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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

2,538 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,538
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 106
Gots: 192 | 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 marcpal
3.9/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle I was happy to acquire a while back from this little known brewer to me.

Poured into Dogfish snifter.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10. Eh.

A: Hazy orange producing a filmy off white head and lacing that does not quit. Beautifully displayed like sea foam on the size of the huge snifter.

S: Aroma of a California/Oregon hop explosion. Remarkable aroma for an everyday IPA. The pine is prevalant but watch out, because the grapefruits come on strong. In the nose, hops dominate. Don't get me wrong though- there is adequate sweetness that lends balance.

T: Grapefruit in the first several sips but in the afteraste the pine plays a role. I would have said it lacked balance but as I drank through it I went and deleted that and instead the sweetness and fruitiness are in great balance.

M: Adequate body that has a crisp oily texture that leaves clean and dry after each mouthful.

D: This is ridiculously tasty and goes down with absolutlely little to no effort. Very West Coast. It carries alcohol, that is clear but fine.

This is a beer that is hard to find many complaints or knocks on.

marcpal, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of jackorain
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

After pouring aggressively into my Stone Levitation glass, only a scant 1/2 inch white head formed. The head didn't hang around long but left a nice tall collar attached to a nice dense lace the full height of the original head. The liquid is a copper-light brown. It was also the most hazy or cloudy beer I've seen this side of some Saisons.

The aroma is of grapefruit hops, caramel malt and biscuit malt, lemon zest and lemon juice. A touch of pine emerges as it warms.

The taste starts out quite citrusy, the lemon hits 1st. The grapefruit and pine hops follow. The caramel and biscuit malt come through in the middle. The finish carries a lingering bitterness.

The body is medium and the carbonation is lively.

I could make a night of this one. It is not the best IPA I've had, but it certainly is pretty good.

Thanks For Reading

jackorain, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev 0%

Copper orange color with a ton of haze - hops or chill, I'm not sure yet. Pastel sort of light orange colored head has good retention and leaves remarkable lacing.

The nose is very citric, with enough pine to count as 'complex'. Pretty good, and with warmth, the caramel malt emerges to balance the hoppiness.

The same could be said of the flavor, which starts out bright and shiny and sort of evolves into a pretty decent, chunky, and impressive IPA. The malts never do catch up with the hops, but it's still a good chase, and the result is fun.

Middle of the road for mouthfeel, not as hefty as some but enough to get the job done. Not bad.

Really solid ale, my first Dark Horse, and it won't be my last.

BretSikkink, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Thanks to deliriumfest for this one!

A- Body is a translucent medium amber/orange color. Pours with a 1 finger or so creamy white head which fades to 1/2 finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and uniform though some sediment is present at the bottom.

S-Soft scents of pine, grapefruit, sweet malt, and earthy hops.

T-Flavor is pretty mild upfront and offers some earthy hops with a sturdy malt backbone. A hint of grapefruit also arises. A big punch of citrus rind and pine hop bitterness comes through for the finish as well as a slight piny hop flavor. Left to linger is a medium residual hop bitterness and a hint of grapefruit.

M-Medium tingly carbonation and soft smooth body filled with yeast and hop oils.

D- This is a pretty decent IPA overall. The flavors are much less intense than other IPAs but the bitterness is just as strong. The mouthfeel makes this a nice, drinkable IPA.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%

Bottle into snifter. Wondering if it was an old, bad or poorly handled bottle after reading some other reviews (following taking notes on my sample), due to some significant differences in my experience and that of others. here goes:

Pours cloudy pale orange with only the faintest hint of a head. Nothing to retain, so no retention. A little spotty lacing.

Rich and malty with pungent grapefruity hop aroma. Not very complex but pleasant.

Follows the nose, basically. Sweet and malty with modest grapefruity hop flavor. Hop flavor is subdued and not even remotely bitter.

Lightly carbonated, but smooth and slightly creamy. On the thin side. Clean finish. not complex but balanced.

