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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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2,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,609
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 107
Gots: 210 | 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 russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from czoch75; cheers Clint!

Pours a hazed amber with 1 finger of beige colored head. Hazing never clears, above average head retention& lacing

S: Citrus hops & breadyness

T: Lemon, pine, & grapefruit hops, plus breadyness up front. Piney and earthy hops hit the back of the throat as this warms. Finishes with much pineyness & a bit of toffee

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation & good balance

Easy drinking IPA, nothing earth-shattering here, but very sessionable

russpowell, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from MI trip:

Served on tap at Fantail Brewing Co in Sturgis, MI. Nice rich amber color, clear with fluffy white head. Of all the MI IPA's I've had on this trip this smells the hoppiest. Very crisp, clean hop smell. Taste is strong of hops, its pretty well balanced but as expected from an IPA the hops side is dominant. Very clean flavor. Mouthfeel was relatively light with moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer and one of the better MI IPA's yet.

bunnyhustle, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip

A: Hazy orange with a dense 1/2" off white head. Retention could be better but it leaves some lace

S: Citrus hop aroma with orange. Slight leafy/vegetal aroma is present that i don't care for.

T: Starts off moderately hoppy with some citrus but it tastes kinda like a stale cascade-hopped IPA. Mild malt sweetness that's sugary, finishes dry and mildly bitter

M: Decent carbonation, nice finish. Could use more hops, i guess?

D: Decent stuff, not mind blowing. Will try it again if im at the brewpub

DefenCorps, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange color with a thick foamy, off-white head. Great lacing down the glass.

Very hoppy aroma! Citrusy and fresh cut grass smells. Tingles the nostrils.

Tastes like hoppy goodness! Lots of hop attack with some sweetness at the end.

Very smooth taste that goes down easily. Slightly oily taste.

Great session beer! Growler works very well.

toolbrew, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque orange with a rocky, frothy head. This one has some really nasty chunky sediment floaties.

S - Very hoppy - some leafy aromas as well as pine and citrus. Molasses and toasty grain round out the nose.

T - Somewhat sweet with big juicy hops. Assertive bitterness in the finish.

M - Substantial, creamy body with mild carbonation.

D - Solid hoppy brew, but those floaties... pour carefully.

allergictomacros, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Now who is the crook? Pours a very cloudy orange color with some lighter tan highlights. A soft wheat head with limited retention and lacing overall.

The nose is very muddled. Some piney note up front with a odd fruity hop/ester on the back end. Mostly apricots and peaches but some cherries and a almond nutty aroma. Some off yeast notes, cardboard/oxidation but not over the top. The malt is light but is really hard to pick out.

The taste is similar but not as muddled. Malt comes out with a sweet flavor but hard to really pick out distinct flavors. The hops are really off. A good bitterness up front but does not blend well/support the piney and floral hop finish. Some weird floral and apricot notes that just don't blend. There is a stronger yeast flavor that doesn't help on the back end.

The body is moderate to light. Good carbonation. Overall there is just something funky going on here. The malt is muddle and lacks the base for the hops. And the hop finish is just off with some off yeast and floral notes. Crooked for sure.

Oxymoron, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into SA Imperial Pils glass. Burnt orange in color, two finger fluffy head with heavy lacing.

Nose is a biscuity, honey malt with mild notes of piney hop. Sugar-sweet boozy smell made out as well.

Brown sugar malt on the palate; honey, peat, grass, and pear flavors mix with the mild-pine hop finish. Slick mouthfeel thats left my tounge dry and tart; impressive dryness.

A nice drinking AIPA that is commplex and very tasty. I enjoyed the balance and the desert parching finish on the tounge.

jdoncbus, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A big three finger head threatens to spill over the top of my tulip glass. This foam beast is beige and dense, and it leaves a ton of really sticky and crusty lace all over the glass. Retention is outstanding, and it gets pitted and rocky as it slowly reduces in stature. The beer underneath is the dark amber hue of that famous chunk of tree sap that has a million year old mosquito encased in it. There are lots of little sea monkey yeast particles floating around in there too. What a looker! Later, I added the last half inch of beer from the bottle, and a ton of really cloudy yeast sludge turned the beer a nice funky shade of dirty well water brown. Cool.

S - Grapefruit zest hits my nose first, followed by mango, star fruit, and even a hint of honeydew melon. This smells wonderfully fresh and summery, and the only fault I find with this nose it that there isn't a whole helluva lot of malt aroma. Some light dusting of pine gives this added interest too.

