Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 08-10-2002

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange beer with a rocky off-white head that laces a little. Smells like I packed a grapefruit and a little black pepper up my nose.

Great juicy, tangy and bitter citrus taste. Mouthfeel is substantial without feeling thick. Dry finish. Bitterness stays in your mouth for quite some time. Not so much carbonation.

Good stuff. Refreshing. Hoppy, but not at all overboard.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark orange with coppertone body. Small, but persistent, off-white head. Nose is mostly yummy hops; very citrusy with pineapple and some background sugar wafer malt. Nice. Toasted bitterness up front quickly turns to citrus and resin hops. Mid-palate finds sugary, fruity malt. Finishes bitter and dry and appetizing. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel. Pretty good.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow, bordering on brown, with a large off-white head. Very cloudy and quite chunky.

The aroma is sweet with grapefruit and a hint of sour orange.

Taste is tart with grapefruit. It has a hazy caramel feel and flavor in the middle, but it's mostly about the grapefruit and high hop content. Quite a bitter aftertaste, but did not taste like pine hops as I suspected. It just continued as grapefruit and other citrus.

Mouthful is well carbonated, and finishes crisp with some dryness.

This is quite drinkable for a strong IPA. The aftertaste isn't as cloying and long lasting as others of its kind. The sediment floating around was a turn off though.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this one.

A: Sort of a drab mixture somewhere between apple and pear juice. Very cloudy, even had some sediment show up at the bottom of the glass. Really not a lot of bubble activity going on, but there are a lot of bubble bunches along the side of the glass. Head is fairly small, nice tight ring around the glass with a scurries of froth here and there across the top.

S: Sour green grapes, lots of red fruit, tangerine and grapefruit rind.

T: Solemn citrus up front; grapefruit with some lymon. Quickly moves to malty caramel with hints of carrot and red apple. Definate bitter grapefruit rind with an earthy hop profile pops in as the the fruity maltiness ebbs away. Finishes with lemon and a little strawberry.

M: Medium body but a bit fuzzy.

D: Nice drinking IPA. Good balance with nice flavor.

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Photo of blackie
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, off white head that soon becomes a thin layer and slight ring around the glass. The beer is a hazy golden amber in color.

smell: Green, floral and piney hops upfront with just a touch of caramel malt noticeable. Big, sugar coated aromas of tropical fruits, especially passionfruit and citrus zest.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body on the lighter side of the medium range.

taste: Juicy, green hops upfront backed by a lighter sugary malt. Candied tropical fruits abound on the tongue. The hop bitterness is moderate for an IPA, but adequate to counteract the light malt. A well balanced, flavorful, hop flavor forward IPA. Gotta love hop burps.

drinkability: tasty and easy to drink

taken from the fridge of dirtylou and smuggled back

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours hazed, cloudy and the color of caramel. The head is a finger deep cap of creamy beige froth. A light sediment sits at the bottom of the bottle. The lace was thick and appealing.
The smell is grapefruity hops, sweet lightly toasted malt, and peppery alcohol.
The taste is citrus, pine, malt sweetness, and light peppery alcohol. A pleasant balance with a solid malty backbone. Mildly dry on the finish.
Medium body, moderate carbonation and a slightly oily, slick mouthfeel.
I found this to be flavorful and highly drinkable. I may have to track down some more of this one.

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Photo of MDekker
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split this with my brother, whose review immediately precedes mine, I believe.

Pours a very hazy caramel color with an OK head. The aroma was very floral (naturally), with some sweeter notes too. Good. had some citrus notes upon tasting, with a fine hoppy finish, just like a good IPA should. Pretty decent mouthfeel, somewhat smooth and creamy for an IPA. Relatively easy to consume. Overall, this is a good IPA, although there are great IPAs out there that I'd choose before this one.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle with no freshness date. Poured a hazy honeycomb color with a nice head. Great retention. Smells of hops and citrus. Taste begins with the hops, finishes light and buttery. Mouthfeel is a tad creamy, which I like for IPAs. Overall, good drinkability. The hops could be more complex, but this beer is still a good example of an IPA.

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Photo of frazbri
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse Brewing's Crooked Tree IPA poured cloudy and brass colored topped by a short dense white head. Aroma was a powerful grapefruit citrus blend. Flavors of citrus zest with strong round bitterness and a biscuit background. Medium body and carbonation with a nice, dry finish.

