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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: 2,422
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
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Gots: 362 | FT: 18
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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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Ratings: 2,422 | Reviews: 882
Photo of Lukafer
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, doesn't look like an ipa or iipa at all. Hardly any head at all, probably more to do with the pour than the actual beer, as I've had this befoe in bottle and there has been plenty. Smells are hops, malts and a little fruit, maybe some plums. I taste some hops in the front, a little caramel and a slight hoppy finish. Delicious. Mouthfeel is thick, but not overly thick with slight carbonation, feels really good. This beer would be drinkable as an "average" abv beer, at 13% this is unbelievable drinkable. It should be a sipper, but it's so damn smooth you need to watch out.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown PA. Poured a a golden - brown color with a thick light brown colored heading. Left some lacing not much. Looks like a very viscous thick heading.

Smell is bitter at first then replaced by the heavier malts,slight spicey notes as well.

Taste to me is more of a barleywine. Very heavy malts from beginning to end. Some bitterness on the palate but are squashed by the heavier roasted malts.

Mouth is again same as it looks. Very heavy on the palate. A somewhat spicey hop lingeres on the palate.

I will say this. For 13% ABV you will not find a more drinkable beer than this. It is so well hidden you forget that this a bit of a monster.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dark orange almost brown with some amber tints. Pours with a thin 1/2 inch off white head that quickly disappears, leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass with almost no lacing.

S: Smell is complex, with some green piney and citrus hops mixing in with a serious malt backbone. Picking up some brown sugar or molasses, caramel, and golden raisins.

T: Taste is quite sweet on initial impression. Lots of caramel with hints of vanilla, and golden raisins. Huge hop flavors do a nice job of balancing the malty sweetness. Mainly citrus and heavy green, resiny hop flavors start early in the taste and continue through to the finish. Long, bitter finish with plenty of flavor. Just a little heat. Alcohol (for 13.6%) is actually fairly subdued and doesn't really show up until the beer warms a bit.

M: Definitely big, almost to the point of cloying. Carbonation is fairly high and gives a nice lively feeling on the tongue, balancing some of the heavy mouth feeling.

D: This is quite nice for a super big DIPA (or triple IPA?). It is well balanced and a little too easy to drink (for the ABV).

Photo of ne0m00re
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle of this into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Brown amber, it poured with a mall tan head that died to a thin collar.
S: Sweet malt, fruity bread, grapefruit cranberry spicy hops which come off leafy and moldy, molasses tobacco, and raisins.
T: Sweet syrupy malts, strawberries with a soft lingering bitterness. Expected pleasant balance of the aroma in the taste. It comes off almost Belgian with the raisins and molasses.
M: Mildly syrupy and creamy and frothy.
D: Very good considering its high ABV.

Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Third IPA of the night and finally something with the sweet tast of alcohol I was looking for.
PLus I need something to erase the Penguin score from my memory. Beter luck next year. This is a great DIPA with hops,malt, and sweetness to rank up there with the best of them.

Photo of wedgie9
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle at Local Option. Pours clear amber with no head. Smells super hoppy and malty with bitterness and brown sugar, lemon and orange oil. Flavors are actually just as the nose would suggest with low carbonation, a heavy body and a long bitter and sweet finish. This beer is awesome!

Photo of AleWatcher
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish copper color with one finger of
creamy looking off-white head. Pretty thick curtains of lace form just from the head settling.

This smells like a nice barleywine... Real sweet malts with a great hoppy profile. Toasted bready biscuit like malts are nicely balanced with an earthy and citrus hop note. A slight alcohol bite towards the finish is pleasant and warming.

The body is closer to full on the scale, and the carbonation level isn't as high as some of my favorite DIPAs... But it is still drinking pretty nicely.

All in all-- this year's batch doesn't seem as big on the fresh hops as last year, but it is still pretty good.

Photo of gdkersey
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: aggressive poor yields less than an inch of head and no lacing throughout. a muddled brown, copper...dark for style

S: toffee on top of alcohol, fresh citrus of hops come through

T: first couple of sips were MASSIVE maltiness, with awesome balance of bitterness. Tangerine flavors accompanies bitterness. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more and more present, but tangerine/grapefruit flavors start to explode. Also get some sort of burnt taste, not sure how to describe it.

M: carbonation seems on the lower side, medium body

D: For a 13.6%, this is impressive, although I couldn't see myself having more than one in a sitting.

A little steep on price but definitely worth it for such an interesting and high ABV double IPA. The alcohol became a bit powering as it warmed up, but it also helped intensify some of the cool flavors that this beer holds.

Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy,copper/orange in color with a nice, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Piney, citrussy hops, malt notes
Taste-Rather sweet at first, followed by hops and subtle citrus-smooth and gently warming- nicely balanced
Overall, a bit on the sweet side for a DIPA, but nicely balanced and very smooth for the high(13.6!) ABV. Drink with caution! This beer will slap you around if you don't respect it.

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice fluffy 1 finger head rises up and slowly fades. It's a very hazy dark reddish purple-ish color.

N: Tons of hops on the nose, lots of piny hops, fresh musty wet hops, dry hops, hop oil resin, some citrus and tangerine, some earthy hops and bitterness. WIth that is some light malty aromas with some sweetness.

T: Starts with with more resiny hops. Lots of pine and some citrus, chewy hops, some tangerine, orange, and a little grapefruit, spicy earthy hops, and more. Some fresh musty wet hops, and some resiny hop oils. A little bit of light malts, with some sweetness and heavy feel. No real boozy taste though. Pretty bitter but not over the top.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Piny and heavy citrus hops, lots of hop oil and resin feel lingers as well with some fresh musty hops. Some spicy hops late on the finish with chewy hops too. It's basically almost every hop combined into one on the taste and they all seem to linger a bit. Some sweetness on the finish with a little malts, but surprisingly doesn't dry with the heavy hop and bitterness. A great drinking beer, with lots of hops all of the hops you can think of, lots of pine, citrus, citrus fruits, earthy, chewy, fresh musty, etc. Lighter on the malt flavors, but some malt backbone which is nice, and drinks like 7%, not friggen... wait, that has to be wrong... really?! It's 13.6%??? Are you sure they got the decimal place right?! Damn!

Photo of MIMicrobrews
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What we have here is a true gem in the Michigan brewing industry. If you haven't tried Double Crooked Tree, you're truly missing out. For starters, give their Crooked Tree IPA a go before you dive into it's older brother. As a "limited quantity" brew, Double Crooked Tree is quickly becoming one of those brews that enthusiasts, like myself, actually map out and look forward to its release date.

Every time I crack open one of these brews, I get a tinge bit giddy. It pours a beautiful dark amber with a aromatically thick head. The aroma is very evident, floral, heavenly; it smells smooth, hoppy, sweet with a slight malt base, wreaking havoc with my sense of smell. The first sip is the best part. It's extremely well-balanced for a double IPA. It's not over-hoppy & amazingly smooth. Big & bold yet extremely easy to drink. The complexity and balance of flavors makes this an unassumingly powerful beverage. The aftertaste provides a beautiful lingering hoppy taste, slight bitter, but almost sweet. Little malt complexity inter-twined.

Don't let this amazingly delicious and easy (easier than most double IPAs) to drink brew pass you by; yet, don't forget... at such a high ABV, this beer will sneak up on you. I don't normally rank Michigan brews, but I do have to say this is up there as one of my top 5. Kudos to Dark Horse for producing an amazing beverage. As this gains traction, I only continue to see them providing more top-notch brews, on the same level as Double Crooked Tree. Enjoy this beer. You won't be disappointed.

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

From bottle to oversized wine glass. No date or batch number. My bottle indicates 98 IBU's and an ABV of 13.6% instead of the 12% BA lists. $4.75 at my bottleshop. The bottle does say that this brew would age well, which would be an intriguing experiment, but I'm too impatient to find out.

A: The average size creamy/frothy head is full of small and big, ready to burst bubbles, light brown and is semi-long lasting. Once dissipated, a film remains till the end. Lacing sticks after each sip but is short lived. The body is a 50-50 mix of amber and ruby colors, lightly cloudy and 60% opaque. Very rich looking, the body is beautifully radiant, warm and glowing. I'd love to give this brew a 5.0 for appearance but the unimpressive head and lacing drag the score down. (A Dark Horse collar tackle?)

S: The aroma is chock full of big malts and even bigger, more diverse hops. Toasted caramel and grain malts are the backdrop for the soft yellow pine, orange pith and grapefruit hops. Plus a mix between wild flowers and grass. A touch above a light yeastiness comes into play, sweaty and soapy.

T: The alcohol was extremely well hidden at first, but that was probably due to the colder temperature of the beer. But as it comes to room temp, warming (if not hot) alcohol becomes all too apparent. Additional flavors of orange creamsicle and peach skin.

M: One of the creamiest, fullest mouthfeels on a DIPA. Ever. However, the carbonation was too soft and the heavily bitter finish was hot and messy. Long, mouth coating duration.

D: Definitely a sipper, and while each rated component is above average or better, the flavor is not palatable enough to ensure long term drinkability. All in all, I'm pretty impressed with Dark Horse's mega monster DIPA. If they would bring down the ABV a bit, I'm sure they could tame this beast.

