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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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892 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 892
Hads: 2,599
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.61%
Wants: 312
Gots: 407 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (313 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (611 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (764 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

just amazed to see this one rated as highly as it is. so average to me, and in the big ipa realm, it just doesnt stack up. its a malt bomb, sugary and strong for no reason, its more of an imperial amber than it is an ipa, balanced out the wrong way by a big sugary malt build, and not hoppy enough to overcome that, it just seems sloppy, and almost cheap and half assed for a brewery that has help my attention now for a little while. its hazy and thick, and although very well carbonated and creamy feeling, its not as dynamic as it should be, muted in hop nose and taste, and sweet to a level that limits its drinkabilty to half a beer. the booze is a few percentage points too high, makes no sense and just doesnt fit, and while it doesnt have off flavors and rough edges, its a pretty weird beer to trumpet as world class, especially with this many reviews. am i wrong to ask for a dry and more hop driven brew in this category? i think not. not bad at all, but as an imperial ipa its pretty woeful. sweet and grainy, strange, unflattering, forgettable. (1,057 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (818 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (389 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (1,882 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (766 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (521 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,853 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (2,544 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (809 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (330 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (607 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green wax topped bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of smooth off-white head. A fantastic looking thin layer of creamy retention yields huge, thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a pungent fume of pine, spice, citric fruits, thick smelling malts, and just a touch of heat.

The taste is similar, with a big, beefy mix of resinous pine bitterness and tingling spice balanced by citrus character and a burly backbone of caramel sweetness that barely keeps things in check. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and viscous with a warm alcohol presence that coats the palette with a hot and sticky feel and ultimately feels like a shot of liquor sitting in your stomach.

This DIPA is big and bold and unfortunatley a little boozier than I normally like but after finding out that this thing is nearly 13%, I had to do a double take. This definitley tastes more like it's in the 8-10% range and I hae to give mad props to Dark Horse for keeping an ABV like that so well hidden. This isn't for the faint of heart but more for those that like a little extreme attitude in their beer. Nice. (1,131 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice fluffy 1 finger head rises up and slowly fades. It's a very hazy dark reddish purple-ish color.

N: Tons of hops on the nose, lots of piny hops, fresh musty wet hops, dry hops, hop oil resin, some citrus and tangerine, some earthy hops and bitterness. WIth that is some light malty aromas with some sweetness.

T: Starts with with more resiny hops. Lots of pine and some citrus, chewy hops, some tangerine, orange, and a little grapefruit, spicy earthy hops, and more. Some fresh musty wet hops, and some resiny hop oils. A little bit of light malts, with some sweetness and heavy feel. No real boozy taste though. Pretty bitter but not over the top.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Piny and heavy citrus hops, lots of hop oil and resin feel lingers as well with some fresh musty hops. Some spicy hops late on the finish with chewy hops too. It's basically almost every hop combined into one on the taste and they all seem to linger a bit. Some sweetness on the finish with a little malts, but surprisingly doesn't dry with the heavy hop and bitterness. A great drinking beer, with lots of hops all of the hops you can think of, lots of pine, citrus, citrus fruits, earthy, chewy, fresh musty, etc. Lighter on the malt flavors, but some malt backbone which is nice, and drinks like 7%, not friggen... wait, that has to be wrong... really?! It's 13.6%??? Are you sure they got the decimal place right?! Damn! (1,426 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. wax-sealed bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramel, brown sugar, some citrus and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and bourbon, then the hops flavor comes in, but it’s no where near as strong as you would expect. Then there’s a slight alcohol burn, but it’s quite tame for a beer with 13.60% ABV. The malt character seems on the thin side despite the sweetness. The after-taste is bitter sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not very filling, this is one of those beers that blurs the fine line between Double IPA & Barley Wine. I could drink this for a while, but it won’t take long for the ABV to catch up with you. Overall, it is a very good beer. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Phatz for inviting me to share this with him at his abode.
A - A dense and shellac-like amber with a great white head that holds its own in the lace dept.

S - Malts! Sweet caramel malt and tons of woody/citrus/piney hop aromas that are enticingly fragrant.

M - Strong rich, malty light syrupy feel. a pine bite and oily crystal like pinch. Plenty of warming alcohol .

T - A generous dose of malty caramelly, syrupy sweetness makes me think "Barleywine?", but then a rush of well balanced pine woodiness is injected into the mix with grapefruit and citrus attributes that say IPA all the way.A subtle taste of alcohol and spice, but you can hardly tell it is almost 14%.

D - The drinkability is very hard to knock. Way too easy to drink at the potency level attained. Great balance even though it is a powerhouse. It is a sipper for sure - it will warm you and take over if you aren't careful. I was impressed by the smoothness of the barleywiney malts, but it definitely is hopped to the point to deserve the Imperial Ipa label with all the flavor and aroma it brings to the table. (1,112 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the closer, the palate killer and perhaps my nightcap. Its one of my favorite styles but it look like Dark Horse is trying to take this style to another level which I like. The bottle is waxed on the top, a strong wax it is so make sure to take care with the sharp blades and such trying to pop this one, I opted for a bit of flame and then cut away the wax. Huge tan foam from a quick cascading session of bubbles form a hard pour. The head retention is surprisingly excellent, some beers with super high alcohol levels tend to loose their head quick but this one doesn't. Clear reddish amber color. Oh yeah, there it is ... the pungent mix of higher alcohols and lots of hop resin in the nose. Thick semi-syrupy body with a long drawn out smoothness and creamy backing. The alcohol is a little hot but not overbearing with more warmth in the back of the mouth and throat with each sip. Maltiness is given a hall pass upfront with a quick running of caramel and graham cracker crust but then the hops take over the show. Bitterness spreads far and wide and eventually engulfs all taste as I know it. Oddly there is not this devastating sharpness that would have killed the drinkability, not balance but more of knowing when enough is enough. Flavors of blood orange, pineapple, tobacco, grapefruit rind and caramel form in the finish. A bitter finish but some of that malt sweetness does leak from the wall of hop bitterness.

