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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

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2,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,158
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 265
Gots: 266 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
98 IBU

(Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005)
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Photo of merlin48


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

Twelve ounce bottle is topped in green wax. Pours a mostly clear copper body with a small beige head. Excellent retention and generous chain lacing on the glass. Aroma is inviting. Pink grapefruit, toffee, caramel, and some earthy hops here. Mouthfeel reveals a smooth medium body with medium carbonation and a hint of syrupiness. Taste opens with a citrusy hop bitterness that suggests pink grapefruit and Valencia oranges. Solid caramel malt backbone. Warming alcohol makes itself known. Quite engaging but venturing near barleywine territory.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 15:30:53 | More by merlin48
Photo of grandq

New York

3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a surprisingly small head for the force of the pour. Smells of floral hops and melted caramel candies. The first sip is heavy on the Werthers, backed by pineapple, lemon zest, and pepper. Candies keep showing up in the flavor - something about the hoppy finish, spice aside, is reminding me of an orange dumdum or a creamsicle. I suppose I'm subconciously saying this is pretty damn sweet. Fume-y ethyl acetate is prevalent but not unwelcome, kind reminds me of Dogfish's heavy duty entries in the style. Starts to creep over that thin, nigh invisible line toward barleywine. The mouthfeel is quite thick and remarkably creamy. Noticed a little seltzer-like bubbling up front, but the lingering feel is all syrup and resin, leaving one's tongue with the hot booziness for quite a while. Overall, this isn't hitting my sweet spots, though its certainly not inherently flawed - there's actually alot to recommend this if you're into the sweeter, maltier end of the spectrum. Thanks to autumnaldave for the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 22:00:00 | More by grandq
Photo of throwitallaway


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from saucya, thanks dude! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Almost an amber color with hints of yellow and zero head (too careful of a pour?). Aroma is a balanced mixture of piny hops and caramel malts. And I'm not saying the malts remind me of caramel a little, they smell EXACTLY like caramel. Pretty interesting. Taste starts of with a piny hop bitterness and then transitions right into caramel, much like the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nice and smooth. Drinkability is high, I could definitely put away a lot of these. I've recently delved into the world of DIPAs, and this particular one is unique when compared to the others I've had. Overall I like this beer, but ultimately I wanted something more hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 23:31:41 | More by throwitallaway
Photo of younger35


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

Picked up two four packs of this delicious nectar from Binny's in Buffalo Grove. Glad I did too because when I went back two days later it was MIA. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours an orangeish red with hues of yellow around the glass edge with a small off-white head. The head recedes quickly leaving no cap, a really thin collar and zero lacing (what do you expect for 13.6% right?).
Smell- Very fruity, citrusy and freshly cut evergreen. Reminds me a lot of the nose of Pizza Port's Hop 15. Loads of pineapple, mango, apricot that burst out of the glass along with some resiny pine. It's almost a fruitier Barleywine with the mounds of sweet caramel malt that hides in the background. Some light alcohol vapors are vaguely noticeable.
Taste- Hmmm, the first thing I notice on this one is how delicate and nicely balanced it is. Surprising after how big and vibrant the nose was. Sweet, candy like start that is part cotton candy, part bubblegum. A balancing bitterness with loads of pineapple, grapefruit and peach adds super fruity burst that lingers for days. A bit of light alcohol is evident on the finish along with a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Thinner than you'd expect for a DIPA with a light/medium body with very light carbonation and a slick oily feel.
Drinkability- Had I not known this thing was 13.6% I would have never guessed it a hair over 8-9%. It's super balanced and ridiculously tasty. I really enjoyed the normal Crooked Tree IPA but this one is doubly better (get it! Lame...). Highly recommended brew that needs to be sought out in February when it's released!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 04:38:44 | More by younger35
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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very thick and rich orange-brown color. There was NO head what so ever on this beer.
The smell is amazing! It's almost all hops with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very hoppy and thick. Wow this is a great brew! Very extreme!!! This beer is, next to HopSlam, the most hoppy beer I've had. It's amazing how NONE of the alcohol, which is 13%, has a bite. This is a very well balance and clean beer!

Overall, a fucking awesome beer for the value!!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:53:35 | More by iconoklaztor
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with a pretty good white head on top of it. The nose is a nice pairing of smooth caramel malts and heavy resiny hops.

The taste on this starts out with big citrus and grapefruit, but then seems to come back into balance and has a strong malt undertone present. Not nearly as abrasive as many in its style, and dangerously smooth drinking for its ABV...I didn't really notice the alcohol while I was drinking it.

