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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

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very good

2,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 2124
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%

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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002)
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Photo of wyatt13


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My dad brought me a few of these back from a trip to Michigan. Bottled on date of 1/24/13, so bordering on the edge of old. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my 7venth Sun tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep, cloudy orange-ish red with two fingers of pillowy tan head. The head looks extremely delicate, like if I blew on it that it would float away. Superb lacing.

S - Suprisingly hoppy for three months old, with plenty of orange & grapefruit aroma. Hop character is definitely of the citrus & fruit variety. A bit of caramelized malt for balance.

T - A big hit of citrus hops is immediately joined by a sweetness of malt. Caramelized orange is my best description. I can see how a fresh bottle would really allow the hops to shine in this one.

M - Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a sweet finish in the mouth that is exceedingly drinkable.

O - Very solid IPA and I look forward to trying this fresh. I think it would also be interesting to try the versions of this beer that are made with different hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:20:43 | More by wyatt13
Photo of kevanb


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

64oz clear growler poured into a Dark Horse Pint glass. Filled on 3/27, opened on 3/28.

The beer pours a murky copper color, very hazy with just a few visible bubbles rising to the top of the glass. An aggressive pour yields a good 2, almost 3 fingers of white head that has nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is of bitter, earthy pine and resinous hop oil, very grassy and dirty with a fair amount of caramel malt behind it, but not overly sweet, but very one dimensionally bitter. The flavors are right in line with the nose, very earthy, very dirty, bitter, grassy, weedy and pine forward. There is some caramel malt character hiding behind the hops, but the balance and integration is average at best. The body is nice, very smooth with a nice level of lively carbonation with a moderately dry, bitter finish.

Verdict: A decent IPA from Dark Horse but nothing special. The intensely bitter and earthy character is contrary to what I typically look for in an IPA or DIPA. Not to say this wasn't enjoyable or a task to drink, but it's a beer I don't really need to have again.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2013 01:02:17 | More by kevanb
Photo of elgiacomo


3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, date is missing but was told it was from January of 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours extremely turbid, murky amber with a one finger head that leaves some rings of lacing behind. Normally, I like my IPAs with some sediment but this one goes too far...looks more like some amateur homebrew...wayyy too much sediment in this one.

Aroma is some orange and grapefruit citrus, some pine, a little floral with some bready malt. Mild to moderate strength. A little weak in the aroma.

Flavor is grapefruit rind, pine, some lemon, some bread and caramel malt in the middle, finishes with strong bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

OK IPA. Flavor is pretty good, appearance and aroma are weak. Still glad to get a chance to try this out-of-market beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:26:28 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed honey brown with some dark gold. Head is Polish, white, and creamy. Leaves a small clumsy cap and collar with some nice sheets and notches of lacing.

Smell: Oily pine resin, candied flower petals, and enough grapefruit to last. Fleshy citrus dominates at first. Gives way to a slightly sweet caramel malt with a solid biscuit backbone. Some minor tropical aromas, something like pineapple and mango. Warming balances things out a bit, bringing out a solid backing bitterness.

Taste: Pine resin. Slick and oily. Some pithy bitterness. Nice caramel and biscuit back. Surprisingly balanced. Juicy grapefruit with some tangerine oil. Almost powdery aspirin like bitterness floats through the back. Some apple skin. Wet and increasingly bitter as it warms. Some residual cooked malt sweetness. Bready pine needle. Nice smack of floral as well.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, slick, and smooth. Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitter dryness.

Overall: You're going down Shere Khan!

A solid, albeit not stellar IPA. Needed to be a touch more dry to really shine. Solid hop profile, but just feels a little unfinished. Still worth drinking from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 17:20:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of JamesMN


3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Super cloudy and completely opaque orange hue with visible sediment. One finger frothy off-white head. Just about the dirtiest looking IPA I've seen.

Aroma: Floral and citrus. Not too much there. Some crystal malt as well.

Taste: Starts with a blast of bitterness that persists throughout. Very hop forward as the malt is barely present giving it a bit of a watery demeanor. The hop character is good though, pine and citrus flavor that is detectible despite the sometimes harsh bitterness. 6.5% ABV almost seems heavy for how light this beer seems on malt flavor (there is a hint of caramel though).

