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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

2,624 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,624
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 107
Gots: 217 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange and pours with a relatively large head that sticks around for a while and leaves little lacing

S- Aroma strong of citrus hops with some malty sweetness

T- Hops up front, both citrus and piney hop flavor well balanced by the sweeter malt flavors. Flavor is not quite as strong as the nose suggested to me but still a good tasting and more balanced than usual IPA.

M- Pretty well-bodied for an IPA, more carbonation that usual on the tongue decent hop-bite and not the smoothest IPA I have ever drank but still pretty smooth

D- Good session type IPA, nothing exceptional in the world of IPAs but still an enjoyable beer

Spiekerbox, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark hazy copper color, sediment seeming to rest on the thick layers of fog in the beer. A nice white foam forms and hangs around for a while, complimenting the overall appearance of the brew.

The is biscuit sweet and floral, an interesting combination. I expected the hops to dominate my nose, but the malts seemed just as present.

A piney bite hits first, but the sweet bready malts come in quickly to balance the taste out. A nice mild dry bitterness kicks in towards the end of the swallow and lingers around in the mouth.

Not a bad IPA.
S- A nice blend of citrus and pine hops to go along with a pretty decent malt backbone. There also happens to be a little grassiness in there as well. Pretty average for the style.

T- Citrus hops up front, more lemon than anything. A pretty fair amount of malt balances out the beer nicely. There is also just a little bit of sweetness at the tail end.

M- Medium bodied with a little bit of a hop bite. A good amount of carbonation tickles the tongue.

D- Overall I would have to say this is a pretty standard offering for an IPA. Goes down nicely but seems to not be anything outstanding.

donteatpoop, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


I am finding that when I KNOW I am getting fresh beer this beer is much, much better...but it does not age well as most IPA's don't..

This is a fresh bottle..(I think...it just came in again but they do not mark the bottles at all so who knows)

A-Hazy burnt orange

S-Citrus...overripe oranges...a little pine too.

T-Pine...citrus (oranges and grapefruit)..Pine on the finish

M-About right for an IPA...medium bodied...dry on the fiinish..

D-Not as good as I was hoping for in this re-rate. I had it in the past year and thought it was incredible...this is only good...maybe there are consistency issues here...maybe my buds change...I'd say solid but not great...

Rating=3.1 (11-20-07)

A-muddied orange/brown

S-Fresh sweet citrus....oranges....tangerines....has a slight homebrew aroma to it...still very fragrant and enjoyable to smell...

T-Hops are upfront...more of a bitter citrus (grapefruit/orange rinds) and also some piney notes...what is lacking is a malt component..not saying it needs to be malty but this doesn't feel right....unbalanced to the hops without enough malt is my impression.

M-Medium bodied....certainly wouldn't confuse this for a lager..doesn't seem to lack girth or character...lingering dry bitterness on the long finish..

D-This is just fine for an IPA but there are so many others better. I could drink this all night and be happy but it clearly lacks special qualities...kind of a workman like IPA...blue collar IPA maybe....

ZAP, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint.

A- Pours a dark orange/amber that has a slight haze to it. A nice finger's worth of head sits atop the beer and leaves a nice cap and lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A nice blend of citrus and pine hops to go along with a pretty decent malt backbone. There also happens to be a little grassiness in there as well. Pretty average for the style.

T- Citrus hops up front, more lemon than anything. A pretty fair amount of malt balances out the beer nicely. There is also just a little bit of sweetness at the tail end.

M- Medium bodied with a little bit of a hop bite. A good amount of carbonation tickles the tongue.

D- Overall I would have to say this is a pretty standard offering for an IPA. Goes down nicely but seems to not be anything outstanding.

Wisconsinality, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a cloudy, murky deep amber/burnt orange color with sediment visibly floating around. A one finger of off white head that recedes immediately caps this one. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of piney and floral hops, with a hint of breadiness.

T: Taste starts with a nice dose of piney and floral hops. Some pale malts and breadiness fill out the middle. Finish has a hint of grapefruit citrusy hops in it. In the aftertaste, flavoring of orange peel is left on the palate.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light, crisp mouthfeel to this beer.

D: Goes down easy, pretty tasty. This isn't an IPA to knock your socks off but it's worth a pint or two.

Jayli, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of happilysurly
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale burnt orange with a lot of floaters. Minimal head. Smells mildy sweet, malty and fresh. The taste is very balanced, understated like the middle of the IPA road. The malt lingers with just a hint of bitterness. All in all very good IPA that I could keep drinking. It isn't over the top in any way, just good.

happilysurly, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Part of the Dark Horse tasting. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy orange color. One finger fluffy white head stays for a short bit before dying down to just lace on the top of the beer. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big citrus hops in the this one. Bready caramel malts come in the background of this beer. Some light earthy hops bring up the back end of this beer.

T- Citrus hops burst in the front end of this beer. Big grapefruit and citrus in the front clash with a grainy bready malt that stays into the middle. Light spicey flavor in the middle blends into a earthy hop ending. Some light alcohol in the tail end.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Citrus hops left on the palate after each sip and ending with some earthy hops in the aftertaste. Clean flavors throughout the entire beer.

