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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

2,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,824
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 114
Gots: 322 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

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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.

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

Thanks to Jagger for this one.

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-gold with a finger thick head that leaves light bands of lace.

Smell. Toasty light malt, nice citrus with a little pine, some caramel and honey in there too.

Taste. Sweet toasty malt and caramel fades into a mostly bitter citrus rind with a little pine sap.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with smooth, less than medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice ipa full of flavour and easy drinking.

Photo of salvo
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beautiful brown-red with a full inch of foamy head that lingered. Solid pine and citrus aroma. Deep lacing.

Slightly sweet start mellows out to a bitter piney pull. Mouthfeel gets richer as it warms; nicely citrus in the finish.

I've had this beer recommended to me and tried twice previously. I suspected they were old bottles and didn't review. I'm certain the new one reviewed here was fresh and what a difference!

Photo of amidabha
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a generous pour into a sam adams glass gave me a frothy inch head with minimal lacing. my allergies prevent me from fully appreciate the smell but i still get a nice piney/hoppy aroma. this has a hazy unfiltered amber appearance that makes me want to drink it.

the taste has a nice combination of carbonation and hoppiness for a good bite, not too much malt character coming through. this has a light, crisp mouthfeel with only a slight hop bite remaining making me want to drink it a bit quicker than i normally would.

not too bad overall. i went to a local store to buy a mix pack of ipa's i've never tried before and this is my first from that batch

Photo of Kiwano
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - orange tan slight lacy head dissipates

S - ok

T - grapefruit but not Pithy or overly bitter - nice bitterness with other flavors slight nuttiness bitter stays through nicely

M -slight fiZiness not overly bubbly

O - nice refreshing enjoy the balanced bitter with other flavors

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

A: appears a dark golden hue, clear, with a good sized head and some fine bubbles to keep it fresh.

S: pine, sweet floral hops, citrus

T: fine balance for my liking, and I like it heavily hopped. Great citrus and pine flavor without the body odor junk hops of cheap IPAs.

M: wonderful thickness (medium body) with great carbonation (not overly carbonated) makes it crips and refreshing while still smooth.

O: have yet to be disappointed by Dark Horse, this is excellent.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer drinks bigger than the abv would suggest. Very bright citrus hopping is the focus of attention here, and the malt, while adequate, is simply a delivery vehicle. Pungent up front, but not overpowering, the beer actually gives an initial impression of being a hop-monster, but then pulls in the reigns and settles into well-but-not-over-hopped mode. I was surprised to see it is only 6%, as it has a bit of bite at the finish.

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

Another offering from the 41 beers my friend brought back from Ohio. This one is from Michigan and a real winner. Non-pasturized, a hazy murky orange color with an average size white head. Good head retention and thick bands of lacing.

Aroma is solid...citrus hops. Really good taste, a bitter IPA that most hopheads would appreciate. Citrus hops dominate but there is a balance as well. The malts add richness to the flavor without lessening the hop experience. There is a blast of bitter hops, some maltiness and a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. THe hops bitterness is pronounced. The malty aspect (caramel malts?) almost make this seem like a barleywine somewhere in the middle and the head shrinking hops return. Crisp and rich...Very good.

This is a fine IPA....big flavor at a sensible abv level.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/24/11

Appearance: A hazy, dark orange/amber color, starts off with a somewhat fluffy head, retains a nice ring, good carbonation

Smell: Decidedly balanced - a nice selection of hops - floral, citrus, pine, with a hint of tropical aromas - a great pale and caramel malt backbone, with some sweetness

Taste: So, so balanced - as the aroma suggests, this beer is not extreme, but it is brilliantly balanced - a great malt backbone, caramel with some lighter malts - a lightly toasted biscuit - imparts some sweetness, and there is some light, fruity sweetness from the hops - speaking of which, it's a tasty hop profile - citrus, citrus rind, pine, vaguely tropical - bitter, not not intense

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely carbonated, medium bodied, refreshing and drinkable

Overall: This is my kind of IPA

This was better than I expected. I'm sure I'll offend someone by suggesting this, but this kind of reminds me of Two Hearted (although it's not as good). It's impressively balanced considering how hoppy it is. Nicely bitter, nicely sweet... It's unfortunate that this is on the expensive side.

Update: 5/29/13

Drinking a bottle of this after drinking all of the "Dekoorc Eert" single-hop variations, and all I can say is "wow." Nothing even comes close to the charm of the original! Scores unchanged.

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

12oz bottle at the faux-Irish bar next to my hotel in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of sudsy white head, which leaves a nice array of layered lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crackery caramel malt, and pine/citrus hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel, mild citrus cream, and some mild weedy, piney hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body a shallow medium weight, with a hallow, cloying aspect. It finishes with some weak earthy, weedy hops, and clingy malt.

A generally ok IPA, just too restrained to keep one's attention.

Photo of Brunite
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An orange body with some haze. A white cap with sticky lacing left behind.

S: Citrus notes predominate as expected.

T: A nice West Coast flavor. Not as in-your-face as some but a solid effort. Grapefruit and citrus notes. Bitter on the finish.

M: Medium body.

O: Nice but not earth shattering. Still not a rotation beer at this price point.

Photo of MrTopher
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank your Jim (ratedz) for this little guy!
Poured into a Stone IPA glass, why because I can!

A – Poured a nice orange color but was a little cloudy because of possible sediment, had a nice off white head that dissipated rather slowly, and the head left an elegant lacing around the glass.

S – Some citrus but mostly seemed to have some pine resin, also a sweet smell very similar to English malt.

T – Has a good pine resin flavor a little citrus/grapefruit intermingled also, but the malt profile was a lot more complex.

M – Little thicker than expected, but could have been from the sediment. Carbonation was good, but this beer was just a little chewier.

O – This reminds me a lot of an English Style IPA, it was very good and maybe the sediment changed this a little but for my first Dark Horse beer I was really impressed.

Photo of klaybie
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark orange almost brown. Excellent two finger head that recedes moderately. It looks there some yeast suspended in the the glass. Not very impressed with the looks of this one. There is some nice lacing that is left, I am happy with that part.

S: Hop bitterness and citrus with a hint alcohol perhaps? Much better aroma than appearance.

T: Wonderful citrus flavors up front with delightful bitterness. An excellent combination of the two. Refreshes the palate for the next drink.

M: Creamy, coats the mouth well.

O: Aside from the appearance I am very impressed and pleased with this beer. It is quite drinkable and am happy I found 3 bottles of it at shop near me. I'll certainly be buying this again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

eep amber, copper, w/ a one finger head wich settled nicely, fine lacing throughout. Smell and taste both lived up to the name! Smell came through strong piney, with citrus overtones, very fresh smelling. Tatsed AWESOME.. Grabbed you right away with the fesh pine taste and lingered for a good bit, almost begging you back for more. Very smooth and highly drinkable, if I had more access to this I could be in trouble! Overall highly recommended

Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours on the dark side of the style. Solidly what I would call amber. Head is thick, two finger head lasts well. A few wisps of lacing.
S- Smell is definitely hop forward. Primarily it is pine, though there is a light citrus character as well.
T- The taste is rather bitter. There is a good bit of pine in there and a light, fleeting grapefruit flavor. Malt character is noticable but hardly so.
M- Light body, slightly slick and oily. Low carbonation.
O- A good standard IPA. Worth picking up.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,824 ratings.