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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2,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,289
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 294
Gots: 287 | FT: 12
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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Photo of TheBierBoutique
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from zchall23, thanks Brian!

Hazy, dark orange, amber elixir poured into SA glass. Turbid, not much light penetrates. One finger off white head lingers until first sip.

This one has some age on it, as I get some very nice caramel, toffee, sweet fruit (mango, tangerine). A whiff of pine, mild.
Not much in the way of hops.

Some hop resin, apricot, malt biscuit, mild bitterness throughout.

Medium body, carbonation waning. Syrupy. Expected some alcohol heat, but it's nonexistent.

So here's the scoop. I was warned that this brew will be more like a barleywine with some age. I expected it and enjoyed it for what it has become and it has been rated with this foreknowledge. However, if you expect a nice, aggressive DIPA get it fresh. It is actually nice to know that you can age this and enjoy the changing characteristics if you so happen to swing that way.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of thatdavegy
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kevin hooked this up in our trade! Poured from undated bottle to pint glass the beer is a deep amber orange that doesn't allow light to penetrate very well, extremely hazy. A thin 3/4 finger white head with some retention and minimal lacing. The nose is fairly muted but sweet with a noticeable alcohol heat. Caramel malt tones, and perhaps a hint of earthy hops. The taste follows suit, very sweet, crisp with a more pronounced malt character. Not much bitterness at all, nor hop flavors. Finishes smooth and clean with a lasting sweetness on the tongue. Adequately carbonated but fairly still. Overall, if I didn't see the bottle I would have guessed this to be a barley wine rather than a double ipa. Glad to have tried it, won't be back.

Photo of Auracom
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Irony - I've been wanting to find this on shelves for well over a year, and just when I got lucky and grabbed a four-pack in Peoria, three days later I see plenty of singles at WLV. Such is life. 7-8 oz. poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Initially it's a dirty, toffee-brown coloring with lots of chill haze. Ultimately it warms up to a clear, burnt orange. Half finger of an offwhite head. Surprisingly good retention, average lacing. Lots of alcohol legs, certainly the most I've seen for the style.

S - Caramel, sugar, buttery syrup, and an interesting mix of summer and winter fruit - mandarins and raisins primarily. Not nearly as tropical as something like Exponential Hoppiness. Tried my damnedest to find some alcohol heat, but it's really very well-hidden.

T - Front palate citrus and hop notes struggle to show through a blanket of caramel, sugar cookies, and bready spices. There's a hint of grapefruit and pine mid palate that again quickly disappears underneath raisin bread-like characters. Rear palate finishes with light hop bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body, good carbonation for the size of this monster, semi-dry finish with light alcohol warming in the back. Hopzilla was 3.6% lighter and finished with much more phenolic alcohol than this.

D - This absolutely leans more towards barleywine territory. It's got a heavier malt quality than Behemoth but drinks very well for the abv. I will cellar a few just to see what happens, but it's good to go right now if your patience tends to dwindle.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this bottle

Consumed 4/27/12

Appearance: Hazy, somewhat cloudy, brown-amber with orange around the edges - starts off with a nice, fluffy off-white head, fades to a ring, and a little cap and some spotty lacing

Smell: Lots of citrus with a strong base of malts - spicy orange and grapefruit, flesh, zest, and some sweet, floral notes - some pine to round things out - very malty - grainy, slightly toasted, sweet dough - some booze, but not much

Taste: Kind of tastes more like a hoppy, American barleywine than a DIPA - very malty and very hoppy, actually pretty balanced - orange and grapefruit flesh, a little zest, and a little pith - very hoppy but not abrasive - some herbal notes and some dry pine - impressively malty, borderline syrupy biscuits - some dry notes, toasted grains - malty sweetness, but not too sweet - bonus points for hiding the 13.60%, never would have guessed

Mouthfeel: Full body, extremely smooth, nicely carbonated, a bit sticky but justifiably so

Overall: Impressive

I must admit that I am biased here, for this really reminds me of Crooked Tree (and I really like Crooked Tree). It's quite literally a "double" Crooked Tree. It's a bit odd to characterize this as a DIPA, but it's a great beer regardless.

Photo of jaasen64
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge in a 14oz. glass

A- Hazy golden copper with about a finger of creamy white head that left layered lacing along the sides of the glass. About average carbonation. Not nearly as hazy as the regular Crooked tree from the bottle, nor does it have the sediment that the bottle had.

