1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,203 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,203
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 277
Gots: 273 | FT: 14
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,203 | Reviews: 859 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SFLpunk
SFLpunk

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz brown glass pry-top. No date.

Quick review:
Pours dirt muddy brown with almost no carbonation. Aroma is densely packed and therefore fairly muted. Malt extract, fresh pine needles, alcohol esters, some orange juice notes. Palate is aggressive, be aggressive - b...e...aggressive. Super hoppy and super malty. This is not hop candy, it's hop abuse - and I mean that in a good way!

FFO Southern Tier UnEartlhly and big East Coast Impy IPAs.

06-16-2010 03:33:01 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of morimech
morimech

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

Pours a deep, dark amber with two fingers of tan head that did not move until I took a sip. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. This smells like one of those hopped up barleywines. Pungent citrus and pine hop aromas combat the sweet malt for dominance. The hops and malt somehow supresses the whopping 13.5% ABV. Doubling ingredients to make a bigger beer does not necessarily makes a better beer. The bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol just makes this too much to take in. My tastebuds are conflicted. The bottle states that this beer ages well, maybe it would be better when the hops fade and becomes a straight forward barleywine. Has a very good mouthfeel. Thick and rich with a smooth carbonation and texture. Very nice but cannot hold the flavors together. Worth a try, maybe I should get another bottle and forget about it for a few years.

06-13-2010 17:50:02 | More by morimech
Photo of ChadQuest
ChadQuest

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -30.3%

Weird DIPA, but some would argue the style and call it a Barleywine, i can't decide what it is.

Pours very dark amber , almost like dark cherry colored, with a very thin cap that dissapates.

Aroma has some citrus but also a sweetness involved too, and the citrus isnt a sharp citrus either, just a complimenting note.

Sweetness up front, its not till the end that the bitterness comes around, there is a hop profile present the whole time but it grows. Upfront there are dark cherry and pomegranite flavors playing out with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel has light carbination with a oily mouthfeel.

average drinkability, perhaps slightly below average considering alcohol and lack of carbination.

06-06-2010 05:45:06 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of Augustiner719
Augustiner719

New York

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass:

Big Thanks to BamaDog for this!!

Appearance: pours an elegant, cedar colored, reddish brown color. Off white head with excellecnt retention and smooth bubbles that leave nice lacing. Overall, one of the best pours for a DIPA i have ever had.

Smell: Smells spicy. Nutmeg and pine on the nose with caramalized grapefruit and brown sugar. Orange peel on the back end with a touch of maple syrup and honey.

Taste: Tastes unbelievably balanced. 13.6% abv is hidden very well. Initially starts off sweet and grapefruity, then gets drier and more piney/grapefruity on the midpalate and finishes with an orange marmalade kind of sweetness to balance out the hops. Incredible smoothness and complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Silk in fact with great long lasting aftertase that lingers on until the next sip. Great level of carbonation, and a mild coating of the palate which is nice for such a big beer.

drinkablility: Only problem is the high ABV. This beer is complex, smooth, rich, textured, lively and hedonistic. Great attack on the palate and smooth finish gives this beer such a great depth of character. Seek this one out immediately!

06-05-2010 04:18:35 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A. Pours a hazy orange with a thin creamy off-white head (on a very vigorous pour) that sticks around for awhile.
S. Strong sweet malt smell with caramel - sticky buns - with orange marmalade and pine trees.
T. After the strong sweet smell, I'm surprised to find that the hops are the most evident flavor. The orange marmalade flavor really comes through. The bready yeasty sweetness also makes a good showing, if somewhat less than expected. There is a bit of alcohol burn on the tail end (when I checked out the ABV I realized that this has very little alcohol burn in comparison to the actual level).
M. Medium bodied with a medium-high level of carbonation - as with most beers I'd prefer it to be a bit more syrupy; that is, lower carbonation and more viscosity.
D. For a DIPA, it's very drinkable due to the fairly good balance. Plus, it's a freakin' 13.6% beer; I never would have guessed that it was that high - until halfway through the pint when I started to feel the affects of drinking this too quickly. Delicious - 1 more please.

05-31-2010 04:46:37 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of Murchmac
Murchmac

California

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

This one was not fresh but from June of 09.

Dark Amber color,

Caramel smells, lost its hops at that point but it still was a nice smell.

Caramel sweetness, hops faded but still present, some heat to it.

