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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 874
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 292
Gots: 324 | FT: 14
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 Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: personal system uses whole numbers, rounding down e.g. no rounding up to 5)

2013 12oz bottle with no bottle date, poured into Bell's tulip glass and consumed today 3/6/13

Aroma: Really rich- full of floral, citrus hops that makes me think of mango and passion fruit. I also get a ton of sweetness that gives me toffee and honey. But otherwise I feel like I'm sniffing a hop cone! And that's what I'm looking for when I drink a big DIPA. (5)

Colour: Nice, cloudy dark amber body, pours with a 2cm white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a small film remniscent of oil on water. Lacing is decent but nothing to write home about. Best way to describe this beer is the color akin to apple cider. (4)

Flavour: Like the nose, it is really, really rich and full of flavour. It's really big on the floral hop tastes that give off an earthy flavor and makes me think I'm drinking some sort of sweet nectar; the sweetness comes from the bready malt which definitely makes itself well-known- lots of honey with hints of toffee. Very good! (4)

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied, really well carbonated beer that coats the inside lining of my mouth in a way I would definitely describe as resinous. Any part of my mouth that comes into contact stings from the hop bitterness for minutes afterwards. If you're a massive hop head, this is what you're here for. I cannot tell that it is a 12% ABV brew. Dangerous! (4)

Overall: A hophead's wet cone dream. It's not a particularly balanced DIPA in that it integrates the hop and malt components well (like Pliny the Elder does), but it does bring incredibly strong hop and malt components both to the table. It's a really intense DIPA and you don't mess around with it. I think it beats out Hopslam, but the price point is even worse than Hopslam's ($16.99 for a 4pk in Madison WI). It's probably a beer worth trying once, and worth getting if you have something worth celebrating about, but it's not exactly a staple kind of beer. I think it's probably the finest representation of the intense, less-balanced type of DIPA you can find in the midwest. If you like a more balanced DIPA, go with Sucks or Pliny or something similar; if you want a hop blast with a lot of malty sweetness, this is it. (4)

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/19/2013. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger dense cream colored with with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, caramel, pine, floral, grass, and floral earthiness; some slight alcohol as it warms. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes; with great balance of malt that is not overdone at all. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, caramel, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, caramel, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a near perfect balance of malt/bitterness; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slightly slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent and huge DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop flavors with malt; and dangerously smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

Appearance: Amber, unfiltered with floaties everywhere. There's a 1/2 finger white head that quickly fades mostly to the perimeter.

Smell: Earthiness, solvents, adjuncts, some malt sweetness, faint hops, black pepper. Not overly aromatic and quite odd.

Taste: Malty, sugary and sweet, with some hop presence, though not overwhelming. This tastes way better than the nose would indicate. The booze is hid quite well, would love to see how this ages.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy and coats the tongue nicely with ample carbonation.

Overall: A unique and interesting 2xIPA. Haven't had a Dark Horse brew that let me down yet.

UPDATE: Had this on draft and it is obv significantly better. Bumped it up a notch in the taste dept.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jtd1969
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber, lacing is decent

S - Citrus with some grassy sweet malt

T - Smooth bready malt with some grassy herbal hops that lingers. Tastes great

M - Big medium with medium carbonation

O - Great DIPA, especially at a well hidden 12% abv! All DIPA fans gotta try this one! It's definitely malty, but all DIPAs are. I really liked this one!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of robhbest
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Golden amber, nice 2 finger white head, good lacing.

S: Smells like starburst meets the grassy hops combined into something wonderful.

T: Wow the smell transfers right into the taste. My mouth is watering.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: I've had this beer twice now and its exactly as I remember it. It hides the 12% ABV very well. Its still a little hot fresh but not overpowering. The citrus and pines blend well here. Thank you Dark Horse for another solid offering!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.