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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

2,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,788
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 110
Gots: 298 | 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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm Hops, I can smell em as soon as I pop the cap off the bottle. Slightly cloudy deep amber color with a smallish white head that displays marginal retention. Smells citrusy with grapefruit, lemon and pineapple aromas trying to cover up a bready caramel malt sweetness. Taste is a bit harsh with hop resin, but also has citrus and bready malt backing it up a bit. Again I question just how long this bottle has been sitting on the store shelf because this doesn't seem to be a fresh example of an IPA. Medium to light body and carbonation level with a slick resinous mouthfeel. Decent as is, but I think this is a better beer than what I am tasting tonight.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze color. The nose is fruity, in the style of IPA. It perceives the candied apple, lemon and orange.

In the mouth, the hops are invigorating, fruity and floral, but also slightly tart. The malt is pretty quiet despite softness in the palace style melted caramel. The brand remains consistent, hoppy bitterness is present everywhere.

It provides a finish and then a beer easy to drink and very nice, if not more.

Photo of paxtonthegreat
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily my favorite michigan IPA. It tastes extremely hoppy despite only being 39 IBUS. Heavy on the grapefruit and slight floral notes. Aftertaste does not have any lingering bitterness that isn't balanced perfectly against malt and grapefruit taste.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color with 1/2 finger of nearly white head. Very good retention and fantastic lace, tons of carbonation.

S: Sweet peach and a little rose, very nice.

T: Interesting-- subtle hop flavors run the spectrum of orange, grapefruit, pine and rose, lightly moving from one to another in quick succession. Underneath is some sweat biscuit for support. Slight heat on the finish subsides over the course of the glass.

M: Really nice, creamy and almost silky.

O: Whoa, nice IPA here. Would love some more intensity in the flavor, but still a lot of interest and the lace is unreal. Well, it's an hours drive to get more, but I'll find a way. Yum!

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

Had for the first time on draught last week, now it's time to review a bottle!

Cool label design, the beer pours a dull light brown-amber with almost no head, some lacing, and a super thick haze (unfiltered). I love my beers to have good particulate matter! Definitely an excellent start, but I would have liked a little more fluff on top.

Not doing too much, which means this really isn't my type of IPA after all. A little sweet, floral grapefruit and hint of alcohol, but no robust aromatics.

Damn hoppy beer, but tamed by the beer's sweetness. Definitely a bold 6% IPA, I must give it some props for that. Mostly everything is balanced although the hops slowly creep up.

Very little initial grapefruit rind bitterness. Feels like a medium body with good thickness and carbonation. Alcohol is relatively discrete. Quite salivating, but I gotta go with my gut that I've had IPAs with a superior mouthfeel.

This is a pretty tasty IPA and for the price:flavor ratio I'd say it's worth trying, definitely at least worth getting a pint (approximately $6 in Buffalo).

Photo of taigor
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured very hazy amber orange color with huge white head that quickly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Very floral and citrusy smell with scents of apple, pear, caramel and hops.

T - Right off the bat starts off with citrus bitterness, slight caramel and brown sugar sweetness and very bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

O - Not a bad IPA, somewhat refreshing but way too bitter for my taste. I would not recommend it.

Photo of Tucquan
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-09 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Double Wide Grill (from notes).

A - Very hazy orange and amber with a 1.5 finger head that lasts quite awhile. Good lacing.

S - Fresh fruit, bright citrus and mild spice.

T - Moderately hop forward bitterness (red grapefruit flesh) with some biscuit and caramel. There's also a nice, bright orange citrus character. Tasty, lingering aftertaste of these same flavors.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Prickly and moderately resinous.

O - Quite enjoyable. I'll seek it out again.

Photo of MsRif
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Hazy copper color with a light white head and minimal lacing. Aroma of earthy, grassy hops and some citrus. Light malty sweetness. Tastes like it smells, and it's well-balanced though not really complex. It's a slightly above average IPA.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and light bitterness. Not too bitter, so it's pretty drinkable. Not too thin. A good IPA, but not exceptional. Recommended for a once in awhile staple.

Photo of troysoy2
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having tried some of Dark Horse's 'Plead the 5th', I decided I should definitely try some of their other offerings. When I poured their Crooked Tree IPA into my pint glass, I didn't get much of a head. Maybe it was a bit cold, or I needed to try a more aggressive pour. Nonetheless, the smell was very pleasant, and I could even smell it from a couple feet away. Pretty straight-forward malt, surprisingly little hop presence, and a hint of sweet fruit or even vanilla.

