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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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2,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,625
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 107
Gots: 218 | 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 brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a drab, clouded orange/amber. A thin head dissipates quickly, but not before leaving a nice little wall of lace. Small bits of darker sediment in the mix as well.

Aroma - some decent grapefruit and caramel elements. On par though fairly straightforward.

Taste - good biscuity malt opening. Hops appear quickly, lots of grapefruit rind in tow. A brief glint of citrus at first, turning full-on bitter and just a touch medicinal. The flavors blend much better as it warms, the citrus coming out better with each sip. I like it more towards the end but that medicinal factor doesn't fade enough. Finishes with a good, dry and bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - crisp, decent smoothness, a medium body.

Drinkability - a worthy IPA from Dark Horse, though probably better on tap.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip

pours a hazy orange with a nice white head

beautiful citrus smell. mainly orange then grapefruit. pine solid.

bitter smooth taste of hops then a decent malt balance

full mouthfeel that matches a very hoppy ipa

the bitterness doesn't linger making it a very drinkable ipa

thanks to tadowdaddy for this

aubuc1, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hooliganlife
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle. color is golden orange, little head. nothing special. smell is light floral hops. taste is semi smooth hops up front, then turns bitter with a perfect malt balance. the aftertaste is a grassing hop flavor, kind of like a fresh hop flavor. medium to light carbonation. this is my new favorite IPA.

hooliganlife, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of beckje01
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark honey color cloudy with no head and no activity but it look very nice.

S- Slight fruity hop nose but not much there.

T- Nice clean taste a steady fruity hop throughout.

M- Good thickness and nice activity.

D- Very drinkable, just very nice. A great example of an American IPA.

beckje01, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've consumed many vessels of this brew, but alas I've never formally reviewed it. Consumed at cellar (55F) temp.

Pours a hazy amber orange with noticeable suspended platelets of yeast cake bobbing about. A 1/2" off-white head sits atop moderate visible carbonation. Beautiful sheets and strands of lace all the way down.

Herbally fresh notes of damp hops mingled with somewhat sweet amber malts. A few swirls of my favorite Whitbread Extra Stout stemmed chalice (with air bubbles trapped within the glass walls) emit a mineral-like wet stone smell. Fruity whiffs of pineapple & apricot twirl about while the floral hops keep the cadence.

Rustic hop flavor that's a little raw and gritty. Not a lot of sweetness from which I perceived in the nose though. The hop is dominant but not overbearing. The malt foundation is light but sturdy - kind of like a chain link fence with hop vines entwined from top to bottom. Lovely balance with hop prickliness abounding.

Mouthfeel is superb with playful, tip of the tongue tingling fine carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry flavorful finish.

Drinkability is top notch. Not heavy handed in any dept. but the flavor is all there.

Overall a fantastic IPA from Marshall, MI. Full flavored and friendly all at the same time. The texture of this beer is fantastic, a true well-built ale. The unrefined and organic hop flavor is a nice change from the norm. Masterfully balanced and well suited for any spicy/zesty dishes. Great IPA and flagship brew from lower Mid-Michigan!

malty, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1/2 finger off-white head that drops fairly quickly to a nice lace that left nice rings down the glass. The body was a very hazy golden-orange.

S- Initially I picked up a big wiff of piney hops. Some sweeter, buttery tones come through on a second sniff.

T- A nice mix of sweet malts and piney/grassy hops. Though swayed a bit toward the hoppy end of the spectrum.

M- I thought it was initially a little watery, but it came through with a full feel by the end of a sip. Just a touch of a grainy feel. Some pretty good bite from the hops.

D- It's a really easy drinker. I could see drinking a couple of these in a sitting. I have a feeling it would be a good compliment to a spicy or greasier meal.

GRPunk, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased at ottos in brookfield, wisconsin for 8.99/6-pack.

pours deep orange caramel with a one finger cream colored head.

aroma is bready malt, orange marmalade, and a little general funkiness. reminds me of orange sherbet.

An orange sherbet taste as well. very different, and very good. A strong assertive hop profile, featuring the above mentioned orange flavors, along with pine, and what I perceive to be a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is decent, could maybe stand a bit more carbonation, but nothing out of sorts here.

Drinkability is high for me here, I really like this one from start to finish. I had this last year (or maybe 2 years ago), when I was just getting into craft beer, and I thought it was really one-dimensional. All I tasted was "bitter." And now here I am, a year (or possibly 2) later, and I am thinking of moving this up from the bench, and letting it start a few games. Either way, this one's a winner.

dancinwillie, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of darkwise
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the resident standby for me when it comes to the local (michigan) IPA scene. HOPS galore! Pours a cloudy brew, heavy lacing on the glass. Smells of hops, can't miss it. First taste the hops hit ya, and leaves ya wanting another quick sip. Citrusy taste, reminds me of orange peels and grapefruit after the hops let any other taste in. Very drinkable beer, nice job by Dark Horse Brewing. Dark Horse in my opinion doesn't get enough credit for their fine line of brews.

darkwise, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very cloudy orange appearance. Poured with about 1.5 fingers worth of head that left the mug quickly. Left very nice lacing though on the sides of the glass, although the quick lack of head and the haze of the beer make this one nothing more than average.

