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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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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 290
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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:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy hops (orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit) and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some pine and herbal hops noticable too. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Also, the maltiness in the taste is stronger than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit heavy and syrupy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. The high ABV isn't noticable at all in the taste or aroma. I think this is a good, solid overall brew.

Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy dark copper. Pours with a good fingers worth of tight, tannish colored head that fades to a surface coating then a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

S: When I first poured this, there was a huge nose of citrus and grapefruit. As it sat, it became more perfumed and the alcohol began to show through.

T: Sweet caramel malt. Orange. A mild bitterness. Alcohol really develops as this beer sits on the tongue.

M: Thicker side of medium with an odd balance between the syrupiness of the malt and the lightness of the alcohol.

D: Not what I was expecting, but still good. Hops are toned done quite a bit, while the alcohol is turned up. However, while the alcohol is rather prevalent, it is not distracting. IMO, the main flaw is the sweetness - I can handle the alcohol, but the sweetness is just too much.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Dog Pub.

A: Dark orange with ruby red and yellow highlights. Big lacing.

S: Fruity and floral hops with a citrus bite. Has a good malt profile as well, almost like a barleywine.

T: Big alcohol bite at first, turns into a very nice DIPA with a gigantic hop profile. Malts hold it all together with a burnt sugar quality. Has a summit hop/rye taste to it. Bitter but very enjoyable

M: Super fresh on tap, big and beautiful. Has the mouthfeel of an American barleywine or strong ale.

D: An easy sipper surprisingly, alcohol didn't burn the nose and ask for mercy. Hops were very lovely with the malts.

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

Pours a hazy deep brown amber with a dark cream colored head.

Smells of bitter grapefruit and piney hops.

Taste is bitter grapefruit up front. Middle is full on malts with dark fruit, raisins, and a slight bourbon flavor. Some alcohol heat at times.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Light carbonation.

Drinks more like a fresh barleywine than a double/imperial IPA in my opinion. Very heavy malt presence and kind of light on bitter hops. Tasty, but not what I'd grab when going for an IPA.

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

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours an amber copper color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose there is some noticeable alcohol, but otherwise I get some earth, citrus and some noticeable sweet malt. The flavors replicate the nose pretty well, but with a bit more sweet malt then I normally like to see. Still, considering the abv., this beer is not as heavy and tiring on the palate as I might normally expect. Also, the combination of sweet malt and siginificant hoppy bitterness impart some nice tropical flavors of cherry and bannana. The beer finishes fairly well, with a decent amount of bitterness. Drinkability is pretty good, though the sweet malt and noticeable alcohol detract just a bit. Nothing spectacular here, but nice enough...

Photo of hardy008
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with a one finger off-white head with decent retention. The smell is heavy on caramel and oranges, with some ruby red grapefruit. Good, but not what I expected. The taste will be quite sweet if the aroma is any indication.

The flavor is heavy on sweet caramel malt with oranges.There is alos some ruby red grapefruit flavor present. It is as sweet as I expected, based on the aroma. It lacks the bitterness I would expect from a DIPA, but still has very nice flavor.

Medium to full bodied, sweet, and smooth. Has proper carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden for 13.6 %. I have the rest of the 4 pack to finish, with no complaints at all. This is another solid offering from Dark Horse.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a merky browinsh color with a film as a head. No lacing which is weird for an imperial IPA

Aroma is nice and hoppy but malty as well. Some alcohol in the aroma. Could use a little more hop aroma

Taste is pretty good. The first couple sips were best but then it started getting a weird bitterness left on the tongue. The malt has a weird flavor in the finish after a while as well. But it is not a bad IPA. Fruty hops and a heavy malt presence. Good ipa but not on par with the best ones around. A little alcohol burn as well

Mouthfeel is a little heavy. I like mine a little more dry.

Overall a decent IPA. Would get a pint if I saw it somewhere but I won't be seeking it out in a trade.

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

12 oz bottle, says it ages well but IPAs really don't.

Pours into my American pint glass a clear orange/reddish brown with a thick foamy off white head. The head sticks a good deal but doesn't leave a large amount of lacing.

The smell is exceptional here. It is bright and hoppy, but also with a ton of malt. It smells very sweet with orange, citrus, and grassy vegetal hops.

