joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Red Bloomington
Crooked Tree pours a hazy copper thatís 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 itís 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. Thereís a touch of biscuity malt in there and even some lemon rind. The citric candied aromas along with the caramel sweetness makes 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 definately good.
Soft on the tongue with a medium body and somewhat lively carbonation keeps this beer moving.
Good drinkability. Itís easy enough to enjoy a few of these in a sitting with no problem.
Another good brew from Dark Horse. They have yet to let me down. Crooked Tree has been better than this on past occassions and about the same on others, but either way itís good!
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] Pours a hazy copper with a lot of floaties. Large, fresh floral hop aroma. Decent sized off white head diminishes quickly. Flavor is lots of hops with a good malt backbone to back it up. Not a terribly bitter finish. Very good IPA.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank at the brewery, March 2008. An excellent IPA. Itís only downfall is that Bellís Two Hearted is just a few miles down the highway. This would (and does) stand out in Chicago, where you canít buy Bells. Great stuff!
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper-honey color with off-white head. Aroma is nice and citrusy (more orange and lemon than grapefruit which is a nice change of pace) with some caramel and pale malts coming through, albeit subdued. Extremely light IPA, with crisp citrus hop, slight tartness, and slight roastiness in the back. A nice light alternative to the normal, maltier IPA.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with thick cream colored head that dissipates to a thin coating. Aroma is very citrusy and smooth hop finish on the nose. Flavor is a bit dry/tart citrus flavor with a lot of piney hopes mixed in. A good IPA, fresh and balanced.
Atlove (41) - USA - APR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA pours a cloudy orange with an average head. The dry hopping give this beer lots of citrus flavors and a crisp, clean palate. Some critics might think itís too dry, but I find it exceptionally refreshing. Thereís also a bit of skunky resin in the flavor, which is distinctive.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey colored. Holy sediment, batman. Minimal head. As the description mentions, not as syrupy and big malted as many IPAís. Hops are prominent but not overwhelming, with a fresh dry citrus and pine flavor. Medium to light bodied. Somewhat dry on the palate. This is just a nice fresh tasting IPA that doesnít try to go over the top.
mkgrenwel (601) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Tytoanderso. Sticky and resiny, but not so much pine, really more just a hoppy resin. Peach, tangerine, grapefruit. Malt backbone is just enough to hold up the hops. At times the flavor washes out a bit in the back and loses some intensity. I think it needs some bitterness to fill out the back. Thereís plenty of balance, but the bitterness is so soft and mild it doesnít flesh out the beer. I really like the hop flavors, but it doesnít fill the mouth right. A weird analysis, but thatís what Iíve got.
jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark orange color with medium head.
Smelled with definite hops and a bit fruity too.
The hops were very apparent and it wasnít too bitter.
It felt heavy with slight carbonation.
It was very drinkable for how heavy it was. Should definite give it a try.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. hazy copper pour with thin soapy head. oily perfume hops, earthy grasses, tinge of alcohol, and mild citrus aroma. grassy hops, hop oil in taste. bitterness comes late, sticky malts.