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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

2,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 92
Gots: 138 | FT: 6
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 hellcatsjg


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

Appearance: Cloudy Amber with a good bit of sediment in the glass. Not much head and no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Citrus dominates the smell. Also present are floral scents and piney hops.

Taste: Citrus and piney hops. There is a sweetness as well, not as much as the 90 min., but it does a good job balancing the hoppiness. Aftertaste is dry piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tasty. Light carbonation and decent thickness make this easy to drink. There is a bit of alcohol warmth present at the end of each sip as well.

Drinkability: Good IPA. I am a big fan of IPA's that use a sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops. The citrusy sweetness here makes this a cut above a lot of IPAs by focusing on a balanced flavor instead of going for over the top bitter flavor. I would recommend searching this beer out, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 03:17:53 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north.

A great looking brew, somewhat hazy orange amber. Capped with a three finger tight pale amber orange head. Good retention, and as the cap slowly falls i can already see sticky clumps of lacings. Thick and sticky lacings abundantly present in this mildly carbonated ale.

Orange rind, peach, and ruby red grapefruit aromas with an underlying spruciness tempt my nose. Malt aromas almost buried under the big hop nose, but some caramel, nutty biscuit, and breadyness evident or imagined.

A damn tasty IPA, the hops (Simcoe?, others?) leap out with the flavours described above with a solid bitter bite, then subside enough to let the malts assert themself. Biscuit, caramel, and nutty and bready flavours emerge to show some backbone.

A solid IPA, big on bitter, stripping, resinous hops, that dominate the malts just the way an IPA should. Finishes dry due to the biscuit character, and with a mild astringency from the big, bitter hops.

Pretty drinkable, but the big hops would make this one bitter session brew. Not recommended for newbies to the style unless one wants to blow their mind. Glad i got to try this one, its big hop blast might be just what i go looking for next time i get a craving for hops. More good stuff from the Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 21:32:55 | More by demcorhip
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Hazy, quite a bit of sediment, dull amber color. Medium sized, rocky, light tan head. Visual appeal leaves a bit to be desired.

Smells like pine and caramel/honey. A bit of earthiness and some mint are present as well. Smells like a winner!

Much more bitter than sweet, pine for sure. Big biscuity middle. Pepper at the finish, mint as well, but mainly in the aftertaste. Alcohol comes through also.

Medium + body. Medium + carbonation. Quite dry. Comes across as a little rough in the texture department.

Overall, I liked it a lot more than my score/review probably indicates, and I will certainly drink it again. I've got a couple Double Crookeds at home, and I want to try these two back to back.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 17:46:56 | More by
Photo of scoobybrew


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a hazy orange light-copper color with a thick head that is well retained. Citrus hop scent dominates the aroma with a soft malt in the background. The taste is strongly hoppy with a nice malt backbone and a dry hoppy finish. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a wonderful American IPA - very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 22:15:23 | More by scoobybrew
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid copper color with a finger of white head on top that leaves a touch of lacing as the beer drains. Nose is strong on floral hops, along with some toffee malt. Taste is likewise; almost a prototype for a good strong IPA. Lots of fruity hops, citrus, and then solid caramel malt shows up. Ends with a seemingly unending aftertaste of more floral hops. Body is medium with good carbonation. This one's a solid effort from DH and a very tasty local IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 21:37:26 | More by soupyman10
Photo of bennetj17


3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color, not much head, just a decent ring of off-white foam. This one is very cloudy. The aroma seems weak, with some light citrusy notes and a bit of caramel sweetness in the background.

Light tangy citrus hops dominate the taste. The overall flavor seems somewhat "raw" however. Decently bitter toward the finish. The carbonation is medium, and there is a slight foaminess which adds some depth to the otherwise unremarkable mouthfeel.

There was nothing special about this IPA, sadly. It is pretty average and just one of many. I think I'll step it up next time and stick with the Double Crooked Tree...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 06:10:58 | More by bennetj17
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In addition to several pints at the brewpub, I decided to throw a growler in the cooler as well. Great stuff. It pours a woody copper with a frothy white head that recedes leaving some thick scattered lace.

