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

886 Reviews

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Reviews: 886
Hads: 2,966
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 121
Gots: 406 | 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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Reviews: 886 | Hads: 2,966
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

A-Nice brilliant copper body. Dense, light and sticky head that goes nowhere. If I hadn't accidentally poured extra sediment, it would have been very clear.

S-Big punch of grassy hops. Very fresh and crisp.

T-Hop bitterness from start to finish with a decent malt backbone. Hops are a bit gritty, but nice and dry. The body is very full and filling. The abv is difficult to detect. Heavy hop resin aftertaste.

D-Easy drinking with enough hop impact to satisfy any hophead. For not being a Double IPA, this one has tons of flavor and body. Very nice IPA! (575 characters)

Photo of box299
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To be honest I only had one bottle...
The Color was murky for sure... a Murky Yellow/Orange... Not what I expected from an IPA.
The smell was kind of sour and that is what really turned me off. The taste was as I might expect... a little Murky and Sour!
Half way though the Glass I noticed what I thought I left in the bottle... Floating Sediment. Down the Drain it went.
With the high ratings this site gives this beer I am planning to give it another shot... I will update if I have a different experience... (512 characters)

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

Murky orange-amber color with a thin bone white head. Spotty lacing throughout the glass. Citrusy hops aroma balanced well with malt. Medium-bodied and nicely bitter with hops and citrus flavors, along with floral touches here and there. There is a decent amount of malt balancing the flavor out as well. The finish is moderately bitter and lasting. Very solid all around. (372 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my boy bozebus17 for hooking me up with this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a super murky burnt orange with a nice two finger fluffy white head that quickly dies down to a nice thin layer that lasts. Stickiness is all over the glass, lovin' it. Smell is of huge earthy/dirty hops all over with a little bit of pine mixed in there. Taste is a smooth and mild grassy hop flavor through and through. Some detectable caramel malt and a little bit of citrus as well. Creamy full bodied mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability suffers a bit because of how thick this one is, but I really enjoy it. Dark Horse has quite the unique offerings, and this one definitely falls into that category. Give this one a try for sure. (764 characters)

Photo of Dalem
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark orange color, the smell of a sweeter citrus & pine. And the taste? The first thing that stands outs is the hops as it should but they're a bit fruiter than most yet still keeping the bitterness one expects. It's got a bit of that sting that the hops should have but not over the top. An interesting balance complimented by a nice malt bottom end. Great body, very crisp and a mellow yet still noticeable hop aftertaste that doesn't linger too long and wear out it's welcome. (484 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin off white head on a murky orange/copper body.
S- Huge nice pine hops. Hints of orange. Just a bit of malt comes through but the pine hops smell fantastic.
T- Follows the aroma with the pine hops but the malt comes through a little more. Nice big dry bitterness. The orange comes through just a bit also.
M- Medium body with medium/low carbonation.
D- It is pretty tasty but I wouldn't say it is one of my favorite IPAs. It will stand out from the rest of them though and if I am vacation somewhere and find it I will have a pint. (538 characters)

Photo of bozebus17
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy orange with a huge white head. It didn't last long but left a nice lacing.

Smell is all hops with notes of citrus and pine. The nose was not nearly as strong as I expected.

The taste is very bitter throughout. It is very piney with hints of citrus. There isn't much malt flavor to speak of. This brew leaves the mouth tingling and has a very long lasting bitter aftertaste.

This IPA is somewhat refresshing, and overall okay. Maybe this bottle was actually too fresh as the overall flavor seemed a bit harsh. I think it could definitely use more balance, it seems to be very one-dimensional. (613 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a thick light tan head fades to a frothy cap and heavy lacing.

Smell: beautiful citrus and biscuity malt flavors and a nip of grapefruit.

Taste: Caramelized malty sweetness stand out from my SA Boston Lager glass. It is Toasty and sweet but with big fresh hops to balance. Grapefruit and pineapple, floral grassy bitter with just a touch of pine. This IPA is certainly on the sweet and malty side with enough pleasant bitter. I like that.

Mouthfeel: Malty and rich with a substantial body and active tight carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability: Perfect. This beer is for the hop fan who likes it malty not the hop head who wants the burn. That said I found it a very easy drinker.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (759 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, creamy malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. The malt bill boasts of pale, crystal, and carapils malts. It's sweet in the malts and bitter with the hops; nicely balanced. The taste is decent. It has quite a bitter hop bite. The malt base is solid, but seems a bit watery. The piney hops really shine through. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. I like the hop character, but I wish the malt taste was a bit more pronounced. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I'd buy it again. (696 characters)

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

(Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass)

A- This beer has a warm copper-brown lightly hazy body with big clumps of jetsam suspended in a the body. There is a creamy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip and a gentle carbonation that glides around the jetsam.

