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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2,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,748
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 115
Gots: 261 | 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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark honey tan with an ecru head that trails. Big honey orange nose. Light and sweet white toast with some peanuts - straight pale malts - then pine needle, grapefruit juice, orange and fresh leaf tea hops. Gets resiny as it warms. Herbal finish and a tight linger. Medium, chewy, creamy.

A shallow but wide IPA - simple, yet takes up space. Good mouthfeel and a soft touch all around. Pleasant.

Photo of robhunta
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about 1 finger of head, dissipates and leaves nice lacing and a ring of head. hazy orange color. nice hops aroma, hops flavors are even more prevalent and quite nice. has a dry mouthfeel that is easy going, very drinkable. I like this beer very much, it is true to style and a great example of an American IPA.

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

appearance: Hazy orange wwith a light white head

smell: citrus and hops

taste: citrus hop foward with a piney finish. nice hop after taste with this beer. Just the right amount of bitterness.

mouthfeel: very good carbonation

drinkability: would drink another one

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and orange-brown, very nice head and great lacing.

Grapefruit, floral hops, and a bit of piney earthiness sum up this brew's aromas.

Very good flavors, a bit earthier than a typical IPA but very nicely done. Good hoppiness, nice grapefruit and pine, nice floral flavors with just a touch of sour lemon in there too.

Feels crisp, medium bodied, with a lingering bitterness and tart lemon aftertaste.

Drink is pretty good. A very nice beer which I'd happily drink again and again.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We purchased this delightful APA just weeks before the nasty oil spill in the river outside this brewery, I feel very lucky to have it (unsullied)!

It is a delightful bottle, both in aroma and taste - very well balanced, yet hoppy enough to be tasteful... caramel, malts, hops & spices (of the fermented variety), all in all a great MI beer.

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

Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

A: This IPA is a hazy, orange hue. The head is tiny and leaves but faint traces of lacing upon the glass.

S: The aroma has some citrus and hop scents, with a sweetness lingering behind.

T: The beer tastes alright, with a decent mix of hop and malt flavors. Overall, I just found this to be lacking anything exciting, noteworthy, or memorable. The flavor just felt muted, or subdued.

M: The feel is a bit thin and watery.

D: With so many great IPAs readily available today, I don't see myself having this one again.

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nyrangerfan for this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and massively bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. Had a nice pungent aroma, but the flavor is kind of lacking though with a huge bitterness with no sweetness at all to balance it out. It is good for the ones who like massively hop intense beers, but that is about it.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an amber color with a cloudyness and a whirlwind of hops. A nice creamy head stays and laces well.
The aroma is a pale malt backing with a earthy hoppyness.
The taste is mild starts with a mouth full of carbonation. The hops enter very earthy with a subtle sweetness, it finishes with a strong bitterness.

Photo of GoldenChild
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Arrived with a finger thick head. Tight. Creamy. Hazy body - looks more like a Hegel than an IPA. Copper in color.
S) Citrus notes- grapefruit. Pinkeye like a Christmas tree.
T) Pretty bold hop bite upfront. The malts poke through just barely after the hops subside. Grapefruit. Subtle caramel. Towards the end malts fade out leaving a prominent bitterness on the tongue.
M) medium body. Fizzy but somewhat creamy.
D) Delicious. Pour me another barkeeper!

Photo of jfrank85
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my stolen cigar city snifter from a 12oz bottle. Right off the bat i saw the thick cake of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, better pour carefully i thought. Got about 8oz in the snifter successfully without yeast transfer. Wow nice golden orange coloration with ample head and decent head retention. No lacing to speak of tho. Smells wonderful! Very inviting citrus and hop smells, just like an ipa should. Taste is outstanding, ideal ipa imo. A definate sipper since it abuses the senses with its hop attack but not as abusive as some ipa ive had. A great example of a well done ipa from a great craft brewery.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/13/2010. Bottle. Pours a murky orange-brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and grassy hops. Flavor is sweet citrus initially with some light caramel malts. Nice hop profile. I thought it was similar to Racer 5 in these regards. Great IPA!

