-This is just fine for an IPA but there are so many others better. I could drink this all night and be happy but it clearly lacks special qualities...kind of a workman like IPA...blue collar IPA maybe....

ZAP, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint.

A- Pours a dark orange/amber that has a slight haze to it. A nice finger's worth of head sits atop the beer and leaves a nice cap and lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A nice blend of citrus and pine hops to go along with a pretty decent malt backbone. There also happens to be a little grassiness in there as well. Pretty average for the style.

T- Citrus hops up front, more lemon than anything. A pretty fair amount of malt balances out the beer nicely. There is also just a little bit of sweetness at the tail end.

M- Medium bodied with a little bit of a hop bite. A good amount of carbonation tickles the tongue.

D- Overall I would have to say this is a pretty standard offering for an IPA. Goes down nicely but seems to not be anything outstanding.

Wisconsinality, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a cloudy, murky deep amber/burnt orange color with sediment visibly floating around. A one finger of off white head that recedes immediately caps this one. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of piney and floral hops, with a hint of breadiness.

T: Taste starts with a nice dose of piney and floral hops. Some pale malts and breadiness fill out the middle. Finish has a hint of grapefruit citrusy hops in it. In the aftertaste, flavoring of orange peel is left on the palate.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light, crisp mouthfeel to this beer.

D: Goes down easy, pretty tasty. This isn't an IPA to knock your socks off but it's worth a pint or two.

Jayli, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of happilysurly
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours pale burnt orange with a lot of floaters. Minimal head. Smells mildy sweet, malty and fresh. The taste is very balanced, understated like the middle of the IPA road. The malt lingers with just a hint of bitterness. All in all very good IPA that I could keep drinking. It isn't over the top in any way, just good.

happilysurly, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Part of the Dark Horse tasting. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy orange color. One finger fluffy white head stays for a short bit before dying down to just lace on the top of the beer. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big citrus hops in the this one. Bready caramel malts come in the background of this beer. Some light earthy hops bring up the back end of this beer.

T- Citrus hops burst in the front end of this beer. Big grapefruit and citrus in the front clash with a grainy bready malt that stays into the middle. Light spicey flavor in the middle blends into a earthy hop ending. Some light alcohol in the tail end.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Citrus hops left on the palate after each sip and ending with some earthy hops in the aftertaste. Clean flavors throughout the entire beer.

D- This beer like most from Dark Horse is very drinkable. This may have been a little bit of a off review as I tried this after the Double Crooked Tree. Good beer that I don't mind buying sixers of time and time again. Great job Dark Horse!

alleykatking, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of kkipple
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

My trading buddy Prototypic kicked this in as an extra and it went immediately into the fridge. Drink IPAs quick, sez I.

An aggressive pour into my Sam Adams pint is looking okay - a muddy, lowly carbonated dull orange brew sporting a low off white head - till I hit bottom, when several CLUMPS of yeast glurg into my glass. I quit pouring and peer in the bottle - Ye Gods! A good two centimeters of sediment in here folks, and VERY unfiltered. Interesting...? In any case, I leave the glass alone to settle out for a few minutes. Tough to give high marks here, unless you're a fiend for unfiltered and yeasty-thick IPAs....

Thankfully, the nose is much better: very sweet and even sugary malts blend with some still-pungent grapefruit hops and general dry greenfulness. A nose-twitch of booze and some grain round it out. Smells easy, yet not tame, and remains approachable.

The flavor is pretty mellow, all told, or maybe I've had a lupulin shift lately. Still, a mouthful of grainy-malt tea spiked with some earthy bitter citrus hop is usually welcome, and that's what we've got here. Nothing unusual going on here, but no flaws either, and finishes semi-sweet, dry and slightly warming with a fine grapefruity lip-smack. Solid.

Mouthfeel is quality, smooth and well-rounded, medium bodied with a nice rolling carbonation (bottle conditioned?) that eases the passage of the nectar to your belly. And yes, I could and would have another.

This bottle is probably 6 months out, hard to say, but it's still tasty beer and quite interesting to try the baby brother to Double Crooked Tree. Worth your while, just mind that sludge!

kkipple, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.22/5  rDev +6%

This is a regular purchase for me-- it has become my "grilling" beer... but I never sat down to review it. Here goes:

Pours a deep orangey color that is a little cloudy. I'm noticing some sediment in this one, which is something I haven't noticed before. Nearly white head bubbles up about a finger and subsides after a few sips. Respectable chunks of lace hang on the far side of my pint glass.

Smells hoppy-- mostly citrus. A little yeast spicey note as well... and some earthiness, though I'm not sure if that is from the malt or the yeast once again.

Taste really follows nose. A sweet malt front leads to a citrusy hop back with a undercurrent of dry earthiness. The finish presents with a slight spice before coming back to the grapefruit hop profile.

This is middle of the road IPA in terms of body, it has a decent amount of carbonation to help it along.

I will admit I am biased on the drinkability of this one. I happen to pick this one and the Lagunitas IPA quite regularly... I have tossed back enough in one jam session to call it a "session," but the ABV is a tad high to really call this a session beer. Just a good beer to have before dinner (perhaps while firing up the grill!)

AleWatcher, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a thin layer of white foam and produces no lacing.

S - Nice hoppy aroma with citrus fruits and slight sugary sweetness.

T - The hops is somewhat tamed with citrus fruits and maybe some spices thrown in too.

M - Light bodies with a lot of good carbonation.

D - This is a decent IPA, nothing earth shaking but pretty solid nonetheless.

semibaked, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

A_ Dark copper orange with a small bone white head.

S_ Heavy grapefruit,orange zest,and caramel malt.

T_Huge grapefruit profile,hoppy,and some citrus. Sweet caramel malt back bone. Nice hop kick but pretty well balanced overall.

M_ Crisp, dry and full bodied.

D_Great session ipa.

nickadams2, Mar 29, 2010
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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