S- Sweet piney hops, a little bit of citrus, some grapefruit, and other fruits. Sweet but not the sweetest DIPA I've smelt.

T- Sweet hops, plenty of them. A little bit of a citrus grapefruit flavor mixed with other citrus fruits. Again on the sweet side for a DIPA, but not the sweetest that I've had.

M- A little bit heavier then your average DIPA, well- balanced and goes down smooth. ABV is extremely well hidden at 13.6%.

O- This was a very good Imperial IPA, however it definitely wasn't my favorite (that award goes to Heady Topper). The beer had a nicely balanced citrus hops taste that suprisingly hid the abv quite well. At the most I would have guessed this beer had an abv of 9-10%. Compared to Crooked Tree this beer was a little bit less bitter and was sweeter, hoppier, and had more flavor. This beer was definitely worth tasting (beaware it will have a suprisingly strong kick to it), however I'm not sure if I'd spend the money to try it again considering the price ($20 for a 4-pack at local liquor store, $12 for a 14oz at the bar).

Photo of akttr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler, the beer is a hazy, bright, orange-copper color with a thin, dense, beige head of densely packed small bubbles. Aromas leap off the beer, with rich malt and citrus sweetness leading the way, balanced with a subtle bitter and green hops presence. Smells delicious. Flavors are rich and surprisingly malty, with a biscuity backbone and some rich caramel sweet character projecting on the palate. The hops make themselves known on the back end of the palate, with a dark, resiny, cedar character that carries a strong bitterness with it all over the tongue. There is a great, sparse lacing left along the glass as you go. Extremely well balanced beer. The aftertaste is effervescent (if you can believe it) with floral and citrus hops character, as well as a rich caramel profile. Smooth, clean finish to a very complex, tasty brew. Bravo!

Photo of cantfindme
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of max9371
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jawneyt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of buddyvelt
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ajax84
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of whatname
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Very light brown caramel head with about three fingers and lots of good staying power, sitting on a dark amber chestnut body. Kind of solid, hinting at orange towards the bottom, but mostly a good solid brown amber color. Looks good.

Lots of graham cracker biscuity malt on this. Chewy sweetness and milk, not hop forward strangely. Hints of a booze character coming.

Sharp hops finally hit on the palate with a real sticky malt action. Almost syrupy bent on this mixind with the classic graham milky chew, but a mild hop presence. Faint stinging needles of pine on the finish but hardly noticeable. Dense body bodes well accentuating malt presence.

Overall my question is where are the hops? Luckily for 13.6% it doesn't feel like a punch in the gut or a knock to the side of the head.

Photo of Rekrule
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Steasy66
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into snifter

A- Deep orange, cloudy, floaties
S- Mostly sweet, somewhat floral, not that hoppy of a smell
T- Very sweet, roasty, almost smokey, some red fruit, not a ton of hops
M- Very thick, little carbonation
O- Not impressed. Very sweet, not much hops, not much of a DIPA to be honest. Full disclosure, I have no idea how old this bottle is because they don't date their bottles, I suspect about 6 weeks old.

Photo of djtomain
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of trixdout
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this bottle is thanks to genuinedisciple!! Thank you!

Now on to the appearance. Due to being traded, the shipping caused the yeast to be unsettled. The yeast gives the beer a dark burnt orange. Almost an almond skin color to the beer. Barely any lacing, most likely from the high abv. Beautiful white head, maybe ever a slim tint of yellow in the head.

The smell of the beer is a little weird. With such a high abv the alcohol is noticeable. I do get grapefruit, but sweet not sour. Definitely some sweet oranges and some tropical fruit. Some hint of pine and resinous hops, even some lemongrass. Maybe I'm weird but I do get some butter.

The taste is a little creamy but bright with hops. The abv gives the brew a bit of sweetness. Bitterness lingers on through the finish. Not much to add here. Other than the hops seem to be fading a bit. Not sure if this brew is a month old but almost seems like it.

Mouth feel is buttery, very prickly on the tongue, a bit watery and burns a bit on the finish. Decent.

Overall this beer was quite a surprise all the way from having a 13.6%abv (not feeling it at all either, weird) to the burnt orange color thanks to the unsettled yeast. Definitely would love to try this again, but fresher.

Photo of Kenai4
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of illestkilla
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of neckbracesub
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,289 ratings.