S- Smelt of a ton of hops, didn't pick much else off the scent. I liked this though considering my love for hops.

T- Got nothing more from this beer than the taste of hops and a bit of a caramel taste. Enjoyed it though because of the hop taste.

M- Beer lost it's head quickly, so I got none of that initial foaminess in my mouth. The beer had little aftertaste, the hops in this beer hit you quickly and then faded just as quickly. The only thing I taste in this beer is the hops, and the lack of anything after I swallowed it kind of disappointed me.

D- Low abv % makes this very drinkable.

Overall, a pretty decent beer for those that like the taste of hops. The lack of other elements leaves more to be desired. Would definitely drink again though because I do like the hoppy flavor. Heck, I have 5 more to drink!

tadowdaddy, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy orange appearance with no visibility. Some carbonation and little head that dissipated quickly.

S- Little hard to detect the citrus, but it was there. Also smell of some hops.

T- At first sip you would think the citrus would come through, but it doesn't. What citrus flavor was there is overtaken by the hops.

M- The beer fell a little flat for me. Thin texture made it almost feel as if at points I was drinking carbonated water.

D- Low abv % makes this very drinkable.

Overall this is a decent IPA. As stated above it just fell flat of my expectations. I can't really point it out, but something was just missing.

rhinos00, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

264 reviews as of this writing. A bit coudy / hazy orange looking brew. Nice citric aroma and taste buoyed with a nice caramel malt body. Nice AIPA, went well with dinner. I'd have this again with dinner or better on tap if I'm in the distribution area for work.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 17, 2008
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle ~ a gimme from my buddy Mr. Mustachio. A strong pour into my antique soda pint.

A ~ Cloudy, effervescent, hazy honey colored with a creamy 1/2" egg shell colored head blanketing the top of the beer. Pretty appearance in the glass with tight, concentric rings of sturdy lace lining the glass. On closer examination I see sediment slowly rising to the head like a lava lamp warming up.

S ~ Bitter grapefruit pith & floral hops. Some other citrus essence..orange rind. There's an earthy, fresh cut grass smell, with a wet, woody aroma. Half way through it I noticed the faint smell of roasted nuts & a hint of malt that appeared as the beer warmed.

T ~ Sharp, bitter citrus hops, & earthy oily pine sap. There's a bit of malty grain lurking on the back side. Sharp finish with a tart aftertaste.

M ~ Hop forward with little malt character to speak of. Medium body with adequate carbonation.
Not a scrubbing astringent finish but, a little hot & bitter.

D ~My generous friend is a self proclaimed hop head & gave me this with a high recommendation.
With all do respect, I'm still developing an appreciation for hop forward beers & this style in particular. He told me " You're not gonna like it...I know you". He wasn't entirely wrong. I could take it or leave it but I'm glad I tried it.

TATTORSO, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and citrus/ grapefruity hops. In the taste, small citrus, grapefruity hops, and a nice lemon grass earthiness in the malt. A small bitterness and a medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus hop aftertaste. Nice hops, and nice earthy malt backing it up. Easy to drink and nice.

OWSLEY069, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely hazed throughout dark honey amber body, no head and nice crystal-like lacing. Lots of floaties swimming around in the glass. A woody, floral, hoppy aroma, some pine needles and a bit of citrus. Toasty malt note in the nose as well. Taste of sappy pine tree oils, slightly citric, with a bready, biscuit malt backbone. Toasty malt character, just hints of some light caramel. Not overly bitter, carbonation is low, mouthfeel is creamy. Very drinkable, as it's not overly bitter and is fairly well balanced.

KeefD, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark orange color with a foamy dirty white head. Head slowly fades and leaves excellent lacing.

S - Very pungent citrus aroma. Not much else to the smell but the hop aroma along gets me exceited about this one.

T - LIght sweetness up front before a citrusy bite kicks in. Not mind blowingly bitter but still a very strong hop taste. Finishes with a nice bitter aftertaste.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little on the chewy side. Resinous hop juices coat the mouth. An excellent IPA.

ckeegan04, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of jraycee
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one this morning in a trade with lightindarkness, thanks!

Pours a very very hazy orangish amber. Small head, no lacing, but i did just rinse my glass so it was wet.
Smells Piney hops, little citrus, flowers, salt?
Tastes of big hops immediately, up front there's a light malt kinda like white bread or crackers. Pines all over, grapefruit, lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good. Look lends you to think it might be thicker, but its not.
Had this on tap last time, so its always a little different. Kinda like reading the book before seeing the movie. Still it is very enjoyable.

jraycee, Sep 16, 2008
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
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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