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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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89
very good
909 Reviews
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
909
Ratings:
3,145
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
20.76%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-copper with some haze to it. Decent white head.

S: Good stuff going on here. Plenty of ctirus fruits from the hops.

T: Some malt, but this thing is dominated by the citrus hops, and I won't complain.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Very good right here. Dark Horse puts out some really solid brews, and this is a fantastic one to get started with.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, golden hue with orange highlights. It had a two-finger, white head of pillowy foam that left thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, resinous pine and burnt toast maltiness.

T - Nice burnt toast malt flavor with some sweet caramel. It had a strong bitter, piney hop bite to match the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue with a very dry finish. A medium bodied ale

D - I had been looking forward to trying this IPA for awhile and it didn't disappoint. Very nice IPA.

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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 oberon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this awhile back when I found it in Mount Pleasant,nice bronze color with really nice head that left some lace.Very fresh and zesty smelling,tasted of grapefruit and was a little grassy.If ur a hophead I think u would really like this one,Iam not but I still really liked it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles rapidly but leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Spicy pine hops with a touch of caramel.

T - Pine and orange up front with lots of caramel and toffee in the middle. Finishes with more caramel and musty pine hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, the hop character is a bit dull but not offensive. It seems like it might be better when really fresh.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge fluffy and fuzzy 3 finger head in my tuliup glass fades semi quickly as it needs to so I can pour the rest of the beer in. It's a super hazy and even chucky filled amber orange red color with oil swirls.

N: Nice hops, some citrus, little pine, chewy hops, some earthy hops, slight fresh dry hops, the citrus adds some orange and tangerine. Pretty much no malt, a pretty decent west coast style hoppy IPA.

T: Musty fresh wet hops to start, but not so much bite. A decent chewy hop presence with some pine and citrus, little hop oil even. Slight fruit with some orange and tangerine again. Somewhat bitter with all those hops, but more of a fresh hop bite than bitterness itself. Very slight malty sweetness with all that hop flavor.

M: Medium with some hop oils and decent carb.

F: Bitterness hits harder on the finish. More musty fresh wet hops and hop oils with more chewy hop flavors. Some bitter orange peel with more citrus hops and touch of tangerine and hint of grapefruit. The bitterness lingers for a long time too. Overall a nice tasty west coast style IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery apricot with an impressive cloud of particulates in suspended animation. The final pour results in an opacity that is as light-rejecting as any stout you'd care to name. The cap is pastel orange-ecru in color and develops a mesa of melted foam as it departs. Thin rings and larger chunks of lace appear on the glass.

The aroma is impressively 'West Coast' hoppy, just like the brewers intended. It may not be quite as explosive as some, but it does open up nicely with warming. Eventually, bursting bushel basketfuls of grapefruits, oranges and pine cones greet my nose with each sniff.

Crooked Tree IPA is my kind of IPA. It has the flavor profile that I love, a near perfect malt:hop balance and tons of drinkability. I wish more brewers would keep the ABVs on their IPAs on the low end so that hopheads could get satisfaction over the course of several bottles without inebriation becoming a factor. Dark Horse has done a very nice job with this one.

There isn't an abundant amount of malt. What's present adds a light sugary sweetness, along with a 'just right' amount of melted toffee candy. The American hops (natch) are the stars of the show. White grapefruit rind, lemon pith, orange peel and a significant amount of spruce sap wash over my taste buds and make them very happy indeed.

I have no idea how old this bottle is. It tastes fairly fresh to me, but I can easily imagine a brand spankin' new Crooked Tree ripping the top layer off my tongue like this one doesn't quite do. It's still damn good and is disappearing in a big hurry.

The mouthfeel was designed for speed (of consumption), but is still pleasurable from a tactile point of view. It's medium for the style, with a rounded smoothness that comes dangerously close to silky. A perfect (read: restrained) amount of carbonation doesn't hurt.