T - Alright! Tastes a lot better than the nose would lead you to believe! While the nose is certainly good, the flavors are much more pungent and obvious. A lot more pine sap shows up, along with the hard tack bread malt notes that were underplayed in the nose.

M - On the lighter side of medium...this could benefit from a bit more weight. That being said, this has a pleasant bitter hop finish that is only mid-dry and not desert-pucker dry like some IPAs. The carbonation is soft and mellow, while the long lasting aftertaste is a nice addition.

D - A damn fine IPA...this is a perfect example of the style since it highlights both pine and citrus and has the traditionally "biscuity" malt flavor commonly found in IPAs. Good stuff!

pmcadamis, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of timbro81
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orange/caramel color with no head. Carbonation is fairly weak. Not much of a nose but still enough to sniff up. Smells mostly of Big sticky resinous hops with a nice amount of caramel malts in there for balance. Hops throughout the tongue, orange citrusy hops with a smackling of pine. The sweetness form the malts does a good job. Finishes with a peek of toasted malts and then turns dry. Appearance is kind of weak but the taste brings it on home. Pretty dang good.

timbro81, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA shows a clear amber color with a big off-white head and good lacing. It gives an aroma of sweet, earthy malt and peat. The taste is a tart cherry malt with a solid body feel and medium drinkabiity. Piney hops is present but not huge. Plenty of alcohol presence. A likeable choice that has a little personality.

Durge, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz to standard pint, pours a nice golden amber, creamy foamy golden white head retains nicely

smells of pine, bubblegum, citrus, sweet and creamy, smells amazing!

taste is bitter, sweet, heavy on the piney citric hops, malts in the back provide biscuit/caramel, pineapple, loads of delicious flavor.. mmmm one of my all time favorite IPA's - simply delicious!

mouthfeel is bitter, delicious, creamy, sweet, great weight, delicious, piney citric, did i mention delicious?


drxandy, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A copper colour with a bunch of sediment and a centimeter head. Pretty good retention. The hops smell spicy and really strong. The beer is really bitter, and the hops don't taste that great either. There isn't many malts in the beer, just hoppy and bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy and okay, and it's decently drinkable.

swizzlenuts, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy dark to golden with a 1 finger nearly white, creamy looking head with lots of lacing.

S- pretty faint hoppy smell, this could be bad. citrus/pine/floral notes.

T- A lot stronger than it smells, which is a good thing. very balanced with a great hoppy aftertaste. grapefruit and other citrus with some earthy tastes.

M- light, crisp, and clean with a creamy head.

D- not my favorite IPA, but another solid offering from Dark Horse. id love to have this one on tap sometime

jwinship83, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of johnd513
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy amber color with a one finger head that disappears quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The smell and taste is citrus with some grapefruit and piny taste. This beer has medium body and gets high points for drinkability. Overall a decent IPA that I consider to be above average.

johnd513, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice foamy off white colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing down my glass. Also could see a bit of yeast floating about my glass.

S- A little weak here compared to other IPA's. Some citrus hops, grapefruit and piney hops are present. A tiny bit of sweet malts are also present.

T- Crisp, tight, and not overly harsh. Smoothness in the middle, maybe where the malts come in. Leaves that usual hoppy bitter taste in your mouth. Overall well balanced brew.

M- Medium in body, medium in carbonation and a little on the dry side.

D- Easy to drink and recommended.

nrbw23, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep orange into my Corsendonk tulip, massive head of a sticky eggshell froths up and "sticks" around. Bit of the bottom yeasties float about from my swirling pour.

Aroma is west coast, orange and citrus. Quaff takes it up a notch with the addition of a prickly pine. Very nice brew, not overpowering - but just about right for a solid version of an IPA.

Crooked Tree now available in western IL (next to STL). Another plus for us.

Vancer, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of schanker21
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a quite hazy amber with tons of floaties swimming around. Less than a one finger head dissipates but lingers and leaves moderate lacing down the glass. Smell is of piney hops and pineapple. The pineapple and pineyness are also present in the taste, as well as a cantaloupe-like taste. Very good hop bitterness with a little balance from the malt. Mouthfeel is medium and makes this beer easy to drink and quite refreshing after a long day in the cornfields. I'm kicking myself because I decided to only buy one bottle of this instead of a sixer. An excellent, very sessionable IPA that I will definitely be picking up in the future.

schanker21, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very murky orange with a nice lid of fine off-white fuzz.

Very nice, though not strong, nose of some sweet fruits. Pineapple, melon, grapefruits, and candied lemons all blend into a soothing smoothieish aroma.