The aroma is fruity with a lot of citrus, primarily orange. Rather light and neutral on the nose. Some hops at the end.

Crisp and citrusy with some very prominent orange flavor. Great hops develop toward the middle and add a piney note toward the finish. Some sweet honey and malt. Good lingering hops.

Light and well carbonated with a nice dense texture on the palate that tends to lighten a bit at the end. Awesome with food, especially in the summer time.

Serving type: growler

07-30-2007 04:00:12 | More by letsgopens
Photo of mattcrill


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Floral hop nose with citrus accents. Pleasant biscuity notes in the background. Playful balance b/t bitter, sweet, and grains.

Appearance: Cloudy burnt orange with a tight, sudsy white cap. Carbonation streams vibrantly through the body. Looks like some hop floaties in the bottom.

Flavor: Floral, resiny hop bitterness. Some honey and biscuit notes. Coats the tongue with some powdery hop resin finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly creamy with a clean, dry finish.

Overall impression: Not the hop bomb I anticipated. More English if not for the typical "C" hops. Nicely balanced but minimal "wow" factor.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 15:18:05 | More by mattcrill
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got her from a trade with umustdrink.
Pours a hazy orange, with a nice 2 fingers of creamy head. Smell of grapefruit and pungent hops. Strong burst of hops with a nice delicious finish. Head stayed around for a while...tastes similar to Two Hearted? Excellent, very drinkable hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 00:03:22 | More by RustyDiamond
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow Crooked Tree. I would know nothing of this beer if not for BA. My brother scored me a six pack of this beer as part of the underground Indiana / Florida beer trade (Shhh don’t tell anybody).

A: Burnt orange in color with a nice 2 finger head that settles down nicely. It is full of floaters which make for an interesting looking brew.

S: This is a nice smelling IPA. There is a strong smell of sweetened grapefruit, and pine.

T: I hate to like everything my brother brings me from Indiana, but I really like this one. It has a wonderful flavor. If Pine-Sol made a beer this would be it. It’s very earthy piney with the nice balance of the sweetened grapefruit that I smelled. It has a good deal of bitterness to it from the hops which is very nice.

M: Pretty thick by IPA standards. It is dry and oily and it kind of sticks to my mouth.

D: Absolutely sessionable. If I could get this regularly it would probably be one of the IPA's I session. I think this one passes Two Hearted on my sessionable IPA list, and falls right into second place behind Alpha King.

Overall: Nice beer by the guys at Dark Horse. I had never tried any of their brews before this one, but they have it down when it comes to IPA's. The bitterness of the hops is what puts this one over the top. It is a great drinking beer that tastes great. My new goal is to acquire the double crooked tree. I Reallly liked this beer, so I am sure to love that one. By all means seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 18:30:58 | More by tpd975
Photo of umustdrink


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque orange color with some white bits of sediment floating around. Head fades to a quarter inch, with good retention. Lacing is average.

S - Pungent citrus hops that you can feel in your sinuses; sugary sweet and creamy.

T - Thick and creamy citrus flavor to start, quickly into a very bitter, oily-textured hop flavor which retains to the finish, along with a bready, sugary flavor.

M - Medium to thick consistency with light carbonation.

D - Very tasty, highly enjoyable IPA. Definitely competes with those in the top 10.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 05:18:52 | More by umustdrink
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a very cloudy, orangish/brown bark color with a 3/4 inch light tan head. Lacing is moderate when tipped, and head rests at a thin layer.

S - Piney and earthy hops that are not overly floral or fruity make this an interesting departure from most IPA scents in my book. Some tart grapefruit notes make their way into your nostrils, as well as a well-balanced dose of breaded malt flavor.

T - Piney drying hops with a bit of tartness make their immediate presence felt here, but a nice breaded dose of malt makes the body and taste a bit fuller and more balanced. Aftertaste is bitter with residual grapefruit flavors floating around your palate.

