Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Pure citrus orange aroma from hops, ahh such pleasure, with some malt. Very easy going down and yet so high in alcohol. Smooth and tasty, lots of hops well mated away so neither too bitter nor too sweet.Medium mouthfeel. I thought this was agreat for the style, from another great Michigan brewer. Thanks Dr. Jay.
03-26-2006 04:01:45 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!
Pours a murky amber color with a 2 inch foamy light beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pine and herbal hops, brown sugar, and sweet malt. Taste is of sweet malt, brown sugar, toffee, and a surprisingly subdued hop flavor on the finish. Very mild hop bitterness on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA that reminds me a lot of a barleywine like others have mentioned.
09-13-2011 03:39:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
G: Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Very dark amber, nearing mahogany. Definite readdish hues. Pours a single-finger cream-colored head with a good amount of carbonation. Nearly opaque in the glass. Excellent lacing.
S: Lots of floral hops with citrus and tropical coming in behind. After the floral notes, there are clear scents of tropical fruits, mostly mango and a bit of pineapple.
T: Much like the nose, but not quite as intense. Good floral and tropical notes, with a semi-sweet malt base.
M: Medium-to-full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. It definitely hides the 13+% abv quite well.
D: Pretty drinkable given the alcohol content. Not something that I'm dying to have another of, however. The nose is definitely the best aspect of this one.
05-04-2009 05:01:09 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Brassy orange with a pristine interior disturbed only by the occasional miniscule bubble. The upper half of the snifter is occupied by a whipped frothy crown that is equal parts ecru and ivory. Considering the ABV, there's a pretty decent lace display.
The nose is more American barleywine than DIPA. (Single) Crooked Tree is more hoppy than malty, so this beer was expected to follow suit. Especially since Double Crooked is supposed to be (Single) Crooked with all the ingredients, except water, doubled. The dominant aroma is oranges soaked in Grand Marnier. Good, but far from great.
Dark Horse deserves credit for masking such a high ABV so completely. While alcohol is appreciated on the taste buds, it isn't a major member of the flavor profile. It's most noticeable as a tongue tingle... followed by a tongue numbing... followed by a gullet warming.
Mucho malt is in the house, yet the beer isn't anywhere near as sappy, sticky and cloying as it might have been. 98 IBUs worth of alpha acids feel like significantly fewer, which is always the case when abundant malt sugars are present. The flavor profile consists of bitter orange peel, orange oil, brandy, buttery caramel and pine sap.
I'm beginning to wonder if my bottle isn't from 2007 rather than 2008. That would explain the less-than-buzzsaw hoppiness and a mouthfeel that falls short of chewy. It's at least medium for the style, but it also feels a little worn around the edges. Soft and sparse carbonation is just what the tree surgeon ordered.
Double Crooked Tree IPA is a perfect example of why the same basic recipe is sometimes better suited to brewing an IPA rather than a DIPA. In other words, there has to be more to creating a world-class DIPA than doubling everything except water. This is pretty good beer, but I'm a little disappointed that it isn't outstanding beer.
09-02-2008 15:33:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a modest head that retains well and leaves shards of lacing
Smell: Incredible aroma of caramel malt and piney forest tones
Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel base that is quickly joined by a wallop of piney hops flavors that build and build; after the swallow, the hopiness becomes so intense it tingles the tongue and coats the mouth providing lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue well into the finish; plenty of residual raisiny sweetness on the finish
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with prickly carbonation
Drinkability: Wow, this is one heckofa DIPA; it's just a bit too sticky and aggressive on the finish for me to really enjoy as much as I would have liked
Thanks, ClockworkOrange, for the unusual treat and ThomasHardy, for the chance to revisit
06-09-2007 21:00:32 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Got a little bored with a few other beers that I sat down with tonight. Though they were good beers, I wanted a little something extra. Yep, found it here!
The beer pours a darker-than-usual for an Imperial IPA. Dark amber, dark copper in color with a fauling head formation and retention underneath the 13% abv. No lacing but is substituted by the brandy-like legging that illudes to the strength of of the beer.
Surprisingly, the hops don't dominate like you'd think. Strong malts deliver a deep caramel, toffee, molassas aroma that keeps the citrusy and piney hops balanced. Don't get me wrong, the beer is hoppy with a plethera of citrus, pine, and maybe many other earthy, herbal hop varieties. Could be considered an American Barleywine just from the nose.
Flavors continue the balanced attack of huge malts and huge hops. Very little separate the intensity of the two, again illuding toward a toasty Old Guardian or Crusteacian. Hop flavor takes on a strong but varying blend of grapefruit, pine, and dirty-earthy tones. Maybe it's these pungent and less sharp hops that keeps the beer in check. Maybe it's also the sun-kist or toasted malts that combat the hops wonderfully. Only a cough-syrup taste in the end is the only deterant.
The body is where the beer begins to definatively side with the IPA than the barleywine. Very crisp, clean, and crisp body keeps the beer from the cloying or sweet-feeling beer that distinguish the styles. Very well attenuated for such alcohol and maltiness leads to a dry and crisp finish. Alcohols do become fusal and hurt the textures in the end.This makes the hops shine in the end; still with the pine-citrus-earthy tones.
A beautiful beer that defies style classifications. Indecisive between an Imperial IPA or an American Barleywine? Reach for a Double Crooked Tree! ...while supplies last.
Thanks again for the trade Arvjunk!
