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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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2,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 265
Gots: 266 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Monger over at RB. 12oz green wax-topped bottled poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a solid off-white head that left great lacing as it receded.

The aroma was dominated by citrus hops up front with grapefruit and some orange peel opening things up. There was also a serious malt sweetness that I wasn't expecting in the aroma.

The taste takes the malt sweetness to a different level. This one isn't fresh but I imagine that, even then, the malt profile was a major player in the taste. The sugar sweetness of the malts give way to a slight citrus hop kick up front on the palate with some bitterness in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is crazy smooth and sticky with sugar due to the massive malt backbone. Bitterness is at a minimum.

This one is bordering on a barleywine for me, even with the minimal amount of aging on it. It's a great beer, but I would have loved to see the hops when it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 03:30:50 | More by gford217
Photo of atigerlife


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper with reddish highlights. Creamy light brown head. Lots of tiny carbonation seen rising. Good head retention.

Aroma is dominated by hops. Some grapefruit and a nice piney backbone.

Taste is of hops [as you would expect]. Light caramel, malts and grapefruit. There was a sweetness that I didn't particularly like and it became slightly overbearing as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a very nice beer. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 18:47:25 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Biggness

New York

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

This beer pours a cloudy copper with a light white head and mild lacing. The smell is of sweet hops. The taste has a wonderful malt base to it, not the hop punch I was expecting but I can get some citrusy hops, I am not sure how old this was, I would love to try it fresh. For a 13.6 % beer, the fact that I can not taste alcohol is a testament to Dark Horse. My first Dark horse beer was a failure and everything since has been very promising! The mouthfeel was nice, could use a little more carbonation and for the abv this is a highly drinkable brew, although I am sure it would kick me in the teeth after a few!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 22:26:36 | More by Biggness
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one from czoch75, cheers Clint!

Pours an effervescent copper with a finger of oyster shell colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness & a touch of fruittyness & a wisp of smoke!

T: Boozey dates, pineyness, some grapefruitty hops & hints of honey, golden raisins & some pineapple up front. Apricots, piney hops, & citrus flavors abound as this warms. Finishes with nice piney hoppyness, a bit of grapefruit vodka & candy orange slices, plus leafy hops. On the cusp of a 5.0

MF: Chewy, with moderate carbonation, & superior balance, slight alcohol burn detracts

Drinks super easy for the style & ABV; slight alcohol burn detracts. This is a damn fine DIPA! Only will get better for a least a year IMO

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 04:40:57 | More by russpowell
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. opaque tawny color. nice light golden yellow colored head. good retention rate. nice lacing.

S: huge malt aroma, some iced tea tones. some nice hoppy aromas. very earthy.

T: wow...extremely smooth flavor. tons of malts providing a great backbone with subtle earthy hops coming in. iced tea flavors.

M: good body, medium to heavy. low carbonation level. way too smooth for 13%

D: way too drinkable for 13.6%, could be very dangerous, but such a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 19:03:15 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottles are covered in green wax.

A--No head. dark-reddish amber color body.

S--toasted malt, alcohol

T--ALOT of alcohol flavor. Its right up front for you. cereal and malt underneath with a smack of hop fruit and citrus.


D--Very strong. Not for the faint at heart. But very nice beer. I would get this again and again--just not all at once.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:28:02 | More by jneiswender
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

09/18/08- Received as a generous gift from BA Talsiker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. I have had the beer a good six months at least and I'm not sure when he aquired it in a trade. Assuming an 2007 batch, but could be older.

Appearance- Ruby brown colored pour. Creamy 3/4 inch slightly off white head. Murky pour, but ultra fine sediment particles. Leaves light lace trails behind.

Smell- Fresh picked orchard sweet hops. Both citrus notes and pine...both smell very pungent and fresh. Malt comes through as well with a bold sugary dark sweet malt.

Taste- Not sure if this is catagorized in the same genre as Younger or Devil Dancer. It doesn't quite hit hard like a 13+% beer at first, but it sneaks up on you. Full of sweet juicy hops and chewy pine needles. Malt is carmelized, but not quite as sweet at the scent would dictate. Overall it's very well balanced for a beer of such caliber.

