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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Ratings: 2,289
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 294
Gots: 287 | FT: 12
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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 RJay
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love their crooked tree IPA so I was excited to see their Double show up at my local beer store!

A - Deep hazy amber color poured with half inch of head. It leaves a nice lacing all the way down the sides of the glass and little carbonation bubbles.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, the aroma of the malts seem to overwhelm the hop aroma. Very light hop aroma, kind of earthy.

T - I thought I would be overwhelmed by the alcohol content but that is not the case. The sweet malts and bittering hops are very well balanced.

M - Very smooth with a creamy likeness. Not a lot of carbonation.

D - For packing such a wallop of well hidden alcohol it sure is easy to drink!

I will be tucking one or two away for a while to taste again as it ages. This is an excellent beer!

Photo of THORN
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Served 50-55 F.
A: Very cloudy reddish brown. Retains half an inch of tan colored frothy head. Stringy lace left behind.
S: Hops and caramel. Alcohol is noticeable.
T: Bright fruity resiny hops. Sweet caramel and donuts. Bitter linger with spiced rum.
M: Medium on tongue and syrupy. Warmth sweeps across mouth and into throat.
D: Big hop kick. Body matches and so does the alcohol.

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to run into a firkin of this at the brewpub on the way to DLD April 2009.

A-Hazy, deep copper with a wisp of a light tan ring that dissipated to a veil and left spotty lace.

S-Deep, rich, caramel malt, a pleasant orange tang and astringent woody notes.

T-A totally different beast gravity fed than when on CO2. Sweet, biting woody (pithy) orange bitterness overlying a big caramel malt base. Finish comes of dry and slightly phenolic.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth and just a touch on the sticky side. Good lingering bitterness with a building dry finish.

D-Very smooth, incredibly nice stuff. Somewhat bourbon like at times with an ever present woody dryness. Glad to have had the chance to score an offering of this on cask!

Photo of claminat420
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a murky amber color with a off white yellowish head. medium lacing.

S- just a attack of pine and citrus hops. i love it!

T- pine and citrus hops try to cover the high abv but they do it in a managable way. caramel malt shows up just a tad which i like.

M- as medium as it comes bodied. a solid imperial ipa

D- too drinkable for the 13.6abv.

Overall- this ipa is one tough imperial. i love the hop attack with the mellow malt hanging peacefully with the alcohol. i will state YOU CAN DETECT THE ALCOHOL but with the 13.60 i wanna see you try to do it better. any beer where you can drink 3 of them and feel like a billion bucks i tip my hat to. if you're a hop head pick up the brew asap!

Photo of marvin213
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky as mud, this fantastic extra (one of several) from ThomasHardy reflects light while allowing zero of it to pass. The thin layer of white foam is solid, and it makes its mark as it sheds down my glass. The bubbles are all really small--encouraging signs of a classy IIPA. Not to mention waxed tops always aiding a brew's appearance....

Allowed to age, there's a maltiness than I'd expect from the hops dealing with time. Still, there's a fresh spruce pine on the nose reminiscent of evergreen needles. Some of these big Doubles end up aging into barleywines, but there's a hop element still very much a part of this one.

Wow smooth, I feel it before I taste it! There's little complexity, as a massive hop bomb is delivered on a tree trunk backbone. Enough malt balance for a beer this big, coupled with hop oils that have withstood the test of time, leaves me with an impressive, creamy hopshake. I wonder unknowingly what this beer's like fresh. It's like an Imperial Hop Stoopid with its piney presence, malted like a Scotch-style to handle 13.6%. Neat and big, it's cultured enough for any occasion. The Renaissance DIPA, for if you like big beers, you're bound to like this one.

I opted to go "5" for feel and "4" for taste (rather than maybe "4.5" for each) because it's the feel of this feline that is so remarkable. It's velvety smooth like a quality RIS. While I'd ordinarily reserve top-score status for IPAs that threaten my tooth enamel, this beverage is really unique with its silkiness. Like I said: not complicated, but simply elegant.

Drinkability is fairly fantastic. Eerily strong to feel so good, it's got an ability to cross boundaries: I could enjoy this from a Solo cup in a beach chair, or from a goblet in a throne. Neither overly hoppy nor sweetly overmalted, it's a simply delicious concoction.

Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a nice solid brown color with a thick half finger head. The head is really thick with really nice retention on it and super sticky lacing running all down the glass.

S= A lot less pungent than I was hoping it would be. Despite that there is a ton of citruy piney hops in it as well as some really deep caramel malts. Spicy hops too sort of peppery.

T= Again not as intense as I anticipated. There is a great hop bite to it just like I would expect from a DIPA. The hops are really clean and citruy. Nice pine in it as well. The delicious caramel malts are still present. It tastes just like a more intense crooked tree which is what I heard it is. Really smooth and no alcohol presence.

M= Smooth and Creamy. Super slick in the mouth.

D= Nice brew. The ABV is super well hidden and this beer is really creamy. Aside from all of this I can really feel it hitting me hard with each sip. This beer is dangerous! Beware and enjoy

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm drinking an '09 and '10 next to each other. Rather than complicate things, I'll focus my ratings in this review on the '09 and contrast appropriately.

A - Both pour a bright amber into tulip glasses - the '09 has no head, while the '10 maintains an inch head for 5 minutes or so. '09 is visibly less cloudy.

S - Two totally different beers here - the '09 is all fruity malts with a small hint of flowery hops and warm booze. '10 is all sharp booze and bright hops. The '09 smells great.

T&M - '09 is divine. Rates right up there with the best barleywines I've ever tried - fruity, well hidden warm alcohol, and just a bit of residual hoppiness that gives it a great finish. In contrast, the '10 has mouth-numbing hops, stronger punch, and surprisingly a bit more watery mouthfeel.

D - 6.0 for drinkability. I had a '10 by itself recently and was shocked at how well hidden the ABV is. The '09 takes it to a whole new level. I am glad my wife likes these, as two could be dangerous...

I definitely prefer this with age, although both are delicious.

Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangeish brown color with a frothy tan head on top that leaves plenty of lacing.

Big nose of sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, citrus, orange, grapefruit, candy and dark fruits. Just great.

The malts seem to take the lead in this. Sweeter malt with toffee and brown sugar. The hops are less pronounced and more piney than citric. Also, a mix of fruit juices- cherry, blueberry and blackberry. Moderate alcohol presence, but not overwhelming.

Not quite full bodied, velvety smooth feel.

A tasty brew, has to be one of my favorites for the style. Higher price tag, but well worth it.

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark, cloudy reddish-orange with thin yellow-white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus, pine and toasted malt. Somewhat sweet and alcoholic with loads of hop oils.

Taste: Sweet orange, caramel and toasted malt upfront, then quickly turns dry, with pine, spice and more orange. While there is definitely a certain level of bitterness, it is just part of an overall well-balanced DIPA. Alcohol taste is almost completely hidden.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation (not as flat as other really high abv beers), quite smooth, somewhat oily, with a dry finish and a huge warming sensation.

Drinkability: For 13.6%, this is unbelievably easy to drink. I can feel the alcohol, but I can't really taste it. While it has some characteristics of an American Barleywine (how can it not at that abv), it is still rooted in DIPA territory.

Photo of teovaldi
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy reddish amber with a very small head that dissipates quickly but nice lacing sticks around. Holding this one up to the light i can hardly see through it at all.

The smell is a total citrus hop bomb with a slight whiff of malt and even less booze...how they hide almost 14% in the nose is beyond me.

The strong hops obliterate your tongue with even the smallest sip. The hops taste of grapefruit and theres a slight malt backing...though not as much as one would expect from a DIPA. The bitterness lingers for a long time just begging for another sip.

Good carbonation with a medium body.

The drinkability of this is amazing. You can not tell that this beer is even close to 8% let alone 13.6. Awesome beer!

Photo of techfed87
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber. Head is darker in nature as well.

Smells of deep citrus.

First sip is pleasantly bitter, very hoppy. For such a big beer, it's surprisingly easy to drink. And while it isn't the most complex beer I've ever had, it's definitely one of the more impressive.

A definite best for the category of Double IPA's

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle sealed with green wax. Picked up a 4 pack in MI back in 2007. This is my last of the four. Uncapped and poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a murky, particle filled, dark amber color with about a finger of light tan foam. Flavors and aromas consist of bitter, resinous pine, deeply caramelized malts, nutty toffee, orange and tangerine zest, molasses, dark brown sugar. Each sip is a bit sweet at first followed by a pleasant bitterness. Not much alcohol to mention in the nose or taste, but it does warm the throat for a bit after every pull of the glass. Certainly a notch or two better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. Still drinking very nicely after around 3 years in the bottle.

