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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

2,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 104
Gots: 178 | 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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4.35/5  rDev +9%

12 oz single purchased for me by a friend from Keg Liquors in Indiana. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange tinted very hazy brown color. It has a pillowy off-white head that is about a finger thick with excellent retention. The bubbles seem a little too large to stick to the glass much in the beginning, but after the head settles a bit, there are nice rings of lacing left behind. It is really a nice looking beer.

S: Citrus hop aromas dominate the nose. It really has a powerful fruity hop aroma. It seems to have a hint of pine aroma as well. I love hop dominated aromas. This one doesn't disappoint.

T: There is a nice caramel malt sweetness in the initial flavor. It is quickly washed away by loads of citrus hops. Matching the nose, there is a hint of pine bitterness as well. I really like IPAs with primarily citrus hop bitterness. Especially ones like this with enough malt to make it more than a one trick pony.

M: Nice and creamy from the carbonation with a medium body.

D: This one goes down very easy due to the creamy smoothness, low ABV, and slightly bitter finish. This is about as close to a session version of a real IPA that you can get.

03-17-2009 01:29:59 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of popery


3.63/5  rDev -9%

Thanks to deliriumfest for sending me this beer.

Tonight, this beer vies with a New Glarus Hop Hearty and Bell's Two Hearted for the title of best IPA of my recent trade. Sadly, this beer comes in third. It's not a bad IPA, but it lacks body and is unbalanced, in my humble opinion. There just isn't enough malt sweetness and body to hold up to the bitter hops. The hop flavor is a tad boring, as well, or possibly that's a related problem. The hops are bitterly citric, mostly, but there are some other notes lingering beneath the bitterness. The feel is a tad thin and astringent, not bad really but it's being compared to some pretty good competition. At any rate, there just isn't quite enough rich malt to stand up to the hops.

03-12-2009 05:19:16 | More by popery
Photo of John_M


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Received this in a trade from Yetiman420. Thanks again Chris!

The beer pours a hazy orange color with decent head retention and lots of sticky lacing. I'm a bit surprised by the nose, which largely consists of overly sweet malt with just a hint of hoppy bitterness. Flavor on the palate genernally replicates the nose, with a lot of up front sweet malt, followed by a finish of dry hoppiness. It's OK, but it's not wowing me. Mouthfeel is fairly light and alcohol is pretty well disguised. Drinkability is decent, though I would wish for the hops to be a bit better intergrated withe the malt.

Received this in a trade and was advised to drink it soon, as it already had some bottle age on it. So perhaps this IPA was not in the very best shape. Hopefully I can revisit this IPA at some point, as I do believe Dark Horse beers are now available in SEPA.

Edit: The review above was from the bottle. Recently, I had a chance to try this beer fresh on tap and the difference was noticeable. The beer had a much more spicey, perfumy nose, and it was considerably drier and hoppier on the palate. The beer was also much crisper, and drinkability was exceptional.

This beer was a good beer out of the bottle, but on tap it's excellent. Hope I get to try it again soon.

03-09-2009 20:33:59 | More by John_M
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Loads of thick frothy head on a hearty pour, lots of lacing around the edge of the glass, quite a bit of sediment, brown with a hint of orange visible - 4.50, S: Hops dominate, more of a bubblegum aroma than the citrus and pine I'm used to in American IPAs, very pleasant and earthy aromas - 4.50, T: Though hops take the front bill Crooked Tree has a solid malt base which nicely balances this beer, grapefruit on the palate, slight nuttiness - 4.00, M: Mildly creamy - 3.75, D: A very solid beer, if I had easier access to Crooked Tree I would definitely drink more of it. As a hophead it is always nice to find beers like this one - 4.25

03-05-2009 02:06:49 | More by deereless
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark honey color with a decent sized head. The sediment was visible at the bottom and floating in the beer.

S: Smells of piney hops and citrus.

T: Tastes a bit like I'm drinking a pine tree. The sweetness in the malts brings out the pine taste in this beer a little too much.

M: Solid thickness and decent carbonation.

D: It's a solid beer, but not the best IPA.

