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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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2,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,299
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 292
Gots: 289 | 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:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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Photo of bigorange
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. February 2012 version.

A - Pours a very hazy auburn color with a big off white head. Leaves a tiered lacing down the glass.

S - Big orange smell with noticeable booze. Resinous hops are also present along with some serious malt.

T - Starts out with some grapefruit, brown sugar, and some sweet malts. I pick up some bitter rye-like flavors on the finish along with some big pine hops. I don't really get any alcohol, despite this being one of the biggest IPA's (or any beer, for that matter) that I have had at 13.6%.

M - Nice thick body compliments the big sweet and bold flavors of this beer. Nice carbonation as well. Goes down a little too easy.

O - This is a great DIPA, although I see where others are coming from classifying it as more of a barleywine. I was surprised to see "ages well" on the label. I think I may put one or two from my four pack down in the cellar to see what happens with a year or two, but I very much enjoy the hoppiness it possesses fresh. The flavors are certainly on the sweeter side, but I mostly enjoyed the pronounced citrus and piney hop notes. It has a dangerous combination of very high alcohol and drinkability. I highly recommend this beer, but don't say I didn't warn you.

Photo of yamar68
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass:

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a half-finger cap of off white head. Good lacing. The alcohol that I was expecting from the nose is completely engulfed by hops - massive citrus, after a few good snorts I get a bit of sour cherries. This is clearly a beer to be reckoned with. Slight sweet bread too. The taste doesn't do quite as good a job with masking the booze burn. All the hoppy goodness is still present and delicious, but that 13.6% is just too damn big to tame. This is certainly a sipper.

Overall, I love the concept behind this beer. A true double IPA - double everything and put it in a bottle. It gets some serious points from me for that but there is still room to master said concept. This is something that I'd like to see more brewers tackle.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, at least I think. Snifter glass.

Two plus fingers of head on top of a murky mahogany body. One dark double IPA. Awesome lace. 4.5

Orange, candied mango, and onion in the hop aroma. Powerful and intense nose. Some rye spiciness similar to Lenny's. Toasted malts are pretty involved. Borderline American Barleywine here. 4.0

Big resinous hops full of garlic and onion. Tropical fruit candy sweet. Pairs strangely with the sweetness. Malty toffee and lightly toasted bread. Suggestion of cinnamon is noted. A spice rack in the finish. So chewy and dank. And, the alcohol has its seat belt on. This beer is ridiculous fresh. I've had it with a year and I prefer it aged. 4.0

Mellowed strength. Low carbonation. Swishy body with a smooth feel. 4.0

No wicked bitterness, just wacky hops. Almost balanced. A cellar candidate, for sure. Unusual, and I love the unusual. 4.0

Photo of DannyDan
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber hue with a thick white head that quickly disappears and leaves very good retention and some rather nice lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pineapple, peaches, citrus, caramel, malts and sugars. The taste starts out with some sweet malts followed by some pineapple, peaches, citrus and caramel and has a slight alcohol taste throughout. it is a nice smooth and creamy tasting beer that has some stickiness to it and leaves the mouth slightly dry. A very well made full bodied DIPA from one of my favorite breweries and one that is a must try, but just be careful after all it does have 13.60% ABV.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mechamifune
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a slight white head. Has a bit of a murkey look to it. Strong lacing, but no evidence of good carbonation otherwise.

Smell is strong hops and notes of citrus/pinneapple. A great DIPA smell, pleasantly floral.

Taste is sweet upfront followed by lots of citrus/pinneapple/peach notes. Bitterness comes through more and more as you get through the glass, but I wouldn't consider it unpleasantly bitter. A great DIPA taste.

Mouthfeel is very full, thick, and resinous. Obviously a lot of malt here, even if the taste didn't reflect it as much (which I consider a good thing). Not hard to drink a 12 oz bottle, but I think drinking a bomber would be a little tricky. Just wish it ultimately had a little more sense of carbonation and was a little less "sticky".

