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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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2,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 290
Gots: 321 | 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:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a very murky dark caramel color with some slight orange edges. There is a nice 0.25 inch head that is off-white, almost meringue like. It is quite dense and a bit sticky.

S - Aroma is of sweet malt and caramel followed by some nice juicy explosive hop sweetness. There is some nice piney resin to the beer. Quite piney in fact with some mild grassy and earthy malt tones. Slightly boozy and citrus notes.

T & M - Taste starts with some nice sweet malt notes with some caramel and some nice fresh toasty bread. Nice earthy and sweet malts. This is then complimented by some nice resiny and oily pine and hop juice notes. Very delicious and slightly sweet. The hops also have a nice citrus notes to it but its only complimentary to the pine. Some peach and some apricot as well as some nice grapefruit. Very nice leathery notes are present as well as the hops finish. There is a good bitterness to the beer. Im surprised these hops have lasted as well as they have. Very nice oily mouthfeel with some slight dryness on the back end and a good bitter finish.

O - Great brew. Worth the hype and a very nice DIPA with good overall flavors and a very nice mouthfeel.

Photo of zachary80
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small light tan head sticks around. Body is opaque brown with orange highlights. Already huge amounts of lacing. The aroma is sweet from the malts with a nice amount of citrusey hops. Flavor has some orange to it, the sweetness from the body is nicely balanced by the huge hops. There is a good amount of bitterness, but it is amazing how much more flavor and aroma there is. Mouthfeel is pretty good - almost no alcohol, but is a little too syrupy for me.

Overall DCT is an amazingly drinkable and enjoyable huge DIPA

Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 0z. bottle, marked 13.6% ABV with no freshness date, poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Darker orange too caramel brown in color. Pours a nice beige head that sticks well to the outside of the glass.

Aroma: Pine, mango, and pineapple notes from the hops are all present. A really complex hop profile, made nicer by the fact that the caramel sweetness of the malt is a great balance and adds to that complexity even more.

Taste: The pine and tropical fruit notes from the hops are definitely there. The caramel paired with these makes for a sweet beer. The ABV is well hidden, except in that fact that there is a lot of residual sugar. Refreshing and complex at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Definitely on the heavier side, but smooth and refreshing nonetheless.

Overall, a really unique and challenging IPA. The hop flavors are spot on and this really packs a punch. Really good balance as well. Definitely an extreme version of the style though and I can see it being perceived as cloying sweet, although I believe it was not. Definitely plan on having again.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/red with hints of brown. One inch off-white head. retention is decent, especially considering the strength of this brew. Patchy lacing.

S: Bitter American hops. Pine, grapefruit, mango. A touch of spicy alcohol. Esters evoke oranges. Light breadiness.

T: Oranges, mangoes, hint of melon. Moderately high bitterness. Peppery alcohol has a strong warming presence. Bready and slightly toasty malt body. Caramel and bread crust. I can almost swear I taste rye in there too, but I can't be sure. Finishes with bread crust, lingering hop bitterness, and tropical esters.

M: Moderately thick, slick from the hop oils, creamy. Low carbonation.

O: This is an IPA? Could have fooled me. The malt bill makes a strong statement, and throw in the big spicy alcohol presence and this beer shares more than a few similarities to a hoppy American Barleywine. I like it though. A style bender.

Notes: 13.6% abv? Damn. This is the biggest DIPA I've had since 120 minute. Very loose interpretation of the style, but a great beer nonetheless.

Photo of Treebs
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light brown color with a thin white head that came and went very quickly. It left a thin, almost translucent head as the I went along.

S: Fruity hops with some floral back notes. A little toast with a nice smooth backbone, but nothing really pops as substantial so far.

T: Extremely bitter hops right off the bat. Followed a mellowed malt with a slight sweet fruit. This is followed by a slight burn, but nothing close to what I was expecting from an almost 14% brew. Finished with a less bitter fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Leaves a nice hoppy taste on the tongue well after the beer is consumed.

