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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

2,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 91
Gots: 136 | FT: 6
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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Manitoba (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso. Pours a cloudy orange copper. Minimal head with some soapy lacing. Tons o' chunkies in this one. I should have decanted better- I haven't seen this many floaties in a beer in a long time. Should be tasty! Nose- earthy malts and hops. Taste-caramelmalts and bittering hops that smoothes out after a couple of sips. Lighter bodied than expected. Assertive alpha hops show up on the tail end for a dry bitter finish with a touch of sweetness. Carbonation is medium. Nice drinkin IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 19:03:54 | More by oakbluff
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Poperings Hommel goblet for a 12oz. bottle.

A: Cloudy orangish color, medium pour creates small white head. Very little lacing left upon the glass. No sediment in any of my bottles, like others have claimed.

S: Smells quite earthy, hops. Almost has tastes of weed.

T: Really nice... Dry hops and earthy natural flavors.

M: Gives your taste buds a bit of a work out leaving a dry bitter feel in the mouth. Medium carbonation works well.

D: I could session these easily.

Another nice offering from Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:28:16 | More by amiles
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange, big puffy of head, lots of fast moving carbonation bubbles. Leaves tons of lace down the glass.

S - big piney/grapefruit nose, like smelling a bag of whole hops!

T - I was bracing myself for an immediate hop blast, but it actually starts out fairly reserved up front, with just some basic sweet malt. Finish is decidedly bitter, with a bit of nuttiness blended in with the piney aftertaste.

M - lively carbonation gives the bitterness more bite, but up front, it comes off as watery for some reason. Resiny finish in the mouth, nice and dry. Seems like there is more alcohol in there than just 6%.

D - A respectable IPA, just a notch or too below excellent.

Has a great nose and aftertaste, but the middle of the beer seems a bit muddled. Tastes like some pretty agressive hops were used, I'm guessing Columbus, Simcoe and/or Chinook.

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 01:41:32 | More by markaberrant
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3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to younger35 for this one as an extra. I'm pouring this back to back with the Double Crooked Tree.

I wish this said that it was bottle conditioned or warned about the amount of sediment because I poured a lot in by accident. It has a nice amber color with a small beige head that fades fast. It first smells a little of citrus hops and then smells mostly of caramel malts. I think the sediment sort of ruined the taste of this or it might be too old. It's sort of muddy tasting and just doesn't seem right. The hops don't really show well for me and are mostly masked by the earthy malt taste that is probably at least partially from too much sediment poured into the glass. I would love to get another bottle to give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 04:50:53 | More by thickerfreakness
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tytoanderso for this extra! Cloudy orange in color. Good bit of sediment in bottle. Thin white head. Fairly abundant aromas of piney and grassy hops. Good IPA flavor with a nice bitter touch at first sip, but also mellows out well after intitial bite. Slightly slick mouthfeel, you get a nice hop taste. Very drinkable IPA. Could be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 01:44:00 | More by DrDogbeer
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark orange appearance and tiny head. Caramel scent comes out as beer warms. Sweet scent of citrus, oranges, hops, pine. Hoppy taste, with soft citrus. Clean, smooth mouthfeel. A slight tartness is the only thing that hinders the drinkability.

Nice, sweetness enhances the citrus, and hops are balanced well.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 23:42:14 | More by paco1029384756
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with minimal head.

Smells of a good solid hoppiness with a decent subtle malt counterbalance. Taste is also quite good. It verges on being unbalanced, but there is a decent maltiness that swoops in a saves it.

For a hophead, this one is pretty nice. It suffers by comparison to the double crooked tree, but this is still a nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 03:22:40 | More by bassmantin
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, poured into an IPA tulip, enjoyed at the legendary Maproom.

A: Muted, but pretty, apricot pour, very cloudy. 1 finger head, decent retention. Prefect lacing. Thick, sticky, blankety, rings, everything... just as good as Furious'.

