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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BA SCORE
88
very good

886 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 886
Hads: 2,969
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 122
Gots: 405 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp into a snifter. Bottled 4 22 14 (1 month old)

Pours out a dark orange almost bronze color. Darker than your standard IPA. Not much head off the pour and quickly fades to a thin ring.

Juicy hops, big dose of fresh pine, grapefruit, hop resins.

Great taste. Lots of dank, resinous hops. Juicy, pine, and citrus. Leaves lots of resinous bitterness. A slight awareness of alcohol. Only a touch of malt provides a nice backbone to all the hops.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Medium in body.

Really nice IPA. Huge dose of hops. (555 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Quite dark, one of the darkest IPAs I have seen, almost brown. Medium low carbonation, nice head retention, hazy.
S: Very nice aroma, grapefruit, orange, citrus, slight pine, smells a bit sweet, inviting.
T: Interesting, Mostly grapefruit taste, very strong bitterness, noticable alcohol (a bit disappointing for a 6.5% beer). A lot of malt character, caramel, almost chocolate. This could have been a bit darker and been a very good black IPA. I like my typical American IPAs a bit lighter, drier, less sweet. The noticable booze is a bit of a turnoff also. Still, it is not a bad tasting beer, just a bit flawed. Becomes a bit estery as it warms.
M: Medium full, too high. Carbonation is good.
O: A good IPA, nice hop flavor, needs less malt character, needs to be a bit drier, and that alcohol twang (fuselly maybe? I've had half and feel a headache coming on) needs to go. Borderline recommend. (903 characters)

Photo of sween100
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First IPA that I tried and actually enjoyed! A very smooth IPA. The citrus and hoppy flavors go well with a wide variety of food. Large amount of toffee/caramel flavors. Has a sweet taste with a little bitterness as an aftertaste. Nice light orange color with a white head. (273 characters)

Photo of lundqu23
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Citrus base with grapefruit and oranges. Flavor nice and balanced. Large amount of grain and toffee malts. Hops are a nice balance of citrus and floral. Hazy amber color with soapy head and lace. Dark. Best served in a shaker. More of a sweet malt finish than a hoppy one. (272 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

huge head. foamy and white.
typical IPA aromas, but nothing stand-out. kind of a bland smell to the brew....
a little sweet on the tongue at first, then some caramel malt, and the slight hop bitterness hits as it drains.... very good taste with some sweetness.
overall, very good. another new Midwest brew for me. lots of taste (as opposed to the west coast bitter) but starting to see a definite trend... maybe that's why the west coast began doing bitter....? (461 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe no date??

A-The beer pours to a cloudy orange color with a 1/2 finger white head that dissipated. Ok lacing. Some sediment.

S-The aroma has a pine, slight citrus note to it.

T-The taste is more forward with some hop citrus bitterness to it.

M-Slight carbonation with a nice mouthfeel.

O-Average IPA for me might have to try find one with a date to be sure of freshness (417 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is hazy copper with a smallish (half-finger) off-white head. No lacing.

S: Modest lemony citrus over bready malt. Not terribly strong in the nose, but a good IPA scent to it.

T: Caramel malt foundation is followed by tea-like hops: herbal, floral and citrusy (orange peel and lemons). Finishes semi-dry with a touch of both sweetness and then lingering bitterness.

M: Very active, fizzy carbonation; heft is medium in weight.

O: A good American IPA. Doesn't blow me away, but it's enjoyable. (548 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a nice-sized off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of pine and citrus with caramel and black pepper.

The taste is of pine/resin with citrus and pepper. It has a sweet caramel touch that keeps it from being harsh. It has a bitter, dry finish.

It has a chewy medium body.

This is a heavily hopped IPA with a rounding sweetness. Slight alcohol is noticeable, but well-integrated. This is an excellent example of a standard American IPA! Very enjoyable! (480 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with two finger head and lace ring down glass. Elegant aroma that balances a large chunk of citric hops and some fruit sweetness as well as some caramel malt. Beer is light, easy drinking fare, that has a large amount of hops that a hophead could like with a little bit of sweetness and bread malt to fill out the body. Pretty simple but good IPA. (368 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thin, clinging white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, blood orange, grapefruit, lime, pine, tangerine, herbs, caramel, and biscuit predominate on the nose.

T: Delicate notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, blood orange, tangerine, kumquats, pine, herbs, crackers, biscuits, and caramel wash across the palate. The finish is bitter and intense with grapefruit, lemon, kumquat, pine, caramel, and biscuit flavors in abundance.

M: Medium in body and typically resinous. Carbonation is rather prickly.