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Full one inch white head on top of an orange tinged copper IPA. Lots(!) of floating sediment. Good head retention and lacing. I really liked the way this one looked.

S- Immediately smelled the citrusy goodness once I pried off the cap.

T- Hops bitterness bite is somewhat subdued. Citrus aftertaste.

M- Medium body...maybe even a little on the thin side.

D/O- Not exactly an "in your face" IPA and that's alright because it means you can have more without killing your palate. A very drinkable IPA but nothing exceptional overall.

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, and the head was white and creamy like. The aroma is very strong with citrus hops. The taste starts out a little sweet, but has a lingering citrus hop bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is medium light, and is overall a drinkable IPA.

Photo of Estocker
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, hazy, amber color. Probably one of the darkest IPAs I've ever seen. Not what I look for in the style.

I'm getting a balance between piny hops and malt. Not a very strong aroma. This is very underwhelming for an IPA. I would suspect an old bottle, but of course Dark Horse doesn't post freshness codes.

Taste is a little better, still not much hop flavor though. Tastes like an old IPA that has lost its kick. Mostly malt flavor with bitter hops, but not much as far as anything citrusy or Piny.

I'll at least give it decent points for drinkability and mouthfeel, as I DO enjoy drinking it, it is just a bad representation of the style. It's also nice that the ABV is relatively low for an IPA.

Another disappointing IPA with no freshness label. Story of my life. Beware.

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

Appearance -- Pours a hazy amber with two fingers of stiff beige head. Nice lacing.

Smell -- Citrus pith, pine resin, mild caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Pine resin becomes more dominant in the hop profile, though pithy citrus is still present. Malt backbone of husky grain and mild caramel sweetness. Lingering flavors of resin and citrus pith.

Moutheel -- Medium in body with ample carbonation.

Drinkability -- At the end of the day Crooked Tree is a solid IPA, though not exceptional. Having had Double Crooked Tree, this was a mild disappointment. I'll come back to this one again if I ever see it on tap. Perhaps freshness was a factor?

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty copper color with a murky, viscous appearance. Thin white head after the pour that leaves a decent white cap and wet lacings. Resiny, earthy hop and biscuit aromas. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Well balanced malt and hop flavors in the beginning that give way to a hoppy pine finish. After hearing good things about this IPA, I was generally disappointed. Maybe I'm sampling an out of date bottle. I look forward to trying this again sometime and hopefully updating my review.

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Overall a rather plain IPA.

Beer is light copper with a full white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass. Mild haze and moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is weak and mildly malty with hints of pine hops on the edges.

Beer is bitter and sulfury on the mid to late palate, overall its a chewy beer at medium body. Weak lead off but a strong hop presence in the second half of the mouth. Its a decent tasting IPA, easy drinking, just not very interesting.

Photo of LanceW
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pick this brew up on recommendation from a co-worker.

The beer presentation in the case was not very impressive. It would not have had me buy it unless recommended. I tired the beer and I surpised to see nearly 5mm of yeast at the bottom of each glass. I tired the beer at all types of tempatures. The first one I had was about 50 degrees and it was tasty and the malty and hop flavor was more pronounced. I the last one I had.... I stuffed it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and it was very good and crisp. That would be my recommend way of drinking it.

Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a copper color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving about half an inch of sticky lace around the edge of the glass. a few carbonation bubbles continue to rise to the top of the beer

s: caramel sweet malts balanced nicely with citrus/grapefruit and piny hop bitterness

t: sweet citrusy hop bitterness is my first reaction followed by piny bitterness. overall this is sweeter than I thought it would be but it is nicely balanced

m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a good beer that ican see myself getting again

Photo of PDXHops
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. A ton of floaties, snowglobe-style, distract from the sizeable fluffy head and plentiful lacing.