S: Nice citrus with big pineapple overtones. Sweet malts with caramel notes.

T/M: Good bitterness level. Nice citrus with lots of dry pine and pepper. Malts are sweet and just balancing. Medium body with some umph and decent carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and inviting.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:47:05 | More by pwoods
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Nessun Dorma on 4-25-08.

Pours a hazy, burnt orange with a one-finger head that lingers throughout.

Intense, dry-hopped nose with notes of pine and grapefruit.

Sweet, caramel malts play a supporting role to bitter, piney hops. Hints of tangerine citrus upfront. Crisp and medium-bodied. Chewy mouthfeel. Puckeringly dry, bitter finish.


One hoppin' good time. Not exactly sessionable, but enjoy a couple on-tap for optimal drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2008 13:25:21 | More by CaptainIPA
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with minimal head that quickly disappears. A lot of sediment in the beer which I don't like in my IPA. Moderate amount of lacing left on the glass surface.

Smell is citrus and piney hops. You know you got something that will satisfy your hop cravings with this beer.

Hops dominate the flavors. Starts off with a little citrus but then there is a big rush of piney hops that leave a oily residue. Just a hint of the malt is detectable under the hops.

Medium body with decent carbonation. Leaves a lingering pine aftertaste.

Definately a hop bomb. Not the most balanced IPA out there but something to slaughter the taste buds with all the bitter goodness. Relatively low ABV is surprising and helps drinkability but still not much point in drinking more than two in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 22:21:07 | More by morimech
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was the first legal beer in a bar that my local beer store clerk had when he turned twenty-one.

Body is the color of autumn leaves. Red, orange and brown mixed together, the colors are capped by a small white foamy head about 1/2 finger big. Lacing is a thin film. Pretty average.

Malts are huge for an IPA. Malts are caramel, though in a light bready way. Similar to a hazelnut caramel. Remember caramel malts, not caramel-caramel. Hops are spicy, earthy, and sweet. Hops don't really smell bitter or tangy. Very nice.

Taste is similar to the smell. Nice and sweetly (caramel) malty, with spicy, earthy hops. This brew is very sweet and not too bitter compare to others of its ilk.

Mouth is chewy and unfiltered. Also very nice.

Next to some Dogfish Head 90 min. this is one of the more drinkable IPAs. It has something for everybody (malty and hoppy). This is my kind of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 04:23:33 | More by tapman
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a Growler a week ago at the brewery. It has been sitting in my fridge since.

Appearance: There are quite a few craft beers that are unfiltered, but Dark Horse beers seem to be the most cloudy, and sometimes chunky out there. When I had this beer from a bottle, there were many 1/8 inch sized chunks around the bottom. However, the growler is a cloudier orange with a fair amount of yeast at the bottom. The particles are all rather small... Some hate this. I don't mind, but you have been warned. Some lacing and a small white head that fades to just a surface layer.

Smell: As soon as I opened the growler, I smelled an inviting citrus smell from the hops. When I pour it into a snifter, the first smell is still citrus, but there when you get closer, there is more piney... This is certainly a hop-bomb.

Taste is all hops, all the time. After a hint of citrus, there is a piney, bitter taste. The malt makes a brief appearance, but fades before I can really describe it. Leaves an oily, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is a hoppy brew. I like the bitter mouthfeel, and especially how it lingers.

Drinkabilty: For fans of agressive IPA's, it is very good. It delivers the hop blast you want, and you will taste it for a while.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2008 03:30:00 | More by KC8LTL
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI, in late March 2008 for $1.89.

Pours a pretty orange-golden color with a moderate creamy looking head. The glass is cloudy and full of particulate matter, which really detracts from the look of the beer. I don't expect pure clarity (which sometimes is a detriment), but this is a little much. OK, a lot much.

Aroma is solid and immediate- citrus fruity (sweet grapefruit and light herbal notes) that shouts out IPA goodness.