O: This was a good DIPA, bit I wasn't overly impressed. The smell was lacking and the tast didn't quite make up for it. Good, not spectacular.

Photo of zrab11
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The color is a nice redish maple brown color with a nice 2 finger off white head. Some lacing

S-Had a nice citrus nose with some sweetness and pine notes as well.

T-Nice hoppy flavor up front followed by some sweet citrus and carmel flavors. Ends with some nice malty hoppiness

M-Medium bodied wth nice carbonation

D-OVerall this DIPA was Great. Nice and creamy and had great flavor and balance of hops and sweetness. I love DIPAs an i will def. get this again.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark, murky shade of brown with a one finger offwhite head that fades pretty quickly. Looks hideous
S- a lot of citrus is coming through, and it smells pretty damn awesome. But it's a little weak...disappointing
T- awesome, awesome citrus flavors with very little bitterness. No alcohol burn at all. The only thing I don't like is that the flavors seem a little muted
M- it's got some body to it, but with the lack of bitterness, it comes off real well
O- this seems like it has a little age on it. Looking forward to getting some fresh next year for sure.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very opaque hazy golden brown - much like a good mulled cider - a couple fingers of sandy head settle down to a film.

I actually get a little cider tang, a little bready malt, and orange sweetness in the nose.

A sip is sweetly malty with a citrus bite layered on top of a warming heat. Nice sticky bitterness that is in excellent balance with the malt profile. Medium carbonation and pretty creamy for the abv which really only peeks in with warmth at the end.

Great flavor, great mouth feel - for a DIPA it's almost too drinkable at 8%. The bottle actually says "Ages Well" - so I'd be very interested tasting this one after some time.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, coppery amber with a thick cream colored cap that lays down some sticky sheets of lace on the glass. Orange and pine sap aroma with sweet caramel malt. Tons of sticky malt amd citrusy hop flavors but all the hops are not overly bitter feeling on the tongue. The alcohol is present but not really hot for such a high abv brew. Full bodied and creamy with mild carbonation. A cool beer but not cool enough to be as hard to get as it is and certainly not the best DH has to offer. Still really good though.

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

A: The color is a maple brown with reddish highlights. The finger thick, off-white head slowly dissipates over a few minutes and leaves a ring, slight lacing.

S: Lots of citrus coming through in the nose with piney hops and a tad of sweetness. Surprisingly there is no hints of alcohol at all from this big 13.6% beer.

T: Bitter hops upfront which are well balanced by the sweet malts that fade back to the hops that linger through the finish. More malt presence than I would have anticipated, but it works. Slight citrus/fruity flavor but not much and the alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. The finish is boozy and slightly bitter.

M: Medium to Full bodied with average carbonation. Thick and creamy with bitters and a boozy feel.

D: This is a big beer to say the least, the good and bad of it is the alcohol is masked well. It's pretty well balanced and has some good flavor. Overall a pretty solid beer but be weary of the high ABV for the style.

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out as a deep copper color, kind of hazy with a very small head with some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell has a ton of pine with some citrus in there. The taste is wicked hoppy with some floral notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel tingles the sides of the tongue. Which makes this brew very intriguing. I really enjoy this brew a lot. It really is a great Double IPA.

Photo of Dan3279
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a single 12oz bottle tonight at Lizardville. I had my bottle chilled and poured into a tulip glass.

The body was a deep, dark amber color with a sticky one inch head that left a nice lacing around the glass.

The aroma was dominated with the citrus / floral hops and a few hints of sweetness. Overall the aroma is very good and very welcoming.

The taste was exceptional worth the hype that I have heard and I enjoyed it very much. The bitterness hits you first with some sweetness. You would never guess that this beer has the alcohol content that it claims. You notice the alcohol but its balanced very well with the carbonation.

