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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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2,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 280
Gots: 283 | FT: 13
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 robwestcott
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle an opaque dark creamy caramel brown to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass with a 1/2 finger, long lasting, tan head leaving lace up the side of the glass.

pleasant aroma of floral hops and sweet sticky sugars.

floral hops way up front, though less in your face than from the tap. again, sweet butterscotch candy is present, fading to piney hops.

creamy, big bodied, medium carbonation, subtle bitter fading quickly to candy sweet.

drinkable - one or two, but at 13%, that'd be about it.

overall - extremely enjoyable beer.

robwestcott, May 03, 2011
Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Sediment is at the bottom of the bottle. Pours a dark auburn, cloudy and hazy; similar to the color of iced tea. Decent head w/ nice lacing. The aromas were floral, but not in your face. Nice hints of citrus mixed w/ caramel and malts. The flavors are nice, but the overwhelming warmth really hurts.. it's very close to being balanced, but simply isn't. Now don't get me wrong, the flavors aren't bad, but the alcohol is very noticeable. Lots of caramel and I'm picking up some lemon and a slight amount of pine. Mouthfeel is nice, not over carbonated, smooth, creamy; full-bodied. Finishes warm and sweet. This one doesn't remind me of a barleywine, as some say it does.

I can't get over the alcohol presence, but I'm actually impressed how easy is to drink, despite the booziness.. so it gets extra credit for that. With a few tweaks, this could really be something special. At the end of the day, it's very good.. it's a beer that everyone should give a shot. I'd enjoy this anytime.

Note: I tried the 2010 vintage last year, and it was consistent.

BB1313, May 02, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – If there was an ice-tea flavored jello, I think this is what it would look like. White head sits low in the glass.

S – Sweet and complex on the nose. Honey, orange zest, and Chinese 5-spice. Touch of clean alcohol and fresh bread.

T – Opens sweet with yellow raisins and honey. A pine bitterness is loaded throughout the profile. Light malt character on the backend coddles a soft alcohol note.

M – Medium light body. The finish carries a rolling bitterness, and the malt that balanced the ending alcohol note slowly fades to give way to a brighter boozyness.

O – Not a bad DIPA, but I’d say it’s about average.

vfgccp, May 02, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours an orange amber color. It yields four inches of beige head.

S - The aroma is citrus, orange, grapefruit.

T - The taste begins with citrus, grapefruit and orange. The finish has some juniper flavor to it. The alcohol seems more predominant as it warms.

M - Medium, oily

O - This is a pretty good IIPA. The alcohol is mostly hidden in this beast. Should help me unwind nicely from the weekend.

buschbeer, May 01, 2011
Photo of brian44556
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack at the Keg this week for $15.99. No date on the bottle.

Poured this into Stone IPA 16oz Specialty Glass. Pours a very dark amber. The color reminds me more of a Dubbel than a DIPA. A small white head formed that dissipated quickly. Awesome lacing left on the sides of the glass. Very bitter smell, this one is still very fresh. Notes of tropical fruits, hops, and citrus. This one is bitter, bitter, bitter. This is a hop heads dream! The alcohol is very well masked. The mouthful is a bit syrupy and the carbonation is right on point. Overall this beer is one of the better DIPA's I've had this spring. I could easily take down a 4 pack in a sitting, which scares me, this one is a very easy drinker for 13.60% ABV. I would almost classify this as a dry-hopped barleywine. Great job Dark Horse.

brian44556, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fries Cafe. Served in a regular pint glass.

A- burnt orange body with goldenrod outer highlights. Head starts out as a sad excuse for an IPA and settles into randomized skim on top of the beer. Contradictory to the head there is decent lacing on my glass after each sip.

S- a bouquet of flowers laced with werthers candies dipped in tequila. Sounds like a good time to me. Have to work some to get these phenols.

T- first thing I notice is sweet orange juice/apple cider mamossa. Alcohol is very noticeable. The hops are overpowered by the heavy alcohol. The initial tastes of warm apple cider are real Nice but are raped by alcohol.

M- a very nice mouthfeel for such a huge beer. Medium feel with tight carbonation. Impressive since this beer is 12%, these beers could wind up a syrupy mess but they have achieved a great feel for a double IPA.

Overall a very average double IPA. I like hops and intense flavors But not intense alcohol. I'm Sure if They dumbed down the ingredient bill a bit That this would be delectable, but alcohol is too much. If this was a barleywine I would say age it but Its not.

Kelly88, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of abraxel
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A murky reddish brown (an unusual color) with wisps of sediment. A large, off-white, pillowy head rises up to the lip of the glass, but sinks relatively fast.

