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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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very good

2,581 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,581
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 107
Gots: 205 | 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 Biggness
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer last night at the crawfish boil and I was pleasantly suprised. They didn't have it on tap so I got it in bottle form. This beer certainly bottles well. It poured amber witha white head and smelled like hops :) It had a nice flavor and is definatley a well crafted IPA. Locals told me not to expect much from this brewery but damn they were wrong. Certainly a beer I could drink all night

Biggness, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky-as-hell amber with all variety of shit floating around in it. I think this might be unfiltered. Head retention is excellent however.

Smell: Like walking through a tree farm during Christmas time, this stuff has a huge pine aroma and actually little else. Citrus undertones may be present, or it may just be me trying to pick out something beyond the smell of pine. Hard to tell. I'm not complaining though, this stuff smells great.

Taste/mouthfeel: Well, the muck-infused texture isn't quite ideal for an IPA, but this actually has a lot going for it. Lots of pine and grapefruit hop flavor with a dry, biscuity malt foundation beneath it. The mouthfeel is pleasingly dry and semi-crisp, making this one more of a quaffing beer than something I'd sit around and contemplate life with.

Drinkability: I finished this one in no time and could definitely drink another (if I had one).

Notes: Got this from Scoobydank as an extra. Thanks man!

largadeer, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a finger of creamy off-white foamy head. A thin creamy layer of retention yields a surprising lack of big lacing, just opting to leave some of the more spotty kind. The aroma is a bit subdued but smells mostly of citrus, sweet malts, and a very subtle hop presence.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a well balanced mix of citrus and caramel notes but underneath those lies that subtle underlying hop bitterness. It seems to take a back seat to the sweeter notes but eventually makes it's self known to the palette over a period of time. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and easy feel for a 6% IPA.

This wasn't a bad IPA by any means from Dark Horse. It won't blow over the Hop Heads but will fit those looking for a IPA that offers a well balanced taste and refreshing drinkibility.

Kegatron, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending me this as an extra!

Pours a dark mustard color with a good inch of foam and lots of floaties.

First aroma I picked up was pine, lots of it, and then some ripe orange, and grapefruit. Then the malt comes in, toasted, a bit of multi-grain bread, and crackers. A little on the sweet side, it "smells" viscous and thick, but seems to work well. A good dose of grassy hops are also present. After a while it begins to smell more tropical with some mango and pineapple.

Taste is on the malty side, toast, crackers, multi-grain bread; then there is the mix of tropical fruits like orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon. Very little bitterness. Very easy to drink Not as syrupy as I the aroma led me to believe, it actually has a viscous consistency but the carbonation level is enough to make it smooth and creamy.

seaoflament, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of kleffman
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle that was hand carried from Michigan for our little tasting, poured into a taster glass. Murky copper and orange color, with a small head. Aromas of light herbal, earthy hops. Slight alcohol on the nose. Pine, biscuit malt, grassy flavors. Quite nice, light to medium body with good carbonation and extremely easy to drink. I would love some more of this beer.

kleffman, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid session IPA that is a fridge staple at my house.

Deep amber orange tone with suspended sediment. Spindly lacing around the edge of the glass. Citrus rind in the nose, along with some caramel malt tones.

Full bodied and malty, with a big caramel base that gives a nice contrast to the bitter, citrusy hops. Bitterness is moderate, but pleasant. Easy drinking and sessionable. A solid midwest IPA.

emerge077, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of abankovich
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter from a bottle graciously given to me by dschuster03. No bottled on date.

Thick, cloudy orange/amber color with an off-white head that has many tightly formed bubbles. Decent head that faded to leave decent lacing down the side.

Citrusy, acidic, sweet aroma with a smell that makes me think there is going to be a decent malt base to this beer as well. Not an amazingly prominent hop profile, but it is still there.

Taste has a sharp, bitter bite to it. This is definitely a very balanced IPA. Resiny and caramel are the next tastes that I notice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. There is a fair amount of carbonation present that smooths out as this one warms up.

Drinkability on this one is great considering it is an approachable 6%, well-balanced IPA.

abankovich, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance - Beautiful hazy orange gold color that come to a half finger bubbly white head

Smell - Piny hops fade into citrus notes. Smells like an IPA should.

Taste & Mouthfeel - 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. Wonderfully soft in the finish.

Drinkability - Nice all around offering as an IPA. Grabbed some while I was in Chicago, and would love to have this available regularly. Just what the doctor ordered for that hop craving.

ryrust5301, May 24, 2008
Photo of adams82
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange/copper colour with a minimum head.

Smells of ripe hops; floral, fruity and citric, with a light toasted malt back drop. An IPA is usually HUGE on hop aroma, and this is lacking a bit.

Light notes of toasted malt upfront, rather dry with a head on hop assault as it finishes. Brutally bitter citric and pine hops collide into a super nova of hoppy flavour, with a nice ending note of fruity hops with a dry finish. A satisfying libation for a craving hop head.

