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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

2,558 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,558
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 107
Gots: 197 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to HardTarget for the extra. I was told this was aged for about a year. I am interested to see what a year does to an IPA.

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange color. A white and rocky head rises to over two fingers. Lots of sticky spiderweb lace is left behind.
S: This has a great balance between sweet caramel malt and dark fruits with grassy and floral hops. A year has been good to this IPA.
T: The flavor is a little muted however. Not nearly as much malt that was in the nose, and the hop flavor is faded as well. Subtle caramel malt, and slightly sour fruit. It is still good, just a little on the thin side.
M/D: A medium body, but thin and watery for my tastes. An easy beer to drink though. Sessionable for an IPA.

This is a good beer. I probably enjoy this more aged than fresh. There are much more subtle flavors and aromas going on. The hop presence is still there, but obviously muted a bit. Give it a try aged if you think all IPA's should be enjoyed fresh. It is interesting.

champ103, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light amber orange body with sediment suspended throughout. A small tight head that fades very quickly.

Large sweet grapefruit aroma but also a soft caramel maltyness that is very subtle.

Very balanced. A nice bite of hops is almost side by side with a nice biscuity malty assertiveness. Finish leans toward the zesty hops

A very smooth medium bodied brew. A nice balanced IPA. Glad I nabbed this guy in Michigan. They sure know how to brew 'em.

bfields4, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of nicnut45
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy reddish brown color leaving about 3/8 inch of slightly off white head. Chill haze is appearant, however this leaves as the beer warms up. Typical citrus smell with pine. This may sound wierd but I get a certain scotch tape smell that detect in a lot of ipa's and I find it in this one too. Some may consider it a flaw but I like it. This is a tasty ipa. A very pleasing bitterness overcomes the sweet malt. Tastes of pine, liquid smoke, and lemon also come through. This has a bit more carbonation then most ipa's that I have had. A crispy bitterness greets the tounge with each sip. This ipa wasnt bad however for the price I can find something a lot better.

nicnut45, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. It smells like citrusy (pineapple and grapefruit) and piney hops, along with some caramel malt. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. However, the aroma seems to be a bit weak. The taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of peppery spice, lemon zest and honey noticable too. There's also a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. Good balance between the hops and malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink and it's quite enjoyable. I think this is a decent enough brew, I'd pick this up again.

bluejacket74, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have the pleasure of having this on tap at my home! 6% ABV. Slightly hazy copper color. Nice off-white rocky head. Very nice head retention. Nice patches of lace left on the sides of the glass after a while.

Biscuit malt in the nose, with caramel and citrusy hops jumping out. A bit of pine and floral notes make their way out as well.

Lots of caramel and biscuit malt flavor up front. Nice blast of juicy, citrusy hops. Good amount of bitterness, but not completely taking over this brew.

Medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Very easy to drink. Perhaps a bit tame for an IPA, but very enjoyable.

Bierguy5, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date present :(

(A)- Pours and orange amber color. Huge 3+ finer head that slowly dissipates to a 2-finger head that didnt go away until 3/4 of the beer was consumed! The head was thick/creamy/ & fluffy in an off-white color. Some lacing was present.

(S)- Classic hoppiness with lemony piney citrus. Some sweet maltiness that comes out smelling like honey. Some nice floral aspets as well.

(T)- Superb balance of hops and malt! You get the bitter hops blast at the same time as the thick, sweet malts. Good citrus fruits of lemon, pineapple, lime, and grapefruit combined with a honey/maple combination.

(M)- It really coats the mouth like a syrup and also really dries out the mouth from the hops. Bittersweet yet incredibly smooth too. Great combination level too!

(D)- What a wonderfully balanced AIPA. Its would be so easy to have one after another. Bitter yet sweet and almost silky smooth to boot. A superb effort, and one of my new favorite IPAs.

sweemzander, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade from mnjeff - thanks man! Poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temperature this IPA is fairly dark (much like a rye ale) with a slightly tan head.

The aroma is of cascade hops, tart citrus fruit (grapefruit and limes), and sweet rye malt.

