Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by levifunk:
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
bottle stamp says dec 30th, 2009, so this is just over a year old. I've been restraining myself for the last month from drinking this, but finally gave in. Noticed the label says "ages well"...so yes, you can age DIPAs.
a - ruby brown with a tan head. pour is clear...nothing floating around in there.
s - this beer is a great example of the fine line between big DIPAs and barleywines. Fresh, the nose has big hops. A year later, after the hops subdue, it smells just like a barleywine. Sweet caramel.
t - There is still some hops bite, but after that is a creamy sweet flavor. Malt body comes up with almost a grainy taste. Oak woody flavor. Just some residual bitterness from the hops remains, not so much the flavor. If you tasted this blind, you would think it was a barleywine for sure.
m - medium body. chewy. nice carbonation.
overall - so glad I did this, and even happier that I have 3 more bottles to try down the road. 13.6% alcohol was hard to pick up on fresh, still the same in that regard.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2011 03:36:22 | More by levifunk
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4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into tulip. ~1 month old bottled 2/14.
A: Almost self-illuminating amber-orange color with 1-2 fingers of head lasting ~2 minutes. Significant lacing retained throughout the warming.
S: HOPS! Its intense and enveloping. Pine sap, no floral/citrus notes at all.
T: HOPS! Very rich malt flavors, caramel, with minimal bitterness early that builds and peaks during aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty noticeable, especially as the beer warms. This reminds me of a hopped up barley wine.
M: Smooth and thick, its very malty. Viscous without being sickly syrupy. Carbonation is well balanced and in all honesty quite average. The thickness helps make sipping easier, and makes that 12% hit you a little slower.
O: An excellent DIPA, I really enjoy that something can be intensely hoppy without being a bitter punch in the tongue (I'm looking at you Stone). The caramel malt and viscosity help balance the relatively high alcohol content. Somewhat simple flavors that are well executed without being exaggerated - a winner.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 00:48:00 | More by Copernicandream
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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