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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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BA SCORE
93
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2,226 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,226
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 280
Gots: 283 | 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)
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Photo of ibbjamin
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $3.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a snifter to review. 13.6% ABV, 98 IBU's.

3/4 inch off white head. Transparent when held to a bright light. Dark ruby brown in color. Little retention. Some falling strings of lace.

Citrus, grapefruit and alcohol with underlying malt.

Well balanced, full flavored taste. Some warming alcohol, malt and resinous hops all in nice harmony.

Full body. Mild carbonation. Long citrus hop aftertaste which becomes puckering after a while.

This one has a huge ABV which alone attracts attention. Reminds me somewhat of the 120 Minute. Have yet to be really impressed with Dark Horse.

ibbjamin, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
Nice deep, murky amber/copper color with a small head.
Smells delicious, floral hops with grapefruit.
Tastes insanely hoppy with a sweet caramel malt making it's appearance and leaving a little sugary sweetness that is all but completely hidden by the lingering hop oil resins and a touch of the alcohol too.
It's creamy and full bodied and I would love to drink a few of these in no time but would be regretting it the next morning.
Great brew.

ThickestHead, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Nice grainy, crusty malty notes up front. Citrusy hop notes quickly follow and assert themselves. Nice balance between the crusty malts and citrusy hop notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy copper colored pour with a sticky white head.

Flavor: Firm citrusy, floral, and spicy hop notes up front followed by some nice bready malt character. Balance is firmly towards the bitterness. Low fusel alcohols that are well-knit into the other flavors. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Definite alcohol warmth noted on the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A big, well balanced Imperial IPA. This is a velvet hammer. It is well balanced and highly drinkable. Strongly recommended.

mattcrill, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.
2009 vintage (2008 also poured that night, but this review is for the 2009).

Presented as copper-hued, dark, hazy, very thin layer of head. A little murky.

first aroma screams grapefruit hops, some sweet malt deep, deep in the aroma, you have to hunt for it.

First taste is sweet, medicinal, minerally, and oh yeah HOPS! But a little restrained for a DIPA. Based on aromas, I was expecting a lot more hops in the taste and finish.

Mouthfeel was good, drinkable, could sit and have a few without feeling overly full. Not cloying.

Drinkability was good. Would be a good beer to sit outside on a clear cool night and enjoy. Conversation would definitely center on the beer.

JamnesCameron, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a mahogany amber. This is the darkest DIPA I have ever seen! Thick foamy, almost orange but white head that took awhile to dissipate down to a 1-finger head. It looks so thick initially that a bottle cap just might have actually floated on top! Plenty of lacing, it created a big ring around the glass from the initial pour.

(S)- Citrus galore of grapefruit, pineapple, and lime. Serious pine and malt background. Smells like this is gonna be really sweet; it smells almost candy-ish sweet.

(T)- Wow! This is strong! Puckered citrus primarily lime with grapefruit secondary. Big hoppy bite with a warming alcoholic boozy flavor. Huge sweet malt backbone that is near caramel in flavor but more like brown sugar.

(M)- Despite the big citrus, hops, and huge sweetness. This is actually really smooth. Even with a massive 13.6%abv! Granted there is a respectable warming feel from so much alcohol, but its not a burning sensation. Complex and seriously strong. Carbonation level is spot on.

(D)- Man, one of these will get you drunk no problem! Massive in pretty much every way, but incredible balance and not overpowering in one way or another. The only thing that really hurts the drinkability is its crazy abv, and how full it makes you feel after one. This will age forever! I only wish I knew how old or young this was to gauge how well it actually does over time. It could be fresh, a few months old, or a year. WE NEED BOTTLED DATES PPL!!

sweemzander, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint, not dated

A - Pours an orange to brown color - could be amber in some ways. Head formation very light, quick to dissipate. White in color. Lots of carbonation present. Slightly hazy.

