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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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2,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,789
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 111
Gots: 299 | 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 TheGordianKnot
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. No bottle dating but it is new label so I assume its fairly fresh...

A- Dark burnt orange. Pours a finger head that dies quickly.

S- Earthy, citrus, cat piss. Weird, some of the aroma is great some is ok... Different for sure.

T/M- Extremely different again. Starts citrus for a moment. Moves toward more earthy and very spicy. Lingering bitterness with an overall great IBU level for balance. Malt isnt overpowering, but does lend a slight biscuit toffee flavor. Mouthfeel is very slick with a smaller amount of carbonation than most beers per this style.

O- I actually found this beer very hard to transcribe into words. Incredibly different. A lot of complexity in the hops; mostly earthy, floral, spicy, but tiny bit of fruit too. Looking forward to Double Crooked Tree next to see where they take this.

Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crooked Tree IPA is a brown, caramel colored brew, with a small head that leaves a fair amount of lace in its wake. The nose has a lot of malts, with grapefruit and other citrus hop notes, a bit piney as well. The taste starts out with a rich caramel malt front, which is well-blended with the focus of this beer, which is the hop profile. The malt is very biscuity, and there is a bit of spiciness from the alcohol. The hops run the citrus end of the spectrum, with grapefruit tones getting the most attention, but also some lemony, piney, bitter and quite citrusy. The mouth is a bit thin and pretty wet.

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, translucent amber. On the first bottle I had, there was a very generous amount of creme colored head, but that aggressive pour led to lots of sediment. Second bottle I had was a deliberately slower pour which yielded far less sediment, bud also far less head. The moral of this story is that the beer has a group of sediment in the bottom from the conditioning, but it's not too off-putting and shouldn't steer you away from this beer.

S - When fresh, there's tons of citrus aroma with a piney backbone. After holding on to a bottle for a few weeks, there is a little more maltiness in the nose.

T - The citrus doesn't disappoint on the tongue. Great well balanced taste in the hop character that smooths out with a decent malt signature.

M - Thin as deli ham with good carbonation. Bitter aftertaste that isn't hanging around too long.

O - Great beer once you get past the sediment. For whatever reason, I had a bottle or two of this hanging around well after what i found was the freshness curve. Once tamed down, it has similar characteristics to Levitation.

Photo of mjvos
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly cloudy, dark amber with a couple fingers of head but with little retention. Leaves some nice bubbly lacing around the glass that lasts. Good hop smell with citrus and some pine notes as well. Corresponding with the smell there is a solid hop presence in the taste, but not too bitter for those who might be opposed to such. Fairly well balanced with the malt. Drinks smooth throughout, but finishes a bit dry leaving me wanting more. Overall, a well crafted IPA that I can see myself drinking often.

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark orange pour with a quickly receding head. Citrus, pine and fruity aroma. Nice hoppy taste. More citrus than anything else, but there is also a very light toastiness from the malt, which is as light as advertised. Very pleasant to drink. Not so much a hop bomb, just an enjoyable hoppy experience.

Photo of BB1313
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a very hazy and cloudy burnt orange, lots of sediment and floaties; nice head the slightly fades and decent lacing. Tons of orange and resin with a good amount of pine. Lots of caramel and malts. The flavors are completely one dimentional and aren't really too bold.. well for 6% the flavors are bold, just not enjoyable for my palate. Very sticky. Mouthfeel is fine, smooth but maybe a tad overboard on the fizz. Not sure if this was fresh or not, but either way the flavors just didn't do it for me.

I really like what Dark Horse does, but I personally just don't like these kind of IPAs. I'd much rather have a Double Crooked Tree IPA.

Photo of GlassFreeek
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a small tulip glass.

A. Dark orange/amberish color with a good amount of haze in the bottle. This beer is seriously bottle conditioned, a lot of sediment. Small relatively bubble head.

S: Average IPA smell, nothing too fancy. You got your piney and citrus notes there, with a little malt sweetness that lingers.

T: Better than I anticipated, I really like the taste of this IPA. It has a good bitterness with an awesome malty sweetness in the background. Pretty tasty.

MF: Nice, thick creamy mouthfeel. Well done!

Overall I like this beer and would buy and drink more of it. Not my favorite IPA by any means, but definitely drinkable.

Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber hue into a pint glass. What little head there is quickly goes into the void.

An enticing aroma of hops, with a definite malt presence. Slightly sweet.

The initial taste is of hops. However, the hops are not overwhelming nor are they the only taste. There is definitely a slightly sweet, almost amber ale quality beneath the hop flavor.

A very nice IPA, tasty, without being crazy.

Photo of Jishguy
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured an unappealing hazy, cloudy dark amber colored body. Very minimal head and not much as far as lacing goes.

S- Interestingly pleasant. Caramel malts are more present than the subtle citrus-like hop notes lingering in the background. There is also a very subtle hint of yeast in the background as well.