The taste is sharp hops, penetrating sweet malt that backs down to the hop assault. There is a lot of dried fruit, light vinegar, floral esters, hop oil sharpness and a fairly strong brewed black tea dryness that makes for a very attentuated and long (taste/finish) beer.

The mouthfeel is fairly light on the tongue because of the dry finish and high carbonation. There is a lot of hop residue that makes for a chalky biting mouthfeel - not unpleasant just unique.

I would characterize this beer as being highly drinkable. I would reach for this beer if it were available again.

PerzentRizen, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of BenJames1984
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Deep, burnt orange color, complimented with a fluffy, cream colored head. Left a good amount of lacing.

Smell- Hops, and a little sweetness.

Taste- Floral and citrus hops are notable here. Nice and crisp.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability- I must say, this beer goes down nice and easy. I can easily see myself drinking six of these bad boys in an evening. One of my first, and one of my favorite IPAs.

BenJames1984, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of greshdoghophead
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6-pack from the Sharon Square store

A-nice copper color with minimal head

S-not overpowering, hop variety not specified on label but might be centennial

T-not very carbonated which is a plus - smooth ala real ale

M-incredible on the palate, not too malty yet very balanced

D-this rivals the best and easily could be something you could drink everyday

Once again a Michigan brewery hits the mark

greshdoghophead, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale glass.

Pours a murky amber with a finger and a half fluffy head. Good carbonation throughout, some floaties at the bottom of the glass...no harm there.

Smells of fruit, citrus, pine, caramel, bubblegum, strawberry, spice. Maybe some pineapple. I'm getting some malt coming through, but the hops are in the foreground, the prominent element here for sure.

Taste his hoppy, soap, cinnamon, cloves, some citrus. Getting some peppery, bitter spice on the font of the tongue, and some caramel sweetness on the back. Leaves a really effervescent spice on the tongue that lingers for a good bit...

Overall, a decent beer. It is definitely leaving something to be desired though...something in the middle...like a good, creamy malt character to balance out the bitterness of the hops...a drinkable IPA nonetheless.

movingtrain, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of youngblood
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shimmering copper color. Looks slick and highly carbonated. Not a fan of the look.

Smells strongly of grapefruit with bits of pineapple as well. Almost one dimensional with very little malt appearing in the nose. Still smells awful nice though.

Taste follows nose closely. Lots of grapefruit, small bit of pine. Little malt sweetness. Feels slick on the tongue. Pretty easy to drink.

youngblood, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy straw/copper color and is translucent when held to the light. A 2 inch off-white head forms and slowly reduces. Moderate carbonation is visible.

The aroma is primarily that of citrus/pine from the hops. There is mild orange rinds notes and minimal clove.

The taste is also a hoppy citrus/pine combination but it could definitely be stiffer and almost seemed watered down.

This is a light/medium bodied beer that is fairly smooth. There is good bite from the carbonation and a mild dryness at the finish.

This is a reasonably drinkable beer. It is not so intense that you can only have one but still provides a decent flavor.

SykDoc, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber. Little to no transparency, with a thick fast rising head that is tanish in color. Looks like plenty of sediment on the bottom of the bottle yet is easy to pull up. It dumps in dark and hard to see among the cloudy nature of the brew.

Smell is hoppy like a good American IPA should smell.

The taste, however, took me back. Creamy with toffee and caramel coffee malt flavor. Much like a toned down Dragon's Milk. The hop is still there as an undertow in a subtle way like pollen covering the tongue. Reminds me of the sent of a Michigan mid-summer's wild field cooling down after dusk.

Feels good and bitter. Very drinkable.


JordanEllwanger, May 31, 2009
Photo of kels
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a perfect night at Fries last night with bamadog - every beer on tap was a perfect complement to the Reds game on tv. This one was especially nice. I definitely recommend.

Appearance: Pours a lovely amber-orange, plum-flesh shade, slightly cloudy, with little visibility. A shorty, white, tight head fades to a floaty skim immediately leaving light lacing along the glass.

Smell: Smell is a pleasant harmony of bitter and sweet - honey, slightly toasty, slightly caramelly malts with a little grapefruit pulp and a little grassy bitterness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Surprisingly notable alcohol in the taste. Malts are very dry and crispy, hops are really nice and sticky-bitter with some citrus and some grass. Feel is bright, wet and very refreshing while still being sweetly sticky.