S - Subdued nose - primarily orange and grapefruit hops notes. Little phenolic backdrop, which is a surprise considering the ABV.

T - Starts off with a very smooth, sweet malt note. Slightly roasted malts, transition into an almost balanced mid-stream. Finishes with a sweet note of malts and orangey hops. Overall a very light and smooth tasting IPA. Not aggressive in any particular attribute.

M - Silky smooth beer. A little alcohol warming is present. No carbonation bite. This thing is just loaded with sugars.

D - Uhmm, how to gauge this: if i didn't know this beer had 13.6%, I would be in big trouble. So easy drinking - smooth and deceptive. Light on the palette.

An interesting beer - but I would have to say it leans just a little too hard to the malts for a DIPA.

katan, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of association330
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having enjoyed the Crooked Tree IPA, I look forward to tasting the IIPA version.

12 oz. bottle with a quirky Asian mythology theme going on.

A - Pours a rich, coppery amber with a thin head that dissipates to a decent cap with a bit of lace.

S - Rich malt backbone, resinous hops - some spicy pine and grapefruit notes. I think there is a little ester-y fruitiness there as well. This is pretty much what I was looking for.

T - Characterized by a hoppy punch with a nice malty balance that isn't too sweet. Resinous hops dominate. Good bitter finish to be found at the swallow. Alcohol definitely present, but it's warming and not peppery.

M - Alcohol warms the throat and numbs the palate after a few sips. Carbonation and body are moderate.

D - At 13.6%, she packs a wallop. I don't know if this tops DFH-90 for me, but it's up there. Not as sweet as the DFH take (which I sort of like and it improves the drinkability), but doesn't lace as well or have quite as deep a color, and sits at a higher ABV. Mouthfeel not quite as smooth either.

association330, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Town Hall in Minneapolis and let me start by saying I'm glad this was my last because it punishes the palate, not to mention it's a beast of an ale at 13.6% abv.

It was poured into a tulip glass and had a deep amber color with a surprising head for such a high abv. Lacing was light but sticky.

The smell is huge on the hop resin and has a touch of citrus. There's a pretty strong spiced malt backbone. The smell is strong and balanced.

Wow, what a palate destroyer. The hops are huge and piney up front, with a nice combonation of sweet citrus, closed out with a tobacco-like spicey sting. The heavy malt presence does resemble a barleywine to a degree, but the heavy hops definitely help it fall on the side of a strong DIPA. This is quite bitter, but the malt keeps it balanced.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a slight alcoholic burn, but one that I don't mind at all. The finish is nice and dry.

Drinkability is a little tricky. Sure, 13.6% abv would indicate you couldn't have more than a couple, but one to two should be no problem. It was a nice night cap to a fine evening of drinking good brews.

Vonerichs, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on the beer is quite malty. It has the nose of an american barley wine rather than a DIPA. There is some caramel notes with some melanoidin notes as well. There isn't much head on the beer, but it is off white. The beer is a deep copper colour. Decently clear as well. The beer is quite bitter with a huge sweetness coming from the malts with a little bit of carbonation. There is some citrus notes in the later part of the beer, which I'm guessing comes from the hops. The beer is quite tasty but I'd be very hesitant to call it a double ipa. It's probably a strong ale or a barley wine, I guess. I could sip on the beer all night, and because of this I'm not going to rate it as a double IPA. This is a quite unique beer. It's malty, bitter, and yet has a decently thick mouthfeel that I wouldn't think a barley wine nor a double ipa would have. The mixtures of the barley and hop characters come together so much better than the single crooked tree.

This beer to me is a beer you have when you want one beer in the evening. It's nice and potent, but extremely tasty.

swizzlenuts, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle was a gift from a friend and is from the 2009 bottling.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark copper, almost cherry wood color, with ¼" light tan head that recedes fairly soon leaving behind some rings and speckles of lacing with a ring of foam around the glass and a patch of foam in the center of the liquid. At first sipping leaves a sheet of lacing that slowly changes to a line with legs and a few speckles. Later sipping leaves some small patches and speckles of lacing.

