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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,742 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,742
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 114
Gots: 260 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. Another thanks to glazeman for this one.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a large of white two finger head. This subsides, but a layer of foam remains on top. Some nice lacing remains on the glass after each sip.

S: A little bit of pine and some citrus notes, also some hints of orange, but overall on the weak side.

T: A definite hop flavor, but not too strong. The pine and citrus from the nose comes through on the taste, just like the nose. There is some nice malt on the back end that does balance it out and leaves you with a nice finish and aftertaste.

M/D: Medium bodied with some good carbonation. Overall, I like it, but don't love it. It is pretty easy drinking and would be happy to have it again, just not my favorite.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick tan, half inch, head. Head sticks around and lacing on the glass is good.

S: Very piney, earthy, and citrus hop aromas blast forward first. Some tropical fruit, mango and pineapple to name a few.
Toasted malt, fresh baked biscuits caramel and some bread dough make the malt profile. More pine comes through again.

T: Hops come clean and bitter with an assault on the tongue. Fresh pine sap, some grapefruit, mango and pineapple, and spicy peppery flavors. Malts are bready and slightly sweet with hints of caramel and vanilla. Balance is to the bitter hoppy side.

M: Medium body with crisp prickly carbonation.

D: Excellent flavor and very fresh tasting. Hoppy as hell! I have had Imperial IPA's less hoppy than this beer. It is delicious but in the end the bitter aftertaste is too much for my tongue and I would not easily go for another in succession.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A burnt orange body with a chilled haze. A thick, foamy two finger yellow infused cap rose and fell slowly. Some great rings of lace.

The nose is of pine needles and grapefruit, with a clean, light bready malt backbone. A nice little imbalance, but rather straightforward.

Clean malts work to balance more so on the palate. A brief rush of grapefruit before undercooked biscuits carry through the middle. The finish is another rush of grapefruit and pine needles. Mild bitterness.

Medium body, smooth and creamy. A lingering pine needle/grapefruit bitterness that builds a little as you work your way through.

This is a nice, clean IPA that makes a good everyday IPA. This is an updated review (from 2/8/2012.) The first bottle I had was a little dated and had some off flavors. I am glad to have a chance to re-review.

Photo of glazeman
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Pours a dark amber, darker than most any other IPA that I have come across. Nice two finger white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: I don't really know what to make of the smell, not very pleasant in my opinion. Smells fairly medicinal, with only a hint of citrus.

T: Somewhat lack luster for me. It was ok, but nothing special. The hop flavor was not very pronounced and was covered up a lot by the high level of carbonation. Some malt on the finish, but not much.

M: Very light and soft on the tongue, way too much carbonation.

D: Ehhh, this beer has potential, but overall was a let down and has some major flaws. The double crooked tree is done much, much better and would be my go to beer from dark horse. It's amazing that simply "doubling the ingredients" can make such a drastically different and better beer.

Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobertkuekn for this extra!
A: Pours a slightly cloudy blood orange color with a fluffy head that retains very well.
S: The nose is very interesting; floral hops, citric hops, grapefruit and slight orange and other citrus fruits. Also, dark cherry?
T: Nice array of hops- bitter, a little medicinal, sweet, and dark fruits.
MF/D: A little over carbonated for my liking, and dry as well

(mobile review)

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at American Craft in Brookline, MA, Dark Horse is new to this era so I jumped at the chance to have my first taste.

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is dark gold with about two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit piney with some nice earthy bitterness and some slight citrus flavor. There is a nice sweet flavor in the background with a nice caramel flavor.

The taste is full of hops at first. There is a bitterness that I had been looking for and pretty happy to find. A nice citrus flavor with grapefruit, and tangerine mixed with the piney flavor as well. This beer is a hop lover's paradise. There is a good amount of sweetness as well toward the end of the sip. A sweet caramel flavor comes up and announces itself before falling into the background again.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and goes down pretty well. The carbonation was at just the right amount so it gave the beer a bit of a fizz but was not so much that it dried out each sip. A really good IPA that has a American flavor.

Photo of Tomdee74
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good! Okay time to review!!!

