Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
3,297 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 08-10-2002

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Super cloudy and completely opaque orange hue with visible sediment. One finger frothy off-white head. Just about the dirtiest looking IPA I've seen.

Aroma: Floral and citrus. Not too much there. Some crystal malt as well.

Taste: Starts with a blast of bitterness that persists throughout. Very hop forward as the malt is barely present giving it a bit of a watery demeanor. The hop character is good though, pine and citrus flavor that is detectible despite the sometimes harsh bitterness. 6.5% ABV almost seems heavy for how light this beer seems on malt flavor (there is a hint of caramel though).

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with above average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I consider myself a connoisseur of IPAs and while Crooked Tree is able to scratch the hophead itch in me, it doesn't elicit any of the real good hop flavor and balance that others of the style can deliver. That being said, I'd recommend it if you can find it. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a murky copper color with TONS of yeast sediment in the glass. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. There's a good creaminess to the texture, even if it fades moderately quickly. Still, it's not exactly an attractive beer.

S: This has a pervasive biscuit quality to the aroma; it melds reasonably well with the textbook grapefruit peel and pine qualities from the hops. The maltiness is sweet and caramel-esque, like I expect. Typical, but I really like how strongly the aroma emanates from the glass.

T: The biscuit from the aroma subsides a bit, being supplanted by some initial grapefruit qualities. Still, this is one of the most biscuity IPAs I've ever had. Pine bitterness pops up in the midtaste before seemingly washing away on the finish. No one note here really stands out from the pack - however, it compensates by coming across as a great thirst quencher with a modicum of complexity.

M: While the body isn't lightweight, it manages to drink crisply anyways. Astringency is balanced well, with only a moderate bitterness accumulating on the palate. Carbonation is high yet controlled in order to preserve the refreshment qualities this provides.

O: I reckon this one would really work during the summertime - in some ways, this drinks like a saison. There are better IPAs to be found, but there are also many worse ones as well.

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3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Docrock for this extra!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a goblet, reviewed live:

A - Pours a finger and a half of just off-white, thin head. The color is a murky tangerine/orange. Retention is poor. Lively carbonation. Inviting.

S - Blood orange and pine needles alongside biscuity yeast. Spicy lemon zest on the back end. Balanced extremely well on the nose. Touches of honey. Note entirely complex but refreshing. Moderate strength.

T - Slightly sweet malts open over a light bicuity/cracker body. The fresh hops notes I found on the nose are muted and stale. A good amount of bitterness on the finish. It's well balanced but I wonder if this may be an old bottle (there's no bottle date I can find). It's easy drinking and the alcohol's nowhere to be found, but I wish the hops were fresher and more prominent.

M - Crisp and medium bodied. Well carbonated. Ideal.

D - I'm a little let down by this one, especially being my first Dark Horse beer. I'd like to try it again, though preferably on draught (and fresh).

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2.53/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was excited to try this beer given it's high BA score, but I was so disappointed. The appearance and mouthfeel were average. The smell was musky, earthy, with some hay and straw notes. The taste was similar, with a lot of bitter citrus as well. I consider myself quite a "hophead," but this was far to bitter and unbalanced for me.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a murky tangerine with golden highlights, head is a finger thick with good lacing and retention. Seeing as this beer is intentionally unfiltered it doesn't make sense to dock points for its lack of clarity which under normal circumstanced would be only complaint about the appearance. Looks good!

Aroma- Dank and earthy hops upfront followed by a backbone of citrus, some phenolic yeasty aromas towards the back and a sweet blanket of crystal malt forms a consistent undercurrent.

Taste-Bitter and citrusy upfront with flavors of tangerine and other citrus fruits, some earthiness and marmalade like sweetness towards the middle. Finishes dry with a yeasty bite.

Mouthfeel- A bit on the thick side for an IPA, but it works to this beer's advantage rather than its detriment. Carbonation is gentle and on the low side.

Overall - One of the most drinkable and unique IPAs I've had in some time, replaced Flower Power as my go to IPA.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,297 ratings.
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