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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2,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,754
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 114
Gots: 266 | FT: 3
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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Photo of match1112
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours into my glass lookng like a water sample taken from a river. dark murky with lots of floaters. the only thing i liked about the look was the two finger head. smells like pine, cut grass and citrus. taste is kinda sweet at first than turns slightly dry and bitter. mouthfeel is pretty nice. crisp, clean and smooth with a dry finish. overall it's alright. dont know if i'll buy it again.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a cloudy and opaque dark golden color with a couple inches of head on top. Smell is fresh and hoppy with hints of pine and sweet sap. Taste is crisp and light with only mild hoppiness and easy drinkability. This is very refreshing and extremely well balanced. It is definitely not an extreme IPA, but solid nonetheless.

Photo of syrupjoe
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

One finger head that dissipates but retains itself a decent amount throughout. Thick, blobby, light-caramel colored head retention. Pours a light caramel color, with tons of nasty large yeast chunks floating throughout.

Nose is very piney, with plenty of juicy citrus hops.

Taste is very fruity and citrusy, with a nice bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and tight.

Overall, a delicious beer. I was disappointed in the floaties, but was thoroughly surprised at how fruity and hoppily delicious this was. Would definitely buy again, and cannot wait to try the DIPA!

Photo of THECPJ
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark murky orange color with 1 finger head that dissipates quickly

smell: get some citrus, pineapple, hops, malts

taste: malts, dry, bitter, grassy, citrus, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad IPA. One of been wanting to try for a while. So glad it was sent my way.


Photo of GrahamWalters
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. tulip glass

Dark amber colored pour with 2 fingers of white head. There is a good amount of particulate in glass even with a careful pour which diminishes a bit from the overall appearance. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing.

The nose is very sweet and brings memories of overripe pineapple or tropical fruit. A decent caramel malt sweetness is also present which complements the fruit aroma.

There is a nice degree of bitterness with this IPA, but not overpowering. The taste is a bit dryer than the nose would lead on, and the carbonation, while light, complements the bitter bite nicely. The hops present piney in the taste, while there is still the tropical fruit thing going on. The malt backbone is nice, although perhaps too much caramel is present for my tastes.

Overall a good IPA. I could definitely knock back a few of these without a problem.

Photo of AlexFields
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Nice amber color, pretty dark for an IPA. Not much of a head but that's because I poured very weakly to avoid the suspended sediment I got from my last two bottles.

SMELL: I really like the nose in this, a very strong and complex hop profile. Nothing specific comes to mind to describe the nose, but it definitely suggests an aggressive hop flavor leaning toward piney hops.

TASTE: Not as aggressively hoppy as the nose suggests, but still very nice. Pine flavors dominate the hops but the hoppiness is well balanced by the malt backbone and this is far from a tongue-bruising IPA, which is fine by me. I generally prefer citrus-dominated IPAs, but I like this one quite a bit and the level of hoppiness is right where I want it to be given the kinds of hop flavors I'm getting.

MOUTHFEEL: Very good carbonation, especially considering how weak my pour was. Very drinkable but not thin at all.

OVERALL: A very nice IPA. Not outstanding, not my favorite, but very nice. As I said above, I generally go for citrus-dominated IPAs, so I'm kindof surprised I like this one as much as I do. "Balance" is the word that comes to mind when I'm trying to explain to myself why I like it.


Photo of vfgccp
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A – Huge amount of sediment in the bottle made it difficult to decant without catching some (not necessarily a bad thing though). Orange and brown body with a low white head.

S – Very nice. White bread malt character overlaid with bright pine and highlights of orange zest.

T – Aw, a let down from the nose. Light wart with a watery mid profile. Pine bitterness lingers throughout the drink, but it’s relatively sharp and unbalanced; imparting an almost cleaning-fluid like character.

M – Light and watery. A rolling pine bitterness carries through between sips.

O – An ambivalent brew with a great nose but a real let down for me on the actual flavor and mouthfeel. I’d be willing to try this again to see if it was just the bottle I had.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?

