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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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2,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,857
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 117
Gots: 341 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 2,857 | Reviews: 893
Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from the 41 beers my friend brought back from Ohio. This one is from Michigan and a real winner. Non-pasturized, a hazy murky orange color with an average size white head. Good head retention and thick bands of lacing.

Aroma is solid...citrus hops. Really good taste, a bitter IPA that most hopheads would appreciate. Citrus hops dominate but there is a balance as well. The malts add richness to the flavor without lessening the hop experience. There is a blast of bitter hops, some maltiness and a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. THe hops bitterness is pronounced. The malty aspect (caramel malts?) almost make this seem like a barleywine somewhere in the middle and the head shrinking hops return. Crisp and rich...Very good.

This is a fine IPA....big flavor at a sensible abv level.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/24/11

Appearance: A hazy, dark orange/amber color, starts off with a somewhat fluffy head, retains a nice ring, good carbonation

Smell: Decidedly balanced - a nice selection of hops - floral, citrus, pine, with a hint of tropical aromas - a great pale and caramel malt backbone, with some sweetness

Taste: So, so balanced - as the aroma suggests, this beer is not extreme, but it is brilliantly balanced - a great malt backbone, caramel with some lighter malts - a lightly toasted biscuit - imparts some sweetness, and there is some light, fruity sweetness from the hops - speaking of which, it's a tasty hop profile - citrus, citrus rind, pine, vaguely tropical - bitter, not not intense

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely carbonated, medium bodied, refreshing and drinkable

Overall: This is my kind of IPA

This was better than I expected. I'm sure I'll offend someone by suggesting this, but this kind of reminds me of Two Hearted (although it's not as good). It's impressively balanced considering how hoppy it is. Nicely bitter, nicely sweet... It's unfortunate that this is on the expensive side.

Update: 5/29/13

Drinking a bottle of this after drinking all of the "Dekoorc Eert" single-hop variations, and all I can say is "wow." Nothing even comes close to the charm of the original! Scores unchanged.

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

12oz bottle at the faux-Irish bar next to my hotel in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of sudsy white head, which leaves a nice array of layered lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crackery caramel malt, and pine/citrus hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel, mild citrus cream, and some mild weedy, piney hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body a shallow medium weight, with a hallow, cloying aspect. It finishes with some weak earthy, weedy hops, and clingy malt.

A generally ok IPA, just too restrained to keep one's attention.

Photo of Brunite
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An orange body with some haze. A white cap with sticky lacing left behind.

S: Citrus notes predominate as expected.

T: A nice West Coast flavor. Not as in-your-face as some but a solid effort. Grapefruit and citrus notes. Bitter on the finish.

M: Medium body.

O: Nice but not earth shattering. Still not a rotation beer at this price point.

Photo of MrTopher
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank your Jim (ratedz) for this little guy!
Poured into a Stone IPA glass, why because I can!

A – Poured a nice orange color but was a little cloudy because of possible sediment, had a nice off white head that dissipated rather slowly, and the head left an elegant lacing around the glass.

S – Some citrus but mostly seemed to have some pine resin, also a sweet smell very similar to English malt.

T – Has a good pine resin flavor a little citrus/grapefruit intermingled also, but the malt profile was a lot more complex.

M – Little thicker than expected, but could have been from the sediment. Carbonation was good, but this beer was just a little chewier.

O – This reminds me a lot of an English Style IPA, it was very good and maybe the sediment changed this a little but for my first Dark Horse beer I was really impressed.

Photo of klaybie
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark orange almost brown. Excellent two finger head that recedes moderately. It looks there some yeast suspended in the the glass. Not very impressed with the looks of this one. There is some nice lacing that is left, I am happy with that part.

S: Hop bitterness and citrus with a hint alcohol perhaps? Much better aroma than appearance.

T: Wonderful citrus flavors up front with delightful bitterness. An excellent combination of the two. Refreshes the palate for the next drink.

M: Creamy, coats the mouth well.

O: Aside from the appearance I am very impressed and pleased with this beer. It is quite drinkable and am happy I found 3 bottles of it at shop near me. I'll certainly be buying this again.

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

eep amber, copper, w/ a one finger head wich settled nicely, fine lacing throughout. Smell and taste both lived up to the name! Smell came through strong piney, with citrus overtones, very fresh smelling. Tatsed AWESOME.. Grabbed you right away with the fesh pine taste and lingered for a good bit, almost begging you back for more. Very smooth and highly drinkable, if I had more access to this I could be in trouble! Overall highly recommended

Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours on the dark side of the style. Solidly what I would call amber. Head is thick, two finger head lasts well. A few wisps of lacing.
S- Smell is definitely hop forward. Primarily it is pine, though there is a light citrus character as well.
T- The taste is rather bitter. There is a good bit of pine in there and a light, fleeting grapefruit flavor. Malt character is noticable but hardly so.
M- Light body, slightly slick and oily. Low carbonation.
O- A good standard IPA. Worth picking up.

