Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served in a snifter.
This beer is murky! Definitely unfiltered. It pours a viscus reddish-brown color, and the head was a mere half-finger and went away very quickly. Just a few bubbles slowly trekked their way up the side of the glass - I can already tell that this beer is thick!
Tons of malt in this bad boy. There is some citrus character from the hops, but this is definitely a malt-forward IPA. There is some graininess, and the alcohol definitely comes through. There is some dark fruits and the raisin character that comes from higher-abv beers (which I LOVE).
Whew doggy! This guy packs a wallop! When first sipped, it was very cold. The flavors were tons of graininess, tons of sweet maltiness, and then a good amount of American hop flavor (citrus, slight pine). This isn't a grapefruit hop bomb - this is a lot more like a barleywine than an IPA! The bitterness comes through at the end, but for the most part this beer is a malt-slap in the face - the good kind, of course. The graininess and the color make this beer remind me of a well-made homebrew from someone trying to make an extreme double IPA. There is some fruitiness, as well as a big amount of breadiness.The boozy level is moderate. That being said, I just yawned and could feel the heat from the alcohol as I inhaled! It's well hidden, but definitely present.
At first, this beer seems like it would be a syrupy mess, but it finishes fairly dry. Which isn't to say this is easy to drink - it's DEFINITELY a sipper! The alcohol makes it pretty warming. This is an after dinner type of IIPA - the kind your pour and nurse for an hour.
This is a big, bold, and bad ass beer. It doesn't hide the fact that it's basically a barleywine, and it definitely isn't for the casual beer drinker. When people think of double IPAs, they often think of things like Pliny the Elder which is dry, bitter, and highly drinkable. Double Crooked Tree? Better bring your A-game, 'cause this one's not for the feint of heart. I'm not saying this beer is the most extreme IPA on the market, but after looking at the humble label and description on the bottle, one may be a bit surprised if he or she was expecting a hop bomb.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2011 02:43:55 | More by MaxSpang
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 2,150 ratings.