Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
914 Reviews
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 Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 914 | Ratings: 3,167
Photo of mnstorm99
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a cloudy light orange with a nice head that sticks around very well and this one laces pretty nicely.

Great orange, lemon hop aroma, with a nice grainy malt smell in the back.

Taste is great, nice smooth malty, toasted, carmel flavor and a great hop backbone that is a nice floral sweet citrus taste.

Mouthfeel is great, perfectly carbonated and almost chewy for the style. This is right up there in the top 5 IPA's I have had.

 438 characters

Photo of westweasel
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Schneid for giving me this bottle.
What a guy.

The aroma was mostly oranges and caramel, along with some pine and grassiness. The smell was great, but pretty faint.

The appearance was cloudy and a bright orange/medium copper. It had about a 1/4 of white head.

The taste was toffee and caramel with notable sweetness up front, followed by a smooth citrus bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was between thin and medium, with fairly high carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable IPAs I have had. The bitterness is strong enough for an IPA, but it is very smooth.
This is an IPA you could really drink in quantity.

 635 characters

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a super hazy copper and orange with a half inch head the fades down to a thin cap after a minute, the pour is really cool looking and has a great cascading effect coming out of the bottle. Not much lacing as I was expecting more from an IPA, still the unfilteredness looks pretty sweet compared to the overly clean looking IPAs.

S: Hugely aromatic floral hop aroma, super grapefrutiy and piny, huge hop hammer, not balanced in any sense but damn if it doesn't smell great anyways.

T/MF: Great lemon and pine flavors coming across strongly along with the good ol grapefruit. The mouthfeel is not as sticky as the smell and initial taste would have led me to believe, though to be sure the aftertaste has the same protracted finish as all those other IPAs. The aftertaste has an even more bitter and accentuated piny flavor. Great tasting, fun drinking.

D: Really a wonderfully crafted and nice change from the cleaner, clearer IPAs, I've sampled lately. I nice change of pace and a pretty damn drinkable beer considering the bitterness and ABV.

 1,115 characters

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. 12 oz bottle.

Pour: murky/hazy tangerine-amber body under a minimal off-white head.

Nose: grapefruit hops, honey, husky sweet malts in the finish

Taste: grapefruit/resinous hops up front, juicy apricot esters flourish before a sweet/tangy/bitter malt husk finish.

Feel: sappy, thin and smooth, with crisp carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: solid on all fronts yet lacks the complexity of other American IPAs. A very drinkable, well-made IPA nonetheless.

 469 characters

Photo of KeggerKen
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very thick an unmixed looking orange color. This IPA was almost grainy to the taste...the hops were there but it just felt like there was sand in my beer and didn't settle well in the stomach. I couldn't drink more than one and don't think this is a good representation of the IPA style.

 296 characters

Photo of cdkrenz
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Extremely hazy orange color. Light can barley get through this cloudy brew. The head is minimal but is a very pale tan. It does maintain a bit more than a trace of head as it sits waiting to be consumed.

Smell - Citrus aroma but the hops are the real deal. The scent is begging a sip.

Taste - This brew is filled with hops. It starts out smooth and slowly gains more and more strength and oomph as each gulp is swallowed.

Mouthfeel - Unlike most hoppy brews this one somehow maintains a wetness usually not characteristic of any of an IPA.

~ This hop filled beer is one to be reckoned with. I certainly recommend anyone that likes strong hop filled and tasty beer give the Crooked Tree a shot.

 711 characters

Photo of JustinOSU99
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An Orangish-Copper color with very little head..Seems similar to a lot of IPA's.

S: Grapefruit and floral smells dominate up front. Definite hoppyness also catches the nose. Smells like a nice one.

T: Different than IPA's I've had recently. Has hints of a darker ale, which helps bring the hop out in a different manor than other IPA's.

M: A little heavy for this type of beer, but sits in the mouth nice and feels smooth over the tongue.

