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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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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Added by xlperro on 08-10-2002

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Photo of markgugs
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, beer graciously sent to me by my buddy Dan in MI

A: a nice, lazy cloudy orange, but with very little head that disappeared rather quickly. This is one of the first IPAs I've reviewed that also had minimal lacing.

S: also unlike many other IPAs, the floral/citrus hoppy aroma is matched equally by sweeter smells; the malt appears to be more up front than others in the style.

T: now we're getting somewhere, I like this quite a bit. An initial hoppy yet balanced burst of flavor rapidly blooms into a wonderfully juicy grapefruit flavor and then just as quickly finishes crisply and dryly. Very nice.

M: very nice mouthfeel to this one, not excessively carbonated, not too thin (which I almost expected it to be given the lack of head).

D: an extremely crisp, juicy, refreshing brew. I could see putting back several of these with ease on a gorgeous summer afternoon down the shore, or at a BBQ listening to the ballgame. Very drinkable.

A fun beer for certain, too bad they don't distribute beyond 3 north-midwestern states.

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Photo of a10t2
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Orange/amber with lots of yeast debris and carbonation. A thin off-white head stays solid, leaving great lacing.

S: Pleasantly floral, slightly piney, hops aroma. Just the smell is very refreshing.

T: Floral hops dominate, with some citrus in the background and a malty sweetness that balances everything out. Good balance of bittering and flavor hops.

M: Very substantial, almost creamy body that is a little at odds with the heavy carbonation.

D: Very pleasant and refreshing; I could easily have several in a row.

Overall, an excellent example of what an IPA should be: not overwhelmingly bitter but with a good blend of hops right up front. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a egg white head with semi sporadic lacing mixed with a burnished copper. The haze is so thick that you can't see any bubbles. The aroma is thick with dry, toasted malts and floral hops. Great bouqet. The taste is mildy hoppy for such an aroma. More hops than malt though. There is some toasty flowers with a little hint of citrus. The palate is a little too syrupy for my liking. Doesn't fit well with the toned down hops palate.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this from my local bottle shop, and another less-local one. In fact, it seems like this beer has blown up in my area, and is all of a sudden everywhere, at good beer stores and not so good ones.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with very abundant head (it over-filled my glass).

Smell is very pleasantly citrus-y, and lightly sweet.

Taste is a very sweet hop smell, but not extremely citrus-y. It is unique, and quite tasty. I actually really like it, and I feel it is a bit unique among the IPAs I've had lately. It is lightly sweet...if it were a wine, I'd call it "semi-dry." Either way, it is quite good.

Mouthfeel-wise, it doesn't stick to the roof of my mouth, but it is still pretty substantial. Mouthfeel-wise, it is pretty good.

All-in-all, I thought this was a very good.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense and cloudy orange-ish brown color with a smaller head of white/orange foam. Somewhat low carbonation. A small amount of brown sediment toward the bottom of the bottle.

S: Powerful grapefruit and citrus notes, with fresh cut pine and dense hops. Sweet candied sugar cane-like aroma is unique and fits well.

T: Hoppy, sweet, bitter, and fruity, all in one. Initial citrus gives way to a bitter hoppy note, with elements of sucrose and grain rounding the taste out nicely.

M: Slightly oily and dense, not so much as others i've had. Fair.

D: Pretty good. This one isn't too heavy, and is right about "on" in regards to the amount of hops. Nice interpretation of the style, I like the creativity. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Floral citrus (lemon/lime) and pine aroma that you can smell a mile away; caramel malt base peaks out underneath

Taste: Starts out with a fruity biscuit base that adds plenty of tangerine peel citrus and pine elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, I get a brief sweet blast that joins in and lingers with the citrus into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with foamy carbonation that tingles the tongue

Drinkability: Nice and flavorful IPA; a little strange on the mouthfeel but otherwise very enjoyable

Thanks, boolshot

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Photo of montageman
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip - a very nice bronze hue. A good amount of head is visible at first and retention is decent. Smells like pine and citrus - powerful & engrossing. Taste is very citrusy with a hop punch to back it up. This is a really great IPA, but the carbonation is a bit much. I also feel a slight burning in the aftertaste. Regardless, this is a recommendable brew.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on August 1, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Rich floral aroma of ruby red, replete with Cascade and a tinge of lemon peel. A hazed pour of light hazel, with an gentle orange fringe. Flavor is a loose flowing sweet cream and candied peaches, bolstered with a heavenly rich sinuous curve of candied resin hops. The malt is in nice balance, I feel. The alcohol plays sweet and helps carry the hop flavors. It all mingles together in general harmony. If I have much bad to say, it’s that the malt body is a touch thin and the hop character a little one dimensional, lacking diversity and a bit too vegetal. Otherwise, a rich quenching IPA with nice flavor.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppymeal for sending this good looking offering my way.

