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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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2,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,427
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 299
Gots: 362 | FT: 18
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 paxtonthegreat
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I call an IPA! This beer is crooked tree with double the grains and hops, unlike most breweries who make a completely different recipe for their DIPA, dark horse believes in theirs enough that they just double everything but water for their double. It's a sweet grapefruit explosion beer with slight floral notes and no astringent bitterness.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a beer thief at a buddies party...he had Double Crooked Tree hidden way in the back of his fridge....obviously to protect it....and I went fishing...Sorry dude....but it was a great beer!!! The Double Crooked Tree was a big beer in many ways; malts, hops, sweetness, and abv. Some of them it does better than others. The scent and taste were heavily leaning on malts and caramel. The hops are there and pleasant, piney and earthy. In all it is not bad, but I would have liked the hops to really stand out. I won't seek it out but wouldn't mind drinking it again, hopefully on tap. Oh and whatever the abv is, 12 or 13.6, it goes down super easy for its strength.

Photo of DONA812
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to J and B from Crown for the hookup.
Vigorous pour from a bottle into my Bell's Pint. Inch or so of nice looking head. Kind of brownish hue to it. Goes away pretty quickly. A beautiful amber colored beer, unfiltered and a little murky.
Smell is very pleasant. Not as much grapefruit as one might expect in a DIPA. Very malty with some citrus and alcohol in there.
First taste is great. Well-balanced, not nearly as much booziness as one would think for a 13something percent beer. Has a great caramel taste with a ton of malt. Still maintains the American hoppy flavor that I like even with the strong malt characteristics. Someone else had said how this brew has some barleywine attributes and I can definitely see where they were coming from. I would love to see how this one ages... and I will haha.
The mouthfeel is very silky. A thick, even "chewy" kind of beer that I want to keep in my mouth. One of the better mouthfeels around I would say.
Overall this is a great beer. It is tops on my list of DIPA's and very high up on my list of beers overall. The beer doesn't shred your pallet which a lot of IPA/DIPA's have a tendency to do. I would reccomend this to anyone that is an India Pale Ale fan. I just wish it was more readily available.
Lastly, God bless you Michigan. Between all of the amazing breweries in MI and my homestate, IN, it is sometimes hard to choose which great beer to buy. And that is a problem I love having.

Photo of chilly460
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, maple syrupy brown, with thin white head. Head dissipates but sticks around, minimal lacing.

S - Very strong punch on this one. Get citrus, and pineapple hops right off. Makes way to a fig and raisin alcohol, with huge sweet malt backbone. No aroma knocks you over, but together this is a very pungent beer, in a good way.

T - Bam, right away there is a flood of flavor here. First off, it is not a hop bomb, this is a big ABV malty DIPA. Juicy hops, with some more tart citrus in the background. This gives way to that high ABV, dates and figs sweetness. Followed up with a thick caramel. Huge flavors everywhere. The big ABV gives it a great finishing warmth. This one had some age on it, like to taste it with a bit more hops up front, but I bet it wouldn't be as nicely blended and smoothed out as this one.

M - Right up there with the best I've sampled in this regard, rich/thick/velvety beer. Chewy and smooth.

O - Big fan of this one, just a flavor bomb of a beer, and nicely executed blend of flavors with some time on it. This is a nice big nasty beer, you know you're drinking a honking DIPA for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.


This beer is murky! Definitely unfiltered. It pours a viscus reddish-brown color, and the head was a mere half-finger and went away very quickly. Just a few bubbles slowly trekked their way up the side of the glass - I can already tell that this beer is thick!


Tons of malt in this bad boy. There is some citrus character from the hops, but this is definitely a malt-forward IPA. There is some graininess, and the alcohol definitely comes through. There is some dark fruits and the raisin character that comes from higher-abv beers (which I LOVE).


Whew doggy! This guy packs a wallop! When first sipped, it was very cold. The flavors were tons of graininess, tons of sweet maltiness, and then a good amount of American hop flavor (citrus, slight pine). This isn't a grapefruit hop bomb - this is a lot more like a barleywine than an IPA! The bitterness comes through at the end, but for the most part this beer is a malt-slap in the face - the good kind, of course. The graininess and the color make this beer remind me of a well-made homebrew from someone trying to make an extreme double IPA. There is some fruitiness, as well as a big amount of breadiness.The boozy level is moderate. That being said, I just yawned and could feel the heat from the alcohol as I inhaled! It's well hidden, but definitely present.


At first, this beer seems like it would be a syrupy mess, but it finishes fairly dry. Which isn't to say this is easy to drink - it's DEFINITELY a sipper! The alcohol makes it pretty warming. This is an after dinner type of IIPA - the kind your pour and nurse for an hour.


This is a big, bold, and bad ass beer. It doesn't hide the fact that it's basically a barleywine, and it definitely isn't for the casual beer drinker. When people think of double IPAs, they often think of things like Pliny the Elder which is dry, bitter, and highly drinkable. Double Crooked Tree? Better bring your A-game, 'cause this one's not for the feint of heart. I'm not saying this beer is the most extreme IPA on the market, but after looking at the humble label and description on the bottle, one may be a bit surprised if he or she was expecting a hop bomb.


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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks too london1o1 for tossing this bad larry into a recent trade. You the man.

Pours a dark copper colored body that is quite foggy with a foamy tan head that sits around for a bit before dicipitating down to a thin lace.

Very sweet smelling. Seems very malty and has a huge hop kick to it as well. A faint smell of booze in the back.

Taste is a little boozy at first but mellows out a bit as it settles. Lots of hops and sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, maybe even some dark and citrus fruits. Big bite of bitterness, but does not go over the top. Very tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel isnt too heavy, i'd say medium-heavy if there ever was such a thing. A bit chewy and nicely carbonated. Lives a great bitter aftertaste.