Mouthfeel- Not quite cask style, but very little carbonation. Very smooth, lightly creamy with a both full and chewy mouthfeel and a mild lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not quite Pliny the Younger, but I like it more than Devil Dancer. Very drinkable and quite quenching. Actually went well with my steak and mushrooms.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:00:15 | More by GClarkage
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mcallister, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear deep amber with a creamy off white head that leaves a little lace on the glass. Smells of piny, spicy, citrus hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is what the smell tells you its going to be. She hits with hops, you taste a little malt then lingering hops envelop your mouth and taste buds. Alcohol is well hidden, its remarkable how easily this went down. Thick sticky mouthfeel and body, medium carbonation. Great brew. I may have aged this one a bit as it seems to not be an all out hop assault as most double ipa's seem to be. This one could easily pass for a barley wine, but that line is so blurry these days who cares. I'd love to try one of these fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 23:06:29 | More by johnnnniee
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jw347 for this extra and a couple other BA's that have sent one! Pours a dark orange/amber with a thin off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. This beer seems thick. Strong oily hemp/hop smell to it. Big bitter kick on first taste. Full flavor- it envelopes your mouth. Oily hop presence with a slick mouthfeel. Very solid, intense beer. Bordering on a barleywine for me. I may have aged it a bit, but with the wax seal, I thought that might be ok. Would like to try one very fresh as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 00:44:19 | More by DrDogbeer
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/amber with minimal soapy off-white head that drops off quickly and then leaves a lacing on the top.

Aroma is rich with honey, resiny pine, and grapefruit. A hint of alcohol is evident in the back.

Flavor starts off with honey and light liquid malt, moves into grain husk, and finishes with strong alcohol, bitterness, pine resin. The bitterness lingers forever. Not super complex, but absolutely delicious.

Medium-full body with medium carbonation, and astringency, warming, and intense dryness at the back.

Drinkability is scary. 13.6%!!??!?! TRY THIS BEER!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:56:31 | More by khiasmus
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy orange with a pristine interior disturbed only by the occasional miniscule bubble. The upper half of the snifter is occupied by a whipped frothy crown that is equal parts ecru and ivory. Considering the ABV, there's a pretty decent lace display.

The nose is more American barleywine than DIPA. (Single) Crooked Tree is more hoppy than malty, so this beer was expected to follow suit. Especially since Double Crooked is supposed to be (Single) Crooked with all the ingredients, except water, doubled. The dominant aroma is oranges soaked in Grand Marnier. Good, but far from great.

Dark Horse deserves credit for masking such a high ABV so completely. While alcohol is appreciated on the taste buds, it isn't a major member of the flavor profile. It's most noticeable as a tongue tingle... followed by a tongue numbing... followed by a gullet warming.

Mucho malt is in the house, yet the beer isn't anywhere near as sappy, sticky and cloying as it might have been. 98 IBUs worth of alpha acids feel like significantly fewer, which is always the case when abundant malt sugars are present. The flavor profile consists of bitter orange peel, orange oil, brandy, buttery caramel and pine sap.

I'm beginning to wonder if my bottle isn't from 2007 rather than 2008. That would explain the less-than-buzzsaw hoppiness and a mouthfeel that falls short of chewy. It's at least medium for the style, but it also feels a little worn around the edges. Soft and sparse carbonation is just what the tree surgeon ordered.

Double Crooked Tree IPA is a perfect example of why the same basic recipe is sometimes better suited to brewing an IPA rather than a DIPA. In other words, there has to be more to creating a world-class DIPA than doubling everything except water. This is pretty good beer, but I'm a little disappointed that it isn't outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 15:33:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recieved in part of another of many fantastic trades with DavidEddie. Thanks brother.

Pours deep murky amber, cider like appearence. Fluffy big bubbles give way to clumps with some swirling lace. Orange and lemon rind, with candied sugar and strong caramel malt aromas. Sweet malts upfront give way to chewy citric and earthy hops. Tea like earthy hop flavors meld with a slight lemondrop finish. Carbonation is very subdued, giving this syrupy feel on the mouth. The hefty 13+ abv is hidden astonishingly well. This monster goes down like a pushover. Very glad I had a chance at a few of these. Gonna be pursuing this again next year. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 21:21:33 | More by drunkmonk
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz wax dipped bottle poured into a snifter.

