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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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2,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,745
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 ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

twelve ounce bottle poured into a sweet sammy glass i seemed to have carried home one night. cloudy amber clarity and color. nice tight one finger tan head. good lacing.

good hop aroma. fruity. no off odors.

sweet and hoppy taste. earthy. good hop presence. dry aftertaste. balanced for style.

mid body beer. good carbonation. good beer. enough said.

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

12 oz no date.

Pours with a huge head, had to wait and then pour the rest. And yet, the staying power! 15 minutes later, still a nice cap with stiff sides. Medium brown and opaque, hazy body -- looks like the raspberry ale but a little darker. The lacing at the end of the voyage is outrageous, looks like someone decorated the pint glass with fake spiderwebs for Halloween.

Taste is all high-alpha west coast goodness. More pine resin than citrus, approachable. A faint breadiness lurks below.

Very mellow, taste is all hop flavors with little bitterness until the finish. More floral and citric than expected from the smell. Pale malts with some sweetness balance this one out. Slight mineral note on the finish.

Creamy, exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Medium-light body. I think the taste and mouthfeel (especially mouthfeel) benefited from me pouring with a huge foamy head and then ignoring it for 15 minutes as it warmed -- both are much more mellow and improved from the other bottles in this six pack.

This might be the opposite of the "I guess I got a bad bottle" review -- this one was a lot more enjoyable than its siblings. Will need to seek out more to confirm, but this bottle lived up to the hype. Gives the other Michigan IPAs a run for their money, very good.

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

Pours a very cloudy, copper color with a 3-finger thick, light yellow, bubbly head that receded fairly rapidly, eventually dropping to about an 1/8" layer of suds.

The aroma is fairly citrus heavy and yet there is a nice balancing sweetness to it as well, something akin to sugar-coated lemons and/or grapefruit. Smells very juicy and gets the ole salivary glands a pumping.

The flavor is, as expected, very hop forward, with a viscous, palate coating citrus hoppiness as well as a touch of piney-ness, backed up admirably by a nice malt presence, mostly a sort of caramel flavor that helps tame the overall hops.

A very nice, medium bodied beer, with ample carbonation and a nice clean, hop character. Feels very good in the mouth, not quite as "juicy" as the aroma led me to believe, but overall a great IPA!

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

Stumbled across this by accident at a bar. A pleasant surprise.

Pours bright slightly hazy golden and orange with white fluffy head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy, apricot and flower. Flavor is round and apricotty with a citrus edge and a round bitterness that develops on the back end. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick.

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

A turbid, grubby tone of clementine that stifles all chances of highlighting. I keep expecting to find particles of yeast floating past my eyes but it would seem that the beer's dim impenetrability is a cause of its own muddy complexion and is not sediment-induced as was initially expected. Its head isn't exactly lush but it sufficiently blankets the surface.

This bouquet is every hop lovers' fantasy: festering citrus fruits with their juices oozing are stacked one above the other - orange, pink grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime - and pressed between two slabs of caramel and pine drenched biscuits. This acidic, fruity, flamboyant sandwich wets the appetite of every hop head...

And is not for the faint of heart. This flavour would likely be a stomach wrencher for most mainstream drinkers. Apart from that ultra sappy, resinous, green tea-like hoppiness, the flavour also teems with sweet, toasty malts that imprint the taste of scorched caramel. It is abundantly citrusy: one bottle should be sufficient to stave off scurvy for a year.

This thing slides over the palate like Pete Rose going full steam, head first into home plate. It stops only briefly to tickle the tongue with a feather of bitter, pine-laden hop resins and then within seconds it deposits itself into the stomach where it settles in comfortably and immediately calls for more of its former bottlemates to join it.

I've noticed over the years if a brewery makes a kick-ass IPA that it is generally safe to assume they make many a kick-ass beers; that is certainly the case with Dark Horse. This tiny, out of the way cottage shack of a brewery sure pounds out some beers with big, assured and often swaggering personalities - Crooked Tree is undoubtedly one of them.

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber/brownish color that is surprisingly opaque. Has a nice 1-finger head.

