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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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2,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 104
Gots: 178 | 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 Slynger


3.55/5  rDev -11%

Very murky orange with a nice lid of fine off-white fuzz.

Very nice, though not strong, nose of some sweet fruits. Pineapple, melon, grapefruits, and candied lemons all blend into a soothing smoothieish aroma.

Fruits return delicately blended in the flavor, along with sugary sweet pale malts and a bit of bitterness in lingering the finish. As I progress through the bottle I find the sweetness somewhat limiting my enjoyment of the beer. Not that the flavor overpowers, but more so that it catches up with me in my stomach. Nice light and creamy feel to a smooth medium body.

Pretty good ipa, although my stomach feels a bit against it. May just be my condition this evening though so I will try not to hold it against my scoring.

07-21-2008 02:12:44 | More by Slynger
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours pretty hazy and amber in color. Medium head with little retention and random spots of lacing. Smell is piney hops, some grapefruit, and a pretty large malt backing. Sweet caramel and doughy bread. I can see how this is the little brother of Double Crooked Tree. Taste is also quite nice. The hops don't really stand out too much and play more of a balancing act with the malts. Moderate bitterness with an underlying sweetness. Again, piney with some grapefruit. Mouthfeel lacks the carbonation it needs and is a little thin because of it. Pretty easily drinkable. A good all around brew, though I prefer it's big brother.

Thanks to abankovich for the TIF extra!

07-18-2008 20:59:22 | More by ncvbc
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.63/5  rDev -9%

A: Opaque darker amber with visible floaties in there. No head to speak of when poured.

S: Light hop aroma and a good amount of malt sweetness.

T: Nice balance of hop flavor and malty sweetness. The bitterness is present but not at all potent or overwhelming.

M: Nice and medium bodied and very refreshing. Good feel for a nice IPA.

D: Good beer for drinking all day. Not too much of anything; nice balance.

07-16-2008 03:55:57 | More by drseamus
Photo of corey0212


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Thanks to moose3285 for this one!!

Beer pours a cloudy orange-golden color, plenty of floaties swimming around, off-white head fades pretty quick and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Smells hoptastic!! Pine, tons of grapefruit aroma, very little detectable maltiness, but it's there. Tastes great, very "west coast" tasting IPA, very hop-heavy, a ton of citrus, incredible bitterness, really nice IPA. Good mouthfeel, medium-bodied, and actually pretty quenching, with really great lingering hop bitterness. Glad I got to try this...a very solid IPA!!

07-15-2008 00:11:10 | More by corey0212
Photo of daftafne


4/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a cloudy dark orange/tan with lots of yeast/particles suspended. Very little head. Smells of citrus grapefruit and maybe a touch of caramel. MMMM tastes like it smells mostly of grapefruit. Very light carbonation. Refreshing floral hops. I could drink a few of these, great flavor. Reminds me of the classic sierra nevada only more toasty. Very good IPA.

07-10-2008 22:24:43 | More by daftafne
Photo of orangemoustache


4.03/5  rDev +1%

Pours a juicy looking orange with thick creamy light yellow head that leaves huge sheets as it drops and continues as I drink marking out each swallow as I drink this hoppy beast.The smells are sweet and full of citrus rind with a hint of fresh cut christmas tree.Holy shit,this is hoppier than I expected...I'm in love...this is jammed full of grapefruit,orange,and pine flavors.Somewhat hard to find much malt presence,but thats alright because this IPA is mad crazy hoppy,yet sooo smoothe and soft.WoW!!

07-08-2008 03:16:36 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of DrunkenMaster


4.43/5  rDev +11%

I love the way this thing looks. Murky amber with a fast fading head and some particles floating around. Lots of pine and lemon in the smell. Bitter, with the lemon and pine becoming much stronger in the taste. This is a very unique IPA and now one of my favorites.

07-06-2008 16:10:16 | More by DrunkenMaster
Photo of prototypic


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Bottle courtesy of lightindarkness. Many thanks dood.

