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

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Reviews: 886
Hads: 2,968
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 122
Gots: 405 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of EPseja
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of PatYoda
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (573 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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... (946 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of Crosling
2.43/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Orange. Strange smelling, hoppy with a large emphasis on fruits, apricots and peaches in particular. Not much in the nose besides hops. Flavor is more of the same. Straight hop juice and not much else. Hoppiness brings forth various fruit notes (apricot, peach and lemon). Dry. Severely lacking malt flavor and body. Fizzy. (323 characters)

Photo of beerinator
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, ruddy, reddish-orange beer. Off-white head is solidly retentive, leaving heavy lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma: Piney yet citrusy hop profile is heavy up front. Spicing from the hops permeate heavily, leaving only sweetness in the form of caramel to show through. Very pleasing IPA aroma.

Taste: The flavors are a bit mellowed in comparison to the aromas. There is a very pleasant mouthfeel and the citrusy hops make themselves known to the tongue, but the piney notes seem to be lessened a bit. The bitterness is certainly quite nice and it seems to linger for a while and ponder it's existance after the swallow.

Notes: Very drinkable IPA. If I could get this more often, I definitely would keep some in the fridge. (764 characters)

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

Has a perky little smell. Citrusy and spritzy, but somewhat dry. Cloudy orange with tinges of light brown. Humongous fluffy white head. Bitter hops are the dominate flavor. Little malt backbone, but it is wetter than i expected and actually very refreshing. The hops really travel around your mouth well leaving a nice tingly fresh sensation. (342 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overcast, plenty of suspend yeast found their way to my glass, dull peachy-coppery in hue with a tan influence. I like the relative darkness; it is one of the least bright IPAs I have seen. Creamy, glossy, off-white in color, sticky foam created one finger of head; retention was admirable. The foam slowly faded away to a soapy cap, this lid lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not too widespread. On the whole, this is a handsome beer.

I took one sniff… yep, this is an IPA. I love a good American IPA. Huge citrus notes, kisses of pine as well, oranges, citrus zest, with a tickle of flowers and honey. I did find some malt in the background, it was way in the distance but that is okay. So many IPAs are one-dimensional, while the hops rule the malt I do like how I can find some caramel and toasty bread in the background. Ah, screw that. This is a hoppy brute! I’m a sucker for a beer like this; very inviting!

The palate is not quite as hoppy as the nose indicated. Still, as is, this is a hoppy and very lovely beer. Grapefruit flesh, citrus zest, orange peel, candied fruit, some honey, some flowers, and a very nice bite of alcohol. Juicy and yet dry, bitter throughout. The malt isn’t really doing much; I found some caramel and toasted bread in the last third. However, by the finish the hops return. Refreshing and dry, the aftertaste is not all that long through. Sadly the curt finish and weak aftertaste kind of hurts the overall favorable impression of this IPA. Even with that said, this IPA is very good… just as good as dozens like it. Not better, no different really. But more the merrier I say!

Medium in body, low and creamy carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting but a little small. I’m not sure the body could standup to a steak or a fat burger. I’d still like to try. If nothing else, this beer and a grilled cheese sandwich would kick ass.

Tasty, very agreeable… damn drinkable too. Will I remember this IPA a year from now? No. Did it kick ass right now? Yes. Live in the movement, Brent. IPAs, when done right, are fun to drink. This IPA was like a “bad episode” of The Simpsons, funny but I know funnier exists. Thank you RedHaze for the bottle; I enjoyed it. (2,244 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Simply looking label of (you guessed it) a crooked tree on the label and nada mas!

Popped the plain cap and this enters a tulip with a stormy amber loaded with unfiltered suspended hazy clouds that makes it appear like it's still being fermentd in the kettle. Heck! Even the bottle has some scuzz-scrod in the bottom of the bottle. On top is a spotty layer of thin beige coating that just paints the glass with layers and layers.

Bright IPA scents of orange peel and lemon citurs tart met with a backbone malt that seems quite mouthwatering and inviting.

First swigs: Refreshing bright lemon and orange zest. Some tart bight and good malt balance close to the aroma. A touch on the narrow side with a settled focus on the orange peel meets a brewed tea balance. Good but is a little mashed up to be great.