Full bodied, rich flavour, dry finish... a good beer. Loads of hop flavours, a bit unbalanced as it's skimpy on the maltiness, but that's ok! It's bottle conditioned, so if you don't like the chunky stuff, don't pour the whole thing!

adams82, May 24, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of HopHobo poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly into a swirl of foam on top. Not much lacing on this one but definitely a lot of stuff floating around in there!

S: Smell is dominated by floral hops with oranges and lemon zest. Slight bready malt aroma and resin in there as well.

T: First taste is the bready malt which is immediately overtaken by the light lemony floral hop taste. The finish is a slight pine bitterness, but the overall taste is very subtle and light.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light with moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry finish.

D: The light nature of this one makes it very drinkable, especially on a hot afternoon. I would love to dry the double and compare.

gford217, May 24, 2008
Photo of mdbach
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a good introduction to the dark horse IPA's. The beer is medium bodied with a hazy golden color with a slightly amber tinge. The nose exploded out the bottle. On the palate the beer is more soft than expected. The are good layers of citrus and tight hop notes. The beer is lighter than i remember but, once again the dark horse rides forward. In addition this is a great session beer. Everything is well corordintated. The beer is saying drink all six!

mdbach, May 23, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright amber color with an inch of off-white/cream colored head with good retention and nice sticky lacing. Smells of pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and caramel. Tastes of grapefruit and grass up front with a solid caramel and biscuit backbone, and a finish of lemon peel and dry pine notes. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth and sweet with a nice balance of flavors and a nice dry bitter finish. Easy to drink, flavorful, and very refreshing, a solid sessionable IPA.

HopDerek, May 14, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso. I sense a theme here.

When I poured this one out, it looked great right up till the sludge in the bottom came out. WTF!? I re-read the label. MI bottle deposit, surgeon general prattle, DK address, nothing about sediment. That's on you DH. What was left was a murky mess with gelatinous particulates that wa the color of apple cider. With each shake of my pint glass comes a white cloud that rises off the bottom. Yuck. The head is a collar of creamy white.

I'll first mention the spicy alcohol that reminds me of delicate flowers and tart apples. The base is whole wheat bread and a soft bite of pine trees in the rain.

Tastes similar with a nice foundation of creamy wheat bread that rounds off to a green apple and pineapple hop nip that lingers on with a soft pine resin in the finish. Nice.

Feels a bit thick and sluggish, but this works well with the creamy nature of the beer.

I'm not sure what to make of this. Is my experience an anomaly? I suppose if I keep my eyes closed, I really don't care.

DarkerTheBetter, May 13, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso. Pours a cloudy orange copper. Minimal head with some soapy lacing. Tons o' chunkies in this one. I should have decanted better- I haven't seen this many floaties in a beer in a long time. Should be tasty! Nose- earthy malts and hops. Taste-caramelmalts and bittering hops that smoothes out after a couple of sips. Lighter bodied than expected. Assertive alpha hops show up on the tail end for a dry bitter finish with a touch of sweetness. Carbonation is medium. Nice drinkin IPA

oakbluff, May 10, 2008
Photo of amiles
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Poperings Hommel goblet for a 12oz. bottle.

A: Cloudy orangish color, medium pour creates small white head. Very little lacing left upon the glass. No sediment in any of my bottles, like others have claimed.

S: Smells quite earthy, hops. Almost has tastes of weed.

T: Really nice... Dry hops and earthy natural flavors.

M: Gives your taste buds a bit of a work out leaving a dry bitter feel in the mouth. Medium carbonation works well.

D: I could session these easily.

Another nice offering from Dark Horse.

amiles, May 09, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange, big puffy of head, lots of fast moving carbonation bubbles. Leaves tons of lace down the glass.

S - big piney/grapefruit nose, like smelling a bag of whole hops!

T - I was bracing myself for an immediate hop blast, but it actually starts out fairly reserved up front, with just some basic sweet malt. Finish is decidedly bitter, with a bit of nuttiness blended in with the piney aftertaste.

M - lively carbonation gives the bitterness more bite, but up front, it comes off as watery for some reason. Resiny finish in the mouth, nice and dry. Seems like there is more alcohol in there than just 6%.

D - A respectable IPA, just a notch or too below excellent.

Has a great nose and aftertaste, but the middle of the beer seems a bit muddled. Tastes like some pretty agressive hops were used, I'm guessing Columbus, Simcoe and/or Chinook.

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

markaberrant, May 06, 2008
Photo of thickerfreakness
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to younger35 for this one as an extra. I'm pouring this back to back with the Double Crooked Tree.

