Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. The pour is a dank, hazy apricot color with a thin dingy head and some floaties (not sure if it's yeast or coagulated hop resins and malt proteins a la Heady Topper). On the nose I get crisp, fresh grapefruit and syrupy-sweet notes of over-ripe peaches.
The beer has a medium-full body and a firm feel. Strongly bitter and over-the-top hop blast with little apparent effort made to balance the flavor. I get flavors of grapefruit juice and marmalade, with an undercurrent of honey. The bitterness intensifies across the palate and joins a boozy flavor on the finish. I'm left tasting grapefruit juice and Everclear. Not very drinkable, although the bitterness somehow hides the high ABV quite well (though not completely).
I didn't care for this beer and it's not because I thought it was bad. I am not ashamed to admit this, but even at 400+ reviews this beer is still beyond me. I know it's good and I will certainly try it again at some time in the future. BAs who want more and more raw hop bitterness probably love it, but it's a bit extreme for my palate right now. I've had several IIPAs that were extremely bitter, yet I still found them very pleasant to drink (Heady Topper, Dreadnaught, and Ruination come to mind first). This was not one of them (not yet anyhow)
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 08:47:52 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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 2,143 ratings.