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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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2,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 111
Gots: 299 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to nonic glass at ChurchKey's on 2/21/11
*From notes

A: Reasonable pour leads to a nice 2.5 finger head. Nice lacing remained in the glass for some time.

S: Peach and mango, with a splash of fresh hop oil.

T: Slightly sweet hops hit my palate first, followed by a large dose of malt - signifigantly more then I was expecting. It's slightly smoky on the finish.

M: Nicely balanced and creamy.

O: Dark Horse's Crooked Tree IPA had been one of my "wants" for some time, and I'm stoked to tick this one off my list. This may not be the floral hop bomb I was expecting, but it is supremely good quality drinking none the less. Thumbs up.

Photo of betsona
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Fiddler's Hearth. Poured into a 20 oz nonic.

A- Orangish amber with a half finger of white fluffy head. The heads dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin lacing remaining, lacing on the glass persists throughout. Little carbonation. Looks great in a nonic.

S- Hops. Citrus hops, in the form of orange, are prominent with a little sweet malt smell. A pine smell comes through as well.

T- Hops in the front and malt at the end. Not all that bitter. It is really well balanced.

M- No carbonation with a medium body. Bitterness at the front met with malt at the middle and finally a lingering bitterness.

D- I order it every time I see it on-tap and send it out to friends. It is a midwest attempt at a west coast IPA. It is different from midwest IPAs and thus a nice addition for IPA choices.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great thick head that had some serious retention that looked like a properly foamed cappuccino. I was rusty gold and hazy with some of the yeast being poured off into the glass,

nose was packed with fruity and lemony hops. very nice toasty biscuit presence.

taste was very nice with a very big hop presence of grapefruit rind and a very spicy citrus finish. Plenty of hops here for any hop head. this bottle was in my fridge for a couple months but still had a nice dry hopped fresh note to it.

There was a nice grainy biscuity malt presence in this beer with this beer that was just sweet enough to balance out its over all profile.

Mouth feel was spot on for this IPA, very hearty but also very quaffable.

Overall a very nice rustic looking and tasty ipa.

Photo of Jeffo
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Foam slowly creeps up the neck upon opening. Pours a cloudy, burnt orange color with lots of carbonation. A really careful pour yields a large, three finger, looser looking, white head that retains pretty well. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap leaving some foamy white, clingy lacing down the sides. Good, full foam cap remains until the end and leaves lots of chunky lacing down the glass. Head is a little underwhelming but the body is nice.

SMELL: Huge nose. Lots of aroma here. Pale malts, caramel malt, and lots of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, honeydew melon, and even some floral notes. Bold and very enticing for sure, especially for only 6%.

TASTE: Not what the nose had promised. Lots of grainy malt, like they've used pilsner malt in this one. Some citrus lemon, grapefruit, and floral hop notes are definitely there, but the grainy, pilsner like aspect just gets in the way. Sweet, grainy, and bitter hop aftertaste is mild yet lingering. Much different than the nose. Not offensive, but the grainy flavors certainly don't work here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium-high levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a touch of heat on the finish and ends slightly dry on the palate. The heat was unexpected, but fits the bigger nose and flavor profile.

OVERALL: This is a really nice brew with a small error. If they haven't used pilsner malt in this one, then they've certainly used a malt profile that's made it just too grainy for the style. The wonderful hop profile has to compete with this grainy backbone the whole time. Revamp the malt bill, and this would be a real winner. In its current form, especially with the foamy beginning, I'll pass.

Photo of joshrosborne
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent amber/orange with a finger or two's worth of white head

S - Hops are obviously present, primarily pine-y, but a little citrus as well

T - Hops, hops, hops up front. Actually finishes pretty balanced, though.

M - Pretty medium bodied. Not as much carbonation as I expected.

D - A ton of hops for the abv. I could definitely drink a six-pack of this. Doesn't measure up to the best of the best of IPAs, but it is good for sure.

Photo of sobis1dm
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is regularly on tap where I play poker, and I've taken akin to buying it for people just so the would-be Bud Light drinkers have a taste of something brewed 100 miles from their house.

This beer sits a lot darker than most IPA, with a deep amber color and a head that leaves just a lace of white, almost soapy consistency around the glass. A light test will show a ton of sediment flowing through the beer on its way to the bottom, but don't let that discourage you from enjoying.

The smell isn't radical or special, but it certainly lets you know what's coming. A hint of pine with hops, hops, hops, and then an orange or two.

Taste becomes reverberant of the smell. The hops hits you first, and white the bitterness isn't completely overbearing, the taste initially is indeed intense. However, it sinks into the mouthfeel nicely and instantly you feel like you could drink this beer for hours. The after affect finishes with light pine notes that give the impression of a clean finish - until you notice those sediments waiting for you at the bottom.