S- The smell of pine hops has a bitter note and a soft pineapple weed aroma. There is a nice soft lightly toasted malt and alcohol note as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a big pungent green hops with a light orange juice hops taste. This is followed by a soft pale ale and a caramel sweet malt taste. The green bitterness lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light chewy texture and a soft alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a good pine hop flavor with some nice amounts of bitterness and a soft hop flavor that supports the hops. This beer is well built and has a decent complexity. (896 characters)

Photo of k3n
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, courtesy of the best beer friend in the world, Tangfoot. Thanks!

A: Pours a darkish golden -- oops, I poured in all the yeast. Well, now it's a hazy, murky dark amber. mmmm...yeast! 1/2" head of dense egg-shell foam.

S: Really super fresh pine and sweet grapefruit. I think the sweet is actually malt, but the runs right into the grapefruit aromas. Very nice.

T: Malty. Perhaps because I dumped in the yeast. Unfortunately, I only have one bottle, so i can't make a comparison (not a hint, Fred). Anyway, maltier than I'd expect an IPA, but still damn tasty. Plenty of hops on the backside, and a bracing bitterness on the end.

M: mmmm...creamy. Can an IPA be creamy? This one is!

D: Quite. Yes, quite drinkable. Plenty of flavor, but doesn't hit you over the head with it. Good show! (813 characters)

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

I wouldn't take much stock in this review. I tried this beer about 1 week ago and only wanted to jot down a few thoughts.

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my living room over a dinner I don't remember. From the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color.

Smell: Nothing special.

Taste: Again nothing special. Didn't appreciate the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of bitter.

Drinkabiltity: Not my favorite IPA. I would put this down toward the end of my list of IPAs. (505 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy tea tinted amber with a wispy light tan head that fades fairly quickly. Suspended morsels and surface pools evidence of visible carbonation. The smell has an enjoyable intensity and the floral fragrance is unique. Full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a bitter tingle from the hops. Full flavored, the taste is as unique as the nose. Not your typical pine variety (realize that's not much help, but...). It finishes with an extra burst of flavor and bitterness in the breath that tends to linger for quite a while (which in this case is enjoyable). A really nice drinker. Thank'n WesWes for the opportunity to try this one! (658 characters)

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy Amber with a good bit of sediment in the glass. Not much head and no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Citrus dominates the smell. Also present are floral scents and piney hops.

Taste: Citrus and piney hops. There is a sweetness as well, not as much as the 90 min., but it does a good job balancing the hoppiness. Aftertaste is dry piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tasty. Light carbonation and decent thickness make this easy to drink. There is a bit of alcohol warmth present at the end of each sip as well.

Drinkability: Good IPA. I am a big fan of IPA's that use a sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops. The citrusy sweetness here makes this a cut above a lot of IPAs by focusing on a balanced flavor instead of going for over the top bitter flavor. I would recommend searching this beer out, very enjoyable. (846 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north.

A great looking brew, somewhat hazy orange amber. Capped with a three finger tight pale amber orange head. Good retention, and as the cap slowly falls i can already see sticky clumps of lacings. Thick and sticky lacings abundantly present in this mildly carbonated ale.

Orange rind, peach, and ruby red grapefruit aromas with an underlying spruciness tempt my nose. Malt aromas almost buried under the big hop nose, but some caramel, nutty biscuit, and breadyness evident or imagined.

A damn tasty IPA, the hops (Simcoe?, others?) leap out with the flavours described above with a solid bitter bite, then subside enough to let the malts assert themself. Biscuit, caramel, and nutty and bready flavours emerge to show some backbone.

A solid IPA, big on bitter, stripping, resinous hops, that dominate the malts just the way an IPA should. Finishes dry due to the biscuit character, and with a mild astringency from the big, bitter hops.

Pretty drinkable, but the big hops would make this one bitter session brew. Not recommended for newbies to the style unless one wants to blow their mind. Glad i got to try this one, its big hop blast might be just what i go looking for next time i get a craving for hops. More good stuff from the Dark Horse. (1,301 characters)

Photo of
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Hazy, quite a bit of sediment, dull amber color. Medium sized, rocky, light tan head. Visual appeal leaves a bit to be desired.

Smells like pine and caramel/honey. A bit of earthiness and some mint are present as well. Smells like a winner!

Much more bitter than sweet, pine for sure. Big biscuity middle. Pepper at the finish, mint as well, but mainly in the aftertaste. Alcohol comes through also.

Medium + body. Medium + carbonation. Quite dry. Comes across as a little rough in the texture department.

Overall, I liked it a lot more than my score/review probably indicates, and I will certainly drink it again. I've got a couple Double Crookeds at home, and I want to try these two back to back. (728 characters)

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a hazy orange light-copper color with a thick head that is well retained. Citrus hop scent dominates the aroma with a soft malt in the background. The taste is strongly hoppy with a nice malt backbone and a dry hoppy finish. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a wonderful American IPA - very tasty. (389 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid copper color with a finger of white head on top that leaves a touch of lacing as the beer drains. Nose is strong on floral hops, along with some toffee malt. Taste is likewise; almost a prototype for a good strong IPA. Lots of fruity hops, citrus, and then solid caramel malt shows up. Ends with a seemingly unending aftertaste of more floral hops. Body is medium with good carbonation. This one's a solid effort from DH and a very tasty local IPA. (462 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color, not much head, just a decent ring of off-white foam. This one is very cloudy. The aroma seems weak, with some light citrusy notes and a bit of caramel sweetness in the background.