One of the most drinkable and pleasant higher alcohol (12% abv+) Double IPAs that I have tasted ever. I'm loving this hop fix. (1,561 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wax looks nice on a bottle, but such a pain in the ass to pop that cap.

Pours a fully murky orange touched brown. Very thin creme head. Nose is tangy, citric, and malty. Flavor is a slight alcohol burn (no surprise there with a 13.6% beer), but not as much as you might expect. Slick and smooth liquid feel. Low carbonation. Overall really thick on the malts and quite earthy. I like it, but this is one of those once in a while brews. Still remains very easy to drink. (this is 13.6%? Really?)

Thanks to raverjames for the nice extra. (537 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one from czoch75, cheers Clint!

Pours an effervescent copper with a finger of oyster shell colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness & a touch of fruittyness & a wisp of smoke!

T: Boozey dates, pineyness, some grapefruitty hops & hints of honey, golden raisins & some pineapple up front. Apricots, piney hops, & citrus flavors abound as this warms. Finishes with nice piney hoppyness, a bit of grapefruit vodka & candy orange slices, plus leafy hops. On the cusp of a 5.0

MF: Chewy, with moderate carbonation, & superior balance, slight alcohol burn detracts

Drinks super easy for the style & ABV; slight alcohol burn detracts. This is a damn fine DIPA! Only will get better for a least a year IMO (734 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is darker than most of the Triple IPA's I've come across at 12% abv (per the website) and as dark as this one pours this is a midwest monster of a beer. Deep amber bodey with a large khaki tan head forming nice above the rim of my Chimay chalice, lacing is fine and even with each sip. Aromatics bring it with extreme grapefruit/pine hop tones off the bat. Deep rich hoppiness wrapped with layers of caramel malt tones. Alcohol esters are evident but it doesn't seem fusel actually well meshed all things considered. Flavor again meshes things extremely well abeit a bit sweet, it still works with the grapefruit/pine/resinous feel it has going down, a bit of alcohol warms you up but doesn't overpower the show and the malts range from caramel to straight concentrated citrus juice sweetness...hop candy for sure. Full bodied soft even carbonation the alcohol does end a bit boozey especially as it warms, this is definitely a DIPA/TIPA that borders as a a barleywine/Old Ale. The only difference here is hops, that is what really defines itself as more of an exponential IPA. I threw the yeast more than ample yeast sediment into the glass after swirling the last pour from the bottle it really murks things up in a good way, one of the most drinkable and unoffensive high alcohol, highly hopped brews I've come across. The hop burps are a thing of beauty, this is up there with my Moylan's Hopsickle experience. (1,419 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest head but lots of ring/blanketing lace on the glass. Deep amber (near brown) broth and very cloudy.

Floral, pine hop aroma. I also notice some creaminess to the nose.

Starts off sweet but there is a sizable hop bitterness. The alcohol shows up in the swallow, but it is way too subtle to give away the abv punch in this brew. Relatively thin body for the style. Higher carbonation. Powerful flavor. (406 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four-pack at Whole Foods. Served in my Bell's tulip.

A - One finger of tan foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a solid cap and ring. Opaque dark brown-red amber color - probably the darkest DIPA I've ever encountered. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this strong a brew.

S - Huge citrus hoppiness with notes of tangerine and pine, and a nice caramel and bread malt backbone as well. It's a little one-dimensional, but the booze is well hidden with only a hint making its presence known.

T - There's tons of toffee and caramel up front, but then it dissolves into hop bitterness and a hint of alcohol burn. It's definitely the slowest sipping DIPA I've had, even more so than Kuhnhenn Extreme. The aftertaste is surprisingly neutral.

M - Velvet smoothness, nice warming sensations, low carbonation; it's almost cask-like and really quite terrific.

D - This is a one and out type of brew - 12oz is more than sufficient. The alcohol just builds and builds and a serious buzz sets in about half way through the glass.

I'm wishing this had been hoppier and more bitter - it's far more balanced than other high ABV DIPAs (PtY, Kuhnhenn, Unearthly, Big Head San Diego). I can actually see this aging quite nicely - maybe I'll stash one bottle from my four-pack and see what happens. (1,307 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clouded amber coloring, healthy serving of creamy white froth atop.

Pithy citrus (lemon, lime, tangerine) and pine greets the nose, ripe and raw...

Over the lips and onto the tongue, sublime deliciousness...coats the tongue with powerful hop potency and lush malt flavor. Caramel character keep time with bitter and fruit. Slightly brusque in it's approach, a blast on the palate that begins to fade, but roars back with each subsequent sip.

Fairly full-bodied, beefed up with hops, but not skinny in the malt department, either. Long, lush, lovely finish. Plump, and yum.

Gets a little burnished and brandy-like, showing the full force of the ...13.6%?!?!?!?
Yikes!
but yum! (681 characters)

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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