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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,146 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,146
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 265
Gots: 264 | FT: 14
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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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Gtreid

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks go out to greatfulbeerhead for sending a couple bottles of this down my way. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: Dark caramel color. The pour creates a finger of almost tan color head that fades to a thin rim, and leaves streaky lace.

A: Really sweet caramel and toffee notes. Big piney hop aroma with notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Pretty appearant alcohol nose as well.

T: Sweet caramel malt all the way. Big notes of pine sap and grass. I also get orange peel, bread, grapefruit, and over-ripened tangerine. It finishes very boozy, dry, and sweet.

M: Pretty heavy body, good carbonation for the style. It gets a little syrupy towards the end.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is just ok. The high ABV and sugary sweetness will limit it some. Overall, I really liked this beer. I just can't see this as a DIPA, it really should be classified as a barleywine IMHO. I am glad I have a couple of these, but I would have liked to have tried this when it was super fresh rather than a couple months old. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 13:05:27 | More by Gtreid
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

Pours out a quite cloudy darkish amber with a 1.5 finger head. This reduces slowly to a skim, which is pretty decent retention considering the hefty ABV. Lacing starts out as a creamy sheet up top, ends up as drippy bubbles down below.

Quite a strong nose on this; I got a big whiff of citrus as soon as I popped the cap. Loads of sweet and bready malt with a healthy citrus presence demanding attention. Smells a little boozy, but I would have never guessed 12%. I'd prefer the sweetness to be turned down a notch, but it's pleasant and inviting.

The alcohol is very more noticeable in the mouth. It has the odd effect of lightening/'lubricating' all that malt and making for a less sticky beer than I'd imagined it would be. Excepting a healthy dose of lingering warm booziness, it finishes quite cleanly. The citrus is joined by a fairly strong pine bitterness that flares up mid-swallow, but more or less disappears by the finish. Lacks the powerful hoppy finish I crave.

Overall impression: I'd love to see the lupulin ratched up and the booze/sweetness ratched down, but it's an interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:57:27 | More by PDXHops
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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

New Beer Friday! A huge thanks to DrDoitchbig for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a relatively dark, muddy brown color (reminds me of the unfiltered cider you can buy in the store around Halloween) with over a finger of tan fluffy head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Decent lacing is left around the sides of my glass.

Smell - Heavy caramel up front with slight citrus hops (this smell actually fades the longer it sits in my glass). Smells very sweet overall.

Taste - A similar taste as the nose. At first there is a wave of hop/piney bitterness not really smelled in the nose but this quickly fades to the caramel/toffee sweet malt backbone. Within that backbone there is slight sweet grapefruit hiding out. Finishes just sweet but actually the longer you wait before another sip, the more bitter the last sip becomes.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick - nice and creamy, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - There is just a hint of alcohol I can taste but overall, for a 12% beer, I can barely taste the alcohol and have almost zero warming as I take sips. This beer packs an insane punch yet it doesn't appear to. I'm really glad I was able to try this and would pick this up again if I saw it. A pretty interesting DIPA that goes down nice and easy. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:05:13 | More by SpdKilz
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RTrain12

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured into my pint glass.

A: Pours a light cloudy brown with a 1/4" tan head that faded quickly. Very little lacing in glass.

S: Hops foresure, and some caramel. I didnt really pick anything else up.

T: Little boozie at first, but expected with a 13.6 ABV! Bitter all the way threw and some caramel. Finishes nice tho.

M: Thin bodied. Very prickley on the tounge. Almost no carbonation.

D: This DIPA cought me off guard at first! The one I'm reviewing is the second one I have ever had. Just like the first one I've got a buzz (on a empty stomach) and I'm only half way threw! I do like this DIPA! I would pick up another one 4-pack next season.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 23:36:52 | More by RTrain12
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bpfishback

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- A surprising dark brown.Some head but fades fast.
s- Light hint of hops that mingles very interestingly with a sweet malty toffee like smell. Reminds me instantly of a, less intense, in a good way DFH 120min ipa.
t- Nice malt taste. Some bitterness. The finish is very nice, I am left with a nice roasted almost smokey taste in my mouth.
m- Good, nice body. Don't get much carbonation.
d- High ABV, but very drinkable. However i don't know if i could do more than one a night.

I like this but want more of a hoppy nose from it. I enjoy the regular crooked tree more. I can't speak for when this was bottled but this bottle is definitely more malt forward then hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:16:57 | More by bpfishback
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Note: The profile states the abv of this beer as 12.0%, but the bottle says 13.6%

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark cherry with ample head, which sticks around for a surprisingly long time.

Smell - Citrus hops dominate the aroma, but there's still enough room for a little bit of resin and caramel to eek out.