05-20-2009 04:10:26 | More by BEERchitect
2.65/5 rDev -36.3%
A - Poured a very deep and hazy amber color, with some notable sediment evident in the bottom of the glass. No real carbonation to speak of and this go along with the head as well. There was just not any at all. It poured rather lifeless into the glass and just kind of sat there looking dull. No side glass lace at all, not really impressive on the look here to be quite honest.
S - Aroma was highly charged with the whiff of alcohol. Just overpowering and brutal would be two very good words to describe it. Once you get past this it was a full on assault of hard bitter pine hops. Nothing at all in the balance here, this one was just all about the IBU and ABV apparently, well at least upon the nose that is.
T - The flavor was about as harsh, bitter, and astringent as you can get. This one just totally started to kick your but from the very first sip. A total tongue eraser would be a good way to put it. Tons of ABV from the first sip, very harsh and a really all too noticeable presence there. The hops were not overly flavorful, but rather a harsh mixture which just seemed to try to batter you more then anything else. A really just a massive quantity of bitterness and abv. Nothing else really to say as far as that.
M - Feel was very dull, again and rather lifeless. Just no real body of depth to it... It had a slick feel with no carbonation what so ever. Did not feel overly thick or thin, but rather was just completely lifeless and boring would be the best way to describe. Again not really thrilled here.
D - Almost none really. It was almost too much to be a sipper. Now I am a fan of big doubles, but this was too much even for me. Just nothing really redeeming about it. Too much of everything and not enough life just is a bad combo.
Overall I will pass; this was not even worth a novelty look as far as I am concerned. It was just an overdone double that had too much emphasis put on blowing away taste buds and jacking up the ABV. Maybe I got a bad bottle, I don't know, but this was not really as enjoyable as I would have liked. Too big for its own good would be the best way to describe it. I tried it, and I have had worse, but I have had much, much better. Overall I will pass and wait for the next round. I guess it might be good to try, hopefully just a flat bottle, but defiantly unimpressed and completely under whelmed. Now the bottle, top notch, awesome graphics and a wax seal, both very nice touchs, however I just wish what was inside could have lived up to how good it looked outside.
09-15-2007 00:22:17 | More by mikesgroove
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
Pours a murky orange color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel and toffee with sweet citrus, a bit of pine, pineapple, and maybe some booze, too. Definitely on the sweet side. The flavor is a bit boozier than I’d like. Citrus peel and pine give a pronounced bitterness. Toffee, bread, and toasted malt are all quite strong as well.
07-31-2012 01:26:29 | More by womencantsail
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a tiny, off-white head.
Smell: Cinnamon spiced caramel, unripened plums, booze, and a leafy, grapefruit scent.
Taste: Sweet, spicy caramel with an almost candyish quality to it. Pinch of fresh chopped herbs. Slight plum fruitiness. Citrusy flavors of grapefruit rinds and orange peels. Medium-high bitterness, but the malt backbone does a solid job of balancing it. A bit of heat on the bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth texture.
Drinkability: A very enjoyable, considerably very drinkable Double IPA from Dark Horse.
05-14-2008 04:14:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.45/5 rDev +7%
This pours out as a deep copper color, kind of hazy with a very small head with some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell has a ton of pine with some citrus in there. The taste is wicked hoppy with some floral notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel tingles the sides of the tongue. Which makes this brew very intriguing. I really enjoy this brew a lot. It really is a great Double IPA.
05-17-2011 22:28:45 | More by Knapp85
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured a deep hazed burnt orange with a very nice established one finger head that really stuck to the glass leaving a sheet of lace behind stupid me I poured kinda harsh letting all the chunks and floaties swirl about in the finish pour.Wholy shneikies is this thing fresh smelling like freshly and I means freshly mown grassover top pine neadles with a touch of hay just awesome.Quite dry on the palate not much residual sweetness that comes from alot of dipa's big and herbal with damp leaves that come to mind the malt base is more like that of cracker malt quite dry.Thick,resiny and chewey with a more noticable apricot-like flavor in the finish as I drink more.This has alot of complexities going on the alcohol comes as you drink more providing sweetness,a fine offering.Pure and simple its hop juice.
05-09-2006 22:46:46 | More by oberon
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Points for a creative bottle. Four fingers of billowing foam cap this deep brown-amber DIPA. Lots of sticky lacing webs all over the glass.
A resinous, piney aroma is in the air...slightly sweet and malty as well.
Taste is rich and hoppy. Mouthfeel is velvety, almost up to the decadent level. Caramelly malt, long residual herbal bitterness from the huge load of hops present. Not much to hint at the ABV either, until you're halfway through the glass already. Be careful with this one. A bold and powerful DIPA.
05-06-2007 22:25:37 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance: Dark amber, clear with a bit of hop haze. A gentle pour produced about half an inch of head at best, which receded to a small ring pretty quickly. Small bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass as though they're struggling to move through the syrupy liquid.
Smell: Equal parts pine and caramel with a touch of alcohol. Not as aggressive as I was expecting.
Taste & mouthfeel: Toffee-like malt, very resiny, thick and rich, low carbonation. Pine and a bit of grapefruit in the finish. More of a balanced DIPA, bordering on barleywine. Thankfully not cloyingly sweet as some 13% + brews tend to be.
Notes: A solid beer. Pretty unique stuff, definitely stands out from the pack. Normally I'd never age an IPA, but I may just try it with this one.
03-29-2008 22:39:12 | More by largadeer
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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