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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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2,620 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 108
Gots: 216 | 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 stevenseg
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse representatives from Marshall, Michigan visited my city of Columbus, Ohio delivering beer tastings to the good little girls and boys at Barley's. I tasted the Crooked Tree at the MBG Beer Festival last February, but it came after about 80 oz. of the stiffest stouts in Michigan, so I was anxious to give this one another whirl.

Let's get this straight up front. The Crooked Tree is not trying to be a session. Nor is it trying to be anything other than an uber-hopped IPA with s sweet smack. There is a reason Dead Horse's Crooked Tree has won so many awards.

I had a pint poured and it appeared very cloudy with a 1-finger head that stuck around. Nice rings formed and streaked down the glass as the glass emptied.

Hmmm...one whiff and it took me back to my high school days. Imagine chilling at Woodstock and sitting in a cloud of smoke...now imagine that stuff being smoked was instead still a vast field of green. Smelling the Crooked Tree IPA would be like standing in the middle of that field. That is the best way to describe it.

Coincidentally, the Crooked Tree tastes like you are standing in the middle of that field licking the air. The bitters on the back are thick and remain long after each sip, barely fading at all. The hops are so flowery and sweet, almost like they are still growing, that you barely notice the bitterness.

It's smooth, rich, and creamy. This IPA is really thick, and was served at the perfect temperature...just slightly on the warmer side.

Overall, the Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA is a tough act to follow when it comes to IPA's. As with all Dark Horse's brews, it's not meant to slam, but rather it's a VERY high quality craft brew with great characteristics. I'll have another...

stevenseg, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of peteophile44
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After much avoiding it, this is my first BA review.

First time I've tasted this beer. I picked it up in a mix-and-match six pack a while back. Even though I've been holding on to this beer for about 4 months, it's still surprisingly bright and fragrant. I wonder how much better it might have been fresh.

A - A heavy pour yields slightly more than a finger of head which reduces to a nice covering, ample lacing, and lasting rings. Color is a nice cloudy copper.

S - Citrus and pine dominate the aroma, complemented by a hint of caramel/toffee.

T - Not terribly complex, but as an IPA, I didn't really expect it to be. Good balance of sweet malt and bitter hops though I would have personally preferred to tip the scale further in the hop direction. That would probably have been accomplished if I had tasted this fresh.

M - Coats the mouth nicely and leaves the lips a little bit sticky. Nice thickness for what seems to be a sessionable IPA.

D - As noted, definitely a sessionable IPA. I'd like to give this one another try without allowing it to mellow out.

peteophile44, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Muddy, burnt amber color with a full, fluffy off-white head. Healthy, spotty lacing.
Smells delicious ... grapefruity hops with a hint of some pineapple. Makes me think of a Surly Furious.
Tastes of the smells previously mentioned in the zingy hop hit, but the sweet toffee and caramel malts come in and mellow the scene like a hippy peace-officer.
Smooth, medium body with a mildly bitter aftertaste lingering.
All I could ask for in an American IPA.

ThickestHead, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of birchstick
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this appears an orangish copper color, typical of many IPAs and has a head that is full of holes, like Swiss cheese.

S - sweet, jouicy hops - grapefruit hops with some sweet malts...smells delicious.

T - the awesome nose set the taste up for some slight disappointment. Some biscuit and caramel malt is quickly pushed aside by the assertive, grapefruit and pine hops. This was a little too bitter for my liking.

M - pretty watery and thin

D - this is a pretty decent IPA. I am very anxious to try the Double Tree IPA from this brewery. However, when it comes to purchasing from this brewery, I think I'll stick to their ridiculous line-up of stouts...

birchstick, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very deep hazy reddish gold color. Huge thick head and visible sediments floating in the beer. Smells of hops, floral mainly. Taste is bitter with a slight malt backbone and a hoppy finish. Full mouthfeel with a slight oily feel, good body for an IPA. This is a very drinkable IPA, almost like a combination of Two Hearted and Centennial, I like it.

pmccallum86, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light copper with a 1-finger, frothy white head. Lots of lacing.

The scent is mainly citrusy hops with a slight hint of sweet roasted malt. The taste is a good combo of citrus, pine & herbal hops along with just a little roasted malt. Mouthfeel is dry, medium-bodied & smooth.

This is a drinkable IPA, I like the balance of the hop flavors as well as the smooth mouthfeel.

theghost3, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of atis
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark hazy orange with large head that remained till the end of the glass. Aroma is rather subtle pine and floral hops.

Taste is sweet malt that is overcome by floral hops of increasing bitterness with long lasting more sharp bittery citrus aftertaste. The bitterness was not that "heavy", it was rather mild, but rich in character with notes of grapefruit, pine and sour fruit. Actually almost half an hour after drinking the beer I can still feel it my mouth.

From a couple of IPAs, this was the one I enjoyed the most. Although aroma was slightly dissapointing and taste seemed to be rather simple initially, it seemed to become better and better with each sip. Perfect.

atis, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date. No info on the label either. Thanks to Sweemzander for the trade!

A - Completely hazy (well, I wish I would have know about the sediment) orange-amber color with a huge, billowing sahara-sandy color head. Huge and intense retention with good rings of lacing.