A standard IPA. Not bad, not great. Don't really remember where I first had this. Poured hazy, orange-brown, with some sediment. Organic aroma, earthy, grassy, which followed into the taste, along with a background of citrusy hops. Medium mouthfeel with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Average IPA.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange, light tan body, cloudy, BIG SEDIMENT look (may be a bottle?), 2 finger head, nice lacing

S: big clean pine/grassy scent, mild hint of citrus

T: cut grass, firm malt/earthy foundation, sweet long slow dry finish

M: med/light body, big carbonation, dry finish

O: I have YET to have a GREAT Dark Horse beer. I still think perhaps I'm missing something with Dark Horse Brewery. This was ok, still not sure if the INSANE sediment is supposed to be there. I know many fine beers are unfiltered, but this is to the extreme. This COULD be a nice session American IPA, but I still want to try this again and see if perhaps I grabbed the odd BAD bottle. I mean after trying 500-700 different beers, I have only had one other time where I knew the beer was no good.


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

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA has a very hazy, dark orange body. Lots of sediment floats around. The head is over a finger tall and very thick looking. Good retention and lacing.

Crooked Tree has a big, harsh hop aroma with lots of pine and citrus. There is obviously some bitterness hiding in there. A ton of sweet malt balances out the hops, so this isn't a complete hop bomb.

The flavor surprises me a little bit. The aroma led me to believe that there would be some tongue-attacking hops followed by a big malt base with lots of booze. What I get is a pleasant hop profile that leads off with a good bit of pine and lots of grapefruit. The middle has a good punch of blood orange. The malt comes next, with pale malt and a bit of sweet caramel. The finish is bitter with just a bit of warmth to it.

The mouthfeel is smooth and substantial.

I thought Double Crooked tree was boozy and sweet, but Crooked Tree is pretty good. It is definitely skewed toward a nice hop profile, but the malt provides a nice backbone.

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

A - Bright orangy copper body, very little white head. Decent look.

S - Nice sweet citrus hops, and just some other things I can't quite put my finger on, but there's something about this nose that just seems right. This is how I want an IPA to smell.

T - Can't live up to the nose, but its good. Nice complex hop profile, bitter and citrus, maybe some odd vegetal notes. But overall, a good taste.

M - A bit dry, medium body. Good for an IPA, I think. not exceptional.

O (D) - Good beer, bit out of balance for my tastes. Will not seek out, but will gladly enjoy again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. No date as far as I can tell.

A- Beautiful orange/tangerine type of color with a very slightly off white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing as the head slowly dissipates. Very hazy color, there is a slightly foreboding yeast cloud traveling throughout my glass. Oh well.

S- Nothing specific really jumping out in the smell, but definitely leaning towards the tropical fruit side of things, maybe some grapefruit/pineapple? Getting a bit of sweetness in the smell as well. There's an herbal/grassy aspect present. Lemon.

T- Right away I'm getting some malt flavors, just a bit of bready toastiness(maybe from all that yeast...), as well as quite a bit of hops, which is expected. Very very well balanced, some citrus and tangerine in the aftertaste, but no hop flavors I can exactly pinpoint in the flavor. Not getting any astringency, and it's not overly bitter. I could drink this all day.

M- Medium to light bodied, plenty of carbonation, and the flavors coat your mouth. Nothing wrong with that.

O- This is good stuff. For the positive, it's beautiful, balanced, and easy to drink. For the negative, the smell is a bit weak, and there don't seem to be any hop characteristics that punch me in the face.

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a murky copper color with a two finger white head. Head recedes leaving lots of sticky lacing and a 1/4 inch crown on the top. You can see the yeast suspended in the beer.

Smells of citrus, lemon, tangerine, and something sweeter, maybe mango or melon. Some bready malt smell underneath. There is also a floral sweetness to the smell, like wildflowers in a county feild. The smell makes my mouth water.

Taste is of earthy bitter hops, pine, and some underlying bready malt. The hops overpower the malt and leave it in the background. There is also an earthy floral taste and the citrus is not nearly as present as the smell would lead you to believe.

The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery and the carbonation could use to be a little more robust.

Overall this is a good beer. It comes very close to being great on so many levels. It could use a little more citrus in the profile, slightly more malty sweetness, and could have a little more body and carbonation. It is still a pleasure to drink and I would have it again.

Photo of ahking
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Michigan has quite a few breweries these days and they all have IPA's. Crooked Tree is a bit of a sleeper but it is one of my favorites. It's super balanced. Not too "bready", not painfully bitter (but plenty plenty bitter for an IPA) and not too malty. At 6% it's just perfect to have a couple.

