Tasting: August 25, 2014
Beer #: 592
In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”
After wondering about the name of another Dark Horse IPA, Smells Like a Safety Meeting, I had to wonder if there was some other alternate meaning to their Crooked Tree IPA. I couldn’t find any. I was introduced to Dark Horse via their Double Crooked Tree and compared that to Stone’s Double Bastard or even Founders’ Devil Dancer. More old ale/barley wine than IPA. However, reading about this beer on Dark Horse’s website – it seems they compare the style to that of a west coast IPA – big and brawny hops – typically citrus, pine. Also these hops are usually out front of a caramel base that does its best to keep up with the hop onslaught.
I can say that this beer does not really resemble a west coast IPA in any way. It has a lush caramel malt base and the hops were almost secondary – they were herbal, grassy with solid black tea notes. I enjoyed this bottle of Crooked Tree and look forward to the second tucked in the back of my fridge. Maybe I’ll have that now. 88 points.