Taste - Big blast of the citrus, then the back of your mouth is flooded with hop bitters. As the the rush of bitter subsides some really smooth caramel and toffee notes come out and round everything out. The finish is equal parts sweet, sour, and hoppy bitter; I found myself smacking my tongue like a dog with peanut butter in its mouth...

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, light carbonation, and considering the abv, hardly any booze bite. The only way you can really tell that you're drinking a double IPA is the gentle warming of the throat.

Drinkability - This beer is 13.6% abv?! This is by a wide margin THE most drinkable beer I've ever had at this strength. One of the better DIPA's I've come across, not so much for its complexity, but for how easy it is to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 00:57:08 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Kanebanger

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange with ruby red and yellow highlights. Lots of lacing

S: Deep hop aroma and sweet caramel malts. Grapefruit and dried orange peel. Hints of spice and toffee as well

T: Strong grapefruit and floral hops upfront.Nice malt body to back it up but the hops take center stage.Has a touch of brown sugar that gives it a little sweetness

M: Full in body, light carbonation, not as thick as I thought it would be

D: Not very drinkable as compared to most DIPA's (yes I know it is 12%). Just seems to fill the stomach more than most for some reason

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 00:53:43 | More by Kanebanger
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herman77

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 4-13-10 *13.6% ABV*

A: Dark copper/deep orange. Super hazy, can't even see through it. Minimal off white head that forms a film. Good amount of "level" lacing all the way down the glass.

S: A lot like the normal crooked tree. Oranges, grapefruit and some pine. Lots of sweet bread and carmel malt.

T: Wow, not surprising that its a like normal crooked tree, but on steroids. Everything is intensified. Lots of citrus and pine hops. Mainly grapefruit and oranges. Has a great thick, biscuity and toffee malt flavor to provide awesome balance. Hop resin/oils makes the tongue quiver in the finish. The hop oils stick everywhere in the mouth for a long time. At 98 IBUs its damn hoppy, but there is a ton of malt to balance it out. Seems a little more balanced than crooked tree.

M/D: Fairly full bodied. A little creamy and smooth feeling from the lower carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol in the finish but that is to be expected at 13/6% abv, seems like its almost half that which is scary. Good drinkability for how strong it is, only a 4 because you will really be feeling it if you have two in a row.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 00:36:39 | More by herman77
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samccoy

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of this stuff at Westy's. 12 oz bottle poured into a unchilled mug.

A: This brew has a deep amber color darker then most IPAs or IIPAs normally would have The head is a contrasting white-tan color that seemed to beckon me to drink it.

S: I wish I had an air freshener for my truck of this beer. Pleasantly malty and hoppy at the same time.

T: The taste is something of a karate chop to the throat, but in a good way. A powerful hoppy bite to open with that gives way to a character of amber and dark malts. It finishes with more hop character but leaves a very mild alcohol taste in the back of the throat.

M: It boasts a nice full-bodied character that's neither too heavy nor too light. Smooth and striking at the same time somehow.

D: A really great session beer if I've ever had one. The high alcohol content warns you off from having any more then two of these powerhouses though.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 23:54:59 | More by samccoy
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Samichlaus

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from StormKing47, Thanks Josh!
12 oz bottle poured into Allagash flute

A: Pours a beautiful translucent mahogany red. Thin, bubbly, cream color head with a thin dissipating lace.

S: Sweet, piney hop aroma. Nice caramel background. Sugary, spicy and grassy notes float around in the aroma.

T: Nice bitter, piney hop flavor. Sweet caramel and toasted malts balance nicely. Finished dry with warming alcohol.

M. Creamy carbonation. Nice body. Thick, sticky, resiny.

D: Very drinkable. Great flavor and smoothness. A little thick and sticky on the palate brings it down just a tad.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 15:05:30 | More by Samichlaus
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33nickadams

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was surprised by the color. I didn't expect to see it that dark and amber. It is transparent. Poured about a finger and a half of head.

The smell is delicious!

Very sweet taste and smooth. You can definitely taste the alcohol.

Very drinkable beer. It doesn't seem like a DIPA though. I think because of the smoothness and the color I would almost consider this an imperial amber ale. Do they even brew those?

Gotta love Michigan beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:17:19 | More by 33nickadams
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

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

Oh yeah, its finally here! The new labels say nothing about the ABV. I heard rumors that all they did was change the labels so we have a beer here in Ohio thats way over the 12% limit. Whether they changed just the labels or the beer its self, I dont care.

A- Very very dark for a DIPA. Its ruby or garnet red with an off white head that quickly fades as it leaves plenty of lacing. The beer is fairly clear, its just really dark.

S- The smell is really interesting. Ginger, cinnamon, fresh-cut pine tree, orange, orange cleaner, orange candy, caramel.
2 characteristics down and all ready I can tell this is going to be unlike any other DIPA that Ive seen.