For being high in Abv and a year old, most people at the tasting did not like this beer. I did, thought it was fine to drink. Wish the abv was a little lower but it didnt detract from the taste all that much.

05-30-2010 21:13:35 | More by Murchmac
Photo of sisuspeed
sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Caramel brown-amber body with a thin white head on top. Light lacing left behind.

Citrus-laden hops on the nose, followed by a strong, sweet malt backbone. A little bit of ethyl alcohol makes its way through into the aroma. Toffee and even possibly a little bit of chocolate.

Rich, chewy malts flood the flavor, followed by a long hop bitterness and some alcohol. The strong hop bitterness and the alcohol make this beer a heavy hitter and a bit of a punch in the mouth. Caramel and somewhat bready malts mix with a bit of fruity citrus and strong, sticky, hop oil.

Mouthfeel is almost peppery from the hops, but the malts are smooth. Lots of sustained bitterness. The alcohol warmth builds with each sip until you can feel it all the way down into your stomach.

Drinkability is good for what this beer is. I usually prefer my DIPAs to have a little less in the alcohol warmth department, but this one is still quite enjoyable. One bottle is plenty, yet you're almost sad when its gone.

Overall, this is a quality brew from Dark Horse and the first that I've had from this brewery. The beer itself goes beyond the typical DIPA and almost borders on being a barleywine. The bottle says this ages well and I'm sure it does. Hopefully I can find another bottle the next time I hit up the liquor store. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a more "aggressive" DIPA.

05-29-2010 03:32:22 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose
abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured into a fluted pint glass, revealing a slight bit of white creamy head over deep copper body. Some lacing, some bubbling. Smells deeply malty with equal amounts of hop and alcohol presence. Smells like it means business.

Tastes very bitter with a grassy, pine-like character and a noticeable malt backbone behind the solid alcohol presence. Carbonation is small and adds to the creamy texture, making this one almost heavy-bodied. Somewhat drying. Quite warming. Not the most drinkable DIPA I've had due to heaviness, dryness and alcohol, but that doesn't make it non-enjoyable.

The excess grass taste on the tongue may not be my thing, but after that this is a very decent beer and one worth a try.

05-29-2010 03:26:52 | More by abuliarose
Photo of pmccallum86
pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a very dark ruby burnt orange color with a medium sized thing bubbly head. I like the appearance quite a bit as I prefer the darker DIPAs.

Smell is very floral and citrusy, great hop aromas going on here, I can tell I am in for a treat.

Taste is excellent, tons of hop bitterness. Slightly hot, the booze is detectable here, not surprising as it is 13.6%, that is so friggin huge. Hops are great though, lots of grapefruit and some pine notes as well. Light caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel is of light carbonation with a medium body, the finish is a little hot due to the booze as well.

Drinkablility is good but not great. It's a great beer but the alcohol will get you.

05-29-2010 01:04:47 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of meatyard
meatyard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a hazed, ruby amber with a 3-finger, off-white head that has pretty good retention and fair lacing.
The smell is a mixture of citrus and pine with a secondary aroma of sweet malt.
The taste is similar to the smell with a good dose of the hops but is followed by a strong, sweet malt flavor and some minor bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel is thick but with low carbonation.
Drinkability is good, there's nothing really wrong with this beer that a stronger dose of hops wouldn't help. Closer to East than West Coast in style due to the more balanced nature. While there are good hops flavor present, the sweet, strong malt flavor makes it seem like less than there is.

05-28-2010 22:04:29 | More by meatyard
Photo of kmo1030
kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

pours a nice rich looking ornage/amber with a thin finger thick crown of head.
thick citrus and pine dominate the aroma. there is also a touch of alcohol. once you get in there a little more you notice a pretty rich malt asect too, lots of caramel, toffee, biscuit, maybe just a bit of vanilla.
the taste has a pervasive hop character, big resinous juicy citrusy and piney hops. beneath lies a beefy malt backbone though. think imperial ESB for the malt profile. very toffee/biscuity leaning and very satisfying. barely a whisper of the huge abv.
the mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth moderate carbonation. silky and very pleasant.
the drinkability is remarkable for the size of this beer, i honestly drank it like i would a 6% IPA. it's fantastically balanced, and finley crafted. not a double IPA for those of us looking for a hop bomb though. it's very hoppy, but it keeps itself in check.

