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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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Ratings: 2,299
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 292
Gots: 290 | FT: 12
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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 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.

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.

Photo of mdr4669
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of steve8robin
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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!

Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of BrewerB
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of jale
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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.

Photo of GPHarris
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13.6% 2010 aged a little over a year.

A: Hazy copperish golden color with some ref highlights. Actually poured with some head with decent head retention for a beer of this strength. Good looking beer.

S: Holy liquid malt extract. Huge malty nose. Some aged hops in there but they are fading.Bready. A touch of some fruit. Apricots. Smells like a 120 with a few years on it.

T: Super big malt bomb. Huge. The faded hops almost have a tobacco like flavor to them. Tea like the next sip. It has a nice simple complexity to it.

M: Not nearly as thick as I thought it would be. Almost a medium bodied beer. Carbonation is super soft.

O: I had this fresh and am enjoying it more now. Have 2 more in the cellar so we will see where this goes but I enjoyed it.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour spills a hazed deep amber to crimson colored ale with a quarter inch of tan cap that quickly obliterates in the alcoholic abyss.

The nose starts out with some nice fruity hops that are driven off on vaporous alcoholic whisps. The resultant nose is sweet and alcoholic and strangely cherry. It smells like red tootsie pops and booze. Fruity tones remain despite the dispersal of the greener hop notes.

The taste is sweet and alcoholic. The bitters and alcohol work well together. The cherry pings show up here as well. This one kicks hard, but never reaches a paint thinner quality. It retains a smooth character despite the brute force of its package.

The mouthfeel is heavy and juicy with no raw burn to cut through.

The profile here shows an ABV of 12%, but this 2011 version's label proclaims an ABV of 13.6% ABV. Just sick. So effing drinkable it is a nightmare for your bodily systems. This has one of those whiskey awakening kind of buzzes to it. Overall, this is a controlled fire that is so unbelievably consumable. Utterly delicious and ultimately defiant of classification. This brew gets better with every swallow and remains amazing in the cleanliness of character despite the brutal alcoholic undercarriage. Amazingly clean for such a poke. Potential to get a man stuck and staring...
I think I made a mistake dumping this down...

The drunken auditory shuffle:
When the Minutes Drag - Love and Rockets
Mercy - Widespread Panic from Uber Cobra
You Got A Problem? - Fun Lovin Criminals
Vanishing Point - New Order
Lardossen Funk - Drexciya
Merrymaking At My Place - Calvin Harris
Prime Cuts - Scratch Perverts
Wading in the Velvet Sea - Phish (Hampton Comes Alive '98)

Photo of cetherid
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


Beer is a murky amber/cider color. About a fingers worth of off-white head the dissipates into a thing ring around the glass. Kind of an ugly colored beer for the style.


Big fruity aroma in this. Seems more like a barleywine than DIPA. Big sweet fruity malts, with a little citrus, grape, pine and a big aroma of alcohol. Almost like a fruity jello-shot.


First impression is a boozy, hoppy barleywine. It has the fruity/juicy sweet taste of a barleywine but a big bitter bite of an IPA. Booze is very prevalent, which is expected.


medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation, but not terribly low. The high ABV really gives a faint little burn on the tongue/mouth while drinking this. A little syrupy aftertaste lingers in the mouth as well... This is definitely a sipper.


A great tasting beer that is a great sipper. Drinks more like a barleywine than a DIPA however. A little difficult to find, but anytime I'm in MI, it's something I'd definitely seek out when I'm at a Scilianos type of store (but not go out of my way)

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours somewhere in between murky amber and ruby red. The off white head quickly dissipated to lace the glass. The aromas are instantly sharp, bitter hops and fade to a sweet caramel malt. It's also features some sweet pine. The flavors are in your face hoppy and sweet. The malts taste like butterscotch and caramel, not two of my favorite flavors. The pine is ok but the sweetness dominates. It's like a 90 minute on steroids. The alcohol is also in your face and not well hidden at all. It's a little thick in body for an IPA and could be considered "chewy" for the style. To me this beer is too much. I don't like overly sweet IPAs and this is one sweet IPA. The alcohol is overly present and kind of overpowering. For what it's worth, I think that this beer is better on tap.