D: Could have maybe one or two of these, but it would be worth it to include one any time you can!

 544 characters

Photo of klewis
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A careful pour reveals a hazy rust copper color with quite a lot of large, suspended particulate. A big foamy head with good sustain leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Vegetal and citric hop aromas. Fine and average.

T: A prominently piney and grassy hop taste. A slight earthy, oak character adds a bit of depth.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Quite dry with a lingering bitterness.

D: Overall, quite nice and an easily drinkable IPA. Not outstnading, but worth buying again.

 480 characters

Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange IPA with a fair amount of bottle condition yeast that stirs and suspends easily. Aroma is so-so for an IPA, strong citrus tones overall in the drink. Nice but leaves me wanting a stronger american ipa. Would really like to try this one on draught.

 254 characters

Photo of HardTarget
2.84/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Simple cartoon looking tree, no information at all.

Aroma: Slightly worty malt base spiked with a floral grassy hop perfume with a hint of tea.

Appearance: Thick flakes of… something make the rounds in a dark cloudy orange glass. Solid finger of meringue head laces heavily. Flakes are dark, they don’t look like protein coagulation, a bit disturbing. As the head settles, there are dark particulates suspended in it like dirty snow.

Flavor: Heavy bittering hop, firm tea flavor, mild malt base. There’s a heavy orange peel element and some earthy tea flavors that make me think English hops. As it warms up a bit, some of the worty under-attenuated malt flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation, over carbonated really, medium body, fairly clean finish.

Overall Impression: Too many off elements here to really enjoy this one. The unidentified floating objects don’t help, the dark dusting in the head is a new one for me, the heavy use of bittering hops rather than flavor or aroma hops is counter to the way I prefer my IPAs, and the English rather than American IPA profile has me confused.
Looking at other reviews, it’s possible I got a bad bottle, but no date on the label has me wondering if it is possibly old. In my book, no date = brewer takes the hit. It’s sad, after all that, the basic flavor is pretty good, but everything else really brought down my score.

 1,409 characters

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

My first taste of the highly touted Dark Horse, Crooked Tree is a terrific start, a hopped-up IPA with vibrant flavors. I was impressed with Crooked Tree from the beginning, with its two-finger head of white froth topping a very cloudy orange body. The smell was full of hops as well as fruit, with orange, lemon, and grapefruit arising from the hops. Excellent taste--lots of hops, fruit, and some pine and mint to boot. As if that weren't good enough, the carbonation was effervescent but not obstreperous, making this IPA highly drinkable.

This last part is significant, since the heavily hopped beer might be too much for some. It's a crisp-tasting IPA, but heavier on the hops than most straight-up IPAs. In fact, I had to double-check to make sure that this was not a Double IPA.

Quite impressive, and one I'll be sure to try again and again. Dark Horse is officially on my radar. Excellent stuff.

 906 characters

Photo of calsbeek
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a cloudy orange at cellar temps into a tulip...left the sediment in the bottle.

S. Fresh citrus, earthy tangerine. Very Nice

T. Ehh (with a wobble of an open hand). One dimensional taste with little malt to back the hops. Not much bitterness behind the earthy hop flavor.

M. A little full bodied for a beer with this hop character but it works. My humble opinion is that this should have been mashed at a lower temp. Good carbonation. Rich on the tongue.

D. Nice session beer. No harsh flavors but nothing exceptional here either. I'd call it a low brow craft beer if there is such a thing.

 606 characters

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

pours a hazy bright coppery color with orangish highlights, nice thick dense head, that leaves a coating of foam on its way down.
the aroma is very hoppy, with a firm malt backbone, citrus, peaches, and fresh baked bread.
the flavor is up front malty with a firm bitterness, hint of citrus, herbal, and very easy drinking, there is a lingering spice on my tongue.

 364 characters

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

Poured from a bottle a very cloudy apricot color with a creamy white head and lacing which fully enveloped the inside of the glass.