05-28-2010 01:00:47 | More by kmo1030
Photo of Gobzilla
Gobzilla

California

3.95/5  rDev -5%

12oz bottle courtesy of peteophile44 thanx bro.

A: poured an amber brown with a thin head and a little bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: lovely piney hops up front with hints of citrus fruit, little bit of booze and a good malt presence.

T: nice oily piney sweet hops hit the palate first with a sweet malt balance that help balance out the flavor and a citrus pop that helps give a crisp bitterness.

M: medium body with not much carbonation that has an oily feel and a crisp bitter finish.

D: overall was a pretty decent DIPA but still lacked on the hoppy punch. Was a little bit to sweet with not enough hops playing a bigger role.

05-26-2010 06:33:07 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of klikger
klikger

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12 oz. bottle served in a tulip

A - Very dark amber in color and nontransparent. A small white head appeared after pouring, but quickly disappeared. Lacing makes a brief appearance, but falls back into the liquid in mere seconds.

S - Citrus, floral hops, honey, and sweet, woody malt.

T - Sugary malt up front with notes of dried apricot, wildflower, and bread. This is quite hot, and the alcohol flavor is almost medicinal, approaching cough syrup at times. The finish is a pleasant, slightly underwhelming, hop bitterness. I know the recipe - twice the hops, twice the malt vs. Crooked Tree - be that as it may, this is underhopped for my palate. Perhaps I've been spoiled by all of the west coast beers which I've had lately, but this is far more akin to a strong ale than a DIPA.

M - Medium-heavy, this gets slightly syrupy as it heats.

D - The high gravity and the alcohol's transparency limit its drinkability. This is meant to be sipped. Kudos to Dark Horse for putting this in 12 oz bottles instead of bombers.

To be honest, I was slightly let down by this. I'd heard people raving about it, and it didn't completely deliver for me. It's a well-made beer, and enjoyable, but it doesn't satisfy my hop craving like I thought it would. That said, give it a try for yourself. From what I've heard and read, there's a relatively high amount of variance in different people's reaction to this brew.

05-25-2010 21:19:59 | More by klikger
Photo of kels
kels

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

NorthsideFred, you are too good to me - Cheers!

Actually appears thick on the pour, and admittedly a little intimidating. I mean, I might have to chew it. Appearance on the full glass confirms this - so viscous it might get caught in my teeth. Looks like red clay mud with a little visible carbonation running throughout. Initial 1 finger foamy white head fades to an immediate bubbly skim. Huge rings of lace remain behind.

Thick caramelly buttery grains fill the nose but somehow manage not to muscle out the light and juicy citrusy hops that I expected to be dominant.

Exceptionally bright and effervescent carbonation is the only thing keeping me from drowning in the bigness of this beer. Alcohol is high and definitely present, but doesn't sting or burn. It warms nicely and complements the extremely bitter, pithy citrus and dank, sappy hops well. Great toasty grain and some sticky, nutty sweetness round out the profile. Alcohol vapors linger like drinking liquor. Such depth in both flavor and texture makes for a really nice beer.

Drinkability is like cooking bacon - deliciously low and slow.

05-25-2010 04:19:08 | More by kels
Photo of jmerloni
jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

A - A bold mahogany brown color that is hazy. Dense thick tan head that laces pretty well and has good retention. Looks like this one's gonna be great.

S - Wow! So much malty goodness. Citrus. Pine. Some cocoa powder. And of course, hops.

T - WOW!!! What flavor! All the nose and more! Complex tasting, almost like a barleywine. Tastes sort of like a chocolate orange. The malt is there and it compliments the hops SO well. This beer is extremely hoppy but also extremely malty so it tastes oh so smooth all the way through. Pine, grapefruit, dark fruits. Very, very earthy flavors. This tastes like Ommegang Dubbel meets Dogfish 90 except 5% stronger ABV. The alcohol is SO well hidden. If I had to guess, I'd have guessed it was 8.5%. The alcohol is also very warming.

M - Perfect. So well balanced, perfectly hopped, perfectly carbonated. Fairly full bodied and whole. Creamy almost. This is extremely impressive.

D - What more can I say than this beer is HUGE. That's the best word to describe it. Everything about it is gigantic and it lives up to the big scary medieval sci-fi monster art on the bottle. Infinitely well hopped. I'm shocked this one didn't get an A or an A+ from the Bros. This is great. Smooth and strong.You DO feel the alcohol after even just half a beer and you probably can't have more than 2. But my oh my. This brew is a man among boys. If beer flowed through the River Styx, this is the beer that'd flow through it.