Overall a solid double IPA, easy to drink and enjoy. Its not as flashy as some of the more popular double IPAs around here but it can hold its own.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to funkyaudio for the extra! Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a deep caramel-amber color with a thick, yellow-tinted off-white head that slowly faded to a thick layer and left nice lacing. Aroma of pungent, earthy hops with some light pine resin, a bit of citric fruitiness (orange peel, grapefruit), and some undertones of sweet caramel malt. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some caramel malt softly transitions into a spicy, piny hoppiness with some floral undertones and hints of grapefruit and orange. Soft carbonation, slick and full on the palate. Definitely a step above the regular Crooked Tree IPA. Definitely a fan of this one!

Photo of nasty31
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very dark in color almost brown. Head is about a finger that dissipates very quickly leaving minimal lacing.Smells of hops are kind of overpowered by a strong alcohol sent. You can definitely smell the 13% in this one. Tastes are really malty i taste some hops but mostly a malty alcohol flavor. Overall this is a decent beer just not my cup of tea. I would share this with someone but 12 oz is just a little to much. Maybe some age would mellow that alcohol taste.

Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up at Food and Friends in Philly.

Pours a very cloudy and dark ruby/orange color that's almost brown with deep, dark burnt orange edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves large streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a stronger malt presence than expected and a boatload of earthy pine and sweet citrus hops. Hints of floral hoppy pine needle along with some grapefruit and orange peel. Lots of sweet malt in the nose with hints of caramel, biscuit and rye. The high ABV results in it smelling overly boozy, overpowering the hop presence a bit too much for my liking.

Full bodied with a blast of bitter earthy hops up front that linger throughout over the sweet boozy and malty body into a bitter dry finish. Dry resinous pine needle flavor that is slightly sticky and oily. Very little citrus/sweetness making the hop profile one dimensional. The malt character is very prominent providing sweetness which is complimented by the boozy heat. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, nut and rye. Well balanced but I'm here for the hops. Although there is significant heat, the ABV is pretty well masked considering the beer's strength making it pretty drinkable.

Overall, this beer was decent but is unnecessarily hot and malty. Sure it's well balanced and easy to drink but the hop flavor is constantly being battled throughout. The hops should be the star in an IPA not just another flavor. Seems more like a hoppy American barleywine.

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

Bottle from khumbard. Thanks man!

The beer is murky, muddy, hazy, rusty orange. It looks thick even as it segues from the bottle to the pint glass. The head hangs out briefly before sinking into the abyss. The aroma is of pine, tree sap, resin, malt, candied citrus, and sugary fruits. The flavor brings more of the same. This drinks more like a hoppy American barleywine than a DIPA. It is a formidable brew, and though tasty, probably better shared. The feel is thick, syrupy, and sticky, with fairly low carbonation. While this isn't my bag, per se, it's well done. Worth a try.

Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy brown with lots of very chunky, goopy sediment settling on the bottom of the glass. not sure if this is typical.
1/2 finger head that slowly disipates to leave some nice lacing. light carbonation.
first sip is bitter hops which fades to caramely malts. faint alcohol sting on the tongue, but light considering the abv of this beer.
this is definitely a dangerous beer. drink with caution.
really enjoyed.

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

Purchased from Rileys Wines of the World in Madison, Wi for 16.99 a four pack. Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Vigorous pour yields a hazy Apple cider looking beer. Tight bubbled half finger cream head sticks around for quite a while leaving slow to recede lacing.

Nose: A quite muted nose. I'm getting some pine, sweet fruit...a minimal amount of booze, almost like a Highland single malt. Sweet toffee, some vanilla.

Taste: Malt bomb. Big body of sweet malt and sugar coated grapefruit. Sweet mango give way to a bitter hop , but very subdued, a very well balanced huge DIPA.

Mouth: Full mouth with good level of carbonation, almost creamy texture. Small bubbles once again.

Drink and overall: One of my favorites. Honestly, a real treat. Lately I have moved away from the Imperial IPAs, but this brings me back to the promised land. The hops were a bit faded, but the malty sweet body made up for it. I think this could handle some age.

Photo of chugalug06
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours nicely with a deep crimson color. Very dark and slightly cloudy. Head builds mildly and retains wonderfully. Very nice lacing.