Fruits return delicately blended in the flavor, along with sugary sweet pale malts and a bit of bitterness in lingering the finish. As I progress through the bottle I find the sweetness somewhat limiting my enjoyment of the beer. Not that the flavor overpowers, but more so that it catches up with me in my stomach. Nice light and creamy feel to a smooth medium body.

Pretty good ipa, although my stomach feels a bit against it. May just be my condition this evening though so I will try not to hold it against my scoring.

Slynger, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty hazy and amber in color. Medium head with little retention and random spots of lacing. Smell is piney hops, some grapefruit, and a pretty large malt backing. Sweet caramel and doughy bread. I can see how this is the little brother of Double Crooked Tree. Taste is also quite nice. The hops don't really stand out too much and play more of a balancing act with the malts. Moderate bitterness with an underlying sweetness. Again, piney with some grapefruit. Mouthfeel lacks the carbonation it needs and is a little thin because of it. Pretty easily drinkable. A good all around brew, though I prefer it's big brother.

Thanks to abankovich for the TIF extra!

ncvbc, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of drseamus
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque darker amber with visible floaties in there. No head to speak of when poured.

S: Light hop aroma and a good amount of malt sweetness.

T: Nice balance of hop flavor and malty sweetness. The bitterness is present but not at all potent or overwhelming.

M: Nice and medium bodied and very refreshing. Good feel for a nice IPA.

D: Good beer for drinking all day. Not too much of anything; nice balance.

drseamus, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this one!!

Beer pours a cloudy orange-golden color, plenty of floaties swimming around, off-white head fades pretty quick and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Smells hoptastic!! Pine, tons of grapefruit aroma, very little detectable maltiness, but it's there. Tastes great, very "west coast" tasting IPA, very hop-heavy, a ton of citrus, incredible bitterness, really nice IPA. Good mouthfeel, medium-bodied, and actually pretty quenching, with really great lingering hop bitterness. Glad I got to try this...a very solid IPA!!

corey0212, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of daftafne
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark orange/tan with lots of yeast/particles suspended. Very little head. Smells of citrus grapefruit and maybe a touch of caramel. MMMM tastes like it smells mostly of grapefruit. Very light carbonation. Refreshing floral hops. I could drink a few of these, great flavor. Reminds me of the classic sierra nevada only more toasty. Very good IPA.

daftafne, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a juicy looking orange with thick creamy light yellow head that leaves huge sheets as it drops and continues as I drink marking out each swallow as I drink this hoppy beast.The smells are sweet and full of citrus rind with a hint of fresh cut christmas tree.Holy shit,this is hoppier than I expected...I'm in love...this is jammed full of grapefruit,orange,and pine flavors.Somewhat hard to find much malt presence,but thats alright because this IPA is mad crazy hoppy,yet sooo smoothe and soft.WoW!!

orangemoustache, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the way this thing looks. Murky amber with a fast fading head and some particles floating around. Lots of pine and lemon in the smell. Bitter, with the lemon and pine becoming much stronger in the taste. This is a very unique IPA and now one of my favorites.

DrunkenMaster, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of lightindarkness. Many thanks dood.

Appearance: It pours a very hazy/grainy toasted brown color. Almost has a bit of a bronze look to it. Head is a thick two and a half fingers and is white with a touch of orange. Very good retention. Lacing was impressive.

Smell: Initially the nose strikes me as just a tad weak. It has a nice smell. There's citrus grapefruit and mango sweetness. Hops are very piney and citric. I'm not picking up any floral characteristics at all. There's some malt in there, but not much. Again it's a decent smell, it just doesn't come across very strong. Minor complaint.

Taste: Citrus sweetness kicks it off. Nice blend of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Hops don't waste any time getting in the mix. They have a nice bitter flavor with plenty of citric qualities. Pale malts are noteable, but are definitely not very strong. It works well here. The bitter hop flavor lingers throughout. Slight yeast and grain flavors round it out. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a good feel. It's a little short of being smooth and very good. Just a little. Carbonation is okay. I prefer a little more activity in that department, but it's not bad by any means. Drinkability is very good. This is a very approachable and appetizing IPA. A few of these would go down easy.

Crooked Tree is a very good IPA. A few minor tweaks would really elevate to the next level. Beef up the nose a little, smooth it out, and dial in the carbonation. That's the ticket. In the big picture, that's nitpicking given its fine flavor. Definitely recommended. Thanks, Christian.

prototypic, Jul 03, 2008
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,609 ratings.