05-24-2010 02:43:06 | More by jmerloni
Photo of DrewHodges
DrewHodges

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Notes from 5/3/10 tasting; bottle poured to tall tulip glass.

A--cloudy amber-brown, some orange, tight 1-finger head that slowly disappeared

S--pine and citrus hops, maybe candy sugar or molasses, some malt

T--sweet roast malts, very hoppy--citrusy and floral, strong alcohol impact, almost like a barleywine, mellowed a bit and improved as it warmed

M--good mouthfeel, a bit highly carbonated

D--enjoyable glass, but it's a sipper and I will spread out my 4-pack in individual tastings

05-23-2010 21:33:50 | More by DrewHodges
Photo of liquidcraft
liquidcraft

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured thick for any style of ipa, poured pretty aggressive and got maybe 2 cm of a head. Deep copper sort of color. I smell molasses, an absence of citrus hops, not very floral...the smell is deep and dark if such words are applicable.
Taste tons of gooey and sappy hops backed up with sweet, caramel flavor. Not especially bitter, but the alcohol adds a little kick to the finish.
Creamy texture, really interesting for a double ipa. Rich texture, mild carbonation is just right. Texture matches well with the flavor. This is a dense beer, the alcohol is dangerously well disguised but the richness helps keep me from getting plastered. I will definitely pick up more of it, especially with its potential for a long shelf life.

05-23-2010 17:20:00 | More by liquidcraft
Photo of Adamdc
Adamdc

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1%

12 oz bottle poured into nonic.

A: This poured very thickly for an IPA, almost syrup-like. Murky brown body with very minimal head. No lacing whatsoever. Very ominous beginning!

S: Very pine-centered hop aroma with plenty of caramel and malt backing it up. I expected a stronger hop aroma but it was nice just the same.

T: I realized that this was still a little too cold initially so I let it sit for a bit. It opened up very nicely---primarily a pine hop taste with some citrus lingering. I'm amazed at the reviewers who are saying that this isn't 'hot'. It was pretty hot for me. The alcohol and the piney-ness blended very nicely. I really liked it.

M: This is by far the 'thickest' IPA I've had. Very creamy and dense!

D: I loved the taste but at 13.6% abv I was feeling it after 8-10 sips. A second one was out of the question!

This one really surprised me. I expected it to be very sweet due to residual sugars but that wasn't the case at all. As mentioned above the heat blended perfectly with the piney hops! A gem!

05-22-2010 20:20:48 | More by Adamdc
Photo of glazeman
glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A: A vigorous poor yields a 1 cm off-white head which fades into a swirl of bubbles with a small crown over the course of about five minutes. This beer is an opaque, murky, golden-brown. It looks a lot like apple cider. Some lacing, though not very much.

S: The hops dominate here with the smell being almost exclusively that of pine. Perhaps some citrus fruits deep down. Not as complex or interesting as I would have liked.

T: Definitely not as proportional of a hop taste as the smell would indicate. The hoppiness comes across more as a citrus taste (lemons, oranges, grapefruit) to which the toasted malt taste compliments very nicely. Hardly any alcohol hotness.

M: One of the first thoughts I had when I took my first taste was, "Wow, this is much creamier than I was expecting." On the lighter side of carbonation, but it coats the palate very nicely, and has a wonderful feel.

D: Phenomenal. Every sip left me eager for another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised how good this beer was. Dark Horse is a small brewery often overshadowed by its next door neighbor, Bell's. I think this beer may help change that and give them a little more attention/respect. I would highly recommend this beer.

05-22-2010 04:28:01 | More by glazeman
Photo of Bung
Bung

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz. A quite dark amber pour. Just a thin ring of off white head. Only a slight amount of lacing.

Aroma has much resiny pine presence. Some malt and toffee behind. Hint of citrus and an almost woody quality.

Taste is very balanced. Mix between the malt and pine central hops. Caramel, toffee, citrus and light red fruit. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness, very clean with a hint of char-likeness.

Sticky body, but not overly mouth filling. For a beer this big it is very drinkable. Alcohol is not present and it slides down very well. Could be very dangerous stuff.

05-22-2010 03:30:07 | More by Bung
Photo of trbergman
trbergman

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy auburn with one finger of sticky light tan foam that lasts and lasts and drops an unbroken sheet of lace.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malt, orange, dried mango, pine hop aroma.