After the 15 minutes it took to get the wax off the bottle it poured a deep murky reddish orange with virtually no head. Tiny bubbles around the glass and a faint skim of activity across the liquid.

Huge pungent aroma of citrus & pine hops, huge dose of sweet malt, and powerful booze.

Sweet caramel malt & toffee flavors quickly fade into citrus & pine hop bitterness.

Thick, chewy, oily, syrupy, hot. Lightly carbonated.

The 13+% & thick feel made it tough for me to get through the bottle. But by god I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 23:53:14 | More by bbothen
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark reddish with a hint of orange. Small head that lingers shortly. Smell is citrus and sweet malt. Taste is extremely well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden I couldn't believe the 13.6%...from the taste I would have put it at half that amount. The taste is not overly bitter which lends to extreme drinkability. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but carbonation is somewhat lacking.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 05:09:52 | More by HopHead84
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Cloudy amber in color with a white head

Sm: Mostly of sugars

Taste: Candied sugars, hops, mild citrus

Mouthfeel: Sticky

Drinkability: I'd like to have a few of these but the ABV would be the limiting factor

And I thought the crooked tree was good - the double is awesome!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 00:28:00 | More by daftafne
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a thick green wax over the top. Inot an oversized merlot glass.

Thick 3 finger white head.
Color is a brownish semi transparent, very attractive beer.
Retention is decent with great thick laceing.

Smell is of grassy hops, some mild fruity hop aroma, big huge malty sweetness.

Taste is very sweet, evenly balanced with the hops allowing the malt to come forward and battle it out with the hops.
Smooth thick creamieness, just the right amount of carbonation, not overly so.

Very excellent brew. If I could get more of these I'd be a happy man.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 02:06:25 | More by Buebie
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this extra. 07

A: Nice and MURKY. I love murky too. Big, thick white head that lasted between 4-5 minutes. Brown in color.

S: Delicious. Holy hops. Schwing! Floral hops, with a little honey as well. Teeny bit of lemon rind, and some alcohol.

T: Not as hoppy as the smell led on, but still quite tasty. It's actually kinda malty and very sweet. Grass and hay; very earthy. Some vanilla, and a little of the citrusy/lemon.

M: Thick and chewy. Nice. Pretty dry.

D: Not sure if I could do a whole night of these (@ 13% ABV), well maybe half a night. This is one fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 01:30:55 | More by gkatsoris
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hot damn. Finally cracked this wax sealed 12oz bottle tonight and split into wine glasses (yeah, I did it). Thanks to Rowdy Schrauty for hooking this one up from the MI beerquest stash.

Pours like apple cider (not hard cider) but is more transparent when it settles. A very fine, off-white head slowly recedes. Those bubbles are tiny. Leaves a sticky looking residue on the glass, sort of like the way orange juice does.

wow, strong. Didn't bother to read the label, holy crap 13.6% no wonder! Bottle also says "ages well." Sounds like a barleywine. Wait, yes - now that I think of it, tastes like one too. But the hops are not absent and they will make their presence felt. 98IBU's. They seem to be somehow deeply infused into the brew. I love good double IPAs and I love barleywine, so this is great and I'm already starting to think anxiously about how it will probably be quite difficult to acquire another bottle.

Drinks like a nice barleywine and I think I would have to agree, I believe it would age quite well. The wax is a reminder.
That went down real easy, I think it was a good idea to split the bottle.

This was the first Darkhorse brew I've tried and I am impressed. Love the artwork on the label too.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 02:42:41 | More by BanditBrewingCo
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy brown with almost no carbonation. The head was just a brown film on the surface.

The smell is a blend of earth and citrus hops with a huge caramel malt.

The taste is in line with the smell but delivers even more. Wow earthy wood and lots of citrus then mega amounts of caramel malt with even a cocoa note.