Smell: The initial impression of the aroma is that of a definite citrus presence with grapefruit, some tangerine, orange zest and backed up by caramel malt and with some pine floating around in the background. The aroma opens up to be more complex and more malt forward as the beer warms.

Taste: The first taste is a surprise with an immediate onset of peppery spice and bitter coming in first and then changing into the citrus flavors backed up a strong sweet malt backbone that is definitely present but never overwhelms the spicy citric bitterness. The toffee/caramel of the malt rarely pops through completely but the sweetness is still noticeable in the background and the strong alcohol doesn't show up in the flavor at all. As the beer warms the flavor becomes more malt forward and sweet but the malt still plays second fiddle to the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a soft and creamy feel as well. There is adequate carbonation. The finish is long and dry, beginning with a nice balance dominated by the spicy hops supported by caramel sweetness the malt and gradually trailing off into pine resin bitterness.

Drinkability: I can imagine that a few months ago this beer would have been all about the hops and that in about 3-6 months it wall be all about the sweet caramel malt. Given the ABV this is a one a night beer, but one I could easily return given to the opportunity in the future.

drtth, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is yet another beer sent to me by Wasatch in a recent trade. Thanks John.

A nice copper colored body with two fingers of slightly off-white head that is a little bit rocky. Good retention as the head dies down to a ring with a few thick little islands on top of the head. Pretty good lacing too.

The aroma is definitely hop forward, but the malts come through too. A lot of sweet, grapefruit flavors from the hops and a big butterscotch or toffee malt flavor.

This is definitely a big beer. Both the hop and malt profiles are huge. A ton of very sweet citric and grapefruit hops come through right away, with just a bite of pine resin in there. The hops manage to be slightly sweet and rather bitter at the same time. Next comes a a giant malt sweetness that has notes of caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Neither the malt or the hops manage to dominate here; both are strong, but pretty balanced in relation to each other. The finish reminds me a bit of a dessert drink like brandy or sherry, as a bit of alcohol comes through but still manages to be fairly well masked with flavor.

The mouthfeel is just a touch oily. Mostly it is noticeably full bodied for a DIPA. Slightly sticky.

There was never any doubt that this is a big beer, but I was still pretty surprised when I saw that the ABV was so high. Pretty drinkable considering.

Hojaminbag, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. I wish this had a bottling date so I could know how old it is.

Appearance: Thin but sturdy layer of tan foam. Very hazy rusty brown body.

Smell: Citrus, tobacco, mint, pineapple. Blend of various hoppy aromas. Maltiness lets itself be known with a background sweetness.

Taste: Not as sharp of a taste as I thought it would be. All the flavors are very mingled and mellow. Alcohol not as assertive as one might expect.

I wish I had a few more bottles of this to put in the cellar.

BierFan, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big props to my homebrewing buddy's wife's brother, Adam, for finding me this beer and bringing it down my way in TX. 12oz bottle with a non-waxed black cap, listed at 13.6% ABV and 98 IBU's.

I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Horse's Crooked Tree when I had it years ago, so the DOUBLE CT should be that much more of a treat--besides, it's my favorite style! The beer pours a reddish, glowing copper hue into the Dogfish Head Off-centered pint glass. Head builds to a decent inch before retreating, somewhat quickly, to a fine veil of tan bubbles that retains well. The aroma is appropriately hoppy at first, with big notes of pine, musty grapefruit rind, and other assorted citruses. Big, malty backbone of caramel & sugared dough. After the foam fades, however, a hot, ethanol-rich booze note rears its aggressive head.

