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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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2,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 290
Gots: 322 | FT: 15
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 JDizzle
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. No clue how old it is.

Looks merky, amber, with a huge off white head that took a while to calm down after an aggressive pour.

Snells of grapefruit dominate with a spicy note that lingers. Sweet malt is present as well. No hint of alcohol?

Mmmm...I like this much better than the regular IPA. Really fruity with a spicy characteristic that is really good. This isn't your normal DIPA like a Hopslam or Double Trouble. For a crazy ABV, it doesn't come across boozy at all!

Mouthfeel is wonderful, and it does not get tiring at all.

Epic for the ABV!

Dark Horse is $$$!!

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. pretty orange beer, big hop aromas of mango, pineapple, and orange. followed by a huge hoppy blast of mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit. lots of caramel malt, sweet, thick and a little syrupy but not cloying at all, with a very nice bitterness throughout, dry finish.

great beer, very drinkable considering the abv. cant wait to open my 32oz growler saturday, last nites 10oz tulip was more than enough (along with 2 slam dunkels) for a weeknite.

outstanding. will have to try the crooked tree for comparison.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark amber with golden and reddish hues with a one finger cream head. Little to no lacing. Piney hops and booze dominate the aroma rising from the glass, however there is a very understated sweetness coming the abundant malt. Citrus, sweeter than one would expect upfront perhaps even a floral note of orchid with understated bitterness, transitioning to sweet malt and closing with an intensely strong grapefruit rind and piney bitterness and very apparent alcohol warmth. Very creamy and syrupy full body, but a surpising high level of carbonation when compared to other DIPA's with higher abv's. A hopheads dream, an artfully crafted palate wrecker.

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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

God bless vacation!

Looks totally different than Crooked Tree which is sitting in a glass next to it. This one is more of a deep amber color with a smaller head. The malt smells sticky sweet, almost powdery. Not as much hop presence as I was expecting, but whats there is almost oranges and grapefruits with a hint of pine. the same goes in the taste. I actually had to take a drink to figure out the hop profile. Its a very balanced DIPA with a light malt backbone and slighty soapy characteristic.

The more you drink, the more the citrus fruit comes out. Its a faint juicy characteristic like oranges and sweet grapefruit.

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1/5  rDev -76%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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

Double Crooked Tree IPA opens with exactly the nose you'd expect from a 98 IBU hop monster: thick grapefruit and grapefruit rinds, rose hips, pine sap, mint, and eucalyptus abound, the variety and interplay of aromas speaking immediately to a well-crafted and nicely balanced IPA. There is a good bit of malt and sugar in here as well, with orange liqueur, peach, white grape, and pear adding fruitiness, brown sugars and vanilla bringing complexity, and toast crust and floury baguette helping to ground the brew. As a whole, the nose is excellent, though it does fade a bit after a few seconds, but even then still smells better than many of its peers.

On the tongue, the beer is instantly both hoppy and sugary. The hops here bring heavy grapefruit rind and dandelion stem, with mint, eucalyptus, and pine coming in only a shade lighter. The malts add berry and orange fruit esters, brown sugar, vanilla, and toast crust to help balance this. But by far the hops win, especially in the aftertaste, where the grapefruit rind and dandelion stem are joined by an increased taste of pine sap, leaving the soft palate burning in joyous bitterness. Also rearing its unfortunate head in the aftertaste is a heavy vodka-like layer of alcohol vapor--the beer is well able to hide the 13.6% ABV during the main mouthful, but it does creep out after the beer is swallowed. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very good double IPA, full of everything that a hophead would crave in a beer of the style. The hops are very nicely balanced, and the flavors mingle well with each other, so that the hop profile isn't overly dominated by one huge flavor. The malts do tend to lose out a bit in the main mouthful, and struggle somewhat to keep up with the bitterness, but are still present in decent enough qualities to make themselves noticed. And the heavy alcoholic vapors of the aftertaste make me feel like I just took a shot of hard liquor. Still, there is much to appreciate in this brew, and again, any hophead wouldn't go very wrong in picking up a four-pack.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow pour that hints towards orange with about a finger of white head that doesn't boast of much retention. What is left laces beautifully 4

The aroma is sinfully fruity, just an explosion of papaya and mango. Not all that bitter. 4.5

This IPA is all fruit; mango and other tropical fruits and hints of
booze. Other residual flavors that normally come from eating
fresh fruit are also noted. The booze is the only thing reminding me that this is beer, otherwise it's just fruity heaven. 4.5

The mouthfeel is light and carbonated very well. The sweetness makes it absurdly drinkable and the ABV is hardly noted. Which I had no idea was so high until typing up this review from notes. 5

At $3 for 6 oz at Capone's in PA I could have drank this all night. One of the most delicious IPAs I've ever had. Find this, drink this, enjoy this. 4.5

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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this twice now. The 1st was obviously not fresh and tasted like a Barleywine. I'm rating this off of my second time which was fantastic.

Hazy dirty water like bronze color with a foamy off white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell is the downfall. Very weak and and dull. Minor potpourri like nose.

Flavor Is fantastic when fresh. Nice balance and harmony between hops and malt. I get a watermelon Jolly Rancher flavor at times crossed with not overly bitter citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with pretty high carb that works perfect here.

Overall being fresh this beer has pleasantly made me change my mind about this beer. Fresh, it's great!

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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly sure what to call the color, but I like it. Light bronze? The head isn't huge, but it is certainly there, and not going away, which is remarkable for a beer of this strength. While fairly clear, the beer stops a bit short of the translucence I have seen and love in the style. Other than that, not a whole lot to improve on looks-wise. Where aroma is concerned, no beer geek who gives this one a whiff will have any doubt as to what style of beer is in the glass. However, that being said, I should be able to make that deduction from a foot away with something like this. The hops are there, there's a surprising amount of malt and definitely a little booziness, but overall I just felt like the aroma could be a little bolder. Taste, forgeddaboudit. So good. Unreal. I was trying to pin down one of the main flavors I really liked, figuring it was something with the hops. It's the malt! It really comes through initially before the hops take over and make a serious statement. American all the way. The finish moved toward dry but stopped before it really got there - still some sweetness to this monster of a brew. The hops, unsurprisingly, get the last word, as the bitterness just hangs around all night and will probably stay until you forcibly kick it out. Just... wow. Tectonic plates of malt and hops interacting here. Unsurprisingly, the body is big, slick, and sticky. I wouldn't have minded if it were a little less carbonated, really. At the end of the day, this is the only true "double" IPA I'm aware of (they simply doubled their IPA recipe, seriously) and it lives up to the billing admirably. You might not hear this one in breath with the Plinys and the Dreadnaughts and the Hopslams and what have yous, but damned if it doesn't belong there or in another, higher, class of its own. Not just worth having if you have the opportunity; worth seeking out to have that opportunity. I've had my share of Dark Horse over the years as a native Michigander, and if you haven't given them a shot recently, take the chance on this one. A standout on the jaded DIPA scene.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,357 ratings.