S - Lots of floral and citrusy hops, predominantly, but with a strong biscuity malt backbone. Quite nice.

T - Once again, lots of hop flavor (citrusy and earthy), but not much bitterness on first impression. Don't get me wrong, there is bitterness, but it's mostly mingled in with the malty sweetness (it's not a very complex maltiness, but it tastes good), with more bitterness shining through on the finish. Really smooth and pleasant. Barely a hint of alcohol. It's more like a hoppy barleywine than a DIPA, but it's really good.

M - Full mouthfeel, but not chewy. For how sweet and alcoholic it is, it's impressively light.

Overall, I really like this beer. It's crazy how drinkable it is at 13.6% ABV -- I start to feel the alcohol halfway through, but still get almost no alcohol in the taste or smell. Very tasty, very well-crafted.

abraxel, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of stimulus
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (from a 4 pack) into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear ruby red with a one finger cream head.
S: Wonderful bouquet of citrus and earthy hops, with some malt in the background.
T: Wow, this borders on a barleywine: citrusy and hoppy upfront, sweet malts in the middle and finishing with an earthy, bitter, alcoholic bite.
M: Medium bodied, high level of carbonation, and a smooth finish right before the alcoholic bite.
O: I'd believe this was a barleywine if it didn't end on such a bitter note, but the finish convinced me otherwise. Very high in ABV for the style, but the bitterness really lingers through the sweet malts, making it an unusual, if still very good beer that definitely bends the style. I'll be curious to age a bottle or two and to try this side by side with DH's Three Guy when that is bottle again.

stimulus, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The cloudy reddish brown color instantly had me a little worried. It's much darker than the typical DIPA that I look for, and I was concerned it might not be my kind of DIPA, I was right.

S: The smell actually calmed my worries, it was a combination of sweetness and citrusy hops, maybe this beer is going to be more of my kind of a DIPA after all. It doesn't hit you over the head with aroma, but it's very nice.

T: Damn! It was the wrong kind of DIPA after all! The taste is sweet up front with a big kick of bitter earthy hops on the back end. Definitely on the malty side for a DIPA and also a bit too boozy for my liking.

M: This is a very heavy feeling beer and even ends up a little bit syrupy as it warms it. I know it's supposed to be a huge beer, but I wasn't in love with the mouthfeel.

O: Unfortunately this just isn't my type of DIPA. It's too malty and earthy and not a big citrus hop bomb like I want out of my DIPAs. If you like the heavier, maltier DIPAs, however, this might be the perfect beer for you. Just beware of how huge it is.

starrdogg, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of nuggetsofnectar
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep caramel/toffee in color with a 1" white cap falling o a 1/8" and leaving a little lacing

Smell: Quite nice....grapefruit....start fruit...honeysuckle...deep malts....earthy hops

taste: Wow...first sip show the HOP BOMB it is...quiet hot (abv is definitely their) and maybe a slight drawback for me...astringent biting hops with some dark malts to follow...almost 90 minute-esque....

Moutfeel: a bit too hot and not as balance as I was hoping

Overall: I nice try....nothing I would rave over but fairly good...quite aggressive

nuggetsofnectar, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying whoever is doing this beer is awesome and a bit crazy, but mostly awesome. Thank you Dark Horse. This was one of my first forays in to the crazier end of craft brews. I love their embodiment of the term "double" in "Double IPA".

Pours reddish brown with a finger of whitish head. Looks good. The nose is hoppy, but not overly so, and big, rich sugary malt, represented by an almost raisin-like flavor. Taste is hoppy and malt sweet. I get big raisin, especially in the finish and maybe a touch of apple. What I don't get, which is truly remarkable, is booze. Like at all. Try this at cellar temp and it is just an amazing Triple IPA/American Barleywine (it's 13.6% ABV according to the bottle). Just a preposterously drinkable enormous beer. It's not the best tasting DIPA, I have ever had, but that's probably not a reasonable comparison category. I mean, it kind of tastes like an Imperial Knuckle Sandwich, even though this is already an Imperial IPA. The mouthfeel has good carb and kind of a sugary coating with its big body. Overall, are you serious? How did they make this beer? This is an impressive feat in brewing.

seeswo, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of tubacharlie
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A quick pour yields a modest head of an off-white, slightly tan color. Silky and smooth, the head has good retention from active carbonation and leaves some trailers on the sides of the glass. The brew is a hazy dark amber color and perfectly translucent.

