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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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2,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 292
Gots: 289 | 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 Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 2nd time having this on-tap.

Pours dark copper orange, almost reddish. 2-finger white head turns to a thin ring and leaves some lacing.

Lots of hop oils, pine and fruit in the smell.

Starts off somewhat typical of a high ABV IPA. Big on pine and resin, very oily and bitter and noticeable alcohol. But more fruit comes in as it warms (citrus, lemon, grapefruit) and is balanced nicely with caramel malt. Booze is toned down after time and is nicely hidden.

Reminds me of Devil Dancer but way less harsh. Very drinkable for 13.6%.

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

Fourth beer from the Blind Beers BIF thanks to SHolland119.

Rust brown color into a Unibroue tulip glass. Head is tan and light with medium to large bubbles at about an eighth inch thick. Not getting much in aroma, could be a bit cold. Going to let it warm up a bit. Roasted barley is starting to come through, on the flavor side is a sharp alcohol flavor and medium malt taste with lots of bitter hops and very little on the floral / citrus side of things. This beer tastes fairly fresh as there is a crispness to the hops. Caramel and dark fruits, especially plum, now that the beer has had a chance to warm up. Aroma is now thick malt and candied sugars.

Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a 9oz snifter.

Appearance: Dark ruby red/amber with a half finger of head.

Smell: Bitter hops and grapefruit at first, then a wave of sugary and bready malts hit at the end, along with a boozy/alcohol burn/

Taste: Bitterness from the hops and a slight grapefruit at first and then the sweet sugary and bready malt flavor takes over with a boozy burn in the aftertaste. Definitely the typical barleywine taste more so than a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy with a very sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer, that can be argued as a DIPA or a barleywine. Either way this beer goes down far too easy for it's abv. Very drinkable, which could lead to problems if you have more than one in a short period of time.

Photo of Tballz420
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper to brown bodied, khaki colored head of decent size lasts and laces. The scent is sweet caramel malts being watched over by serious citrus and bitter hops. The entire tongue is hit hard with taste when this brew hits it. Pretty big caramel malt character, but the main focus is on an intense hop profile, citrus and bitter, plenty of fruit notes. Creamy mouth, medium to full bodied. The 13.6% explains a hearty dose of warming alcohol as well. This beer is a bit pricy, but it is also very good.

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

Got it via a trade, thanks folks. Pours a deep caramely amber (i think thats a color), smell was a sweet malt with some booziness. Wasn't quite sure what to expect on this, wasn't even on my radar, but very pleased with getting one a trying it. Taste was a typical DIPA, but with a very palatable booze finish, is this really +13%. The big malts balance this out, good stuff, i'll be on the lookout for more.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to each of the 3 BAs who included this as an extra. You know who you are.

3.5 A: Hazy amber brown color. Half a finger (if even that) of short lived creamy head. Some irregular lacing. I'll give this one a break due to the high ABV.

4.5 S: This ain't no DIPA. Rather American B-wine all the way. Citrusy and piney hops with the focus on orange and mango. Super strong malt backbone with lots of toffee sweetness from the residual sugar and perhaps a touch of crystal malt.

4.5 T: One of the best balanced barleywines I've ever had. Slightly bready are the malts. Toffee and caramel show up again. Hop bitterness balances perfectly - not too sweet not too bitter. Hop flavor is there with pine and orange again, but seem trivial in comparison to the malts. Alcohol is warming, but extremely well hidden.

4.5 M: Lighter heavy body. Good carbonation. Very creamy with subtly warm finish. Very nice.

5.0 D: This is easily the best drinking American barleywine I've had due to the incredible balance of bitterness and malt sweetness. Alcohol very well hidden. Great beer.

Photo of airohead2001
3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Huge thanks to glazeman for this one! I've been looking forward to it for a long time. It's about time for another tasting of sorts...

I have to begin by commenting that, in my opinion, this is a barleywine, not a DIPA. I know there's a lot of debate regarding whether to review a beer in the category in which it is listed versus reviewing a beer in the category that you think it belongs, but as far as that argument goes, I will be reviewing this beer as a barleywine.

A - Nice looking, but nothing special. Dark brown brew with a half finger off white head. No head retention, but excellent lacing.

S - Fresh out of the bottle, this one smells out of this world - a perfect combination of malts, pine hops, and big juicy citrus hops. Just outstanding. As it warms however, it is all booze and sugar, typical of many barleywines.

