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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

2,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,788
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 110
Gots: 298 | 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 Schwarzbart
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is hard to get a good head to it while trying to not mix all the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I got a one finger high off-white creamy head and tons of sediment in the glass. This looks like a shaken up lava lamp due to a good bit of carbonation that keeps everything moving. Color is copper amber and the lace drapes the glass with a good bit of coverage. The nose is mostly filled with hops of fruity, citrus nature, but also a light spicy note like hops sprinkled with nutmeg. Some underlying biscuity sweet malts. The grapefruit is definitely there also. As for the taste, the hops and malts wrestle around some, but the hops really dominate. Those biscuity semi-sweet malts don't give up though and come on more as the beer warms. Hops are earthy and zesty with a solid grapefruit and lime rind quality. It has a total creamy mouthfeel and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is so creamy and tightly carbonated that it really makes it hard to nail down those tastes, since the flavors really bounce around, but it keeps you wanting more. Might give a bloating feeling if sessioned, but the 6% would be good, so tough to score. Last thoughts are that it went down really well and I could easily start another so, I'm putting on the higer side.

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

Review is from notes taken on 4/12/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a murky orange/copper color with a hint of caramel to the color; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head; body is, as noted, very cloudy and murky, but still shows plenty of carbonation bubbling up throughout; head eventually fades to a full and firm cap; fair spots and washes of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hops abound and there is plenty of citrus to them (I smell orange, lemon, even some pineapple); bit of a raw and spicy hop note to the smell as well

Taste: Taste really matches to the nose quite well -- dominant flavor is hops, and they are definitely citric in nature, but there is also a spiciness to them, and it's reminiscent of some raw hop and it has a touch "burn" to it, like garlic does; aftertaste is more of a lemon rind citrus aspect.

Mouthfeel: Body is close to medium in weight, and there is a full stickiness left all over the mouth that become cottony dry at the end; carbonation is strong and prickly.

Overall: A super solid AIPA -- nice flavors and a fully complimentary nose. Moderate ABV isn't too bad, clocking in at only 6%, I could easily get through a couple of these in a night, and would never have a problem drinking it in the hotter months of the summer.

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

Served on-tap in a pint glass. The body is a hazy, yellow and orange combination color. Creamy one-finger head that has good retention and nice lacing along the glass.

Good IPA aroma. Begins with citrusy hops featuring orange and lemon. Add in some floral notes and a slight maltiness on the back end. Inviting.

The flavors step it up a notch. The hop flavors tend more toward the bitter grapefruit and pine resin side but finish pleasantly. The malt balance is a minor addition that puts this brew in the Left Coast-leaning IPA league.

Excellent IPA that I would gladly have again.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Feb. 2011 at The Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, PA. No bottle date listed unless I am missing something. Poured into DFH pint glass.

A: deep amber color. Hazy with LOTS of floating sediment in the pour. Two finger crisp white head. Good carbonation.

S: lots of citrusy hop aromas off this one. I got the grapefruit along with others that I can't pinpoint.

T: got the hop kick up front, but then a mouthfull of malt. I wonder how old this bottle is? I wonder if this could have better if fresher?

M: coats the mouth well. Another sticky hoppy IPA.

D: this is a quite drinkable IPA. I would love to try one that is more fresh and on tap.

Overall, I like the brew. The floaters were interesting and the freshness might be in question, but it still tasted good.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dense and hazy,coppery orange with a full two inches of stiff,stark white crown that diminished slowly leaving gummy strands of lacing.

S-Wet pine,floral hops,sweet citrus and dark sugars.

T-Grapefruit(pith and flesh),orange marmalade,pine resin,hop oil and toasted whole grains.

M-Semi-slick with an underlying sweetness.Nice dry finish.