Most of my Dark Horse experience prior to today had to do with their excellent Holiday Stout Series. Crooked Tree IPA shows that they know what the hell they're doing when it comes to hoppy beer as well. I continue to maintain that the Midwest does hops as well as California and the Pacific Northwest. Let's see... Surly Furious, Three Floyds Dreadnaught (and Alpha King and Alpha Klaus), Bell's Two Hearted and HopSlam, Town Hall Masala Mama and Fresh Hop, Tyranena Bitter Woman... and on and on and on.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a finger of creamy off-white foamy head. A thin creamy layer of retention yields a surprising lack of big lacing, just opting to leave some of the more spotty kind. The aroma is a bit subdued but smells mostly of citrus, sweet malts, and a very subtle hop presence.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a well balanced mix of citrus and caramel notes but underneath those lies that subtle underlying hop bitterness. It seems to take a back seat to the sweeter notes but eventually makes it's self known to the palette over a period of time. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and easy feel for a 6% IPA.

This wasn't a bad IPA by any means from Dark Horse. It won't blow over the Hop Heads but will fit those looking for a IPA that offers a well balanced taste and refreshing drinkibility.

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

Dark Horse's Crooked Tree IPA displays a cloudy golden-orange amber in the glass; and the tenatious head of creamy off-white seems to want to hold all day, eventually dropping but maintining a thin, creamy, solid surface covering. Thin puffy rings of lace are left about the insides of the glass as you imbibe.

The nose is loaded with rich citrus notes that include juicy, sweet fruit as well as rind. It includes grapefruit, tangerine, lime, and lemon. Some piney hop notes also make their way through, helping to round it out.

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied with a delicate zest from the natural, very-fine bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor assault begins with citrus and ends with citrus but offers some biscuity malt, peppery alcohol, and yeastiness along the way as it rides roughshod over the palate. It's mainly about the hops, and the malt simply acts as a springboard. A bit of balance is lost in that approach, but it's not terribly out of round. The bitterness is solid, and although it carries over into the finish most of what lingers are the hop resins, citrusy/piney notes, and peppery alcohol.

A nicely done, take-no-prisoners kind of IPA that's sure to please the hop head, but probably won't serve the average beer afficianado too well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

eep amber, copper, w/ a one finger head wich settled nicely, fine lacing throughout. Smell and taste both lived up to the name! Smell came through strong piney, with citrus overtones, very fresh smelling. Tatsed AWESOME.. Grabbed you right away with the fesh pine taste and lingered for a good bit, almost begging you back for more. Very smooth and highly drinkable, if I had more access to this I could be in trouble! Overall highly recommended

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky yellowish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with a strong hops smell, along with some citrus and caramel notes.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a decent hops bitterness, citrus sweetness and caramelized malt. The hops flavor isn’t as strong as the smell leads you to believe, but there’s enough there to know you’re drinking an American IPA, maintain the beer’s balance and not over-power you with bitterness. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, not very filling, very good representation of style, what the beer lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in drinkability. I could certainly drink a good number of these and stick with it for an evening.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a nice thin cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, biscuit, orange, pine, toasted grain, and herbal spiciness. Some nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big pine, caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, orange, herbal, and toasted malt. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, biscuit, and toasted malt on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of malt and bitterness make this quite easy to drink. Medium carbonation and body.; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a very slight warming after the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. Nice hoppiness and balance; and very smooth to drink.

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

First had: ?

A standard IPA. Not bad, not great. Don't really remember where I first had this. Poured hazy, orange-brown, with some sediment. Organic aroma, earthy, grassy, which followed into the taste, along with a background of citrusy hops. Medium mouthfeel with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Average IPA.

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Photo of mothman
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

2 Finger slightly pillow-topped head. Good retention leaving some lace. Color is a hazy sunset copper orange. Has sediments floating about, which is weird for an IPA.

Aroma is of floral hops, grapefruit, and a lot of citrus. A slight carmel aroma comes through as well.

Taste is obviously hoppy. Floral hops, grapefruit, and citrus. Just like the smell. Very slight bready malts. Typical, but solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but then gets refreshingly smooth. Ends with a very dry aftertaste.

Overall, a staple of an IPA and a solid representation of the style. I really enjoyed this, but I just had a Furious and that happens to be the hands-down winner.

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