T - Things sort of fall apart here. I get sweet, sugary malts. And that's about it. Sure there are a few random hops that come up at the very finish, but all in all, the taste on this one is all sugar and booze. Pretty disappointing.

M - Perfect for a huge ABV barleywine - thick, sticky, chewy, and minimally carbonated. Wonderful mouthfeel.

D - Due to the imbalanced sweetness in the taste and alcohol burn, this beer is not very drinkable.

After noticing that my rDev for this review was nearly negative 30%, I think this one deserves an explanation. To really be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of barleywines. I'm much, much more of a DIPA guy - DIPAs with balance, malt backbone, and fresh, explosive, citrus hops. But whether this one is a DIPA or a barleywine, either way it is just too sweet for me.

Photo of Beejay
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A medium tannish brown. Almost a clay color with nice light tan head. Looks good!

S: Huge on hops and caramel. Big grassy notes as well as some earth scents. This is all followed up by malt and sweet caramel.

T: Huge hops with an underlying sweetness. Grassy notes with a very sharp kick at the finish. Big american hop flavor backed by tons of malty goodness. I can't taste a bit of the booze that is packed into this thing. A bit of piney/resin taste in the finish.

M: Fairly thick bodied, carbonation seems good. Coats the mouth as it goes down. Very nice.

D: This is definitely one I would do again. I got this one a bit too cold before serving, so I am letting it warm as I drink it. Very good balance between hops and malt. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/6/10.

A: Wow, this is a lot darker than I thought it would be. The color is an attractive ruby-red and copper. It reminds me more of barleywines and some quads more so than what I would expect a double IPA to look like. The 1/2 finger head quickly fades and leaves a dark khaki film on top. The lacing is nice and is a continuous fluid swirl round my snifter.

S: I'm guessing this is not at its peak of freshness and is probably 3+ months after its bottling date. That said, I am getting a lot of sweet malt aromas and not so many hop smells. Sweet raisin and fig jumps out at first sniff, as well as other dark fruits- plum, pomegranate, etc. Some sweeter citrus in the form of tangerine and blood oranges are also available. Brown sugar and donut glaze and a hearty grain breadiness grip my palate, as well.

T: Thankfully, I receive a decent dose of piney hops to balance out the hefty maltbill that I detected in the smell. A good citrus and pine bitterness sizzles on the sides of my tongue as the sweet malt flavors soak into the rest of my mouth. The yeast lends a chewy breadiness of whole grains to round out the taste. Surprisingly, the alcohol content is not overpowering. This is 13.6%, right?

M: As I ponder the MF, I realize that the a.b.v. does stand up and say hello. The bitterness on the sides of my tongue carries some boozy heat with it, but this only enhances the feel. A pretty full feel for the style and I do enjoy that hop/booze sizzle.

D: I would have another, and would love to imbibe one at the peak of its freshness to see if the hops are more present. However, I am nearing the end of an hour session with this beer and the a.b.v. is starting to get to me. Overall, a nice double IPA.

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

Notes from 5/15/10

What a dark DIPA this is. It is the color of dark iced tea. There is a resemblance of head upon pouring, but fades to a ring around the glass. Some lacing, but not much.

The smell is nice, substantial caramel malts, pineapple, and fresh baked bread. Pine is involved but very subtle.

Big malty brown sugar taste up front which blends to a hop profile which features orange, pineapple, and some pine sap. The 98 IBU's are hidden amongst dark bready malts. There is some decent warming but the alcohol content is very well hidden.

This is pretty full in the mouth. Very rich and rather heavy.

Not the most drinkable DIPA, but it is unique. It seems to border the taste of a barleywine or old ale.

Photo of sholland119
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 7/4/10.

A-Moerately opaque dark amber, just a little bit of white head. No lacing.

S-Lots of sweet malt, some citrus hops.

T-Nicely balanced caramelly sweet malt, with a sweet and citrusy hop finish. Plenty of booziness at the end.

M-Medium bodied with rather light carbonation.

D-Remarkably high, unnecessarily high ABV is the only flaw in this beer. Plenty flavorful but too hot.


Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 4/7/10

Very dense & cloudy dark amber; nearly crimson. 1/8th inch head dissipates in short order. Gentle swirling revives a little foam but it doesn't hold. Overall, no retention or lacing. Second consideration finds it not as murky as I originally noted.

The aroma is potent & enticing. Intense hops of all types: ripe citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest; orange & bold pine. Smells oily & juicy. Sugary sweet malt backdrop. A bit of alcohol.

The taste is good; plenty hop flavor with utmost density. Just enough bitterness without being harsh or scathing. Pine tar & potent citrus a la the nose. Rather oily. Malts are more apparent to taste but are well-integrated. Dark sugars & toasted malts - brown sugar & a dollop of caramel.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Resinous, sticky & near chewy for a DIPA. All the above flavors linger long on the finish. For 12% abv, alcohol heat isn't too overwhelming, though it is warming.

On tap, this is a pretty impressive beer. It is comfortably in the company of some of the Midwestern heavy hitters. I was thrilled to find this on tap & looking back, I may have allowed my excitement get the best of objectivity. Indeed; Double Crooked Tree is really quite sweet which didn't fully register until a few additional pints.

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

A: Semi-thick layer of foam, medium amber with a hint of red, signs of miniscule sediment floating in the glass - 4.50, Scrumptious aroma, heaps of citrusy hops matched by an equal quantity of caramelly malts, lots of tropical fruits including papaya and pineapple, alcohol is faint but noticeable, slight rum soaked date smell, truly the nose of a double IPA - 4.75, T: Solid hop bite - a tongue shredder balanced with layers of thick and syrupy sweetness, tastes like golden raisins, slight burn on the tongue, could quite easily be mistaken for a heavily hopped barleywine - 4.25, M: Creamy with a heavy mouth feel - 4.00, D: All around this is a very nice sipper, holds its high alcohol content very well - 4.50

Photo of mikereaser
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a murky reddish copper color with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - amazing orange and lemon citrus & piney aroma coupled with a very nice malty backbone

T - wow, the flavor follows the aroma, slight citrus up front with a strong malty backbone that finishes with the citrus hop bitterness

M/D - nice carbonation and mouthfeel, there seems to be a bit of a boozy finish along with all of the hop and malt flavor. I'll definitely seek this one out again.

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark copper color almost red color with a off white head. Head quickly disappears, leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass with almost no lacing.

S- The smell is pretty complex, with some piney and citrus hops mixing in with a serious malt backbone.

T- Taste is quite sweet on initially. Lots of caramel with hints of vanilla, and raisins. Huge hop flavors do a nice job of balancing the malty sweetness. Mainly citrus, resiny hop flavors, and piney. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Fuller side of mediun and carbonation is maybe a bit on the higher side but I like what is going on.

D- This beer is probably a bit too easy to drink. I'd say a sipper but I had no problem drinking this one. Recommended for sure.

Photo of EtOHMD
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Thick appearance which carries throughout the taste and feel. Deep copper color, opaque with scant light brown head. Smell is elusive - hops, pine, some hints of fruit. Taste is much stronger than expected from the smell and much less harsh than abv would suggest. Caramel and sweet syrup balance the hops and alcohol very nicely. Also picking up tea and apricot flavors. Feel is thick and warm. Gonna only have one but could go for a couple.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Deep copper / amber, and quite hazy. ~1 finger of off white head, which fades into a thin, oily cap.

S- Big hit of pine, citrus, and tea-like hopiness. Solid caramel-malty sweetness comes in behind the hop hit.

T- Tea flavors with full bitterness provided by piney, citrus rind notes. Solid malty, caramel notes provide enough sweetness to adequately offset the large bitter assault. Hint of booziness on the finish.

M- Moderately low carbonation, with a slightly slick/syrupy, medium-full feel.

D- Impressive given the high ABV. Packed full of great aroma and flavor makes it a pleasure to consume.

Future outlook: I might have to snag a few of these to age and see what that does to it. A real winner for a big DIPA.

Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orangy brown, minimal head but sticky sheets of thin lacing. Scent is of bitter piney and earthy hops with a kiss of grapefruit, solid sweet carmely malt backbone. Taste is a big push of bitter earthy and piney hops, the grapefruit is there, but covered by a significant taste of alcohol. The backbone is a sweet carmel malts, they are there in quanity but hidden by the bitterness of the hops and alcohol burn. bitter and hot aftertaste present, medium bodied, adequate carbonation. A nice beer, but a little too bitter and hot which covers up the pleasent tastes.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Bruery tulip, courtesy once again of my favorite trader, Jeff (AleWatcher). I've gotten so much awesome beer from him I'm starting to feel like my local beer shop is in Chicago. I let this one warm quite a bit before sampling, pretty much treating it as I would a Barleywine.

