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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

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1,963 Ratings
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Ratings: 1963
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


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:
98 IBU

(Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 04:01:45 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:39:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 15:33:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 00:22:17 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:26:29 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 21:00:32 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 04:10:26 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 05:01:09 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:14:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 22:46:46 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 08:19:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 23:33:46 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 02:31:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 22:25:37 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 04:40:57 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade recently as an extra. Thanks. Beer is pretty yeasty, thick sediment makes the beer darker and cloudy, beer has a mild head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is awesome, it is piny, earthy, but with a fruitiness to it.

There are few beer that I think smell way way better than they taste but this is one of them. The beer doesn't taste bad, I feel let down though by the complex hoppy aroma. The finish of the beer is a little dry, mild bitterness, overall fine. The start of the beer is interesting and mildly malty but there is almost nothing in the midpalate. Overall it was decent but a let down in the flavor. I'd cautiously try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 05:09:27 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is orange citrus hops with some caramel malt. I also get some pineapple in the aroma. The flavor is sweet orange with low-medium bitterness. No detectable alcohol, making this a dangerous beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 01:37:09 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 03:23:30 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very vigorous pour is only able to produce a two-finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. It is fairly large bubbled, but doesn't melt instantly. The beer is an unnatural, completely clear, deep cherry red color that shows a rich, cranberry stained amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky, candied hops and hot alcohol; candied orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, concentrated tangelo and candied pine tips are accentuated by a thick, caramelized malt note. The finish has strong notes of pine sap and hemp oil to it. Somehow this smells very clean, almost lacking in complexity some how; there is a fair amount of malt noticeable in the nose, but it seems stripped of its character.

Quite sweet tasting, but it is not as sweet tasting as I was expecting this 13% beast to be. It is still fairly viscous and chewy, but it almost comes close to being like a good double IPA. Hop flavors dominate of course with concentrated citrus / fruit notes up front (lychee, bergamot oil, tangelo and apricot), but substantial herbal notes of pine and especially earthy hemp in the middle and finish. Alcohol provides some substantial warming notes to the finish that actually lingers on in the throat for quite some time after each sip. This is bitter, but not nearly as much as one might thing, the hop character really focuses more on the hop flavor notes than the bitter notes. The malt flavors play a removed, secondary role here (as they should), but do contribute ample caramelized malt sugar notes that help support the hop character. A touch of toasty, biscuit-like malt can also be found floating through the flavor profile.

Not bad, but not all that great either. This was certainly worth a try, but it really is too strong in alcohol, for me, to be an IPA. I do like that it is not overly heavy though, but it is still not something I want to drink more than a few ounces of. Still this is not bad in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 03:58:54 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 22:28:45 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit/orange - with pine/resin. Robust and hoppy!

The taste of bitter grapefruit and pine is wrapped with sweet caramel and some peppery spicing. Alcohol is well-integrated. It has a long hoppy, resinous finish.

It has a chewy, full smooth body.

This is a real treat! Wonderfully hoppy while maintaining a firm, smooth, sweet backbone. The well-integrated alcohol makes this one dangerously drinkable!

Picked this up at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee - 51st and Oklahoma - 2 bottle limit.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:45:21 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 17:32:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 20:22:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 00:25:41 | More by smcolw
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a rusty color with a small head

S: Booze, Earthy and caramel

T: Big and chewy. Malt heavy yes, hop heavy no. Loads of caramel and heat. Faded hops?

M: Big body but off balanced

O: Perhaps this beer was outdated as well. Pass on this one

Serving type: bottle

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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