T- I remember thinking that this was nearly all caramel malts when I had it on tap a couple weeks ago. Partly I was correct and partly I was wrong. The malts here are huge, caramely and smooth but the hops are just as intense. It seems to battle back and forth with the hops winning out in the finish. The finish is loaded with astringent, zesty, bitter, very dry and juicy orange citrusy hops. The oily hops linger leaving you with lots of household cleaner orange and pineapple bitterness and tons of alcohol.

M- Low carbonation, I think the alcohol must be killing it. This is a very thick and syrupy DIPA. Very dry, sticky and sweet mouthfeel.

D- Very good beer from Dark Horse, Bravo! This is not an easy drinker however. But no one said it would be. Its warm with alcohol, syrupy thick, huge on both malts and hops. This is not a beginners beer and I love it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:16:14 | More by MbpBugeye
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sitarist

Ohio

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

Pours a orange/brandy-like color, off white head falls to a ring, not much lacing, but the lacing has an interesting quality to it.

This smells very nice: orange/ orange liquor, pine, fresh cut wood, kind buds, Christmas, LOTS of caramel, and toffee sweetness, flowery, peppery, and alluring. Reminds me of a lap dance.

Taste just as good as it smells. The alcohol is hidden very, very well. Everything is perfectly balanced. Pine, orange, pineapple, and caramel are most prominent; peppery/spicy aftertaste.

Lots of body, sticky, low carbonation, warming, and has a nice numbing finish.

Who cares how drinkable this beer is; you only need one! Really, this is a pleasure to drink; the buzz is a bonus. The balance in flavors and aromas is mind-blowing to me. Aged this might start to become more of a Barleywine, but at 2 months fresh this is to me what a DIPA should be! Ive had on tap also and remember it being even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 03:15:30 | More by sitarist
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billab914

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 4 pack of this at West Lakeview liquors on my tour of Chicago. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness shaped pint glass. Poured a deep amber orange color with a thin white lacing concentrated around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is big on both hoppy and malty flavors. It has some citrus and pine with orange being one of the flavors I'm getting a lot of. It has a pretty big caramel and malty aroma coming from it as well.

The taste is a lot like the nose suggests with big hop and malt flavors present. The malt flavor is definitely bigger in this then most DIPA's with a lot of caramel coming through. It finishes with a good amount of hop bitterness trying to come through but the caramel maltiness seems to balance it out pretty well. It has some very nice orange, grapefruit and caramel flavors that really seem to come together nicely in it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's a very good tasting beer with some very nice flavors. It's especially drinkable considering the abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 19:56:33 | More by billab914
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy hops (orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit) and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some pine and herbal hops noticable too. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Also, the maltiness in the taste is stronger than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit heavy and syrupy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. The high ABV isn't noticable at all in the taste or aroma. I think this is a good, solid overall brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 23:08:50 | More by bluejacket74
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Florida9

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy dark copper. Pours with a good fingers worth of tight, tannish colored head that fades to a surface coating then a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

S: When I first poured this, there was a huge nose of citrus and grapefruit. As it sat, it became more perfumed and the alcohol began to show through.

T: Sweet caramel malt. Orange. A mild bitterness. Alcohol really develops as this beer sits on the tongue.

M: Thicker side of medium with an odd balance between the syrupiness of the malt and the lightness of the alcohol.

D: Not what I was expecting, but still good. Hops are toned done quite a bit, while the alcohol is turned up. However, while the alcohol is rather prevalent, it is not distracting. IMO, the main flaw is the sweetness - I can handle the alcohol, but the sweetness is just too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 00:20:53 | More by Florida9
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Dog Pub.

A: Dark orange with ruby red and yellow highlights. Big lacing.

S: Fruity and floral hops with a citrus bite. Has a good malt profile as well, almost like a barleywine.

T: Big alcohol bite at first, turns into a very nice DIPA with a gigantic hop profile. Malts hold it all together with a burnt sugar quality. Has a summit hop/rye taste to it. Bitter but very enjoyable

M: Super fresh on tap, big and beautiful. Has the mouthfeel of an American barleywine or strong ale.

D: An easy sipper surprisingly, alcohol didn't burn the nose and ask for mercy. Hops were very lovely with the malts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 00:01:36 | More by kiddynamite920
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sidetracked

Illinois

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

Pours a hazy deep brown amber with a dark cream colored head.

Smells of bitter grapefruit and piney hops.

Taste is bitter grapefruit up front. Middle is full on malts with dark fruit, raisins, and a slight bourbon flavor. Some alcohol heat at times.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Light carbonation.