Dark Horse continues to shine with this brew, and it seems like the batches get refined year after year. I'm looking forward to seeing more from them in the future.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper amber color with a nice inch of foamy white head. Sediment level scared me big chunks of yeast.

S - From the bottle WOW I never had a straight up pine smell from hops this strong before. In the glass the malts round out and smell pretty sweet.

T - Pine hops start slow but roll on the tongue providing a great level of bitterness. The malt does its best to round out a nice sweetness but mostly rough pine and grapefruit hops hit the tongue hard. Finish is rather nice and bitter.

M - For such a hop attack the body is rather medium and keeps you sipping

D - I avoided this one since it's obvious unfiltered but the sediment was rather high and it may have been old. Still to have an old beer give such a hop attack with such a low ABV would make me want to search out this monster fresh. As always well done Dark horse!

Photo of grover37
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance (4): A clear orange with lots of particulate floating around and settling on the bottom of the glass. This one had a ton of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. I find this to be the case with many Dark Horse beers so they must not filter very finely, if at all. A huge fluffy head of three and a half fingers reduces to a very thick layer that remains until the last sip. Big, thin patches of lacing. It'd probably be a 4.5 if not for the floaties.

Smell (4.5): A nice blend of resinous, dark citrus and orange flavors mixed with a caramel malt backbone with a hint of biscuit. Digging deeper there are some brighter, sharper citrus notes hiding resembling grapefruit, lemon, and passionfruit.

Taste (4.5): Mango and grapefruit up front combined with a subtle caramel flavor followed by more grapefruit and a bit of pine in the middle. It's not a stinging citrus flavor - it mixes well with the malt backbone. The finish is a resinous mango and orange with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium to full bodied with low carbonation that is creamy and coats the mouth. A decent blast of bitterness up front that lasts through the aftertaste.

Drinkability (4): A very enjoyable beer but the beer tastes larger than the ABV indicates. This one feels like it could be 7.5 or 8%.

Photo of Gushue3
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy orange amber with small head that goes away quickly.

S- not too smelly but im getting hops and some citrus. Some floral aromas too

T- hoppy and sweet. Pine and grapefruit up front, with a sweet bitterness afterward. Pretty tasty

M- feels good. Carbonation sits on the tongue nicely and is nice and light.

D- goes down good, tastes good, can't ask for much more than that

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 11/24/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark amber colour; cloudy with sediment. One finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Bitter citrus hops -notes of grapefruit, peach, tangerine. Some sweet caramel in the background.

T - Bitter up front. Floral/earthy notes with some citrus. Citrus is not as strong as it was in the nose. Sweet caramel backbone.

M - Medium body; moderate carbonation.

D - Not as one dimensional as many reviews indicate. Then again, I love hop-forward IPAs. Would buy this again.

Photo of ms11781
2.39/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep orange color with a foamy 2 finger, off white head. Decent creamy foam lacing left on the glass.

Nose is piny, resiny hops. Not very strong but they are there.
A little caramel malt to balance the hops but it doesn't take much because, as mentioned, the hops aren't all that strong.

The taste follows along with the nose except the hops are even more subdued. Slight piny hops followed by a moderate sweetness from the malt. A hint of bitterness at the finish but that fades as well.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. A hint of bitterness at the end but smooth nonetheless.

Body-wise this beer is fine but the hops flavors (and malt flavor for that matter) are lacking. Not really what I've come to expect from an IPA.

Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Al's of Hampden.

Orangish amber in color with a lasting cream colored head and some lacing.

Aroma is big citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit, with some sweet malty notes to back it up.

Flavor is sweet malt, mostly caramel, with orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and herbal notes.

Medium-plus bodied and slightly resinous on the palate with average carbonation.

A good IPA but not a standout.

Photo of AwYeh
2.57/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a hazy amber-orange, with one finger + of foamy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus hops stand out here: grapefruit and pineapple in particular. Notes of pine, flowers, and caramel also detectable.

T: Resoundingly bitter; little definition of any hop flavors here outside of a bit of grapefruit. Some caramel malt flavor comes through, but with little sweetness; largely unbalanced.

M: Thin body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

D: Drinkability of this one was quite low; I had a hard time finishing my glass considering the great one-dimensionality of the bitterness.

Might need to return to this in the future, if I find one that I know is particularly fresh.

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

Pours a ruddy amber color with bunch of floaties. Nice, small head that retains very well. Smells of citrus hops, lemon zest, and sweet malts. Tastes a lot less hop forward than I expected. Strong bready malt backbone with earthy and citrus hop flavors balancing it out....even some spicy hops going on. Mouthfeel is very prickly, like a belgian not like a BMC. Semi dry finish. Nothing to go goo goo gaga over but a solid IPA. Good flavor profile.