O-I was excited to see this in the Southern Illinois market but it fell a little short on my expectations.Decent,not great.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out a very hazy burnt copper with a frothy thick head. It clings to the sides of the pint glass in clumps. The aroma is extremely fruity with a lot of grapefruit but a lot of sappy pine cuts through. Some citrus notes but what IPA doesn't have that. There is a solid malt body as well which is dominated by a lot of caramel most likely just Am. two-row. The flavor is a lot of the pine sap upfront with a strong bitterness that carries through a malty caramel and sour/sweet grapefruit middle but with a huge amount of bitter dryness at the finish. As I breathe through my nose I get some lemon scents but it is quickly subdued by the overwhelming dry bitterness. The body is creamy at first but the body doesn't back up the heavy hops which makes them overwhelming.

Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark hazy orange colour with pillowy white head. Some mild lacing, amazing head retention. Smells of juicy citrus and pine hops with lots of caramel malt. Very well balanced flavour, the taste starts off with bitterness, but finishes with a lot of sweetness. Aftertaste has a great resiny pine. Smooth mouthfeel. I really like this IPA.

Photo of harrymel
1.79/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

You know what sucks? when you haven't invested in a dating system for your bottles...

A: Tanned copper ale with excellent clarity until suddenly an unusually large yeast cake follows thru on the last ounce or so. Two finger, loosely packed, peanut head dissipates in a minute or two and leaves a medium sheet of the same. spotty lacing.

S: Grassy, hay-like hops over malts. Yep, that's about it. The beer is not like typical IPA with aromatic hops you usually get in the mid palate and upfront.

T: Caramel malts, sweet. Bitter background. Some resiny flavors.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: I fear that this beer is old. But I can't tell. So, I have to assume it's average in freshness for the consumer. The result: this is a bland, plain IPA. More like an amber with extra early bittering hops.

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

12 oz bottle.
No dating.

Pours a cloudy deep orange with a good size off white foamy head. Nose is grapefruit, malt base and an odd sort of mettalic auroma. Taste is similiar; bitter grapefruit hoppiness blended well with slight caramel malt - but there remains something else, a taste like it was poured from a can? It's subtle enough to shrug off and still enjoy the beer though. Pulled this bottle from the back of the fridge, remains very cold through lunch, and noticed the cloudiness was from tiny sediment particles, not clear on the ageof this bottle. Average mouthfeel. Overall, i enjoyed this IPA - it remains an above average offer of the American style and given more fair instances I'm sure would impress further.

Second bottle was vey impressive. No metallic aftertaste this time. Bright citrus nose and an impressive pine resin hop bite in the taste. It must be the water in Michigan for the state to have so many awesome IPAs.

Photo of seeswo
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with 2 fingers of off white foam. Smell is dominated with malt. Don't get a whole lot in the way of hops. Just alright. Mild hops blend with a decent amount of malts in the flavor. Reminds me almost more of a pale ale than an IPA. Light amount of lingering bitterness that is pretty generic. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall, this goes down pretty easy. Decidedly mediocre. Interesting trying this after bring familiar with double crooked tree, which is deservedly much more noteworthy.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color with a lot of visible floaties that are very unappealing. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and pine resin. The the taste has more pine than the aroma, and a sharp bitterness on the sip. The aftertaste mellows into a faint hint of grapefruit, then disappears very quickly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent IPA, but there are much better examples of the style out there.

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

Poured into a pint glass, and a tulip glass.

The color of this one is a nice orangish yellow with a decent sized head of white foam on top that fades relatively fast.

The smell of this one is pure hops, but not an overly absurd amount.

The taste of this one is nice clean hoppy goodness and I bought a six pack of these to enjoy in between my bomber purchases for my spring vacation.

The mouthfeel of this one is fairly dry, and it is a nice session IPA that I could drink whole six packs of weekly if I had the chance.

Overall this is a stellar IPA that I would fall back on whenever I needed a hop fix or to enjoy an IPA style brew.

Photo of JDFish
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a beer mug golden and cloudy with a frothy 2 finger foam and decent lacing.

S: Nothing but piney hops

T: Pine/Floral Hops and more pine/floral hops. Not too much malts to offset, but, hey, thats ok, especially for hopheads.

M: Very good carbonation. Feels like quality through and through

D: Decent. Outrageous hops dominate, couple of 3 will do ya.

