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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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2,620 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 108
Gots: 216 | 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 katan
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy, bottle conditioned, yeast floating deep golden color. Did I say hazy? Oh yes - it is whacky thick. 2-3mm of head formation, down to a film of pearly white.

S - A very fruity, floral hop note on the nose. Almost flowery at times. Clearly fresh hops are a big part of the late additions to this IPA.

T - Starts off with the lightest malt note, caramel malts, but then is immediately dominated by an overwhelming hop bomb. Gets very floral, sweet, grapefruit in the midstream. Bitterness builds, but still retains some sweetness. Good job of pulling out the hop flavors without making it a IBU disaster. Finishes with a grapefruit note.

M - Moderate body - can be creamy, a bit stinging at times. Goes down smooth.

D - Whoa boy this beer would sneak up on me. The excellent hop profile of sweet/fruity flavors is deceiving. Not wearing to the palette. ABV is up there, but not scary.

I'm happy w/ the single of this brewery's IPA - brings all the quality attributes with just a solid amount of sessionability.

katan, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of uwmgdman
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-copper color with a clingy white head and just a bit of dry hop haze. The aroma is remarkably fresh hop--citrusy, lemony and slightly piney. There is also a bit of caramel sweetness behind all the hops. The flavor is moderate-high hops--pine with high hop bitterness. Beneath all the hops a sweet flavor is noticeable a bit different and I can't really put my finger on it. The carbonation and body are both medium. Overall a very tasty IPA with a bit of underlying malt.

uwmgdman, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Jeebs
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dirty looking murky orange brown with medium sized tan head. The head sticks around for a bit leaving decent lacing down the glass.

S: I nice big citrus and piney hop aroma with plenty of grapefruit.

T: Not as much hop bite as I was expecting from the nose of this beer. This beer starts off with hops, then you get a nice shot of grapefruit and malt. This beer just doesn't have the in your face hop profile that I was expecting. It's a bit more subdued and therefore a bit lacking compared to some other IPA's.

M: Smooth, medium bodied with light carbonation maybe a bit thin or watery.

D: This isn't the best IPA I have had, nor the worst. I would consider it a better than average IPA that is easy to drink from a brewer I haven't had before.

Jeebs, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1 finger head that stays around for a bit, leaving nice lacing.

Smells of hops with rich tropical fruit. Just an absolute citrus bomb.

Taste follows the aroma. Juicy tropical hops with sweet malts that really balance this brew out in a great way.

The mouth-feel is medium bodied, dry and piney.

Very easy to drink a few of these in a night.

Had this on tap and in the bottle many times both ways. In the bottle this is a good IPA...on tap its a whole different story. All the citrus notes come out so much more on-tap. I've never had quite the experience with the difference of bottled vs on-tap as Crooked Tree

teovaldi, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange body, lively pour, topped by a rapidly decaying three finger off-white head. Really, i expect ipa heads to stick a bit more, both on top and down the glass.

Pine and citrus nose, including mango, but very subdued.

Very sweet malt runs down the tongue. Some nice juicy fruit pops from the sides and a big bitter bite at the swallow, that lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little sloppy/watery for an ipa, but not too much so. Definitely drinkable.

A good everyday ipa, though once the case is done it will be awhile before I look to revisit. Worth trying however.

RonfromJersey, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this beer out of a Dark Horse Brewing Company variety case. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is opaque in the middle, but translucent around the edges. The head is three to four finger's tall, an eggshell color, creamy in texture, perfect retention and sweet sticky lacing.
Smell: The aroma is very west coast. I get lots of grapefruit, pine resin and peanuts.
Taste: The flavors pine needles, toffee and hints of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a very dry body.
Drinkability: This beer is very good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense copper-amber body. Large off-white head. Mediocre retention, but respectable lacing.

S: Mostly citrus in the nose. Grapefruit and pine cones with a bit of floral presence. Some caramel and toffee malt is detectable.

T: Not as assertive as the nose. The grapefruit is muted while the earthy pine and floral notes come forward a bit more. The caramel and toffee malt, however, is much more pronounced. Significantly taking away from the expectation the nose suggested.