A: Hell yeah this guy is bottle conditioned. Thick sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Pours a very cloudy peachish color with a nice evenly distributed one finger white colored head. Nice retention and decent lacing.
S: Huge pine hop notes blend well with grapefruit, melon, lemon zest, and orange. Sugary sweet and oily thick.
T/M: Sweet floral and bursting citrus hop notes invade the senses. Biting sharp bitterness stings the palate but doesn't knock it out completely. Sugary and tart characteristics to the hops. Sweet malt background is subtle, but more noticeable as it warms up. Chewy, oily, and resiny mouth feel.
D: Wonderful example of the style. Easy drinking with a nice bitterness Wish I could snag a few more of these--on tap must be amazing. Seek this out if you can.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange beer with a rocky off-white head that laces a little. Smells like I packed a grapefruit and a little black pepper up my nose.

Great juicy, tangy and bitter citrus taste. Mouthfeel is substantial without feeling thick. Dry finish. Bitterness stays in your mouth for quite some time. Not so much carbonation.

Good stuff. Refreshing. Hoppy, but not at all overboard.

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

Hazy, dark orange with coppertone body. Small, but persistent, off-white head. Nose is mostly yummy hops; very citrusy with pineapple and some background sugar wafer malt. Nice. Toasted bitterness up front quickly turns to citrus and resin hops. Mid-palate finds sugary, fruity malt. Finishes bitter and dry and appetizing. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel. Pretty good.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow, bordering on brown, with a large off-white head. Very cloudy and quite chunky.

The aroma is sweet with grapefruit and a hint of sour orange.

Taste is tart with grapefruit. It has a hazy caramel feel and flavor in the middle, but it's mostly about the grapefruit and high hop content. Quite a bitter aftertaste, but did not taste like pine hops as I suspected. It just continued as grapefruit and other citrus.

Mouthful is well carbonated, and finishes crisp with some dryness.

This is quite drinkable for a strong IPA. The aftertaste isn't as cloying and long lasting as others of its kind. The sediment floating around was a turn off though.

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

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this one.

A: Sort of a drab mixture somewhere between apple and pear juice. Very cloudy, even had some sediment show up at the bottom of the glass. Really not a lot of bubble activity going on, but there are a lot of bubble bunches along the side of the glass. Head is fairly small, nice tight ring around the glass with a scurries of froth here and there across the top.

S: Sour green grapes, lots of red fruit, tangerine and grapefruit rind.

T: Solemn citrus up front; grapefruit with some lymon. Quickly moves to malty caramel with hints of carrot and red apple. Definate bitter grapefruit rind with an earthy hop profile pops in as the the fruity maltiness ebbs away. Finishes with lemon and a little strawberry.

M: Medium body but a bit fuzzy.

D: Nice drinking IPA. Good balance with nice flavor.

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

appearance: The pour gives a low, off white head that soon becomes a thin layer and slight ring around the glass. The beer is a hazy golden amber in color.

smell: Green, floral and piney hops upfront with just a touch of caramel malt noticeable. Big, sugar coated aromas of tropical fruits, especially passionfruit and citrus zest.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body on the lighter side of the medium range.

taste: Juicy, green hops upfront backed by a lighter sugary malt. Candied tropical fruits abound on the tongue. The hop bitterness is moderate for an IPA, but adequate to counteract the light malt. A well balanced, flavorful, hop flavor forward IPA. Gotta love hop burps.

drinkability: tasty and easy to drink

taken from the fridge of dirtylou and smuggled back

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours hazed, cloudy and the color of caramel. The head is a finger deep cap of creamy beige froth. A light sediment sits at the bottom of the bottle. The lace was thick and appealing.
The smell is grapefruity hops, sweet lightly toasted malt, and peppery alcohol.
The taste is citrus, pine, malt sweetness, and light peppery alcohol. A pleasant balance with a solid malty backbone. Mildly dry on the finish.
Medium body, moderate carbonation and a slightly oily, slick mouthfeel.
I found this to be flavorful and highly drinkable. I may have to track down some more of this one.

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

I split this with my brother, whose review immediately precedes mine, I believe.

