Crooked Tree
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #999
Ranked #8,177
3.99 | pDev: 11.03%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Inspired by West Coast I.P.A.'s, but brewed with Michigan style. The Crooked Tree is heavily dry hopped to give it a big aroma of pine and citrus. The flavors are big, yet very balanced between fresh hops and malt. Often described as "grapefruit" our hops give this beer an excellent fruit flavor that finishes dry.
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can
it’s been years since I’ve seen this one anywhere around here
L: slightly hazed amber body; persistent, foamy, beige head slowly fades
S: caramel malt, grain, pine, citrus
T: just as good as I remember; old school IPA flavors: caramel, bread crust, and grain malt backbones met with pungent earthy pine, zesty grapefruit & orange, along with a slight herbalness
F: resinous & sticky bitterness, moderate carbonation, pungently bitter with pine lingering on the dry finish
O: better than I remember it being!

May 29, 2021
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Navanation from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unfiltered hazy amber color. Minimal head ringing the glass, but lacing the glass nicely. No grapefruit taste as some have implied, but hint of citrus on the nose. Bitter with a clean finish.

Dec 30, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a dark & murky orange. On the aroma i'm picking up some tangy citrus, slight malt bill, & some slight herbal & tea notes as well. The taste follows the nose along with some piney bitterness that shows itself more towards the finish. Cheers! B

Sep 08, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange appearance with big frothy white head. Hoppy and slight citrus aroma. Hint of lemon on the taste with a little bitterness. The lacing stayed on this one, the head was foamy and fragrant with hops.

Apr 13, 2019
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz can with no visible BB date. Acquired recently from the Brewdog webshop. The label describes it as a heavily dry-hopped IPA that delivers pine and citrus character; possesses 46 IBUs.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Can-conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-marmalade hue with good carbonation and tons of floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of resinous hops with hints of pine, weed, citrus peel, grapefruit, leafiness, caramel malt, ale yeast and earthiness. Pretty good, though lacks the expected impact.

T: Tastes of intensely resinous hops with notes of pine needles, dank weed, citrus rind, grapefruit, leafiness, herbs, caramel malt, earthiness and ale yeast. Slightly sweet, followed by a powerful hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with fizzy carbonation and good body. Very astringent; hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of serious hop bitterness, pine, weed, grapefruit, peel, earthy yeast and caramel malt.

O: Rather nice, though perhaps not as balanced as I might wish. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are stuffed with resinous hops underpinned by caramel malt and ale yeast. Nice body. The bitterness outdoes the malt just a tad. That said, still an enjoyable IPA that deserves your attention if you come across it.

Dec 05, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice IPA that’s both easy to drink and flavorful. Nice amber color with some fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of floral and pine hops. Tastes similarly, along with caramel, grain and hops. Not too bitter and very smooth, mild mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation. Will plan to try more from this local brewery.

Sep 05, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. No freshness date.

L: Nearly clear golden copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Pine and resin... caramel malts and evergreen.

T/F: Follows the nose... sweet caramel malts and toasty grains. Pine/evergreen forward hop profile. Slightly herbal and spicy. A bit of citrus rind. Good bitterness. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue.

O: A classic West Coast style IPA. Tasty and drinkable... solid beer.

Jul 10, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 03/03/18
Had on-tap at HopCat in Ann Arbor, MI

Appearance - Served up in a nonic pint, clear and copperish orange in color with an off-white, thin layer of suds covering the surface. Strong lacing that covers a lot of the glass in broken sheeting and small spotting where it finds space.

Smell - The aroma is mostly caramel and wood with a hint of citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mostly balanced flavor profile upfront, with notes of citrus, wood and some caramel malt battling it out. Woody character wins out and turns bitter with twig like character, and it lingers strongly in the aftertaste with woody while a hint of citrus stays at bay.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick texture that quickly turns a bone dry and slightly harsh finish.

Overall - Decent IPA but not the smoothest or most inviting beer. Lots of woody bitterness. Not one I'd particularly seek out again.

May 26, 2018
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to 20 oz globe glass. Pours light-honey colored. Head has little retention, but hangs around, no lacing.
Smells of very mild hops, base malt is prevalent. Taste mild, no bitterness, little hop presence. A bit after opening, I get a strong roasted malt twang. Mild carbonation throughout, thin-medium MF.. smooth.

I'm thinking this is a bit old, but it's not bad at all. I'm willing to try another, that I can verify the BO date (I hate when you can't read them).. any changes will be reflected.

Dec 13, 2017
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ribby from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma spicy hops
Cloudy amber
Minimal head
Flavor hoppy but enough malt to balance. Hint of roasted flavor in malt.

Tasted head to head with founders centennial. This is more complex and slightly preferable to me.

Aug 13, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber. Short, foamy, off white head fades fast.

Smells citrus, caramel malt, orange and fruity.

Tastes orange, fruity, citrus peel, caramel malt, candied feet and touch of pine. Finish is semi dry with a citrus peel linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Jul 26, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice darker orange amber look with a slight white head. Piney and bready malts combine to make a slightly skunk scent. Slight caramel malt and citrus flavors dominate the flavor. Not overpowering and the malt and hops blend fairly well with this brew. Thicker mouthfeel with a bit less carbonation from tap.

Jul 19, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice gentle rolling red to orange color with a nice one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There was some nice foamy lacing that tried to stick but it slid into the beer. The smell was a gentle somewhat sharp bitter citrusy hops that let some light caramel malts enter in as it warmed. The taste was mainly bitter through the hops and it had nice sharp bitter citrus aftertaste that led to a nice dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium in body and displayed a fairly sessionable quality about it. The carbonation was nice and sharp for an AIPA. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA well worthy of having again.