Feel is dusty dry in the aftertaste and astringent on the palate. Decent carbonation.

Last swigs: Dusty dry orange peel IPA. The zesty aspect was refreshing but this is a (pardon the Dark Horse pun) one trick pony. Needs depth. Thanks to OrbitalR0x for the bottle aquired in a trade. Of course, trying new IPAs is just more fuel to my fire. Although a little roughshod, me likey!

Beer is good! Happy IPA beering. (1,239 characters)

Photo of sopor
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with golden highlights under a medium sized creamy, dimpled head that leaves a clumpy, uneven, thick film, leaving a small amount of lace. Smells are light, just a bit of pale malt, and crisp spicy herbal hops. Flavors include hints of biscuit and cereal malts (unless you're eating hot wings, in which case the malts come out and this beer tastes even better than normal) somewhere under there. The hops are AMAZINGLY yummy, strong, herbal, floral, crisp, and in your face. Not burning your tongue resinously bitter, no way, not from this amazing MI IPA! Strong and assertive, very flavorful, but not overly bitter. Pale ale body with soft frothy carbonation. My dream beer, I must clone! (701 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours an incredibly hazy orange color with a huge, foamy tan head that lasts and lasts and lasts.

Smell: A mix of floral and citrus hops hit the nose first, with a decent malt backbone balancing them out. It's just a bit too weak smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is basically the same as the smell. Hops, decently balanced by malts, but honestly this seems a bit watered down. It's a bit too light and fluffy for an IPA. The mouthfeel is light, but smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: For me, this is just your run of the mill IPA. It's not bad by any means, but doesn't stand out either. Kinda boring, but otherwise pleasent. Not bad.

Glass: Penn Brewery Pint Glass
Music: "Mishaps Happening" by Quanitc (735 characters)

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

I was fortunate enough to sample this elixir at the brewpub in the lovely town of Marshall, Michigan.

This beer pours a tawny orange with a nice beige head. This is a cloudy beer that looks spot on for the style.

The aroma of hops and malt waft from the brew to my nose like some etherealharbinger of great things to come.

This beer is delicious: malty, hoppy, balanced and everything I like from the style. While the hops asserted themselves, the sweet malt complemented the bitter bite nicely.

A pretty substantial beer, but not overwhelmingly so. This is a very drinkable beer that could very easily put you "in the bag" if you are not careful. Not quite a session beer, but one you would want to drink as often as you can.

I loved this beer on tap. The bottle version was not nearly as complex as the fresh tapped version. If you are ever able to make it to Marshall, do yourself a favor and try this beer. (925 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from deejaydan as part of the WTF ASAP BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" light beige head above the honey amber brew. Pillowy head fades slowly, with heavy foam lacing. Aroma is prickly piney hops with some citrus interest as well. Taste is substantial malt sweetness upfront, but the hops kick right in and take over the joint. Hops burps are early and often, not that's anything wrong with that. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and this brew was quite enjoyable. (536 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy dark golden amber with a frothy white head.
Tons of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of tons of florally hops with piney citrus kicking around.
Taste is of the same aromas and kicking much ass for an IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, bitter, and sugary sweet.
Drinkability...great stuff. I wish I could get this all the time. Great hop burp from this one. (390 characters)

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

12oz. brown bottle into a 16oz. pint glass.

Golden yellow-orange in color with a thick white head. Smells of piney hops with some grapefruit citrus.

Very hoppy with a fair amount of citrus flavor and a bready, malty balance. Hops don't seem quite as fresh as they could be.

Mouthfeel has a bite to it with a good medium body. Quite drinkable.

Not an overly complex IPA, but refreshing and true to style. Something i will be having again. (449 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/brown, big off white head forms, some lace. Smell is very piney, caramel, bread and citrus. Taste is very grainy, pine, citrus, caramel and chocolate notes, but mostly grain. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and low carbonation. Not bad, but I'd say more close to a hoppy amber ale than an IPA. Thanks DrJay for the pickup. (337 characters)

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

Pours a pale orange color with a one finger head that fades to a thin cap that leaves behind lots of lacing.

Smell; tons of floral hops, grapefruit, mild caramel malts.