D- This beer like most from Dark Horse is very drinkable. This may have been a little bit of a off review as I tried this after the Double Crooked Tree. Good beer that I don't mind buying sixers of time and time again. Great job Dark Horse!

alleykatking, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of kkipple
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My trading buddy Prototypic kicked this in as an extra and it went immediately into the fridge. Drink IPAs quick, sez I.

An aggressive pour into my Sam Adams pint is looking okay - a muddy, lowly carbonated dull orange brew sporting a low off white head - till I hit bottom, when several CLUMPS of yeast glurg into my glass. I quit pouring and peer in the bottle - Ye Gods! A good two centimeters of sediment in here folks, and VERY unfiltered. Interesting...? In any case, I leave the glass alone to settle out for a few minutes. Tough to give high marks here, unless you're a fiend for unfiltered and yeasty-thick IPAs....

Thankfully, the nose is much better: very sweet and even sugary malts blend with some still-pungent grapefruit hops and general dry greenfulness. A nose-twitch of booze and some grain round it out. Smells easy, yet not tame, and remains approachable.

The flavor is pretty mellow, all told, or maybe I've had a lupulin shift lately. Still, a mouthful of grainy-malt tea spiked with some earthy bitter citrus hop is usually welcome, and that's what we've got here. Nothing unusual going on here, but no flaws either, and finishes semi-sweet, dry and slightly warming with a fine grapefruity lip-smack. Solid.

Mouthfeel is quality, smooth and well-rounded, medium bodied with a nice rolling carbonation (bottle conditioned?) that eases the passage of the nectar to your belly. And yes, I could and would have another.

This bottle is probably 6 months out, hard to say, but it's still tasty beer and quite interesting to try the baby brother to Double Crooked Tree. Worth your while, just mind that sludge!

kkipple, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a regular purchase for me-- it has become my "grilling" beer... but I never sat down to review it. Here goes:

Pours a deep orangey color that is a little cloudy. I'm noticing some sediment in this one, which is something I haven't noticed before. Nearly white head bubbles up about a finger and subsides after a few sips. Respectable chunks of lace hang on the far side of my pint glass.

Smells hoppy-- mostly citrus. A little yeast spicey note as well... and some earthiness, though I'm not sure if that is from the malt or the yeast once again.

Taste really follows nose. A sweet malt front leads to a citrusy hop back with a undercurrent of dry earthiness. The finish presents with a slight spice before coming back to the grapefruit hop profile.

This is middle of the road IPA in terms of body, it has a decent amount of carbonation to help it along.

I will admit I am biased on the drinkability of this one. I happen to pick this one and the Lagunitas IPA quite regularly... I have tossed back enough in one jam session to call it a "session," but the ABV is a tad high to really call this a session beer. Just a good beer to have before dinner (perhaps while firing up the grill!)

AleWatcher, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a thin layer of white foam and produces no lacing.

S - Nice hoppy aroma with citrus fruits and slight sugary sweetness.

T - The hops is somewhat tamed with citrus fruits and maybe some spices thrown in too.

M - Light bodies with a lot of good carbonation.

D - This is a decent IPA, nothing earth shaking but pretty solid nonetheless.

semibaked, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_ Dark copper orange with a small bone white head.

S_ Heavy grapefruit,orange zest,and caramel malt.

T_Huge grapefruit profile,hoppy,and some citrus. Sweet caramel malt back bone. Nice hop kick but pretty well balanced overall.

M_ Crisp, dry and full bodied.

D_Great session ipa.

nickadams2, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Turbid deep, orange tinted, copper with a thick meringue like head that reduced to a medium cap that left caking clumps of lace.

S-Bitter orange rind and sweet caramel malt dominates the aroma profile.

T-Much as the aroma bitter orange rind up front followed by a healthy dose of sweet caramel malt. A touch of spicy pepper zing in the finish. While the flavour is rather simple and straight forward it works very well.

M-Medium bodied with long lingering bitterness and a semi-dry finish.

D-When fresh the dominating orange character of this brew is a true standout. Melded nearly perfect with the sweetness of the malt this is a tough one not to enjoy!

Deuane, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Kuma's Corner earlier tonight.

A-Pours an hazy orange/amber with a white head.

S-Orange and grapefruit notes with a tiny hint of caramel.

T-Bitter, juicy orange and grapefruit with a smooth, dry, bitter finish. Really great aftertaste of orange and grapefruit but there isn't that almost astringent character I get with a lot of IPA's.

M-Really smooth, and medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice and smooth on the palate with slick characteristic.

D-Fantastically drinkable IPA. I could really see it being a staple, go to beer for me. Really surprised by this one after a few misses I've had from Dark Horse.

samie85, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmwgirl9606 for sending me this beer as an extra.

The beer pours a murky orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is citrus - mainly bitter oranges. The flavor is bitter oranges and the overall bitterness is medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip pint glass.

