Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ballenc
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a milky/cloudy haze (and includes suspended yeast). It is a burnt orange color with very little head that diminishes quickly. No noticeable lacing to speak of.

Wonder smell with lots of resinous hops and bready yeast aromas. Also a strong sweetness with floral notes.

This is a well-balanced IPA. While my tastes lean towards the hoppier IPAs, this one has a nice, well-rounded balance between the piney hops and the malts.

Drier than many IPAs I've tried but smooth and balanced on the tongue.

Overall, a very drinkable beer from Dark Horse. The first I've tried from this brewery. Even at 6% ABV, this is an easy drinking IPA that I can easy drink two or three of in a single sitting.

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Photo of Overlord
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schneid.

Pours burnished gold with amber highlights. Big, long lasting white foam head. Mouthfeel a bit thin ... needs more hop oil!

Smell is pine hops. That's about it. Taste is a bit more complex, with pine, some ruby red grapefruit notes, and maybe a hint of sweeter malt underlying it. Could use a bit of tropical fruit, or maybe some sweeter citrus, but a very decent IPA.

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Photo of younger35
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this for around $10 at Friar Tucks in Bloomington. This is the 3rd or 4th of these I've had but never got around to reviewing until this one. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a small creamy bone white head. The head never really recedes leaving a beautiful cap and collar and plenty of lacing.
Smell- Deliciously hoppy with plenty of grapefruit and juicy pineapple. Slightly piney with almost candied ginger or orange peel highlights. A lightly sweet caramel backbone peaks its head around all the hops.
Taste- Like you'd expect after that super hoppy nose there is plenty of bitter to go with a light compliment of sweet. It has plenty of grapefruit pith and light orange peel without that big "west coast" fruitiness. The hops are more piney, raw and bitter rather than fruity. A bit of a brown sugar undertones ads a bit of sweetness to the beer but just enough to help balance the bitter a bit.
Mouthfeel- My only real complaint about the beer. It's a tad thin and but slick and oily with light carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a awesome beer that tends to go down faster than you intended. It's very easy drinking and really tasty. I wish the body had a bit more oomph but that's about it. Great beer that I'm glad was recommended to me!

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Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Big Red Bloomington

Crooked Tree pours a hazy copper that's nearly opaque. A one finger white head formed on the pour but quickly fell to a light skimming and a thin ring leaving light lacing on its way down. The head could use a bit more staying power.

Candied orange peel greets the nose upfront and is joined by a healthy dose of caramel maltiness. There's a touch of biscuity malt in there and even some lemon rind. The citric candied aromas along with the caramel sweetness make this an inviting IPA.

The flavor pretty much follows along with what the aroma suggested. Candied citric sweetness combines with the drizzling of caramel and creates a good IPA. Not outstanding but definitely good.

Soft on the tongue with a medium body and somewhat lively carbonation keeps this beer moving.

Good drinkability. It's easy enough to enjoy a few of these in a sitting with no problem.

Crooked Tree is another good brew from Dark Horse. They have yet to let me down. Crooked Tree has been better than this on past occasions and about the same on others, but either way it's good!

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

I got this beer as an extra in a trade with HopHobo.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - cloudy, yellow/orange color with a small off-white head that fell to a ring, leaving some spotty lacing. Also has some floaties, but I left most of them in the bottle.

S - citrus hop aroma, sweet smelling.

T - good bite upfront balanced by malt flavor midway, finishing with a little bitterness.

M - medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - a bit heavy to be a session beer but a few would be nice.

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Photo of guthrie
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Like others have said, a toasty orange color. Slight head with some sticking. Lots of sediment floating about. Tiny bubbles.

I thought the smell was floral/hoppy with citrusy tones.

Aggressive hoppiness that goes right for the back of the tongue and throat. The sensation seems to spread up the tongue after swallowing. Nice carbonated feel.

Very interesting to try. I know I personally couldn't drink more than one or two.

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

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a cloudy orange with a 2 finger head of foam with some good lacing. Head retention is average.

The smell is certainly big on the grapefruit. Behind the citrus, I can just detect some light maltines.

The taste surprised me a bit. The grapefruit is really strong here but there's more malt than I would have guessed from the smell. It still doesn't balance the hops but it's there along with a fruity flavour. The mouthfeel borders on medium, the carbonation is medium light, and it finishes with a sharp bitter bite.

This is an interesting IPA and pretty drinkable...I like the bitterness here; it kind of reminds me of Bridgeport IPA, which I'm very fond of. Good stuff.

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Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 10 15 09, poured from tap at the brewery.

A Light amber color in a translucent body with minimal but creamy head. 4.0

S Sweet malt with hops in a great balanced IPA. Interesting, inviting IPA. 4.0

T Hops predominate but there is a great malt backdrop that REALLY helps to balance this beer in a great way. 4.5

M Syrupy smooth feel and thick. Love this feel in an IPA! 4.5

D Really great. 4.5

Notes: Now I realize why this beer gets so much attention!

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Photo of brewgetter
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark amber color with decent lacing. Huge hops in the nose, lemony, grapefruity, pine is subdued but there. Taste doesn't quite match my expectations from the nose. The malt seems to overpower the hops a little. It starts out heavy on the malt, as I wait for that big hop hit, it just doesn't come. There's definitely hops there but I was expecting more. The hops profile could use a little lightening as well IMO. Pine comes through but the lemoniness not so much. Goes down easy and feels right on the tongue. Overall a quite good IPA, but certainly not the best. I can't wait to try their DIPA though!

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark orange color with medium head.

S- Smelled with definite hops and a bit fruity too.

T- The hops were very apparent and it wasn't too bitter.

M- It felt heavy with slight carbonation.

D- It was very drinkable for how heavy it was. Should definite give it a try.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this on a recent road trip to Indiana. Pulled it out to give it a go while watching the Nascar boys practice at Bristol.

Very murky burnt orange pour that is loaded with yeast. Nice head though...

Smells very citrusy and lemony over a very grainy base..

I'm not overwhelmed like some others were by this one. Fairly decent taste of hops but nothing spectacular like in others of the style. Nice finishing bitterness sort of makes up for what it lacks in front end punch though.

Overall, an average IPA that is drinkable but not memorable.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,276 ratings.
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