A - Pours a pretty dark brown color for an IPA. Not the golden yellow/red color but more of a dark red/brown color... looks heavy.. very nice head.. very nice lacing!!

S - Definitely smell like mango/pineapple.. a nice citrus taste.. no so much piney.. but more of a mango smell...

T - I can repeat the smell here.. the taste is so refreshing. i love this stuff. A great IPA. No so balanced i do get a very nice mango fruit taste to this. it is heavy... loaded with flavor which is another feature i love. every sip is like a circus in your mouth....

M - Very nice carbonation. Thick feel.. loaded with flavor... kinda makes it heavy..

D - Decent Abvs make the drinkability pretty high on this one.. i could easily put away a few of these... stinks we can't get in CT.. this warrants more visits up to table and vine or julios....

Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel Glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed golden bronze or apricot color with a 1" thick ivory head that soon recedes to a ring and a thin layer of foam leaving some foam clinging to the side of the glass. Sipping leaves sheets and leggy lacing that cling to the sides of the glass. Throughout most of the beer there are rings and legs of lacing on the glass, a surface layer of foam, and sipping leaves every lengthening patterns of speckled and leggy lacing.

Smell: The aroma has pine resin and a light trace of caramel and toffee from the malt. In addition there is some grapefruit zest and traces of orange or tangerine.

Taste: The flavors involve a firm malt backbone to support the hops, lightly sweeten the mix and smooth out the flavors, but the malt is well-behaved and the caramel plays a supporting role in the cast of characters. The hop flavors dance around over the tongue and take turns at center stage. There is the grapefruit, some orange zest all weaving in and out in a complex pattern with the pine resin. The pattern brings each of them to the fore at one time or another but then each leaves center stage to one of the others in turn.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and smooth with a persistent ongoing carbonation that feels just right. The finish is moderately long and fairly complex in that it begins while the flavors are still forward on the palate and then shifts back across the tongue to leave the grapefruit bitterness dangling in the back of the throat. As the flavors slide back across the tongue one or another of them disappears. The first to leave is the caramel/toffee sweetness, followed by the orange. Eventually the pine and grapefruit wind up on the back of the tongue but in the end it is the grapefruit bitterness and dryness that fade slowly out on the back of the throat.

Drinkability: This is about as drinkable as they come. One sip follows the next easily as the dryness invites more liquid. As I look at the glass I wonder that it has gone down so smoothly and quickly. Having another will be easy and in fact my next one will be started just as soon as this one is finished. ☺ There is no question this beer has found a permanent place on my shopping list to be enjoyed again.

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

Served on-tap at Al's. Seems like a stop at Al's is becoming a weekly routine.

A: The IPA is a golden tea color, orange and brown with more of the former than the latter. The ale is hazy throughout, never shaking that mild dullness. A finger of head, white ass now, is my reward. It offers up a few patches of lace.

S: The nose is oily hops, plenty of bitterness with citrusy grapefruit and pepper in strong supply. The ale is well-balanced, offering an equal dose of caramel melt.

T: The resiny hops, again with citrusy grapefruit, start things off. The bitterness is tolerable, strong but not palate-numbing. The surprise comes after the initial wave of hops passes. Innocuously enough, the IPA delivers a heavy dose of caramel, almost syrupy in its strength and rather sweet. The caramel-hop interaction is sweet and bitter, keeping the IPA in check.

M: The hoppy mouth quickly yields to sweet caramel before the bitterness crops back up in the finish.

D: The IPA feels much, MUCH stronger than 6%. An imposing IPA that goes down very easily.

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

Poured 1/3 of this brew into a wine glass.

A: The color and head looked typical of an IPA. Shorter head retention than most.

S: The aroma was that of a clean well hopped and balanced IPA. good hop profile.

T: A nice earthy taste, that is finished with a malt balance.

M: Smooth

D: This is a good go to IPA, nothing special, but quality.

Photo of mondegreen
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Very hazy dark copper / borderline amber. Giant 2+ finger fluffy head that lingers.