Fresh hops hit the nose right away in the aroma, with some flowery citrus notes. First swallow reveals more hops and plenty of alcohol esters, with creamy malts and a depth of grain flavor approaching a barley wine. Caramel, brown bread and tangy grapefruit flavor intermingle on the palate, leaving a bittersweet essence. Well balanced considering the high gravity (this bottle is labeled at 13.6%), this DIPA is a pleasure to drink.

tubacharlie, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of mdr4669
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber and gold coloration with very minimal head and a nice consistent and thin lacing that move quickly back down into the beer.

Smell: Floral, pine a citrus characteristics kick off, followed by a nice alcohol induced warmth.

Taste: Very well balanced, tough to noticed the higher level IPA of the brew, as it meshes very well with the pine a citrus characteristics of the hops.

MF: Very smooth and easy to consume, but it lacks the warmth I was expecting from the smell.

OA: The only thing this beer is lacking IMO is the finale, from the characteristics I got from the scent I was expecting a nice warm finish from this beer, but it just wasn't there. All in all this is still a great beer.

mdr4669, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to see this one on the shelves since I started seeing Dark Horse at the local beer store. 12oz bottle, 2011 version...

A: A murky bronze / copper color with a tiny off white head that stays as a tiny bubbly lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: A very heavy pine hop upfront with a sweet citrus hidden in the middle. Some nice grassiness on the backend. Good.

T: Wow! This is 12%? A nice balanced clean hop upfront quickly followed by some nice sweet citrus and some hints of grain. A mild alcohol burn hidden on the back. I cannot believe this is 12%! Cannot taste it at all. Very good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A nice balanced dry / sweet finish. Very good.

O: I love this beer! The taste was awesome! A very well balanced DIPA, especially for 12% ABV. Definitely try if you like DIPA's. Good job Dark Horse!

steve8robin, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a nice cloudy brew thats mostly orange with a bit of a brownish tint to it. quarter inch head fades rather quickly but there is some decent lacing.

S - a nice floral grassy smell coming off this with a note of hops and citrus in the background. hints of pine in there as well.

T - again there is a good grassy base to this. big taste of grapefruit in there with lemon in there as well for good measure. there is also a bit of spice in there too. hops are definitely in there as the hops and a bit of alcohol hit in the end. surprised how little alcohol you can taste given the ABV. there is a good maltiness upfront which is not balancing the hops but adds a nice touch.

M - the carbonation levels on this are perfect. complimenting without distracting.

O - this is a great brew well rounded probably not worth the price tag in MA but worth trying.

celticfutblclub, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Julio's upon realizing this was out. Poured into my Palm tulip as my Duvel has broken.

A - Pours a deep copper/amber colour with a nice one finger creamy white head. The head disappears quickly leaving almost no clouding but a nice halo around the glass.

S - Some sweet carmel malts up front that gives way to nice grapefruit and pine resin here. Definately oily with a nice strong ABV presence.

T - Nearly the nose here. The only difference is the ABV is a bit more assertive and the hops slightly more floral/grassy.

M - Pretty nice mouthfeel here. Almost thin due to the low almost nonexistant carbonation. Still though, it is incredibly smooth and good.

O - Not a bad offering from Dark Horse. While not my favorite DIPA by any means this still isn't a bad brew. Search elsewhere for somethign magical.

rudzud, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

13.6% ABV??? I'm a little scared.

A- A normal pour left a 1-finger, khaki head that settles to a fully covering film. There are substantial rings and webbing that end up partially dropping back into the body. The body, it's a murky, amber-brown with some sediment that settles to the bottom of the glass. Carbonation appeared to be fairly light.

S- Resiny/oily hops and sweet, caramel malts provide a pretty good balance for a double IPA. Alcohol is present, but in now way harsh. It comes through a little brandyish maybe? Hopping is pretty complex. Really earthy/grassy at first, I felt it became tobacco-like, even leathery, with some warmth. My wife picked up more citrus than I did.

T- Quite balanced. Caramel malt with a solid hop punch. Alcohol is well hidden at first. Only a glimpse in the feel. Well, maybe not a glimpse. There is a certain, well-made liquor quality. Brandy? A little whiskeyish even? A lot to take in, very enjoyable.

M- Warming alcohol is actually quite soft, just a light nibble (no bite). Lightly carbonated. Full bodied and pleasantly viscus.

O- This beer is dangerously drinkable. A wonderfully balanced Double IPA that stays within the style while pushing the ABV envelope. A great, early spring release that takes a bit of the chill out of the air. Well worth the premium price tag.

GRPunk, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a murky, 'apple cider' kind of burnt sienna color. Pretty decent carbonation is detectable near the walls of the glass. Head is an eggshell white, very foamy and with good retention. Not a lot of lacing as it recedes, but it's beautiful to watch anyway.