T - Leads with plenty of malt sweetness, with caramel and toffee, dried fruits - mango, golden raisin, apricot. Hop flavor picks up in the middle with pine and citrus, then builds to a gently bitter finish.

M - Full bodied. Soft, with light carbonation.

D - I'm usually skeptical of any "double the original recipe" beers, but this one works for me. It could still use some additional bittering and aroma hops, in my opinion, and it gets a little boozy toward the end of the glass, but overall, it's an enjoyable beer.

05-22-2010 03:26:17 | More by trbergman
Photo of bierenutz
bierenutz

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A-Pours a murky amber color with a small head even with a vigorous pour and no lacing.
S-Fragant pine, hops, malt, grapefruit and caramel.
T-The roasted malt flavor dominates this beer for me with some expected bitterness, but sour citrus fruit notes are present and the heat of the alcohol is at the finish. Nice smokey afternotes.
M-Creamy texture with moderate carbonation and bitterness.
D-I like this beer. It has an oakey richness that lingers in a good way. With its high ABV this could be a dangerous brew...oh well!

05-22-2010 01:23:38 | More by bierenutz
Photo of LehighValleyEats
LehighValleyEats

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The Double Crooked Tree is essentially the same exact beer as the Crooked Tree, however, all ingredients besides the water is doubled. According the guys @ Dark Horse, "this is exactly how a double shouldbe." I agree completely.

The Double Crooked Tree pours a dark coppery amber color with a creamy off white-head. The aroma is extremely complex, with rich maltiness at first whiff, then the coffee, caramel, & berries hit. The distinctiveness of the coffee is complemented with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is very similar to the qualities of the aroma; rich, complex "medium-full malty sweetness on the palate yet finishes moderately dry." Diacetyl is apparent in the back, however, not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is very heavy, as i expected, & i must say that this beverage is a "1 & done" or you'll be falling on the floor after getting off that bar stool.

Overall Impression: I loved all aspects of this wonderfully crafted brew from Dark Horse & would suggest you go out & try it for it for yourself.

05-21-2010 15:54:52 | More by LehighValleyEats
Photo of AdamGarcia
AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks to Randalld for this great xtra! served in SN 30th snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with some ruby highlights. Slightly murky. A nice little head results from a vigorous pour, but it vanishes pretty quickly. Good looking beer.

S: Piney hops dominate. Some sweet caramel in there as well.

T: Not as hop forward as expected, but @ 13.6abv there has to be a boatload of malty goodness. Piney, resiny hop flavors with just a hint of citrus. Gooey orange marmalade. Flashes of heat here and there. Mild malty sweetness blends well with sweet honey drenched hop flavors.

M: Very good. Slick with just the right carbonation.

D: Considering the abv, drinkability it good.

Really glad I got to try this one. It fell a little short of my expectations. I love the regular Crooked Tree IPA and I'll probably grab the double again if I have the opportunity, but I won't seek it out.

05-21-2010 06:12:55 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of garymuchow
garymuchow

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -5%

Continuing on the DIPA journey.
Remarkably balanced aroma with a roasty, somewhat darker malt aroma readily apparent. Hopes are almost muted, considering the style. They hold a mildly fresh presence of a more generic grass, woodsy quality. Clearly not dry-hopped or intensely American style 3-C types of hops.
Darker sample than most others. Heavier amber with gold/oranges on the bottom and a gradually advancing brown as approaches the dense and creamy tan cap. Certainly above average lacing.
Quick little hop/bitterness bite right up front. It's brevity is interesting as it escapes for a bit, allowing other flavors to show forth, but returning in an extended bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is clearly more apparent on this one and it carries with it a heat that carries through the finish (at 13.6% I guess it would be noticeable - Yikes!). Slight boozy quality. Likable mild fruit malt sweetness upon entry.
Creamy texture with a soft feel on the palate. Smooth with exceptionally fine carbonation.
There are many fine aspects to this beer. It actually is a little too big. I think I'd like it more closer to 9%-10%.
Because of it's size I have to hold down the drinkability scores. I'd like to score this a little above 4.0, but I wouldn't/can't change any of my individual scores as they accurately describe my experience, so I'll leave as is. Might this be closer to an American Strong Ale?

05-21-2010 01:04:15 | More by garymuchow
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,203 ratings.