The taste was just a little different from what you might expect from the smell. It starts out pretty smooth; you get the sweetness out of the way first, and you especially notice the nice mouthfeel, with just the right thickness to match the taste. On the back half of the taste, the bitterness and hops which were missing from the smell show up. Pleasant, and not overly dry.

I'd say this is a very solid, nice IPA from the Dark Horse Brewery. I'd definitely have another if given the chance. Though it might be a while before I come back to it, simply because there are just so many IPAs out there to try.

Photo of blackcompg
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz beer glass -

Appearance - Poured about a finger of eggshell head. Color is a thick opaque unfiltered amber orange. Lots of sediment in the body (I incorporated this from the bottom of the bottle prior to pouring).

Smell - Pineapple with a touch of carmel, buttery carmel at that, maybe even a hint of vanilla. More sweet citrus after the beer sits for a few minutes.

Taste - Whoah, really not like the nose at all. Starts out with brite, almost sharp citrussy hops, also some grassiness, there is just barely some under-ripe pineapple in the background giving a barely detectable sweetness. Flavors turn to under ripened dried citrus rind, and some pine notes long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter mouthfeel, medium to medium high carb adds some sharpness. Starts out juicy from the sharp citrus notes, but then dries quickly as the bittering hops take over after the sip.

Overall - From the look of this beer and some of the previous reviews I thought this was going to be sweeter, it absolutely is not. The look and feel of this IPA reminds me strongly of Short's Huma Lupa Licious. It is a very tasty, puckering and bitter IPA, but a bit unbalanced without a stronger malt backbone. If you prefer little to no malt/carmel sweetness, then you will love this beer. I prefer a little more balance and sweetness personally, but still a fine IPA. *My mouth is numb after the session, definitely one of the most bitter and drying/puckering IPA's I've ever had.

Photo of JackRose
2.81/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A customer recently dropped this off - kind of like a bolt from the blue. Did not know the guy from Adam, but he started chatting up one of my bartenders and was impressed with our beer offerings. I had high hopes for this beer when I saw other member reviews, but overall really did not like the somewhat soapy hop character. Stays in your mouth for a long time like a woman with too much perfume on her skin after nibbling on her neck. I did like the fact that the beer was quite dark for an IPA and that it was unfiltered. Looking to try other offerings from this brewery.

Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Binny's Liquor Depot (Chicago, IL) for $10.99.

A: Dark APA-like amber with rocky off-white 1-2 finger head with good retention and thick crusts of lacing.

S: Balanced combination of lighter caramel malts, some toffee, and citrus hops. Neither over takes the other but both leave a substantial stamp on the aroma.

T: The balance is still there although I think it is 51% malt in the final rundown. The hoppiness is still very floral and citrus-focused. The malt component is very sweet and toffee dominated, with just a hint of buttery caramel and toasted malt too.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth and supple with a nice coating quality but with a mild-to-moderate dry finish.

O: I like this beer although I wouldn't go way out of my way to buy it. The buttery note doesn't belong, but the hoppiness and other malt characteristics are very solid.

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

aroma is somewhat of chocolate and sweet, backed by light floral and grass hops. Appearance is pleasing. body is dark amber brown and cloudy. Taste is sweet grassy hops with a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Palate is somewhat fizzy carbonation with a pleasant dryness finish. Overall it is a great take on an IPA. It might be a little too dry to be perfect- but it is darn good.

Photo of philbe311
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of rich creamy slightly off-white colored head... Modest at best retention... A medium golden color... Lightly carbonated... A very faint haziness... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

S - Not much in the aroma department... The hops are surprisingly absent... Some basic notes of a solid malt backbone... A bit of a yeasty presence as well...

T - There's no hiding the hops in this one... They aren't citrusy... They aren't piney... Rather they take on a very assertive earthiness... Packs a bit of a punch... Simple and straightforward...

M - Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Even and consistent... Clean and crisp...

D - A straight-forward American IPA that doesn't pull any punches... More than respectable, but far from remarkable... The 6% ABV packs a surprising punch... Another solid offering from Dark Horse...

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

Pours deep bright orange in body with white head that clings. Aroma of citrus, wet grass, and slight floral notes. Tastes of citrus, refreshing hop bouquet, clean bitterness, slight mint. Medium carbonation and medium body. A refreshing palate cleanser of a beer.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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