Smell: Perhaps it was the color analogy, but I really smell apple cider. Some floral hops add to the palette while a soft toffee-malt backbone holds things together. This is a very 'with-it' brew so far.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer goes in super, super bitter. As the carbonation begins to take hold, sweetness from the malt lays a solid foundation on the tongue and the hops and spices take turns biting through that foundation. Aftertaste is slightly fruity with a tendency towards bitterness. Rinses clean. No complaints!

Overall: A superior beer. The high ABV makes it a sipper, for sure (which is good, because I only bought the one 12-ounce). The thing is, you can actually enjoy this one!

Lauthaha, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to michiganbrewer for hooking me up with three of these. I had the fortunate opportunity of being his initial BA trade partner and appreciate the beers he sent! And my bottle says 13.6% ABV right on the label...as opposed to the 12% listed here.

Fills the cup with a murky, muddy medium orange/copper color. Formed a paper-thin off-white that quickly dissipated though left a faint foamprint behind. Prominent lemon zest, floral hops, hints of tropical fruits. Boozy aroma hints at a strong beer without being overly hot. Lingering, high level of bitterness though the first tastes provide malty sweet and floral hops. Thick bodied with a moderate-light carbonation.

Given the ABV on this brew, I'm impressed at how well its masked. Alcohol is definitely there and lends a pleasant warmth to the drinking session. And speaking of warming, as the temp of this DIPA continues to rise, the hop layers continue to unravel and please the palette. Grapefruit, a walk through the flower shop, tropical fruits. Malty sweetness keeps hanging around to make sure the hops don't run away with the show.

Am certainly glad I requested 3 bottles of this fine brew. Looking forward to sharing the other two with some fellow BeerAdvocates.

BrewerB, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jale
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of white head.

S: Big grapefruit and sweet malt aroma.

T: Sweet malt upfront followed by juicy grapefruit. This very sweet but I like it. alcohol is well hidden.

M: Thick body and a tad cloying. Good carbonation.

O: This goes down to easy for the high alcohol. Should be a sipper, but hard not to slam this down.

jale, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of TheBear11D
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Draft (Kalamazoo Beer Exchange)

Pours a copper sunset orange with a frothy nearly white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Plenty of citrus hops in the aroma with little indistinguishable malts way in the distance.

The flavor is pretty legit. Although this is a double IPA I briefly pick up the sweetness of the malt first with a punch of hops immediately following providing a pleasant blend. The citrus of the hops stands out and lasts into the aftertaste.

Medium body with tiny lively carbonation.

A pretty solid beer, but not a standout in the category.

TheBear11D, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very hazy mix of iced tea and dirty peach, like adding a few ounces of OJ to tea. Brief head is short lived and manages just a partial cover.

Aroma - a heavy candied orange and mango nose. Excellent aroma that made it to me before I poured it out of the bottle. It goes a little light on setup - my only complaint here.

Taste - sweet, caramelized sugar on the malt side. Smooth and citrusy hops, lots of juicy orange and grapefruit (rind primarily). Goes pretty bitter and dry on the swallow but the grapefruit character holds on as some abv warmth winds things down. Never medicinal, this has a nice lengthy aftertaste that I don't often find in a DIPA. Excellent.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with a carbonation that enhances the flavor but doesn't feel overly bubbly.

Drinkability - I like this one. I have one more that I want to age and compare, looking forward to that as well.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13.6 ABV Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: One big finger head. Large amount of sediment poured into bottle makes this very opaque. Color is a dark burnt orange. Lacing and thin cap throughout the glass.
S: Spicy, Pine, resin, some citrus. Picking up some dark fruit characteristics, very malty. A malty DIPA, reminiscent of 90min.
T: Starts hoppy and bitter then turns more balanced. Lots of carmel malt, sweetness and finished with a light bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden
M: The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Finishes wet and a touch bitterness.
O: This is a very good MALTY DIPA. The bitterness could use a boost in my opinion. Drinkability is amazing @ 13.6 % ABV. If I didnt know any better I would have guessed this was a Hoppy Barleywine. Im going to age two and see is I end up with a world class Barleywine in five years.

jmich24, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one-finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a nice ring and lacing but it disappeared 2/3 of the way through. the body was a hazy reddish-brown.
s - citrusy with a hint of mint sweetness.
t - bready with some bitter, piney hops. fruitiness with a hint of toffee. tastes a bit hot which is expected.
m - grainy mouthfeel at first but smooths out.
o - good dipa and one i think could actually pretty well.

GPHarris, Apr 04, 2011
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,234 ratings.