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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 08-10-2002

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A nice earthly IPA with a heavy malty balance with herbal hops.

A - Deep old fashioned burnt orange, haziness, creamy heard
S - piney resin hops with a dark malt nose without being roasted. Not really inspiring but here goes nothing
T - Big sweet and nutty malt character hits of pine and a bit of the dirty hops & slightly citrus
M - Medium body and a well rounded lasting mouth feel
O - I had this with a Vietnamese noodle, sweet/sour/hot sauce and stir fried pork was one of the best pairings I have ever had. It was great and really opened the beer up.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On edit:

My original review is below. I thought I might have had an old bottle and hoped to re-visit this one.

My update is as follows: appearance is basically the same; aroma was much better - earthy, with citrus undertones and a bit of caramel in the background; there was a lot more flavor this time - follows the nose; mouthfeel is the same; overall, not one of my favorites, but at least now I can see why others are so high on it;

My original review:

I wish my bottle tasted as good as other reviewers notes indicate. I presume my bottle was old and the hops had faded. I have to go out of state to get it, so it may be a while, but I'll re-review when I can.

A: cloudy; a deep bronze; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; really nice lacing;

S: muted; a little flora. a little tropical fruit, and a little pine; hard to distinguish; I can see how this would be really nice if there was more of it;

T: follows the nose; difficult to get anything specific; moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the potential was there, it just didn't come out;

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Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%

Very good beer, mellow on the front with pine on the back. Pours a pink grapefruit juice pink/orange color. Not as much body as I like, but very good.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, and a filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit forward, with pineapple, grapefruit, and melon, with a sugary sweet caramel backbone, and subtle resinous undertones. The flavors are like a tropical fruit salad forward, with pineapple, apricot, mango, and melon, followed by a tart grapefruit character, and a solid undertone of cedar and pine pitch, pepper spice, a tangy caramel note, some hops resin, and roasted notes. Smooth and mid-bodied, with the carbonation lightening things up a bit. The aftertaste is a bit more of the bitter and resinous hops character shining through, with some of the fruit sweetness handing around still. Slick, dry, bitter lingering finish. Solid IPA.

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Photo of mst934
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

yes. it's that good.

Just tapped at the local bar I work at here in Swannanoa, NC. Minus the insanely stupid tap handle we have (a double barrel shotgun), this beer is just amazing. Perfect orange hue, very bright finish and not overly bitter for an IPA. Easy to drink, and hard to quit. Kudos to Dark Horse for this gem of a beer.

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

I'm insulted the "pros" gave this an 89! Makes me really question the ratings here.

Anyways, this is by far my favorite beer and I've tried hundreds of craft beers. The smell is so amazing I cant even describe. In fact just try it for yourself. Great beer!!

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up in Detroit.

A: Orangish hue with about a finger of toffee color lacing with retaining head. Amazing.

S: Pine cones, needles, and trees. A wilderness smell.

T: Pines, earth, clean water, and alcohol. Exactly how I like my IPA

M: A creamy, full mouthfeel. This is a heavy IPA that still has a middling alcohol volume.

I am picky on IPA, but like a piney, and not overhopped, brew. This is as perfect a brew as I've seen at any price.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice lacing with a dark amber orange hue. Unique smell in which an orange comes to forefront. Quite balanced lacking a big hop taste. Can taste fruit more than hop. Not overly bitter. Quite smooth for an IPA. As I drink more a malty taste comes out, and fruitiness disappears. Overall a well balanced IPA, but not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber orange with a finger of near white head. Strong retention and fantastic lacing.

S - orange, grapefruit, pears, apple, sweet fruit and less citrusy/bitter. some sweet malts too.

T - Surprisingly bitter (considering the aroma), definitely a ton of pear type flavors and some apple as well. Rindy/sticky resinous qualities and a decent heft of caramel sweetness. Dry/slightly bitter finish and aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, sits a tad thick/sticky on the tongue.

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Photo of centurian62
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know it's not kosher to rate a beer a perfect 5, but I have no other choice! This, to me, is the perfect beer! It has a great citrus/piney beginning with a perfectly malty backbone that slides down the back of your tongue until your stomach is in a euphoric state! This IPA is the ultimate IPA and if you haven't tried it, you are truly missing out! I don't know if there is a brewery with a more well rounded selection of beers!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured very dark and cloudy. A brick color orange against the light bulb but in the natural light like a hazy brown. Off white creamy head that fell slowly and left lace. Nose is faint and first thing I did was look for a date on the bottle. There wasn't one so they sold it me and I am going to review it. I got a flash of some citrus. Pink grapefruit and some lemon peel. I am smelling the very small and luscious beginings of caramel and just a bit of dry biscuit. Seems to me that the hops have faded off because i have to really dive in for the nose. Taste is malt forward. Biscuit and lovely biscuit with a bit of dryness a bit of sweetness. Not really any fruit on the palate but just some remnants of the hop character. Just enough to tease a bit and make you wish it was fresh. I thought I tasted some orange, very light orange. A small bitter and malt. Dry sweet biscuit with a hint at caramel. the malt was lovely. No pine, not really any grapefruit on the palate just a juiciness. Mouthfeel was light enough and soft. I want it again when it is fresh and reserve the right to revisit.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper orange, almost bronze, with a slight haziness, moderate head in the pour reduces to a thin but complete white film that delivers pretty massive lacing.