Drinkability: Very high, and the beer adds really nice dimension to the flavor as it warms. Really recommend trying this on tap if you get the chance.

kels, May 21, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
2.55/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Paid $8.49 for a 6 pack of 12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. This is the 3rd beer I've had from the pack and it is the one I am reviewing. I pour into a standard pint glass.

Leaves just over an inch of white pillowey head. Very cloudy and opaque. A light brownish, burnt orange color. Some moderate head retention.

Nose is somewhat light for an IPA. A toned down citrus pine aroma. Nothing too impressive here.

As with the nose, this is a rather unimpressive IPA. Some raw barley hints reminiscent of a B-Level brewpub. Balancing malty background. The flavors in this one are just quite mild.

Medium body with some grittiness leaving a lasting aftertaste that is more malty than hoppy. OK carbonation.

One of the sites I remember finding out about this one from had it rated like an A- I believe. I just don't get it.

ibbjamin, May 18, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed apricot color with an inch of dense off white foam. The head lingers for about half the glass, leaving behind a thin lace in it's path. Aroma and taste is loaded with citrus and tropical fruit notes such as grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, mango as well as just about the right amount of sweetness from the caramelized malts to bring it all together. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. Great stuff!

ClockworkOrange, May 15, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baconisaveggie for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. This beer pours a murky melon with a rocky white head that leaves some serious lacing of the American variety. The nose is the typical American IPA. Big citrus notes with sweet oranges, lemons, a bit of pineapple, and some sweet caramel from the malt backbone. The flavor is a lot sweeter then I had anticipated from the nose. The malt really dominate the flavor profile. Pineapple, peach and just a hint of lemon zest pop their heads through the malt. Big toffee and caramel overtones. This really had me twisted. I completely expected a hop bomb from the nose and just didn't get it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and and finishes slightly dry. This is a good IPA but just not what I had expected.

hwwty4, May 15, 2009
Photo of botham
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the brewpub in Marshall. pours a hazy apricot color with a half finger of white head that leaves light lacings.

aroma is of rich and fresh hops with tropical undertones and a bit of bready malt. very fresh in the nose, with a bit of piney hops mixed in. wonderful.

taste follows the aroma with intense piney hops at first, followed by a smoothing citrus hop character and lightly tropical undertones. very fresh in character with borderline perfect mixing of a widely diverse palate of hop qualities.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a dry texture and a piney finish.

drinkability is great. this is an intensely hoppy brew with a wonderfully smooth character and a great semi-dry finish of residual hop resins. the freshness of the brew only accentuates the hops, producing one of the most well crafted IPA experiences of this BA's tenure. cheers!

botham, May 12, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much love to Phyl21ca for the extra!

Pours a hazy orange with that soft, pillowy head I've come to appreciate in serious IPAs -- the head that falls around the edges to make an island in the middle, leaving splotchy lacing. Dunno if the haze conceals the rising bubbles, 'cause I don't see a whole lot.

Smells great -- rich, flowery, citric, pine, a tinge of alcohol. Good balance of malt & hops in the taste, at least appropriate for a balanced IPA. That flowery, grapefruit taste is up front, then settles to usher in some really satisfying malt sugars, softening the blow.

I like the balance here, & am starting to value a well-balanced IPA more & more. This is in the middle-left on the mellow/harsh scale (Surly Furious on the left, Ruination or Green Flash West Coast IPA on the right). Very nice mouthfeel, feels satisfied without being beaten to death with palate-ravaging hop bitterness. This is a keeper, for sure.

OneDropSoup, May 11, 2009
Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a cream colored label that has a crooked green tree inside a crooked red square. On the outer edges of the label is where you'll find all the mandatory US information. It's too bad they didn't bother to put a date on the bottle.

I decided to pour this Michigan born IPA into my Bell's pint glass. Boy was this IPA hazy! Not naturally hazy like some IPAs. This IPA was hazy because of all the hop (and possibly yeast) particles floating around the inside of this beer. The color of this hazy IPA was a solid golden orange with a few minor lemon yellow highlights along the sides. The head of foam was pure white in color and about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in height. Despite it's small size, the head of foam lasted for the entire duration of the beer's life in the glass. When the head of foam receded with the beer, it left behind tiny spots of lace around the glass. In other words, it was great IPA appearance!