S - Large floral and fruity hops flow out of this beer. Grapefruit and pine mingle well together on the nose with a slight wood chip aroma. A light but noticeable malty caramel backbone holds it all in check.

T - Intense fresh hops feel wet with a grapefruit and pinecone flavor that dances around cheerfully. Strong but not assertive malt backdrop that holds it together nicely.

M - "Wet" feeling that's dry and bitter on the finish with a lingering citrus flavor. Crisp and medium-bodied.

D - Besides the completely hazed appearance, it's a winning beer all around that is crisp and refreshing. Good IPA.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of carlborch
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden-amber with miniature flocculent deposits that are evenly dispersed. As a consequence the ale is cloudy. I can see the outline of my fingers if I hold the glass towards a light source. Highly evident and attractive aroma hops. Large off-white head with bearded Belgian lace. Medium body and nice texture with noticeable bitterness on the palate and bitter citrus pith notes in the lingering. Malt comes forth to balance the hops. Hints of baked bread. Makes me think of caramelized bread crusts. Notes of pine and spruce. The alcohol is not noticeable on the palate. Honey can be found if you seek it.

carlborch, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery 7/17/09.

A: Hazy orange with about a full inch of head on it. Impressive lacing.

S: Citrus hops dominate and a little floral aroma, with a faint bready maltiness and some slight yeast aroma.

T: Grapefruit, orange, a little floral. Gets a little piney as it warms.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.

D: Very solid beer, I really enjoyed it. Not the best in the world but highly sessionable.

aggiearcher13, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this a while back but took notes. Poured a cloudy dark orange color with frothy white head that left good lacing. Smelled very hoppy and citrusy. Tasted of piney hops and malt. Slighlty overcarbed but smooth. Finished this one pretty quickly too.

NewGeneric, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, sediment ridden sappy orange-amber color. Quite a bit of floaters and a huge fluffy white head that is fairly slow to dissipate, leaving thick lacing everywhere.

The smell is full of unripened orange and resiny pine sap. The hop profile melds wonderfully with the limp, sugary sweet, faint carmelized malty notes.

The taste, the heavy citrus in the nose does not come through much at all in the taste. The malt backbone is there, but not very pronounced. Some weak toffee and faint burning sugar. A very non aggressive hop profile adds some grapefruit pith and very mild pine flavor. This one ended up too sweet with a shocking lack of heavy IPA bitterness I expected.

Watery mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Light bodied and very little coating.

This would be a good one to introduce to the non-converted. Loved their DIPA, but maybe I was expecting too much out of this one. It is a solid brew, very non-offensive.

BDLbrewster, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to HardTarget for the extra. I was told this was aged for about a year. I am interested to see what a year does to an IPA.

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange color. A white and rocky head rises to over two fingers. Lots of sticky spiderweb lace is left behind.
S: This has a great balance between sweet caramel malt and dark fruits with grassy and floral hops. A year has been good to this IPA.
T: The flavor is a little muted however. Not nearly as much malt that was in the nose, and the hop flavor is faded as well. Subtle caramel malt, and slightly sour fruit. It is still good, just a little on the thin side.
M/D: A medium body, but thin and watery for my tastes. An easy beer to drink though. Sessionable for an IPA.

This is a good beer. I probably enjoy this more aged than fresh. There are much more subtle flavors and aromas going on. The hop presence is still there, but obviously muted a bit. Give it a try aged if you think all IPA's should be enjoyed fresh. It is interesting.

champ103, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light amber orange body with sediment suspended throughout. A small tight head that fades very quickly.

Large sweet grapefruit aroma but also a soft caramel maltyness that is very subtle.

Very balanced. A nice bite of hops is almost side by side with a nice biscuity malty assertiveness. Finish leans toward the zesty hops

A very smooth medium bodied brew. A nice balanced IPA. Glad I nabbed this guy in Michigan. They sure know how to brew 'em.

bfields4, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of nicnut45
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy reddish brown color leaving about 3/8 inch of slightly off white head. Chill haze is appearant, however this leaves as the beer warms up. Typical citrus smell with pine. This may sound wierd but I get a certain scotch tape smell that detect in a lot of ipa's and I find it in this one too. Some may consider it a flaw but I like it. This is a tasty ipa. A very pleasing bitterness overcomes the sweet malt. Tastes of pine, liquid smoke, and lemon also come through. This has a bit more carbonation then most ipa's that I have had. A crispy bitterness greets the tounge with each sip. This ipa wasnt bad however for the price I can find something a lot better.

nicnut45, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. It smells like citrusy (pineapple and grapefruit) and piney hops, along with some caramel malt. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. However, the aroma seems to be a bit weak. The taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of peppery spice, lemon zest and honey noticable too. There's also a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. Good balance between the hops and malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink and it's quite enjoyable. I think this is a decent enough brew, I'd pick this up again.

bluejacket74, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have the pleasure of having this on tap at my home! 6% ABV. Slightly hazy copper color. Nice off-white rocky head. Very nice head retention. Nice patches of lace left on the sides of the glass after a while.