Smell: A sweet, malty aroma with some mild hints of hops in the background. Quite inviting.

Taste: Very nicely balanced. It starts of somewhat sweet and ends with a bitter kick. Neither of which are too strong or overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body. It's fuller than I really expected from an IPA, personally.

Drinkability: Excellent. I believe this is the best IPA I've tried thus far. (Although, I admit that I still have a lot more to try)

Photo of Ricochet
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a caramel colored remainder out of the bottle to a decent head, sticky lace and a cloudy, dark, almost apple cider like appearance. Subdued hop scent was about it. Maybe a little sweet scent at the back. Mouth was creamy, with a nice not overpowering burn. Undefined aftertaste of just a hoppy burn. Hmmm.

Taste was subdued hops, with a bitter edge but a hole in the middle. There was a little malt to hold up what seems like sugary water that had hops floated in it.

An extremely average IPA. Last weekend I had some of the best IPAs I have ever tasted, so there is a high bar set for me. This one was well under.

Photo of blackenmn
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell-Poured a deep orange and left a thick 1/2 head with dissipated quickly. Settled a very opaque orange with little carbonation. Some particle presence in the glass. It smelled mainly of pineapple and citrus with some malty sweetness behind it.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Tasted as it smelled like an abundance of pineapple, very fruity. Left pretty strong hop bitterness which threw a nice counter at the sweetness, just not enough to balance this.

Drinkability-I don't think i could drink alot of this, just wasn't too exciting. Became very flat very fast.

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

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: floral hops and orange citrus are most dominant with some softer fruit sweetness in the background.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, floral hop bitternss, orange, soft grapefruit, and some milder ripe red fruit sweetness makes up a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a hint of dryness late.

Drinkability: easy to consume this IPA as the flavors are well balanced and it comes off as a bit refreshing. Worth a try.

Photo of throwthechaff
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of my personal favorite beers I have ever had. Have been a big fan for almost a year to it and am still pretty loyal to it and there are only a couple ipa's I have had that can hang or sit next to it. Its nice and bitter and has a lot of flavor. For the price I have yet to have one to be topped. This one is a MUST try, I guarantee you will at least enjoy it.

Photo of fropones
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign. Overall a good looking and smelling beer with a nice effervescence to it, but overall it doesn't stand out too much; not exceptionally memorable. Still very drinkable, but I'd take a 2 Hearted over this any day of the week.

Photo of claminat420
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a nice dark amberish color with a nice two finger head.

S- definitely smell the hops and that's about it. what a nice ipa should be.

T- a slight hop attack in the front but noting the malt. a slight hop aftertaste. not overbearing.

M- light to medium bodied. not to carbonated.

D- easy to rock a 6 with the 6abv and the not full and heavy body.

Overall- this is surely up there with michigan ipa's. don't know if it beats bell's two hearted ale but can definitely hang in the ring with it.

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

Poured a hazed, orange/amber with steady carbonation. The head was off-white, 2-fingers high and left spotty lace.
The smell is citrusy hop at first and on a long intake reveals some sweet malt at the end.
The taste is milder than I expected. The hop profile, malt and bitterness is low on all accounts, therefore it's pretty balanced
Mouthfeel is also thinner than expected though light carbonation continues throughout the drink.
Drinkability is fine, this would go well with lunch or if you want a session.

There's nothing wrong or worth getting excited about this beer and sometimes that's what you want. Maybe this has been around too long and lost it's hop profile. Now that Dark Horse is in the Philly market I'll try it again to see if I might get a fresher bottle. I still think brewers are hurting themselves when they don't put "bottled on" dates.

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

Pours an amazing orange color, copper, golden edges, with a dense 1cm off-white head. Leaves just a bit of lacing. A nice cloud of haze descends at the end of the pour, but the beer is nice and clear otherwise. The smell is nice and resinous, with a great cakey, biscuity malt sweetness. Though oddly, it seems like I can smell the alcohol, or maybe just something harsh, and a bit yeasty. It smells solid, but it seems like it could be cleaned up a little. The taste is very similar to the smell. Starts out with a lot of malt, with some sweet orange on top, like a toasty, or almost orange flavored coffee cake taste. The malt presence here is nice, but the hop presence is not overshadowed. Very interesting. I still feel like there is an alcohol presence I can detect, which seems strange, or maybe there's a bit too much of an estery presence. The body on this is very good. A bit fuller than medium, with a good rush of carbonation. It is a little grassy and vegetal I think, but otherwise, this one is really very nice. This one is an enjoyable drink, interesting, not exactly one-dimensional. The alcohol presence surprises me, but I enjoyed it. Could probably drink a few in a night.

Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger head with poor retention and a thin lace. Smells of orange and grapefruit citrus hops. Ditto for the flavor. Also some pine needle flavor. Very little malt backbone. Medium bodied, and decent carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. A little too unbalanced for me. I wish more malt would come through. A good beer for hop heads, and worth trying again for me.

Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tree poured a hazy amber with a moderate head that quickly reduced to a skin. The aroma was citrus. The taste was also citrus with a pine needle aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall, Crooked Tree was a solid entry into the IPAs, although not my favorite IPA.

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. No sign of a freshnes date on the bottle.

A - Pours a nice, clear, dark copper/amber. Thick, one finger, off-white head forms on top and hangs around for a while.

S - Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. I get orange and grapefruit, along with some grassiness and pine. Sweet, caramel malt and a good dose of fresh baked bread to even things out. Good smelling IPA.

T - Fruity and citrusy, slightly bitter. Oranges, pineapple, and pine flavors dominate. Caramel sweetness and a hint of alcohol round out the flavors here.

M - Somewhat on the lighter side of body. Carbonation is a little heavy - very prickly in the mouth.

D - This one goes down pretty easily. Bitterness is subtle, not in your face. Lots of flavors mingling together in a well rounded fashion. Alcohol is on the low side, but surprisingly adds noticeable flavor to the beer. Interesting and well balanced IPA.

Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a beautiful amber color with a nice two finger white head that has tiny bubbles and beautiful lacing on my glass.
T= beautiful floral hop notes with lots of citrus and a little pine coming in. There is also a distinct caramel malt odor that comes through.
T= really nice taste. This is a good ipa. The hops are punget and citrusy. Also a ton of pine comes through and it is well rounded by the caramel malt I smelled. In no way is it balanced but its not bad for an ipa. Really tasty and impressive.
M= smooth and crisp. Feels resinous as well which is great for an ipa.
D= super drinkable. Possibly one of my new favorite "casual" ipas. Great brew.

Photo of TheViolator666
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden brown color with nice thick white head. Reduces to 1 finger head and leaves light lacing.

S: Lemony hops and a touch of malt.

T: Taste is pretty good! Hops give off a big lemon flavor, lots of citrus. Not too much malt up front, but definitely some sweetness at the back end.

M/D: Not a whole lot of carbonation, goes down smooth. No real alcohol presence.

All around a very nice beer.

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

Pours a murky amber/brown color with a fluffy finger of head that leaves thick lacing down the glass

Smell is a nice blend of citrus and floral hops, not huge but very pleasant. Taste is bitter up front with some earthy hops in the finish....this tastes a bit faded but there is no bottling date so who knows. There is enough citrus character left to make me enjoy it, though.

Mouthfeel is normal for the style...this is a pretty solid IPA but I would have to know for sure that it was fresh before I bought it again

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

I had the second pint tapped at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, I am told it is the first keg available in the area.
Served chilled in a pint.

A - A very hazy like apricot nectar w/ 2 fingers of downy white cap. Lace clings well as the head retention is good. Looks resinous w/ murky fruity nectar- a thick appearance.