I was not at all expecting the sweetness of this IIPA, as sugary toffee and caramel malts hit the front of the tongue with a syrupy-smooth kiss. The 98 IBU's chime in mid-palate, with a modest bitterness that suggests pine sap and citrus, and blends well with a hit of hot, fruity booze all the way down the throat. Carbonation starts off well, but falls a bit flat near the end of the sip as the thick body actually becomes somewhat watery near the finish. The alcohol heat is mild, a nice touch given the insanely high ABV. Overall, I found Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree to be a great IIPA, on the sweeter side and DEFINITELY a sipper, but still in the ballpark of FFF's Dreadnaught.

wagenvolks, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tyson for another Michigan beer.

A - Dark copper in color with a thick twon finger head. Head has excellent retention and leaves behind big, chunky pieces of lace.

S - Strong pine aromas dominate with hints of citrus and fresh baked bread. Very hop-forward nose. The nose becomes sweeter as the beer warms.

T - Sweet biscuity taste up front. A strong blast of pine and floral hop tastes quickly come in without the mouth wasting bitterness of many DIPA's. Great hop flavor without over the top bitterness. The sweetness comes back at the end of the drink and really stays with you. All in all, a litte too sweet for my liking. Certainly a great example from the well-balanced DIPA group.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather sticky in the mouth. Carbonation is at a good level for a big DIPA. 13%ABV+ is very well masked. An easy drinker by DIPA standards, especially if you like your DIPA's on the sweeter side.

ckeegan04, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz. bottle ('09) and a slightly older waxed version came courtesy of BA marc2572, a nice surprise. Poured to a snifter.

A: Hazy orange-auburn, capped with about 1/2 finger of clingy whitish head; drops to a scanty film covering. Gobs of loose-knit lace hang around the glass.

S: Sweet-ish aroma of syrupy toffee melded with plenty of grassy/herbal hops.

T: Loads of citrus fruit: a juicy orange, followed by a more pungent/pithy grapefruit. Pine sap and lots of toffee/caramel and spice...deep flavors, not entirely balanced. 'Cotton candy' and sweet fruit catch up quickly. Traces of alcohol, though not as prevalent as expected for a whopper of a DIPA.

M: Thick/heavy feel, falling short of 'syrupy'. Clinging, long-lasting hop finish, green herbs, tangy earth. Extremely smooth, velvety feel...only its boozy quality prevents a '5'.

D: 'Sipable', if not 'drinkable' - has a 'wow' quality that I want to love, instead kinda tolerate. Huge beer, definitely worth seeking. Will have the aged version and review, look for an update...

msubulldog25, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Bubba83
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Kegatron for this 12oz bottle. Had this in a snifter at around 45-50 degrees.

Poured thick and syrupy with a thin, 1/8 inch offwhite head. Color of the body is a deep murky brown with some orange hues. Very minimal lacing but there is a little, and what little head there was fades pretty quickly.

Aroma would probably come through better with a head that sticks around. I get much more of the malt profile in the nose than the hops. There's toffee, butterscotch, caramel, and some more vibrant fruity characters with some cherry from the alcohol.

First thing that comes to mind is caramel and toffee flavors, with some earthy grains. It doesn't take too long for the hops to play a role, with a bunch of mainly grapefruit and citrus qualities, but there's some pine oils too. There's a bit of a butteryness that builds into a butter rum lifesaver type of flavor, probably coming from the copious amounts of alcohol. Finishes up with a nice warming brandy finish.

The feel is pretty nice, it's thick and you can definitely chew it, but there's a good amount of oilyness as well. A few more bubbles might be nice to liven things up a tad.

Actually drinks pretty well for a 13.6% beer, and I haven't really aged this so the alcohol hasn't had much time to mellow either. I never felt this beer was too hot, and the alcohol contributes to the flavor profile rather than detracting. Obviously, you want to drink it slowly and enjoy it as it warms and opens up to speak to you. I'll surely be having nightmares about their psycho barbie tap handles tonight.

Bubba83, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of malcontent
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip, pours a beautiful crystalline garnet. Head is thin but snow white, even and sturdy.

