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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

2,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,476
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 103
Gots: 173 | FT: 5
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 Monkeypaws


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Served in a pint glass - pours a hazy orange/yellow, very cloudy and opaque. There is a faint smell of hops, but nothing too impressive. The taste is very good though, with citrussy hops and solid malt backbone, leaving a lingering bitterness. Overall the ale has a rich and chewy feel, without being syruppy. These go down pretty easily. Overall, this reminds me a lot of Rush River's Bubblejack IPA, one of my faves. I like the double barrelled tap handle as well.

02-04-2009 14:52:35 | More by Monkeypaws
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev +3%

Draft at Dark Horse.

This is a good brew. Poured hazy amber color with a moderate white head that lasted and had good lacing. Good well balanced hoppy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Moderate hop and malt flavor with a long bitter finish.

This a good beer and I will have one more to make sure.

01-30-2009 00:54:15 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of PirateUlf73


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange-copper color and quite cloudy, due to it being unfiltered. White head died to a layer that was present throughout.

S: Aggressive citrus, grass and piney hops dominate. I also detected some sweet malt coming through as it warmed up.

T: Again, lots of different hop flavors in the taste. Citrus hops take the lead, but grassy and piney notes are also present.

M: Medium bodied. The malt asserts itself enough to save the tongue from obliteration. Carbonation was decent. Finished with a bitter and biting, yet nice hoppy aftertaste.

D: Maybe too much alcohol to be sessionable, but it is quite drinkable and held my interest until the last sip.

This one will always hold a special place in my experience, as the brew that really turned me on to IPAs. Even as I try to expand into different styles, this will remain a mainstay in my fridge. Sure, it's not perfect, but it plays to its strengths beautifully. Pick one up, if you haven't already.

01-27-2009 08:08:32 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of tconboy


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a golden orange, very little head and lacing. Smells fruity, malty. Average carbonation, very hoppy. What you expect when after seeing and feeling the aroma. Pretty easy to drink, but definitely feel the hoppyness. Pretty smooth though and a nice little compliment to the bacon cheeseburger I had at Stub and Herbs.

01-23-2009 21:47:28 | More by tconboy
Photo of BigJim5021


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

My first run-in with a Dark Horse beer (Sapient Trip Ale) was a pretty big letdown. However, some customers and fellow hop fiends suggested this brew to me, so I figured I would give it a shot.

Pours a very hazy orange. Almost reminiscent of a tequila sunrise in a way. Lots of sediment floating around. Lots of lacing, too.

The smell is a nice big dose of citrusy hops. Not a whole lot else, though I actually prefer my IPAs to be way overbalanced on the hop side of the spectrum.

With that said, the flavor is alright. The hops get bogged down by an almost nutty maltiness. I'm sorry, but when I'm drinking an IPA, I want the malts to give the beer a nice bit of creaminess on the finish, and little else. It's not on the level of Upland Dragonfly, but there's just too much malt character.

Mouthfeel is alright, but the carbonation is a little bit too sharp. Good dryness on the finish, though.

Drinkability for Crooked Tree is high, given that it's an above average IPA. However, at $9.99 for a sixer, I would much rather just grab some Two Hearted.

01-23-2009 07:50:56 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of lakestclairgoose


4/5  rDev +0.5%

01/19/2009 out to eat at a Italian resturant, they had bells and no. 9 on tap but the draft system wasnt working, the waiter then named off the usual array of crap so I had to go to the bar myself to find out if they had anything better, the bartender said they had this stuff so i told the waiter and he brought it to me, im not sure if it was the freshest because the service staff was unaware of it and there is no way you would know they had it unless you specifically asked for something different.... anyway, heres my review

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass that was frosted, thats what they gave me, not sure if this is the proper way to serve this beer, it was very cold. I had two bottles of it, the labels of the bottles were all torn up as if they had been in the bottom of the cooler a very long time...

Appearance- golden orange in color with almost no head, very minimal lacing...

Smell- fruity citrusy smell, nice...

Taste- similar to the smell. citrusy flavors come through in the hop profile..

Mouthfeel- Average to low carbonation, possible due to the age or possible due to the very cold serving temperature

Drinkability- I enjoyed it, enough to order a second beer, I would order again and not be disappointed....