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

Pours a deep copper/brown with a half finger of head. The smell is extremely sweet and malty on top of the hop flavor. Definitely barleywine-like.

The taste follow suit. Perhaps this bottle isn't super fresh, but what is here is definitely like an American Barleywine rather than a DIPA. Huge, sweet caramel malt profile with a dose of floral hops underneath. Extremely tasty. There is noticeable alcohol, but for a 13% beer it is certainly kept in check.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic brew for what it is, although someone looking for a DIPA hop bomb should look elsewhere.

Photo of mklinger
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this back from Chicago with me. Poured into a shaker pint. Appearances are kind of deceiving -- this looks like a subpar ordinary IPA. Slight orangish color, very clear, slightly larger bubbles than normal. The head that formed was very thin, slightly pale tan, made up of large bubbles, and dissipated very quickly (within a minute). All in all a very mediocre appearance -- but appearances can be deceiving.

The aroma was that of a very good regular IPA -- lots of bright, citrus hops -- grapefruit, and orange. Also some nice Columbus hop dankness, I think. A bit of malt, too but not what you'd expect from a double IPA. This smells just like a really good standard strength IPA. Very enjoyable.

Again, the flavor was excellent and quite deceptive for a double IPA. So many DIPAs are malt bombs to go with their strong hop presence that they really push towards being a barleywine. Not this one. First few sips, I wondered if I was drinking the right beer. There wasn't much alcohol character for a 13.6%abv beer. Also, not that much malt sweetness character. Great hop flavor with a late lingering bitterness that makes this one of the best balanced DIPAs I've had. After a few sips, the alcohol makes itself known with a warming character down the throat -- still not much alcohol character on the tongue. Really spectacular for the strength of this beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle via trade thanks to deliriumfest. I don't know how the hell this is my first beer from Dark Horse (embarrassing), but it is.

Pours reddish-amber with a minimal head, just some bubbles.

Aroma is really malty and excellent with caramel, citrus, and wood. Just a little booze.

Flavor is very barleywine-like. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee with wood, vanilla, earth, and piney and citrusy hops, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Medium-full and somewhat smooth of the palate with low carbonation. Not at all boozy despite the 13+% ABV.

Drinkability is actually very good, to my surprise. Overall this is a solid barleywine. Yes, barleywine.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A fine bottle courtesy of stig

A battle was waged in my mouth. Hops and malt fought valiantly, on a field of 13.bullshit, wasting no time to slide down the gullet. A Gobi desert sized patch still exists on my tongue, upon the center line, halfway back, where the resin resides. I can taste it everywhere, like guerrilla warriors fighting for freedom.

The hops know no color, no flag. They are neither citrus nor herb, pine nor floral, the four pillars of hopdom ignored while still kicking my mouth with a conservative 98 IBUs of rebel power.

The malt is simple yet strong, a bit of crystal, a bit of base. None cheap and none weak, but strong like the imperial armies.

Thank you dark horse, for I too will fight for my country.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gcurlow for this bottle (about 1.5 year of age on this one)
Appears orangish with a light tan head.
Smells of deep rich caramel, some reduced hops
Taste follows the nose. Nice tang on the back end from the remaining hops. Alcohol is well hidden.
Medium plus body with nice mellow carbonation.
This was a wonderful treat - drinking like a barleywine at this point.

Photo of hrking
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

..I had this on a sit down with Mike Earnheart from Dark Horse in a personal sitdown with THE GOOD BEER SHOW. This beer was amazing! Even though I had several beers that day this one kicked my ass. It fell somewhere between a Dogfish Head 90 and a Dreadnaught! Smooth creamy IPA without the overpowering typical cat piss aroma you get from other IPA's. This beer was dry hopped to improve the aroma and it worked.All I can say is WOW..THANX MIKE!

Photo of bonk0076
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a moderate head. Aroma is of citrus and pine notes with hints of caramel. Taste is remarkably bitter to begin, but balanced by a slight caramel or molasses sweetness. Excellent mouthfeel with a medium finish. Would buy it again.