This IPA favored the scent of grapefruit more than anything else. It's funny that when it's swirled around, the scent of grapefruit doesn't increase, but decreases. When it decreases, in comes some lightly toasted malts, a hint of lemon peel, and a touch of bitter citrus hops.

The taste of this IPA wasn't going to beat around the bush. It kicked off with the taste of bitter citrus hops, bitter and tart grapefruit, and a gentle touch of tart lemon. This bitter citrus taste lasts for a good 30 seconds and then the bitter taste starts to lower it's defenses. When the bitter taste lowers it's sense of awareness, in comes a faint taste of some slightly toasted malts. That's how the taste ended. The bitter citrus taste does not make another trip back.

Crooked Tree was a light to medium bodied IPA with a long lasting dry citrus based aftertaste. The aftertaste was long lasting with just the taste of bitter citrus hops. There was no grapefruit, lemon, or toasted malts in the aftertaste. Just a straight up taste of bitter citrus hops.

Crooked Tree isn't really a one in a while treat. I would have to say that it's more of a session IPA. It's not overly hopped, but hopped just right. Finally, I would like to thank Donny2120 for giving me the opportunity to finally try a Dark Horse beer.

AltBock, May 10, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge fluffy, off-white head sits atop a deep orange-tinted brown with tons of floaties. Beautiful, thick lacing clings to the sides of my pint glass.

Smells amazing. Citrus, candied pineapple, mango, fresh pear, pine sap. In a word, the perfect IPA nose.

Taste elaborates on all of the goodness of the smell. Delicious. The finish is very bitter and piney. Although all components of the nose also appear in the taste, fresh pear is the centerpiece.

The one drawback is that it makes you really thirsty. Maybe that comes with the territory of hoppy beers, but I have had quite a few IPAs and DIPAs in my day and most aren't as bad as this. However, it's not a deal breaker, as its positive attributes greatly outweigh this one weak spot. There is plenty of carbonation and it is medium light. Very drinkable.

sarahspat, May 09, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Murky brown with some sediment floating about. Nice two finger head. Nice lacing.

S- Nice hop smell, but not real strong. Just a bit of caramel also.

T- Pretty well balanced. Nice sweet malt flavor with bitter hops. Hints of toffee and brown sugar.

M- Medium bodied, moderately smooth carbonation.

D- This is quite drinkable for an IPA. It has the nice malt presence to go along with the big hops.

If you are into IPA's, give this a try. I know I will again.

jera1350, May 07, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly tapped two days previously at the brewpub.

A-Pours a hazy, cloudy golden honey with a thin white head and lots of lacing.

S-Fresh pine hops, very clean, with a light malt bakground.

T-Bitter pine hops all the way from start to finish with some earthy hops crowding in at the finish as well. A very light malt character as in the nose, though the extreme freshness of this IPA may have been responsible in part.

M-Medium bodied and a bit oily with nice lingering bitterness.

D-Very drinkable despite the pronounced bitterness.


sholland119, May 04, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours golden orange with a 2 finger that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell is very piney and floral with a little citrus and malts

taste reminds me alot of moylans mixed with 2hearted ipa bitter pine(moylans) up with a creamy fruit/floral(2hearted) and malt finish

mouthfeel is perfect - a medium body with good carbonation that tickles the tongue

drinkabilty - hell yes i put this one down in 25min. on this humid day

overall this beer should be up there with the other greats 2hearted, racer5, greenflash, and moylans

- edit - after my first one cracked open antoher and this second one is a little on the thin side (maybe the hops from the first took its toll on my palate) but i had to knock down flavor and mothfeel .5 but still i have had many of these in the last year plus and still this beer is an A in my book

jsh420, May 01, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Big light tan head sitting on top of a murky amber/brown body. The creamy head sticks around for awhile and leaves good lacing. The aroma is very fruity, grapefruit and tropical fruit. The taste is also loaded with grapefruit. Has a bit of a bitter citrus peel and pine flavor on the finish.

BierFan, Apr 30, 2009
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,558 ratings.