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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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2,478 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,478
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 103
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
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 Philabeerphia


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

A handsome, muddy beer. The hazy particulation mutes the copper color, trapping some light and creating a bit of enchanment in a glass. This is all complimented by the latte like head - dense, gold, in no hurry to leave. I can hardly see my fingers through the glass. I like that.
I am also a fan of the nose on this - on the balance scale this leans heavily towards hops: clementines, pine, mud and grapefruit create an earthy affair. This ship swims with amongst a caramel sea. The effect is tantalizing.

This hop leaning balance translates well in the taste. Very well . A bubbly start that is all melon and caramel. full and chewy. I get a hint of tobacco, oak and even gamey meat towards the top and back. This would pair well with bigger white and some dark meats. The finish fills with prickly hoppiness. Just enough viscosity to pool in my throat. a light bitterness lingers. I think this is a great example of an american IPA. again, mouthfeel is the underrated secret.

11-26-2009 21:20:15 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of arkurzynski


4.1/5  rDev +3%

Kindly special ordered by Festival in Fond du Lac. Pours light amber with beautiful head. Very frothy almost like whip cream and a lot of lacing. Unfiltered which is definately ok. Aroma is fruity and floral. Good bitterness (grapefruit/citrusy), but also some good malt character in the foreground (which I like in an IPA).

11-26-2009 15:11:22 | More by arkurzynski
Photo of woodychandler


3.9/5  rDev -2%

There was no date on the bottle and when I opened it, I simply began pouring, only to get some sludge from the bottom. Whoops! I got a finger of medium-tan head with low retention. The color was a hazy deep amber, thanks to my inattention. Nose was full of resinous piney hops. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hops flavor. Very resinous, piney, everything that I enjoy in an American IPA. Yum. Finish retained that same flavor. This would be worth having again.

11-25-2009 00:09:48 | More by woodychandler
Photo of spartanfan


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from 12 oz long neck; no freshness date.

A: Pours an unfiltered golden, orange with a decent white head that leaves behind good lacing.

S: Smells very fragrantly of flowery, citrusy hops. Smells of oranges, grapefruit.

T: Taste is of hops; again mainly grapefruit and orange, but also a large buiscuty maltyness. An aftertaste of yeast that I do not particularly care for.

M: This beer has just the right amount of carbonation and a nice medium-full mouthfeel.

D: This isn't my favorite IPA, but it's a solid beer and it goes down smooth.

11-19-2009 02:49:11 | More by spartanfan
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

West Coast IPA done Michigan style with an almost patented "Intense Transfer Method." Bring it on, our hophead alter egos are ready for it. Nearly clear orange-amber color dons a thin haze. Solid head retention with some sticky bubbly lacing. Deep aromas of ruby grapefruit, evergreen and wild flowers show what the hops are all about. It seems the nose is all about the hops as well. Mild carbonation, smooth and crisp medium body. Citric hop flavor throughout, mostly tangerines, sweet grapefruit and blood oranges. Hop bitterness is soft as the hop flavor is dominant with a puckering component. Sure there is some maltiness present with a notch of sweetness and light biscuity undertones, it brings some balance to the mix. Hint of alcohol middle to end with a juicy cherry fruitiness. The finish points toward dry with a long lingering and pleasant hop flavor.

Bull's-eye when it comes to the style its aiming for. Drinkability is high and with only 6.0 percent ABV it's a borderline session ale; at least in our book it is. IPA freaks should seek this beer out.

11-13-2009 18:58:27 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of kzoobrew


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Strong pour into the Duvel tulip produces a massive four finger creamy off white head. Nestled under this monter if a head lies a hazy golden apricot body. When held to the light the glass is illuminated but the light does not make its way through. Retention is above average leaving spotty lacing as it subsides.

Aroma comes straight from the pacific. Big citric grapefruit, sweet orange and subtle pine. Unfortunately the bottle is not as fresh as would be desired yet the aroma holds strong. Light caramely malt barely breaks through leaving more of a suggestion that it exists at all.

Bitterness has faded significantly in this older sample. Fresh samples from the past provide a clean and strong hop bite. The citric and pine carries over from the nose to be the more dominate flavors. Sweet toffee malt in more evident. While the desired flavor has significantly faded the product is still very solid.

Medium bodied while a bit low on the carbonation, could be a result of age or bad bottle as this has not been an issue is the past. Smooth and creamy.