S: Hops upfront with a nice balance of malt sweetness. The hops are bright and playful, but not overpowering.

T: As the nose suggests, a well-balanced IPA. Piney hops are the first to hit, backed up by a light sweetness. The aftertaste is quite bitter, but only lingers long enough to beg for another sip.

M: Probably the beer's weak point. A little thin, but not so much as to make the beer unpleasant.

D: Very drinkable. The hops are upfront, but not palate killing. This is a solid American IPA.

Photo of horshack7
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: From a twelve ounce bottle and into a pint glass is a hazy copper color with a nice two fingers of head that retains well.

Aroma: A citrusness with a dry floral hopiness in the nose. Heavy grapfruit notes with malts letting out a carmel aroma with a touch of sourness in the finish.

Taste: Floral and citrusy hopiness. A crisp yet a little buttery mouthfeel. Piney and grapefruit.
The malts let out only a little sweetness. The finish has a pleasant dryness to it. To round it all out it's very drinkable.

Notes: This i.p.a is very well done glad I picked this one up. Cheers.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, golden hue with orange highlights. It had a two-finger, white head of pillowy foam that left thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, resinous pine and burnt toast maltiness.

T - Nice burnt toast malt flavor with some sweet caramel. It had a strong bitter, piney hop bite to match the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue with a very dry finish. A medium bodied ale

D - I had been looking forward to trying this IPA for awhile and it didn't disappoint. Very nice IPA.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint.

Hard pour yields a finger and a half tight off white head. Murky dark golden/amber in color with bubbles rushing to the top. Head retention is quite excellent. A fairly thick layer of foam coats the top of the beer from start to finish leaving some nice lacing behind.

Smell is very faint. Just a tiny hint of lemon citrus and grainy barley.

Taste follows smell with a slight bready malt, lemon citrus, and bitter resin. This is not bursting with flavor. More like a pale ale in my books.

Mouthfeel is pretty superb though. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Really creamy with a nice crisp bite on the end.

Drinkability is also superb. I could drink this one all night. They should have just called this a pale ale. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't think I was about to drink an IPA. I guess I'm just spoiled when it comes to IPA's since I'm from CA.

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

pours a copper brown color, very cloudy/hazy. large white creamy head and good lacing. strong piney, citrus smell. taste is much the same with some floral hints. medium body, and thin texture. moderate bitter chalky finish, and average flavor duration. pretty good brew.

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

A: Poured a nice light amber/orange color with a full two fingers of off-white fluffy head what lasts incredible long Lots of thick lacing on the glass. A fair amount of suspended yeast in the pour, but the ale still had fair to good clarity. To volume of yeast actually detracts from the overall appearance, but one things for sure, this is a real ale.

S: Lots of resinous pine with malt and caramel.

T: Just as the aroma would indicate, this ale has a nice bitter piny hop bite with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Lots of grapefruit on the aftertaste, but it's nicely balanced with the sweet malt.

M: Just right. Not too think or too light. Has some staying pour on your palate.

D: Light and refreshing, not too heavy on the palate and a nicely balanced bitter /sweet balance make this brew highly drinkable. Pour me another!

Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of peteophile44 thanx bro.

A: A: poured a caramel amber brown with a nice fluffy off white finger head and great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: nice piney hop aroma with malt and caramel notes in the mixture as well. the nose seems to have a good balance between the malts and the hops.

T: good citrus piney bitterness attacks first with decent malt balance and hints of caramel in the flavor too.

M: medium body with a nice amount of bubbly carbonation that adds to the overall experience.

D: drinks very well all the way through for an IPA. This stayed true to the style coming from a west coast hop head.

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

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a nice 2 finger white head that stayed around for a while and left trials behind as it receded. The body is a golden orange with yellow highlights and amber lowlights.

Lots of hops hit your nose...piney up front and more citrus in the background. Some bready undertones are also present.

The flavors are similar to the nose...lots of hops attack the palate, they give way in the middle to a malt/grainy taste before regaining the upper hand in a bitter finish.

Medium mouth feel, slightly oily and well carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer...a top notch IPA that can compete with Two Hearted.

