Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
3,277 Ratings
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.88/5  rDev -52.4%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Gumbo_gravy
3/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mild amber color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Buttered bread with a good whiff of hops.

Toffee malt with light floral/pine hop bitterness. Interesting finish.

Lacking in hop bite.

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Photo of kinzo12
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The smell is the first thing that hits you with Crooked Tree. You can pick up pine to citrus to the malt in the beer. The first drink, which can be bitter, is not indicative of the beer overall. Definitely gets better with every drink which I think is due to the malt. It's a unique taste which sets it apart from other IPAs.

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Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, very long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, a lot of malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of hops, more sweet malt than most IPAs, some citrus (grapefruit, especially), and a hint of caramel. There's a grassy quality to the hops that kind of throws the flavor off balance (that and a slight metallic quality), but it's pretty good nonetheless.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a very smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a somewhat old-fashioned IPA, but it has its god qualities. Drinkable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Energetic yellow pour, some haze, unfiltered, drops 1/3" white head. Aroma was big time bitterness. Grapefruit. Less tree, crooked or otherwise.

Taste was old school 90s recipe bitterness and grapefruit. Stayed away from heavier malts, but has a tendency to come across coppery bitter.

I guess I've been spoiled over the years by Dark Horse's better hoppy beers. This one was good.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - pours a turbid tan brown with a shitload of yeast.

S - caramel malts, some sweet hops. Tropical.

T - nice hoppy bite! Hits with the hops up front and doesn't let up. Malty with grapefruit acidity and dryness.

F - leaves a minor tingle on the tongue. Jumpy and zesty. Refreshing!

O - Dark Horse is a legendary brewery and while this isn't anything to blow your load over, it is a solid IPA.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber orange one one in a half finger white head
Smell: lots of orange really fruity sweet and malty
Taste: upfront I get that orange I got in the nose middle of the mouth citrus fruitiness some malt sweetness a touch of booziness.finishes with a sharp grapefruit flavor.
Feel: medium body with a dry finish the grapefruit flavor from the hops lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall: this is a very tasty beer. Nice balance of sweet and hoppy. Just enough body to hold up to the flavor.

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Photo of Wdominia
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wasn't sure anything could top my love for the Mad Hatter IPA, but this was fantastic. Thicker mouthfeel, unfiltered lends a different look- gorgeous, rich ambery color, grapefruit and honey-like notes. Hopped yet balanced.

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Photo of Mjk3psu2
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Admittedly - drinking a beer of this supposedly quality depends on the site - and I would rate the quality of the hardware here with a C - fair. The aroma, and the head were a tad below expectations and likely related. The clarity and color were spot on for what I would have expected and I thought the beer was well balanced with a nice hop profile.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 01/11/16. Pours a medium amber that is quite hazy and has a tremendous amount of suspended matter in addition to precipitates. This beer is unfiltered, so this is not a flaw. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and quite outstanding retention.

Outstanding, but a rather light, nose of floral and mild citrus over biscuit and caramel.

Light body with a smoothness that is slightly more than that of water. World class carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The light body and strong carbonation really make the flavors pop.

The flavor profile is very good. It begins with a blended hop flavor (floral, light citrus) that never separates. The middle brings a moderate rind and earthy bitterness over a not quite balancing sweetness that barely allows caramel detection. The finish is somewhat dry and an orange rind bitterness lingers.

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Photo of abzurd
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FWIW, this is my first review. I like an IPA with some body and a nice finish and this is one of my favorites. Decent hop beginning but not overpowering, and more body than most so it turns malty and a little sweet in the middle before the hops kick in again at end. This leaves a nice sweet hoppy finish. It's only the second time I've had this beer. The first time was on tap and this one came from a bottle. It's as good as I remember it.

This is an extremely drinkable, almost session, IPA for someone being introduced to the style and not ready to be punched in the mouth with hops. (Deschutes "Freshed Squeezed" is another good one like that). For the seasoned IPA drinker it's a smooth one you can knock back a few of, while still drinking something interesting.

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Photo of JoeySaliba
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours an orange/Amber with a slight head.

S: Predominantly caramel malt with citrus notes. Slight honey scent with small grassy note.

T: Follows the nose, with good mix of caramel malt, citrus, and grassy hops.

F: Thick and well-carbonated. Great feel.

O: Solid beer. It reminds me of an amber-IPA hybrid with the strong caramel malt and happy citrus hops. I would drink this beer again!

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Photo of tlema1
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep Amber/orange with a thin beige head
S: citrus for sure
T: citrus and tropical fruits
F: well balanced good mouthfeel
O: this is a damn fine brew

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color.

Overall: Crooked Tree is heavily dry hopped which gives it a big aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is well balanced bittersweet, lot of tropical fruit juices, mango, tangerine, passion fruit. Very good IPA that has won several medals.

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Photo of ordybill
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is big on hops and citrus. The flavor is hop goodness with a nice malt blend. An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of leantom
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this was an unsuspectingly great IPA. Here goes:

A: Nice but cloudy amber-orange. Pours a huge head and leaves great lacing. Good.

S: Also good. Lots of herbs, grass, and some tropical fruit interspersed with caramel malt. Fruits include grapefruit, lemon, oranges, apricot, and mango. Overall, this is a very grassy and tropically IPA mixed it with some malt characteristics.

T: Follows the nose, which is good. Grassy hops and fruit flavors on top of a great caramel malt backbone. Overall, I really liked this beer. I would have it again in a heartbeat.

F: Very thick and well-carbonated. Great.

O: This is an excellent beer. Lots of tropical fruit on a caramel malt backbone, Outstanding.

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