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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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2,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,783
Reviews: 876
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 110
Gots: 297 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

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

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

A- Gorgeous beer. Hazy, orange with amber accents, settled beautifully. Thick, sticky head with adequate lacing.

S- Explosion of hoppy pine and citrus. Lots of grapefruit.

T- Hoppy bitterness up front (grapefruit, pine, orange peel) with an amazingly balanced malt background. The dryness and bitterness in the finish is wonderful.

M- Good carbonation, medium body. What you would expect.

D- extremely tasty. Will be visiting this one again soon.

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

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: dark tan to caramel with a fairly creamy head, fairly sticky lacing, nothing out of the ordinary

S: more malt than hops at first sniff, alcohol is detectable, expecting a fairly hot drink for 6%, hops tend toward grapefruit

T: sweet malt and green apple with clearly detectable alcohol, fairly well balanced bitterness

M: Smooth and creamy and drying in the finish

D: This is a very approachable IPA though I wish the alcohol wasn't so obvious though it does work to some degree because of the malt and the fairly toned down hops.

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

Poured bottle into a tulip glass and was impressed with the coloring, a deep orange gold. Smelled really nice with pine hops the dominant tone. Taste was the best quality about this beer. A nice balance between the hops and malts with a grapefruit twang and a sharp, crisp bitterness that i really liked. Mouthfeel was not unlike others of it's kind and went down easily. Pleasant drinking experience that will have me no doubt picking up more on my next trip to the beer store!

Photo of TapTitan
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a Sixtel of this for the bar.

A- Cloudy orange almost like a Guiness the way it settled.

S- Hop madness, piny & citrus explosion!

T- Heaven, but seriously, very hoppy and somewhat bitter, nice.

M- Perfect on the palate, taste stays with ya for some time.

D- Smooth drinking a special IPA!

Photo of herman77
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange amber. The color reminds me of a very dark apple cider. Very cloudy. Thick off white head. "Big bubble" lacing being left as you consume.

S: Grapefruit. Citrus. Pine. Hops. Smells great!

T: Sharp hoppy bite at the front, but it has a smooth finish. Very well balanced. Pine hops, but I can still taste some malt, almost bread-like?

M: Decent mouthfeel. medium bodied, seems like the carbonation is spot on.

D: Very drinkable for an IPA, especially for me. Awesome job.

"Intense Transfer Method," I like it.

Photo of bound4er
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Dark Horse beer.

A. Hazy (almost turbid), amber colored (looks like iced tea) with some sediment in the bottom of my glass. Big, puffy head that recedes to a thin skim and leaves nice lacing behind.

S. Malty with a bitter, earthy and piney hoppiness.

T. Similar on the palate with a nice hit of bready malt and pine hops. Finishes with a slow building bitterness that never gets overpowering. Well done.

M. Slick feeling, medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

D. This is well balanced and quite drinkable. It slides down way too easily - a few in a session would be perfect. I am impressed with this offering and highly recommend it - especially if you like your IPA's on the balanced side.

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

This was the first beer I had back in America after being away for over a year. It delivered! It satisfied my hop deprived palate and was a solid true to style IPA. My senses were a little obliterated after traveling for over 24 hours and being congested but this IPA was bold enough to slice through all that and show its colors.

Photo of drcarver
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy orange color with little head and some lacing

S - hop through and through. hop aroma on the pine side

T/M - strong hop flavor definitely pine. almost minty (not in flavor) but with the coolness of the finish. sharp bite at the start.

D - goes down smooth but controled.

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

Pours from the bottle to a hazy, dull orange with thin white skim that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. True to its style, the nose is strong hoopy grapefruit citrus. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly tingly and pleasantly bitter. Taste picks up the strong grapefruit in the nose, and the finish is long and dry. Darn good beer.

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

Dark Horse- Crooked Tree IPA

A- Light hazy/ cloudy bright orange with a nice whipped frothy white head and solid lacing.
S- Light toffee and caramel malt with sugary citrus; orange and grapefruit.
T- Sweet sugary grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus hops with a nice balance of buttery toffee malt and a light floral hop finish.
M- Sweet juicy citrus hops and a buttery smooth malt backbone.

Overall- Nicely balanced. I see cases of this around, I'll have to pick some up.