Overall this was a killer beer. Something I highly recommend for any hop heads.

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2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a rusty color with a small head

S: Booze, Earthy and caramel

T: Big and chewy. Malt heavy yes, hop heavy no. Loads of caramel and heat. Faded hops?

M: Big body but off balanced

O: Perhaps this beer was outdated as well. Pass on this one

Photo of azdback
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 200th review. Poured into a Snifter. A bright ruby red. Almost the color of a maraschino cherry. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a small one finger, off white colored head. The head is quite creamy and luscious. Lace is sticking now but doesn't hang out to the end.

Smell is quite sweet and malty. Caramel and honey. I can even pull some booze from the nose and maybe even some bourbon barrel.

Taste is much like the nose. Candied malts, some sweet bitterness and alcohol burn is there early and increases a bit as this warms. Some burnt sugar and even some vanilla.

Mouth is sweet and sticky. Carbonation is medium and the end is so tongue lashing that is comes across as watery.

Overall I enjoyed this, but didn't love it. This is one of those that you chalk up as just too over the top. The malt body and sweetness just screams Barleywine not DIPA. The miniscule amount of hop character says the same thing. A sure try for a Barleywine lover. Thanks to claaark13 for this extra.

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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, no idea what the vintage is.

The look is really quite standard IPA, IIPA, or Bigfoot type Barleywine. With an immediate "oops" I poured a big slop of yeasticles, having forgotten how cloudy this was when I received it as a super thoughtful extra from Shango42, so I'm ignoring my own mistake. Still, a thin layer of fine yellowed bubbled formed up on top of a deeply hued orange beer.

I'm going to guess a more advanced age for this bottle. Treacle and a whole slew of caramelized sugars do a strong ale impression. Double Bastard, Brown Shugga? I thought I got a big whiff of tropical fruits when I popped the cap, but they are fleeting. Candied orange peel, orange liqueur, and something more exotic are still around.

It's very sweet, but hugely bitter and that hits you not all that far into the sip. Kind of sugary at first, brown sugar, and then wham! Candied orange turns to bitter orange peel and tobacco centralizing to a numbing lump of hop bitterness. Slightly tannic, as over steeped black tea is. There may even be a little oxidation in there.

The texture is really quite balanced. More carbonation might be appreciated, but for the age I'm guessing, not bad. Moderate-low carb with what you can tell is just the body of a big beer.

Double Crooked Tree is not quite what I expected. It's my belief that this bottle was old enough to have lost nearly all the hop aromas and flavors; one, two years? It is amazing how well the alcohol stays hidden. You can tell it's there, but I'd probably have guessed cold that it was closer to 9%, or less. I would still love to try the fresh product, but thank you very much Craig.

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

We pour a syrupy brew of dark tawny. It showcases a brief one finger tan head, leaving little lacing as it recedes at a faster pace. There is a thick haze throughout, but no chunky sediment is noted. Carbonation appears light throughout. The aroma is rich with buttery diacetyls that blend warmly with roasty caramel malts. There is a clean bitter grassiness to the hops, which appear lighter and more airy than the darkness the malts provide. The malts go as far as being on the smoky side. On the far back, the nose presents some big boozy character. As we sip, the taste unravels with huge caramel malts at the forefront. There is a quick swoop of bright earthen hops. Both are cut and separated by honey sugars, and a rich sweetness of cooked caramel, sitting entirely independent from the malty sugars. The middle moves forward with more sugary sweetness, but here it is complex, with bold notes of plum. We ride to the finish with a big peppery alcohol, sweet caramel malts, clean citric hops, and some more musky, dirty hops. The aftertaste breathes of more booze, and with earthy bitterness of hops. The malts continue to balance, even in the aftertaste. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a beautiful stickiness to the feel, but a lack of coating, which helped to keep the drinker from becoming overwhelmed. Each sip provided a syrupy thickness and smack, which was highly satisfying. The abv is huge on this guy, and he is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the complexity of flavor. The presence of caramel is quite apparent, and gives this a unique edge for the style. Additionally, the high abv lends a happy warmth to the feel, and to the drinker by the end of the bottle. The hops certainly took a backseat here, but it did not seem to take away from the success of the beer, as it can in so many other DIPAs where convention is thrown to the wayside.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a hazy dull copper shade while yielding about a 1" foamy, beige toned head; decent retention but tons of lace.

a lot of pine and herbal hops evident in the nose along with a huge malt presence.

flavor is interesting (in a good way), unlike most DIPAs i've had. lot of pine and herbal hops pulling through, along with that tremendous malt backbone. it's a beer that could easily be mistaken for an american barelywine. full-bodied mouthfeel with some chew to it; adequate carbonation.

overall, while i'm not overly impressed, this beer brings a lot to the table. a great sipper when you tire of your run-of-the-mill DIPAs.

Photo of LSUPT
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, thanks Blake, to a La Fin du Monde tulip. No freshness date.

Pours a medium brown with a slight amber tint. Very dark DIPA here, hard to see though but doesn’t appear to cloudy or hazy. 3 inch light tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap and ring of foamy head. The lacing left behind is pretty good.

Deep malty notes in the smell, smells like a barleywine. Caramel, malt, slight alcohol and slight pine hoppiness. Again, the taste is barleywine-like. Fairly hot, big caramel and barley up front, roasted malt, almost coffee-like aftertaste, but it has a very nice level of bitterness. Low carbonation and a very full body as expected. Carbonation is nice but it is very thick and not very drinkable.

Kind of wish I had sat on this one for a while. As far as ageable DIPAs go this is one of the best I’ve had, kills 120 and other DFH, in my opinion. I guess I just don't like this style of IPAs so, for me, this one missed the mark, but I couldn't justify scoring it any lower.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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