I really want to rate this beer by my past experiences but to be fair I am rating the bottle in front of me. This will definitely be one to review with a fresh bottle. Even with the less desirable traits which came along with the age we still have a solid beer.

11-13-2009 02:08:53 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of VaTechHopHead

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Pours an unfiltered light brown with a thick, but quickly disappearing, white head and lots of lacing. Lots of sediment floating throughout the beer and on the bottom of the glass.

S - A little faint on the hops but they seem to be mostly citrus and light. There is some pale malt aroma also in this beer.

T - Lots of bitterness to start and not much flavor but quickly fades to a strong grapefruit flavor. Finishes with a big grassy character that lasts long into the aftertaste.

M/D - Pretty big body for an IPA...closer to a double but the carbonation still cuts through it well and balances out the mouthfeel. No trace of alcohol or tannins and it makes it a very drinkable beer.

This beer got better as it warmed up to about 55-58 Fahrenheit, which is unusual because most IPAs that I try are at their peak aroma/taste around 50-52. Would go back and review it after letting it sit for 10 minutes if I had another one....

11-12-2009 03:07:13 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of thain709


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

A - A deep bronze-y orange body with lots of haziness to it...the head was white and stood a creamy one finger...particles are suspended everywhere in the body...nice lacing

S - The hops dominate and I love it...a big dose of pine needles mixed with sweet citrus (grapefruit, orange, and lemon)

T - The flavor profile is just the nose enhanced...again the hops dominate but the malts are not totally out of the picture...the malts add to the sweetness of the citrus hops...the citrus hops are really bright and sweet...flavors of grapefruit and lemon really shine through...maybe a little bit of orange zest...the piney hops provide that sharp bitterness that is expected...it's not too harsh and has the right amount of resin provided

M - Medium bodied...slick, creamy, resiny, bitter...just solid all around

D - I was really impressed with this IPA...I'm glad it came to PA and it's here to stay...this is now one of my favorite IPA's and I'm sure it's just a tad better on tap

11-09-2009 13:38:14 | More by thain709
Photo of ajmoody76


4/5  rDev +0.5%

twelve ounce bottle poured into a sweet sammy glass i seemed to have carried home one night. cloudy amber clarity and color. nice tight one finger tan head. good lacing.

good hop aroma. fruity. no off odors.

sweet and hoppy taste. earthy. good hop presence. dry aftertaste. balanced for style.

mid body beer. good carbonation. good beer. enough said.

10-31-2009 02:42:56 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of semihobo


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

12 oz no date.

Pours with a huge head, had to wait and then pour the rest. And yet, the staying power! 15 minutes later, still a nice cap with stiff sides. Medium brown and opaque, hazy body -- looks like the raspberry ale but a little darker. The lacing at the end of the voyage is outrageous, looks like someone decorated the pint glass with fake spiderwebs for Halloween.

Taste is all high-alpha west coast goodness. More pine resin than citrus, approachable. A faint breadiness lurks below.

Very mellow, taste is all hop flavors with little bitterness until the finish. More floral and citric than expected from the smell. Pale malts with some sweetness balance this one out. Slight mineral note on the finish.

Creamy, exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Medium-light body. I think the taste and mouthfeel (especially mouthfeel) benefited from me pouring with a huge foamy head and then ignoring it for 15 minutes as it warmed -- both are much more mellow and improved from the other bottles in this six pack.

This might be the opposite of the "I guess I got a bad bottle" review -- this one was a lot more enjoyable than its siblings. Will need to seek out more to confirm, but this bottle lived up to the hype. Gives the other Michigan IPAs a run for their money, very good.

09-26-2009 02:59:21 | More by semihobo
Photo of Soneast


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a very cloudy, copper color with a 3-finger thick, light yellow, bubbly head that receded fairly rapidly, eventually dropping to about an 1/8" layer of suds.

The aroma is fairly citrus heavy and yet there is a nice balancing sweetness to it as well, something akin to sugar-coated lemons and/or grapefruit. Smells very juicy and gets the ole salivary glands a pumping.

The flavor is, as expected, very hop forward, with a viscous, palate coating citrus hoppiness as well as a touch of piney-ness, backed up admirably by a nice malt presence, mostly a sort of caramel flavor that helps tame the overall hops.

A very nice, medium bodied beer, with ample carbonation and a nice clean, hop character. Feels very good in the mouth, not quite as "juicy" as the aroma led me to believe, but overall a great IPA!