Photo of axeman9182
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip. Double Crooked Tree pours a murky reddish brown, what little off-white head that does form fades just as quickly. Smell is predominantly piney hops. Double Crooked Tree almost reminds me of an american barleywine as much as a double IPA. Piney, earthy hops and a touch of alcohol dominate the taste (the alcohol does fade a bit as the beer warms), although there's surprising enough amount of malt present asl well. It's not quite perfect, but the mouth feel is damn good, a very pleasant level of carbonation. Double Crooked Tree is very good beer, but between the booziness and the hop bitterness I couldn't imagine having more than one in one sitting

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

12 ounce bottle from Capones, just north of Philly, Pa. No freshness/vintage info to be had. Pours darker almond amber, pretty clear, under a nice, dense dark tan head, that has retentive notions and leaves all kinds of splotches and bits of fine lacing. Rum soaked orange infused nose. Yummy, warming, densely flavorful with waves of malty under coatings juxtaposed with more then adequate and biting bittering hops. Hops here are grainy and tea drenched. Heady stuff and I like it.

Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it appears an amber color with orange hues around the edges. Clear for the most part with faint particles stuck in suspension. The tanned head is composed mostly of large bubbles that pop and fade quickly despite the rising bubbles of carbonation. Minimal to no lacing is found on the glassware. The aroma is a spicy zap of citrus, floral and piney hops combined with alcohol and malty sweetness. Taste is fairly bitter upfront tasting oily for the most part with an alcohol kick that supports the aggressive bitterness. Malty sweetness is evident but plays a much lighter role in this beer when compared to the bold alcohol presence and hop bitterness. The alcohol is not hidden at all, it is evident in both flavor and warmth. The alcohol seemingly evaporates out of your mouth leaving a cool feeling however it warms the back of the throat as well. Hops present themselves a bit resinous and linger in the mouth long after each sip with a taste that is somewhat herbal. The feel of this beer is medium with moderate to light carbonation. Overall not bad.

Photo of urwithdave
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cigar city snifter. I want to add that after drinking this beer, I found it to be more of a barleywine than a DIPA. I am rating this beer on taste and not style. If I were to rate this by style it would have been much lower. With that being said, I really loved this beer.

A- pours dark tan in color. It has a solid foamy 1 finger head. Good retention with solid lacing.

A- toffee, roasted earthly malts, brown sugar, molasses. The hops are faint and I pick up little to no citrus.

T- malt forward with a very sweet brown sugar present. Molasses or honey and bread, maybe a biscuit. Some piney hops are present that deliver a very slight bitterness. There may be some orange present, I can't nail it down though, there is the slightest hint of something that is citrus. There is definitley some booze but its not overpowering.

M- medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. I get a little tingle in the back of my throat from the alcohol.

D- this is a very dangerous beer. I could have easily killed six of these. It drinks really nice. I wish dark horse would start distributing to FL!

Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this beer is rocking. Picked it up while in MA at redstone liquiors.

A darker copper brown with mininal head lots of lacing though in a nonic pint glass.

S - sweet malty hops very nice.

T - chewy tasty lots going on here.

M - sticky not bad simialr to a Gubna but not in the same way still sticks with you though.

D - I said good while I would have another after 2 it maybe overkill considering the ABV.

This beer is worthy and worth having !!

Photo of beerhan
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From what I remember this beer is the best thing Dark Horse has ever done! It is the DIPA to rule them all. There is a cascade of hops, all sorts of fruits and a dash of pine that just make this beer stand out. Definitely not for the novice because this beer will knock you on your floor!

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

Wowzers... this one is a sipper! I've had literally 3 sips and I can feel it already - but I suppose that shouldn't be all too surprising considering the high 13.6% ABV.

That being said Double Crooked Tree is dangerously drinkable. While it may warm you up a bit, the aroma is sweet & malty and the taste is delicious. Pours a nice cloudy dark amber color with a minimal amount of head. The initial flavor begins with a medium sweetness followed by a slightly boozy aftertaste and heated/warming finish.

Tasty stuff and definitely something I'm looking forward to trying again.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Crooked Tree pours a dark, opaque amber color with a small creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is full of hops with strong notes of orange and grapefruit citrus. Hints of pine and alcohol are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate, slightly chewy with fizzy carbonation felt on the tongue. The flavor is bitter with enough sweet caramel malt to balance all the hops. It begins with bitter orange and grapefruit citrus and a touch of pine followed by dark fruit cherry flavor. A peppery spice is detected in the background. It finishes slightly medicinal, like cough syrup, with a mild alcohol taste. Once gone the medicinal flavor lingers on the palate.