Pours a very hazy caramel color with an OK head. The aroma was very floral (naturally), with some sweeter notes too. Good. had some citrus notes upon tasting, with a fine hoppy finish, just like a good IPA should. Pretty decent mouthfeel, somewhat smooth and creamy for an IPA. Relatively easy to consume. Overall, this is a good IPA, although there are great IPAs out there that I'd choose before this one.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle with no freshness date. Poured a hazy honeycomb color with a nice head. Great retention. Smells of hops and citrus. Taste begins with the hops, finishes light and buttery. Mouthfeel is a tad creamy, which I like for IPAs. Overall, good drinkability. The hops could be more complex, but this beer is still a good example of an IPA.

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Photo of frazbri
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse Brewing's Crooked Tree IPA poured cloudy and brass colored topped by a short dense white head. Aroma was a powerful grapefruit citrus blend. Flavors of citrus zest with strong round bitterness and a biscuit background. Medium body and carbonation with a nice, dry finish.

Crooked Tree isn't the prettiest IPA I've seen, but all the other elements are terrific. I will drink this again.

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Photo of nflmvp
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively, leaving a 3 inch, almond colored head which disappated slowly. The body was a cloudy orange/amber and due to my aggressive pour, I could see plenty of sediment floating around in suspension.

Smell is nice but my nose sux and I'm mostly pulling citrus out of this one.

Citrus is big in the taste as well but not the bitter citrus peel as much as the sweet fruit.

Drikability is very nice. As a matter of fact, I think I'm gonna go crack another one.

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

I really am enjoying this beer!

Just poured it into my goodwill bastard chalace. Pours a light amber with a lacy but thin head.

The smell is a little sour, it seems, all hops, with a little malt balance, but decidedly too dry.

The taste is fantastic, beautiful hops silked into a firm malt finish like a good sourdough bread.

The mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth, precisly creamy and just, well, perfect.

Highly recommended

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the color of unpasteurized apple cider. Thick, murky and juicy looking. Creamy white head that hovers around like frothed milk. Nose is slightly woody and I can just slightly distinguish the hops.

The hops were much more pronounced in the flavor. The malts were sweet and a bit fruity. Also, got quite a bit of woodiness flavors. Medium body but a bit too much acidic clinginess for me. The hops really linger but not as bad as some other beers. But just enough for me to feel like I chomped into a Christmas tree.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark peach in colr and hazy, small off white head fades quickly. Smell is sweet, citrus and sweet white grape juice, a little grapefruit, and some piney hops. Piney-ness is more prevalent in the taste with just a little citrusy hoppiness and malt sweetness underlying the pine flavor. Light to medium body. Raw bitter hop bite in the finish, nice and dry, also some alcohol evident in the rough finish. Pretty good ipa, the finish is pretty harsh but may please some hopheads.

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Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orangish unfiltered behemoth. Almost hefe like in appearance. Very cloudy and opaque. Creamy off white head with good lacing and retention.

A citrus bomb to say the least, lemon drop galore, grapefruity hop aromas, and other citrus undertones. Beautiful hop aroma.

Taste takes a hit compared the appearance and smell. Pine makes an appearance with the chewy tannic hops. Finish is somewhat harsh. Lemon & grapefruit as well but not nearly as convincing as the nose.

The odd mouthfell hurts the drinkability also.

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

Its been a while since I reviewd a beer, and this one is good as any to pick it back up.

Poured a hazy amber/golden color....slight head with minimal lacing. Smells grassy, floral, citrusy. Very nice.

Taste: A blast of floral and citrus notes. Nice bitterness, with a very green taste in the dry finish. Quality IPA here. Grapefruit twang stays on the tongue after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between fizzy and flat....I guess Id say its medium. Very smooth going down. Excellent drinkability. I could hammer these back with no problem. A nice hop bomb with just enough malt for balance. Dark Horse has my attention with this brew, and makes me want to try more of their offerings. Thumbs up.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - golden amber color, nice fluffy white head with very nice lacing

s - lemony, citrusy hops with some pine in there too

t - kind of a letdown here, just very mundane, citrusy bitterness that was pretty underwhelming, not terrible, just nothing special, doesn't have the amount of hops I want in an IPA

m - lots of carbonation, light feeling with an oily residue coating the mouth after swallowing

d - pretty drinkable, though I'd rather move on to something else

Not a bad IPA, just not something I'd go out of my way to obtain. If I can get Dark Horse, I'm going for the Black Bier hands down.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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