Flavor is more restrained herbal and oily hops notes- the fruitiness is a distant memory. Pleasant and good, but not my favorite hop profile. I like it, but don't love it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 22:13:25 | More by Dukeofearl
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy and murky appearance, with a thin head that dissipates very quickly. There is a lot of pine in the aroma. Taste is similar with a lingering pine aftertaste. Although there are some floral and citrus hints up front. Very light in the mouth and easy to drink. Solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 18:23:40 | More by icemonkey908
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; nice image of a "crooked tree." Why did they name the ale that?

Poured a cloudy, dark orangish, amber. As other reviewers have stated, no ale does have suspended small particles which does distract a little from the appearance. There is a decent ivory sustained head with some lacing on the glass.

A sweet, citrusy aroma was evident as soon as I opened the bottle. The aroma remained impressive after the pour into a pint glass.

My initial taste just after the pour was a nice, bitter hop bite with little else. However, after only a minute or so, the ale warms and offers a soft maltiness along with the aggresive northwest hop flavors.

This is a medium bodied ale with moderate carbonation that leaves a film of hop bitterness on the tongue.

This is a quality, well-hopped example of the many available american IPAs on the market; not the best, but worth seeking out. The taste improves as the ale warms.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 22:39:36 | More by jkrich
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3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is quite unique for an ipa in appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel, probably for reasons that are beyond my expertise. this poured a very cloudy, murkish, dull/earthy amber with lots and lots of sediment particles and slurry at the bottom. quickly dissipating off-white head and thin, sporadic lacing. nose was a bit subdued for an ipa. i got a hint of sugar cookies and a piney earthiness. taste was also understated, with some sweet cookie-ish malts playing even with a very light (for an ipa) and smooth bitterness. not bad, just different for the style. mouthfeel was also different-very soft, which i liked. perhaps it's the water affecting the nose and mouthfeel? felt a bit thin for the style but i liked it nonetheless. very sessionable, i could put a few of these down, as this is quite a refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 02:23:26 | More by MrMcGibblets
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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy orange/amber with a thin creme head. Nose is not overly prevalent, but has some nice earthy character to it and a decent complexity. Flavor is very earthy as well with a bark-like profile reigning most noticed. A very constrained citrus edge is there, but earthy is basically what you're getting here. Carbonation and liquid feel good. This is a pretty nice IPA. Earthy tones make it more of a sipper, but it certainly has enough character to carry it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 05:34:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse comes to Minnesota & then to my fridge. Welcome!

The pour is great. This beer has a thin head & a strange, opaque orangish color. I look a little closer. Floaties! Particles of junk are floating all over the place from the hard pour. Cool!

Tastes really good. A lot different from the IPAs I've been sampling lately, in all five categories. This reminds me more of an organic IPA, with a more earthy, slightly sweet taste surrounding the hops. Alcohol? What alcohol? I can't taste any. As I drain the beer the nice floaties have collected into a great gelatinous mass coating the bottom of my Sierra Nevada pint glass. I wish momentarily for Ace Frehley's tongue.

Nice in the mouth, too. Just a touch too sweet & weird for a session beer, but easy on the eyes, tongue, & throat. I'll be looking for more Dark Horse to sample.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 02:35:36 | More by maximum12
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a milky/cloudy haze (and includes suspended yeast). It is a burnt orange color with very little head that diminishes quickly. No noticeable lacing to speak of.

Wonder smell with lots of resinous hops and bready yeast aromas. Also a strong sweetness with floral notes.

This is a well-balanced IPA. While my tastes lean towards the hoppier IPAs, this one has a nice, well-rounded balance between the piney hops and the malts.

Drier than many IPAs I've tried but smooth and balanced on the tongue.

Overall, a very drinkable beer from Dark Horse. The first I've tried from this brewery. Even at 6% ABV, this is an easy drinking IPA that I can easy drink two or three of in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 23:12:08 | More by ballenc
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schneid.