M: Smooth, light-medium weight. Crisp finish with a respectable bitter bite. Lively, but appropriate carbonation levels throughout.

D: All together this was a nice IPA. Nothing too special, but a decently complex and well crafted example of the style. At 6% this is a nice 'standard'

callmemickey, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy brown color with a nice 2 finger head.

S: Wow. I could smell the hops as soon as the pour began. Very nice impression to begin. Smell is of citrus and sweet fruit.

T: Taste is definately hoppy and grapefruit is dominant.

M: Pretty creamy - nice.

D: I could have a case of these sitting in the fridge. Very good. G;eat offering from Dark Horse Brewing

beerman207, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of danielharper
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Beer tasted 10/26/2009. Notes transcribed verbatim below.)

A: Hazy orange body, thin white head. Very translucent, almost no light gets through.

S: Crisp, floral hops. Centennial? Some malty sweetness.

T: Bitter hop presence, especially on the finish. Hops dominate flavor, perhaps overmuch.

M: Very hoppy, low carbonation, moderately thick.

D: Hop-lovers will adore this. A bit mono-flavored for me.

(Yeah, overall it's just a bit too hop-forward. It's a good beer, worth your time, but just not my preferred interpretation of the style.)

danielharper, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of mdawson
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Yeast in the bottle; poured into a pint glass deep gold and hazy with two fingers of good, lasting foam.

S - Fresh, thick, pungent, fruity, beautiful hops. Ruby red grapefruit with sugar over pine needles; a whiff of biscuity grain in the back.

T - Instant grapefruit-and-pine hops followed by a browbeaten malt profile of biscuit and light caramel, chased by a firm hop-bitter finish.
M - medium-full body, nice living-ale, bottle-conditioned texture.

D - Very drinkable! The whole thing hangs together very well and showcases its ingredients to their advantage. This IPA manages to be zealously hoppy without entirely losing the malt.

mdawson, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of matjack85
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $1.89. No back label to tell you anything about the beer and no freshness date anywhere to be found.

The beer pours a cloudy apricot/peach color with a 2-finger fluffy white head that lasts a long time. The lacing was incredible.

Big citrus and piny hop smell here - really nice.

Big hop flavor. The grapefruit and tangerine flavored hops make this both bitter and fruity. I guess there's some malt in here as well, but this one is all about the hops.

Medium body with pretty high carbonation. Drt finish with lingering bitterness. The alcohol is not even noticeable and I could drink these all day. This is a really good beer.

matjack85, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of dunleav1
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is bottle sample that pours cloudy and starts with an inch head.

Head disappates into big white bubbles.

Aroma - This is a Cascade hop dominated beer.

This is a tasty beer that I could drink quite a few of.

This is more like APAs I brew as opposed to an IPA.

dunleav1, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of bret27
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of Dougofthefuture

A: Very cloudy amber/brown. Nice swirls of unfiltered sediment. Nice foamy bubbly head w/lacing.

S: Piney, lemon, hops, tree(no, wait that's the label)

T: Whoa! Very unique. Not much like smell. Lemony and spicy. Almost saison-like w/some spicy earthiness. Also some malt in there, but very minimal presence of sweetness. Mild lingering bitter finish

M: Good for style. Cloudy but not really chunky. Fairly thin, but appropriate for an ipa.

D: gooood

Overall: Pretty tasty. Different from any ipa I've had. Not sure if it's the yeast or unfiltered nature, or even a west coast ipa style w/midwest ingredients? It seems to work. Could imagine the Double version being epic.

bret27, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one I've enjoyed a few times but now that I'm reviewing it, I notice that's it's a bit over the hill age wise. Still, not bad overall. The hazy, cloudy beer is a murky apricot and gold hue. No head on this one, slight ring came and went. Sweet caramel honey aroma is inviting and yet still a bit hoppy as well. Taste offers pineapple, citrus rind, some toffee flashes lend another dimension to it with a malty finish. Mouthfeel is substantial, nice body, cleansing hoppiness yet with nice malt balance. Refreshing, very drinkable and sastisfying IPA, Dark Horse makes my day again.

