Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottle notes that the beer is 13.6% ABV and 98 IBUs; apparently this DIPA isn't kidding around. No freshness data, but the bottle informs us that the beer apparently "ages well".
Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch off white head that dissipates steadily and lacelessly. Pours a dark hazy copper and leaves walls of lacing that get washed away by the beers predictably big legs.
Smell: Cascade or some other American C hops (close to grapefruit, but more toward aspects of Cascade hops that I can't put my finger on comparison-wise). Biscuity malt with a healthy dose of caramel sweetness. Smells like some kind of sticky pastry, like an especially decadent "vanilla brownie" with a lot of caramel added.
A little lacking in depth, and not exactly "Hey, let's drink an IPA!" but good smelling.
Taste: Loaded with flavor; this is an east coast style DIPA all the way, and a good one at that. Short burst of tropical fruit up front, quickly moving to lots of cookies and caramel, then heating up with alcohol and ending with some fig notes and a brown sugar finish.
This beer is straddling American barleywine and (east coast) DIPA, but whatever it is, it's a good beer. The high ABV manifests as much as spiciness as it does as heat, and does not get in the way of the numerous malt and hop flavors. There's some grassiness, some tropical fruit, faint orangey citrus, lots of caramel, biscuit, brown sugar, and even various dark fruits, all in good balance and complimentary. The high IBUs are doing their job; it's bitter enough that the giant malt character is never too sweet or too rich.
It wouldn't take much argument to sway me to give this beer a 4.5 or even a 5.0 for taste, but I'll give it a 4.0 for being maybe a bit too balanced toward malt (especially for an IPA). It's a trifling complaint; this beer is delicious, and delivers a copious amount of flavor. Every sip tells me "rate it higher!"
Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Creamy. Carbonated enough to not distract as too much or too little. Approaches "sugary" but remains smooth. Long, hot finish, though not much aftertaste.
Overall: There's some roughness in this beer (aftertaste could be longer, hop flavor could be more prominent), but in the end it delivers so much good flavor that I can't give it below a 5.0 for overall.
I love big malty beers like this, and when I drink something with this much alcohol, I expect to be given an explosion of flavor justifying it (after all, it's more calories, and fewer beers I can drink before getting too drunk, not to mention generally more expensive). Double Crooked Tree goes above and beyond on that front. It's dangerously drinkable, a sipper that beckons you to drink it fast because it's so good, so restrained in terms of alcohol heat and perceptible bitterness, and so well balanced.
I like the conceit of the beer (Sort of "we're speaking *literal* when we say we're 'doubling' our IPA!"), and moreso I like how well it's pulled off. It's not what I think of when I think IPA (double or otherwise), but it's a very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2011 05:32:24 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is one of the finest dipas that I have ever had the pleasure to sample. I love Crooked Tree and was so excited to try its big brother. It pours a hazy orange copper color with very little head but a nice lasting film and lacing. The nose is a ton of beautifully bitter pine and grapefruit hops. There is a little malt backbone present as well as a definite alcohol bite but mostly nice fresh hops. The mouth is fairly thick and chewy, coating every taste bud with hoppy goodness. The flavor is incredibly balanced. Most super hoppy dipas have nothing but bitter hops but this one does a glorious job of balancing an extreme hop presence with a wonderful sweet malt backbone. I could definitely dronk a lot of these. Unfortunately I only have two and, on a friend's advice, I am gonna cellar the other one. Cant wait to see how this awesome dipa ages.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 04:46:09 | More by lochef81
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle into tulip
Appearance - Robust orange with a slight haze, about 1/2 finger white head, nice lacing.
Smell - Pine, resin, grapefruit, sweet tropical fruits like mango, slight pineapple, even some subtle spice.
Taste - Pine right from the start with underlying floral notes. As it moves along you also get big taste of grapefruit, tangerine and lots of citrus zest especially towards the end. You also get a subtle maltiness in the middle, but more so a bold spice kick. Bitterness. Alcohol is defintely present in this one.
Mouthfeel - Full bodied, medium carbonation, and crisp.
Overall - Good beer. This is the fist time I have had double crooked tree ipa and I must say that I am not disspiointed. Understandably this beer has a bit of alcohol presence but it still packs lots of flavor.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 02:15:36 | More by Flopjack
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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