Photo of n2185
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Some caramel malt aromas at first followed by a blast of sweet orange and pineapple aromas from the hops. There are some slightly bitter pine aromas.

T: While the aroma is all sweet citrus, the flavor has loads of dry pine and resin hop flavors. There are some slight grapefruit notes. The finish is pretty bitter and it lingers.

M: Medium body with somewhat low carbonation, this beer is slightly oily feeling.

O: While the beer smells good, the flavor is a definite let-down. Not really a bad beer, but not one I'd buy again, either.

Photo of Seebs847
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at prairie moon in evanston, il. Pours a beautiful dark orange with a half inch foamy white head that sticks to the glass throughout. Initial smell hits the nose with pine and grapefruit. Slightly earthy as well. Hop fanatics will flock to this beer, a lip puckering brew to say the least. Tastes of grapefruit hit you right off the bat with a dry sweetness finishing the sip, oh and dont forget about the beautiful hops pounding your taste buds! Overall an enjoyable brew that I find myself drinking whenever I see it.

Photo of crewfan16
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. no date on the bottle to see how fresh it is.

a-seems a tad dark for the style, which is alright with me. Amber in color. Huge thick creamy head is slightly off white and sticks around for a while.

s-sweet caramel malt, tropical fruit maybe pineapple and some bitter citrus hops.

t-pine resin, some fruit, orange zest maybe, sweet malty backbone is present but not huge.

m-thin feeling body, but coats the mouth with a bit of oilyness. low carbonation. drinkablity is huge though.

overall, this is a very drinkable IPA but a little on the lighter taste side. I wish the bottle was dated, as that would perhaps explain the muted hops (if it was a bit older that is). that being said, still a very tasty sessionable Ipa

Photo of eclipse54
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thank you!

Pours a very dark orange/copper color that was quite unexpected for an IPA. It borders on the appearance of a light amber. About a half inch of foamy beige head appears, lingers for some time, and slowly fades to patches. Sticky lacing is left behind. Smells of caramel malt, grapefruit, some orange, and floral hops. Tastes very similar, with the hops in the front, followed by the lemon, citrus, and pine, and a smooth caramel finish. Mouthfeel is very good; smooth with great carbonation. Overall, a great beer that I'd love to sit down with again sometime.

Photo of tykees88
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- It's a nice orange colored beer. Although there is haze which reminds me of a hefe, the head is phenomenal and lacing is great.

S- It smells like grapefruit and caramel malts. Very balanced smell it carries over into the...

T- Taste is like a grapefruit, it finishes caramely malty then comes back with a sweet hop bitter finish. lovely.

M- Its a little heavier than I would like. Makes it slower on the drink.

O- It's a good beer. It's very balanced in the hop and malt dept. and that is something that I prefer with my IPA's

Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a fluffy two finger head with a slight brown tint. The aroma was of caramel malt and piney hops with a hint of citrus. The taste was a little thin up front. The middle was of biscuits and pine hops with an end of citrus. The mouthfeel was moderate carbonation. Overall it was an okay ipa but the taste left me wanting more.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, creamy 1 inch head, unflitered floaters, decent lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, malts, sugars, orange, grapefruit, some lemon.

Taste - Much like the smell, pieny hops and roasted malts are first flavor. SOme sweet sugars add flavor to the bitterness of the hops. Has a roasted/carmal malt backbone. Some floral hop flavor like orange and lemon comes at the end.

Mouthfeel - At first its a sharp hop bite but the malts come in and mellow it out. Tounge is left a little bittered, palette also. Mouth is left a little dry.

Overall - Pretty soild ipa. Slightly more malty then most ipa's. The balance is right on with hops mixed with malts. Tasty for sure and easy to drink.

Photo of lnashsig
2.36/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to try this beer. Poured from 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter. Ugliest IPA pour I have ever seen- pours a murky dark dishwater dirty brown color. A little bit of head, barely any retention. I can only assume that this is a really old bottle, or something has gone terribly wrong with this one. After it gets into the glass, it looks like dirty brown dishwater, pretty disgusting. Smell- applejuice, some spices from the hops. Faint breadiness from the malt. Taste- gross. this is like applesauce gone wrong. You get some sweet flavors from the malt, and some bitterness from the hops, but this does not even resemble an IPA. This is a drainpour. I can only assume this is some sort of quality control issue after reading the reviews.