O: A rock solid IPA. I appreciate the fact that it is unfiltered, although I did not feel the lack of filtration added anything new to the flavor. In the end, I like this beer, but I am not certain I can really relate to the hype that seems to surround it. (776 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: super freakin' cloudy, pinkish-amber hue.... thinnish, weak head (due to sediment maybe?) - looks a mess or, worse, infected.... and I've seen the bottle, too - the label art is pretty psych-out cheezy

S: mildly custard aromas, perhaps a touch of mango.... mostly a fragrant but muddy orange scent with a decidedly yeasty background

T: predominately creamy orange and doughy malt, bit of melon... not terribly sweet, but hardly dry... moderate, washed-out bitterness

M: up front - medium-bodied, oily.... slips away, thinning a bit on the finish... altogether fairly smooth but somewhat dull and dead as well

O: a muddy, yogurt-y (or smoothie-like) sort of IPA.... finished the glass, but i would never touch this stuff again nor recommend it.... it has potential - they ought to clean it up a bit (804 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a hazy, translucent brown color, with a small bit of white head. Smells of spruce and a touch of citrus. I don’t get a dry finish so much as a surprisingly sweet finish. It’s a nice touch. Flavor is spruce and citrus, with some medium bitterness. An enjoyable IPA. (272 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Caramel. Minimal lace. Tons of sediment.
Smell: Grapefruit, fruit, citrus.
Taste: Grapefruit, tangerine, malt.

This is great. First you're drawn into this thick caramel colored liquid that has so much sediment wandering around. Then, it's citrus all around. The grapefruit hits your nose like a hammer, and the tangerine sip just seals the deal. If you like IPAs, get this. The tangerine taste is so interesting. I would definitely get this again. (461 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another awesome ipa from another awesome Michigan brewer. Pours a beautiful hazy Orange with a very small head of off white foam which dissipates to a very nice, lasting lacing. The aroma is all grapefruit and pine, almost reminiscent of fresh mangoes. It Sips smooth but with a body that coats the mouth very nicely. The flavor is what really takes this one to the next level. Super hoppy and bitter but well balanced. Lots of citrus and pine and very fresh tasting. This is definitely a go to ipa. Extra points for my favorite designed tap handle in the business. (565 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting the chance to try dark horse crooked tree ipa

A- hazy orange with a strong glow and minimal lacing on the edges. I love the orange body on these type of IPA's

S- strong mango with sweet flavors of pine and a slight bready malt background. The burst of citrus hops bundles with sweet flavors on the scent profile. Very inviting scent

T- great intro of mango hops coupled with the bready malt backbone I expected. Sweet caramel and an overseer bitterness at the end. Very drinkable and tasty simultaneously. Good orange flavor chimes in as well, as you take a sting on the tongue from the bitterness

M- coating flavor that I love from an ipa. Absolute good flavor

O- what a great drinkable ipa. Balanced and enjoyable. Really enjoyed this and will circle back (778 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with awesome label. Beautiful brilliant blue color paired with a bright green make a real vibrant and eye catching design. Throw in the bonsai and its pretty killer. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - bright orange color with the haze giving it a more burnt look to it out of the light. Wonderful funk particles and sediment Floating about, just as the side of the packaging states. Bright shade of white head wasnt massive, but still pretty nice. Some fluff to it and it settled quite nice leaving some fairly good stick.

S - grapefruit and light pine up front. Nice balance between fruity hops and bread like malt backbone. A real nice gushing orange note creeps up and stands out with other smaller hints of lemon.

T - grapefruit and pine like hops up front with a blast of awesome hop spice. Real juicy and gushing fruitiness to the flavor. The juiciest, gushing orange notes set off a spectacle inside my mouth. Perfectly balanced with bread and cracker like malt. The finish picks back up with more grapefruit hop notes and really taking on a exceptional dry bitterness.

M - medium bodied and smooth. Texture is close to perfect for its size and does well coating the entire mouth with luscious notes of ipa goodness. Easy to drink and just plain awesome. This is one of the most well balanced ipa's I've ever had.

O - Crooked Tree is simply a stunning work of art. Maybe the greatest ipa I've ever had. West Coast my tail... This is a world class take on keeping an ipa complex and perfectly balanced. It's my new go to ipa. This is Michigan brewing at its absolute greatest. A grand gem and crown jewel no matter who you stack it up against in its range of abv. (1,709 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/18/2014 Drinking on 10/21/2014

A- This particular bottle had an untypical amount of yeast in it leading to a pretty hazy burnt orange color, usually it is a pretty bright beer. Two finger white head.

S- Spicy, getting a real overripe banana, grapefruit.

T- Spicy, floral, bit of pine, grapefruit.

M- Medium, typical IPA carb level.

O- A decent IPA just kind of middle of the road though. Not on the level of Two Hearted or even Founders Centennial. (468 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

"My brightest star is my inner light, let it guide me"... Yeah, Raul is feeling this one.

Kind of like when you were a child and you thought that you opened all of your presents on Christmas and then you found one more lurking behind the tree. And not only was Crooked Tree IPA a nice surprise, it was a super goody good one.

I'm on a raft in a foreign land, and as the sun melts into the blurred horizon, that image is what I see while taking every sip. It's juicy, but balanced ever so perfectly with luscious malts - the damn thang is almost creamy in texture.