Aroma was heavy with hops, both grapefruity citrus and pine and a touch of malt.

Taste is sharp and zingy with lots of citrusy hops and a nice malty finish.

Medium mouthfeel with a zippy carbonation.

This is a really nice American IPA. Full of personality in the same way as a Bell's Two Hearted. This is a beer to enjoy for sure.

 466 characters

Photo of cameraman
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium amber color with a quater inch, off white head colored head forming on top. It shows tremendous retention. A strong citrus scent dominates the fragrance, folowed by the aroma of grass and pine, folowed by the faint scent of malt at the end. The malt comes out in the flavor at the start, it then gradually blends itself to some intense hop flavors. Those flavors start with grapefruit which is the most dominate, with touches of grass and pine, and it finshes with tobbaco taste. A slightly watery feel at the front, as it rolls across the palate it gains some weight, to become more medium to maybe full bodied. There is the ever so slight tingle of carbonation at the end. This is a very good IPA, an easy sipping beer. A strong aroma and intense flavor not only makes this an excellent choice for an IPA. It would make an excellent session beer, with only 6% ABV.

 875 characters

Photo of 1fastz28
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very very cloudy light brown color, probably the cloudiest ipa i've ever had, lots of sediment in the beer, very hefe like.

smell is hoppy,(duh) piney hops are the most prevelant, taste is a hoppy/bitterness mixture, not to strong, but not to weak a nice mixture...

mouthfeel and drinkability ar egood too

 315 characters

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

Pours a ruddy tangerine with visible sediment and a frothy tan head that dies slow. Lacing occurs in full sheets all around the glass. Smells nice and citrusy with mean hops and a little yeast and malt. This is mean at the start with a rindy hop bite followed by a pure balance of yeasty sweet malt. Best of both worlds. Medium in the mouth and drinkable but DIPA like.

 369 characters

Photo of grub
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this one from BlackAngus as part of BC2. thanks josh!

12oz bottle.

pours reddish orange with just a wisp of off-white head. spotty lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine. light orange and tangerine sweetness. bit of alcohol. bready malt. slightly floral. lightly toasted biscuit hiding in the background.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. alcohol. resinous pine and grapefruit hops. bread and biscuit malt. bit of orange.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body. the resinous bitterness has a clinging long-lasting mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. well balanced, with great interplay between the alcohol, bitterness, and malt.

 666 characters

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with a sold, white head. Lots of lacing as the beer is consumed. Little bits of yeasties floating around due to a somewhat aggressive pour. Average head retention.

Aromas were citrusy hops. Lemons and grapefruits are the predominant aromas here. Decent malt backbone to back up the aggressive hopping. A little disappointed in the aroma, but certainly nothing too bad.

Nice flavor profile. Malts greet the palate followed by some great hop bitterness. Just on the edge of the bitterness cliff. A little more and this would be a little over the top. I would have liked some more caramel malts to back up the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is barely medium bodied and dry in the finish. A pretty good beer overall.

 781 characters

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz. bottle going into the workhorse Abita Beer pint glass. Label on this bottle looks slightly different from the photo, with the 'Dark Horse' logo now floating above a slightly smaller 'Crooked Tree'. This one has a story behind it: it was 'heroically' rescued by Metalmonk, a seemingly forgotten 'extra' in the depths of a saved shipping box. Thanks to the person who sent (guesses are: jpm30 or grynder33) and to Jeff for being an upstanding individual and not including it in his Oregon bounty, though he easily could have... :) On to the tasting...

A: Thick, murky sienna brown/orange- definitely bottle-conditioned. Bits of floating detritus and a granular scum on the bottom. Held to a light, I can see carbonation rising in the chunky depths. Head is nice: a bit over a finger of sandy tan creaminess, leaving nice bands of splotchy lace.

S: Lots of toasted grain, some earthy and herbal-smelling hopping, with scant pine and tart orange-citrus. An unusual but pleasing 'tea' smell - yes, brewed black tea - in the fading finish.