Photo of Hopalong29
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a first for me. After cracking top noticed strong citrus piney aroma, Nice! Poured into tall footed pint glass, nearing bottom of pour I noticed chunks of sediment. Not willing to try with gunk in the bottom of glass, I decided to pour into another glass and mix remaining sediment as best as I could. After a couple pours the issue was resolved and created a nice burnt orange with a decent two finger head.
The citrus aroma is more obvious in the smell than the taste.
For me not my typical IPA experience but will put this one on the "try again" list.

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

A: Pours a burnt/dark orange color (seems darker than typical IPA's) with a finger thick, white head that leaves slight lacing.

S: Scent is floral hops, slight citrus aroma, but mainly hop scents are present in this beer.

T: The taste has slight hops, not as prevalent as I would have thought from the nose. There is some maltiness and sweetness in the middle and hints of bitters and citrus in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, tingly carbonation feel, crisp and smooth.

D: Although this is a good beer, I was kind of expecting a little more. There was not as much hop flavor as I was hoping, even though it is a well balanced beer, I feel it's missing something that would put it over the top to a great beer.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of Crooked Tree IPA at the store the other day since I like Dark Horse but I have yet to try and IPA from them, so lets give it a go. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This brew pours a dark burnt orange color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that left a little spotty lacing.

S- All I really get from the aroma is citrus and floral hops, there's also a hint of pine in there.

T- This has all the best parts of the aroma only more amplified. A little more earthy then most IPA's, but that tends to work pretty well with this brew. I can still pick up the malt back bone this beer is built around, nicely balanced. Bitter on the finish but not too bitter.

M- Medium light bodied with good carbonation.

D- I found this beer to be pretty drinkable, I finished my bottle faster then expected, i probably would have a second if I had one.

Overall I enjoyed this IPA. It wasn't mind blowing, but it was damn good. I would for sure pick up a six pack of this, seems like a good summer IPA. I hope to try the double version of this beer, keep up the good work Dark Horse.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At 6% ABV, it is not as heavy bodied and malty as many IPAs, in contrast the palate is more crisp and dry. Appearance had a cloudy amber hue. Taste gave off a light citrus taste. A smooth and balanced IPA. The Crooked Tree IPA is earthier than a typical IPA with the right balance of hops. If you consider yourself a "hop-head" you owe it to yourself to grab this beer.

Photo of stevejbraun
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery. Rich unfiltered amber color with copper head. Slight floral on the nose. Strong but not over powering hop character. Have had this beer in bottle but on tap is of course fresher, but too much carbination. Easy drinking IPA with medium to strong hops. Drinkable year round, best in spring or fall.

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

Pours a murky dark honey tan with an ecru head that trails. Big honey orange nose. Light and sweet white toast with some peanuts - straight pale malts - then pine needle, grapefruit juice, orange and fresh leaf tea hops. Gets resiny as it warms. Herbal finish and a tight linger. Medium, chewy, creamy.

A shallow but wide IPA - simple, yet takes up space. Good mouthfeel and a soft touch all around. Pleasant.

Photo of robhunta
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about 1 finger of head, dissipates and leaves nice lacing and a ring of head. hazy orange color. nice hops aroma, hops flavors are even more prevalent and quite nice. has a dry mouthfeel that is easy going, very drinkable. I like this beer very much, it is true to style and a great example of an American IPA.

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

appearance: Hazy orange wwith a light white head

smell: citrus and hops

taste: citrus hop foward with a piney finish. nice hop after taste with this beer. Just the right amount of bitterness.

mouthfeel: very good carbonation

drinkability: would drink another one

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

Hazy and orange-brown, very nice head and great lacing.

Grapefruit, floral hops, and a bit of piney earthiness sum up this brew's aromas.

Very good flavors, a bit earthier than a typical IPA but very nicely done. Good hoppiness, nice grapefruit and pine, nice floral flavors with just a touch of sour lemon in there too.

Feels crisp, medium bodied, with a lingering bitterness and tart lemon aftertaste.

Drink is pretty good. A very nice beer which I'd happily drink again and again.

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

We purchased this delightful APA just weeks before the nasty oil spill in the river outside this brewery, I feel very lucky to have it (unsullied)!

It is a delightful bottle, both in aroma and taste - very well balanced, yet hoppy enough to be tasteful... caramel, malts, hops & spices (of the fermented variety), all in all a great MI beer.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

A: This IPA is a hazy, orange hue. The head is tiny and leaves but faint traces of lacing upon the glass.

S: The aroma has some citrus and hop scents, with a sweetness lingering behind.

T: The beer tastes alright, with a decent mix of hop and malt flavors. Overall, I just found this to be lacking anything exciting, noteworthy, or memorable. The flavor just felt muted, or subdued.

M: The feel is a bit thin and watery.

D: With so many great IPAs readily available today, I don't see myself having this one again.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,792 ratings.