Easy enough to drink but doesn't stand out as special in any way. Pretty timid, but enjoyable enough. Still wondering if this was old or otherwise compromised based on lack of any head and very subdued hop profile with no bitterness.

sprucetip, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -5%

Pours a cloudy amber/yellow with an amazing 1/2 inch head. By far the best looking head yet: small bubbles, individual mounding, off-white color, great retention, and good lacing. Smell strongly of hops. Definitely fits the style. Tastes of hops throughout, but sadly not as strong in body as I would have thought/hoped. Almost has a watery taste. Started out amazing with the highest rating for appearance I've had, shucks. Crisp and smooth with decent carbonation, but lacking in body. I'm probably over-reacting, but I was so excited by the appearance and the taste just wasn't there. Still, overall not a bad IPA, but not necessarily worth going out of your way to pick up.

Tone, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

A: An amber orange cloudy color with a nice white thick head. Full glass lacing.

S: Earthy hops with a floral tone and a fruity sweetness.

T: Floral, piney, earthy hops with hints of fruity sweetness with peach and apricot flavors. The sweetness is fairly strong but the hops come pounding back in the end that leaves your mouth tingling.

M: A bit thin in the mouth but the finish is nice and long and bitter.

D: Medium to high, it goes down easy and is not overpowering in either the hops or malt.

Overall a solid beer, but not a true standout of an IPA. Glad I tried it.

Kadonny, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Notes 9/20/08
Cloudy orange in color with a medium white head,lots of sediment floating around. Aroma is dominated by citrus hops with some floral notes detectable. Flavor is heavily hopped - lots of citrus, flowers, and pine. Malt sweetness adds to it, but its overwhelmingly hop dominant. Nice IPA, Dark Horse is a class act for sure.

WakeandBake, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick white head that leaves lots of lace. Aroma is of citrusy grapefruit and piney hops.

Hops dominant in the flavor. Very nice, bitter citrus flavor here. A bit of bready malt lingers in the back along with some herbal notes. Medium mouthfeel. I would love to have more of this. I would make it a regular part of the rotation if it were available closer to home.

hckyfn9999, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Jamesplarson
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%

A- a little cloudy and the sediment on the bottom made me feel like it was a homebrew.

S-the smell was delicious it had me salivating at the first whiff. The over powering aroma of a beautifully hopped IPA just added to the bitter sweet taste of this hazy copper ale

T- The taste was a great IPA id say a model that all IPA's should live by. Sweet on the lips and the tip of the toung and then a bitter lingering flavor that takes over the whole mouth

M- mouth feel was a bit dry but did not detract from the taste and smell of this great IPA.

D- one of my personal favorites out of the IPA genera i could drink it all day goes down smooth and just gets better and better all the way till the end.

over all one of my favorite IPA's out there

Jamesplarson, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +3%

12 oz bottle

A: Deep, hazy copper under a small white head. No lace, little retention.

S: Caramel with some citrus and piney malt. Not overly hoppy, malt is very apparent.

T: Again, malt is very apparent. Caramel with some hops, more pine than citrus. Bitterness is mild. Even some toasted malt.

M/D: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Drinkability is good. Really balanced IPA, very nice. I expected a more hoppier brew, but was suprised by the malt presence.

NCSUdo, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Appearance: A cloudy copper / amber color, with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass. With every swirl, the head picks up a little bit.

Smell: Strong grapefruit hoppiness, with some orange, tangerine, pear, and floral notes.

Taste: Grapefruit and other citrus up front, with a little bit of malt. The hops squeeze their way into the taste, making it bitter in the middle and end. Leaves with a tart grapefruit kick. I would like to see the flavors blend a little more smoothly, but definitely not bad.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and tart, with slightly less than medium carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Pretty smooth, but the tartness may cause a consumption slowdown.

Overall a pretty solid beer.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at Dark Horse on 11/28/08. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A - Cloudy, opaque light orange body with one-finger creamy white head that transformed into a thin film but yielded nice lacing. Head retained quite well and flared up with each swirl of the glass. Looks like unfiltered orange juice!

S - Orange pulp and juicy citrus fruit... not necessarily hoppy, but just very citrusy and pithy (ie. the white stuff that is between the fruit and the rind). Aroma is very tangerine-esque with a bit of bready malt in the finish to complement the huge citrus character.

T - Juicy, pulpy orange/tangerine citrus right up front with just a touch of hop bitterness. Mild sweet caramel malt balances things out a bit, but overall the flavor is a big smack of juicy orange and tangerine.

