Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,525 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2,525
Reviews: 902
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 306
Gots: 397 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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Ratings: 2,525 | Reviews: 902
Photo of Tyrone_Slothrop
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA I've ever had, ever.

Photo of BeerTailor
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is as much an amber as an IPA to me

Photo of dmgeng
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't all that impressed with Crooked Tree but heard good things about this one so I gave it a try.

A - Deep dark orange with red on the edges and brown in the middle with a fine white head. Good lacing. Definitely hazy from the dry hops, malt, and resin.

S - Huge hoppy fragrance with a big fresh, dark fruit character. It has orange peel, grapefruit, plums, and a big resin hop character. Some booze and slight malt but big dry hop presence.

T - The first taste is of big hops with resin, dank, orange, citrus, and some herbal character. In the middle there is a big malt sweetness with caramel. The finish has some booze, sweet malt, and a big resiny bitterness. You can tell that there is a ton of everything in this beer. Not as overpoweringly bitter as some but it is up there. This beer is also quite fresh with the serious aroma hops and strong alcohol presence that really notch this beer up.

M - High mouth-feel. Low to moderate carbonation. This beer is seriously thick at 12% and so much resin from all of the hops. It isn't quite the thickest DIPA but pretty close. I enjoy it for the sampling but a bomber of this would completely toast me.

Overall, this beer is a serious DIPA. It somewhat reminds me of Dreadnaught with a big malt sweetness to go with the big resin, orange character. This is boozier and a little more disjointed with the aroma/taste than the 3-F's beer but very good none-the-less. I would recommend this beer and I am very curious to see how this one ages; obviously, the smell would suffer but maybe the sweetness and alcohol would blend creating a more harmonious beer instead of just a big tasty one.

Glass type: Snifter from draft

Photo of Towen69
4.96/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Like having your ass kicked by a bunch of evil hops! AWESOME IPA!! The smell, the taste, the 12%.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lotta Pop. Smooth hop flavor. 91/100

Photo of justinp444
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a orange tinted white moderate head with a dark hazy orange body. Smell is of thin sweet malt, earth grassy hops, and a good amount of citrus (grapefruit, orange). Taste is of sweet malt and earthy grassy hops, very thin amount of citrus, light bitter ending, tiny bit of nice warmth, and some caramel notes. Well balanced and not as warm as would expect with 12% but a tad on the sweeter side.

Photo of ROCKNESSMONSTER
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge fan of this DIPA from Dark Horse! Doesn't taste like a 12% IPA and is very drinkable. Love it and only wish I had more of it!

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 1F head in a Moa snifter with a caramel-tea color.

Aroma: malty, toffee, caramel, a hint of sweetness.

The taste is highly complex: toffee, caramel, candy, grapefruit rind. Unusual taste profile for a DIPA. This beer has characteristics of other styles such as American Barleywines, and Scotch Ales.

Bitter, wonderful alcoholic finish which dwarfs the taste- I greatly enjoy this. There is a bitter hoppy finish which balances with the light boozy quality of the beer.

Great beer and unusual for the style . Take a long time to drink it. Warming brings subtlety, especially with the caramel and toffee. The beer is not distributed in my area. Fortunately,it was available in limited quantities.

Photo of daniels79
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh it is a little hot. By the third one, you really don't notice anymore. Nice citrus taste and aroma, with a slight malt backbone. Now being over 2 months old, it has turned a bit maltier, and lost a bit of heat. Drinks along the lines of Hopslam, with that it peaks twice.

Photo of Beer_Doge
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow.

So herbal.

Such citrus.

Much malty.

Wow.

Photo of Brew33
3.01/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Boozy, sweet, messy. Nothing I'm a fan of in the style.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, however I know this is a fresh / unaged bottle. Acquired the four pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours an extremely deep candied orange / red body with lots of hop & yeast particulate visible in the glass. About a finger of khaki head that stays for a while considering the high abv, and leaves behind good scattered lacing. Practically opaque. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant, but there is a strong persistent bubblegum aroma that I can't get around. Fruity & berryish, with a noticeable caramel / toffee malt bill, but this bubblegum smell is overpowering for me. A more complex malt sweetness begins to come out as the beer sits. Very very minor alcohol noticeable.

T - The taste is very big in almost every way imaginable - lots of big bitter / fruity / herbal hop content, big sticky caramel / toffee malt sweetness, and a bit of alcohol warmth from the 12.00% abv.