03-05-2009 00:34:32 | More by Jablonski
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

pours a 1.5 finger head with good lacing.
smell is mildly hoppy and nice. I like excessive hoppiness.
dry but with a crystal malt sweetness. its a bit hot and bitter with some hop bitterness.
a little hot, but this a pretty good ipa
thanks to beubie for the sample

03-02-2009 00:38:06 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.13/5  rDev -21.6%

On the pour, a slow one at that, the head rose thick and foamy to the brim requiring a stop in pouring to prevent overflowing. After waiting a while for the head to settle emptying the rest of the bottle, the beer in glass shone a cloudy orange-amber color when held to light. A great deal of particulate yeast sediment stirred up during the pouring contributed to the cloudiness and gave a less than appealing look- like cloudy hot cider. However, the scent was nice; a mildly sweet, generously hoppy floral aroma, which raised hopes for tasting. The first sip was, unfortunately for the taste buds, uneventful. Flavor was general, nothing outstanding, but decently drinkable. Ditto on the mouthfeel and finish. To the tongue it's an ok American IPA, after the gulp it's as if taking a drink from a pasteurized American light lager- you don't get too much afterward. Also, the yeast sediment at the bottom, for those who aren't particularly partial, is gratuitous and detracts significantly from the drinking experience after the first half of the glass is gone. Not bad, but there are better.

02-28-2009 07:11:25 | More by BeefTongue
Photo of Vonerichs


4/5  rDev +0.3%

Two fingers of extremely foamy head that did not stick around as much as expected and very little lacing. Copper-orange translucent body with quite a bit of floaters.

Smelled of piney and floral hops followed by a touch of orange peels.

It's sweet up front, but only for a second, followed by the floral hops and orange. The orange sticks around in the mouth for quite a while.

The mouthfeel was a a little more chewy than I prefer in an IPA, but does have a smooth finish.

Overall, I think this is a very drinkable brew and can easily see this being worthy of a session. The alcohol is practically undectable and goes down very easy. I admit, I was not expecting a whole lot out of this, especially after the pour, but I'd definitely try this one again.

02-26-2009 02:35:20 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Florida9


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a hazy gold-straw color. Unattractive bits of sediment swimming throughout.

Huge foamy head.

Lightly scented, but pleasant. A nice bit of hoppiness.

Flavor is a very good balance of a delicate, lightly sweet malt on the front end and a bit of spicy and flowery hops on the finish.

A very nice beer. Could easily polish off a sixer of these in a night. While it is a somewhat "light" beer, it is flavorful and leaves a clean mouthfeel.

Will definitely be purchasing this one again.

02-26-2009 02:00:32 | More by Florida9
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3.53/5  rDev -11.5%

Thanks to rmasen for this one.

Pours a hazy copper orange with a large eggshell head. The foam dies to leave a nice half-finger cap and a lot of lacing. Some sediment floating about. Smells of piney, floral hops and sweet biscuity malt. Quite a bit of citrus and other fruit. The piney, floral hops and grapefruit are present in the taste as well, but well balanced by the malt sweetness. Slightly bitter, dry finish. More balanced than most takes on the style. Nicely done.

02-22-2009 02:08:31 | More by philipquarles
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4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a dark gold in color with no head at all. Plenty of chunky particles floating throughout this beer.
Smell is wonderful and lightly hopped. This tastes good! Very well balanced and almost the perfect amount of hoppy bitterness. If I had a home draft setup, this could easily be put on without a fear of not enjoying all of it. A little thin on the mouthfeel, but oh so enjoyable. This brewery is absolutely wonderful. Must try more of their stuff.

02-21-2009 21:41:34 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.43/5  rDev +11%

this is a tasty IPA! the appearance is an orange/amber color with nice lacing thru-out..the smell is floral ,grapefruit,citrus ,pine, and malt very nice.... it tastes as good as it smells... hops up front grapefruit and pine in the middle bittersweet hop/malts finish at the end.. its tasty. i like this IPA and will keep this in the fridge. this is very easy to drink and the abv is 6.00 . you got to try this one.

02-16-2009 00:09:52 | More by gatornation
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle acquired in trade with Pailhead (thanks!).

Poured a darker copper/orange color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral, citrus and caramel (all on the softer side). Tastes of pine, caramel and citrus. Lighter alcohol burn in the finish.

Notes from: 6/16/05

02-11-2009 14:38:56 | More by hopdog
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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

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

A. Crooked Tree pours a slightly hazy amber/orange, with an off-white head and good lacing. Yeast particulates are suspended throughout the brew.

S. Hops dominate the aroma, with hints of lemon and pine, followed by a sweet malty edge.

T. This beer turns itself around a couple of times over. It starts with citrus and grassy notes, followed by a bready malt character. Then the hops come back with a dry, almost cedary finish.

M. Full bodied and very well-balanced, this IPA coats the palate and lingers for minutes after each sip.

D. This brew is very smooth, and very easy to drink. The appearance and aroma were a bit thin, but the flavors this beer has to offer were suprising. This is a solid IPA.

02-11-2009 05:40:35 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

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
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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
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4.43/5  rDev +11%

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
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

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
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

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
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

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
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

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
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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

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
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,490 ratings.