Biscuit malt in the nose, with caramel and citrusy hops jumping out. A bit of pine and floral notes make their way out as well.

Lots of caramel and biscuit malt flavor up front. Nice blast of juicy, citrusy hops. Good amount of bitterness, but not completely taking over this brew.

Medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Very easy to drink. Perhaps a bit tame for an IPA, but very enjoyable.

Bierguy5, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date present :(

(A)- Pours and orange amber color. Huge 3+ finer head that slowly dissipates to a 2-finger head that didnt go away until 3/4 of the beer was consumed! The head was thick/creamy/ & fluffy in an off-white color. Some lacing was present.

(S)- Classic hoppiness with lemony piney citrus. Some sweet maltiness that comes out smelling like honey. Some nice floral aspets as well.

(T)- Superb balance of hops and malt! You get the bitter hops blast at the same time as the thick, sweet malts. Good citrus fruits of lemon, pineapple, lime, and grapefruit combined with a honey/maple combination.

(M)- It really coats the mouth like a syrup and also really dries out the mouth from the hops. Bittersweet yet incredibly smooth too. Great combination level too!

(D)- What a wonderfully balanced AIPA. Its would be so easy to have one after another. Bitter yet sweet and almost silky smooth to boot. A superb effort, and one of my new favorite IPAs.

sweemzander, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade from mnjeff - thanks man! Poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temperature this IPA is fairly dark (much like a rye ale) with a slightly tan head.

The aroma is of cascade hops, tart citrus fruit (grapefruit and limes), and sweet rye malt.

The taste is sharp hops, penetrating sweet malt that backs down to the hop assault. There is a lot of dried fruit, light vinegar, floral esters, hop oil sharpness and a fairly strong brewed black tea dryness that makes for a very attentuated and long (taste/finish) beer.

The mouthfeel is fairly light on the tongue because of the dry finish and high carbonation. There is a lot of hop residue that makes for a chalky biting mouthfeel - not unpleasant just unique.

I would characterize this beer as being highly drinkable. I would reach for this beer if it were available again.

PerzentRizen, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of BenJames1984
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Deep, burnt orange color, complimented with a fluffy, cream colored head. Left a good amount of lacing.

Smell- Hops, and a little sweetness.

Taste- Floral and citrus hops are notable here. Nice and crisp.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability- I must say, this beer goes down nice and easy. I can easily see myself drinking six of these bad boys in an evening. One of my first, and one of my favorite IPAs.

BenJames1984, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of greshdoghophead
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6-pack from the Sharon Square store

A-nice copper color with minimal head

S-not overpowering, hop variety not specified on label but might be centennial

T-not very carbonated which is a plus - smooth ala real ale

M-incredible on the palate, not too malty yet very balanced

D-this rivals the best and easily could be something you could drink everyday

Once again a Michigan brewery hits the mark

greshdoghophead, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale glass.

Pours a murky amber with a finger and a half fluffy head. Good carbonation throughout, some floaties at the bottom of the glass...no harm there.

Smells of fruit, citrus, pine, caramel, bubblegum, strawberry, spice. Maybe some pineapple. I'm getting some malt coming through, but the hops are in the foreground, the prominent element here for sure.

Taste his hoppy, soap, cinnamon, cloves, some citrus. Getting some peppery, bitter spice on the font of the tongue, and some caramel sweetness on the back. Leaves a really effervescent spice on the tongue that lingers for a good bit...

Overall, a decent beer. It is definitely leaving something to be desired though...something in the middle...like a good, creamy malt character to balance out the bitterness of the hops...a drinkable IPA nonetheless.

movingtrain, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of youngblood
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shimmering copper color. Looks slick and highly carbonated. Not a fan of the look.

Smells strongly of grapefruit with bits of pineapple as well. Almost one dimensional with very little malt appearing in the nose. Still smells awful nice though.

Taste follows nose closely. Lots of grapefruit, small bit of pine. Little malt sweetness. Feels slick on the tongue. Pretty easy to drink.

youngblood, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy straw/copper color and is translucent when held to the light. A 2 inch off-white head forms and slowly reduces. Moderate carbonation is visible.

The aroma is primarily that of citrus/pine from the hops. There is mild orange rinds notes and minimal clove.

The taste is also a hoppy citrus/pine combination but it could definitely be stiffer and almost seemed watered down.

This is a light/medium bodied beer that is fairly smooth. There is good bite from the carbonation and a mild dryness at the finish.

This is a reasonably drinkable beer. It is not so intense that you can only have one but still provides a decent flavor.

SykDoc, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber. Little to no transparency, with a thick fast rising head that is tanish in color. Looks like plenty of sediment on the bottom of the bottle yet is easy to pull up. It dumps in dark and hard to see among the cloudy nature of the brew.

Smell is hoppy like a good American IPA should smell.

The taste, however, took me back. Creamy with toffee and caramel coffee malt flavor. Much like a toned down Dragon's Milk. The hop is still there as an undertow in a subtle way like pollen covering the tongue. Reminds me of the sent of a Michigan mid-summer's wild field cooling down after dusk.

Feels good and bitter. Very drinkable.


JordanEllwanger, May 31, 2009
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.