M - The mouthfeel is exceptional, and is probably the best thing about this beer. It goes down so ridiculously smooth & creamy for a 12.00% abv, with hardly any semblance of the booze noticeable. Dangerously drinkable stuff.

Overall, I'd say this one about lived up to the hype surrounding it, and I would definitely love to see what a bit of age could do to some of these bottles. Recommended.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree -----4/5.

Photo of Austin32
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little hot given the 12% abv but overall a tasty very full flavored DIIPA.

Saved 2 and we'll see how they age.

Photo of Kevinpitts
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much alcohol in this IPA for me. Detracts from the taste IMO.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty, sweet, boozy. Reminds me of an American Barleywine. Delicious.

Photo of donnierickles
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me somewhat of Lake Erie Monster. This beer isn't as fragrant as I thought it would be but im diggin' the flavor. Pretty smooth for an IPA clocking in at 12%. I will drink more of these when summer hits.

Photo of gsmit
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. Very powerful, but drinks really smooth... Would like a little more sweetness, but overall a great beer

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome and from a bottle.
A: The tap version is deep, clear amber with a very thin head. The bottled version is cloudy from bottom yeast.
S: Resiny, grassy nose, citrus, tropical fruit.
T: Starts with malt (biscuit and slight toffee), melon and then as you swallow you get a touch of astringent bitterness – either from unmalted grains or hops – and them some malt sweetness returns to balance. There is alcohol on the end but you only notice it gradually.
M: Medium body and carbonation, warming on the finish.
O: This is an excellent DIPA. Its bottle conditioned so watch the yeast when you pour.

Photo of AirZombie
2.92/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

too malty . prefer more hoppy in a dipa

Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber color, light head, but left nice lacing.
Smell: Somewhat muted, but I'm getting some tropical and citrus fruits, with a steady sweet malt backbone.
Taste: Not sure of the date on this one, but it may be a bit old, as the flavor has some fruity flavors, but mostly sweet malt and alcohol. I couldn't locate a date on the bottle.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a bit of alcohol burn.
Overall: As I said above, this one may be a bit old, there was some goodness, but I'm missing a good hoppy flavor that one would expect from a DIPA.

Photo of bfrank8
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems very close to Dogfish Head...98 minute

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

just amazed to see this one rated as highly as it is. so average to me, and in the big ipa realm, it just doesnt stack up. its a malt bomb, sugary and strong for no reason, its more of an imperial amber than it is an ipa, balanced out the wrong way by a big sugary malt build, and not hoppy enough to overcome that, it just seems sloppy, and almost cheap and half assed for a brewery that has help my attention now for a little while. its hazy and thick, and although very well carbonated and creamy feeling, its not as dynamic as it should be, muted in hop nose and taste, and sweet to a level that limits its drinkabilty to half a beer. the booze is a few percentage points too high, makes no sense and just doesnt fit, and while it doesnt have off flavors and rough edges, its a pretty weird beer to trumpet as world class, especially with this many reviews. am i wrong to ask for a dry and more hop driven brew in this category? i think not. not bad at all, but as an imperial ipa its pretty woeful. sweet and grainy, strange, unflattering, forgettable.

Photo of emyers
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours cloudy medium amber with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Nice blast of citrus and tropical fruit hops up front with a touch of caramel malt and a slight peppery quality. No alcohol.

Taste: Similar to the smell - tropical fruit up front along with a strong caramel malt presence (although there are a ton of bittering hops that really keep any potential sweetness in check). Some grassiness on the finish. Quite smooth given the abv, and there is great hop/malt balance despite both being very potent.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy on the palate, medium carbonation. Quite a bit heavier compared to the top DIPAs out there - almost comes off like a barleywine more than a DIPA.

Overall: Great beer. Sometimes the line between DIPA and barleywine is very thin, and this beer really toes that line, which gives it a unique flare compared to all of the me-too hop bombs out there.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - 1FH, opaque, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, nutty, pine, brown sugar, bread.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, creamy, heavy, syrupy.

VALUE - $20.99 for a 4-pack. Too pricey.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Too boozy, not quaffable.

Photo of Nolang84
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dam good beer! Hopslam what?? This is much better underrated by others. I dont feel im being generous with the 5 try it and you will agree. Amber color little head when served at temp hop taste is present but not as dry of an after taste like other "hopalicious" beers. I highly recomend hunting this one down.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.