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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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2,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,296
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 292
Gots: 288 | FT: 12
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 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.

Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful amber color with a thin foam head that leaves just a bit of lace.

S- Pungent ruby red grapefruit aroma with a light scent of candied fruit. It smells sweet and bitter at the same time.

T- Lots of dank hop flavor initially with a fair amount of bitterness. The finish is surprisingly sweet with fruit and caramel flavors. The alcohol is definitely there but not overpowering.

M- Medium/full bodied with low carbonation. Sticky and bitter.

D- Overall a very interesting brew. An IPA with enough umph to age? Might have to give that a try...

Photo of Phelps
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 98 IBU IPA with 13.6 percent ABV. Yikes.

Looks: murky. The beer pours from the bottle thick and murky, burnt sienna in hue, cloudy to the point of opacity and topped with a fizzy, half-finger head the color of ginger that quickly recedes to a filmy top layer and a thin ring. Thin lines of horizontal lacing decorate the glass as I drink.

Smells: sweet, almost barelywine-like in character. Overripe oranges, caramel, honey, tangerine peel, tequila. It's robust, it's intense, it's good.

Tastes: like orange slices coated in caramelized sugar. The flavor follows the nose almost exactly, which is a very good thing. Tequila again. Though there's an intense hoppiness, it seems to trend more toward the sweeter side of life. Incredibly smooth throughout, especially considering the hefty ABV. The alcohol is nigh unnoticeable. An interesting breadiness swarms in at the swallow. Incredible.

Feels: perfect. The carbonation: medium, peppery and tongue-numbing, fizzing up just a bit as it moves about. The body: hefty, medium-full and creamy about the mouth. The alcohol burn: almost nonexistent. How Dark Horse achieved such smoothness and balance in a beer of this power is beyond me.

Drinks: like a smack in the mouth, followed by a hug. Double Crooked Tree's got big flavors but is incredibly mellow at the same time. I'm in awe of this beer.

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

a: pours a cloudy copper color with about a half inch of head that disappears slowly but when it does there is a lot of creamy sticky lacing on the top of the beer. carbonation bubbles continue to rise to the top of the beer throughout my enjoyment

s: piny, citrus hop bitterness explosion balanced nicely with a sweet caramel malt. the alcohol is present in the nose

t: pint hop bitterness hits you upfront, then the sweeter citrus hop bitterness. the finish is sweet malt flavor with notes of alcohol

m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this was a great beer i really enjoyed. But whoa one at a time this is no where near a session

Photo of MagyarPuska
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Vigorously poured into a tall pint glass, with hardly any head. Looks like apple cider, you can't see any of light through it, even around the edges.

S: Sweet malts with a little bit of hops. Doesn't smell like too many other DIPAs. Not overly complex but I expect to go into the tasting with sweetness based on the nose.

T: Gloriously smooth. Yet again, for a DIPA it is not what I expected. It isn't overly piney or oozing with grapefruit, but has a nice blend of hops and malt. If I didn't know any better I would be skeptical that this thing has 12% alcohol in it.

M: Smooth. It doesn't tingle a whole lot per a casual swig, but if held on the tongue the alcohol makes its presence known.

D: These could be dangerous. If one were to down a sixer of these they would unwittingly wander into a world of hurt, at least the next morning.

Overall: Surprising in overall presentation and flavoring, while delightfully refreshing for a DIPA. Left me wanting another.

Photo of kenito799
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, IPA tasting
This bottle had been aged a year or more.
Murky dark apple cider-colored brew, fine bubbles, nice lacing.

Definite orange peel on the nose, with herabal, grassy notes, rosemary.

Sweetness p front, the malt has taken the forefront as the brighthop flavors have mellowed with aging. An orange soda effect, caramel, alcohol is apparent.

This brew has aged wel, into something other than a DIPA hop bomb, very nice.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for the trade.