M - Medium body with a creamy, somewhat watery texture and mild carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and only mildly bitter.

D - Crooked Tree is certainly one of the most unique IPAs I've had in my travels. This one would make a great breakfast brew. O.J. all the way!

ffejherb, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -5%

Appearance - pours a drab, clouded orange/amber. A thin head dissipates quickly, but not before leaving a nice little wall of lace. Small bits of darker sediment in the mix as well.

Aroma - some decent grapefruit and caramel elements. On par though fairly straightforward.

Taste - good biscuity malt opening. Hops appear quickly, lots of grapefruit rind in tow. A brief glint of citrus at first, turning full-on bitter and just a touch medicinal. The flavors blend much better as it warms, the citrus coming out better with each sip. I like it more towards the end but that medicinal factor doesn't fade enough. Finishes with a good, dry and bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - crisp, decent smoothness, a medium body.

Drinkability - a worthy IPA from Dark Horse, though probably better on tap.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip

pours a hazy orange with a nice white head

beautiful citrus smell. mainly orange then grapefruit. pine solid.

bitter smooth taste of hops then a decent malt balance

full mouthfeel that matches a very hoppy ipa

the bitterness doesn't linger making it a very drinkable ipa

thanks to tadowdaddy for this

aubuc1, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hooliganlife
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

poured from a bottle. color is golden orange, little head. nothing special. smell is light floral hops. taste is semi smooth hops up front, then turns bitter with a perfect malt balance. the aftertaste is a grassing hop flavor, kind of like a fresh hop flavor. medium to light carbonation. this is my new favorite IPA.

hooliganlife, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of beckje01
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

A- Dark honey color cloudy with no head and no activity but it look very nice.

S- Slight fruity hop nose but not much there.

T- Nice clean taste a steady fruity hop throughout.

M- Good thickness and nice activity.

D- Very drinkable, just very nice. A great example of an American IPA.

beckje01, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

I've consumed many vessels of this brew, but alas I've never formally reviewed it. Consumed at cellar (55F) temp.

Pours a hazy amber orange with noticeable suspended platelets of yeast cake bobbing about. A 1/2" off-white head sits atop moderate visible carbonation. Beautiful sheets and strands of lace all the way down.

Herbally fresh notes of damp hops mingled with somewhat sweet amber malts. A few swirls of my favorite Whitbread Extra Stout stemmed chalice (with air bubbles trapped within the glass walls) emit a mineral-like wet stone smell. Fruity whiffs of pineapple & apricot twirl about while the floral hops keep the cadence.

Rustic hop flavor that's a little raw and gritty. Not a lot of sweetness from which I perceived in the nose though. The hop is dominant but not overbearing. The malt foundation is light but sturdy - kind of like a chain link fence with hop vines entwined from top to bottom. Lovely balance with hop prickliness abounding.

Mouthfeel is superb with playful, tip of the tongue tingling fine carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry flavorful finish.

Drinkability is top notch. Not heavy handed in any dept. but the flavor is all there.

Overall a fantastic IPA from Marshall, MI. Full flavored and friendly all at the same time. The texture of this beer is fantastic, a true well-built ale. The unrefined and organic hop flavor is a nice change from the norm. Masterfully balanced and well suited for any spicy/zesty dishes. Great IPA and flagship brew from lower Mid-Michigan!

malty, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1/2 finger off-white head that drops fairly quickly to a nice lace that left nice rings down the glass. The body was a very hazy golden-orange.

S- Initially I picked up a big wiff of piney hops. Some sweeter, buttery tones come through on a second sniff.

T- A nice mix of sweet malts and piney/grassy hops. Though swayed a bit toward the hoppy end of the spectrum.

M- I thought it was initially a little watery, but it came through with a full feel by the end of a sip. Just a touch of a grainy feel. Some pretty good bite from the hops.

D- It's a really easy drinker. I could see drinking a couple of these in a sitting. I have a feeling it would be a good compliment to a spicy or greasier meal.

GRPunk, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

purchased at ottos in brookfield, wisconsin for 8.99/6-pack.

pours deep orange caramel with a one finger cream colored head.

aroma is bready malt, orange marmalade, and a little general funkiness. reminds me of orange sherbet.