M - A refreshing dose of carbonation with a medium body and a well drying and bitter aftertaste. Spot on, but nothing amazing.

D - A very well done IPA that is different enough to warrant trying and tasty enough to make you return.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 19:51:53 | More by gmcfarre
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Ohio

Smell, huge piney hops in the nose, little sweetness, so far, this one smells like a hoppy dream

Taste, Quick hit from the malts, which leads to a bashing of the taste buds by the very piney hops, mild citrus notes, touch of bread from the yeast that found their way into my glass.

Overall, almost un-balanced. Yet the hops and malts seem to dance equally well. A bit sharp as far as the hops go, but bring this brew on any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 20:53:53 | More by leftmindedrighty
Photo of Cresant


3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. No date. The body was cloudy with suspended sediment. Small white specks hung in the amber body. Miminal head and no lacing.

Smell was fresh pine resin.

Taste was malty sweet. Green grass bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium in the carbonation and body.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 15:39:28 | More by Cresant
Photo of IntriqKen


3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dirty orange in the glass with a massive cream colored head of loose bubbles. The head lasts a long time and is very sticky leaving massive mapping on the side of the glass.

Aromas are almost pure pine oils and grapefruit peel hops with just a hint of sweet amber malt.

Taste is a bit weaker than both the appearance and smell lead you to believe it would be. It comes off as a DIPA until you sip it. Lightly sweet amber malt followed immediately by a relatively tame grapefruit-citrus hops that leaves your mouth very quickly.

Aftertaste is pleasantly a combination of both the sweet and the bitter and the mouthfeel is full for an IPA.

Very quenching...but not one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 21:58:01 | More by IntriqKen
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle thanks to tonedef131

Slightly cloudy caramel body with an off-white head. Head quickly fades to nothingness. Piney hop aroma with abundant malt to balance. Citrus hops and a little bit of alcohol.

Earthy, piney, citrusy hops drive this beers flavor, while a nice malt presence keeps it balanced. Hops, although plentiful aren't overly bitter, they're just right.

Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable. The alcohol in the aroma never shows itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 03:43:43 | More by trep
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky apricot body with a one finger almond head. Good retention with patchy lacing. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit with hints of orange, lemon, and green apple. Medium body and carbonation contribute to a satiny mouthfeel. Taste is prominently weighted with grapefruit bitterness. Notes of sour apple and sweet maltiness add some balance. Finishes clean and bitter. A solid American IPA with some hop leafiness and a pronounced grapefruit presence.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 12:30:11 | More by merlin48
Photo of wagenvolks


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This IPA has quite a unique unfiltered look, with a golden hazy body that thickens to a toffee brown. A thin cream head drifts on top, and leaves little lacing. Aroma is sweet, with big peach notes as well as (of course) hops and mango.

Taste is quite hoppy with a citrusy presenence. The yeast is tasty as well, and it really smoothes out this IPA, giving it a velvety mouthfeel. Where's the bite I've come to know and love from nearly every IPA? There it comes, it sneaks up after about 10-15 seconds and makes itself known. Very, very sneaky, dark horse, but I like. Definately an easily drinkable beer and one I will pursue in the future, along with the Crooked Tree DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 00:21:02 | More by wagenvolks
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Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky yellowish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with a strong hops smell, along with some citrus and caramel notes.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a decent hops bitterness, citrus sweetness and caramelized malt. The hops flavor isn’t as strong as the smell leads you to believe, but there’s enough there to know you’re drinking an American IPA, maintain the beer’s balance and not over-power you with bitterness. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, not very filling, very good representation of style, what the beer lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in drinkability. I could certainly drink a good number of these and stick with it for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 02:11:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle, no freshness date visible. picked up a 6 of this at B & B in grand rapids..

A - Pours a hazy pale amber with a lot of sediment floating in the beer and on the bottom of the glass, head goes from a finger of off white sticky foam to an unborken thin surface on the beer.

S - orange, grapefruit, lemon, floral, herbal/grassy, bready. really like it. smells refreshing.