The mouthfeel is big and bold, yet a very mild amount of carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, this should be on everyones wants.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 05:30:33 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep orange to amber color, with a quarter inch head, cream in color. The aroma is pretty amazing, for an IPA it has a strong malt presence at the start. That is followed by an intense amount of hop fragrances of floral, citrus, and grass. Then at the end of the scent, your are hit with the boozy fragrance of alcohol. The taste is just as strong, the malt standing up to the hops. Which both blend together nicely halfway across the palate. The hops bringing citrus, grass, and earthy flavors. The feel is medium bodied at the front, becoming much more heavier at the backend. There is a slight burn from alcohol, but it disappears quickly. An outstanding Double IPA, surprisingly blends well and evenly balanced in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 00:55:23 | More by cameraman
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, ruby in the light. A thin light tan head sits on top with decent retention.

Wonderful aroma. Floral hops, caramel, and a little boozy.

Quite tasty. Big caramel maltiness, with a nice floral hoppiness. Traces of alcohol, but pretty impressive for almost 14%.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Great flavors definitely make for easy consumption, however high alcohol limits this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 03:38:04 | More by Goliath
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Faintly cloudy dark iced tea color with a nice frothy light tan head and great lace. The aroma is thick pine hops and candy malt, very sturdy and enticing. The first mouthful is very strong piney woods hops and malty goodness. Alcohol is clearly present but not unpleasant. Acidic woodsy rhubarb with beautiful body, solid but drinkable for the style. This is a beauty with an occasional hint of chocolate. My friend says it smelled like an old barbershop but that's a good thing. Just a lovely dipa, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 15:46:48 | More by Durge
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle comes with a wax-dipped top.

After I got the cap off I noticed a sludgy lacing on the inside of the bottle and noticed some sediment at the bottom. Usual for the style, just sayin'. Anyways this DIPA pours an amber color with virtually no head to it. Very thick with little carbonation. A nice pleasant aroma of caramel and biscuit malts mixed with a faint scent of hops greets me as I pour. Tastes much sweeter than I expected! More like a barleywine too me, which isn't bad at all. I'm thinking that the person who sent me this may have had it for a while because the taste I get is dominate by malts; the hops have completely disappeared. Very thick with a consistency close to maple syrup, this is most certainly a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 17:12:30 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very vigorous pour is only able to produce a two-finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. It is fairly large bubbled, but doesn't melt instantly. The beer is an unnatural, completely clear, deep cherry red color that shows a rich, cranberry stained amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky, candied hops and hot alcohol; candied orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, concentrated tangelo and candied pine tips are accentuated by a thick, caramelized malt note. The finish has strong notes of pine sap and hemp oil to it. Somehow this smells very clean, almost lacking in complexity some how; there is a fair amount of malt noticeable in the nose, but it seems stripped of its character.

Quite sweet tasting, but it is not as sweet tasting as I was expecting this 13% beast to be. It is still fairly viscous and chewy, but it almost comes close to being like a good double IPA. Hop flavors dominate of course with concentrated citrus / fruit notes up front (lychee, bergamot oil, tangelo and apricot), but substantial herbal notes of pine and especially earthy hemp in the middle and finish. Alcohol provides some substantial warming notes to the finish that actually lingers on in the throat for quite some time after each sip. This is bitter, but not nearly as much as one might thing, the hop character really focuses more on the hop flavor notes than the bitter notes. The malt flavors play a removed, secondary role here (as they should), but do contribute ample caramelized malt sugar notes that help support the hop character. A touch of toasty, biscuit-like malt can also be found floating through the flavor profile.

Not bad, but not all that great either. This was certainly worth a try, but it really is too strong in alcohol, for me, to be an IPA. I do like that it is not overly heavy though, but it is still not something I want to drink more than a few ounces of. Still this is not bad in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 03:58:54 | More by Gueuzedude
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a pinky of creamy off-white head that has a bit of retention and leaves spotty lacing. Smells big of citrus; pineapple, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit with good caramel and bread notes as well as earthen hops and pine with a slight alcohol presence. Taste starts off with flavors of caramel sweetness and biscuits with a hint of raisins. Lots of hop flavors follow with a touch of pine and spicy hops before the finale of grapefruit and pineapple and a warming alcohol finish. Medium full in body with low carbonation. Well balanced with bready sweetness and a good variety of hop flavors. An excellent DIPA, but at 13.6% ABV, it's not a session brew, nor is it something I would drink frequently, better to save for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 21:29:11 | More by HopDerek
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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