1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

2,546 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,546
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 106
Gots: 194 | FT: 4
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,546 | Reviews: 859 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

I got this beer as an extra in a trade with HopHobo.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - cloudy, yellow/orange color with a small off-white head that fell to a ring, leaving some spotty lacing. Also has some floaties, but I left most of them in the bottle.

S - citrus hop aroma, sweet smelling.

T - good bite upfront balanced by malt flavor midway, finishing with a little bitterness.

M - medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - a bit heavy to be a session beer but a few would be nice.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of guthrie
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Like others have said, a toasty orange color. Slight head with some sticking. Lots of sediment floating about. Tiny bubbles.

I thought the smell was floral/hoppy with citrusy tones.

Aggressive hoppiness that goes right for the back of the tongue and throat. The sensation seems to spread up the tongue after swallowing. Nice carbonated feel.

Very interesting to try. I know I personally couldn't drink more than one or two.

guthrie, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a cloudy orange with a 2 finger head of foam with some good lacing. Head retention is average.

The smell is certainly big on the grapefruit. Behind the citrus, I can just detect some light maltines.

The taste surprised me a bit. The grapefruit is really strong here but there's more malt than I would have guessed from the smell. It still doesn't balance the hops but it's there along with a fruity flavour. The mouthfeel borders on medium, the carbonation is medium light, and it finishes with a sharp bitter bite.

This is an interesting IPA and pretty drinkable...I like the bitterness here; it kind of reminds me of Bridgeport IPA, which I'm very fond of. Good stuff.

Bitterbill, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Review from notes taken 10 15 09, poured from tap at the brewery.

A Light amber color in a translucent body with minimal but creamy head. 4.0

S Sweet malt with hops in a great balanced IPA. Interesting, inviting IPA. 4.0

T Hops predominate but there is a great malt backdrop that REALLY helps to balance this beer in a great way. 4.5

M Syrupy smooth feel and thick. Love this feel in an IPA! 4.5

D Really great. 4.5

Notes: Now I realize why this beer gets so much attention!

adamette, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of brewgetter
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

A hazy dark amber color with decent lacing. Huge hops in the nose, lemony, grapefruity, pine is subdued but there. Taste doesn't quite match my expectations from the nose. The malt seems to overpower the hops a little. It starts out heavy on the malt, as I wait for that big hop hit, it just doesn't come. There's definitely hops there but I was expecting more. The hops profile could use a little lightening as well IMO. Pine comes through but the lemoniness not so much. Goes down easy and feels right on the tongue. Overall a quite good IPA, but certainly not the best. I can't wait to try their DIPA though!

brewgetter, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

A- Poured a dark orange color with medium head.

S- Smelled with definite hops and a bit fruity too.

T- The hops were very apparent and it wasn't too bitter.

M- It felt heavy with slight carbonation.

D- It was very drinkable for how heavy it was. Should definite give it a try.

jeremyd365, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Bought a bottle of this on a recent road trip to Indiana. Pulled it out to give it a go while watching the Nascar boys practice at Bristol.

Very murky burnt orange pour that is loaded with yeast. Nice head though...

Smells very citrusy and lemony over a very grainy base..

I'm not overwhelmed like some others were by this one. Fairly decent taste of hops but nothing spectacular like in others of the style. Nice finishing bitterness sort of makes up for what it lacks in front end punch though.

Overall, an average IPA that is drinkable but not memorable.

Tilley4, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

Pour is a cloudy light orange with a nice head that sticks around very well and this one laces pretty nicely.

Great orange, lemon hop aroma, with a nice grainy malt smell in the back.

Taste is great, nice smooth malty, toasted, carmel flavor and a great hop backbone that is a nice floral sweet citrus taste.

Mouthfeel is great, perfectly carbonated and almost chewy for the style. This is right up there in the top 5 IPA's I have had.

mnstorm99, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of westweasel
4.3/5  rDev +8%

Thanks to Schneid for giving me this bottle.
What a guy.

The aroma was mostly oranges and caramel, along with some pine and grassiness. The smell was great, but pretty faint.

The appearance was cloudy and a bright orange/medium copper. It had about a 1/4 of white head.

The taste was toffee and caramel with notable sweetness up front, followed by a smooth citrus bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was between thin and medium, with fairly high carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable IPAs I have had. The bitterness is strong enough for an IPA, but it is very smooth.
This is an IPA you could really drink in quantity.

westweasel, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a super hazy copper and orange with a half inch head the fades down to a thin cap after a minute, the pour is really cool looking and has a great cascading effect coming out of the bottle. Not much lacing as I was expecting more from an IPA, still the unfilteredness looks pretty sweet compared to the overly clean looking IPAs.