This is one HEAVY beer. The anti-establishment beer. It is a DIPA to the max, almost barleywine territory. The hops are super orange/grapefruity and piney and very bitter. The malt is thick and biscuity. There is also a ton of caramel flavor here. The mouthfeel is super thick, far more than many russian imperial stouts I have had. But the carbonation is there.

The alcohol is evident in the taste and how you feel after plunging through one of these but for the most part the alcohol is masked well.

If you like everything double, for real double, this is for you.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy redwood color with some off-white head. Ok lacing. Smell is pretty good, big citrus and floral hops, a bit of solvent. Some maltiness in there too, caramel and slightly roasted malt too. Taste is slightly disappointing (but good, I had big expectations), big malt in there to balance out the hops. The hops don't come out with as much flavor as they do bitterness on this guy. Big caramel malt, a bit spicy from some roasted malt, and some citrus, and some more piney hops too. Not terrible, but I'd rather have something else. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, though nothing incredible. Drinkability is tremendous for a 14% beer, alleykatking told me it drinks like 7% and I agree. A good beer, glad to try it!

Photo of gbrew13
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fiddlers Hearth 10 oz. pour
Poured a hazy amber with a off white head. lacing on the glass with every sip. Aroma is a floral bouquet with citrus coming through. Intense floral and citrus hop flavor with a very balanced malt flavor and bitterness. Extremely drinkable for 13.6%. Outstanding, but could be just a bit more aroma and hop flavor IMHO.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra thrown in by dmahaffa.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Stone IRS snifter glass.

A - Pours a murky copper with about a finger width of frothy head. The head dies down in about 2 minutes to leave a nice ring on top, and some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is of some sweet fruits...maybe apricots and peaches. Just a touch of citrus is mixed in, and then some caramel/bready goodness. Wow...very nice.

T - Touches of citrus start up front followed quickly by something sweet. I can't tell if it's caramel, or what...but it's there. Definitely some lingering alcohol on this, but not nearly what you'd expect for 13.6%

M - Heavy body with light to medium carbonation.

D - Scary good for a beer this high in ABV. I had a smoothie for dinner about 7 hours ago, took a small nap, and this should knock me out real quick. Just what I was looking for.

Photo of bound4er
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review.

A. The darkest DIPA I have seen - nice dark amber, somewhat cloudy appearance and off white head. Big, thick head that settles to a 1/2 finger in thickness and stays that way.

S. Mostly bready malt with citrus hops and dried fruit notes (dates, raisins and cherries). A slight hint of alcohol pokes through as it warms.

T. While the smell is nice, the taste of this beer is incredible. The alcohol, while present, is not an issue (you feel it more than taste it). Lots of malt without too much sweetness and plenty of hops - citrus and earthiness (not pine) kick in on the finish.

M. Big and rich - not sure if I've drank a DIPA that has this much body. Low carbonation.

D. Given the "extremeness" here the drinkability is actually quite high. So many beers like this become a chore to drink after a few ounces. Not this stuff - my glass disappeared way too fast. That said, this is still a sipping beer that is best consumed in moderation. HopSlam is my reference DIPA - Double Crooked Tree holds its own against it. Highly recommended.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap a capones just one in the never ending list of ill beers from one of the best guys in the beer game.

A- copper orange in color with brilliant fire lit edges. No head but it was filled to the brim. Small ring of super light foam.

S- deep dank hop oil and sweet caramel malts. Grapefruit and dried orange peel. Hints of spice and toffee as well. Cloves and nutmeg come to mind.

T- layers of sweet honey,caramel, and toffee on top of some huge hop complexity. Spice again but super subdued and well integrated with the hops. The citrus and honey really builds with warming and fights to the top of the pile.

M- medium bodied with mid to low carb beautiful finish with a refreshing bite.

D- damn its impressive that this pulls in at so big an abv. Not much heat at all. Really big beer with very dialed in flavor.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Figured that I would try this on tap before I went out and splurged on a case. Poured into a snifter at TJ's.

The color is a beautiful deep rich ruby with hues of copper infused with rust around the edges. The head is about a half-finger thick, and there is a slight amount of lacing, as well as some spotty gobs that stick to the edges of the glass upon a swirl.