S - Mostly lemon and pine - crisp and clean, but somewhat quiet overall. A subtle note of honey, as well. Overall, the nose is much like a honey lemon throat lozenge, but the most delicious one you've ever had. Initial thought is this could go either way.

T - While the flavor follows the nose, there is not much quiet here. Big hop hits of pine, lemon zest and pith, and a sweet, malty honey core. Lush, almost buttery feel, but with a strong bitter close keeps things snappy.

M - Moderate carbonation and mild drying.

O - A good choice for the hophead aiming to drink a couple down without getting trashed. There are big hop flavors, a nice malt counterpoint, and a reasonable, but not sessionable, ABV.

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Photo of sHAGGY_hEAD
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice amber color from 12oz. bottle. Dated 4-22-14. Good mouthfeel.
Nose is decent with good but not strong hop aroma mixed with malt sweetness. Finishes with good amount of bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Good lace all the way down to bottom of glass.This is what I would think of a great representation of a traditional American IPA.

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Photo of Rustedbucket
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been pretty partial to IPA for quite sometime. This one, however, hit the palate quite flat. The initial draw rewards the tongue with the briskness that an IPA has, but the mid-palate and finish is let down by a disappointing sour.

The color was also a disappointment; it poured a darker amber than any IPA I've seen and attribute the taste differences with other IPAs with the color changes.

All in all, simply, I wouldn't buy it again for what I paid for it. It's 'drinkable,' but once it's out of my fridge it will not be returning.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single of this at a local Meijer and it has a date of 4-24-14..so its a little over 2 months old at this point.

A - Produced a hazy deep copper beer with a one finger white head with great lacing that died down relatively fast.

S - Nice orange hops, citrus, floral, crackery. Not to complex or strong, could use a little more aroma.

T - Real bitter, cracker, lemon zest, grassy, lingering bitterness, bready. I wish it was more balanced because the malts are being hidden from the bitterness and the hops. Comes across as slightly astringent.

M - Medium bodied and soft in the mouth, with a lower level of carbonation.

O - I love IPA's but for whatever reason the high bitterness and the lack of great tasting hops is not doing it for me, it taste to lemon forward and astringent. I will not be picking anymore of these up, sorry Dark Horse I love most of your beers but not this one, Cheers.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Comes out a cloudy orange color with a nice, two finge rhead that quickly fades to some lingering foam and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very nice: I get lots of citrus: grapefruit and orange with a bit of pine and a little caramel.

This beer tastes amazing. Way better than the aroma hinted. This is a very, very juicy IPA. I get tons of grapefruit and orange, a little mouth-watering juicy fruit gum and a lingering, piney dry bite at the end. As I drink more, there is some bready sweetness underneath as well.

Mouth feel is light to medium, smooth and easy.

Overall, I'll buy this again. So juicy, I expected pulp. Very nice.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into spiegelau IPA glass; golden orange with a big fluffy white head that breaks leaving tons of chunky lacing and a thick topping of foam.
Smells of dank pine and tropical fruit.
Taste surprises; it's sweet, but not overpowering. Clean malt and pine bitterness comes in first, then on the swallow a wave of tropical fruit and light sugary sweetness washes over your palate.
Mouthfeel is medium-light and wet.
Overall, definitely a delicious IPA. Bit different than the usual pantheon (Jai Alai, DirtWolf, etc.) but drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Bone53
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured rom a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Hazy orange copper color with a frothy two finger light beige head

Smell: Orange, lemon, biscuit malt

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, spicy hops with a big malt backbone. Fairly balanced. the aftertaste is pleasant

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; Moderate carbonation and bitterness throughout

Overall: Good but not great. Nice balance, but nothing wows me. This actually reminds me of Torpedo with the earthy hop character. I can think of many, many IPAs better than this one and will likely pass over this more times than not. However, it's a solid offering from a solid brewery, and recommended to try atleast once. Cheers!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, date stamped 3.14.14
L - gentle decant reveals a thin but frothy ivory head that caps a hazed darker amber colored ale
S - caramel with pungent grapefruit rind and faint orange, some fruitiness in there as well
T - pungent again with grapefruit rind puckering the palate, caramel and toasted grain provide a bit of sweetness with some fruitiness present also, black tea leaf lingers with grapefruit pith
F - medium body with a very dry, lingering bitter finish
O - more punishing than I remember, great for hopheads who enjoy a pungent grapefruit flavor. It seems out of balance to me, but I still like it.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of mattbk
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of sween100
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of lundqu23
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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....?

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.