A: Pours an unexpectedly very dark caramel color with a couple finger of dark tan head that quickly faded into a thick oily film that left a few streaks and spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Big boozy dark caramel and hop notes with an overall roasted character. This smells like a barleywine with big notes of hop resin and sweet malt.
T: Pow! Big in-your-flavors of warm boozey sweet caramel, crackery bread crust, and grahm crackers hit your palate first followed by oily, resiny hops, bitter grapefruit, tree sap, and orange peel. Finish has notes of tobacco, and the aftertaste is full of a sticky sweetness that lingers long after the swallow.
M: Full bodied with a sticky, viscous mouthfeel. Carbonation is frothy and helps the thick body down the throat. Alcohol is present and leaves the back of your throat and gullet warm and fuzzy. However, for such a high ABV, this drinks exceptionally well.
D: I love the flavors in this beer, and it's not quit a chore to drink, but there's no way I'd want to have a bottle of this every day. As far as a DIPA goes, it's closer to hopped-up barleywine. Glad I got to try this. Thanks again Jay!

Photo of billshmeinke
2.13/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark amber with a touch of off white head.

Smells of intense sweet malt and some faded hops.

Tastes of... the same. Lots of sweet malt and some confused hops in the background.

Mouthfeel is thick with low carbonation.

Super underwhelming beer... not a big fan.

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured from a fresh, brand new tap line. Pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with a wispy white coastered head. Malty sweet smelling with a touch of citrus rind hop aroma. The taste is slightly unbalanced in terms of malt vs hops and I wish it had a more hoppy bite. Not a bad ipa but not the best either.

Photo of BHwks
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip glass.

A - Nice amber in color with about a quarter inch head, a bit surprising as usually these type of higher alcohol beers pour very flat.

S - Very pleasant, almost wet-hop like aroma. A bit of alcohol, but not overpowering like some higher-alcohol brews. Definitely smells like an IIPA, though some argue this beer is more like a barleywine.

T - Very balanced for the high alcohol and amount of hops. Beers like this have the potential to be really out of whack in terms of flavor, and this one is not. As hoppy as this beer tastes, the malt backbone provides a nice compliment, giving it a very carmally, rich flavor. I think the maltiness is what has people confusing this with a barleywine.

M - Thick, chewy, and warming due to the alcohol content.

D - About as good as it gets for a beer right around 12% alcohol. I've had beers in the 8-9% range that don't hide the booze this well. I'd say the only real spoiler is the nose, where you get a bit of a tabasco-like aroma (similar, but not nearly as strong as DFH 120 minute)

Overall, I love this beer. As with most beers in this category (DFH 120 minute, Founders Devil Dancer, etc.) this really blurs the line between IIPA/barleywine, though I'd argue this is the most accessible of the bunch, not only for newer people to the style, but those who are turned off by highly-hopped/high alcohol beers. I'd also add that this is really drinkable fresh, unlike 120 minute which to me is a big overpowering mess. Well worth the $15/4-pack which I paid.

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

Poured into pint glass. Hazy orange-brown. Real rich lookin'. Creamy one finger head settled down quickly with decent lacing along sides.

Very flowery, aromatic hoppy blast up your nose when you take a whiff. Citrusy, resiny. Sweet malt smell.

There is a very well-balanced blend of bitterness and sweetness. Very pleasant resininess to the taste. Finishes with a super-fresh taste of hops. I don't get an overwhelming taste of booziness.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Full and rich.

This beer pairs well with High on Fire radio, on last.fm.

Photo of JackieTH
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Note: The notes I have on this pour say: 13.6% ABV and 90 IBU, (not 12% ABV).

Appearance: Pretty, dark coppery amber with a finger of off white head.

Smell: Big tropical, oranges, and resinous pine hop, grapfruit rinds along with malty goodness and a bit of alcohol. Very nice and inviting.

Taste: The hops show up immediately with a big hit of grapefruit rind and light grassy notes, there is sweetness, caramel and roasted malt. A bitter-sweetness emerges in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth somewhat syrupy and medium bodied.

Drinkability: The bitter-sweet character that emerges along with the high ABV limit my consumption. If you get it in a bottle, it may age well.

Photo of beergod1
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep hazy amber-brown beer. Thin white head. Big juicy hop aroma, grapefruit, brown sugar/toffee and a touch of light oak as well. Flavor is really much more barleywine than IIPA. Toasty rich malts, a bit of dark fruit and sweet caramel maltiness. Moderate bitterness with a fresh grapefruity/orange citrus component. Lingering sweetness. Heavy duty.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, consumed from my 3Floyds glass.