T: Zesty oranges and a bit of tart lemon, somewhat grassy with a chewy caramel/grain backing. Nothing terribly sweet or overly bitter, just a well-crafted, good-tasting IPA that says 'American' but resembles 'English' in its restraint and balance.

M: Fairly creamy mouthfeel, straightforward 'medium' body. malted grain sticking on the finish gets a little gummy; neither hop bitterness or toasted grain lingers, leaving a finish that's neither hoppy/bitter nor sweeter malt. Maybe that's a sign of a good IPA, but here it seems somewhat vague...

D: A credible IPA that I'd like to have again. Without a date on the bottle, my assumption is that this is still good (while maybe not at its freshness peak), despite hiding at the bottom of a box for a couple months. Nice balance; good, but far from dominating, hoppiness; nice aroma. Recommended.

 1,903 characters

Photo of berserker256
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and orangey with a nice lasting thick head. Heavy aroma of hops, pine, and a little bit of citrus and sour dish rag. I'm not a huge fan of I.P.A.s but I have to consider how this beer tastes for the style. And for the style it's an excellent example. It's what an I.P.A. is supposed to be. Heavy on the hops, some pine tree, and a bitter aftertaste. Not too thick and not too thin. Good feel. Good beer.

 410 characters

Photo of Bighuge
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one murky looking IPA. I like it. Thick and dirty looking. Muddled butternut squash tone. Thin ivory white head leaves little lace. Nice mix on the nose of piney hop tones and sugary maltiness. Could use more on the hop side of the equation with regards to the nose. Nice balance of flavors, but not much with regards to the bright hoppy tones I like. Sugary caramel malt tones with a spattering of piney, reinous hoppiness. Bitterness lingers, as it should, but is a little rough around the edges. Medium-full body. Light prick of carbonation. Decent beer.

 565 characters

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

Poured a nice hazy dark copper with a thick full head, good lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is nice and hoppy with a good citrusy grapefruit quality.

Flavor has a nice bit of toasted malt, but is quickly overpowered by the strong grapefruity hops.

Mouthfeel has nice carbonation and good body with a heavy oily tongue coating.

Very Drinkable and tasty, a very solid IPA.

 377 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA. 12 ounce brown bottle. Odd looking label art, slightly askew and off-kilter, like many of their others.

Hazed orange appearance, small white head, soon gone.

Intense aromatics, out loud and proud! Huge grapefruit citric notes, big pithyorange and lemon peel, slice of pineapple, fresh, vibrant, even pungent, and lively. Lovely stuff.

Fat mouthfeel, plump and abundant with flavor, but it fades back after such a shining promise. Tasty hops. Persistent bright orange flavor never flags, big, bristling bitter buzz playing on the palate.

Little malt in action here.
Nice hop action, but, yet not quite enough, there's a certain spark missing that could push it to another place.

However, I do like this. I could possibly learn to really like it.

 781 characters

Photo of zdk9
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours out a cloudy orange with lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle (didn't expect that). A finger of puffy white head lingers for a while and leaves sheets of white lacing.

S- A delicious and strong whiff of hops- grapefruit, flesh only, not pith; blood orange; a touch of evergreen.

T- Hops forward in the taste as well. A little more pithy though in the taste, and without the orange. There is a good amount of carmel too which didn't come out in the smell. I like the balance.

M- Bitterness is strong on the sides of the tongue. Creamy but also more carbonated than expected. Do I like the tingling? It's interesting, I might prefer more mouth coating, but it does relieve the bitterness which I like...the verdict isn't out yet, but hopefully that's enough info to decide for yourself.

D- I'm loving the hops profile on this one. I really enjoying the taste on this one. The mouthfeel is great. Delicious- initially the bitterness was harsh for me, but as the beer warms up (along with the hightened carbonation) it becomes a delicious silky mess.

 1,067 characters

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,167 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!