Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
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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

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Added by xlperro on 08-10-2002

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely hazy orange color with super thick particles and heavy sediment at the bottom of the place. I actually thought it was contaminated. The bottom of my glass had some slimy goop. Not very attractive. At least it has a nice head with some pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruity hops and spice.

Taste/feel: There's certainly a good bit of hops, but there is a LOT of spiciness and malt in there. This feels more like a spiced up, exciting pale ale more than an IPA. Regardless, I still enjoy it. I also get a bit of alcohol in there as well. The feel is good -- pretty smooth with low carbonation.

I'm not sure what to think. I don't find it to taste like an american IPA much at all, rather a pale ale. But then again, this is more bitter than an APA. To say this beer is interesting would be an understatement. I'm not too fond of the chunky appearance (makes me understand why many breweries like filtering their beers), but I can't deny the taste.I find the rating on this site to be a bit high, but to each their own. Still a good one.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Biffster
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is served in a pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle. The sample is very hazy, but has a low persistent off white head.

The aroma is not all about fruit and citrus and c hops It is intensely lemony and peppery and grassy. Pleasant, but unorthodox for an IPA in this day and age. Its fairly clean - no off putting aromas from a rough fermentation. There is some rye crust/graham cracker maltiness in the aroma that opens up as it warms.

The beer is surprisingly, almost bracingly bitter It hasnt got much for malt - what it does have is at least somewhat complex - bready and almost butterscotch like/ All of that is countered by a crisp hop bite that starts at the tip and accelerates toward the swallow.

The mouthfeel is light - not at all slick or cloying. The body is moderate to light and while not spritzy, the carbonation in my sample is substantial.

Overall, this is Pretty tasty IPA - a little off the beaten path for today's IPAs but very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer pours hazy deep orange color with a white head. The nose on the beer is more subtle then the intense flavors. The beer hits first with an average bitter intensity. The first thing I notice is the feel, the feel is full bodied and has a crispness that almost reminds me of a rye beer. Speaking of rye, I get an ever so slight earthy spiciness out of the beer. However the highlight for me is the fresh hop characters. The beer has a moderate amount of citrus, ranging from lemon to pineapple. I think the most notable aspect is the pine flavor, and I mean evergreen tree type pine. This is a great IPA, Dont miss out on the Double Crooked Tree as that is one of my favorite IPA's.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is copper, and a little dense/translucent; head is off white, light lacing.

Smell is hop bitterness, pretty well blended grass/citrus/pine flavors, malt comes through as lightly toasted.

Taste is a pretty neutral blend of hops and malt, light toast and caramel malt notes; hops are citrusy and piney, a little sharp, overly bitter and drying in the finish; there is unidentifiable malt flavor that is different than the toast that presents itself, more of a blend of the crystal and toast flavors.

Mouthfeel is strong on the tongue with hop bitterness overriding quickly and lingering strongly.

Overall, satisfying ipa but a little to bitter and drying from the hops.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tumbler

A – Hazy orange. Lighter rather than darker, Half a finger head.

S – Not overall very fragrant. Hints of citrus and florals. Somewhat dank

T – For an IPA, really light on the bitterness and other hop characteristics. Has nice citrus flavors and a clean finish.

M – Has a great mouth feel. Plenty of carbonation and full bodied.

O – Overall disappointing after seeing the great reviews. Not a bad beer by any standard but I like an IPA with a great balance between different hops and malts. This beer is fairly streamlined from what I can gather.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 3,327 ratings