Appearance nitpicking aside, this is a pretty solid IPA. The nose has plenty of pine and grapefruit, a touch of sweeter citrus, perhaps tangerines or orange zest, some light malt. Good level of piney bitterness that takes a turn toward spicy at times. A fair amount of caramel lends a juiciness and a touch of sweetness to flavors of grapefruit and orange, a drop or 2 of lemon juice.

Overall impression: Easy recommendation here.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is the color of caramel with a decent off white head and some thickish lacing.

Smell is biscuity, citrusy hops along with a mineral touch as well.

Taste is a well balanced blend of hoppiness and a decent malty backbone. Neither is overwhelming, good balance.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, bordering on crisp, but there is a certain lingering stickiness as well.

Drinkability is good, this one, while not exceptional or a stand-out, is a good middle of the road IPA.

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

Dark muddy orange, with a finger of very light tan head.

Smell is citrus, a little bitterness, and some malts, and butterscotch.

Taste is rather bitter, with citrus hints, slighty sweet, with a pronounced lingering bitterness.

Feel is smooth, upper light in body. Low carbonation.

Drink is solid.

Photo of soze47
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orangey and amber colored hazy body. Body appears very thick as bubbles seem suspended in mid drink. Nice amount of head on this pour. Thick, big bubbles that leave a substancial amount of lacing.

Aroma: Very hoppy at first, but subsequent whiffs definitely pick up more malty sweetness. Nice grapefruit peel and tangerine orange flesh smell, probably accentuated by the malt.

Taste: This one flip-flops as I drink it when it comes to progression. The first, colder drinks yield a much more potent hop flavor off the bat (same flavors as the aroma) that then get tempered by the malt. As it warms, the malt becomes a bigger initial player that the hops then mellow out. Well balanced each way.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Rich mouthfeel. This body is medium to be sure, but the heavy side of medium. The carbonation keep this one from being too viscous. If you are drinking these guys ice cold, you could have a few. However, this one gets harder to drink as it warms.

Overall: Not a bad effort. This one is a solid example of the style, but not one that is going to make me race out to pick it up over others in the future.

Photo of mjn5036
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle cracked open when I got home from work and poured into a pint glass. This one pours a brownish orange hazy color with a significant amount of UFO's (unidentified floating objects). The pour reveals a moderately sized white head that reduces to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few foamy islands floating about. A nice amount of lacing occupies the sides of the glass.

I am questioning my sinuses right now. There is not a lot coming off the nose on this one. Ah... here we have a single IPA. It's been far too long since I have had this style. There is a slight grapefruit citrus hop, faint piney profile, a subtle spiciness and maybe some malty-ness at the end. Pretty damn good for the style.

The taste is fairly subtle but really quite nice. I have got to drink more single IPA's. I think the amount of double IPA's I drink is skewing my judgment when I drink something like this. An excellent blend of citrus and piney flavors with just the right amount of bitterness and a pleasant malty backdrop that makes this one exceptionally smooth.

With a light to medium body and a decent amount of carbonation in this one, it is deceivingly drinkable. The alcohol is never really detected.

For the style, this one is spot on in my opinion - amazing hop to malt balance and incredibly drinkable. I could drink way too many of these. It is probably a good thing that I only bottle a single bottle.

Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a small goblet, Crooked Tree IPA is burnt orange with lots of floaties, and a small off-white head that quickly dissipates, leaving light lace.

Smell is good, a nice robust american hop profiles, citrus fruits accentuated by a nice sweetness from the malt, and a resiny backbone as well.

Taste is also good and hoppy, more balanced then the nose between the citrus and pine, with the fruit of the hops complimenting the crystal malt, but the bitterness bringing perfect balance. I normally dislike IPAs that are malty, but this one is excellent, very well made.

Mouthfeel is oily but a bit dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is high, this is a fantastic IPA. I'm really impressed, one of the best I've had outside of the west coast.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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