Photo of Badbobx
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I saw a hazy dark orange beer with a small head of foam that progressed into small lacing.
The aroma was mild IPA with hints of tart citrus.
The taste was biscuity malt with a strong grapefruit finish. A very enjoyable flavor.
I don't see much Dark Horse around here, but have been pleased with all that I taste.

Photo of Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a frothy white head on top. The head quickly transforms to a top circle around the glass. Little spots of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Whiffs of malts and citrus hops.

Strong caramel malt backbone with a biscuit flavor. Perhaps some burnt sugar and toasted grains. The finish provides a moderate hop punch with hints of lemon zest and tart grapefruit.

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

Poured into tulip glass. No bottle dating but it is new label so I assume its fairly fresh...

A- Dark burnt orange. Pours a finger head that dies quickly.

S- Earthy, citrus, cat piss. Weird, some of the aroma is great some is ok... Different for sure.

T/M- Extremely different again. Starts citrus for a moment. Moves toward more earthy and very spicy. Lingering bitterness with an overall great IBU level for balance. Malt isnt overpowering, but does lend a slight biscuit toffee flavor. Mouthfeel is very slick with a smaller amount of carbonation than most beers per this style.

O- I actually found this beer very hard to transcribe into words. Incredibly different. A lot of complexity in the hops; mostly earthy, floral, spicy, but tiny bit of fruit too. Looking forward to Double Crooked Tree next to see where they take this.

Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crooked Tree IPA is a brown, caramel colored brew, with a small head that leaves a fair amount of lace in its wake. The nose has a lot of malts, with grapefruit and other citrus hop notes, a bit piney as well. The taste starts out with a rich caramel malt front, which is well-blended with the focus of this beer, which is the hop profile. The malt is very biscuity, and there is a bit of spiciness from the alcohol. The hops run the citrus end of the spectrum, with grapefruit tones getting the most attention, but also some lemony, piney, bitter and quite citrusy. The mouth is a bit thin and pretty wet.

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, translucent amber. On the first bottle I had, there was a very generous amount of creme colored head, but that aggressive pour led to lots of sediment. Second bottle I had was a deliberately slower pour which yielded far less sediment, bud also far less head. The moral of this story is that the beer has a group of sediment in the bottom from the conditioning, but it's not too off-putting and shouldn't steer you away from this beer.

S - When fresh, there's tons of citrus aroma with a piney backbone. After holding on to a bottle for a few weeks, there is a little more maltiness in the nose.

T - The citrus doesn't disappoint on the tongue. Great well balanced taste in the hop character that smooths out with a decent malt signature.

M - Thin as deli ham with good carbonation. Bitter aftertaste that isn't hanging around too long.

O - Great beer once you get past the sediment. For whatever reason, I had a bottle or two of this hanging around well after what i found was the freshness curve. Once tamed down, it has similar characteristics to Levitation.

Photo of mjvos
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly cloudy, dark amber with a couple fingers of head but with little retention. Leaves some nice bubbly lacing around the glass that lasts. Good hop smell with citrus and some pine notes as well. Corresponding with the smell there is a solid hop presence in the taste, but not too bitter for those who might be opposed to such. Fairly well balanced with the malt. Drinks smooth throughout, but finishes a bit dry leaving me wanting more. Overall, a well crafted IPA that I can see myself drinking often.

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark orange pour with a quickly receding head. Citrus, pine and fruity aroma. Nice hoppy taste. More citrus than anything else, but there is also a very light toastiness from the malt, which is as light as advertised. Very pleasant to drink. Not so much a hop bomb, just an enjoyable hoppy experience.

Photo of BB1313
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a very hazy and cloudy burnt orange, lots of sediment and floaties; nice head the slightly fades and decent lacing. Tons of orange and resin with a good amount of pine. Lots of caramel and malts. The flavors are completely one dimentional and aren't really too bold.. well for 6% the flavors are bold, just not enjoyable for my palate. Very sticky. Mouthfeel is fine, smooth but maybe a tad overboard on the fizz. Not sure if this was fresh or not, but either way the flavors just didn't do it for me.

I really like what Dark Horse does, but I personally just don't like these kind of IPAs. I'd much rather have a Double Crooked Tree IPA.

Photo of GlassFreeek
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a small tulip glass.

A. Dark orange/amberish color with a good amount of haze in the bottle. This beer is seriously bottle conditioned, a lot of sediment. Small relatively bubble head.

S: Average IPA smell, nothing too fancy. You got your piney and citrus notes there, with a little malt sweetness that lingers.

T: Better than I anticipated, I really like the taste of this IPA. It has a good bitterness with an awesome malty sweetness in the background. Pretty tasty.

MF: Nice, thick creamy mouthfeel. Well done!

Overall I like this beer and would buy and drink more of it. Not my favorite IPA by any means, but definitely drinkable.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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