09-25-2009 20:20:39 | More by Soneast
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +0.5%

Stumbled across this by accident at a bar. A pleasant surprise.

Pours bright slightly hazy golden and orange with white fluffy head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy, apricot and flower. Flavor is round and apricotty with a citrus edge and a round bitterness that develops on the back end. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick.

09-24-2009 20:44:28 | More by Seanibus
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%

A turbid, grubby tone of clementine that stifles all chances of highlighting. I keep expecting to find particles of yeast floating past my eyes but it would seem that the beer's dim impenetrability is a cause of its own muddy complexion and is not sediment-induced as was initially expected. Its head isn't exactly lush but it sufficiently blankets the surface.

This bouquet is every hop lovers' fantasy: festering citrus fruits with their juices oozing are stacked one above the other - orange, pink grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime - and pressed between two slabs of caramel and pine drenched biscuits. This acidic, fruity, flamboyant sandwich wets the appetite of every hop head...

And is not for the faint of heart. This flavour would likely be a stomach wrencher for most mainstream drinkers. Apart from that ultra sappy, resinous, green tea-like hoppiness, the flavour also teems with sweet, toasty malts that imprint the taste of scorched caramel. It is abundantly citrusy: one bottle should be sufficient to stave off scurvy for a year.

This thing slides over the palate like Pete Rose going full steam, head first into home plate. It stops only briefly to tickle the tongue with a feather of bitter, pine-laden hop resins and then within seconds it deposits itself into the stomach where it settles in comfortably and immediately calls for more of its former bottlemates to join it.

I've noticed over the years if a brewery makes a kick-ass IPA that it is generally safe to assume they make many a kick-ass beers; that is certainly the case with Dark Horse. This tiny, out of the way cottage shack of a brewery sure pounds out some beers with big, assured and often swaggering personalities - Crooked Tree is undoubtedly one of them.

09-23-2009 02:00:01 | More by biegaman
Photo of civilizedpsycho


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber/brownish color that is surprisingly opaque. Has a nice 1-finger head.

Smell: A sweet, malty aroma with some mild hints of hops in the background. Quite inviting.

Taste: Very nicely balanced. It starts of somewhat sweet and ends with a bitter kick. Neither of which are too strong or overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body. It's fuller than I really expected from an IPA, personally.

Drinkability: Excellent. I believe this is the best IPA I've tried thus far. (Although, I admit that I still have a lot more to try)

09-22-2009 02:23:14 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of Ricochet


2.9/5  rDev -27.1%

Poured with a caramel colored remainder out of the bottle to a decent head, sticky lace and a cloudy, dark, almost apple cider like appearance. Subdued hop scent was about it. Maybe a little sweet scent at the back. Mouth was creamy, with a nice not overpowering burn. Undefined aftertaste of just a hoppy burn. Hmmm.

Taste was subdued hops, with a bitter edge but a hole in the middle. There was a little malt to hold up what seems like sugary water that had hops floated in it.

An extremely average IPA. Last weekend I had some of the best IPAs I have ever tasted, so there is a high bar set for me. This one was well under.

09-19-2009 04:22:18 | More by Ricochet
Photo of blackenmn


2.9/5  rDev -27.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell-Poured a deep orange and left a thick 1/2 head with dissipated quickly. Settled a very opaque orange with little carbonation. Some particle presence in the glass. It smelled mainly of pineapple and citrus with some malty sweetness behind it.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Tasted as it smelled like an abundance of pineapple, very fruity. Left pretty strong hop bitterness which threw a nice counter at the sweetness, just not enough to balance this.

Drinkability-I don't think i could drink alot of this, just wasn't too exciting. Became very flat very fast.

09-18-2009 04:29:10 | More by blackenmn
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: floral hops and orange citrus are most dominant with some softer fruit sweetness in the background.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, floral hop bitternss, orange, soft grapefruit, and some milder ripe red fruit sweetness makes up a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a hint of dryness late.

Drinkability: easy to consume this IPA as the flavors are well balanced and it comes off as a bit refreshing. Worth a try.

09-15-2009 23:16:20 | More by Gavage
Photo of throwthechaff


5/5  rDev +25.6%

This is easily one of my personal favorite beers I have ever had. Have been a big fan for almost a year to it and am still pretty loyal to it and there are only a couple ipa's I have had that can hang or sit next to it. Its nice and bitter and has a lot of flavor. For the price I have yet to have one to be topped. This one is a MUST try, I guarantee you will at least enjoy it.