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with above average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I consider myself a connoisseur of IPAs and while Crooked Tree is able to scratch the hophead itch in me, it doesn't elicit any of the real good hop flavor and balance that others of the style can deliver. That being said, I'd recommend it if you can find it. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:08:56 | More by JamesMN
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a murky copper color with TONS of yeast sediment in the glass. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. There's a good creaminess to the texture, even if it fades moderately quickly. Still, it's not exactly an attractive beer.

S: This has a pervasive biscuit quality to the aroma; it melds reasonably well with the textbook grapefruit peel and pine qualities from the hops. The maltiness is sweet and caramel-esque, like I expect. Typical, but I really like how strongly the aroma emanates from the glass.

T: The biscuit from the aroma subsides a bit, being supplanted by some initial grapefruit qualities. Still, this is one of the most biscuity IPAs I've ever had. Pine bitterness pops up in the midtaste before seemingly washing away on the finish. No one note here really stands out from the pack - however, it compensates by coming across as a great thirst quencher with a modicum of complexity.

M: While the body isn't lightweight, it manages to drink crisply anyways. Astringency is balanced well, with only a moderate bitterness accumulating on the palate. Carbonation is high yet controlled in order to preserve the refreshment qualities this provides.

O: I reckon this one would really work during the summertime - in some ways, this drinks like a saison. There are better IPAs to be found, but there are also many worse ones as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 04:12:35 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of blakelive784


3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Docrock for this extra!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a goblet, reviewed live:

A - Pours a finger and a half of just off-white, thin head. The color is a murky tangerine/orange. Retention is poor. Lively carbonation. Inviting.

S - Blood orange and pine needles alongside biscuity yeast. Spicy lemon zest on the back end. Balanced extremely well on the nose. Touches of honey. Note entirely complex but refreshing. Moderate strength.

T - Slightly sweet malts open over a light bicuity/cracker body. The fresh hops notes I found on the nose are muted and stale. A good amount of bitterness on the finish. It's well balanced but I wonder if this may be an old bottle (there's no bottle date I can find). It's easy drinking and the alcohol's nowhere to be found, but I wish the hops were fresher and more prominent.

M - Crisp and medium bodied. Well carbonated. Ideal.

D - I'm a little let down by this one, especially being my first Dark Horse beer. I'd like to try it again, though preferably on draught (and fresh).

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:19:04 | More by blakelive784
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.51/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was excited to try this beer given it's high BA score, but I was so disappointed. The appearance and mouthfeel were average. The smell was musky, earthy, with some hay and straw notes. The taste was similar, with a lot of bitter citrus as well. I consider myself quite a "hophead," but this was far to bitter and unbalanced for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:43:13 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Manoftyr

New York

4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a murky tangerine with golden highlights, head is a finger thick with good lacing and retention. Seeing as this beer is intentionally unfiltered it doesn't make sense to dock points for its lack of clarity which under normal circumstanced would be only complaint about the appearance. Looks good!

Aroma- Dank and earthy hops upfront followed by a backbone of citrus, some phenolic yeasty aromas towards the back and a sweet blanket of crystal malt forms a consistent undercurrent.

Taste-Bitter and citrusy upfront with flavors of tangerine and other citrus fruits, some earthiness and marmalade like sweetness towards the middle. Finishes dry with a yeasty bite.

Mouthfeel- A bit on the thick side for an IPA, but it works to this beer's advantage rather than its detriment. Carbonation is gentle and on the low side.

Overall - One of the most drinkable and unique IPAs I've had in some time, replaced Flower Power as my go to IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 22:17:51 | More by Manoftyr
Photo of SerialHiker


3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a golden/orange with some caramel hues…a nice finger width of off white head formed and remained…fairly dense and not overly transparent, I can see some bubble action and a few pieces of sediment floating about…(3.75/5)

Smell: Spicy, earthy, musty hops combined with mild citrus hops notes…very robust hops aroma…mango, bready malts, caramel, sweet yellow cake, grapefruit round out things…there’s an overly light and zestiness here…(4/5)

Taste: Much like the nose…earthy, musty hops mixed with mild lemon/grapefruit/orange citrus hops…much more earthy than citrus, but the citrus flavor definitely rounds out the edges a bit and provides a crispness that wouldn’t otherwise be there…some rye spice flavor as well...fairly straight forward, hops dominant with a touch of caramel (not overly sweet) malts…as it warms, the lightness from the citrus flavor becomes more apparent…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of carbonation…fluffs up presenting tons of hops citrus and bitterness…really leaves an earthy feel all over my palate…wet and crisp, there’s a dryness in the finish that I like…earthy hops bitterness settles in the after taste…standard I would say for an IPA…(3.75/5)