Light tangy citrus hops dominate the taste. The overall flavor seems somewhat "raw" however. Decently bitter toward the finish. The carbonation is medium, and there is a slight foaminess which adds some depth to the otherwise unremarkable mouthfeel.

There was nothing special about this IPA, sadly. It is pretty average and just one of many. I think I'll step it up next time and stick with the Double Crooked Tree... (624 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In addition to several pints at the brewpub, I decided to throw a growler in the cooler as well. Great stuff. It pours a woody copper with a frothy white head that recedes leaving some thick scattered lace.

The aroma is fruity with a lot of citrus, primarily orange. Rather light and neutral on the nose. Some hops at the end.

Crisp and citrusy with some very prominent orange flavor. Great hops develop toward the middle and add a piney note toward the finish. Some sweet honey and malt. Good lingering hops.

Light and well carbonated with a nice dense texture on the palate that tends to lighten a bit at the end. Awesome with food, especially in the summer time. (677 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Floral hop nose with citrus accents. Pleasant biscuity notes in the background. Playful balance b/t bitter, sweet, and grains.

Appearance: Cloudy burnt orange with a tight, sudsy white cap. Carbonation streams vibrantly through the body. Looks like some hop floaties in the bottom.

Flavor: Floral, resiny hop bitterness. Some honey and biscuit notes. Coats the tongue with some powdery hop resin finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly creamy with a clean, dry finish.

Overall impression: Not the hop bomb I anticipated. More English if not for the typical "C" hops. Nicely balanced but minimal "wow" factor. (651 characters)

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

Got her from a trade with umustdrink.
Pours a hazy orange, with a nice 2 fingers of creamy head. Smell of grapefruit and pungent hops. Strong burst of hops with a nice delicious finish. Head stayed around for a while...tastes similar to Two Hearted? Excellent, very drinkable hoppy IPA. (287 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow Crooked Tree. I would know nothing of this beer if not for BA. My brother scored me a six pack of this beer as part of the underground Indiana / Florida beer trade (Shhh don’t tell anybody).

A: Burnt orange in color with a nice 2 finger head that settles down nicely. It is full of floaters which make for an interesting looking brew.

S: This is a nice smelling IPA. There is a strong smell of sweetened grapefruit, and pine.

T: I hate to like everything my brother brings me from Indiana, but I really like this one. It has a wonderful flavor. If Pine-Sol made a beer this would be it. It’s very earthy piney with the nice balance of the sweetened grapefruit that I smelled. It has a good deal of bitterness to it from the hops which is very nice.

M: Pretty thick by IPA standards. It is dry and oily and it kind of sticks to my mouth.

D: Absolutely sessionable. If I could get this regularly it would probably be one of the IPA's I session. I think this one passes Two Hearted on my sessionable IPA list, and falls right into second place behind Alpha King.

Overall: Nice beer by the guys at Dark Horse. I had never tried any of their brews before this one, but they have it down when it comes to IPA's. The bitterness of the hops is what puts this one over the top. It is a great drinking beer that tastes great. My new goal is to acquire the double crooked tree. I Reallly liked this beer, so I am sure to love that one. By all means seek this one out. (1,481 characters)

Photo of umustdrink
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque orange color with some white bits of sediment floating around. Head fades to a quarter inch, with good retention. Lacing is average.

S - Pungent citrus hops that you can feel in your sinuses; sugary sweet and creamy.

T - Thick and creamy citrus flavor to start, quickly into a very bitter, oily-textured hop flavor which retains to the finish, along with a bready, sugary flavor.

M - Medium to thick consistency with light carbonation.

D - Very tasty, highly enjoyable IPA. Definitely competes with those in the top 10. (542 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a very cloudy, orangish/brown bark color with a 3/4 inch light tan head. Lacing is moderate when tipped, and head rests at a thin layer.

S - Piney and earthy hops that are not overly floral or fruity make this an interesting departure from most IPA scents in my book. Some tart grapefruit notes make their way into your nostrils, as well as a well-balanced dose of breaded malt flavor.

T - Piney drying hops with a bit of tartness make their immediate presence felt here, but a nice breaded dose of malt makes the body and taste a bit fuller and more balanced. Aftertaste is bitter with residual grapefruit flavors floating around your palate.

M - A refreshing dose of carbonation with a medium body and a well drying and bitter aftertaste. Spot on, but nothing amazing.

D - A very well done IPA that is different enough to warrant trying and tasty enough to make you return. (947 characters)

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