Serving type: bottle poured into a frosted pint glass....

01-20-2009 02:35:11 | More by lakestclairgoose
Photo of Reagan1984


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Big Thanks to iceicebabyfor adding this as an extra in a recent trade.... The main trade was for Hopslam... but I like this about as much.... I love extras.. (providing and receiving)

Poured with a finger of foamy off white head.. This did dissipate rather quickly to a thin film across the beer. The beer is a slightly hazy orange/amber color...like dark honey...sporadic carbonation...

The aroma is just fantastic... This has to be an extremely fresh IPA... A wonderful citrus/floral bouquet. Some toasted malt aromas as well..

The flavor is really, really well balanced. My GOD I love this IPA... Is someone going to shoot me for saying this reminds me of Two Hearted and is really about as good... I'd love to try them side by side. Citrus, lemon...light toasted malts... layers to the malt which are great.. Moves to a nice hop finish that is grapefruit like but not over powering...

Bright, fresh mouth feel... Lighter in body and finishes crisp yet with a nice hop lingering effect..

I could drink this all night... Iceicebaby may be making another trade for this in the future with me..
Great Beer!!

01-17-2009 22:42:14 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of supercolter


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance is good with some decent head and not a lot of lacing. Nice copper color. Smell is a bit light but some fresh, and clean hops mixed with just a touch of dry malt. The taste brings more pungent piney taste as some sour fruit. Malt is sweeter than the nose led me to believe. Mouthfeel is just above medium, with a bit oily texture. Drinkability is very good.

01-17-2009 17:34:20 | More by supercolter
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle at Foran's in Detroit.

A - Golden and hazy with a small head.

S - Lots of hops but a malt presence as well.

T - Floral and citrusy hops with a nice malt backbone. Well balanced but I think it starts better than it ends. The flavor, while promising, seemed to fade too quickly.

M - Moderate consistency and a low carbonation.

D - Smooth and easy to drink but not all that compelling.

01-13-2009 11:58:56 | More by GJ40
Photo of malcontent


3.9/5  rDev -2%

Attractive sunset orange hue with sturdy head and sticky lacing. However, it's got an awful lot of yeast in suspension...must be a Michigan thing...

Floral and slightly pine-y with just a bit of a doughy character towards the back end. Slightly sweet-smelling malt shines through upon subsequent sniffs.

Lots of tangerine up front and less-punishing bitterness on the finish than expected. Sandwiched in between is a bready, somewhat biscuity body sporting ample malt sweetness. Nicely done.

Too sticky on the finish for my liking although the body is pleasant and the carbonation is lively and cuts through the oiliness somewhat. A tasty if not slightly amateurish IPA. A good sign coming from Marshall, MI. Keep it up!

01-10-2009 08:59:53 | More by malcontent
Photo of redjameskidd


3.7/5  rDev -7%

A: A little odd. Very cloudy. I could see all sorts of little particles floating around, and I didn't disturb any yeast sediment from the bottom, so I'm not sure what the heck those were. Sort of made me feel like I was drinking something dirty. May have just gotten a bad bottle. The overall effect of the cloudiness and the orangey color made it look like a pint of blue moon, sans annoying orange slice.

Otherwise a decent american IPA. As it warmed, it seemed particularly citrusy. Good, stout bitter backbone that should define the style.

01-04-2009 00:07:44 | More by redjameskidd
Photo of GClarkage


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

01/02/09- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Carmelized golden in color with a full inch head and smaller lace lines and small patches left behind.

Smell- Hefty nose of fresh grapefruit, orange and lemon rind and a fair amount of deeper sugared caramel scented malt.

Taste- Pretty much just as the nose would represent. Lots of strong fruit flavors come through in the hop profile...mostly orange and some grapefruit. Bitterness is held in check because of the nice and sweet caramel malt backing. Great mixture. Very juicy

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation with a short lived bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This is damn sessionable. Greatly balanced, nice fruit flavors and a nice sweet malt flavor. Well balanced and flavorful. Score another for Ethan.

01-03-2009 16:06:15 | More by GClarkage
Photo of tempest


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. It's got a great IPA appearance, a slightly hazy amber with thick lacing and. The flavor has mix of juicy grapefruit and pine with a little balance from dry, biscuit malts. It finishes with with a woody, earthy bitterness that's quite pleasant. This is a fine example of a well-made, drinkable American IPA. Check this one out.