S - Slight spice and mild fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit and apricot. Smells very smooth and delicious. Very unique to any other IIPA I've had. Smells like a mild sugar bomb... Is it?

T - WOW! How can this be such a big brew, but yet so mild....? Very little upfront bitterness, and definitely not a sugar bomb. One of the most delightful brews I've had in a while! At the end of the brew it's decently bitter, but not overwhelming.

M - Dry, upfront, creamy, and aggressive. Very mild carbonation and quite light for the 13.6% it sits...

D - Decently drinkable. It definitely warms your stomach, much like Tequila. Yum, but it's missing something... At first I thought "Wow, this may be the best brew i've ever had", but as time went on I'm beginning to think it's just a very unique brew, super glad I got to try it.... For the style it's quite good, but not quite all there... Thanks Another6Pack for an awesome trade!

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

Totally blown away by this beer. Straw colored and hazy, nice head, left nice lace. The smell is dank. Like weed. And the beer tatses as herbacious as any I have tried. Also has the traditional flavors of pine and some citrus and a moderate sweetness. Never would guess the alcohol. Watch out!

Photo of b3shine
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to tulip. Looks good; a darker double, reflective of the regular Crooked Tree. Bouquet is okay; far and away it's weakest attribute. Tastes great. Deep and hoppy, much like the regular, but kicked up and clearly a double. Mouthfeel is good, but it's definitely a sipping beer. Overall, I really enjoyed it.

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

poured cold from the bottle an opaque dark creamy caramel brown to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass with a 1/2 finger, long lasting, tan head leaving lace up the side of the glass.

pleasant aroma of floral hops and sweet sticky sugars.

floral hops way up front, though less in your face than from the tap. again, sweet butterscotch candy is present, fading to piney hops.

creamy, big bodied, medium carbonation, subtle bitter fading quickly to candy sweet.

drinkable - one or two, but at 13%, that'd be about it.

overall - extremely enjoyable beer.

Photo of BB1313
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Sediment is at the bottom of the bottle. Pours a dark auburn, cloudy and hazy; similar to the color of iced tea. Decent head w/ nice lacing. The aromas were floral, but not in your face. Nice hints of citrus mixed w/ caramel and malts. The flavors are nice, but the overwhelming warmth really hurts.. it's very close to being balanced, but simply isn't. Now don't get me wrong, the flavors aren't bad, but the alcohol is very noticeable. Lots of caramel and I'm picking up some lemon and a slight amount of pine. Mouthfeel is nice, not over carbonated, smooth, creamy; full-bodied. Finishes warm and sweet. This one doesn't remind me of a barleywine, as some say it does.

I can't get over the alcohol presence, but I'm actually impressed how easy is to drink, despite the booziness.. so it gets extra credit for that. With a few tweaks, this could really be something special. At the end of the day, it's very good.. it's a beer that everyone should give a shot. I'd enjoy this anytime.

Note: I tried the 2010 vintage last year, and it was consistent.

Photo of vfgccp
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – If there was an ice-tea flavored jello, I think this is what it would look like. White head sits low in the glass.

S – Sweet and complex on the nose. Honey, orange zest, and Chinese 5-spice. Touch of clean alcohol and fresh bread.

T – Opens sweet with yellow raisins and honey. A pine bitterness is loaded throughout the profile. Light malt character on the backend coddles a soft alcohol note.

M – Medium light body. The finish carries a rolling bitterness, and the malt that balanced the ending alcohol note slowly fades to give way to a brighter boozyness.

O – Not a bad DIPA, but I’d say it’s about average.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours an orange amber color. It yields four inches of beige head.

S - The aroma is citrus, orange, grapefruit.

T - The taste begins with citrus, grapefruit and orange. The finish has some juniper flavor to it. The alcohol seems more predominant as it warms.

M - Medium, oily

O - This is a pretty good IIPA. The alcohol is mostly hidden in this beast. Should help me unwind nicely from the weekend.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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