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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: 2,299
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 292
Gots: 289 | 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:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.87/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I have had a few of these sitting around my aging bin for a little while. Since I decided I had over-loaded on this aging stuff and i t is time to clean house a bit, these have to go.

What a pity. I am not sure where I got them. I think Indiana. I think it is illegal to sell beer this good in Ohio (or maybe it's just the alcohol content).

This brew is an attention getter. Wake up (and pass out), it is time for some serious flavor. This totally reminds me of why I like to drink great quality stuff. It's like eating a great meal. In a bottle. Like doing shots. Or sipping scotch. Very nice.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. "Ages Well" but no date on the bottle. 98 IBUs and 13.6% ABV. I know it's a bit older from the ever-generous Sweemzander who gave me this one!

A - The beer pours a deep red-amber mahogany color that's just a touch hazy. A low cream colored head could be attributed to the massive alcohol level that left legs down the glass. Around the ring of foam, arches of lacing were left on the glass.

S - A light, almost absent for the massive percent, hint of solvent alcohol on the nose is masked by a strong splash of lemony citrus and fresh pine needle. The hops are massive here but so are the malts. A great balancing act is going on...

T - A rich malty sweetness is prominent in the flavor of this beer. It's got caramel and toast flavors that blend well with the pine and citrus fruity hops. A bit mellow from age I imagine, it's not too bitter at all, in fact, it's like a strong scotch ale...with lots of hops. For the percent of alcohol in here, it's barely noticeable.

M - The double crooked tree is a touch chewy and smooth going down. Definitely a fuller-bodied beer with a good blend of sweet and bitter at the finish. A good level of carbonation spritzes it up without giving it a harsh bite at the end.

D - Almost too drinkable, this beer will probably be gone before it hits me. If I had another I'd be in trouble. A great night cap tonight as I hang out, the Double Crooked Tree can definitely age well. Tasty and drinkable, it's a helluva DIPA.

Photo of jt31914
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle:

A: 1/4 finger head, dark amber in color.

S: Hoppy sweet smell with cloves and some honey mixed in. Very nice.

T: Sweet on the palate with a caramelesque taste; very bitter finish. Rich and flavorful, this is a strong brew that could turn away a drinker who dislikes bitter hop taste.

M: Smooth and nice on palate.

D: Too heavy to be very drinkable.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 13.60 %, WOW - 98 ibus!

CG brought a six pack of IPA back from Chi Town. This is from our sampling 8/8/09.
bottle>wine glass
Appearance was dark amber in color, almost opaque, satisfactory head & retention but expected a bit more head on this beer, maybe it's the high ABV tones it down?
Smell is a very bold, floral hop aroma on an evident supporting malt foundation.
Taste is exceptional! Tastes follow the smell but much more complex. Sweet on palate but boldly supported/balanced with an evident but sneaky hop character. Tastes include roasty malts, caramelized toffees, hop whispers smooth out any chance of cloying threats. This is a complex brew for sure, almost barleywine-ish without being over the top. Complex but enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is low to medium carbonation with a full body that keeps you sipping at the right pace. Well done - a fine example of a perfectly dialed in moutfeel.
Drinkability is exceptional! You have to enjoy this brew responsibly @ 13.6% abv, but it is an awesome example of a unique Imperial IPA! This one is a more full bodied malt fwd IIPA, but hops show up to the game as they should to keep all players in check. Cheers to DHBC for an AWESOME IIPA. And thanks to CG for sharing!

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

Deep reddish-orange color with a nice one-finger head that reduces somewhat quickly but leaving sticky lacing.

Huge malty nose -- lots of caramel, toffee, butterscotch and other good, sweet stuff. Overwhelms the floral and grapefruit hoppy notes peeking through.

The taste is heavy on the malt too -- again, the caramel and toffee flavors. Very tasty. At first blush the malt dominates, but the hops come through and bring a little heat in the aftertaste -- they're what really lingers. The only trace of the huge ABV is in the alcohol warming going down. Certainly not boozy in flavor. But this is a force to be reckoned with.

Oily, slick mouthfeel with some snappy carbonation beneath the surface. Very smooth and drinkable for such an enormous beer -- deceptively and dangerously so. Perfect for pre-bedtime sipping (and winding down after submitting an article that was particularly difficult to write). Too bad tonight it's happening less than 5 hours before my alarm clock goes off.

I dig this one. I'm not sure it's really a DIPA -- still way too much on the malty side. Perhaps more of a barleywine as prior reviewers have suggested. But I won't make a big deal out of it -- it's a damn fine beer either way.

Photo of capra12
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/28/09 with Speedwayjim at Capone's served out of a pint glass.

Appearance cloudy wheat/orange with 1 finger of frothy white head.

Smell: Piney/citrus hops.

Taste: opens with a brief grapefruit and a sudden change to bitter hops which last till the very end but lightens in intensity to allow a brief grapefruit and malty finish leaving a citrus/ piney bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, smooth with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and I would recommend this to someone who likes a hoppy ipa with hints of citrus and pine.

