Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,283 Ratings
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,283
Reviews:
926
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
585
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very large 3.5 finger off white head with very nice lacing. Body is cloudy with amber and brown hues. aroma is a nice cirtus and hoppy aroma with hints of malt. A slightly musty hop flavoring in the opening with transition to mild citrus and woody hop flavor with more musty hops in the finish. medium body and moderate barbonation. A very good IPA. Not sure if I liked it as much as the Bros but still good.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the classic American india pale ales out there, bringing new twists to a story that's been told a million times. on tap with a whole bunch of other dark horse stuff at j ryans in Syracuse, ny. the pour on this is hazy muted bronze, with minimal white head, rather unimpressive in a pint glass. the nose is great though, real woody and bitter, like its aged in oak, but I don't think it is. lots of citrus to the hop profile as well, lemon and grapefruit, with a pale malt base. the flavor is great, again with the wood and bitterness its got a lot more of an organically derived feel than so many others. the hops profile is nice, lots of zesty citrus in the finish, probably citra hops and some C varietals as well. dank but not overly oily or sappy like some of the west coast ones, more drinkable too, and without the sweetness. there is a definite woody feel to this, not sure what from, but its persistent throughout. clean finishing too for a hazy hoppy beer, with a drinkably medium body and very little residual sugar. and excellent ipa overall.

edit: much less impressive in the bottle, muted hop flavors make this a little bland. not sure of dates, but draft is the play for this one in my experience.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a nice looking copper color. The head was white with a decent lacing to it. The smell of the beer was slightly sweet with big notes of pine like citrus. The taste of the beer was full of bitter hops along with some grapefruit flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer wasn't too heavy at all, it's got a bitter lingering feeling to it. Overall I thought this was a pretty good brew.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barley’s Smokehouse and Brewpub, Columbus, OH

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that left lots of lacing on the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of citrusy and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: A little more than a moderate amount of bitterness stands out in the overall taste, which also has notes of citrus and pine resin hops. The bitterness particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This is a very hop-forward beer and the bitterness makes it one that cannot be drank very quickly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The famed Crooked Tree IPA has quickly become the name that's synonymous with the Dark Horse brands. And with its dedicated focus to the grapefruit-flavored hops of the Pacific Northwest, it's easy to see why.

The IPA pours with a sturdily hazed deep amber glow and particles of yeast or hops swirling about, the beer portrays and unadulturated non-filtered appearance to retain all the aromas and flavors to come. Capped by a creamy off-white head, the foam retains and laces very well as the beer fades.

White grapefruit juice becomes the predominant focus for the beer because of the citrusy hop blend while supportive elements of slightly biscuity malts, thin caramel, and light honey give the fruit flavors a candied effect. Mildly grassy and herbal, the beer shows it's focus on the hop plant more as the beer warms.

Caramel, biscuit, and mild toast strike the taste buds first, but is quickly followed by the onslaught of hops. White grapefruit juice, citrus pith, and the pungent bitterness of biting down on fresh grasses or pine needles shape the zesty flavors at mid palate and the clean resinous bitterness at the finish. The clean beer keeps yeasty fruit flavors and spicy yeast character at bay in order to draw attention to the citrus flavored hops.

Medium bodied due to just enough unresolved malt and starch textures and its creamy carbonation, at least to start. The beer quickly turns toward a middle plate filled with transition- malty sweetness turns malty-dry, hop flavor turns cleanly bitter, and rosy alcohols turn to dry warmth just before a decidedly bitter, clean and dry finish that lingers with a memory of those citrusy hops.

This is a delightful IPA that doesn't do too much to stand out. It doesn't steer from the beaten path of ipas for uniqueness, experiment, or identity. It simply hits the tried-and-true recipe head on and builds it well. Its rewards are well deserved, both by Dark Horse, and by me!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at the faux-Irish bar next to my hotel in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of sudsy white head, which leaves a nice array of layered lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crackery caramel malt, and pine/citrus hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel, mild citrus cream, and some mild weedy, piney hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body a shallow medium weight, with a hallow, cloying aspect. It finishes with some weak earthy, weedy hops, and clingy malt.

A generally ok IPA, just too restrained to keep one's attention.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Floral citrus (lemon/lime) and pine aroma that you can smell a mile away; caramel malt base peaks out underneath

Taste: Starts out with a fruity biscuit base that adds plenty of tangerine peel citrus and pine elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, I get a brief sweet blast that joins in and lingers with the citrus into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with foamy carbonation that tingles the tongue

Drinkability: Nice and flavorful IPA; a little strange on the mouthfeel but otherwise very enjoyable

Thanks, boolshot

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. There is some good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: This is a rather sweet smelling IPA with lots of malt and some citrus fruit notes. Not a whole lot of strong hop bitterness showing up but still smells nice.

Taste: More hoppy than the smell, but still quite sweet. The malt is quite apparent up front, but the citrus peel hop bitterness ramps up through the whole sip. Wish it were a bit more balanced throughout the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is a solid IPA, but I would have liked the balance to be a bit better. I might have another if I ever see it on-tap.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid session IPA that is a fridge staple at my house.

Deep amber orange tone with suspended sediment. Spindly lacing around the edge of the glass. Citrus rind in the nose, along with some caramel malt tones.

Full bodied and malty, with a big caramel base that gives a nice contrast to the bitter, citrusy hops. Bitterness is moderate, but pleasant. Easy drinking and sessionable. A solid midwest IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a cloudy dark beige color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops is quite overpowering but also very enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some nice caramel and toffee malt with some huge bitter piney hops. Body is quite full with what appears to be low filtration. I am actually surprised at the rating since I thought this was actually a lot better then the norm.

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

Photo of largadeer
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky-as-hell amber with all variety of shit floating around in it. I think this might be unfiltered. Head retention is excellent however.

Smell: Like walking through a tree farm during Christmas time, this stuff has a huge pine aroma and actually little else. Citrus undertones may be present, or it may just be me trying to pick out something beyond the smell of pine. Hard to tell. I'm not complaining though, this stuff smells great.

Taste/mouthfeel: Well, the muck-infused texture isn't quite ideal for an IPA, but this actually has a lot going for it. Lots of pine and grapefruit hop flavor with a dry, biscuity malt foundation beneath it. The mouthfeel is pleasingly dry and semi-crisp, making this one more of a quaffing beer than something I'd sit around and contemplate life with.

Drinkability: I finished this one in no time and could definitely drink another (if I had one).

Notes: Got this from Scoobydank as an extra. Thanks man!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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