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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

2,826 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,826
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 114
Gots: 322 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

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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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nyrangerfan for this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and massively bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. Had a nice pungent aroma, but the flavor is kind of lacking though with a huge bitterness with no sweetness at all to balance it out. It is good for the ones who like massively hop intense beers, but that is about it.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an amber color with a cloudyness and a whirlwind of hops. A nice creamy head stays and laces well.
The aroma is a pale malt backing with a earthy hoppyness.
The taste is mild starts with a mouth full of carbonation. The hops enter very earthy with a subtle sweetness, it finishes with a strong bitterness.

Photo of GoldenChild
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Arrived with a finger thick head. Tight. Creamy. Hazy body - looks more like a Hegel than an IPA. Copper in color.
S) Citrus notes- grapefruit. Pinkeye like a Christmas tree.
T) Pretty bold hop bite upfront. The malts poke through just barely after the hops subside. Grapefruit. Subtle caramel. Towards the end malts fade out leaving a prominent bitterness on the tongue.
M) medium body. Fizzy but somewhat creamy.
D) Delicious. Pour me another barkeeper!

Photo of jfrank85
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my stolen cigar city snifter from a 12oz bottle. Right off the bat i saw the thick cake of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, better pour carefully i thought. Got about 8oz in the snifter successfully without yeast transfer. Wow nice golden orange coloration with ample head and decent head retention. No lacing to speak of tho. Smells wonderful! Very inviting citrus and hop smells, just like an ipa should. Taste is outstanding, ideal ipa imo. A definate sipper since it abuses the senses with its hop attack but not as abusive as some ipa ive had. A great example of a well done ipa from a great craft brewery.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/13/2010. Bottle. Pours a murky orange-brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and grassy hops. Flavor is sweet citrus initially with some light caramel malts. Nice hop profile. I thought it was similar to Racer 5 in these regards. Great IPA!

Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Full one inch white head on top of an orange tinged copper IPA. Lots(!) of floating sediment. Good head retention and lacing. I really liked the way this one looked.

S- Immediately smelled the citrusy goodness once I pried off the cap.

T- Hops bitterness bite is somewhat subdued. Citrus aftertaste.

M- Medium body...maybe even a little on the thin side.

D/O- Not exactly an "in your face" IPA and that's alright because it means you can have more without killing your palate. A very drinkable IPA but nothing exceptional overall.

Photo of arboristfish
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, and the head was white and creamy like. The aroma is very strong with citrus hops. The taste starts out a little sweet, but has a lingering citrus hop bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is medium light, and is overall a drinkable IPA.

Photo of Estocker
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, hazy, amber color. Probably one of the darkest IPAs I've ever seen. Not what I look for in the style.

I'm getting a balance between piny hops and malt. Not a very strong aroma. This is very underwhelming for an IPA. I would suspect an old bottle, but of course Dark Horse doesn't post freshness codes.

Taste is a little better, still not much hop flavor though. Tastes like an old IPA that has lost its kick. Mostly malt flavor with bitter hops, but not much as far as anything citrusy or Piny.

I'll at least give it decent points for drinkability and mouthfeel, as I DO enjoy drinking it, it is just a bad representation of the style. It's also nice that the ABV is relatively low for an IPA.

Another disappointing IPA with no freshness label. Story of my life. Beware.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy amber with two fingers of stiff beige head. Nice lacing.

Smell -- Citrus pith, pine resin, mild caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Pine resin becomes more dominant in the hop profile, though pithy citrus is still present. Malt backbone of husky grain and mild caramel sweetness. Lingering flavors of resin and citrus pith.

Moutheel -- Medium in body with ample carbonation.

Drinkability -- At the end of the day Crooked Tree is a solid IPA, though not exceptional. Having had Double Crooked Tree, this was a mild disappointment. I'll come back to this one again if I ever see it on tap. Perhaps freshness was a factor?

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty copper color with a murky, viscous appearance. Thin white head after the pour that leaves a decent white cap and wet lacings. Resiny, earthy hop and biscuit aromas. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Well balanced malt and hop flavors in the beginning that give way to a hoppy pine finish. After hearing good things about this IPA, I was generally disappointed. Maybe I'm sampling an out of date bottle. I look forward to trying this again sometime and hopefully updating my review.

Photo of drabmuh
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Overall a rather plain IPA.

Beer is light copper with a full white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass. Mild haze and moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is weak and mildly malty with hints of pine hops on the edges.

Beer is bitter and sulfury on the mid to late palate, overall its a chewy beer at medium body. Weak lead off but a strong hop presence in the second half of the mouth. Its a decent tasting IPA, easy drinking, just not very interesting.

Photo of LanceW
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pick this brew up on recommendation from a co-worker.

The beer presentation in the case was not very impressive. It would not have had me buy it unless recommended. I tired the beer and I surpised to see nearly 5mm of yeast at the bottom of each glass. I tired the beer at all types of tempatures. The first one I had was about 50 degrees and it was tasty and the malty and hop flavor was more pronounced. I the last one I had.... I stuffed it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and it was very good and crisp. That would be my recommend way of drinking it.

Photo of happygnome
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a copper color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving about half an inch of sticky lace around the edge of the glass. a few carbonation bubbles continue to rise to the top of the beer

s: caramel sweet malts balanced nicely with citrus/grapefruit and piny hop bitterness

t: sweet citrusy hop bitterness is my first reaction followed by piny bitterness. overall this is sweeter than I thought it would be but it is nicely balanced

m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a good beer that ican see myself getting again

Photo of PDXHops
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. A ton of floaties, snowglobe-style, distract from the sizeable fluffy head and plentiful lacing.

Appearance nitpicking aside, this is a pretty solid IPA. The nose has plenty of pine and grapefruit, a touch of sweeter citrus, perhaps tangerines or orange zest, some light malt. Good level of piney bitterness that takes a turn toward spicy at times. A fair amount of caramel lends a juiciness and a touch of sweetness to flavors of grapefruit and orange, a drop or 2 of lemon juice.

Overall impression: Easy recommendation here.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is the color of caramel with a decent off white head and some thickish lacing.

Smell is biscuity, citrusy hops along with a mineral touch as well.

Taste is a well balanced blend of hoppiness and a decent malty backbone. Neither is overwhelming, good balance.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, bordering on crisp, but there is a certain lingering stickiness as well.

Drinkability is good, this one, while not exceptional or a stand-out, is a good middle of the road IPA.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark muddy orange, with a finger of very light tan head.

Smell is citrus, a little bitterness, and some malts, and butterscotch.

Taste is rather bitter, with citrus hints, slighty sweet, with a pronounced lingering bitterness.

Feel is smooth, upper light in body. Low carbonation.

Drink is solid.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,826 ratings.