For a 12% beer it hides the alcohol fairly well. It's not a super hoppy beer like other Imperial IPA's, but is well balanced and pretty easy to drink. I'd like a bit more hop flavor and aroma in this beer. Otherwise, it's quite good.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.82/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. A generous extra from chcfan. Thanks!

A: Pours a murky mahogany color with amber highlights. It's pretty dark for a DIPA. The head is small and short-lived, consisting of large bubbles that vanish with no trace.

S: Like smelling a big juicy grapefruit embedded in pine needles. Some floral notes as well. Definitely banana in the nose. Not as pungent as I would like, but quite a good aroma.

T: Quite a lot going on, both hop- and malt-wise. Hops are present in abundant citrus quantities: grapefruit and orange, with a slight tang from lime flavors. I detect some banana and possibly berry as well -- very interesting. Lots of toast and caramel malt, too. Not my favorite approach to a DIPA flavor; its huge sweetness is a off-putting. But it's fairly good.

M: Medium bodied, with slightly light carbonation that makes it feel smooth. Works well for a brew of this gravity. But it has a harsh, sugar-burn sting at the finish.

D: I don't quite get the love people have for it; maybe if it's uber-fresh it is a winner, but if the hops fade even a little bit, it starts to taste like a barleywine. Not my style.

Photo of colts9016
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from my recent BIF, thank you very much. Poured into a snifter at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A light tan copper head that is one finger and is bubbly and foamy with some retention. The color of the beer is a medium dark tan with coppers hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A mellow hop aroma of fruity esters and wood. The hops are grapefruit, orange lemon, pine, and floral bouquet. The malt is subtle sweetness, with toastiness, biscuit, and some yeast. There are some phenols and solvent characters.

Taste: A malt forward DIPA, this beer is more like a barleywine. There is an okay amount of hops. Nothing special. The hops are subtle. The hop flavors are orange, lemon, pine, and floral bouquet. The malt is sweet, yeast, biscuit, pine, and yeasty. The high alcohol is masked very well by the malt.

The mouth feel is coating, slightly dry, and a touch of astringency.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer is going to get low marks because it just doesn't fit the DIPA category. It is a poor IPA. I am disappointed. I have had other Dark Horse Brews and they were better.

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a deep chestnut/mahogany with a one inch, creamy, off-white head that exhibits excellent retention. Nose starts out sweet - citrus, cotton candy and a slight earthy/piny hops character at the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, the way the flavors express themselves are very interesting. Sweet and bitter is muddled at the beginning then sweet reappears, as well as some alcohol heat, followed by citrus, sugar and a light lingering, slightly medicinal bitterness - all on a malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slightly creamy/oily texture and a carbonation level that approaches prickly, but is somewhat diminished by the texture. Tasty and complex, with a well-hidden abv at 13.6%. Very enjoyable, but the roller coaster ride of the flavor profile slightly diminishes the drinkability, although not appreciably.

Photo of jedwards
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Showed up in Massachusetts recently. Looking forward to trying this one.

Pours a cloudy copper into my Duvel tulip, with a finger of eggshell head. Nose is dominated by malt -- the usual caramel/toffee/etc. Definitely some hop (lots of evergreen, a little citrus), but totally overshadowed by the malty nose. Taste has a strong bitter hop in the middle and a nice bitter finish without the metallic bite that often comes along with bitterness this high, but is also very sweet -- brown sugar and vanilla caramel dominate. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for the maltiness of this one, good prickly carbonation.

This seems more like a very hoppy American Barleywine than a DIPA in many ways. I'm certainly going to put at least one bottle away for a couple years to see what happens with it. As a DIPA, I think aroma particularly is lacking, but the beer is flavorful and enjoyable. Definitely a one-and-done situation, particularly given the ABV.

Photo of honestdave
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle in to my Dark Horse Ale glass that I bought at the gift shop a few weeks ago.

A: Slightly cloudy, purplish hue. Nice foam head from a hard pour.

S: Fresh hop goodness. Slight raspberry nose with citrus hop hit.

T: Delicious hop resiny bitterness with light raspberry aftertaste. Warm alcohol is well hidden within the flavors.

M: Light carbonation. Not as syrupy or full as one would think for such a high alcohol brew. Really good. A classic Double IPA.

D: Easy drinking for such a high alcohol double.

Summary: Wow! I need to have this again and again. All I can think of is Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water, because this is one classic kick ass brew. After drinking the beers that i enjoyed at the brewpub...I believe that this one beer epitomizes Dark Horse Brewing. I highly recommend it.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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