Crooked Tree isn't the prettiest IPA I've seen, but all the other elements are terrific. I will drink this again.

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Photo of nflmvp
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively, leaving a 3 inch, almond colored head which disappated slowly. The body was a cloudy orange/amber and due to my aggressive pour, I could see plenty of sediment floating around in suspension.

Smell is nice but my nose sux and I'm mostly pulling citrus out of this one.

Citrus is big in the taste as well but not the bitter citrus peel as much as the sweet fruit.

Drikability is very nice. As a matter of fact, I think I'm gonna go crack another one.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really am enjoying this beer!

Just poured it into my goodwill bastard chalace. Pours a light amber with a lacy but thin head.

The smell is a little sour, it seems, all hops, with a little malt balance, but decidedly too dry.

The taste is fantastic, beautiful hops silked into a firm malt finish like a good sourdough bread.

The mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth, precisly creamy and just, well, perfect.

Highly recommended

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the color of unpasteurized apple cider. Thick, murky and juicy looking. Creamy white head that hovers around like frothed milk. Nose is slightly woody and I can just slightly distinguish the hops.

The hops were much more pronounced in the flavor. The malts were sweet and a bit fruity. Also, got quite a bit of woodiness flavors. Medium body but a bit too much acidic clinginess for me. The hops really linger but not as bad as some other beers. But just enough for me to feel like I chomped into a Christmas tree.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark peach in colr and hazy, small off white head fades quickly. Smell is sweet, citrus and sweet white grape juice, a little grapefruit, and some piney hops. Piney-ness is more prevalent in the taste with just a little citrusy hoppiness and malt sweetness underlying the pine flavor. Light to medium body. Raw bitter hop bite in the finish, nice and dry, also some alcohol evident in the rough finish. Pretty good ipa, the finish is pretty harsh but may please some hopheads.

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Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orangish unfiltered behemoth. Almost hefe like in appearance. Very cloudy and opaque. Creamy off white head with good lacing and retention.

A citrus bomb to say the least, lemon drop galore, grapefruity hop aromas, and other citrus undertones. Beautiful hop aroma.

Taste takes a hit compared the appearance and smell. Pine makes an appearance with the chewy tannic hops. Finish is somewhat harsh. Lemon & grapefruit as well but not nearly as convincing as the nose.

The odd mouthfell hurts the drinkability also.

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Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been a while since I reviewd a beer, and this one is good as any to pick it back up.

Poured a hazy amber/golden color....slight head with minimal lacing. Smells grassy, floral, citrusy. Very nice.

Taste: A blast of floral and citrus notes. Nice bitterness, with a very green taste in the dry finish. Quality IPA here. Grapefruit twang stays on the tongue after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between fizzy and flat....I guess Id say its medium. Very smooth going down. Excellent drinkability. I could hammer these back with no problem. A nice hop bomb with just enough malt for balance. Dark Horse has my attention with this brew, and makes me want to try more of their offerings. Thumbs up.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - golden amber color, nice fluffy white head with very nice lacing

s - lemony, citrusy hops with some pine in there too

t - kind of a letdown here, just very mundane, citrusy bitterness that was pretty underwhelming, not terrible, just nothing special, doesn't have the amount of hops I want in an IPA

m - lots of carbonation, light feeling with an oily residue coating the mouth after swallowing

d - pretty drinkable, though I'd rather move on to something else

Not a bad IPA, just not something I'd go out of my way to obtain. If I can get Dark Horse, I'm going for the Black Bier hands down.

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Photo of walleye
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this for a trade I was going to do but I found out I havem’t had it so I drank it. from the bottle. poured a nice honey with a big fluffy off white head that left some good lacing. aroma metallic hops, orange, flavor dry hops, pine, grapefruit with hints of lemon. don’t think this is going to be one of my IPA’s I come back to

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Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright apple juice color with plenty of haze on the pour. Piney, oily hop aroma with a touch of citrus backing -- it's an unbalanced nose, but a good one for what it is. Biting citrus acidity on the initial taste followed up by a touch of alcoholic sweetness and a touch of metal. The finish is long and quite bitter, with little in the way of malt to attentuate the hops. Mouthfeel is full of fine carbonation. Overall, this one is a good IPA if you're looking for a hop fix.

