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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,297 |  Reviews: 931
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of riy3rd
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TCJosh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pentasyllabic
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ToddIlgen
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jrcmlc
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of mjohann
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of chefboy812
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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

Pours a golden color, maybe even more so towards a light shade of amber, hazy and highly opaque with teeny tiny bits of sediment floating around the brew. Nice, slightly off-white cap shows decent retention and some seriously amazing, chunky lacing. Nose is wonderful, very perfumey, pungent, and floral, like a bed of wet roses. Earthy, ashy, and a bit peppery even. These hops have a lot of character to them, and quite a nice repertoire. Some toasted bread and crackers bring up the malt aroma which pales in comparison to the hops.

The hops kick you in the mouth first here, mostly taking on that ashy, peppery aroma in flavor. Very herbal and spicy, almost like dry tea leaves and white pepper. Bitterness hits high at first, mellows out quick, and then plateaus into the aftertaste. Some pithy, bittersweet citrus flavors are second in command, including some grapefruit and heavy lemon zest. A bit of alcohol flavor and warmth adds to things and combines with the lemon zest to give a Lemon Pledge type flavor, but it actually tastes better than it sounds. Bready malts and yeast are apparent in the aftertaste, giving your mouth that fluffy, dry coating. Light malt and barley flavors cut through at times during the hop trounce, but aren't that noticeable and are certain far from the forefront. Medium body, slick with a touch of residual stickiness. Carbonation is on the higher side of things, giving the palate a crisp snap after each sip.

Had this a long time ago, thought it was okay. This time around, it was much to my liking. Goes to show you how the palate changes over time. A solid IPA with a nice ashy and earthy bitterness. Reasonably priced and local, too.

 1,682 characters

Photo of slobbs
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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

A: Copper-orange in color with an off-white, foamy, bubbly head that leaves behind some good lacing and retention if you pour it well.

S: Fantastic aroma of floral, fruity hops and bready, yeasty, toasted malt.

T: Big, fruity, floral hop flavors backed up by some delicious, sugary, sweet malt and yeast. Some sediment floating around that loosened during the pour. Most of the yeast was caked on the bottom. The booze complements the balance of the whole brew.

M: Creamy, super smooth, perfect carbonation, huge flavor and a joy to drink. Just a bit of booze shows itself throughout. Might be too yeasty for some but that might be due to the sediment that got free.

O: A fantastically sweet, malty, but also finely hopped IPA that isn't a big hop bomb. A welcomed departure from the typical IPA.

 800 characters

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the label.
Slowly poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to a very thin layer of khaki colored head that disapated quickly. The brew is an amber color and very cloudy with some particles floating around. It is kind of a rough and ready lookig beer. And, that is cool.

S: The aroma is mild and consists of a bit of malt sweetness, some bready yeast, and a bit of floral hops.

T: The taste is a bready and sweet yeast and malt blend with an earthy and floral hops bitteress.

M: The body is on the heavier side of medium and fairly smooth.

O: This is a solid offering in the IPA feild. It has strong flavors without going crazy. Also, it is very yeasty for an IPA, but it works here as a different way to provide some balance to the hops. The yeast, malt, and hops blend well for a bold flavor that is just a little different from most IPA's, and that helps make this beer interesting. And, you just gotta love the rough and tough look of this beer - it is cloudy with stuff floating around and that just makes it look like a manly beer.

 1,065 characters

Photo of MrBIP
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of rjl910953
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of MattBreight
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JimGlonke
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.