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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

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very good

897 Reviews

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Reviews: 897
Hads: 3,042
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.76%
Wants: 129
Gots: 459 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2002

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Reviews: 897 | Hads: 3,042
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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Photo of Crosling
2.43/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of beerinator
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of sopor
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.