Pours a murky copper color indicating it's not one of those "refined" IPA's.

Classic IPA aroma: piney, floral, citrus out the wazoo. Mouthfeel has that resiny stickiness to it that really let's you know it's an IPA.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bodega. Crooked Tree is one that I've had many times over but I've never gotten around to reviewing. I actually ordered Ithaca Flower Power but it was out. This is a decent replacement though.

Served in a shaker pint, filled to the brim. As a result there was only a very small soapy head with hardly any lacing. The beer was a cloudy dark orange.

A solid and classic take on the midwest style IPA. Lots of citrus, namely orange with a splash of pineapple and grapefruit. Malts take on a darker bread dough aroma and lurk in back. After drinking Double Crooked on tap again in recent memory, I can see the similarities but Double Crooked is obviously amped up.

A solid bitterness finishes off a decently citrusy beer. The hops do win out but the malts make an attempt at balance. There is a meaty center full of orange pith and juice with pineapple and grapefruit lightening and bittering it up.

Medium bodied with an assertive carbonation. I think the carbonation is much more prickly and sharp when this beer is served on tap as opposed to from the bottle. The hop oils to linger a bit giving a long, dry finish.

A pretty solid IPA. A good one to have as a flagship, which I might want to call this. Worth having, not worth freaking out about.

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

Thanks to UrbanCaver for sending this my way...

a - poured a deep amber/orange...very murky. thin bubbly head. not much lacing or stickiness, but the head hung for a while.

s - good mix of malts and hops. had a nice sweetness to it. never thought i'd say it, but could use more of a hop forward odor, but nice. almost a little soapy or clean smelling.

t - much like the nose this beer is a nicely balanced hop/malt profile. there is slight bittering...almost more of a pale ale than an IPA. good sweetness.

m - hop bitterness is there, but very tamed and nice. leaves a tad of a bitter aftertaste. good even carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty solid IPA. nothing very much in any direction...good malt presence with the hops and the bittering is so subtle that it is nice, but like i said, more of a pale ale than an IPA. this is a good IPA that I would happily pick up regularly if it was available. good one for when you aren't looking for an all out hops assault.

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

This one is hard to get a good head to it while trying to not mix all the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I got a one finger high off-white creamy head and tons of sediment in the glass. This looks like a shaken up lava lamp due to a good bit of carbonation that keeps everything moving. Color is copper amber and the lace drapes the glass with a good bit of coverage. The nose is mostly filled with hops of fruity, citrus nature, but also a light spicy note like hops sprinkled with nutmeg. Some underlying biscuity sweet malts. The grapefruit is definitely there also. As for the taste, the hops and malts wrestle around some, but the hops really dominate. Those biscuity semi-sweet malts don't give up though and come on more as the beer warms. Hops are earthy and zesty with a solid grapefruit and lime rind quality. It has a total creamy mouthfeel and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is so creamy and tightly carbonated that it really makes it hard to nail down those tastes, since the flavors really bounce around, but it keeps you wanting more. Might give a bloating feeling if sessioned, but the 6% would be good, so tough to score. Last thoughts are that it went down really well and I could easily start another so, I'm putting on the higer side.

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

Review is from notes taken on 4/12/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a murky orange/copper color with a hint of caramel to the color; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head; body is, as noted, very cloudy and murky, but still shows plenty of carbonation bubbling up throughout; head eventually fades to a full and firm cap; fair spots and washes of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hops abound and there is plenty of citrus to them (I smell orange, lemon, even some pineapple); bit of a raw and spicy hop note to the smell as well

Taste: Taste really matches to the nose quite well -- dominant flavor is hops, and they are definitely citric in nature, but there is also a spiciness to them, and it's reminiscent of some raw hop and it has a touch "burn" to it, like garlic does; aftertaste is more of a lemon rind citrus aspect.

Mouthfeel: Body is close to medium in weight, and there is a full stickiness left all over the mouth that become cottony dry at the end; carbonation is strong and prickly.

Overall: A super solid AIPA -- nice flavors and a fully complimentary nose. Moderate ABV isn't too bad, clocking in at only 6%, I could easily get through a couple of these in a night, and would never have a problem drinking it in the hotter months of the summer.