S - Loads of tangerine, citrus, hops + floral notes w/ mild lemon pith and grapefruit zest

M - bitter edge w/ medium light body. Mild acidity and slight juicy feel w/ resinous oily texture. Mild carbonation which gives a mild cask-like effect w/ a mild bitter finish w/ very low alcohol impact on the palate

T - A taste of mild citrus w/ a zest taste and gentle malt to lessen the higher than average bitterness w/ a lot of grapefruit and mango juiciness and gentle herbal taste accenting. The taste is fresh and has a nice pithy finish

D - A fine IPA, very nice balance w/ lots of hop flavor and decent feel, for the abv it is very drinkable and has a decent amount of bitterness, a very sessionable beer

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

Cloudy orange with a nice off white head that lasts until the last sip. Incredible nose of bready sweet malt, a little yeast, and big citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety with the perfect amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with a very nice, balanced toffee and pink grapefruit flavor which is strangely delicious. The finish is incredibly long and builds in intensity after the swallow - first with a wash of citrus and then a lingering bitterness and a hint of alchohol warmth. In my opinion, the best offering from DH, and one of my "go to" IPA's. World class.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brand new into PA, Crooked Tree IPA found itself in my East End Brewing glass for a sit down. Split a few with my father.

A- Crooked Tree is kind of dirty and muddled for an IPA. The view is that of a dirty orange mix with some amber and very hazy. A nice sturdy off white head graced the top leaving very nice lacing. Not much sediment, it's just hazy.

S- Smells like a IPA with a citrus scent with grapefruit and other tropic offerings. Getting some pine in the middle. This really opened up after some time leading to a earthy grassy scent as well. Some sweet malt also registers.

T- Well, it's a good IPA don't get me wrong, but Im kind of scratching my head on this one. The Hops are big but perhaps the body is a bit big as well drowning out the hops appeal a bit. I do get the all the citrus tropical flavors but they seem muted. A big bready malt factor is in play as well. I also pick up just a hint of lime which is odd. I do like this perhaps I just need more time to understand it.

M&D- The feel is medium bodied with a nice balanced taste although the malt seems to be winning. Either way this goes down smooth and the carb does not get in the way. Not very bitter at all. The ABV is low giving the drinkability a boost but I am indifferent on this particular IPA. Give it a whirl.

Photo of Magpie14
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clouded copper orange with light golden hues near the bottom. The lacing is most remarkable and the dingy tinted head bursted on the scene and unfortunately left remarkably fast

S: smells are luscious: pines, oranges, and white grapefruits. Funny enough, I am back home in Michigan for the summer and this is a flash back to a hearty west coaster IPA, at least in the nose. Nice smells going on

T: taste does not disappoint either. Plenty of flaky hops with flavor rushes of oranges, apricots, grapefruits, and a few fresh pine needles. Best of all is the harmonious malt flavors that blend with a light and nice fitting toffee sweetness. And, by the way, it is a mess of great drinkability. This thing is really hitting the spot with a dose of happy hoppers

Also to note, the hops are not drenching the tongue. They bite hard and linger softly on the tongue, nice combo. This is maybe what makes this thing so drinkable

M: body is mere perfect in my book. This thing is dangerously close to being perfect and is incredibly smooth for an IPA. The body is a notch above mild and carbonation has an invigorating feel

D: this is a solid solid brew, an IPA to remember. Dark Horse IPA is truly a fizzy lifting drink

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, thanks goes to Wasatch for this one.

A: Very cloudy orange/amber color, off white head, about half an inch, but recedes to a thin cap, pretty fair lacing, okay looking beer, but in all seems just a little bit too murky for an IPA. We'll see where this goes, but definitely not the most attractive beer...

S: Big time citrus hop profile, sweet barley malt profile, has hints of grapefruit rind, oranges, and an underlying honey tone. Smells a lot better than it looks.

T: Sweet caramel malt, lightly roasted as well, has some really faint light, light coffee flavors as well, hops are citrusy, almost soapy. Has a nice citrus profile and a really good lingering bitterness. Overall a little underwhelming, but still hits all the IPA notes. Has a lot of good flavors and nice profiles, but as a whole, the beer just doesn't do it for me. Nice balance though, and really not too bad of a taste. Pretty decent beer.

M: Quite nice, lightly carbonated, fairly dry, and no alcohol heat, bitterness helps dry this beer out. Nice.

D: I could drink a few of these, and if I could get it locally would probably snag a six pack or two. The sucker isn't a pretty IPA by any means, most of my homebrew is clearer than this stuff, but it is a decent, easily drinkable IPA. If you can get it, give it a shot.

Thanks John!

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.