Photo of otto251068
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westvleteren chalice. No freshnss date on the bottle but I know this is fresh and recently released.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber, apple cider red with plenty of bubbles sticking to the glass. A half fingers worth of eggshell colored head takes it's time to rise, then fades to a splotch of foam. The head doesn't stick around too long, but this is also 13.6% (BA claims 12.0%) ABV. A small ring of foam clings to the glass. Plenty of light gets through this one, and a little sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Delicious hops, very smooth, very grassy. A little piney, and just a touch of citrus, but for the most part, just grassy hops. A little sharpness in the hops, and just from the smell I feel like they have some bite, but very pleasant. There is also a bit of sweetness in there.

Taste: Starts out smooth and malty, a little sweet, and a little caramel flavor. Then the hops really hit. A very piney, very prickly hop flavor really takes over. The bitterness dominates after the swallow and lasts until I take another sip and then it starts all over again. The malts come out more and more as the drink warm.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation (both are very close to being high) The body is a little thick and syrupy, and the medium carbonation really helps without making this beer too chewy and sticky.

Overall: The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Hard to believe this is 13.6%. This beer is syrupy smooth, and while I am not crazy about American Double/Imperial IPA's, this one is top notch. I really enjoyed this beer the closer it got to room temp, and the balancing act between the malts and hops really came to the forefront.

Photo of JesseP09
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite beer. I drank this at Dark Horse's brewpub in Marshall, Michigan, in a snifter. It appeared gorgeous, with a lovely orange hue to it.

Taste was exceptional, with high citrus and hop taste. However, the hops were not so bitter as to negatively effect the beer, and this DIPA was elite in quality.

Mouthfeel was what you might expect from a high-quality DIPA.

Overall there are few beers that I can match up with this on quality. Maybe enjoying it in Dark Horse's pub had something to do with it, but my God, what an amazing beer.

Photo of arkurzynski
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep amber-red color. Thin, off-white head with mild carbonation. Piney, grapefruit hops and toasted caramel malts in the nose. Very layered hop aroma that seems to morph upon inhalation. Flavor is excellent and spot-on. Again, morphing hoppiness that starts piney and moves to grapefruit. Beautiful caramel and toasted malts that brings the beer back a bit. Dry, almost wood aged flavor on the finish. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Body/mouthfeel FULL. Happy to be living next to one of the great beer states.

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

2010 bottle from
Pours a hazy caramel amber with a small white lacing around the edges.

Smell of strong caramel, a nice citrus hop presence mixed with gently roasted malts, butterscotch and biscuits.

Taste is still indeed pretty hoppy after a full year in the bottle and I cannot wait to try some of these fresh from this years batch when released. A very strong malt backbone furnished with heavy graham cracker pie crust; healthy caramelized sugars with cotton candy and a pine essence that gets you at the first touch to your tongue. This is good stuff, thanks Scoot1969! among all of your other goodies sent this one has been on my wants list the longest. I have a hard time picking out which hops are in here after a year but am thinking along the lines of Cascade and Palisade. Very nice stuff. After having the Scotty Karate Scotch ale a few weeks back, I can see some very strong similarities in Dark Horses Stronger ales with the biscuit flavors and am loving both of these. Well done Dark horse well done

Photo of bs870621345
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reveiw #100! Thanks to Augustiner719 for this as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a deep amber color with a half inch of white head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass, a real surprise since the alcohol is so high.

Smells like caramel and light citrus and pine hops.

Taste is a little more hoppy once again with citrus, but caramel really takes this one over. Alcohol is also very present in this one. I'm assuming its about a year old.

Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and not very carbonated.

Drinkability is low. Alcohol is present in the taste, but not overly so. Much better than a lot of other high alcohol beers I've had.

Kinda wish this wasn't number 100, but thats okay, I've had some awesome beers on the way.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

This beer pours a dark copper, reddish hue with almost no head. Smells strongly of caramel, pine hops and a sugar sweetness.
Whew, this one is strong! The hops were somewhat muted by the caramel and candy sugar. Very barleywine like although the pine resiny hops were there in spirit. Mouthfeel is sticky, alcohol burn and medium body. This is a sipper, lots of alcohol but a good one to take slowly!

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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