01-02-2009 05:05:31 | More by tempest
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle I was happy to acquire a while back from this little known brewer to me.

Poured into Dogfish snifter.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10. Eh.

A: Hazy orange producing a filmy off white head and lacing that does not quit. Beautifully displayed like sea foam on the size of the huge snifter.

S: Aroma of a California/Oregon hop explosion. Remarkable aroma for an everyday IPA. The pine is prevalant but watch out, because the grapefruits come on strong. In the nose, hops dominate. Don't get me wrong though- there is adequate sweetness that lends balance.

T: Grapefruit in the first several sips but in the afteraste the pine plays a role. I would have said it lacked balance but as I drank through it I went and deleted that and instead the sweetness and fruitiness are in great balance.

M: Adequate body that has a crisp oily texture that leaves clean and dry after each mouthful.

D: This is ridiculously tasty and goes down with absolutlely little to no effort. Very West Coast. It carries alcohol, that is clear but fine.

This is a beer that is hard to find many complaints or knocks on.

01-02-2009 00:58:51 | More by marcpal
Photo of jackorain


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

After pouring aggressively into my Stone Levitation glass, only a scant 1/2 inch white head formed. The head didn't hang around long but left a nice tall collar attached to a nice dense lace the full height of the original head. The liquid is a copper-light brown. It was also the most hazy or cloudy beer I've seen this side of some Saisons.

The aroma is of grapefruit hops, caramel malt and biscuit malt, lemon zest and lemon juice. A touch of pine emerges as it warms.

The taste starts out quite citrusy, the lemon hits 1st. The grapefruit and pine hops follow. The caramel and biscuit malt come through in the middle. The finish carries a lingering bitterness.

The body is medium and the carbonation is lively.

I could make a night of this one. It is not the best IPA I've had, but it certainly is pretty good.

Thanks For Reading

12-31-2008 02:26:38 | More by jackorain
Photo of BretSikkink


3.98/5  rDev 0%

Copper orange color with a ton of haze - hops or chill, I'm not sure yet. Pastel sort of light orange colored head has good retention and leaves remarkable lacing.

The nose is very citric, with enough pine to count as 'complex'. Pretty good, and with warmth, the caramel malt emerges to balance the hoppiness.

The same could be said of the flavor, which starts out bright and shiny and sort of evolves into a pretty decent, chunky, and impressive IPA. The malts never do catch up with the hops, but it's still a good chase, and the result is fun.

Middle of the road for mouthfeel, not as hefty as some but enough to get the job done. Not bad.

Really solid ale, my first Dark Horse, and it won't be my last.

12-30-2008 01:07:03 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Thanks to deliriumfest for this one!

A- Body is a translucent medium amber/orange color. Pours with a 1 finger or so creamy white head which fades to 1/2 finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and uniform though some sediment is present at the bottom.

S-Soft scents of pine, grapefruit, sweet malt, and earthy hops.

T-Flavor is pretty mild upfront and offers some earthy hops with a sturdy malt backbone. A hint of grapefruit also arises. A big punch of citrus rind and pine hop bitterness comes through for the finish as well as a slight piny hop flavor. Left to linger is a medium residual hop bitterness and a hint of grapefruit.

M-Medium tingly carbonation and soft smooth body filled with yeast and hop oils.

D- This is a pretty decent IPA overall. The flavors are much less intense than other IPAs but the bitterness is just as strong. The mouthfeel makes this a nice, drinkable IPA.

12-29-2008 22:25:05 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of sprucetip


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%

Bottle into snifter. Wondering if it was an old, bad or poorly handled bottle after reading some other reviews (following taking notes on my sample), due to some significant differences in my experience and that of others. here goes:

Pours cloudy pale orange with only the faintest hint of a head. Nothing to retain, so no retention. A little spotty lacing.

Rich and malty with pungent grapefruity hop aroma. Not very complex but pleasant.

Follows the nose, basically. Sweet and malty with modest grapefruity hop flavor. Hop flavor is subdued and not even remotely bitter.

Lightly carbonated, but smooth and slightly creamy. On the thin side. Clean finish. not complex but balanced.