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Slightly hazy copper body with a half inch of rocky white head. Very nice lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee malts, with aggressive piney hop aroma.

T - Caramel malt background plays second fiddle to huge hop flavor and bitterness. Pineapple, pine, and orange pith. Lingering bitterness in the lengthy dry finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

D - Solid beer, would drink again.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very hazy orange with suspended yeast. Foamy head that settled to a thin line leaving some nice lacing lines.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, pine and toasted malt - more sweet smelling than dry.

Taste: Definitely drier than the smell. Orange, grapefruit and pine countered by malts that have both the standard IPA toasted taste, as well as a more tea-like flavor that I usually associate with an English Bitter. Somewhat bitter at the end, with an emphasis on pine.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish. Once again, seems English.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking IPA that also has some nice English Bitter characteristics.

Why do people always argue about East Coast vs. West Coast IPAs? Doesn't anyone ever think about the Midwest; the number of quality IPAs coming out of Michigan alone is amazing.

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

Pours a hazy copper color, much darker than your regular IPA. Cloudy and hazy to the core, I love it. A light tan head sits on top with excellent retention and leaves tons of lacing. Nice looking IPA.

Big citrus and floral notes right off the bat. A considerable malt backbone comes through to balance it nicely, but the hops dominate.

This one showcases the floral and fruity side of hops without adding too much bitterness. It's fruity with grapefruit and orange notes without a lingering bitterness. Of course it has a piney bitterness to it, but it disappears almost as quickly as it comes.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, a bit thin in my opinion. It has a bitter and carbonation bite, the one-two punch. Decent enough drinkability but nothing to write home about.

It stated out great, but the lack of mouthfeel dropped the score for me. A great IPA, no doubt, and one I will gladly have again.

Photo of katan
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy, bottle conditioned, yeast floating deep golden color. Did I say hazy? Oh yes - it is whacky thick. 2-3mm of head formation, down to a film of pearly white.

S - A very fruity, floral hop note on the nose. Almost flowery at times. Clearly fresh hops are a big part of the late additions to this IPA.

T - Starts off with the lightest malt note, caramel malts, but then is immediately dominated by an overwhelming hop bomb. Gets very floral, sweet, grapefruit in the midstream. Bitterness builds, but still retains some sweetness. Good job of pulling out the hop flavors without making it a IBU disaster. Finishes with a grapefruit note.

M - Moderate body - can be creamy, a bit stinging at times. Goes down smooth.

D - Whoa boy this beer would sneak up on me. The excellent hop profile of sweet/fruity flavors is deceiving. Not wearing to the palette. ABV is up there, but not scary.

I'm happy w/ the single of this brewery's IPA - brings all the quality attributes with just a solid amount of sessionability.

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

The beer pours a golden-copper color with a clingy white head and just a bit of dry hop haze. The aroma is remarkably fresh hop--citrusy, lemony and slightly piney. There is also a bit of caramel sweetness behind all the hops. The flavor is moderate-high hops--pine with high hop bitterness. Beneath all the hops a sweet flavor is noticeable a bit different and I can't really put my finger on it. The carbonation and body are both medium. Overall a very tasty IPA with a bit of underlying malt.

Photo of Jeebs
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dirty looking murky orange brown with medium sized tan head. The head sticks around for a bit leaving decent lacing down the glass.

S: I nice big citrus and piney hop aroma with plenty of grapefruit.

T: Not as much hop bite as I was expecting from the nose of this beer. This beer starts off with hops, then you get a nice shot of grapefruit and malt. This beer just doesn't have the in your face hop profile that I was expecting. It's a bit more subdued and therefore a bit lacking compared to some other IPA's.

M: Smooth, medium bodied with light carbonation maybe a bit thin or watery.

D: This isn't the best IPA I have had, nor the worst. I would consider it a better than average IPA that is easy to drink from a brewer I haven't had before.

Photo of teovaldi
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1 finger head that stays around for a bit, leaving nice lacing.

Smells of hops with rich tropical fruit. Just an absolute citrus bomb.

Taste follows the aroma. Juicy tropical hops with sweet malts that really balance this brew out in a great way.

The mouth-feel is medium bodied, dry and piney.

Very easy to drink a few of these in a night.