Jul 08, 2017
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skepticnibble from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Some good descriptions already posted so not going to break it down further. Really not as complex as other IPAs I've had. Malty, murky, muted aroma. Maybe their double is more defining. In short, nice IPA but nothing exceptional.

Jul 08, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky deep amber color with a thin foamy white head that has short retention, settling into a thin film on top

S- fruity hop aroma with some notes of candied orange peel, a bit of pine, plenty of bready malt

T- more fruity hops up front with more candied orange peel, piney and earthy hops at the mid-palate, the finish is malty sweet, with noticeable alcohol

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy, slightly warming finish

O- good ipa, a bit malty, nothing outstanding but certainly drinkable

May 07, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

1.88/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

L: brown like Apple cider, somewhat amber hazy, minimal head.

A: pine, artificial fruit, bubblegum

F: thin and bitter but not dank and not bitter enough for a good IPA

T: pine, bubblegum, malt, stale barley, honey, metal, molasses, and something else familiar maybe fluoride? Whatever it is it ruins the flavor

O: this was a month fresh and found it disgusting. I have a bourbon plead the 5th and 3 other regular plead the 5ths & if these are no good I'm done with Dark Horse. In other words I never have had a Dark Horse I've enjoyed.

Apr 15, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bit lighter than new penny copper with a medium head that leaves lots of lace. Nose is mostly missing...just a light wiff of a floral orange. Double checked bottle date and it is only 45 days old, so I'm not sure what's going on here. Taste is clean and easy drinking, starting off a touch malty, but drying out and leaving more of that floral orange flavor on the tongue. Overall, a very tame beer that is more for pounding back than savouring.

Mar 03, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/5/15; drank 5/9/15 @ the Palace.

Murky dark orange appearance.

HUGE white head; frothy lace.

Orange citrus & banana notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus, banana & mango flavors up front; bitter grapefruit bite on the finish. Nice flavors but too bitter for me to truly love.

Feb 20, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(From notes.) poured from draft into a pint glass. Dark golden yellow color with a good head and lacing. A clean pine smell, some floral notes. The taste is very hoppy. It is bitter but pleasantly mild. Good beer.

Jan 16, 2017
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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Parish Brewing Teku

Appear: beautiful amber clear color. almost ruby had half a finger of foam nice carbonation a few bubbles working their way up from the bottom.

Smell: big malt caramel notes and that's all I'm getting. not getting much of a hop note at all. maybe a little herbal dank green onion smell

Taste: nothing remarkable at all. some resinous piney notes. biting bitterness.

Mouth: thin

Overall: THis is completely unremarkable. average at best. I'm wondering if I am placing my review in the correct place my bottle does not look like the bottle in the photo. it does say Dark Horse on top right and then Crooked Tree India Pale Ale. I also don't have a born on date or a best buy date so maybe mine is old. This is a hard pass for me. I wouldnt recommend or buy this beer ever again. I feel like I'm missing something considering the bros gave it a 100. This is not world class it's a hard pass.

Jan 08, 2017
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Leif_Eriksson from Canada (AB)

4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: Floral, sappy, citrus

Look: Unfiltered orange with a healthy head.

Taste: Orange hard candy (think Cream Savers!), smooth, bitter up front, smooth finish.

Jan 07, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy rusty amber orange with creamy off-white foam head. Smells like toffee caramel malt, berries, wildflower, tangerine, grapefruit, melon, papaya, pineapple, mango, with herbal earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like toffee caramel malt, berries, wildflower, tangerine, grapefruit, melons, papaya, pineapple, mango, with herbal earthy grass and floral pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a nice malty IPA.

Oct 03, 2016
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA brewed by Dark Horse Brewing Company with an ABV of 6.50% This brew pours out a nice cloudy brown color with a nice off white head. Now this is an unfiltered IPA, you can not see though it. The smell of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA, is rich with hops at first. Then you pick up on the grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. There is a lot going on in Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA . Now for the taste, it is rich with hops. If you are not a fan of hops this is not a brew for you. However there is also a nice smoothness of grains and malts in the taste of this brew. Along with all that other stuff you pick up citrus in the taste of this IPA. There is a lot going on in this IPA. Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA has a great balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew at all. The mouth feel of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA is rich bold, clean , and refreshing. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.50% ABV in this brew, Not saying that is a bad thing. Overall I'm giving Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA , a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Dark Horse Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this brew . Thank You.

Sep 27, 2016
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick, with web-like lacing, and a clear deep golden amber body.

Smells like a nice smattering of citrus hops.

I taste the citrus with some floral zest around mid-palate.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company a 4.5. One of the selections that comes in their variety sampler 12 pack.

Sep 26, 2016
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very malt-heavy IPA. Look is gorgeous, Clear orange-copper coloring with a sticky white head that laces beautifully down the glass. Smell is subdued (relative to your typical American IPA) but complex, with a fruit-and-malt dankness being the dominant aroma, little bit of bubble gum, banana, and rye (?) in the deep background. Flavor is very balanced, almost too much so, with bitter, resinous pine countered with a lot of earthy malt and breadiness. But the beer has almost zero sweetness, which actually might be a nice addition given how neutralized the citrus hops are. Instead the taste result is very rye beer-esque, quite bitter, a little sour, and very heavy. Not really what I'm looking for in an IPA. Feel is medium and smooth, almost silky, which is lovely. Look, smell, and feel are really wonderful and/or interesting, but the taste just isn't all that appealing to my palette.

Sep 24, 2016
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