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

Pours a hazy golden/orange color. Minimal head and zero lacing. Smell is very citrusy (grapefruit, lemon) with a noticable grassy scent too. Strong grapefruit taste up front. Bitterness follows and really grabs your attention. Strong presence of resin hop oils in the tail end. Finish is bitter but in a nice way. This is a good ipa that leaves you wanting another.

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Photo of EPseja
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle in a pint glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Light, toasted caramel color. Off-white, fluffy, big beautiful head. Quite hazy. Very good lacing.

S - Piny hop character rather than citrus. Decent sweet malts. Nothing overly special.

T - Piny hopful sweetness up front. The middle brings a light caramel maltiness. The end brings a nondescript hop bitterness; sort of one-dimensional.

M - Slightly overactive mouthfeel with a pleasant tingle on the tongue. Creamy in the mouth, but with a stiff swallow.

D - Good without being great. Easy to drink, but not engaging. A decent IPA in a sea of many other lesser IPAs.

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Photo of PatYoda
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy peach with not much head or lacing to speak of. Smell is flowery with hops, along with alcohol fumes, and juicy citrus aspect. Pretty typical average IPA smell. The taste is more of the same. The floral hops are dominant here along with a very strong bitterness in the finish, and a pininess also shows up in force, along with a strong dryness. There is also some detectable alcohol. It's tasty, but I would pick several other regional IPAs above this one to drink on a daily basis. The mouthfeel is also nothing special and comes off as a little too thin. The bitterness and lack of malt balance hinders the drinkability.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, received in a trade from nisjer05

appearance: pours a hazy grapefruit, pulpy, foamy beige head, minimal retention...a nice juicy looking ipa

smell: bitter hops right up front, huge grapefruit scent, fresh orange, lemon peel, grassy, bubblegum...quite nice

taste: more of the same...i like this IPA a lot. juicy grapefruit, fresh orange, very bitter hop presence, light bubblegum attribute, very floral and fresh, resiny, slightly buttery, pine detected. very good

mouthfeel: chalky, pulpy, strong bitterness

drinkability: nice, could drink a few

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Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color. Solid two-finger white head on the top. Reduced down a bit but left some scattered thick pillowy remnants stay on top. Sticky lace clings to the side.

Strong citrus and floral hop aromas blast from this one, mainly orange and apricot with some honey. A touch of sweet roll butteriness mixes in too.

Sharp on the tongue initially. Not a whole lot of hop flavor initially when compared to the aroma. A substantial amount of resin bitterness though towards the end. Finishes out a bit sweet with maybe a little alcohol showing through. A touch of butteriness shows up throughout. The lack of flavor up front is the only downfall I really see.

Good medium body. Flavor hangs for a while. Drinkability is good as well. The strong aroma really draws me to this beer, but the flavor needs a bit more. Regardless I think this one is pretty good and I'd have a couple more if I had them.

thanks to hoppymeal for this one...

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Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky orange-copper; off-white head, not much retention, but a little lace. There was a ton of yeast stuck to the bottom of the bottle... and even though I carefully decanted it, there was a lot of particulate transferred to the glass. Could it be hops?

S: American hops (citrus & pine), with some quality pale malt in the background (toffee-like aroma).

T: A nice crisp bitterness, without being too bitter. Lots of American hop flavour, but the malt still shines through as well.

M: Light to moderate body is fairly acidic. Light to moderate carbonation as well.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer so much more than the Double Crooked Tree. Not nearly as over the top. In fact, it almost seems Pale in comparison if you'll pardon my pun.

The beer pours to a hazy golden amber with a nice creamy white head. Has a nice retention. Lacing could be better.

The smell is good. Hoppy and citric with a nice bit of banana. Kind of odd, but very pleasant.

The taste is also excellent. Very refreshing. The hops are subtle for an IPA, though plenty bitter. The flavors mix quite well. The banana is still there. Odd for an IPA, but very good.

The body is medium and fairly creamy. Good. Not too bitter, not too sweet, not too amarillo-y.

Very drinkable. This would be one of my session beers of choice if it were around Iowa.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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