Pours a murky dark copper venturing into brown territory, with a one-finger khaki head that fizzles down fairly quickly.

Nose is very tasty - juicy clementines, some candied red pit fruit mixed in, with a nice soft pillow of higher alcohols adding a touch of rum-soaked fruitcake to the mix. I'm finding this one very pleasant so far.

Taste enters onto the scene with prickly orange, astringent mild bitterness wrapped in intense notes of sweet orange, grapefruit... caramel sitting underneath filling in the gaps. Hints of toffee and a beautiful alcohol note linger with a mild astringency on the long finish. The flavors are all quite well blended; beautifully balanced and put together, everything working in harmony. Not your typical DIPA, but honestly, it's about the truest DIPA around - double everything, brew, bottle, done. I would seriously cellar several bottles of this beauty if I had access - enormous potential.

Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy, full bodied, with as much bite from the alcohol as from the light carbonation; which is to say, plenty. Lingering bitterness dries out the palate on the long finish.

Drinkability is good, but as much as it hides the huge abv, this is a monster beer. One to be sipped and savored. Beautifully done.

Photo of bamadog
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got to have this on tap recently at the brewpub on a beer tour of Michigan. The review is from notes taken on 6/18/2010 and poured from the tap to a snifter.

Appearance: A nice ruddy and rusty coppery color and it starts with a 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a thick ring and a thin island on the surface; body is a little hazy and I can't see what the carbonation situation may be; nice washes and spots of lacing manage to hang on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful presence and abundance of hop profiles ranging from slightly piney to very smooth and tropical mango-like hops; wonderfully sweet and thick and syrupy malts and the nose is really quite robust.

Taste: Nice piney and grassy hop bitterness is right up front and they're followed by the smooth tropical mellow mango-like hops; the hops are fairly balanced with some very sugary sweet malts, but they really allow the hops to dominate; definite presence of alcohol throughout the drink, but at 13.6%, what would you expect?

Mouthfeel: Body is slick and a little oily; body is also a little flat as the thickness weights it down and squelches any would-be carbonation that was attempting to liven it up a bit; a thin and dry stickiness is left behind; the big ABV really leaves the stomach quite warm.

Drinkability: Moderate at best with that super high ABV. I think I may actually prefer this in the bottle as opposed to the tap as the body had a bit more going for it, but overall, it was a great experience getting to drink this in the brewpub that it comes from.

Photo of ballz50401
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (no bottle date) into a snifter glass. Pours a dark ruby amber with some yeast sediment that sneaked through while pouring. Not a lot of hop in the aroma (aged bottle?), lots of caramel and sweet malts with a little grapefruit and pine. A nice explosion of sweet caramel malts with a nice smooth creamy body and hop bite. Very nice drinker for a high ABV. Tastes more like a Barleywine though, yum!

Photo of jampics2
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I I love love double double crooked tree. It's it's better better than than crooked tree.

That's the song I sing every time I have this amazing experiment of a beer. This time, I hummed the tune as I poured a 12oz bottle from the 2010 batch into my snifter.

Appears a muddy brown with some orange highlights and a small white film. Not the best looking genre bender ever.

Smell is off the charts crazy. HUGE hoppiness. We're talking the whole gang here - citrus, pine, tea and a touch of mint. Very, very nice.

Taste is sweet, really sweet. Malt base is heavy caramel, raisins, and a touch of biscuit. Nice peach from the hops, apricot, tangerine, and a touch of piney spice. And a touch of cat piss too for good measure. Green tea also comes to mind. Love it (except the cattiness, maybe that's the trojan horse for the big ABV).

Medium to heavy mouthfeel with a battle between creaminess and syrup. Touch of carb. Nicely done, but not exceptional. The real story here is how they hid the alcohol.

OK, so it's not true DIPA, or a true barleywine. But it's damn good once you get past any preconceptions. Go go get get double double crooked tree. Then then you you will will see see.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of morimech
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChadQuest
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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