S: Hugely aromatic floral hop aroma, super grapefrutiy and piny, huge hop hammer, not balanced in any sense but damn if it doesn't smell great anyways.

T/MF: Great lemon and pine flavors coming across strongly along with the good ol grapefruit. The mouthfeel is not as sticky as the smell and initial taste would have led me to believe, though to be sure the aftertaste has the same protracted finish as all those other IPAs. The aftertaste has an even more bitter and accentuated piny flavor. Great tasting, fun drinking.

D: Really a wonderfully crafted and nice change from the cleaner, clearer IPAs, I've sampled lately. I nice change of pace and a pretty damn drinkable beer considering the bitterness and ABV.

bluemoonswoon, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

From notes. 12 oz bottle.

Pour: murky/hazy tangerine-amber body under a minimal off-white head.

Nose: grapefruit hops, honey, husky sweet malts in the finish

Taste: grapefruit/resinous hops up front, juicy apricot esters flourish before a sweet/tangy/bitter malt husk finish.

Feel: sappy, thin and smooth, with crisp carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: solid on all fronts yet lacks the complexity of other American IPAs. A very drinkable, well-made IPA nonetheless.

Golden2wenty1, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of KeggerKen
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Poured a very thick an unmixed looking orange color. This IPA was almost grainy to the taste...the hops were there but it just felt like there was sand in my beer and didn't settle well in the stomach. I couldn't drink more than one and don't think this is a good representation of the IPA style.

KeggerKen, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance - Extremely hazy orange color. Light can barley get through this cloudy brew. The head is minimal but is a very pale tan. It does maintain a bit more than a trace of head as it sits waiting to be consumed.

Smell - Citrus aroma but the hops are the real deal. The scent is begging a sip.

Taste - This brew is filled with hops. It starts out smooth and slowly gains more and more strength and oomph as each gulp is swallowed.

Mouthfeel - Unlike most hoppy brews this one somehow maintains a wetness usually not characteristic of any of an IPA.

~ This hop filled beer is one to be reckoned with. I certainly recommend anyone that likes strong hop filled and tasty beer give the Crooked Tree a shot.

cdkrenz, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of JustinOSU99
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

A: An Orangish-Copper color with very little head..Seems similar to a lot of IPA's.

S: Grapefruit and floral smells dominate up front. Definite hoppyness also catches the nose. Smells like a nice one.

T: Different than IPA's I've had recently. Has hints of a darker ale, which helps bring the hop out in a different manor than other IPA's.

M: A little heavy for this type of beer, but sits in the mouth nice and feels smooth over the tongue.

D: Could have maybe one or two of these, but it would be worth it to include one any time you can!

JustinOSU99, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

A: A careful pour reveals a hazy rust copper color with quite a lot of large, suspended particulate. A big foamy head with good sustain leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Vegetal and citric hop aromas. Fine and average.

T: A prominently piney and grassy hop taste. A slight earthy, oak character adds a bit of depth.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Quite dry with a lingering bitterness.

D: Overall, quite nice and an easily drinkable IPA. Not outstnading, but worth buying again.

klewis, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%

Orange IPA with a fair amount of bottle condition yeast that stirs and suspends easily. Aroma is so-so for an IPA, strong citrus tones overall in the drink. Nice but leaves me wanting a stronger american ipa. Would really like to try this one on draught.

BeaBeerWife, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%

Bottle Inspection: Simple cartoon looking tree, no information at all.

Aroma: Slightly worty malt base spiked with a floral grassy hop perfume with a hint of tea.

Appearance: Thick flakes of… something make the rounds in a dark cloudy orange glass. Solid finger of meringue head laces heavily. Flakes are dark, they don’t look like protein coagulation, a bit disturbing. As the head settles, there are dark particulates suspended in it like dirty snow.

Flavor: Heavy bittering hop, firm tea flavor, mild malt base. There’s a heavy orange peel element and some earthy tea flavors that make me think English hops. As it warms up a bit, some of the worty under-attenuated malt flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation, over carbonated really, medium body, fairly clean finish.

Overall Impression: Too many off elements here to really enjoy this one. The unidentified floating objects don’t help, the dark dusting in the head is a new one for me, the heavy use of bittering hops rather than flavor or aroma hops is counter to the way I prefer my IPAs, and the English rather than American IPA profile has me confused.
Looking at other reviews, it’s possible I got a bad bottle, but no date on the label has me wondering if it is possibly old. In my book, no date = brewer takes the hit. It’s sad, after all that, the basic flavor is pretty good, but everything else really brought down my score.