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

Served on-tap in a pint glass. The body is a hazy, yellow and orange combination color. Creamy one-finger head that has good retention and nice lacing along the glass.

Good IPA aroma. Begins with citrusy hops featuring orange and lemon. Add in some floral notes and a slight maltiness on the back end. Inviting.

The flavors step it up a notch. The hop flavors tend more toward the bitter grapefruit and pine resin side but finish pleasantly. The malt balance is a minor addition that puts this brew in the Left Coast-leaning IPA league.

Excellent IPA that I would gladly have again.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Feb. 2011 at The Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, PA. No bottle date listed unless I am missing something. Poured into DFH pint glass.

A: deep amber color. Hazy with LOTS of floating sediment in the pour. Two finger crisp white head. Good carbonation.

S: lots of citrusy hop aromas off this one. I got the grapefruit along with others that I can't pinpoint.

T: got the hop kick up front, but then a mouthfull of malt. I wonder how old this bottle is? I wonder if this could have better if fresher?

M: coats the mouth well. Another sticky hoppy IPA.

D: this is a quite drinkable IPA. I would love to try one that is more fresh and on tap.

Overall, I like the brew. The floaters were interesting and the freshness might be in question, but it still tasted good.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dense and hazy,coppery orange with a full two inches of stiff,stark white crown that diminished slowly leaving gummy strands of lacing.

S-Wet pine,floral hops,sweet citrus and dark sugars.

T-Grapefruit(pith and flesh),orange marmalade,pine resin,hop oil and toasted whole grains.

M-Semi-slick with an underlying sweetness.Nice dry finish.

O-I was excited to see this in the Southern Illinois market but it fell a little short on my expectations.Decent,not great.

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

This poured out a very hazy burnt copper with a frothy thick head. It clings to the sides of the pint glass in clumps. The aroma is extremely fruity with a lot of grapefruit but a lot of sappy pine cuts through. Some citrus notes but what IPA doesn't have that. There is a solid malt body as well which is dominated by a lot of caramel most likely just Am. two-row. The flavor is a lot of the pine sap upfront with a strong bitterness that carries through a malty caramel and sour/sweet grapefruit middle but with a huge amount of bitter dryness at the finish. As I breathe through my nose I get some lemon scents but it is quickly subdued by the overwhelming dry bitterness. The body is creamy at first but the body doesn't back up the heavy hops which makes them overwhelming.

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

Pours a hazy dark hazy orange colour with pillowy white head. Some mild lacing, amazing head retention. Smells of juicy citrus and pine hops with lots of caramel malt. Very well balanced flavour, the taste starts off with bitterness, but finishes with a lot of sweetness. Aftertaste has a great resiny pine. Smooth mouthfeel. I really like this IPA.

Photo of harrymel
1.75/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

You know what sucks? when you haven't invested in a dating system for your bottles...

A: Tanned copper ale with excellent clarity until suddenly an unusually large yeast cake follows thru on the last ounce or so. Two finger, loosely packed, peanut head dissipates in a minute or two and leaves a medium sheet of the same. spotty lacing.

S: Grassy, hay-like hops over malts. Yep, that's about it. The beer is not like typical IPA with aromatic hops you usually get in the mid palate and upfront.

T: Caramel malts, sweet. Bitter background. Some resiny flavors.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: I fear that this beer is old. But I can't tell. So, I have to assume it's average in freshness for the consumer. The result: this is a bland, plain IPA. More like an amber with extra early bittering hops.

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

12 oz bottle.
No dating.

Pours a cloudy deep orange with a good size off white foamy head. Nose is grapefruit, malt base and an odd sort of mettalic auroma. Taste is similiar; bitter grapefruit hoppiness blended well with slight caramel malt - but there remains something else, a taste like it was poured from a can? It's subtle enough to shrug off and still enjoy the beer though. Pulled this bottle from the back of the fridge, remains very cold through lunch, and noticed the cloudiness was from tiny sediment particles, not clear on the ageof this bottle. Average mouthfeel. Overall, i enjoyed this IPA - it remains an above average offer of the American style and given more fair instances I'm sure would impress further.

Second bottle was vey impressive. No metallic aftertaste this time. Bright citrus nose and an impressive pine resin hop bite in the taste. It must be the water in Michigan for the state to have so many awesome IPAs.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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