I can't, I just can't say anymore. Go get it my children. (633 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the classic American india pale ales out there, bringing new twists to a story that's been told a million times. on tap with a whole bunch of other dark horse stuff at j ryans in Syracuse, ny. the pour on this is hazy muted bronze, with minimal white head, rather unimpressive in a pint glass. the nose is great though, real woody and bitter, like its aged in oak, but I don't think it is. lots of citrus to the hop profile as well, lemon and grapefruit, with a pale malt base. the flavor is great, again with the wood and bitterness its got a lot more of an organically derived feel than so many others. the hops profile is nice, lots of zesty citrus in the finish, probably citra hops and some C varietals as well. dank but not overly oily or sappy like some of the west coast ones, more drinkable too, and without the sweetness. there is a definite woody feel to this, not sure what from, but its persistent throughout. clean finishing too for a hazy hoppy beer, with a drinkably medium body and very little residual sugar. and excellent ipa overall.

edit: much less impressive in the bottle, muted hop flavors make this a little bland. not sure of dates, but draft is the play for this one in my experience. (1,219 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber, almost light brown, color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet malt mixed with earthy hops and an apparent booze fume.

T- This is a very malt forward IPA. Toasty and grainy with the moderately bitter hops playing second fiddle. Still, pretty smooth and enjoyable.

M- Oily with medium carbonation and a mostly full body.

O- This is one of the earthiest American IPAs I've ever had. Good but different. (669 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours cloudy burnt orange, with a 1 finger off white head. Lots of earthly bitterness in the nose, with a little bit of pine in there as well. Grapefruit is there too, but mostly hidden. The taste is rather surpising, the bitterness is there but so is a impressive malt backbone that fights back just as hard as the hops. The bitterness does win out in the end with a bitterness kick that just keeps hanging around. I've always seen this beer at the store, but for some reason I always pass it by. Not this time, thankfully. This is one of the better IPAs I've had in a long time. (615 characters)

Photo of BreakfastStout
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Imagine my surprise when I found this tasty little treat! I picked it up on a lark at Muggs Party Store in Grand Haven, and I was blown away! And I thought that Two Heart was the only IPA that I could ever score this high. Though not quite as smooth and balanced as a Bells Two Hearted Ale, this beer can hold its' own with any other IPA I've ever sampled. Now whenever I reach for an IPA six pack at my local beer store, I have 3 solid choices, Founders Centennial IPA, a Two Heart, or this little gem. (503 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks ago over at Top Hops, having never had anything from Dark Horse or knowing that this beer had over 1,800 reviews on here. While not a total hophead, I love a great IPA and thought that I had most of the classics, standards, and standouts when it came to these given that I've gotten my hands on nearly everything available at any local liquor store.

But I was wrong.

I love it when beers sneak up on me, out of nowhere. One innocent buy turns into an unexpected discovery, which turns into the purchase of a full pack instead of trial bottle. Sure enough, that's the case here as I'd love to get more of this should I find it again. There was just enough to differentiate this fro the West Coast IPA's without making this too deviant from the ordinary.

No doubt that the appearance was the best aspect of this beer - as the cloudy dark peach hue, moderate but solid head, and near-perfect rings of lacing combined for an extremely pleasing appearance. Lots of rye, pine, and tropical citrus in the nose, followed by booze, blood orange, and a mild but sharp earthy bitterness in the taste. The carbonation was right on the money and this felt a lot strong than it turned out to be in actuality. So easy to quaff and just the right amount of bubbles to scrub the burning after each sip. A hint of tobacco lingered in the aftertaste but this wasn't a Cigar City beer. Michigan? Really? This deserved to be mentioned in the same sentence as Bells and Founders!

While not a session beer, this tasted and felt a lot more potent than the 6.50% ABV would have led me to believe. This had just the right amount of body to feel like a Rye beer and a slightly dry-hopped nature that led me to sip more in an attempt to quench my thirst. This was wonderful and if you love beers that delight and surprise while delivering a healthy does of hops, you owe it to yourself to give this a go. I'm glad this was available in my neck of the woods! (1,964 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap—and picked up a growler to go. Delicious!

This pours an amber-orange auburn-tinged with nice foaming.

There’s a big, piney-citrusy aroma followed by some light straw. On the flavor I get a lot of bittersweet citrus with a pleasing bitterness and a piney-resiny dry finish. There’s more heft to this than the West Coast IPAs I’ve grown accustomed to—but it’s consistent enough with the other Michigan IPAs that come to mind (Two Hearted anyone?) that I think it’s far to say there might be a regional influence to the style at this point. (564 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark burnt orange with a full 3 fingers of foamy whit head, amazing retention, nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus hops, big bouquet of flowers, faint malts in the the back of the nose.

T - The taste follows the nose nicely. A really juicy citrus hop presence, nicely balanced with some malts to create a medium bodied kick ass IPA. A drying taste bud snapping finish makes you want to keep coming back for more.

O - Cheers to one helluva American IPA right here in the mitten. (501 characters)

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.