Appearance: It pours a very hazy/grainy toasted brown color. Almost has a bit of a bronze look to it. Head is a thick two and a half fingers and is white with a touch of orange. Very good retention. Lacing was impressive.

Smell: Initially the nose strikes me as just a tad weak. It has a nice smell. There's citrus grapefruit and mango sweetness. Hops are very piney and citric. I'm not picking up any floral characteristics at all. There's some malt in there, but not much. Again it's a decent smell, it just doesn't come across very strong. Minor complaint.

Taste: Citrus sweetness kicks it off. Nice blend of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Hops don't waste any time getting in the mix. They have a nice bitter flavor with plenty of citric qualities. Pale malts are noteable, but are definitely not very strong. It works well here. The bitter hop flavor lingers throughout. Slight yeast and grain flavors round it out. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a good feel. It's a little short of being smooth and very good. Just a little. Carbonation is okay. I prefer a little more activity in that department, but it's not bad by any means. Drinkability is very good. This is a very approachable and appetizing IPA. A few of these would go down easy.

Crooked Tree is a very good IPA. A few minor tweaks would really elevate to the next level. Beef up the nose a little, smooth it out, and dial in the carbonation. That's the ticket. In the big picture, that's nitpicking given its fine flavor. Definitely recommended. Thanks, Christian.

07-03-2008 01:40:51 | More by prototypic
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours hazy, pale gold with a half-inch head of white.
Smeared lacework persists as well as a mostly covered surface.

Aromatics lead off with peaches, cut grass, grapefruit, and orange-rubbed moss.
Light malt with plenty of tropical fruit and earthy overtones. Almost skunky, but not skunked.

Medium bodied, crisp and snappy.

The pallet starts with plenty of drying, bitter grapefruit, peach skins, tangerine pulp, and spruce dew.
The bitterness rolls on and the beer is bone dry.
Mild alcohol notes pull through the bitter fruit pulp, and a faint malt note is present.

Finishes with lingering bitterness, grapefruit pith, and a drying mineral profile.

Nice above average IPA. It just needs more of the juice in the middle and aromatics.

07-02-2008 00:40:49 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

A_Pours a cloudy light brown/yellow hue with rich thick off white two finger head. Staying power is excellent. This is probably the cloudiest IPA I have seen.

S_The pine and citrus smells dominate the nose. There is a nice underlying sweet caramel malt smell as well.

T_Middle of the road in terms of hop strength, the ale is actually quite refreshing. The hops appear as slightly piney but mostly on the grapefruit side of things. There is a slight caramel edge that appears midsip. This cotrasts well with the rather mild hoppiness. The aftertaste has more hop bitterness than there is up front.

M_Medium bodied but way too much carbonation. Tight bubbled and effervescent it almost stings the mouth.

D_My second Dark Horse brew. A decent but not great IPA. Thanks go out to rblwthacoz for letting me sample this.

06-28-2008 04:12:23 | More by sleazo
Photo of FrognutUnl


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours thick hazy golden-amber in color with minimal head, but I pour pretty softly.

Nose is sweet grapefuit with notes of pine.

Taste yields grapefruit giving way to a malty pine flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than other IPA's I have had, but it suits the flavor well.

Overall a damn decent IPA and I am sad I passed this one up as many time as I have. Will definitely be keeping the fridge stocked this summer as one of my gotos.

06-18-2008 03:15:54 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

I had this beer last night at the crawfish boil and I was pleasantly suprised. They didn't have it on tap so I got it in bottle form. This beer certainly bottles well. It poured amber witha white head and smelled like hops :) It had a nice flavor and is definatley a well crafted IPA. Locals told me not to expect much from this brewery but damn they were wrong. Certainly a beer I could drink all night

06-15-2008 23:18:03 | More by Biggness
Photo of largadeer


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Pours a murky-as-hell amber with all variety of shit floating around in it. I think this might be unfiltered. Head retention is excellent however.

Smell: Like walking through a tree farm during Christmas time, this stuff has a huge pine aroma and actually little else. Citrus undertones may be present, or it may just be me trying to pick out something beyond the smell of pine. Hard to tell. I'm not complaining though, this stuff smells great.

