Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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89
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3.95
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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
BEER INFO

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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Reviews: 905 | Ratings: 3,113
Photo of atr2605
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a hazy copper color with a big fluffy off white head with good retention
S-citrus, bit malty, hint of pine
T-very strong orange citrus flavor with a substantial malt backbone, and resiny pine in the finish
M-medium bodied, mine was highly carbonated and gushed out of the bottle
O-pretty solid IPA, I thought the aroma was a bit subdued but the flavor was very good

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Photo of Stevedore
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow-golden body, one finger white head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of bread, citrus, a bit of pineapple and tropical fruit, mild pine, toffee and caramel. Flavour is a bit sweet with bread and caramel, a mild-moderate amount of hop aromatics come out to play with a bit of grapefruit and pine; nothing overwhelming but provides a nice balance to the sweet malt. Moderately bitter, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fair carbonation, moderate pine bitterness meshes in well with an otherwise light caramel finish. Overall, a decent flagship IPA that doesn't blow minds but can sometimes be a good hoppy option when there aren't others that are quite so appealing.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into an imperial pint, from a single w/o a date stamp

a: a beaut, huge 2 to 3 finger off-white head that stuck around for ages and left tons of lacing; a very hazy cinnamon orange body
s: little piney resin, caramel and wheat bread fresh from the oven, something a little spicy, like allspice or something, some very fruity deep round grapefruit or maybe blood orange notes as well (no rind or tartness to me).
t: the nose kind of prepares you well, as you get a little citrus on the front with some nice soft malty doughy sweetness, then mid-way through it gets pretty spicy, juicy, and ends with some more caramel and juicy sweetness and some tea-like dryness.
m: pretty substantial even heavy body for an ipa; medium to low carbonation, tongue is totally coated with hop oils, despite big juicy body this finishes dry and even a little chalky.

Have heard about this one for a long time but never tried it. Pretty big beer with big flavors. Hoppy but balanced with substantial malt backbone...I could see someone thinking it a bit messy, but for me, the integration of flavors works. Though it is a lot bigger, some things about the flavor profile remind me of some of my favorite Bitters and ESBs back in England. This is right up there with Centenniel and 2 Hearted (though very different), which is saying a lot in my book. Here's to Michigan ipas!

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Photo of kkleu357
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a bar called Dark Horse in Chicago. I thought this one was decent. Dry, light body. Slightly hoppy. Was also drinking an Anti-Hero at the same time, so this one kind of got overshadowed.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I got a bad bottle not entirely sure as the date was super hard to read. But to me this tasted like a unbalanced Carmel bready mess. Would like to try again at some point just based on reviews on here but for now one of the worse ipa I have had

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Amber gold with a slight haze, bottle conditioned, yeast sediment in the bottom. 1” foam cap dissipates fairly quick to film, produces excellent lace.
S: Citrus and bread.
T: Very fruity, juicy, plum with citrusy hop flavors dries out on the finish, a little bread in the background.
M: medium low carbonation, medium body a touch chalky, some light astringency.
O: Big flavor packed into an American IPA.

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Photo of Andewkline1
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Not a pleasant beer too look at, very cloudy but a nice white head. Very citrus grapefruit aroma, starts off with a smooth taste and has a very bitter after taste. Great for anyone looking for that beautiful grapefruit bitter taste. My only wish was the taste was as delicious up front as it is with the aftertaste.

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Photo of RacerDad
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fruity aroma kind of like peach.Lots of settlement in bottle before pouring. Label says unfiltered and unpasterized. Initial taste bright slightly fruity but not sweet and a little earthy. Carbonation a little higher than average.Smooth hoppy flavor with slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Substantial sediment; pungent grapefruit aroma; resinous, malty arrival, malty and tart; hefty mouthfeel. Not so refreshing, bottle maybe past it's prime (no date) bought 8/15, reviewed 9/1/14.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a good beer. Super hoppy with great hop aroma. The taste was also that of a hopped up IPA. The fact it is unfiltered showed a lot of hop residue inside the floating around the glass. It is stingy and has a big bite. The bitter factor played a role for me. The alcohol is definitely detectable. It is a strong beer and has a strong taste. Good beer for an IPA lover.

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Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Consumed from a Spiegelau glass: pours copper with thick, white head. Great lacing.

S: Perfect balance of hops

T: Everything I want in an IPA - balance of hops, malt; alcohol doesn't distract. Dry-ish, but not too dry finish. Great hop bitterness.

F: Smooth with moderate carbonation

O: Great balance in everything.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Poured into half pint, this beer is orange-brown with a white head and lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops. Flavor is similar with a little malt sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by the hop bitterness. Dry hop bitter finish. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of stamtish
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly tastes almost the same in a bottle as it does on tap. I enjoy IPAs. When tasting IPAs, I've found myself using Crooked Tree as the benchmark for comparison. Cool brewery. Shares a parking lot with an independent bike shop. Get your oil changed and you get a free beer! I do my own oil changes, but got to admire the marketing.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a finely balanced IPA. Pours a deep amber/caramel color with plenty of liveliness to the carbonation and the appearance too. Very drinkable, with a good depth of hop flavor and very slight citrus undertones.