Overall: This brew didn’t “wow” me, but it is good and very drinkable…the flavor is full, somewhat robust and is easily something I could drink a couple of in one sitting…a great beer to have around the house for after work, not overly complex but hardy and tough enough to smooth out the edges of the day…a simple review for a simply good brew…(3.75/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 05:01:19 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of alphaacid9000


4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Hazy light amber color with a head that laces very nicely

Aroma - Wonderful hop nose consisting of grapefruit rind, pine and orange with a hit of malt peeking through

Flavor - Perfectly bittered with great hop flavor. Slightly astringent but not in a bad way

Overal - I love this beer. Bitter with huge flavor while remaining very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 04:46:34 | More by alphaacid9000
Photo of Flounder57


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at at The Avenue on Allston. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance. This beer had a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange color with no clarity, but bubbles coming up through the glass. Layered lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light citrus, tangerine, and orange scents. Some bready and crystal malts in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and tingling bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. The bitterness is a bit much, but still a good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 01:54:51 | More by Flounder57
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN

New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, cloudy and unfiltered with chunks floating around everywhere. This almost looks like Heady Topper, which is a good sign.

Smell: Bready malt, mango, grapefruit, orange, carmelized sugar. Not overpowering, but nice and complex.

Taste: Not nearly as complex as the smell would imply, but good. There's definitely a nice balance going on here. A beginning hop bite retreats as the malt profile comes forward. As the malt subsides, the hops become more apparent again, and lead you into a grapefruity, bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation that coats the tongue viciously, nice.

Overall: Glad I got to try this beer. Can't say it's my favorite IPA, but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 03:33:52 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - dark orangish amber with a tall, thick, white head that has great retention

S - sweet, bready, some birthday cake-like notes, citrusy aromas

T - bready malts, citrusy, piney, some sweetness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent IPA. It's a bit more malty than hoppy which is fine by me. I liked the malty sweetness throughout, but I wish there was a hop character that balanced better with the malts. The hops here are bitter and piney with some citrus, but they seem like they're trying to force the balance issue against the sweetness. Nonetheless, this is a good IPA that has good drinkability. I'm not sure I'd choose it over some of my favorites, but I'll certainly never turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:39:54 | More by tdm168
Photo of dfillius


4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with good retention. Amber red liquid.
S: Toffee, caramel, PNW hops.
T: Sweet, strongly bitter and slightly astringent. Tobacco is strong in this beer!
M: Bitter, punishingly so!
D: I would order a second. I'm glad I gave it a second chance, this bottle was much fresher than my first and it was excellent. Above average. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 23:45:56 | More by dfillius
Photo of AmitC


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was in search of its bigger bro, had to settle for this. No bottling date on this one.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter. Orange amber in color. A lot of haze and suspension. Very clumsy. Excellent two finger thick off white colored head with super long retention. An awesome lacing on the sides. Beautiful if you ignore the haze. Opaque. A lot of bubbles rising up and a lot of carbonation.

Nose is a bit earthy. Grape fruits, Orange peel and a little bit of flowery notes. Lacks piney punch or oily resin like stuff. A good amount of caramel malt presence. Strength is just decent. Nothing that blows the mind out.

Flavor is almost entirely the nose. Some raw bitterness upfront supported by a big malt presence in the middle and slightly bitter finish towards the end. Extremely clear dry hopped IPA. Very earthy and grounded hops. Bitterness increases steadily.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly full. It is certainly heavier than most. Drinks easy, has good bitterness. Moderate to high carbonation. Little bit of hop derived astringency.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 4

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:14:34 | More by AmitC
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a cloudy caramel color. Opaque. It has a decent white foamy head with some lacing. Some sediment.

S. A grape hoppy scent.

T/M. At first the taste is very astringent. A sour mix of grass herbalness and a spicy hop underneath. It takes more than a sip to get used to, but it is complex and very tasty. There's a watermelon sweetness there. Tart and medium to full bodied.

O. Takes a bit of getting used to, but it is a really interesting IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 00:03:15 | More by Amalak
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours amber with a massive five finger head. Left good lacing.