A- Light tannish head, 1 finger. A rich murky amber color. Pretty dark for a DIPA, and very cloudy

S- Very nice nosefull of hops/malt/sweetness. Touches of pine and citrus as well.

T- This one is smooth and malty, the hops have faded quite a bit. I had a fresh one, and it was much hoppier. This has lost it's initial hoppy bite, but still has the hoppy aftertaste. Like the smell, has a piney/citrusy flavor, with a heavy malt backbone.

M- Very nice and big. Very complex and dances across my tongue. Has a very bold hoppy aftertaste.

D- Very strong, and hits you a little hard. The beer doesn't taste boozy, but is just a big beer.

Great big DIPA. Definetely has faded a bit since fresh, but is still delicious. Can really only drink 1-2 due to the ABV

Photo of Anthony1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a medium brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass. The aroma is of hops, caramel, brown sugar, some citrus and a touch of alcohol. The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and bourbon, then the hops flavor comes in, but it's no where near as strong as you would expect. Then there's a slight alcohol burn, but it's quite tame for a beer with 13.60% ABV. The malt character seems on the thin side despite the sweetness. The after-taste is bitter sweet. Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

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

BA says that this one is 12%, but the bottle says that it is 13.6%. Either way, this one is a sobriety disturber!

Poured this straight down the middle.

A: Looks like a melted caramel gold with about an inch worth of head. Jeez... Carbonation is hidden under the brown golden funk.

S: Smells like a typical DIPA. Grapefruit, sugar, citrus, etc. Smells like ultra fresh pine.

T: Not boozy at all. Very malty, with a strong caramel backbone and hops and citrus to spare.

M: One might think based on ABV that this might be syrupy... nope. I actually find this one pretty well balanced for a brew this size.

D: Yep....this is a reserve type beer alright. If you drink more than one of these things, you'll be running around your neighborhood naked.

Overall, this is a nice DIPA, and one of the highest ABV 12ozers I've had in a long time.

Photo of Lillenk
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Looks quite dark. Almost brown.

Smell was huge. Lots of hops on the nose but also some sweetness.

Tastes very nice but some sort of small taste I can't distuish at the finish.

Because of the aftertaste I gave it a lower rating on drinkability but overall a very nice beer.

Photo of cbutova
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle is a few months old but it says it "ages well" and I remember it fairly well fresh.

A- Chunky dark orange with a creamy off-white cap that has good retention. Good coat of fine, milky lace from the frothy ring.

S- Still pretty damn hop-centric. Lots of fruit and citrus, would have expected them to fade a lot more by now. Caramel malt is much more present this time around, a few months age on it. No alcohol, lots of hops like Maharaja and Devil Dancer.

T- Reminiscent of Hop Dam and Devil Dancer, a beastly hop bomb. The hop flavor is the strange tropical sweet fruit one and the general overly hopped pine-earthy aspect. Pretty crazy that this is 13.5%. Caramel malt slowly gains ground with each sip.

MF- May not be alcohol in the flavor but this thing is damn hot, burns my throat like Nemesis 2010. Pretty bitter but supported by the malt and hop flavor. Body itself is moderately creamy and has smooth, high-end carbonation.

DB- A nice beer but it is still a bit too hoppy even for me, I don't say that often (Hop Dam, Devil Dancer). There is a point where hops just taste like hops and not complex fruity, piney flavors. It wears you down, I cannot review another one after this, beast-mode of ales. It has aged fine, it probably has enough hops for about 10 years.

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

Hazy, opaque, deep amber/orange. Milky, off-white head; minimal and short

Smell is malty sweet, with an intense, yet subtly muted hop aroma. Very citrus-y, piny, floral, and woodsy. It has a nice mix of several hop aromas, forming an enticing cluster-fuck of goodness. There is a hint of heat there too. My nose hairs are burning.

Sweet malts and intense bitterness clash immediately on the first sip. Hard to tell which prevails. The hops move to sweet and sour citrus, accompanied but caramel malts. There is some earthy-ness to it. And the precise finish burns a bit from that 12%.

Feel is medium in body, no carbonation.

As huge as this beer is, each sip is a breeze...delicious, smooth, and luscious. I think this is the most drinkable DIPA I've laid my lips upon.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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