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Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer served in a pint glass on draft; didn't impress me at all. Head was gone quick, appearance left to just an amber beer with a small collar. To malty for me.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark orange with a short living white head, just some poor lacing and a few bubbly specks linger.
Smell of pine and grapefruit, leafy green, a tiny bit dank. Caramel and nice biscuit malt. Really faint tropical notes, mostly just pine and biscuit (old bottle, again?!).
Nice bittersweet citrus start, rich with the stuff, lots of orange, lime, grapefruit, juice, peel, pulp and all that. Just a bit of peach and mango. Slightly sweet biscuity malts, not enough to punch through the citrus crispness. Pine seals the deal, grass, spicy leafiness, nice dry bitter hop finish.
Medium body, somewhat thick and unfiltered, medium carbonation. A great deal of hops in the aftertaste, green, bitter, with just some citrus peel.
A generously hopped IPA, compensating on the lack of complexity, but that might also be on me (bottle could be old, can't find any dates on it). Nice.

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Photo of Guas11
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Very nice, well balanced IPA that I have been able to enjoy on draft and out of the bottle. Very drinkable, full hop flavor with nice malt backbone. Slightly sweet after taste...not at all offensive. Dark Horse is great and this is a nice staple. Salute.

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Photo of hankbuck
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Well hopped, but also malty. very drinkable, with a well balanced mix of flavors,maybe added spice but not overly spiced, more like a nice mellow citrus and pine, with a sweet tea after taste.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.95/5  rDev 0%

I'm a huge fan of Double Crooked Tree -- I've got 16 bottles in my cellar. So I'm unhappily surprised not to like this very much.

My rating reflects my respect for the flavors in here. I recognize the quality offering that it is. It's just not hitting me where I live.

There's a vegetal must that's not jibing with what I want in an IPA. Perhaps that's the malt bill, which, in Double Crooked Tree presents as a syrupy sweetness. But here it comes off as a

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Photo of Smr7626
4/5  rDev +1.3%

I wanted to try this beer because the Alstom Bros gave it a 100 point rating. What I am discovering is that while their ratings are directionally correct they are massively faulty. Not that this isn't a good beer, it is. But look at their ratings, and how they stack with others and I am quite sure you will come to the same conclusion.

But...let's talk about Dark Horse Crooked Tree. This is a damn fine beverage. I am quite accustomed to west coast IPA's, very familiar with what is in the midwest and south and tried many on the east coast as well.

I do like this beer, and in my taste test of several 100 point Alstom Bros IPA rated beers including Victory, Anderson Valley, Smuttynose, Ballast Point Sculpin...this one was #2 behind Sculpin. I mentioned in a earlier review that I like Victory Hop Devil a lot and I do...on tap, in the bottle test it was not as good as this one. Smuttynose is waayyy overrated. Decent, but forgettable.

The Dark Horse is very good. It is a clean taste, but if there is any criticism it would be that the hops tend to be a bit metallic and cling to the front of your mouth and do not have a full bodied finish. It does carry a lot of citrus and reminds me a bit of Sun King Osiris, but not quite as good. This beer is hop forward, has a great nose, good color and pour, but does not have the dynamite finish a beer that the "bros" rate as a 100 should have. I wonder how they could rate this as perfect, because...while good....is not near perfect. Better than Anderson Valley and Hop Devil, but behind Two Hearted, Sun King,Dogfish and Lagunitas.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma= all fruit, orange aroma, mango
Look - marmalade, hazy, looks like an Arnold Palmer, Gorgeous, whip cream foam with nice lacing
Taste - bright fruit, mango, citrus with a clean, crisp hop finish
Mouth Feel - front carbonation, smooth with dry finish
Overall: Yum. Refreshing, smooth balanced. Will get this again for sure.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured into a pint glass with a slight white head that went away fairly quick. Golden Amber hazy color with great lacing.
Smell - floral citrus hoppy scent with a hint of malts.
Taste - floral citrus hop taste with a great toasty malt backbone and a bitter taste on the tongue.
Feel - great medium carbonation with a crisp medium body.
Overall - fantastic well balanced ipa.

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Photo of bbudnik
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

First attempt at a formal review

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, limbo ipa glass to be precise
A: Copper, dark bronze, very hazy almost non translucent with a thin head, very little lacing left on glass
S: Fruity and tropical, mango, citrus, and floral
T: Strong fruity and floral hops with hints of pine and malt, ending with slightly bitter and lingering fruit aftertaste
M: Slight carbonation, dry
O: Very excellent single ipa, I have tried more then should have in the past month or so. Very drinkable low abv at 6.5, perfect blend of hop character with floral notes and slight bitter kick, enjoyed very much, first I've had from Dark Horse, can't wait to try what else they have to offer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Crooked Tree pours a cloudy bronze color, with a small lacing head. There is a nice floral aroma. The taste is balanced, but still has a nice hoppy bite. Very very drinkable, very smooth, yet still very flavorful. Overall it's easy to drink and favorable.

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Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
5/5  rDev +26.6%

A simply beautiful IPA. Pours a uniquely orange-copper color with a two finger head that fades to a nice frothy cap which lasts throughout. Each sip renews the cap. Slight carbonation that lasts for the duration. Flavor matures as it sits in the glass. Wonderful aroma that isn't overdone as some IPAs can be. Not too floral. I've had some IPAs that are killer as far as taste goes but are nearly ruined by the floral aroma. Almost smells sugary without tasting as such. A little malty with a hint of caramel. Flavor stays on the back of the tongue but doesn't ruin the palate. Few IPAs are better and/or more balanced than this one. Very reminiscent of its sister beer, Double Crooked Tree, but not such a kick in the ass. Definitely one to have two or three of without feeling guilty. Can't find anything negative to say about this guy. Highly recommend.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.