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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

2,496 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,496
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 305
Gots: 382 | FT: 20
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: 2,496 | Reviews: 896
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 on the 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 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.

Photo of tiltednotion
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing double I got on a trade!

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I prefer this over hopslam

Photo of Trooper92292
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a double IPA I'm really impressed. I feel aging this will provide more flavors and aroma. I can smell the alcohol a bit on this and it's understandable with it's ABV content. With time I know this would become a greater beer. Has the traits of a Barley Wine. I would like sitting down with Crooked Tree IPA for a comparison.

Photo of larryarms847
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper brown orange with a thin layer of very light khaki foam.

Orange rinds, caramel, bubblegum, and floral/earthy in character.

Bitter citrus, caramel malt, pine, earthy, and noticeable alcohol.

Medium-bodied, light-medium carbonation, slightly chewy, bitter citrus/earthiness, light caramel sweetness to cut through.

Overall, a hefty DIPA. Alcohol is noticeable, but not so much so considering the ABV. Leans farther on the bitter end of the spectrum, but not overpowering in any way.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/19/15. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

L- Deep amber, good clarity, two finger slightly off white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film.

S- Citrus, floral, alcohol is apparent, some unripe peach, decent caramel note, that hoppy sort of bubblegum aroma.

T- Mostly floral and citrus, hefty amount of alcohol on the tongue but no real throat burn, a slight yeasty flavor, the finish is pretty bitter.

F- Lightly syrupy, not bad for such high alcohol.

O- A pretty good beer for how much alcohol there is but it's just a bit too big for what I'm looking for in an Imperial IPA. I've had this on tap before and the alcohol wasn't as noticeable but I find that to be the case with all beers. I also find the hop profile a bit typical in the same way as I find regular Crooked Tree. Still I would recommend people try this and I'd even pick up more of it if it weren't so expensive compared to something like Hopslam. I think if they lowered the alcohol to 8-10% it would be a great improvement.

Photo of RC613
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this is right up there with Hopslam.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,496 ratings.