Had this on tap and in the bottle many times both ways. In the bottle this is a good IPA...on tap its a whole different story. All the citrus notes come out so much more on-tap. I've never had quite the experience with the difference of bottled vs on-tap as Crooked Tree

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange body, lively pour, topped by a rapidly decaying three finger off-white head. Really, i expect ipa heads to stick a bit more, both on top and down the glass.

Pine and citrus nose, including mango, but very subdued.

Very sweet malt runs down the tongue. Some nice juicy fruit pops from the sides and a big bitter bite at the swallow, that lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little sloppy/watery for an ipa, but not too much so. Definitely drinkable.

A good everyday ipa, though once the case is done it will be awhile before I look to revisit. Worth trying however.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this beer out of a Dark Horse Brewing Company variety case. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is opaque in the middle, but translucent around the edges. The head is three to four finger's tall, an eggshell color, creamy in texture, perfect retention and sweet sticky lacing.
Smell: The aroma is very west coast. I get lots of grapefruit, pine resin and peanuts.
Taste: The flavors pine needles, toffee and hints of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a very dry body.
Drinkability: This beer is very good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of callmemickey
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense copper-amber body. Large off-white head. Mediocre retention, but respectable lacing.

S: Mostly citrus in the nose. Grapefruit and pine cones with a bit of floral presence. Some caramel and toffee malt is detectable.

T: Not as assertive as the nose. The grapefruit is muted while the earthy pine and floral notes come forward a bit more. The caramel and toffee malt, however, is much more pronounced. Significantly taking away from the expectation the nose suggested.

M: Smooth, light-medium weight. Crisp finish with a respectable bitter bite. Lively, but appropriate carbonation levels throughout.

D: All together this was a nice IPA. Nothing too special, but a decently complex and well crafted example of the style. At 6% this is a nice 'standard'

Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy brown color with a nice 2 finger head.

S: Wow. I could smell the hops as soon as the pour began. Very nice impression to begin. Smell is of citrus and sweet fruit.

T: Taste is definately hoppy and grapefruit is dominant.

M: Pretty creamy - nice.

D: I could have a case of these sitting in the fridge. Very good. G;eat offering from Dark Horse Brewing

Photo of danielharper
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Beer tasted 10/26/2009. Notes transcribed verbatim below.)

A: Hazy orange body, thin white head. Very translucent, almost no light gets through.

S: Crisp, floral hops. Centennial? Some malty sweetness.

T: Bitter hop presence, especially on the finish. Hops dominate flavor, perhaps overmuch.

M: Very hoppy, low carbonation, moderately thick.

D: Hop-lovers will adore this. A bit mono-flavored for me.

(Yeah, overall it's just a bit too hop-forward. It's a good beer, worth your time, but just not my preferred interpretation of the style.)

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

A - Yeast in the bottle; poured into a pint glass deep gold and hazy with two fingers of good, lasting foam.

S - Fresh, thick, pungent, fruity, beautiful hops. Ruby red grapefruit with sugar over pine needles; a whiff of biscuity grain in the back.

T - Instant grapefruit-and-pine hops followed by a browbeaten malt profile of biscuit and light caramel, chased by a firm hop-bitter finish.
M - medium-full body, nice living-ale, bottle-conditioned texture.

D - Very drinkable! The whole thing hangs together very well and showcases its ingredients to their advantage. This IPA manages to be zealously hoppy without entirely losing the malt.

Photo of matjack85
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $1.89. No back label to tell you anything about the beer and no freshness date anywhere to be found.

The beer pours a cloudy apricot/peach color with a 2-finger fluffy white head that lasts a long time. The lacing was incredible.

Big citrus and piny hop smell here - really nice.

Big hop flavor. The grapefruit and tangerine flavored hops make this both bitter and fruity. I guess there's some malt in here as well, but this one is all about the hops.

Medium body with pretty high carbonation. Drt finish with lingering bitterness. The alcohol is not even noticeable and I could drink these all day. This is a really good beer.

Photo of dunleav1
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is bottle sample that pours cloudy and starts with an inch head.

Head disappates into big white bubbles.

Aroma - This is a Cascade hop dominated beer.

This is a tasty beer that I could drink quite a few of.

This is more like APAs I brew as opposed to an IPA.

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,783 ratings.