A: Orangish amber. Slightly cloudy. Tons of yeasties. Head is at 1/2 inch but dies fast.

S: Fruitiness, grass, pine and lots of citrus. All blends together nicely. More heavy on the pine and citrus. Faintly sweet malts.

T: Nice hop flavors with pine and citrus predominating. Some fruitiness from the yeast and possibly the hops. Not overly fruity however. The malts are there but not overpowering. Some honey sweetness with just a hint of caramel and maybe some biscut.

M: Light to medium bodied. Finishes fairly dry. Good carbonation. Crisp.

D: A solid IPA. Definitely holds it own among the many other competitors. Nothing makes it really stand out a ton though. Really drinkable. I'll definitely have it again.

brewdoc75, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of bruachan
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy amber. very hazy actually. i could tell it was just by looking at the little stream out of the bottle. good sudsy foam

smells like...cascade. sweet and citrussy, that's a pretty aroma. grapefruit, pine

strong bitterness, and excellent hop flavor. and the sweetness is allowed to play, too. grapefruit and very fresh grassy/herbal-type flavor

mouthfeel is quite thin, so hops are allowed to carry the day without being too extreme in their own right.

bruachan, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of bwiechmann
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Gorgeous beer. Hazy, orange with amber accents, settled beautifully. Thick, sticky head with adequate lacing.

S- Explosion of hoppy pine and citrus. Lots of grapefruit.

T- Hoppy bitterness up front (grapefruit, pine, orange peel) with an amazingly balanced malt background. The dryness and bitterness in the finish is wonderful.

M- Good carbonation, medium body. What you would expect.

D- extremely tasty. Will be visiting this one again soon.

bwiechmann, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: dark tan to caramel with a fairly creamy head, fairly sticky lacing, nothing out of the ordinary

S: more malt than hops at first sniff, alcohol is detectable, expecting a fairly hot drink for 6%, hops tend toward grapefruit

T: sweet malt and green apple with clearly detectable alcohol, fairly well balanced bitterness

M: Smooth and creamy and drying in the finish

D: This is a very approachable IPA though I wish the alcohol wasn't so obvious though it does work to some degree because of the malt and the fairly toned down hops.

waldoiverson, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into a tulip glass and was impressed with the coloring, a deep orange gold. Smelled really nice with pine hops the dominant tone. Taste was the best quality about this beer. A nice balance between the hops and malts with a grapefruit twang and a sharp, crisp bitterness that i really liked. Mouthfeel was not unlike others of it's kind and went down easily. Pleasant drinking experience that will have me no doubt picking up more on my next trip to the beer store!

kalkavekkian, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of TapTitan
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a Sixtel of this for the bar.

A- Cloudy orange almost like a Guiness the way it settled.

S- Hop madness, piny & citrus explosion!

T- Heaven, but seriously, very hoppy and somewhat bitter, nice.

M- Perfect on the palate, taste stays with ya for some time.

D- Smooth drinking a special IPA!

TapTitan, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange amber. The color reminds me of a very dark apple cider. Very cloudy. Thick off white head. "Big bubble" lacing being left as you consume.

S: Grapefruit. Citrus. Pine. Hops. Smells great!

T: Sharp hoppy bite at the front, but it has a smooth finish. Very well balanced. Pine hops, but I can still taste some malt, almost bread-like?

M: Decent mouthfeel. medium bodied, seems like the carbonation is spot on.

D: Very drinkable for an IPA, especially for me. Awesome job.

"Intense Transfer Method," I like it.

herman77, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of bound4er
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Dark Horse beer.

A. Hazy (almost turbid), amber colored (looks like iced tea) with some sediment in the bottom of my glass. Big, puffy head that recedes to a thin skim and leaves nice lacing behind.

S. Malty with a bitter, earthy and piney hoppiness.

T. Similar on the palate with a nice hit of bready malt and pine hops. Finishes with a slow building bitterness that never gets overpowering. Well done.

M. Slick feeling, medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

D. This is well balanced and quite drinkable. It slides down way too easily - a few in a session would be perfect. I am impressed with this offering and highly recommend it - especially if you like your IPA's on the balanced side.

bound4er, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I had back in America after being away for over a year. It delivered! It satisfied my hop deprived palate and was a solid true to style IPA. My senses were a little obliterated after traveling for over 24 hours and being congested but this IPA was bold enough to slice through all that and show its colors.

xjapanhomebrewx, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of drcarver
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy orange color with little head and some lacing

S - hop through and through. hop aroma on the pine side

T/M - strong hop flavor definitely pine. almost minty (not in flavor) but with the coolness of the finish. sharp bite at the start.

D - goes down smooth but controled.

drcarver, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of kimcgolf
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a hazy, dull orange with thin white skim that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. True to its style, the nose is strong hoopy grapefruit citrus. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly tingly and pleasantly bitter. Taste picks up the strong grapefruit in the nose, and the finish is long and dry. Darn good beer.

kimcgolf, Feb 17, 2010
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,624 ratings.