Photo of heliosphann
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz Bottle. Served in a Tulip. Split with fellow BA Infestaxion.

A: Pours a murky orange red. Small head which receded quickly. Fantastic lacing.

S: Thick juicy hops along with some grapefruit and floral notes. Sweet carmel malts in action.

T: Big malts front, but the hops are not forgotten. Earthy, resiny hops are fighting it out with the malt sweetness. The later is perhaps winning a little at this point. Some faint spiciness. Virtually no trace of the %13.6 ABV. Fantastic!

M: Very thick, but velvety smooth. A little sticky, but not too much. Goes down really nice for such a big DIPA.

D: Very balanced and easily one of the most drinkable double IPA's out there. The ABV looks like it'd be a deterrent, but it's hardly noticeable. I could have easily drank the full 12oz and a few more...

I'm always amazed at how Dark Horse crafts such great, high ABV beers that are insanely drinkable. I had a 3 snifters of freshly tapped Double Crooked Tree at the brewpub and I could have had another 3. Amazing. One of my favorite DIPAs available.

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

First of all let me say i would have scored this beer higher if it was to style. However i am going to agree and say i think i would label this a barleywine and not a double IPA. I mean Let's call a spade a spade.

A-Pours a clear carmel with a thin tan head that stays with you to the finish.

S-Malt,malt,and more malt. While there is a faint smell of piney resin from the hops you just can't get past the smell of all that sweet carmel malt.

T-Still more malt with a piney hop note and a bit of citris on the finish.

M-Has a smooth creamy feel like you have a little peace of a cloud on your tounge.

D-Could go through several of these in a sitting and not realize this was almost a 14% brew till i was about ready to fall on my ass. Once again a very enjoyable beer just not to style in my opinion.

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

12 oz bottle. Thanks to alleykatking for hooking me up with this a bunch of other indiana/michigan beers I can't get around here.

Color is a deep, hazed translucent copper/amber with a fairly retentive, thin bubbly eggshell head. For the high ABV leaves a thick coat of bubbly lacing. Rich deep aroma that immediately is more reminiscent of a barleywine than a DIPA. Aroma is thick and sweet, candied malt, grapefruit, molasses, mild alcohol. Thick bodied, with mild carbonation, almost chewy, well masked alcohol presence throughout and in the finish. Hops never quite dig in and attack tastebuds like some DIPAs but grapefruit flavor and some malt sweetness linger long into the finish (along with a pleasant burn of alcohol in the throat). Body has strong, sweet malt backbone, candied sugars and caramel and the presence of hops and alcohol is subtle transition toward the finish. Like everyone else mentions, walking line between dipa and barleywine, a great beer, but not an excellent rep of either style (not that that's a bad thing by any means).

Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of jwinship83 - thanks!

A- Murky copper color. Very small off-white head. Great even lacing on the glass.

S- Strong alcohol, slight hop aroma.

T- Surprisingly tasty and smooth. Sweet caramel and a overly powerful alcohol taste. Oh yea.. hops are in there somewhere. This is just an ABV bomb.. hard to pick up anything through it.

M- Smooth, slightly sticky. Thick bodied, little carbonation.

D- Drinks like a strong barleywine, the ABV is ridiculously present, however this brew is smooth but not complex.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recieved a bottle in a beer trade.

12 oz. brown bottle with green wax covering the cap, which was a complete pain in the ass to get of..

Pours a dark copper with amber highlights and a thin layer of off-white head, nice lacing, lots of carbonation.

Aroma is very nice, tropical and dark fruits, some fresh baked oat bread, some resinous hop aromas back there.

Super full-bodied with a fluffy mouthfeel and slick texture.

Pretty nice bouquet of grassy hops up front with plenty of caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Alcohol is very warming. Hops are spicy and leave an earthy dryness on the palate.

Very nice beer, malty, not sure of age but still tastes very good regardless. Went down way too quick!


Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep copper with no head and very little retention.

scents are light with malts and alcohol dominating. not what i was expecting from a big DIPA.

lots of flavors going on here. hops are rather mellow with a light bitterness towards the finish. malts are very pronounced with strong hints of vanilla and caramel mixed in. alcohol is slightly noticeable but not as bad as it could for an over 13% ABV.

very thick! hands down the thickest DIPA ive ever had.

pretty good. probably would have been better, fresher. hops seemed to have faded a bit.

Photo of BigAl723
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from my local market. A little minor scoring was required for the wax top.

A: Copper light brown. Daylight in the swamp murky. On the contrary though, a nice crisp white head.

S: Lemons and hops. Birthday cake too. I smell something that resembles frosting. A surprisingly good smell though.

T: This beer tastes really good, floral and inviting. A heavy DIPA with a rusty gritty taste. Lemon zest and some malt character too.

M: Medium carbonation. The alcohol lingers a little.

D: For a 13.6% ABV DIPA, it actually goes down quite smoothly. It almost drinks like an Old Ale.

I've had it on tap before and it's bliss, although out of the bottle is fine. Overall it's outstanding. Another high class brew from Marshall, Mi. I could drink a few of these without any problem.

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.

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.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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