T- Mirrors the nose perfectly. Caramel and bread-like malts immediately strike the palate. The hop flavors gradually fade in as it moves toward the back of the tongue. Citrus and pine are the most notable flavors. Very complex and enjoyable.

M- Very full bodied, especially for an IPA as low as 6%. Perfect carbonation.

Overall I wasn't expecting much just based on the appearance. But as the saying goes, "you can't judge a book by the cover". This brew overly exceeded my expectations.

Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crooked Tree sports the hop-heavy aroma that is typical of IPAs, smelling spicily of grapefruit, with just a hint of pine. What is surprising, however, is the heaviness of the malts, which add large peach and apricot scents, as well as candied apples and confectioner's sugar, all of which promises a nice malty counter to the huge hops.

On the tongue, this promise holds true, as malts and hops commingle nicely, each playing off of the strengths of the other. On the hops side, pine comes through the most predominantly, followed by grapefruit (this is opposite the nose, perhaps due to the huge sugar aromas), and all leaving a lovely bitter tingling on the tongue. On the malts side, caramels and apricots fuse with bitter apple, creating a lovely sweet/tart punch. The aftertaste is almost entirely hops, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, while the high IBUs will drive off anyone who's not serious about their hops, those who appreciate the finer points of the plant will find themselves in their own private heaven. Even better, the beer is decently balanced, providing a nice relief from those IPAs that are the equivalent of a hop nuke.

Photo of zeledonia
2.92/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sadly, no date on the bottle, so no idea how old it is. Need to stop buying un-dated IPAs.

Pours a very dark amber, with a big fluffy yellowish cream-colored head. Great retention and loads of lacing. But the downside, it has a massive amount of sediment in it. So much that, despite a careful pour, my glass still looked like my one-year-old had backwashed in it. I generally like bottle conditioning, but this stuff has more crud at the bottom of it than my homebrew. Unfortunate, as it would be a very pretty beer without all the floaties.

Smell is pretty faint, rather malty, honey sweetness. A bit of fruity citrus and piney hops, but faint enough that it's hard for me to pull them out.

Taste is quite malty and sweet. In fact, if I tasted this without knowing what it was, I wouldn't peg it as an IPA. Malts carry the flavor throughout, with a nudge of bitterness on the back-end the only real indication there are hops in it. It's not even what I'd call balanced, it's got a gaping hole where the hops should be. Finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, a little sticky, with not enough carbonation.

I'm not impressed. Very malty, and not very flavorful. And doesn't taste at all like an IPA. It's quite possible that this bottle is past its prime. But without a date on it, who's to know? I suppose that's the risk the brewer and the buyer take.

Photo of jsanford
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Courtesy of THECPJ, cheers Shane!

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a thick, soapy white head that settles to a thin cap, leaving spotty lacing.
S - Pretty malt-forward, with big aromas of honey, grapefruit, and pine resin.
T - More sweet honey/caramel malt with a generous dose of grapefruit and pine and a very bitter finish.
M - Moderately big and sticky, with a medium-full mouth-feel and fairly crisp carbonation.
O - Not really my preferred style of IPA, this is way too malty and sticky for my taste. Hoping the Double is better.

Photo of minterro
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Make your own six pack

A pretty straightforward orange translucent colored beer. Unimpressive fingernail of fizzy yellow white head, which fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Upon first opening the bottle there is a loud dry piney hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus and fruitiness. Slowly fades into more of a bready and malty scent.

Pretty darn hoppy from start to finish. Super piney hops. Very bitter finish. This beer is by no means balanced (only a bit of malty taste) but I’m not opposed to this style of IPA’s. Medium bodied with carbonation that tingles the tongue. Smooth sipp’n with a dry crisp finish. Tad bit chewy.

Nothing mind-blowing but quite good. If you live and MI and like IPA’s it’s a must try.

Photo of musicforairports
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Food Dance! in Kalamazoo, a really nice establishment. A six-ounce sample comes with two other beers in a "Michigan sampler," though one is actually Great Lakes.

Cloudy, dark golden in color. Small head and small lacing.

Smells of soapy, citrusy hops.

Flavor is malt and then a wall of citrusy hops, but they take a character that's more soapy and thick than crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel is good and lightly carbonated.

This IPA is certainly hop-forward, but it's a hop characteristic that doesn't mesh with the rest of the beer. I'd be willing to try this again if I'm in the area, though, to make sure I somehow didn't get a bad example.

Photo of richkrull
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy darker copper color with a nice two finger beige head on it.

Smell is nice and hoppy. Some citrus and pine notes coming through as well.

Taste is pretty well balanced. Some sweet malt flavor upfront and a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and it went down smooth and easy.

Overall a good tasting beer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Wouldn't mind drinking this again.

