Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by GreenWBush:
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
As with all insanely huge beers parading themselves as double (or even triple) IPAs, there is certainly a saturation point where it becomes a super-hopped Barleywine. While I don't know where this beer stands precisely, I do know that it seriously outshines another Michigan brewer's attempt at a 'triple IPA'.
This beer is an impenetrable peach that produces a swelling, cascadingly large head that leaves a patchwork of lace-quilts on my snifter. The suspended and moving yeast globs are somewhat frightening in their large number.
The nose of this beer is hop-nirvana. I'm instantly conjuring thoughts of Dreadnaught, Ruination, Hercules, Racer X, and all of the other world class i2pa's. I'm even reminded of a more potent and pungent Rogue I2pa (egads!). Crazy fruits everywhere; less straight-up citrus and more tropical fruit harmony with the sweet malt. A slight varnish-like alcohol burn warns you that you're head will not be in tip-top shape after this.
Taste is insanity, somewhere between that overhopped barleywine and i2pa line of demarcation. Hoppiness (and hop-oils) are everywhere, but never annoying or caustic. The malt is divine here, thick, sludgy, chewable. The malt and hop battle for supremacy here, with neither winning - the victor is your tastebuds. Its like walking into a malt museum with a fantastic hop-exhibition happening.
The mouthfeel is spectacular. This is the oiliest, fattest beer i've ever had the delight to put into my mouth.
Just phenomenal. Trade to get your hands on this.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2006 21:28:19 | More by GreenWBush
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a rich, perfect amber, into a traditional pint glass. Head quickly dissipates, and there is little lacing. Usual IPA scents of pine, citrus, and a hint of honey, breadiness, and certainly detectable booziness. Taste is similarly citrusy, with a more heavy breadiness component that lends an overt sweetness to the citrus. Despite a heavier boozy note on the tongue, it is much less bitter than expected. This contributes to a heavy but balanced and not overpowering mouthfeel. Recommended, for a higher ABV, yet very drinkable, double IPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 18:36:31 | More by srv33
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,156 ratings.