I wish this said that it was bottle conditioned or warned about the amount of sediment because I poured a lot in by accident. It has a nice amber color with a small beige head that fades fast. It first smells a little of citrus hops and then smells mostly of caramel malts. I think the sediment sort of ruined the taste of this or it might be too old. It's sort of muddy tasting and just doesn't seem right. The hops don't really show well for me and are mostly masked by the earthy malt taste that is probably at least partially from too much sediment poured into the glass. I would love to get another bottle to give it another try.

thickerfreakness, May 05, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tytoanderso for this extra! Cloudy orange in color. Good bit of sediment in bottle. Thin white head. Fairly abundant aromas of piney and grassy hops. Good IPA flavor with a nice bitter touch at first sip, but also mellows out well after intitial bite. Slightly slick mouthfeel, you get a nice hop taste. Very drinkable IPA. Could be a nice session beer.

DrDogbeer, May 04, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark orange appearance and tiny head. Caramel scent comes out as beer warms. Sweet scent of citrus, oranges, hops, pine. Hoppy taste, with soft citrus. Clean, smooth mouthfeel. A slight tartness is the only thing that hinders the drinkability.

Nice, sweetness enhances the citrus, and hops are balanced well.

paco1029384756, May 02, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with minimal head.

Smells of a good solid hoppiness with a decent subtle malt counterbalance. Taste is also quite good. It verges on being unbalanced, but there is a decent maltiness that swoops in a saves it.

For a hophead, this one is pretty nice. It suffers by comparison to the double crooked tree, but this is still a nice IPA.

bassmantin, May 01, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, poured into an IPA tulip, enjoyed at the legendary Maproom.

A: Muted, but pretty, apricot pour, very cloudy. 1 finger head, decent retention. Prefect lacing. Thick, sticky, blankety, rings, everything... just as good as Furious'.

S: Nice citrus with big pineapple overtones. Sweet malts with caramel notes.

T/M: Good bitterness level. Nice citrus with lots of dry pine and pepper. Malts are sweet and just balancing. Medium body with some umph and decent carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and inviting.

pwoods, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Nessun Dorma on 4-25-08.

Pours a hazy, burnt orange with a one-finger head that lingers throughout.

Intense, dry-hopped nose with notes of pine and grapefruit.

Sweet, caramel malts play a supporting role to bitter, piney hops. Hints of tangerine citrus upfront. Crisp and medium-bodied. Chewy mouthfeel. Puckeringly dry, bitter finish.


One hoppin' good time. Not exactly sessionable, but enjoy a couple on-tap for optimal drinkability.

CaptainIPA, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with minimal head that quickly disappears. A lot of sediment in the beer which I don't like in my IPA. Moderate amount of lacing left on the glass surface.

Smell is citrus and piney hops. You know you got something that will satisfy your hop cravings with this beer.

Hops dominate the flavors. Starts off with a little citrus but then there is a big rush of piney hops that leave a oily residue. Just a hint of the malt is detectable under the hops.

Medium body with decent carbonation. Leaves a lingering pine aftertaste.

Definately a hop bomb. Not the most balanced IPA out there but something to slaughter the taste buds with all the bitter goodness. Relatively low ABV is surprising and helps drinkability but still not much point in drinking more than two in an evening.

morimech, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of tapman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was the first legal beer in a bar that my local beer store clerk had when he turned twenty-one.

Body is the color of autumn leaves. Red, orange and brown mixed together, the colors are capped by a small white foamy head about 1/2 finger big. Lacing is a thin film. Pretty average.

Malts are huge for an IPA. Malts are caramel, though in a light bready way. Similar to a hazelnut caramel. Remember caramel malts, not caramel-caramel. Hops are spicy, earthy, and sweet. Hops don't really smell bitter or tangy. Very nice.

Taste is similar to the smell. Nice and sweetly (caramel) malty, with spicy, earthy hops. This brew is very sweet and not too bitter compare to others of its ilk.

Mouth is chewy and unfiltered. Also very nice.

Next to some Dogfish Head 90 min. this is one of the more drinkable IPAs. It has something for everybody (malty and hoppy). This is my kind of IPA.

tapman, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of KC8LTL
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a Growler a week ago at the brewery. It has been sitting in my fridge since.

Appearance: There are quite a few craft beers that are unfiltered, but Dark Horse beers seem to be the most cloudy, and sometimes chunky out there. When I had this beer from a bottle, there were many 1/8 inch sized chunks around the bottom. However, the growler is a cloudier orange with a fair amount of yeast at the bottom. The particles are all rather small... Some hate this. I don't mind, but you have been warned. Some lacing and a small white head that fades to just a surface layer.

Smell: As soon as I opened the growler, I smelled an inviting citrus smell from the hops. When I pour it into a snifter, the first smell is still citrus, but there when you get closer, there is more piney... This is certainly a hop-bomb.

Taste is all hops, all the time. After a hint of citrus, there is a piney, bitter taste. The malt makes a brief appearance, but fades before I can really describe it. Leaves an oily, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is a hoppy brew. I like the bitter mouthfeel, and especially how it lingers.

Drinkabilty: For fans of agressive IPA's, it is very good. It delivers the hop blast you want, and you will taste it for a while.

KC8LTL, Apr 24, 2008
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,581 ratings.