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Crooked Tree IPA by Dark Horse Brewing Company
American IPA
6.50 % ABV

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2010
Very strange beer – supposed to be an IPA but tastes more like a red ale leaning toward an ESB or a stout. Lots of malt and hops – about equal of each (thus the potential ESB) and some light bitterness with resin and pine flavors with some malt sweetness. Sort of a run of the mill brew – nothing special, yet nothing bad.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 7 14 4 7 2010
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!

Reviewed: 4/5/08

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 11/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 2 6 13 4 4 0
Now who is the crook? Pours a very cloudy orange color with some lighter tan highlights. A soft wheat head with limited retention and lacing overall.

The nose is very muddled. Some piney note up front with a odd fruity hop/ester on the back end. Mostly apricots and peaches but some cherries and a almond nutty aroma. Some off yeast notes, cardboard/oxidation but not over the top. The malt is light but is really hard to pick out.

The taste is similar but not as muddled. Malt comes out with a sweet flavor but hard to really pick out distinct flavors. The hops are really off. A good bitterness up front but does not blend well/support the piney and floral hop finish. Some weird floral and apricot notes that just don't blend. There is a stronger yeast flavor that doesn't help on the back end.

The body is moderate to light. Good carbonation. Overall there is just something funky going on here. The malt is muddle and lacks the base for the hops. And the hop finish is just off with some off yeast and floral notes. Crooked for sure.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 01/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
This sucker must have been super fresh cuz its quite possibly the best looking IPA out of a bottle I've ever seen! Murky mega cloud of caramel orange, yellowy peach skin glows around the edges and a tornado of chunks whirling about which finally collects at the bottom with fish food sized chunks. The head is just as impressive, perfectly foamed, firm, steady, evenly bubbled, large and in charge with the hue of vanilla ice cream. Lacing sits around in thick rings and gluey globs. I almost didn't want to drink it, it looked so perfect.

But skip that - sniff and wiff, sip and ahhhh, wow, what a nice IPA this is. Great hop nose to begin things off, super fine pine wood delicately lays atop freshly green but dried leafy hops, which has a good touch of floral aspects to it which add a layer of floral hop resin. Seemingly overall - pine wood and floral resins, but yet there's a bit more to it with some squeezed in citrus acidicness lightly coalescing. Very aromatic in its strength as well.

Flavors don't disappoint, nice hop character throughout, toasty malt front mixing with light burnt citrus. It keeps a drying effect right from the get go. Solid resin coating with dotted alpha acids, pine wood, cedar bark, slight citrus and a very nice bittering action from front to back. Not overly complex so much in the flavors, but solidly built with a hoppy foundation. The malts play very secondary with some toasty grains which help add some nice balance and play to the biterness. Good hop action kept it going.

Feel is quick and smooth in the front, close to medium bodied, fluffy texture midway into the end where it finishes with dry and steady hop-action bittering. This did seem to change some as it went along, starting strong but leveling off and weakening, more or less, as ya get closer to the bottom in both feel and flavor. Still one very well done IPA, a bit one dimensional overall, but for me the overall core and soundness of hops engaged me to like it more so then most. Yum!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 06/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending me this as an extra!

Pours a dark mustard color with a good inch of foam and lots of floaties.

First aroma I picked up was pine, lots of it, and then some ripe orange, and grapefruit. Then the malt comes in, toasted, a bit of multi-grain bread, and crackers. A little on the sweet side, it “smells” viscous and thick, but seems to work well. A good dose of grassy hops are also present. After a while it begins to smell more tropical with some mango and pineapple.

Taste is on the malty side, toast, crackers, multi-grain bread; then there is the mix of tropical fruits like orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon. Very little bitterness. Very easy to drink Not as syrupy as I the aroma led me to believe, it actually has a viscous consistency but the carbonation level is enough to make it smooth and creamy.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 5 8 0
Review from 09/27/06

Poured from bottle into standard pint.

A - When I popped the top, foam slowly started coming out of the top of the bottle, but when poured, I got a one finger head, which is fine, just guessed there would be a monster. Body is orange and hazy.

S - Sweet caramel malt, aromatic hops, and a touch of alcohol.

T - Starts with a little bitter bit, then moves into sweet caramel malt, then finishes with citrus hops. Very pronounces stages when moving down the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, but almost seems full bodied as it has a nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is excellent.

D - Great beer. Highlight of my IPA night so far.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 0
THanks to beagle for this fine brew, and a growlers worth no less. Pours a murky amber with a white foam head. Very solid hop overload and the balance isn’t traditionally good.

Served In: Pint Glass

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