An orange sherbet taste as well. very different, and very good. A strong assertive hop profile, featuring the above mentioned orange flavors, along with pine, and what I perceive to be a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is decent, could maybe stand a bit more carbonation, but nothing out of sorts here.

Drinkability is high for me here, I really like this one from start to finish. I had this last year (or maybe 2 years ago), when I was just getting into craft beer, and I thought it was really one-dimensional. All I tasted was "bitter." And now here I am, a year (or possibly 2) later, and I am thinking of moving this up from the bench, and letting it start a few games. Either way, this one's a winner.

dancinwillie, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of darkwise
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

This is the resident standby for me when it comes to the local (michigan) IPA scene. HOPS galore! Pours a cloudy brew, heavy lacing on the glass. Smells of hops, can't miss it. First taste the hops hit ya, and leaves ya wanting another quick sip. Citrusy taste, reminds me of orange peels and grapefruit after the hops let any other taste in. Very drinkable beer, nice job by Dark Horse Brewing. Dark Horse in my opinion doesn't get enough credit for their fine line of brews.

darkwise, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

A- Very cloudy orange appearance. Poured with about 1.5 fingers worth of head that left the mug quickly. Left very nice lacing though on the sides of the glass, although the quick lack of head and the haze of the beer make this one nothing more than average.

S- Smelt of a ton of hops, didn't pick much else off the scent. I liked this though considering my love for hops.

T- Got nothing more from this beer than the taste of hops and a bit of a caramel taste. Enjoyed it though because of the hop taste.

M- Beer lost it's head quickly, so I got none of that initial foaminess in my mouth. The beer had little aftertaste, the hops in this beer hit you quickly and then faded just as quickly. The only thing I taste in this beer is the hops, and the lack of anything after I swallowed it kind of disappointed me.

D- Low abv % makes this very drinkable.

Overall, a pretty decent beer for those that like the taste of hops. The lack of other elements leaves more to be desired. Would definitely drink again though because I do like the hoppy flavor. Heck, I have 5 more to drink!

tadowdaddy, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy orange appearance with no visibility. Some carbonation and little head that dissipated quickly.

S- Little hard to detect the citrus, but it was there. Also smell of some hops.

T- At first sip you would think the citrus would come through, but it doesn't. What citrus flavor was there is overtaken by the hops.

M- The beer fell a little flat for me. Thin texture made it almost feel as if at points I was drinking carbonated water.

D- Low abv % makes this very drinkable.

Overall this is a decent IPA. As stated above it just fell flat of my expectations. I can't really point it out, but something was just missing.

rhinos00, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.98/5  rDev 0%

264 reviews as of this writing. A bit coudy / hazy orange looking brew. Nice citric aroma and taste buoyed with a nice caramel malt body. Nice AIPA, went well with dinner. I'd have this again with dinner or better on tap if I'm in the distribution area for work.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 17, 2008
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%

12oz. bottle ~ a gimme from my buddy Mr. Mustachio. A strong pour into my antique soda pint.

A ~ Cloudy, effervescent, hazy honey colored with a creamy 1/2" egg shell colored head blanketing the top of the beer. Pretty appearance in the glass with tight, concentric rings of sturdy lace lining the glass. On closer examination I see sediment slowly rising to the head like a lava lamp warming up.

S ~ Bitter grapefruit pith & floral hops. Some other citrus essence..orange rind. There's an earthy, fresh cut grass smell, with a wet, woody aroma. Half way through it I noticed the faint smell of roasted nuts & a hint of malt that appeared as the beer warmed.

T ~ Sharp, bitter citrus hops, & earthy oily pine sap. There's a bit of malty grain lurking on the back side. Sharp finish with a tart aftertaste.

M ~ Hop forward with little malt character to speak of. Medium body with adequate carbonation.
Not a scrubbing astringent finish but, a little hot & bitter.

D ~My generous friend is a self proclaimed hop head & gave me this with a high recommendation.
With all do respect, I'm still developing an appreciation for hop forward beers & this style in particular. He told me " You're not gonna like it...I know you". He wasn't entirely wrong. I could take it or leave it but I'm glad I tried it.

TATTORSO, Oct 04, 2008
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,538 ratings.