ThatWineGuy, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A generous extra from a very generous trader, bamadog. Thanks, Rich!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a murky deep dark gold with a big frothy off-white head on top. Great retention; leaves plenty of sticky lace and webbing. Smells of mild citrus zest, hay, flowers, and a faint toffee scent on the finish.

Very smooth creamy body on this. Slight buttery feel. This is one of those IPAs that doesn't smack you upside with grapefruit and nothing else. Plenty of bitter hops in this, leaving a slight piney resin leftover. But there's shadows of sweetness in the middle. Bitterness is moderate. Nothing harsh or scalding, just a well-made IPA. Get some.

Onenote81, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has one of the best hop aromas. Fresh hops with strong fruit character, including citrus plus) and sweetness. It's so nice, especially early on, as it fades some in time.
Cloudy orange amber. Big full head (couldn't pour full bottle initially). Rocky head as settles. Pleasing bubble action to entertain the eyes.
Flavor is balanced towards the bitter and unfortunately lacking the great hop flavors thae aroma left me anticipating. Very short-lived sweetness up front, but bitterness kicks in big time forthwith. Long finish of hop bitterness and mild dryness. Bitterness decreases some as warms and airs out the malt and increases the enjoyment.
Fullness and softness from carbonation, but it seems a bit too much. Moderate feel.
Good solid IPA with much better than average aroma.

garymuchow, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Dark Horse on Saturday 11/28/09. Didn't have a chance to review so I bought a six pack. It was quite good on draft.

A-deep copper color, nice little hop haze, pours a nice two fingers of an off white head that does dissipate a little quickly but it leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S-light citrus hop flavor hits the nose first with a faint malt backbone

T-the tastes are relatively balanced favoring the hop side with a nice sweet grapefruit taste and citrus hop flavor, that is backed with a hint of sweet caramel malt and some malty biscuit.

M-this has a nice mouthfeel that is smooth with a relatively low amount of carbonation and a medium body

D-for only 6% alcohol this goes down very nice. I would say that it is relatively hoppy, but it is not a hop explosion. It is slightly balanced; but still favors the hops side.

cpetrone84, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A handsome, muddy beer. The hazy particulation mutes the copper color, trapping some light and creating a bit of enchanment in a glass. This is all complimented by the latte like head - dense, gold, in no hurry to leave. I can hardly see my fingers through the glass. I like that.
I am also a fan of the nose on this - on the balance scale this leans heavily towards hops: clementines, pine, mud and grapefruit create an earthy affair. This ship swims with amongst a caramel sea. The effect is tantalizing.

This hop leaning balance translates well in the taste. Very well . A bubbly start that is all melon and caramel. full and chewy. I get a hint of tobacco, oak and even gamey meat towards the top and back. This would pair well with bigger white and some dark meats. The finish fills with prickly hoppiness. Just enough viscosity to pool in my throat. a light bitterness lingers. I think this is a great example of an american IPA. again, mouthfeel is the underrated secret.

Philabeerphia, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of arkurzynski
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kindly special ordered by Festival in Fond du Lac. Pours light amber with beautiful head. Very frothy almost like whip cream and a lot of lacing. Unfiltered which is definately ok. Aroma is fruity and floral. Good bitterness (grapefruit/citrusy), but also some good malt character in the foreground (which I like in an IPA).

arkurzynski, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was no date on the bottle and when I opened it, I simply began pouring, only to get some sludge from the bottom. Whoops! I got a finger of medium-tan head with low retention. The color was a hazy deep amber, thanks to my inattention. Nose was full of resinous piney hops. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hops flavor. Very resinous, piney, everything that I enjoy in an American IPA. Yum. Finish retained that same flavor. This would be worth having again.

woodychandler, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of spartanfan
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz long neck; no freshness date.

A: Pours an unfiltered golden, orange with a decent white head that leaves behind good lacing.

S: Smells very fragrantly of flowery, citrusy hops. Smells of oranges, grapefruit.