HardTarget, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

My first taste of the highly touted Dark Horse, Crooked Tree is a terrific start, a hopped-up IPA with vibrant flavors. I was impressed with Crooked Tree from the beginning, with its two-finger head of white froth topping a very cloudy orange body. The smell was full of hops as well as fruit, with orange, lemon, and grapefruit arising from the hops. Excellent taste--lots of hops, fruit, and some pine and mint to boot. As if that weren't good enough, the carbonation was effervescent but not obstreperous, making this IPA highly drinkable.

This last part is significant, since the heavily hopped beer might be too much for some. It's a crisp-tasting IPA, but heavier on the hops than most straight-up IPAs. In fact, I had to double-check to make sure that this was not a Double IPA.

Quite impressive, and one I'll be sure to try again and again. Dark Horse is officially on my radar. Excellent stuff.

Gehrig, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of calsbeek
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

A. Poured a cloudy orange at cellar temps into a tulip...left the sediment in the bottle.

S. Fresh citrus, earthy tangerine. Very Nice

T. Ehh (with a wobble of an open hand). One dimensional taste with little malt to back the hops. Not much bitterness behind the earthy hop flavor.

M. A little full bodied for a beer with this hop character but it works. My humble opinion is that this should have been mashed at a lower temp. Good carbonation. Rich on the tongue.

D. Nice session beer. No harsh flavors but nothing exceptional here either. I'd call it a low brow craft beer if there is such a thing.

calsbeek, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +0.5%

pours a hazy bright coppery color with orangish highlights, nice thick dense head, that leaves a coating of foam on its way down.
the aroma is very hoppy, with a firm malt backbone, citrus, peaches, and fresh baked bread.
the flavor is up front malty with a firm bitterness, hint of citrus, herbal, and very easy drinking, there is a lingering spice on my tongue.

plaztikjezuz, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from a bottle a very cloudy apricot color with a creamy white head and lacing which fully enveloped the inside of the glass.

Aroma was heavy with hops, both grapefruity citrus and pine and a touch of malt.

Taste is sharp and zingy with lots of citrusy hops and a nice malty finish.

Medium mouthfeel with a zippy carbonation.

This is a really nice American IPA. Full of personality in the same way as a Bell's Two Hearted. This is a beer to enjoy for sure.

Monkeyknife, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of cameraman
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

A medium amber color with a quater inch, off white head colored head forming on top. It shows tremendous retention. A strong citrus scent dominates the fragrance, folowed by the aroma of grass and pine, folowed by the faint scent of malt at the end. The malt comes out in the flavor at the start, it then gradually blends itself to some intense hop flavors. Those flavors start with grapefruit which is the most dominate, with touches of grass and pine, and it finshes with tobbaco taste. A slightly watery feel at the front, as it rolls across the palate it gains some weight, to become more medium to maybe full bodied. There is the ever so slight tingle of carbonation at the end. This is a very good IPA, an easy sipping beer. A strong aroma and intense flavor not only makes this an excellent choice for an IPA. It would make an excellent session beer, with only 6% ABV.

cameraman, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

pours a very very cloudy light brown color, probably the cloudiest ipa i've ever had, lots of sediment in the beer, very hefe like.

smell is hoppy,(duh) piney hops are the most prevelant, taste is a hoppy/bitterness mixture, not to strong, but not to weak a nice mixture...

mouthfeel and drinkability ar egood too

1fastz28, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a ruddy tangerine with visible sediment and a frothy tan head that dies slow. Lacing occurs in full sheets all around the glass. Smells nice and citrusy with mean hops and a little yeast and malt. This is mean at the start with a rindy hop bite followed by a pure balance of yeasty sweet malt. Best of both worlds. Medium in the mouth and drinkable but DIPA like.

franksnbeans, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

got this one from BlackAngus as part of BC2. thanks josh!

12oz bottle.

pours reddish orange with just a wisp of off-white head. spotty lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine. light orange and tangerine sweetness. bit of alcohol. bready malt. slightly floral. lightly toasted biscuit hiding in the background.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. alcohol. resinous pine and grapefruit hops. bread and biscuit malt. bit of orange.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body. the resinous bitterness has a clinging long-lasting mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. well balanced, with great interplay between the alcohol, bitterness, and malt.

grub, Nov 18, 2007
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,546 ratings.