Taste; lots of citrus and floral hops up front, foloowed by a solid malt backbone, and has just a little bit of a grainy feel to it in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a litlle slick from the hop oils. I think Dark Horse did a really nice job with this IPA, and now I'm going to have to look for the Double Crooked Tree the next time I'm in MI. (530 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight haze to this amber beer. Thin, off-white head that produced some nice lace. Bold, leafy and grapefruit aroma with a hint of pine. Bitterness was a little on the strong side for the weak malt character. Hops are finished by the end, and the thin malt leaves a hole in the flavour. Good texture with refined carbonation. Overall, it starts out with bold hops, but the flavour dies off too much by the finish for it to be highly recommended. Still good though and worth a try. (480 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good grapefruit aroma, pine. Good appearance, darker yellow with lace. Pronounced leafy bitterness, too much I think. More aimed at the Maerican Hophead type as opposed to balance. Still good effort, serviceable IPA. Complements to Dr. Jay for sharing. (252 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this one...
Pours a cloudy citrus color w/ two full fingers of off-white head.
Tons of lacing forming on the side of the shaker glass...
Like it's color, this one packs quite a citrus hop scent...huge hop profile with very little malt sweetness detected.
Taste is very enjoyable...the sweet malt becomes more balanced as the hops give in just a bit.
Mouthfeel is fantastic...so smooth w/ just body and carbonation to make this one incredibly quaffable.
Just my second offering from Dark Horse...look forward to trying a few more in the near future. (581 characters)

Photo of OldSock
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Cloverleaf. I can see some yeast sediment on the inside of the neck of the bottle, a bit unappealing. Despite a few weeks in my beer fridge and a gentle pour, a lot of yeast sediment got into my glass. The beer is cloudy golden with a dense 2 finger white head. There are bits of yeast that look like black pepper floating around in suspension. Lacing and retention are both above average.

Smell – Mostly citrusy hops but there is an underlying musty aroma as well. I think I smell some onion as well, but maybe I’m just crazy. Not particularly appealing.

Taste – Mild toasted malt with the aforementioned citrus hops. The yeast flavor is unpleasant, definitely not a welcome addition.

Mouthfeel – Prickly carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkability & Notes – I really disliked this beer, I would blame my pour for the yeast addition, but I stopped early leaving a good half inch of very yeasty beer at the bottom of the bottle. It pains me to say that I dumped my last half glass and moved on. This was a big disappointment after how much I enjoyed my other two dark horse beers.

Update 8/20/06: Thanks to a bottle I recieved in a trade from grynder33 (if I recall correctly) I was able to try this beer again and it was leagues ahead on the bottle I had before. I wasn't able to take notes but I am going to update my ratings. (1,382 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Liquor Stop in Highland, IN. Pours from the bottle a deep, cloudy fall colored pumpkin orange with a nice inch of foamy eggshell head that sticks to the glass. Aromas of sweet underlying pale and caramel malts collide with a bracing dose of grapefruity citric, piney hop oils. Fresh and green...quite a nice nose on this one.

First sip brings a nice sweet pale caramelly maltiness that has underlying bready notes (sourdough). This is followed by a wall of big hop bitterness featuring notes of citrus, herbal spice and pine needles. I enjoy the transition from sweet to semi-bracing bitterness on the way down here. Finishes clean with a lingering mellow hop bitterness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy with a hefty malt body to hold up the hoppiness. Good carbonation helps this go down smoothly. I could easily enjoy a few of these...a well made IPA that leans to the bitter side. I hope to see more Dark Horse stuff around here in the future. (976 characters)

Photo of macpapi
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crooked Tree is a nice dark amber color with a good half-inch, tannish head. It is a bit murky, but really the way an I.P.A. should look. Smells pretty basic for the style. Hops and floral notes distinguish the aroma. There is also a hint of citrus. While pleasant, nothing really stands out here. Tastes very strong, and somewhat bitter. Hops are very noticeable. Sharp, crisp and flavorful. Citrus hints remain on the back of the tongue. Again, very pleasant. In the mouth, this beer is full, biting and low in carbonation. The hops play on the tongue very memorably. Overall, I would say this is a very drinkable beer for hop-lovers. Not quite up to the level of Two-Hearted, and for the same price I wouldn't recommend purchasing it. However, it is a fine session brew for those who appreciate I.P.A.'s. (807 characters)

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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