Overall, you want extreme IPA hops, you got it. I enjoyed it. Followed 2 of these with a levitation ale, and everything is good

Photo of DannyDan
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a golden yellowish-orange body with a thick white head that has very good lacing, retention and carbonization. The smell is a pleasant aroma of herbal and floral hops along with some grass and pine. The taste is a grassy taste followed by some herbal and floral hops with a hint of pine. The herbal and citrus tastes seem to be very balanced making this a pleasant IPA to drink and the soft creamy smooth mouthfeel makes this an excellent IPA to try.

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

Poured into an Irish pint glass. Huge head at least three inches tall. Very frothy. Beautiful, reddish-gold color. On the nose, clean hops and ivy, followed by some astringent hop oil, then dry, powdery hop smell. Full-mouth feel. Clean grapefruit citrus with hints of apple-pear flavor, followed by a hard hop profile. But it's not overwhelming. The side of the tongue becomes saturated with the oily hops and feels satiated. This is a quality IPA. Its hop profile may not be as up-front as some but it is none-the-less very satisfying.

Grade B+ 12 oz bottle Purchased at Stony's 6-pk $9.99.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.50 for a big boy glass at The Indo, Somerville MA

Opaque orange, as cloudy as I've ever seen an IPA. I usually don't like the look of unfiltered IPAs but I'm buying this one. Thin white head retreats to a letter C shaped half collar yet still casts a lacey net.

Soft pine and red grapefruit hops over doughy malt. Doughy like some one's got a bread machine going doughy.

Pine and grapefruit pith hops accentuated by the dryness of the beer. Intensely doughy. The lack of filtration lends itself to a big body.

I like it.

Photo of ryantho00
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

This beer came highly reccomended by a local market who sell over 1100 beers, cheers country acres, south Lyon..michigan!
This pours to a bright orange clear color with carbonation; the bright orange hue reminds me of octoberfest and a nice IPA.
For me, the smell is by far the most disappointing factors of this beer. It smells so strong of lemon and citrus I almost didn't try it, which I'm thankful I did...to say the leait because it's delicious.

It has a full carbonated mouthfeel, not overpowering; citrus, pine, wood, hops, slight lemon zest taste with more hops, slightly grassy, and bitter with a nice crisp smooth finish. Definatly a nicely balanced and smooth IPA with fantastic hoppiness, almost like a double IPA, GREAT!

This beer is fantastic and at 6%, very drinkable. Deliciously balanced and tastes like it should be around 9-10%, very well done.

Photo of schmidtn
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy (unfiltered) amber beer, with a white head that was a bit thin. A second bottle in a different wine glass confirmed this.

Clean smell of hops and lightly toasted malts.
A nice bitter flavor. All the hops, bittering,
flavoring, and aroma blended nicely.

Lighter malt flavor. If you like hops with a lighter backdrop of malt, you will like this.

Lightly carbonated, dry feel on the mouth. Maltiness does not linger around too long, the hops stays just long enough.

Quaffable. Were did that bottle go?

Photo of chica4me
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid IPA, with great hops taste with an even body of to balance. My go to brew when I need an IPA fix. This brew is earthy, robust, and has a nice hops kicker. Great example of what an IPA shoud be without trying to overwhelm a brew with hops, but not drowning in other flavors. Crooked tree has got this IPA dialed in for the IPA fix.

Photo of johnbarrett
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from the wyck.

a- one finger head with a bit of sediment sinking to the bottom after the pour. bubbles rising but quick quickly made me forget about that sediment. a really nice appetizing copper color. the lace isn't too shabby either.

s- smells like mild pine nuts.

t- i was let down. there was no date on the bottle that i could find. i'm hoping that this was not fresh because i had high expectations for this IPA. there is some definite hop character but nothing to write home to the neighbors about.

m- mostly flat. there is a trace of the hops that might have been there once

d- it was easy to put this one down and i could do another two or three. but i don't want another.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An IPA from my younger years of craft beers, remember loving it, now after experiencing so much, it seems a little less awesome and more just easy and good for an IPA.