Taste/mouthfeel: Well, the muck-infused texture isn't quite ideal for an IPA, but this actually has a lot going for it. Lots of pine and grapefruit hop flavor with a dry, biscuity malt foundation beneath it. The mouthfeel is pleasingly dry and semi-crisp, making this one more of a quaffing beer than something I'd sit around and contemplate life with.

Drinkability: I finished this one in no time and could definitely drink another (if I had one).

Notes: Got this from Scoobydank as an extra. Thanks man!

06-15-2008 07:19:34 | More by largadeer
Photo of Kegatron


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a finger of creamy off-white foamy head. A thin creamy layer of retention yields a surprising lack of big lacing, just opting to leave some of the more spotty kind. The aroma is a bit subdued but smells mostly of citrus, sweet malts, and a very subtle hop presence.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a well balanced mix of citrus and caramel notes but underneath those lies that subtle underlying hop bitterness. It seems to take a back seat to the sweeter notes but eventually makes it's self known to the palette over a period of time. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and easy feel for a 6% IPA.

This wasn't a bad IPA by any means from Dark Horse. It won't blow over the Hop Heads but will fit those looking for a IPA that offers a well balanced taste and refreshing drinkibility.

06-09-2008 17:08:48 | More by Kegatron
Photo of seaoflament


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending me this as an extra!

Pours a dark mustard color with a good inch of foam and lots of floaties.

First aroma I picked up was pine, lots of it, and then some ripe orange, and grapefruit. Then the malt comes in, toasted, a bit of multi-grain bread, and crackers. A little on the sweet side, it "smells" viscous and thick, but seems to work well. A good dose of grassy hops are also present. After a while it begins to smell more tropical with some mango and pineapple.

Taste is on the malty side, toast, crackers, multi-grain bread; then there is the mix of tropical fruits like orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon. Very little bitterness. Very easy to drink Not as syrupy as I the aroma led me to believe, it actually has a viscous consistency but the carbonation level is enough to make it smooth and creamy.

06-08-2008 00:09:06 | More by seaoflament
Photo of kleffman


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle that was hand carried from Michigan for our little tasting, poured into a taster glass. Murky copper and orange color, with a small head. Aromas of light herbal, earthy hops. Slight alcohol on the nose. Pine, biscuit malt, grassy flavors. Quite nice, light to medium body with good carbonation and extremely easy to drink. I would love some more of this beer.

06-07-2008 19:54:15 | More by kleffman
Photo of emerge077


4/5  rDev +0.3%

This is a solid session IPA that is a fridge staple at my house.

Deep amber orange tone with suspended sediment. Spindly lacing around the edge of the glass. Citrus rind in the nose, along with some caramel malt tones.

Full bodied and malty, with a big caramel base that gives a nice contrast to the bitter, citrusy hops. Bitterness is moderate, but pleasant. Easy drinking and sessionable. A solid midwest IPA.

06-04-2008 02:41:53 | More by emerge077
Photo of abankovich


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured into my snifter from a bottle graciously given to me by dschuster03. No bottled on date.

Thick, cloudy orange/amber color with an off-white head that has many tightly formed bubbles. Decent head that faded to leave decent lacing down the side.

Citrusy, acidic, sweet aroma with a smell that makes me think there is going to be a decent malt base to this beer as well. Not an amazingly prominent hop profile, but it is still there.

Taste has a sharp, bitter bite to it. This is definitely a very balanced IPA. Resiny and caramel are the next tastes that I notice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. There is a fair amount of carbonation present that smooths out as this one warms up.

Drinkability on this one is great considering it is an approachable 6%, well-balanced IPA.

06-03-2008 00:29:07 | More by abankovich
Photo of ryrust5301


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance - Beautiful hazy orange gold color that come to a half finger bubbly white head

Smell - Piny hops fade into citrus notes. Smells like an IPA should.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Crisp, tight, and not overly harsh. Smoothness in the middle, maybe where the malts come in. Leaves that usual hoppy bitter taste in your mouth. Wonderfully soft in the finish.