S - Toasted malt, bananas, grapefruit.

T - Sour rotten banana, grapefruit as is typical of the style, moderately malty, bitter in the finish.

M - Light watery body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, a decent IPA. I don't think I'd buy I again. Perhaps this was just a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:28:30 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of --Dom--


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured for a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an opaque honey with a few floaties due to sediment. Not much head.

Smells of pine hops and sweet caramel. The smell almost reminds me of a belgian if it weren't for the hop aroma.

The taste opens with piney hops, not overwhelming at all. Following immediately after is a generous dose of sweet maltiness. The flavors complement each other well. Finishes with a more classic bitter grapefruit. Alcohol is nearly non-detectable. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated.

Overall, I more than really like this beer. Has just enough of everything to be balanced. I don't love it, perhaps due to me preferring a higher gravity beer. However, whatever it may lack can be accounted for simply by the fact that it is billed as a standard IPA, not anything bigger. I'll respect that, and rate it accordingly. I think it's just a great representation of the single IPA style. With this being as good as it is, it makes me really want to get my hands on Double Crooked Tree. It's definitely worth grabbing a 6 pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 05:45:17 | More by --Dom--
Photo of fallopia


3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: Orangish-golden amber color with a 1 1/2 finger white lacy head

Aroma: Fresh fruit, especially oranges are powerful and don't allow for any subtle hints.

Flavor: The fruit aromas aren't backed up in the flavors. An astringent hops flavor is initially distasteful but with multiple sips becomes more muted.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied with a lingering bitter taste

Overall, the appearance and aroma are misleading as the unbalanced hops make this a difficult to drink IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:34:15 | More by fallopia
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Yard House in Raleigh, NC

A: Pours a hazy golden copper in color with some moderate amounts of orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with stronger aromas of citrus hops - lemon and orange blossom stand out.

T: Upfront there were some light amounts of caramel malt sweetness but the flavors in this beer were dominated by the citrus hops (both lemon and orange blossom). Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty enjoyable IPA from a new brewery for me (chosen from the menu without any research). Easy to drink and definitely one I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 23:08:45 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of hoppytobehere


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, can't find a date on it. Weak.

A: Dull copper color. Very hazy and some stuff floating around. Minimal head, but good retention and lacing.

S: American hops, pine. Not a very strong aroma, even after letting the beer warm up from fridge temp.

T: Well-balanced IPA. Great hop flavor, lots of pine and citrus with it. Enough malt for me.

M: Very nice. No major flaws here.

O: Great IPA that I'm glad I got my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:27:33 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy orange color with a 1 finger head and decent lacing. Some sediment in suspension.

S: A good hop aroma along with some subtle malt and pine scents. Not a super strong nose though.

T: More malt flavors than most of the IPA's I drink, but enough hops to balance it out. Very well balanced in fact.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O: Not typical of most of the IPA's made today, but quite impressive. Very well balanced. Even people who don't like IPA's would enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 00:12:52 | More by nUgZ
Photo of Fux


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange, with a thin white layer of foam that leaves some lacings.
S: Smell is quite hoppy, with some herbal, grassy scent, notes of citruses (orange, orange peel), light passion fruits, some piny flavor, with also a malty backbone (biscuit, grain). A bit spicy and yeasty with some dried fruits come also.
T: Malty, with biscuit and caramel malt, some fruity hoppiness (citruses, pineapple) and still the yeastiness foreseen from the nose. Overall well balanced. Light bitterness on the finish.
M: Quite smooth given the ABV. A good carbonation, and a dry finish make this very drinkable.
O: No explosion of hop here, but an interesting IPA, quite complex for the style, still refreshing and easy to drink. A nice one!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 21:55:53 | More by Fux
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am NOT an IPA fan. In fact, I really think all of this bitterness talk is rather lame.

With that said, this was the best IPA I have ever had.

Appearance: dark orange, off white foamy head....

Smell: fruity hops as expected, but with a nice toasted malt.

Taste: Sure it was hoppy, but also had some great citrus/fruity flavors, yet nice and malty. Very well balanced. I appreciate it.

Mouthfeel: Nice, smooth, no alcohol feel/taste, really nice body. The opposite of most IPAs I have had.

Overall: For somebody who dislikes IPAs, this is the best one I've ever had...maybe that says something about this beer to IPA fans....

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:49:31 | More by righthereisay
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,124 ratings.