Has a nice Deep orange with a nice head and some pretty good lacing. A very handsome look.

The smell has some peppery hops with a good dose of dry bready and biscuit like malt. I also get an earthy, almost river type of smell from the water and hop esters. The taste is also very peppery and has an almost dry porter like malt character, very dark malts for an IPA. Pretty good hop profile but not great and a little dull, yet it's interesting enough. Citrus and lemon rind notes shine through and there is a smoky character as well.

The mouthfeel is a little thin and watered down for my taste. This is a solid beer but not an amazing one.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to nonic glass at ChurchKey's on 2/21/11
*From notes

A: Reasonable pour leads to a nice 2.5 finger head. Nice lacing remained in the glass for some time.

S: Peach and mango, with a splash of fresh hop oil.

T: Slightly sweet hops hit my palate first, followed by a large dose of malt - signifigantly more then I was expecting. It's slightly smoky on the finish.

M: Nicely balanced and creamy.

O: Dark Horse's Crooked Tree IPA had been one of my "wants" for some time, and I'm stoked to tick this one off my list. This may not be the floral hop bomb I was expecting, but it is supremely good quality drinking none the less. Thumbs up.

Photo of betsona
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Fiddler's Hearth. Poured into a 20 oz nonic.

A- Orangish amber with a half finger of white fluffy head. The heads dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin lacing remaining, lacing on the glass persists throughout. Little carbonation. Looks great in a nonic.

S- Hops. Citrus hops, in the form of orange, are prominent with a little sweet malt smell. A pine smell comes through as well.

T- Hops in the front and malt at the end. Not all that bitter. It is really well balanced.

M- No carbonation with a medium body. Bitterness at the front met with malt at the middle and finally a lingering bitterness.

D- I order it every time I see it on-tap and send it out to friends. It is a midwest attempt at a west coast IPA. It is different from midwest IPAs and thus a nice addition for IPA choices.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great thick head that had some serious retention that looked like a properly foamed cappuccino. I was rusty gold and hazy with some of the yeast being poured off into the glass,

nose was packed with fruity and lemony hops. very nice toasty biscuit presence.

taste was very nice with a very big hop presence of grapefruit rind and a very spicy citrus finish. Plenty of hops here for any hop head. this bottle was in my fridge for a couple months but still had a nice dry hopped fresh note to it.

There was a nice grainy biscuity malt presence in this beer with this beer that was just sweet enough to balance out its over all profile.

Mouth feel was spot on for this IPA, very hearty but also very quaffable.

Overall a very nice rustic looking and tasty ipa.

Photo of Jeffo
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Foam slowly creeps up the neck upon opening. Pours a cloudy, burnt orange color with lots of carbonation. A really careful pour yields a large, three finger, looser looking, white head that retains pretty well. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap leaving some foamy white, clingy lacing down the sides. Good, full foam cap remains until the end and leaves lots of chunky lacing down the glass. Head is a little underwhelming but the body is nice.

SMELL: Huge nose. Lots of aroma here. Pale malts, caramel malt, and lots of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, honeydew melon, and even some floral notes. Bold and very enticing for sure, especially for only 6%.

TASTE: Not what the nose had promised. Lots of grainy malt, like they've used pilsner malt in this one. Some citrus lemon, grapefruit, and floral hop notes are definitely there, but the grainy, pilsner like aspect just gets in the way. Sweet, grainy, and bitter hop aftertaste is mild yet lingering. Much different than the nose. Not offensive, but the grainy flavors certainly don't work here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium-high levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a touch of heat on the finish and ends slightly dry on the palate. The heat was unexpected, but fits the bigger nose and flavor profile.

OVERALL: This is a really nice brew with a small error. If they haven't used pilsner malt in this one, then they've certainly used a malt profile that's made it just too grainy for the style. The wonderful hop profile has to compete with this grainy backbone the whole time. Revamp the malt bill, and this would be a real winner. In its current form, especially with the foamy beginning, I'll pass.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,788 ratings.