Drinkability - Nice all around offering as an IPA. Grabbed some while I was in Chicago, and would love to have this available regularly. Just what the doctor ordered for that hop craving.

05-24-2008 05:02:19 | More by ryrust5301
Photo of adams82


3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pours a cloudy burnt orange/copper colour with a minimum head.

Smells of ripe hops; floral, fruity and citric, with a light toasted malt back drop. An IPA is usually HUGE on hop aroma, and this is lacking a bit.

Light notes of toasted malt upfront, rather dry with a head on hop assault as it finishes. Brutally bitter citric and pine hops collide into a super nova of hoppy flavour, with a nice ending note of fruity hops with a dry finish. A satisfying libation for a craving hop head.

Full bodied, rich flavour, dry finish... a good beer. Loads of hop flavours, a bit unbalanced as it's skimpy on the maltiness, but that's ok! It's bottle conditioned, so if you don't like the chunky stuff, don't pour the whole thing!

05-24-2008 00:20:34 | More by adams82
Photo of gford217


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

Bottle courtesy of HopHobo poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly into a swirl of foam on top. Not much lacing on this one but definitely a lot of stuff floating around in there!

S: Smell is dominated by floral hops with oranges and lemon zest. Slight bready malt aroma and resin in there as well.

T: First taste is the bready malt which is immediately overtaken by the light lemony floral hop taste. The finish is a slight pine bitterness, but the overall taste is very subtle and light.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light with moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry finish.

D: The light nature of this one makes it very drinkable, especially on a hot afternoon. I would love to dry the double and compare.

05-23-2008 23:02:21 | More by gford217
Photo of mdbach


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

This is a good introduction to the dark horse IPA's. The beer is medium bodied with a hazy golden color with a slightly amber tinge. The nose exploded out the bottle. On the palate the beer is more soft than expected. The are good layers of citrus and tight hop notes. The beer is lighter than i remember but, once again the dark horse rides forward. In addition this is a great session beer. Everything is well corordintated. The beer is saying drink all six!

05-23-2008 05:13:15 | More by mdbach
Photo of HopDerek


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a hazy bright amber color with an inch of off-white/cream colored head with good retention and nice sticky lacing. Smells of pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and caramel. Tastes of grapefruit and grass up front with a solid caramel and biscuit backbone, and a finish of lemon peel and dry pine notes. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth and sweet with a nice balance of flavors and a nice dry bitter finish. Easy to drink, flavorful, and very refreshing, a solid sessionable IPA.

05-14-2008 01:55:24 | More by HopDerek
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso. I sense a theme here.

When I poured this one out, it looked great right up till the sludge in the bottom came out. WTF!? I re-read the label. MI bottle deposit, surgeon general prattle, DK address, nothing about sediment. That's on you DH. What was left was a murky mess with gelatinous particulates that wa the color of apple cider. With each shake of my pint glass comes a white cloud that rises off the bottom. Yuck. The head is a collar of creamy white.

I'll first mention the spicy alcohol that reminds me of delicate flowers and tart apples. The base is whole wheat bread and a soft bite of pine trees in the rain.

Tastes similar with a nice foundation of creamy wheat bread that rounds off to a green apple and pineapple hop nip that lingers on with a soft pine resin in the finish. Nice.

Feels a bit thick and sluggish, but this works well with the creamy nature of the beer.

I'm not sure what to make of this. Is my experience an anomaly? I suppose if I keep my eyes closed, I really don't care.

05-13-2008 00:44:28 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%

Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso. Pours a cloudy orange copper. Minimal head with some soapy lacing. Tons o' chunkies in this one. I should have decanted better- I haven't seen this many floaties in a beer in a long time. Should be tasty! Nose- earthy malts and hops. Taste-caramelmalts and bittering hops that smoothes out after a couple of sips. Lighter bodied than expected. Assertive alpha hops show up on the tail end for a dry bitter finish with a touch of sweetness. Carbonation is medium. Nice drinkin IPA

05-10-2008 19:03:54 | More by oakbluff
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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