Photo of Slipperys
1.24/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a: poured into a wide snifter with decent head. Dark and packed with unflocculated yeast.

s: you smell some hops, but nothing but bittering bops...zero aroma hops

t: dark bitter yeast!

M: heavy and over carbonated..

O: Maybe there was a contamination in the 6 bottles, but I will not take a chance in the future.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of J0E
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into a snifter with minimal head. Orange copper color. What you would expect an IPA to look like.

s: very citrusy and piney. A bit of that great grapefruit like hop smell.

t: Earthy, bitter hops held up with some malty sweetness and some orange rind right at the end. The citrus flavors are very present here.

M: medium bodied with the right carbonation.

O: This is a great IPA. I regularly pick up a bottle or 6. It is one of the best in Michigan, hands down.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another trade goodie from Mid - Cheers Bro!

*No bottle dating apparent. Pint glass

A: Crooked Tree pours a murky dull colored pale that really darkens towards the center of the glass. Cloudy with sediment. CHUNKS ALERT! A nice 2+ finger of khaki foam frothed about and seemed to have glimpses of light peach hues to it with some sporatic lace to my glass.

S: Smell is fruity at first but in the yeasty esters sort of way. Some floral and citrus notes. Slight maltiness. Nothing overly impressive.

T: Taste is actually quite hoppy with a nice juicy burst of citrus fruits and pine resins. Has a real nice bitter hop pucker punch. Just the right amount of malt backbone that provides it some caramel sweet balance to the hops. Some florals noted. A little yeasty. Good flavor overall.

M: Despite being a chalky mofo. relatively light bodied and creamy IPA with a sleek coat to the tongue and definite hop bitter bite.

D: A good IPA that is a bit rough around the edges which I can see as being a turn off for some. Very Homebrew-esque with it's bottle conditioning and lack of filtration.

A definite case of don't judge a beer by it's cover. There is a nice classic pine + citrus combo going on here. Would definitely order if on tap or something but perhaps not hunt down in a trade or anything.

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

Had this on tap at Dark Horse Brewing Co - this is an abbreviated review from my few tasting notes of it.

The scent and taste match up very well to my nose/palate - this is one of the few IPA's that really pushes through both citrus *and*floral on the nose and on the palate. It ends up bitter but with a very clean finish.

A good IPA, I'm not a big IPA fan but I would happily drink this anyday.

Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque copper, with sediment. Nice frothy head, and appealing "tree-line" lacing.

Aroma says floral and citrus. Average IPA nose, but appealing, nonetheless.

Taste is a well-done mix of citrus hops and a sweeter malt profile that balances it out. Finishes with a grapefruit tanginess. Pretty well a tasty and balanced IPA. Enjoyed it!.

Photo of sidetracked
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Map Room.

Light amber, yellow-orange in color with cream head. Head lingers nicely and creates some lacing.

Smells of bitter citrus, lemon and caramel sweetness. Not that aromatic.

Upfront taste is bitter hops of lemon, pine, and grass. Light caramel and bready malt sweetness. Bitter finish--lemony and grassy hops with a little grapefruit bitterness.

Medium body, slightly creamy. Lower carbonation.

Fairly aggressive bitterness with lots of grassy and lemony hops. The level of caramel malt compliments the grassy hops very nicely. More enjoyable than when I've had it from a bottle.


Photo of elephantrider
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orangish color with a lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of pine with some citrus.

T: Much like the aroma, flavor is dominated by piney hops with some citrus flavor. A little earthy, finishes with just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

O: This is one of the Michigan IPAs that is in my regular rotation when I buy IPAs. Very drinkable and especially enjoyed on a summer day.

Photo of TheBear11D
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft

Pours a cloudy light orange to yellow color with a foamy off-white head that lasts a good while and leaves plenty of lacing.

Hops dominate the nose with citrus orange and grapefruit leading the way and pine hops also involved in the mix.

Pleasant amount of balance for an IPA. Grapefruit and orange citrus hops are the strong flavors here with pine and a hint of malt also distinguishable.

Medium to thick body.

This is a very nice beer. I would quite like to have this again and seeing as how I live 40 minutes from the brewery that will likely happen sooner than later.

Photo of beerdown77
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours cloudy orange/brown with some sediment. There is moderate head and lacing and the beer is pretty active. The nose is citrus and malt. Flavor is pretty fresh and mild, very minimal yeast detectable...but it does leave a little of that mucky aftertaste. Overall, its fairly sweet. The body is medium and drinkable.

Photo of wingman14
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange brown with a frothy white head. The smell is dominated by hops. The flavor is much more than what the smell would suggest. The flavor starts sweet with a big hop flavor but has a great balance with the malt. The flavors are big but not overwhelming. This is the biggest hop flavor without any real bitterness to follow. The hop lingers on the palette for quite awhile after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and nice. Overall an IPA that is one that I could keep stocked in my fridge.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,789 ratings.