Overall this is still a very good DIPA for a hop head. Depite the heavy body, the ABV is pretty well hidden within the taste. For $5.00 a 12 oz though, I doubt I will be buying much more unless it's on draft somewhere.

Photo of ottodyer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of aorloski
2.97/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours awesome for a 13 percent beer, great white head, golden orange, awesome carbonation from the bottom of the glass

Smell - What the hell!! all malts, sweet sugar and alcohol, no hops whatsoever.

Taste - Same, this is all sugar, alcohol, malts with a TOUCH of hops, this is no IPA whatsoever, this is a gross barley wine. The label says it will age well and i tend to agree, but I'm not a fan.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth, sticks to the cheeks but i dont want it to. Appearance and mouthfeel stick out on this one, but what does that say about this one?

Overall - Trying too hard to be 120 but failing, this thing is not good to me and I'm pairing it with some excellent cheese. Dont call this a damn IPA if there are barely any hops to detect at all. MALT BOMB, ALCOHOL BOMB ... beware.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a short off-white head over a slightly cloudy, deep-orange body. Touch of lacing.

Aromas are not terribly pronounced given the strength of this beer. Leads with mango and pine tree, then goes to a faint alcoholic/chemical/medicinal quality... not too dissimilar to Amoxicillin.

Very sticky on the palate. Sharp hops - but so damn well balanced by the thick malts. Syrupy sweet grapefruit (like a grapefruit reduction sauce - if there were such a thing), along with pineapple rhind, and lemon-flavored hard candy. Mouthfeel is rich and thick - even for the style. Not much carbonation, but just enough to tame the alcohol.

Overall, the ABV is well hidden - drinks like a 9 or 10% DIPA. Rich, tasty sipper. So much more approachable than most American Barleywines - even w/a strength that tops them.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of PatDreadful
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH Signature Glass

Appearance: An impossibly tight tan head rises from the murky brown body. Flecks of orange and red find their way through the hazy brown to offer a nice pour. The lacing is sticky and consistant. How does a beer with this ABV hold its head so well?

Smell: I get the scent of cut grass and mango up front with a nice candy sweetness following. Behind all of this is the vague hint of melon. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow. The hops just expolde across the palate as the piny resin mixes with some traces of flowers- all brought together with a citrusy melon that works incredibly well. There is a syrupy sweetness in the finish which is maintained through a perfect balance of malt and hops. The after taste is slightly hot but as the beer warms, that dissapates a bit. Overall, if I would have never guessed the ABV was so high. Very drinkable!

Body: Light carbonation and heavy body. Perfect for the style.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled February 2012, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep orange, almost amber color, topped with a finger of white head.

S- Lots of citrus (mango, grapefruit, lemon), pine and floral hops are there but are slightly subdued, some caramel malt.

T- Alright now we're talking, absolutely huge bitterness, loads of resiny pine and tropical citrus, caramel malt is actually pretty present. Sweet, fruity alcohol makes itself heard but isn't hot or harsh. It's a palate-thrashingly bitter beer, which is exactly how I like my DIPA's.

M- Full-bodied, thick, slightly oily feel, low carbonation.

O- Overall this is a pretty great DIPA, it's really tasty and is actually pretty easy drinking for such a high ABV, this is the first brew I've tried from Dark Horse and I'm pretty impressed.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Ehrnstrom
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: fairly dark for a (double) IPA. A little opaque to light, but still looks great overall. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: strong smell of hops with distinct floral characteristics, maybe even some grapefruit I'm noticing as well.

Taste: superb as far as American IPA's go. The only rival this has is Bell's Hopslam, as far as I'm concerned. Bitter, but not over-powering, and this is astounding considering that the ABV is 13.6%.

Mouthfeel: maybe it's this particular bottle, but I'm not getting the robustness I remember with this beer. Either way, not problematic enough to really detract from the taste.

Overall: Go get this beer if it's available to you. Dark Horse has truly achieved excellence with this ale.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,299 ratings.