T: Taste is of hops; again mainly grapefruit and orange, but also a large buiscuty maltyness. An aftertaste of yeast that I do not particularly care for.

M: This beer has just the right amount of carbonation and a nice medium-full mouthfeel.

D: This isn't my favorite IPA, but it's a solid beer and it goes down smooth.

spartanfan, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

West Coast IPA done Michigan style with an almost patented "Intense Transfer Method." Bring it on, our hophead alter egos are ready for it. Nearly clear orange-amber color dons a thin haze. Solid head retention with some sticky bubbly lacing. Deep aromas of ruby grapefruit, evergreen and wild flowers show what the hops are all about. It seems the nose is all about the hops as well. Mild carbonation, smooth and crisp medium body. Citric hop flavor throughout, mostly tangerines, sweet grapefruit and blood oranges. Hop bitterness is soft as the hop flavor is dominant with a puckering component. Sure there is some maltiness present with a notch of sweetness and light biscuity undertones, it brings some balance to the mix. Hint of alcohol middle to end with a juicy cherry fruitiness. The finish points toward dry with a long lingering and pleasant hop flavor.

Bull's-eye when it comes to the style its aiming for. Drinkability is high and with only 6.0 percent ABV it's a borderline session ale; at least in our book it is. IPA freaks should seek this beer out.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong pour into the Duvel tulip produces a massive four finger creamy off white head. Nestled under this monter if a head lies a hazy golden apricot body. When held to the light the glass is illuminated but the light does not make its way through. Retention is above average leaving spotty lacing as it subsides.

Aroma comes straight from the pacific. Big citric grapefruit, sweet orange and subtle pine. Unfortunately the bottle is not as fresh as would be desired yet the aroma holds strong. Light caramely malt barely breaks through leaving more of a suggestion that it exists at all.

Bitterness has faded significantly in this older sample. Fresh samples from the past provide a clean and strong hop bite. The citric and pine carries over from the nose to be the more dominate flavors. Sweet toffee malt in more evident. While the desired flavor has significantly faded the product is still very solid.

Medium bodied while a bit low on the carbonation, could be a result of age or bad bottle as this has not been an issue is the past. Smooth and creamy.

I really want to rate this beer by my past experiences but to be fair I am rating the bottle in front of me. This will definitely be one to review with a fresh bottle. Even with the less desirable traits which came along with the age we still have a solid beer.

kzoobrew, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an unfiltered light brown with a thick, but quickly disappearing, white head and lots of lacing. Lots of sediment floating throughout the beer and on the bottom of the glass.

S - A little faint on the hops but they seem to be mostly citrus and light. There is some pale malt aroma also in this beer.

T - Lots of bitterness to start and not much flavor but quickly fades to a strong grapefruit flavor. Finishes with a big grassy character that lasts long into the aftertaste.

M/D - Pretty big body for an IPA...closer to a double but the carbonation still cuts through it well and balances out the mouthfeel. No trace of alcohol or tannins and it makes it a very drinkable beer.

This beer got better as it warmed up to about 55-58 Fahrenheit, which is unusual because most IPAs that I try are at their peak aroma/taste around 50-52. Would go back and review it after letting it sit for 10 minutes if I had another one....

VaTechHopHead, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep bronze-y orange body with lots of haziness to it...the head was white and stood a creamy one finger...particles are suspended everywhere in the body...nice lacing

S - The hops dominate and I love it...a big dose of pine needles mixed with sweet citrus (grapefruit, orange, and lemon)

T - The flavor profile is just the nose enhanced...again the hops dominate but the malts are not totally out of the picture...the malts add to the sweetness of the citrus hops...the citrus hops are really bright and sweet...flavors of grapefruit and lemon really shine through...maybe a little bit of orange zest...the piney hops provide that sharp bitterness that is expected...it's not too harsh and has the right amount of resin provided

M - Medium bodied...slick, creamy, resiny, bitter...just solid all around

D - I was really impressed with this IPA...I'm glad it came to PA and it's here to stay...this is now one of my favorite IPA's and I'm sure it's just a tad better on tap

thain709, Nov 09, 2009
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.