T - sweet citrus followed by a well balancing bitterness, tartness with a subtle earthiness, grassy/herbal, good bitterness throughout.

M - Smooth and somewhat crisp, lingering from sip to sip. very nice.

D - The hop character in this brew may be a bit fatiguing as it is definitely not subtle, nonetheless easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 00:27:15 | More by rsyberg01
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a cloudy dark beige color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops is quite overpowering but also very enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some nice caramel and toffee malt with some huge bitter piney hops. Body is quite full with what appears to be low filtration. I am actually surprised at the rating since I thought this was actually a lot better then the norm.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 17:39:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of flexabull


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dull orange color with a faint head.

Smells quite bitter, and grapefruit like. Aroma is very strong, and pleasing.

Beer is slighlty creamy and sweet up front. Mouthfeel is nice and full, and somewhat biting. Finish is hoppy, bitter, citrus like, and resiny. Very well made American IPA. Balance is excellent.

Drinkability is good. This beer seems to be a bit on the strong flavored side for an IPA. But it very tasty, and well made. The only knock is that it doesn't look all that appealing in the glass, but looks can be deceiving on this one.

Thanks for the bottle IndyBeer!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 05:18:57 | More by flexabull
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse's Crooked Tree IPA displays a cloudy golden-orange amber in the glass; and the tenatious head of creamy off-white seems to want to hold all day, eventually dropping but maintining a thin, creamy, solid surface covering. Thin puffy rings of lace are left about the insides of the glass as you imbibe.

The nose is loaded with rich citrus notes that include juicy, sweet fruit as well as rind. It includes grapefruit, tangerine, lime, and lemon. Some piney hop notes also make their way through, helping to round it out.

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied with a delicate zest from the natural, very-fine bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor assault begins with citrus and ends with citrus but offers some biscuity malt, peppery alcohol, and yeastiness along the way as it rides roughshod over the palate. It's mainly about the hops, and the malt simply acts as a springboard. A bit of balance is lost in that approach, but it's not terribly out of round. The bitterness is solid, and although it carries over into the finish most of what lingers are the hop resins, citrusy/piney notes, and peppery alcohol.

A nicely done, take-no-prisoners kind of IPA that's sure to please the hop head, but probably won't serve the average beer afficianado too well.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 13:16:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger head that took a few minutes to dissipate. Sticky lacing down the glass. Aroma was rather mild, but primarily earthy hops of the pine/floral variety. Taste is fantastic. Perfect blend of pine, floral and citrus hops with excellent matly sweetness. One of my top two IPAs. Very drinkable. If I had bought a six pack, I probably would have drank 3 or 4 at the minimum on a nice warm early spring evening at the grill.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:24:29 | More by Duster72
Photo of bwyker

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tired the crooked tree and the double crooked tree side-by-side. Many many thanks to plaztikjezuz for both brews. Both poured into snifters at cellar temps.

Probably the most obvious difference between the two is the appearance. While the cooked tree looks completely unfiltered (a very musty/cloudly tan body), the double has a dark-brown, slightly clearer body. The head on the double was light and quickly vanished. The crooked tree had a lasting, fluffy white head of foam with lots of lacing. The aroma's differed greatly as well. Citrus (yet earthy) hops were the dominating aroma in the crooked tree, with sweet malts were drowning out the hops in the double. This also carried over in the flavor. It's hard to believe these have the same hop profile. The crooked tree has a grapefruit hop bite, with a slightly sweet finish. The double has a rich malty sweetness complimented with a rough, bitter, earthy hop punch. I do think the double has crossed over to a very complex barelywine -- certainly with age this is what it will become. The mouthfeel in the double is full-bodied, chewy and dry. The crooked tree is lighter, smoother and finishes with less aggressiveness. Overall, I enjoy both. I will say, however, that the crooked tree is definitely more of an IPA (a damn good one), whereas, the double...is just too malty for the category, in my opinion. The double is very good, but the alcohol is felt and the drinkability is pretty low. Its more of an after dinner treat. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 22:11:38 | More by bwyker
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.