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

This is a viscious looking IPA. Deep, dark amber, bordering on brown with a two finger dark tan head. The smell is hoppy, though not overly so, with some sweeter malts. I get a lot of strawberry as well.

This is very refreshing, and good. I might like it less if I hadn't just worked in the sun for 11 hours, but nevertheless, it is at least very drinkable. There's not a whole lot going on here. Not that I expect much complexity from an IPA, but this has about two flavors: some sweet fruitiness up front and some grapfruit bitterness in the finish/aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good... Fairly light and well carbonated. Nothing too special here. The drinkability is fantastic, though again that could be due to my workday.

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured copper in color with a bit of orange highlights coming through in the light. It had a thick and foamy white head taking up the top inch and a half of the glass. It had some very nice head retention and left some decent lacing as well.

The aroma is pretty hoppy with grapefruit, pine leading the way and a little earthy spice present as well. A little bready, caramel malt comes through as well. Pretty nice hoppy aroma for an IPA, not anything fancy but good.

The taste is fairly hoppy with a lot of the same pine, grapefruit and earthy spice that the nose had. Some bready malt gives it a pretty decent backbone of flavor. The finish shows a moderate bitterness with more of the earthy and herbal flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's a pretty tasty and easy to drink IPA. It didn't have any wild or outstanding characteristics, just more of a standard, very well made IPA.

Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark coppery-orange with an off white two finger head that retains very well. The head is like a puffy pillow atop the beer as I sip. Some huge lace puffs are left in spots on the glass.

S- Lots of hops upfront. The hops are piney and earthy and lack the dominating tropical fruit in IPAs of late. Some light fruit (non citrus) and small amount of caramel malt make it through as well. Strength isnt great but forces me to take big whiffs.

T- A lot of pine hops take the initiative. Earthy, grassy notes and light malt follows. The bitterness is at a nice medium level. Hops also lend a tiny bit of spice and peel hints. Flavor slowly degrades to become a bit too bitter and unbalanced as my glass empties. The hops take over and it ends up reminding me of HopDevil.

MF- Light body that is very creamy. A high level of carbonation stings the tongue. A crisp, smooth IPA. Bitters coat the palate with earthy hop flavor.

DB- Standard six pack price with good qualities all around. A balance of hop flavor and bitterness is achieved fairly well. I am glad to see Dark Horse in my area and will try more of their beer after having this one.

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

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that settled into a thick lacing. the body was a dark and cloudy amber color.
s - light citrus with a hint of malt sweetness.
t - strong citrus hops with a caramel backbone.
m - medium on the tongue.
d - excellent, a great ipa. incredibly well-balanced and drinkable.

Photo of zoso1967
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, fairly deep amber that is slightly copper in color. It has a very nice slightly off white head that has decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is surprisingly tame. Grapefruit and citrus hops for sure, but it is not as in your face as many of this style that I have had. Also, I detect some bready malt. The flavor is more of the same. A bit too malty for an IPA in my opinion, but the hop profile is quite nice, and it possesses a definite firm bitterness. Very balanced, perhaps too balanced. The mouthfeel is medium with a finish that is a bit sweet. Fairly drinkable, but really not one I would seek out again.

Photo of silentjay
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy red-copper with a huge cloud-like off white head that doesn't recede quick enough and results in a three-staged 5 minute-long pour.

first to the nose is a freshly mowed lawn. plenty of pine and some citrus follows. a bit earthy and woody and little to no malt.

taste differs from the aroma a bit. more bitter and earthy with a healthy dose of citrus. pine and grass are pushed back a bit. reminds me of a fresh harvested ipa. would like the pine and grass to be more dominant.

mouthfeel is kinda light and oily. carbonation is ok.

drinks ok. a good amount of bitterness and oily feel keep this from going down easy.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, cloudy, orange/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: floral and citrus hops with some malt and pine hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweetish start that gets more bitter towards the end

Drinkability: An above average IPA that has an excellent blend of hops. Something to sip and relax with. I would not rush to get this, but would not pass it by either.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,742 ratings.