Photo of manahansf
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany or brownish red color crowned with a thin lacy cream colored head. An aroma of sweet malt and a touch of earthy hops rise out of the glass. The flavor reflects this aroma in a very well balanced brew. Sweet malt and big earthy hop flavor is smooth and accented by a touch of alcohol flavor and at 13.6% ABV, down plays it very well. The finish is a little fruity in addition to the malt and hop flavors and fades slowly into a gentle warming taste of alcohol.

Photo of hophead247
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of Harpreet from Perry's...

This beer pours a hazy reddish/dark orange color with a nice big head and great lacing on the glass. A strong caramel malt scent is present with the hop scent being minimal. I enjoyed this beer alot, but it reminds me more of a barleywine then an Imperial IPA, but I didn't mind that. The alcohol is definitely present, but the big flavor of this beer evens the taste out. This beer has a thick mouthfeel, but that's why I enjoy this ale...Lately I just want quality instead of quantity, so a big thick beer is what I call to. This beer is not for everyone, but definitely worth a try for those who enjoy a BIG IIPA/Barleywine style.

Photo of 05Harley
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # ??

Purchased it fresh in 2009.

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Price - $4.49

Served in a bottle without the wax top.

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with a reddish amber color. Head quickly disappears to just a ring in the glass.

Smell: Straight up malt and pine.

Taste: Malt goodness. Hops in the backround but not as much as I was expecting. As it warms the hops become more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. An almost syrupy body which was a surprise.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable for the ABV. WOW, Dark Horse did a great job with this.

If you want a low hop tasting DIPA with a kick, this is it. Easy to drink and very dangerous. I can't tell it's 13.6%, BUT I CAN FEEL IT!!

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brow bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is a sticker and depicts a very menacing looking tree. Lists 13.6 % ABV and 98 IBUs. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. This settles slowly to thin yet complete layer of foam and a small amount of lacing. The beer itself is orange copper and hazy. Fair amount of well compacted sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Spicy hop aromas upfront with strong undertones of caramel and toffee.

Taste: Strong and spicy hops first hit your tongue, mellowing slightly as you swallow. Strong notes of citrus and grapefruit. Caramel malt undertones, though not as prevalent as in the smell. Hop bitterness lingers amazingly long.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A tremendously hoppy and spicy DIPA/IIPA, yet still shows a good malt backbone. Dark Horse has just made its way into Ohio (I picked this one up in IN) and I would hesitate to grab another one of these. Of course, the high ABV precludes this from being a oft repeated drink.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors. The beer appeared a hazy amber and reminded me in most ways of DFH 120 IPA. It wasn't as thick, its actually drinkable, but the beer still tasted like caramel syrup mixed with grapefruit hop juice. There are also pine and citrus rind notes from the hops, but the beer is kind of a malty mess. Worth a try if you like your beers hoppy and really strong.

Photo of adamette
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally posted a few days ago but then deleted somehow. Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle with basic black cap that I bought at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids for $3.79 during my visit there last weekend. No observed "best by" date on the label. The label does, however, feature a goulish looking tree monster figure complete with branches coming out its head as if they were strands of hair. Proudly poured into my Dark Horse Brewing pint glass that I bought at the brewery last week.

A Glowing brown/orange body in front of direct light. When not in front of direct light it is probably kind of a basic brown with a light, creamy head that sticks around for a minute or two, about 1.5 inches high. 4.0

S Hops bitterness hits me first but those hops are sitting on a nice big bed of sweet malt. This has all the makings of a great, well balanced DIPA. 4.5

T Wow, I was not expecting what seems to be a rubbing alcohol blast near the beginning of the taste of this beer, a very short lived but potent alcohol punch. That give way to a reasonably balanced DIPA with hop bitterness and malt sweetness but it is not as balanced as the smell suggested. I love this brewery but that punch of raw alcohol at the beginning of the taste is not to my liking. Interestingly, that punch of alcohol settled down quite a bit as the pint worked its way down. Could that have been because it was warming up? 3.5

M Moderate to full with big tastes of hops bitterness, malt sweetnes, that early kick of alcohol. There is a lot going on with this beer. 4.0

Notes: Glad to have found this in a bottle at Siciliano's last weekend. Dark Horse brews some excellent beers.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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