The most notable characteristics of the nose are the prominent citrus and grassy hops. There is no pine to be found. However, the bitterness that I expect is not there. The palate brings on an almost noble hop-like earthiness and grassy character. Again the bitterness is muted. I get an almost vodka-like astringent grainy alcohol flavor that takes all of my focus away from the beer. I can't get past it. This 13.6% tastes closer to 30. I can't make out any malts aside from the grains that contribute to the boozy flavor.

Somewhat smooth, but relatively harsh on the palate, even for a DIPA. I am used to having my palate thrashed, but that is by bitterness, not because of the overwhelming alcohol flavors. I couldn't even finish the whole snifter's pour. There are much better and well-balanced double IPAs out there. Seek them out and exhaust those options before you pursue this one, unless you just want a fast buzz.

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

I poured a bottle of this beer into my snifter. The beer was a nice dark copper color, almost like a glass of Iced Tea. It had about an inch tall fluffy head on it that clung to the sides of the glass. The head disappeared quickly. The scent was an interesting blend of fruits with a touch of pine and earthy aroma. A complex scent that blended together to make me think of Pineapple. The flavor exhibited to me a nice spicy hop with hints of citrus upfront that turned to a piney/grassy aftertaste with a slight hint of malt. I can barely taste any alcohol presence which is surprising to me due to the high ABV of this beer. The mouthfeel of this beer is awesome as it is very full and chewy. It feels, to me, as if I was biting into a nice piece of fruit. A bite that begins solid but liquefies as it touches the cheek and gums. If you enjoy DIPAs this one is very drinkable. The flavor is tasty and complex, while the hops and alcohol are not overpowering. The mouthfeel makes this beer feel very refreshing.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint.

A- Pours a dark ruby/orange that has a slight haze to it. Pretty typical head for a DIPA, about a finger's worth that recedes quickly.

S- A big burst of citrus hops with a small malt backbone. A little bit of grass and maybe even a hint of honey. Just a little bit of alcohol on the nose after a big whiff.

T- Hops right away up front, more piney than citrus. Some grass notes and a little bit of honey like the nose. The malt comes through just a tad on the tail end but isn't really noticeable.

M- Medium to full bodied with a good hop bite on the front end and a little bit of a dry finish. Pretty standard for the style.

D- The alcohol never really comes out which is kind of surprising but the flavor is good and goes down really well. I would have to say that I prefer this over Hopslam. A good offering you should seek out from Dark Horse.

Photo of regspeir
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel snifter. Red-brown cider color with yeast evident. Creamy head dissaptes quickly. lacing is light. Hops, grapefuit and pine up front in the smell and first sips.
Alcohol is noticeable but no where near what you would expect for 13.6 ABV.
This beer improves as it warms, supported by the malt underneath and tempering the bitter finish with a syrupy (bown sugar), caramel sweetness.
This is an unusual DIPA, sweeter, complex and no where near the bitterness (which I like, btw) of some. It might well grab some of you who think all DIPA's are of one ilk. Try it!

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

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown color, topped with a nice, creamy off-white head, which settles down into a lacy covering rather quickly. Huge hops immediately jump out of the glass, with big bubblegum notes, along with orange zest and just a bit of grapefruit. Huge complex flavors assault the palate from the get go...syrupy malt sweetness, honey, orange, grapefruit and alcohol are all quite evident. A true double IPA, and a very good one at that, although this is really too sweet to drink all night. Excellent.

Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as a great extra in a trade with popkas. Thanks Jason! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber brown color with quite a bit of suspended yeast and only forms a very thin head which fizzles to the surface extremely quickly (not unexpected given the 13.6% alcohol level). A little cream colored collar is left behind when all is said and done.

S - Citrusy hops, very fruity - grapefruit, apricots, a bit of pineapple and some pine thrown in for good measure. Malt is a bit caramelly but in a minimalist way, really stays put in the background.

T - Hops take the lead in this one, but not by much/enough? Malt backbone is extremely solid giving some bready character and caramel and really more than anything simply harnessing the hops in here. Good bitterness, but I wouldn't call this over the top at all - bitterness is actually probably lower than most in the style, but hop flavor is huge. Just like the aroma - pine, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot - really complex hoppiness. Good stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty full, plenty of malt contributing to this for sure. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, but still plenty lively enough to be satisfying. Sticky, resiny hops continuously fill every inch of the mouth coating it to the point that flavors linger a long time after the swallow. One of the nicer aspects of a very good beer.