Drinks more like a fresh barleywine than a double/imperial IPA in my opinion. Very heavy malt presence and kind of light on bitter hops. Tasty, but not what I'd grab when going for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 02:08:51 | More by sidetracked
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John_M

Oregon

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

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours an amber copper color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose there is some noticeable alcohol, but otherwise I get some earth, citrus and some noticeable sweet malt. The flavors replicate the nose pretty well, but with a bit more sweet malt then I normally like to see. Still, considering the abv., this beer is not as heavy and tiring on the palate as I might normally expect. Also, the combination of sweet malt and siginificant hoppy bitterness impart some nice tropical flavors of cherry and bannana. The beer finishes fairly well, with a decent amount of bitterness. Drinkability is pretty good, though the sweet malt and noticeable alcohol detract just a bit. Nothing spectacular here, but nice enough...

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 00:25:14 | More by John_M
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with a one finger off-white head with decent retention. The smell is heavy on caramel and oranges, with some ruby red grapefruit. Good, but not what I expected. The taste will be quite sweet if the aroma is any indication.

The flavor is heavy on sweet caramel malt with oranges.There is alos some ruby red grapefruit flavor present. It is as sweet as I expected, based on the aroma. It lacks the bitterness I would expect from a DIPA, but still has very nice flavor.

Medium to full bodied, sweet, and smooth. Has proper carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden for 13.6 %. I have the rest of the 4 pack to finish, with no complaints at all. This is another solid offering from Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:12:46 | More by hardy008
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a merky browinsh color with a film as a head. No lacing which is weird for an imperial IPA

Aroma is nice and hoppy but malty as well. Some alcohol in the aroma. Could use a little more hop aroma

Taste is pretty good. The first couple sips were best but then it started getting a weird bitterness left on the tongue. The malt has a weird flavor in the finish after a while as well. But it is not a bad IPA. Fruty hops and a heavy malt presence. Good ipa but not on par with the best ones around. A little alcohol burn as well

Mouthfeel is a little heavy. I like mine a little more dry.

Overall a decent IPA. Would get a pint if I saw it somewhere but I won't be seeking it out in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 23:36:46 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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crossovert

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, says it ages well but IPAs really don't.

Pours into my American pint glass a clear orange/reddish brown with a thick foamy off white head. The head sticks a good deal but doesn't leave a large amount of lacing.

The smell is exceptional here. It is bright and hoppy, but also with a ton of malt. It smells very sweet with orange, citrus, and grassy vegetal hops.

This is one HEAVY beer. The anti-establishment beer. It is a DIPA to the max, almost barleywine territory. The hops are super orange/grapefruity and piney and very bitter. The malt is thick and biscuity. There is also a ton of caramel flavor here. The mouthfeel is super thick, far more than many russian imperial stouts I have had. But the carbonation is there.

The alcohol is evident in the taste and how you feel after plunging through one of these but for the most part the alcohol is masked well.

If you like everything double, for real double, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 21:15:26 | More by crossovert
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy redwood color with some off-white head. Ok lacing. Smell is pretty good, big citrus and floral hops, a bit of solvent. Some maltiness in there too, caramel and slightly roasted malt too. Taste is slightly disappointing (but good, I had big expectations), big malt in there to balance out the hops. The hops don't come out with as much flavor as they do bitterness on this guy. Big caramel malt, a bit spicy from some roasted malt, and some citrus, and some more piney hops too. Not terrible, but I'd rather have something else. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, though nothing incredible. Drinkability is tremendous for a 14% beer, alleykatking told me it drinks like 7% and I agree. A good beer, glad to try it!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 03:43:36 | More by LordAdmNelson
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gbrew13

Indiana

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

On tap at Fiddlers Hearth 10 oz. pour
Poured a hazy amber with a off white head. lacing on the glass with every sip. Aroma is a floral bouquet with citrus coming through. Intense floral and citrus hop flavor with a very balanced malt flavor and bitterness. Extremely drinkable for 13.6%. Outstanding, but could be just a bit more aroma and hop flavor IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 03:19:51 | More by gbrew13
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Kaiser81

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra thrown in by dmahaffa.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Stone IRS snifter glass.

A - Pours a murky copper with about a finger width of frothy head. The head dies down in about 2 minutes to leave a nice ring on top, and some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is of some sweet fruits...maybe apricots and peaches. Just a touch of citrus is mixed in, and then some caramel/bready goodness. Wow...very nice.

T - Touches of citrus start up front followed quickly by something sweet. I can't tell if it's caramel, or what...but it's there. Definitely some lingering alcohol on this, but not nearly what you'd expect for 13.6%

M - Heavy body with light to medium carbonation.

D - Scary good for a beer this high in ABV. I had a smoothie for dinner about 7 hours ago, took a small nap, and this should knock me out real quick. Just what I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 07:19:00 | More by Kaiser81
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,146 ratings.