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: 2,289
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 294
Gots: 287 | 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:
98 IBU

(Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005)
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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.

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
4.53/5  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.

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
3.98/5  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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.15/5  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
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
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
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

If you're going to drink this beer, make sure its the last one of the night. Had this one for the main event of UFC 100. Here's the notes, although I still have one bottle left, so I'll edit it up if there's a variance a year later.

Pours brown with a red edged hue to it, not much in the way of head, what is there is tan and sticky. A big ton of hops and alcohol in the aroma.

Taste, more hops, high alcohol, whoooo this is a burner.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes.

a - Pours a clear amber color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity malts, and butterscotch.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, dark fruit; very barleywineish.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I liked this one a lot, but it was more of a barleywine than a DIPA in my opinion. Would have again.

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to pmoore311 for this extra

Pours a hazed copper with burnt orange hues. A small off white head fades quickly into a faint layer of film with some patches and spots of lacing on the glass.

Strong scents of roasted malt with biscuits and syrupy caramel. Breadiness with some pine resin hops.

A combination of slightly sweet malts and pine hops up front. Bready caramel tones with some brown sugar. A bit more sweetness with syrupy flavor, and some citrus with orange is faint. Some boozy warmth towards the finish with some piny bitterness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and sticky. This is a sipper for sure at 13.6%, and would be a bit easier to drink although its a little syrupy sweet for me. I've had this fresh and with some age on it, and this softened the heat but lost most of the hoppiness.

Photo of levifunk
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle stamp says dec 30th, 2009, so this is just over a year old. I've been restraining myself for the last month from drinking this, but finally gave in. Noticed the label says "ages well"...so yes, you can age DIPAs.

a - ruby brown with a tan head. pour is clear...nothing floating around in there.

s - this beer is a great example of the fine line between big DIPAs and barleywines. Fresh, the nose has big hops. A year later, after the hops subdue, it smells just like a barleywine. Sweet caramel.

t - There is still some hops bite, but after that is a creamy sweet flavor. Malt body comes up with almost a grainy taste. Oak woody flavor. Just some residual bitterness from the hops remains, not so much the flavor. If you tasted this blind, you would think it was a barleywine for sure.

m - medium body. chewy. nice carbonation.

overall - so glad I did this, and even happier that I have 3 more bottles to try down the road. 13.6% alcohol was hard to pick up on fresh, still the same in that regard.

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1-year-old bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This is last year's brew, and the ABV is listed at 13.6%, not 12%. The label also bears the claim, "AGES WELL".

A: Slightly cloudy, with tiny bubbles. Apricot in color. About an inch of dense head, which dissipates fairly quickly. As with other Dark Horse beers I have tried, there is a good deal of sediment left in the bottle. The lacing is not overly persistent.

S: Like a yeasty butterscotch. Smells like this is going to be a sweet one. No sign of that high alcohol on the nose. Some hops, but none of the pine I anticipate in a DIPA.

T: Here come those hops. This is nowhere near as sweet as it smells. Very smooth, masking the alcohol quite well. There's something bready, like a rich, Eastern European bread, but with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Just what I want from a DIPA, with none of the stickiness that some manage. In the mouth, it releases a lot of those tiny bubbles that a good champaign does. This is the biggest surprise so far. I only wish this effect lasted to the end of the glass.

D: Not a session beer. The alcohol hits like a hammer long before I can summarize. I thought STM&D all diminished with the carbonation, lowering my rating on each.

I am not sure this aged as well as I had hoped. It is smooth, to be sure, but it seems to have lost too much complexity.

Photo of stewart124
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hello nightcap.

This pours beautifully into a snifter. Blood red color with just a trace of white head.

Tons of grapefruit and blood orange citrus in the nose. Such a great nose!

The taste is truly amazing! Caramel syrup and a velvet smoothness just coat the tongue. Sweeter caramel notes with some bready background and then bam! Hops! Plenty of bitterness with a huge bite on the tongue. Citrus and pine just hammer the tastebuds and leave a lignering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Finishes surprisingly dry. I am not picking up any strong alcohol notes which says something for being 12%.

This is truly a treat and a great example of the style. Bitterness just takes over everything and then there is this nice marriage of hops and caramel malts while still pushing the envelope.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky orange copper color with 1/2 finger of off white head. Small spots of lacing.

S: Malted oranges. Sweet caramel with slightly pungent citrus tones.

T: Wow, didn't know this one was 13.6% ABV until I noticed the tiny print on the label. Nice balance here, but the beer leans more towards the malt-heavy side. Caramel and citrus here with a surprisingly nice bitter kick. I'd say this one is more along the lines of an American Barleywine. ABV is present only in little tingles of the aftertaste.

M: Thick and a little syrupy - maybe it's because I'm told this bottle is 4 months out. Carbonation is light.

D: Quite a huge beer ABV wise for a DIPA. A sipper, but a good one at that. This one left me wanting a little more hop punch.

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

Early 2010 rate.

Pours a hazy reddish copper orange with a fine head. Big, ripe, zesty nose...candied orange, pine, big hops, some mint or something. Quite sweet in the mouth, reminds me of rock candy. Candied orange, pine sap, some lingering bitterness but quite sweet overall. Tends toward an American barleywine. A sipper. Good stuff.

Photo of ztaylor1
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- very murky, almost muddy, dark gold body with a tannish white head that films nicely. Lacing stays put.

smell- bright citrus notes with caramelly malts. There's an earthy air about it.

Taste- caramel flavors are very present. Alcohol as well. The beer as a whole has been very earthy and dirty, organic if you will.

Mouthfeel- creamy and slightly chunky.

Drinkability- decent sipper, but the abv is waay too high for me. The alcohol kind of takes over..

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

My 200th review!

This beer poured reddish brown in color with a slight haze to it. Off-white head has quickly settled to a thin lace, but there is some nice head retention following each sip.

I'm not a huge fan of malty and earthly aromas when it comes to Ipa's, but that is exactly what we have here. Very little in the way of hops. Then again, they may have mellowed a bit.

Well, it's balanced that's for sure. Good mixture of hops and malts, but again....I prefer my Ipa's a little less on the malty and earthy side. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

The carbonation is so light on this that you'd swear it was hand pumped from the cask. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel.

I would have to say that this is extremely drinkable for the alcohol. I'm trying to keep myself from downing it too fast being that it is only a little after 5pm.

Morey's Bottom Line: Although this isn't exactly what I look for in an Ipa, it's still good. That being said, it's not worth the price tag IMO. Reminds me a lot of Stoudts Double Ipa. If you're a fan of high alcohol Ipa's that are more balanced, you might want to seek this out.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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