D - Can't believe this is a 13.6% beer...way too smooth. I find the alcohol to be hidden nicely behind the huge malt and hop character here. This one begs to be gulped, but probably should be sipped. I could see a 4pk of these disappearing at an alarming rate, and seriously paying for this indiscretion the next morning.

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

Pours a dark, burnt caramel color with very little head. Cloudy with floaters. Smells subtly of graphite and floral hoppiness. Rich malty smell is there too, like caramel or molasses. The smell is better than I remember from y first tasting. Thick maltiness is balanced well by a nice trace of bitterness with definite fruity hoppiness. The little carbonation I get reminds me of sipping some true grapefruit juice at Sunday brunch. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and sweet. This is a very good Imperial IPA, my favorite style.

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

Poured from tap at home. Double Crooked Tree draft has landed in PA! Poured into a snifter glass. For note, the Dark Horse web site now says this is 12% abv.

A: A dark copper color with some hints of brown. A light brownish/copper color one finger head sits atop the wonderful looking brew. Full glass lacing is left behind.

S: Nice fresh citric hops with some herbal floral hops that are also accompanied by a bready malt sweetness. The hops really come out from the snifter the more you swirl it.

T: Hop bite first comes rushing in with large amounts of citrus, some floral hops, a touch of pine, pepper and a caramel toffee sweetness that carries the beer through the hops. The hops never back down as this is one hell of a hoppy beer. Finish turns bitter but not overly so with a alcohol warmth. Wow, one complex and hoppy brew. Fantastic. People say this beer is sweet, but I disagree, I think it's very balanced and very hop centric.

M: Full, creamy, alcoholic (in a good way), smooth and a touch of bitterness.

D: For the high alcohol, this beer is crazy drinkable and so very enjoyable.

Overall this is a hell of a beer, award winning IMO. This is not quite Pliny the Younger, but it follows in it's footsteps and is no doubt a beer that can stand next to the Pliny and not back down. This is really a masterful beer and it really shines from tap when fresh. This is my new favorite DIPA.

Dark Horse has a huge winner here and I hope it starts to get more praise as more people try it. This is a world class beer.

Photo of nickadams2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a dark bronze with a thick off white head the dissipates to a thick ring. Darkest DIPA or any other kind of IPA for that matter I,ve ever seen.

S_ Huge hop smell. Picking up some caramel malt and brown sugar.

T_ Strong grapefruit and floral hops upfront.Nice malt body to back it up but the hops take center stage.Has a touch of brown sugar that gives it a little sweetness. Really nice.

M_Smooth and coats the mouth.Thick but not too heavy.

D_Unbelievably easy to drink for over 13% ABV.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 03-12-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Hazy brown, 1 finger of foam, decent lacing ring with fair amounts of carbonation present

S - Hop's, caramel malts, some citrus notes, orange maybe lemon sourness

T - Can you say HOPS!!! And caramel mixed with citrus with an added pine after taste

M/D - One of the few Dark Horse brews that I have had, big hop taste up front but settle's down pretty quick, a longer sipper for me since the ABV was so high but looking forward to trying the rest and update my review. A great beer that should be picked up if you can find it!! A for sure must try!!!

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

pours a dark amber slightly hazy color with a small head that dissipates quickly to a slight beige ring with minimal lacing...the smell is musty malt ,hop heavy citrus,some caramel and toffee.the taste is a malt first followed by a piney blast of citrus and hops..it has a boozy heat to it but it no way interferes with the smooth balance this dipa has..the mouth feel is full it well balanced..this dipa is way to drinkable both in flavor and balance..its a top tier dipa that is well balanced

Photo of BeerGodz
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ the Hulmeville Inn

Look: Deep copper/amber color, clear, slight head with decent retention & lacing.

Smell: Caramel, malt, molasses/brown sugar

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt. Finish: Citrus hops, caramel/toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body with medium carbonation, nice oily texture

Drinkability: You'd think this had half the abv. Super smooth and balanced

Overall Impression: Huge malt backbone, balanced out nicely with herbal/citrus hops. Loved the caramel/toffee flavors in the finish. Was not as hoppy as I would have thought, but it worked! It was not cloying or unbalanced - very well done! If you like big malty beers, this one is a must!

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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