09-14-2009 20:39:29 | More by throwthechaff
Photo of fropones


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Had this on tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign. Overall a good looking and smelling beer with a nice effervescence to it, but overall it doesn't stand out too much; not exceptionally memorable. Still very drinkable, but I'd take a 2 Hearted over this any day of the week.

09-10-2009 19:37:25 | More by fropones
Photo of claminat420


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

A- poured a nice dark amberish color with a nice two finger head.

S- definitely smell the hops and that's about it. what a nice ipa should be.

T- a slight hop attack in the front but noting the malt. a slight hop aftertaste. not overbearing.

M- light to medium bodied. not to carbonated.

D- easy to rock a 6 with the 6abv and the not full and heavy body.

Overall- this is surely up there with michigan ipa's. don't know if it beats bell's two hearted ale but can definitely hang in the ring with it.

09-08-2009 02:40:16 | More by claminat420
Photo of meatyard


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured a hazed, orange/amber with steady carbonation. The head was off-white, 2-fingers high and left spotty lace.
The smell is citrusy hop at first and on a long intake reveals some sweet malt at the end.
The taste is milder than I expected. The hop profile, malt and bitterness is low on all accounts, therefore it's pretty balanced
Mouthfeel is also thinner than expected though light carbonation continues throughout the drink.
Drinkability is fine, this would go well with lunch or if you want a session.

There's nothing wrong or worth getting excited about this beer and sometimes that's what you want. Maybe this has been around too long and lost it's hop profile. Now that Dark Horse is in the Philly market I'll try it again to see if I might get a fresher bottle. I still think brewers are hurting themselves when they don't put "bottled on" dates.

09-06-2009 19:33:01 | More by meatyard
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours an amazing orange color, copper, golden edges, with a dense 1cm off-white head. Leaves just a bit of lacing. A nice cloud of haze descends at the end of the pour, but the beer is nice and clear otherwise. The smell is nice and resinous, with a great cakey, biscuity malt sweetness. Though oddly, it seems like I can smell the alcohol, or maybe just something harsh, and a bit yeasty. It smells solid, but it seems like it could be cleaned up a little. The taste is very similar to the smell. Starts out with a lot of malt, with some sweet orange on top, like a toasty, or almost orange flavored coffee cake taste. The malt presence here is nice, but the hop presence is not overshadowed. Very interesting. I still feel like there is an alcohol presence I can detect, which seems strange, or maybe there's a bit too much of an estery presence. The body on this is very good. A bit fuller than medium, with a good rush of carbonation. It is a little grassy and vegetal I think, but otherwise, this one is really very nice. This one is an enjoyable drink, interesting, not exactly one-dimensional. The alcohol presence surprises me, but I enjoyed it. Could probably drink a few in a night.

09-06-2009 01:46:50 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of hardy008


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger head with poor retention and a thin lace. Smells of orange and grapefruit citrus hops. Ditto for the flavor. Also some pine needle flavor. Very little malt backbone. Medium bodied, and decent carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. A little too unbalanced for me. I wish more malt would come through. A good beer for hop heads, and worth trying again for me.

09-05-2009 20:45:53 | More by hardy008
Photo of kegger22


4.1/5  rDev +3%

Tree poured a hazy amber with a moderate head that quickly reduced to a skin. The aroma was citrus. The taste was also citrus with a pine needle aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall, Crooked Tree was a solid entry into the IPAs, although not my favorite IPA.

09-04-2009 00:40:31 | More by kegger22
Photo of portia99


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. No sign of a freshnes date on the bottle.

A - Pours a nice, clear, dark copper/amber. Thick, one finger, off-white head forms on top and hangs around for a while.

S - Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. I get orange and grapefruit, along with some grassiness and pine. Sweet, caramel malt and a good dose of fresh baked bread to even things out. Good smelling IPA.

T - Fruity and citrusy, slightly bitter. Oranges, pineapple, and pine flavors dominate. Caramel sweetness and a hint of alcohol round out the flavors here.

M - Somewhat on the lighter side of body. Carbonation is a little heavy - very prickly in the mouth.

D - This one goes down pretty easily. Bitterness is subtle, not in your face. Lots of flavors mingling together in a well rounded fashion. Alcohol is on the low side, but surprisingly adds noticeable flavor to the beer. Interesting and well balanced IPA.

08-29-2009 19:19:35 | More by portia99
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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