Pours burnished gold with amber highlights. Big, long lasting white foam head. Mouthfeel a bit thin ... needs more hop oil!

Smell is pine hops. That's about it. Taste is a bit more complex, with pine, some ruby red grapefruit notes, and maybe a hint of sweeter malt underlying it. Could use a bit of tropical fruit, or maybe some sweeter citrus, but a very decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 06:54:25 | More by Overlord
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this for around $10 at Friar Tucks in Bloomington. This is the 3rd or 4th of these I've had but never got around to reviewing until this one. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a small creamy bone white head. The head never really recedes leaving a beautiful cap and collar and plenty of lacing.
Smell- Deliciously hoppy with plenty of grapefruit and juicy pineapple. Slightly piney with almost candied ginger or orange peel highlights. A lightly sweet caramel backbone peaks its head around all the hops.
Taste- Like you'd expect after that super hoppy nose there is plenty of bitter to go with a light compliment of sweet. It has plenty of grapefruit pith and light orange peel without that big "west coast" fruitiness. The hops are more piney, raw and bitter rather than fruity. A bit of a brown sugar undertones ads a bit of sweetness to the beer but just enough to help balance the bitter a bit.
Mouthfeel- My only real complaint about the beer. It's a tad thin and but slick and oily with light carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a awesome beer that tends to go down faster than you intended. It's very easy drinking and really tasty. I wish the body had a bit more oomph but that's about it. Great beer that I'm glad was recommended to me!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 03:36:46 | More by younger35
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Big Red Bloomington

Crooked Tree pours a hazy copper that's nearly opaque. A one finger white head formed on the pour but quickly fell to a light skimming and a thin ring leaving light lacing on its way down. The head could use a bit more staying power.

Candied orange peel greets the nose upfront and is joined by a healthy dose of caramel maltiness. There's a touch of biscuity malt in there and even some lemon rind. The citric candied aromas along with the caramel sweetness make this an inviting IPA.

The flavor pretty much follows along with what the aroma suggested. Candied citric sweetness combines with the drizzling of caramel and creates a good IPA. Not outstanding but definitely good.

Soft on the tongue with a medium body and somewhat lively carbonation keeps this beer moving.

Good drinkability. It's easy enough to enjoy a few of these in a sitting with no problem.

Crooked Tree is another good brew from Dark Horse. They have yet to let me down. Crooked Tree has been better than this on past occasions and about the same on others, but either way it's good!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:59:19 | More by joe1510
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New York

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

I got this beer as an extra in a trade with HopHobo.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - cloudy, yellow/orange color with a small off-white head that fell to a ring, leaving some spotty lacing. Also has some floaties, but I left most of them in the bottle.

S - citrus hop aroma, sweet smelling.

T - good bite upfront balanced by malt flavor midway, finishing with a little bitterness.

M - medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - a bit heavy to be a session beer but a few would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 00:49:35 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Like others have said, a toasty orange color. Slight head with some sticking. Lots of sediment floating about. Tiny bubbles.

I thought the smell was floral/hoppy with citrusy tones.

Aggressive hoppiness that goes right for the back of the tongue and throat. The sensation seems to spread up the tongue after swallowing. Nice carbonated feel.

Very interesting to try. I know I personally couldn't drink more than one or two.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 08:51:43 | More by guthrie
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a cloudy orange with a 2 finger head of foam with some good lacing. Head retention is average.

The smell is certainly big on the grapefruit. Behind the citrus, I can just detect some light maltines.

The taste surprised me a bit. The grapefruit is really strong here but there's more malt than I would have guessed from the smell. It still doesn't balance the hops but it's there along with a fruity flavour. The mouthfeel borders on medium, the carbonation is medium light, and it finishes with a sharp bitter bite.

This is an interesting IPA and pretty drinkable...I like the bitterness here; it kind of reminds me of Bridgeport IPA, which I'm very fond of. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:58:28 | More by Bitterbill
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