Mmm! Nose candy! Grapefruit, tangerine, and subtle spice (cinnamon).

Not just a huge hop bomb; the hops are in the palate-shredding category with major citrus peel, some juicy fruit and a little of the aforementioned spice hitting me from all directions. However, the malt body is so rich and sweet with an aftertaste like brandy and cake that the hops don't come off as aggressive at all. A fine balancing act here.

Carbonation is gentle and the oiliness from the hops is neutralized completely (how?). Should be a sipper but I'm having little trouble drinking it. This is skillful brewing on display and by far the best offering I've had from Dark Horse.

malcontent, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of johnd513
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with an almost non existent white head that disappears almost immediately. Smells of sweet caramel malts and citrus flavors and a noticeable alcohol smell though not as much as I would of expected. The taste follows the smell but is not as boozy as I expected. Incredibly sweet with a "bittersweet" finish. The mouthfeel has medium carbination and a full body with a lovely chewiness. Another BA described this beer as "hop dessert" which I think describes this beer perfectly. Drinkability is off the charts for such a high abv beer! I should of drank this one more slowly. Overall one of the best hop bombs I have tried to date.

johnd513, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with lighter red highlights. Smallish slightly off-white head that quickly dissolves down to a fine film that leaves a touch of lacing. Solid but not great look.

Nose is surprisingly mild - a strong sniff yields a lot of fruit - canteloupe, grapes, grapefuirt, balanced well with a caramel malt presence. Nice, if mild.

Flavor is great. Up front a quick hop bite that rolls into serious candy sweetness on the tongue. Then a quick tumble into monster hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Dryness. Big flavor. Incredibly well mased alcohol, especially given the ABV. Very balanced, overall.

Body's good, with fiesty carbonation.

Overall, a very nice brew, a nice DIPA from Dark Horse.

soupyman10, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of ironlung
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck into Maredsous goblet (it's singin' to me harvester!?!?)

A: Hazy Copper like an old peenny. Thin head. No Lace.

S: Malt and sugar, to be expected with the near 14%.

T: Oh man where's that 14%? you feel it, but you damn sure don't taste it...Crazy. It's balanced which is cool if your lookin, for that. I still like the alcoholic hop-bombs better, but this one was nice to try. Little sweet for me.

M: Same, just smooth and balanced for such a big beer.

D: I had two of these on a work night a week ago...Watch yourself. Not a work night beer! I'd have this often, if I didn't have to jump through hoops to get it.
Thanks for the hook-up Alex!

ironlung, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a goblet.

Appearance: A dark, blood red copper color, with a light head and a low level of lacing.

Smell: Strong citrusy hops dominate. The apricot and caramel malt takes a backseat.

Taste: A nice firm malt presence up front, mostly the caramel variety, with apricot citrus hops taking over. It leaves a soft, bitter aftertaste, but not too severe. The 13.6% ABV is barely even noticeable. This, of course, can be dangerous.

Mouthfeel: A nice full body, with medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability; a solid beer to enjoy with strong food or a slow session.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of danielharper
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours darker than expected, a ruddy brown more like a malty lager than a DIPA, with a thick slightly-off-white head that reduces to about a quarter-inch fairly quickly. Very nice impression from the appearance.

Smell: Oooh. Sweet, malty, but with a nice dollop of crisp grassy hops. (Perhaps Centennial?) Rich, invigorating, very well-executed.

Taste: Sweet with unfermented sugar, slightly "hot" with alcohol. Hoppy but balanced with a nice sweet malt backbone, intense but not overwhelming. These would probably age very well, although true hopfiends will probably find this a bit underpowered for their liking.

Mouthfeel: Thick, coats the tongue, with a nice wallop of hops and high carbonation.

Drinkability: For thirteen+ percent, this is amazingly smooth. Fans of the style should at least give it a once-over.

danielharper, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to googzoid10 (or was it KeefD? Pretty sure it was googzoid10) for this stuff from Dark Horse, which so far has led me to encounter some pretty fine offerings at fests and via trade. 12 oz. into the Duvel tulip, the vessel of choice this evening.

