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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

2,580 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 107
Gots: 205 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 26, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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 11, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 31, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A-Turbid deep, orange tinted, copper with a thick meringue like head that reduced to a medium cap that left caking clumps of lace.

S-Bitter orange rind and sweet caramel malt dominates the aroma profile.

T-Much as the aroma bitter orange rind up front followed by a healthy dose of sweet caramel malt. A touch of spicy pepper zing in the finish. While the flavour is rather simple and straight forward it works very well.

M-Medium bodied with long lingering bitterness and a semi-dry finish.

D-When fresh the dominating orange character of this brew is a true standout. Melded nearly perfect with the sweetness of the malt this is a tough one not to enjoy!

Deuane, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Kuma's Corner earlier tonight.

A-Pours an hazy orange/amber with a white head.

S-Orange and grapefruit notes with a tiny hint of caramel.

T-Bitter, juicy orange and grapefruit with a smooth, dry, bitter finish. Really great aftertaste of orange and grapefruit but there isn't that almost astringent character I get with a lot of IPA's.

M-Really smooth, and medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice and smooth on the palate with slick characteristic.

D-Fantastically drinkable IPA. I could really see it being a staple, go to beer for me. Really surprised by this one after a few misses I've had from Dark Horse.

samie85, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmwgirl9606 for sending me this beer as an extra.

The beer pours a murky orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is citrus - mainly bitter oranges. The flavor is bitter oranges and the overall bitterness is medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip pint glass.

A: Orangish amber. Slightly cloudy. Tons of yeasties. Head is at 1/2 inch but dies fast.

S: Fruitiness, grass, pine and lots of citrus. All blends together nicely. More heavy on the pine and citrus. Faintly sweet malts.

T: Nice hop flavors with pine and citrus predominating. Some fruitiness from the yeast and possibly the hops. Not overly fruity however. The malts are there but not overpowering. Some honey sweetness with just a hint of caramel and maybe some biscut.

M: Light to medium bodied. Finishes fairly dry. Good carbonation. Crisp.

D: A solid IPA. Definitely holds it own among the many other competitors. Nothing makes it really stand out a ton though. Really drinkable. I'll definitely have it again.

brewdoc75, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of bruachan
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy amber. very hazy actually. i could tell it was just by looking at the little stream out of the bottle. good sudsy foam

smells like...cascade. sweet and citrussy, that's a pretty aroma. grapefruit, pine

strong bitterness, and excellent hop flavor. and the sweetness is allowed to play, too. grapefruit and very fresh grassy/herbal-type flavor

mouthfeel is quite thin, so hops are allowed to carry the day without being too extreme in their own right.

bruachan, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of bwiechmann
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- Gorgeous beer. Hazy, orange with amber accents, settled beautifully. Thick, sticky head with adequate lacing.

S- Explosion of hoppy pine and citrus. Lots of grapefruit.

T- Hoppy bitterness up front (grapefruit, pine, orange peel) with an amazingly balanced malt background. The dryness and bitterness in the finish is wonderful.

M- Good carbonation, medium body. What you would expect.

D- extremely tasty. Will be visiting this one again soon.

bwiechmann, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: dark tan to caramel with a fairly creamy head, fairly sticky lacing, nothing out of the ordinary

S: more malt than hops at first sniff, alcohol is detectable, expecting a fairly hot drink for 6%, hops tend toward grapefruit

T: sweet malt and green apple with clearly detectable alcohol, fairly well balanced bitterness

M: Smooth and creamy and drying in the finish

D: This is a very approachable IPA though I wish the alcohol wasn't so obvious though it does work to some degree because of the malt and the fairly toned down hops.

waldoiverson, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into a tulip glass and was impressed with the coloring, a deep orange gold. Smelled really nice with pine hops the dominant tone. Taste was the best quality about this beer. A nice balance between the hops and malts with a grapefruit twang and a sharp, crisp bitterness that i really liked. Mouthfeel was not unlike others of it's kind and went down easily. Pleasant drinking experience that will have me no doubt picking up more on my next trip to the beer store!

kalkavekkian, Mar 18, 2010
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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