hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber pour with a thick beige head that leaves nice lacing. Very inviting aroma consisting of sweet citrus, apricots, and pine. Smooth and very drinkable! Sweet entry with sugared grapefruit and apricots leading to a somewhat mild bitter pine finish. One of my favorite IPAs thus far.
andrepintado (2046) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from cervezalandia. Hazy dark orange. Thin white head. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Body is light sticky. Finishes a bit thin. Flavour is quite spicy, resin, malt, light chocolate, a bit bready.
procraste (242) - FRANCE - OCT 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nouveau une très chouette IPA équilibrée avec ce qu’il faut d’expression du Houblon et aussi de délicatesse; C’est sans doute l’équilibre qui est difficile à trouver entre la douceur et l’amertume sans plomber les arômes ... Ici, c’est réussi.
mateuszk (1115) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very nice hoppy IPA, lots of citrus and pine in this beer. Medium body, not too dry, finished with solid bitterness. Classic IPA.
bjakk (502) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - SEP 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark bronze, lightly cloudy,nice yellowish foam. Strong aroma of old orange, with caramel in the background. Sweet burned sugar toffee with burned hoppy aftertaste.
emusche (105) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy amber with an off-white frothy head. Nice lacing present. Aroma is somewhat muted; pineapple, maltiness, subtle pine notes. Flavor is more pronounced, with a heady maltiness still present, but cut nicely by a drying hoppiness and excellent fade to sharp bitterness at the back of the throat. Wish it had more to offer in regards to aroma, otherwise it’s fine. Vastly exceeded by their Double Crooked Tree offering.
sloth (2663) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin tan head that lasts, fair lacing. Seriously murky, amber?? color. Ugly ass brew, lotsa floaters. Lightly piney and grapefruit nose. Body is med/light, surprisingly. Soft carbonation, tad oily. Dry malts, slight caramel and the aforementioned hop flavors with a bit of stone fruits.. Dry finish tame bite but better than expected after pouring and seeing the poopied uglyness that was in front of me! 6er from Grape & Gourmet.
Beertobealive (353) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a tulip glass at Express de Lyon. Pours a short beigeish head with wet cereals (dog food) aroma attack, which faints to bread aromas. Amber to kriek colored body. Specific in mouth with high bitterness and a light mix of his and roasted malts. Unusual but interesting. Not easy to match in a tasting or with food.
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martin00sr (1702) - Haderslev, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orangish, small offwhite froth. Malty aroma more so than the usual American IPA. Some citrus and a little caramel perhaps. Flavour has a more pronounced hop bitterness, a little grapefruit and caramel. Bitterness gets slightly citric later on.
SG111 (637) - New York, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
100th IPA. Bottled 07/03/15. Pour into IPA glass. Hazy orange/blossom honey color, vanilla cream head. Aroma is caramel malt, bready, Orange, citrus, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, orange. Very solid, super enjoyable. Not overly bitter. Nice bitter finish without being astringent and unpleasant. mildly dry finish.
Chad9976 (1470) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t tend to use the word “malty” to describe an IPA, and if I do it’s usually not a compliment. In the case of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA it’s definitely one of the more malty IPAs I’ve had, though it’s not a bad beer. I enjoyed the malt character – maybe not immensely – but I did enjoy it. That being said, it’s just a fine IPA; no more no less.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 5/28/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Surprisingly dark orange to brown proper hue; extremely hazy body though no sediment is visible. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Mostly piney notes with light floral aromatics. Considerable malt presences for the style.
Taste: Since this bottle is nearly three months old it might be understandable why it’s noticeably malty for the style. Dark amber malt flavors are quite prominent here; not unlike those found in a traditional amber ale (in fact, this beer could easily be classified as such). I notice some caramel and toffee notes as well as a touch of chocolate or perhaps coffee. It’s still plenty hoppy, though. Mostly pine and resin character with a touch of earthy spiciness. The bitterness is enough to notice but mild enough to overlook. An enjoyable palette for sure, just not an amazing one.
Drinkability: The delivery of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA is pretty much what I expect in the style. Medium bodied with noticeable carbonation crispness. There is a bit of a sticky texture and a lingering sensation of hop oils after each swig. It doesn’t seem to be quite as big as the 6.5% ABV on the label would have me believe, but it’s sturdy enough to stand up to a meal or enjoy on its own.