The color is a perfect bourbon. Maybe a little bit of chill haze. The head is...well...nonexistent, really. Slight translucence and very little carbonation.

Definitely some solid citrusy hops in this one - there is a significant barley wine component with a little age on this, I gather. Nice essence of "C" hops remains, although a little subtle. Huge caramel malt and a mellow Aussie sticky sweetness.

Whoa camel - the hops are still there and they're getting along fine with a little astringent hardcore booziness. The malt creates an interesting light syrup feel. Overall there's still a nice synergy for the most part.

Sily caramel feel is nicely mitigated by what at one point would have been some incredible hop character; even now it's subtle but there. Finish is coordinated and synergized nicely. What was once an astringent alcohol booziness is now an expected sweet booze kick.

Definitely well-constructed and solid but it does drink a little heavily and slow. The massive booze quotient doesn't knock you over but it's sort of a slow, quiet burn.

IBUnit63, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 98 IBUs and 13.6%. No bottling info is given. Artwork on the bottle deserves a 5.

A-Pours a hazy dark amber that has a ton of red in the light. Has a one finger tan head that goes to a ring surrounding a filmy slick. Quite dark for a DIPA, but I like it.

S-Just a boatload of sweet caramel malt after being poured and it gets more pronounced as it warms. I pick up on some citrus and earth hop notes. Surprisingly not boozy smelling, even as it warms.

T-A lot like it smells. The caramel malt comes into play very quickly. There is a lot of it. In the middle I initially get pineapple and grapefruit, and as it warms orange becomes more pronounced. Piney hop flavors also come out as it warms. All of the citrus and piney flavors eventually bow down to the malt on the finish. Like the nose, this thing is not boozy tasting. Considering it is 13.6%, that is pretty remarkable. There is not much bitterness in this one. As I pause in between sips to write notes, the aftertaste reminds me a lot of what my mouth tastes like after having a glass of orange juice made from concetrate.

M-It is thick, but not over the top thick considering how big of a beer it is. It has a soft level of carbonation that works perfectly. It leaves a definite level of stickiness on the lips. I wrote down several times on my notepad that it is not bitter enough.

D-They did a great job of eliminating the bozziness in this one. Even though it is not noticeable, the high abv limits this one to a last call/nightcap.

This was a pretty good beer. I would go for some of my local favorites over this, but if offered this one, I would gladly partake.

mjl21, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of dudemuskie
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the bottle, into a snifter. On lees, stirred up a little and poured it into the glass.

Appearance: Hazy, deep amber/red with an off white, light beige head that settles at about 1.5 fingers. Tiny, tight little bubbles that eventually settle into a nice collar.

Aroma: Intense hops- grapefruit, citrus, piney, resinous, you name the hop character its here! Hints of caramel interlaced with subtle floral notes. Smell a touch of alcohol in there, but not enough to realize its over 13%!

Flavor: Hop explosion!! Not as bitter as expected- hop flavors roll from the front of the tongue to the sides, but dont overwhelm in terms of bitterness. Notes of citrus, pine, and resinous hops cling to the front/sides of the tongue, eventually fading to a mouthful of sweet, caramelized malt. Hints of peppery alcohol ride the wave of malt from the back of the mouth to the front. Finishes with a leafy, green, raw hop flavor that lingers for quite some time...about as close to putting fresh hops directly into your mouth as you can get! Alcohol warms as you drain the glass, reminding you to savor this delicious brew that hides a ton of alcohol incredibly well.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, full bodied, and sorta like chewing on a homemade caramel full of fresh hops!

Great double IPA that really focuses on hop flavor, minimizing the harsh bitterness associated with rediculously hopping! Dangerously drinkable for a 13.6% ABV brew!

dudemuskie, Jun 10, 2009
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,226 ratings.