Easy enough to drink but doesn't stand out as special in any way. Pretty timid, but enjoyable enough. Still wondering if this was old or otherwise compromised based on lack of any head and very subdued hop profile with no bitterness.

12-24-2008 22:07:09 | More by sprucetip
Photo of Tone


3.78/5  rDev -5%

Pours a cloudy amber/yellow with an amazing 1/2 inch head. By far the best looking head yet: small bubbles, individual mounding, off-white color, great retention, and good lacing. Smell strongly of hops. Definitely fits the style. Tastes of hops throughout, but sadly not as strong in body as I would have thought/hoped. Almost has a watery taste. Started out amazing with the highest rating for appearance I've had, shucks. Crisp and smooth with decent carbonation, but lacking in body. I'm probably over-reacting, but I was so excited by the appearance and the taste just wasn't there. Still, overall not a bad IPA, but not necessarily worth going out of your way to pick up.

12-21-2008 02:10:31 | More by Tone
Photo of Kadonny


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

A: An amber orange cloudy color with a nice white thick head. Full glass lacing.

S: Earthy hops with a floral tone and a fruity sweetness.

T: Floral, piney, earthy hops with hints of fruity sweetness with peach and apricot flavors. The sweetness is fairly strong but the hops come pounding back in the end that leaves your mouth tingling.

M: A bit thin in the mouth but the finish is nice and long and bitter.

D: Medium to high, it goes down easy and is not overpowering in either the hops or malt.

Overall a solid beer, but not a true standout of an IPA. Glad I tried it.

12-20-2008 23:38:26 | More by Kadonny
Photo of WakeandBake


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Notes 9/20/08
Cloudy orange in color with a medium white head,lots of sediment floating around. Aroma is dominated by citrus hops with some floral notes detectable. Flavor is heavily hopped - lots of citrus, flowers, and pine. Malt sweetness adds to it, but its overwhelmingly hop dominant. Nice IPA, Dark Horse is a class act for sure.

12-20-2008 16:11:34 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick white head that leaves lots of lace. Aroma is of citrusy grapefruit and piney hops.

Hops dominant in the flavor. Very nice, bitter citrus flavor here. A bit of bready malt lingers in the back along with some herbal notes. Medium mouthfeel. I would love to have more of this. I would make it a regular part of the rotation if it were available closer to home.

12-19-2008 00:32:39 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of Jamesplarson


4.9/5  rDev +23.1%

A- a little cloudy and the sediment on the bottom made me feel like it was a homebrew.

S-the smell was delicious it had me salivating at the first whiff. The over powering aroma of a beautifully hopped IPA just added to the bitter sweet taste of this hazy copper ale

T- The taste was a great IPA id say a model that all IPA's should live by. Sweet on the lips and the tip of the toung and then a bitter lingering flavor that takes over the whole mouth

M- mouth feel was a bit dry but did not detract from the taste and smell of this great IPA.

D- one of my personal favorites out of the IPA genera i could drink it all day goes down smooth and just gets better and better all the way till the end.

over all one of my favorite IPA's out there

12-17-2008 20:15:46 | More by Jamesplarson
Photo of NCSUdo


4.1/5  rDev +3%

12 oz bottle

A: Deep, hazy copper under a small white head. No lace, little retention.

S: Caramel with some citrus and piney malt. Not overly hoppy, malt is very apparent.

T: Again, malt is very apparent. Caramel with some hops, more pine than citrus. Bitterness is mild. Even some toasted malt.

M/D: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Drinkability is good. Really balanced IPA, very nice. I expected a more hoppier brew, but was suprised by the malt presence.

12-15-2008 02:26:40 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Appearance: A cloudy copper / amber color, with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass. With every swirl, the head picks up a little bit.

Smell: Strong grapefruit hoppiness, with some orange, tangerine, pear, and floral notes.

Taste: Grapefruit and other citrus up front, with a little bit of malt. The hops squeeze their way into the taste, making it bitter in the middle and end. Leaves with a tart grapefruit kick. I would like to see the flavors blend a little more smoothly, but definitely not bad.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and tart, with slightly less than medium carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Pretty smooth, but the tartness may cause a consumption slowdown.

Overall a pretty solid beer.

12-10-2008 01:19:59 | More by KickInTheChalice
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,476 ratings.