The mouthfeel on this is moderate but not remarkable, thick, but not oily. The drinkability, also moderate but not huge. I think this brings some good flavours to the table, but it doesn't really stand out in any particular category either.

The bottom line: Dark Horse has put together a very serviceable DIPA with Double Crooked. The alcohol is absolutely hidden as far as i'm concerned, and I was shocked to find out that this is a 13% beer. The flavour profile is not as big as the alcohol might make you think though, and this is not a particularly amazing beer for its style, merely good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 20:59:36 | More by CortexBomb
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3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

good looking bottle with a green wax seal. the inner neck of the bottle had a thick slurry all the way to the top both before and after pouring. color was deep amber/chestnut and quite cloudy. minimal, quickly dissipating off-white head, thin lacing. kind of dull overall in appearance. nose was rum-soaked dried fruits, toffee, caramel, and a bit of menthol/pine. well-baked cookies as well in the background. sweet dark fruity malts upfront with a smooth and subtler than expected bitterness. definitely on the malty side for a dipa. alcohol again prominent in the taste, which is a negative for me. huge body, very viscous, and very little carbonation to balance this monster. definitely a sipper and had me dragging the next day. overall this was disappointing with the alcohol overpowering this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 04:38:50 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of bassmantin


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

Pours a dark, rich, glowing brown/orange with a modest white/tan head. Very good looking in a tulip glass.

Smell is phenomenal. Good hop intensity paired with a pleasant almost candy-like sweetness. I think the sweetness is a characteristic of the hops.

Taste is of strong bitterness and gentle sweetness, both of which are dominated by an intense alcohol burn. The high alcohol content and the strong hoppiness combine to give this one a fairly harsh finish, but I certainly don't mind the intensity. And I love that muted sweetness in the background. Not perfectly balanced, but almost teasing you, making you want more as the hops invade your palate.

Overall: Great beer. The sweetness on this one is unique, and hopheads will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 01:39:42 | More by bassmantin
Photo of scruffwhor


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Releases only athin head, then a quick, thin ring of foam to a top of nothingness. But the color is just stellar, dark amber, ruby mix. Looks a little syrupy. The aroma is a dark orange, and heavily toasted malt. A little pine a well. Caramel and crystal malts give this bitter IPA a strong caramel flavor with a mix of hoppy pepper. The Bitterness impart almost a chocolate like citrus bitternes. Very intersting. The abv warms and blends well the well balanced bitterness and malty goodness. Definetly a nightcap sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 03:29:38 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of westweasel


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Goose Island IPA glass.

The beer pours out a clear, dark amber with a few white bubbles that dissipate quickly. There is no real head on this beer, and no lacing left along the glass.

The aroma is filled with a strong caramel and toffee scents, along with an orange and lemony citrus smell. The taste is filled with caramel, alcohol, and a little butterscotch, followed by oranges and lemons in the bitter and fairly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty full with very little carbonation. I doubt if I would drink a lot of this beer in a single sitting. To me it's a good sipping beer, but not exciting or interesting enough to make me want to keep getting more and more.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 21:59:25 | More by westweasel
Photo of Gehrig


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

I picked this up at the terrific Neil St. Piccadilly. Terrific label I must say. One of my favorites. This DIPA is right up there as well. Dark orange topped by a finger of off-white foam, with modest duration. Nice lacing on the Yankees pint glass.

The nose is rife with hops, densely so. There is a good floral aroma, and whiffs of fruit, mainly orange and grapefruit. The citrus emerges well in the taste, which is pleasantly smooth. This is one really good DIPA, less hoppy in the taste than I'd like, but darn good in all.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, though smooth. This is one good DIPA, tasty and smooth enough to almost quaff. I'd like more hops in the taste, but it's diverse enough to more than make up for it. Very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 22:23:36 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Vancer


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

Beer sent courtesy of the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi - many thanks!

This big beer has been sitting in the DBF, waiting for the right time - the Masters golf is it! Tons o' yeasties on the bottom of this great bottle conditioned brew. Green waxed top just add to the ambiance !

A cross between a DIPA and a Barleywine - sweet malt brew that still packs a ton of hops in the mix.

Sweet caramel backed with a powerful punch of piney hops. Can't believe it checks in at almost 14%, NO idea from the easy way this tasty brew slides down.

Tad sweet, tad hoppy - why, it balances out quite nicely!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 21:30:16 | More by Vancer
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orangey-copper. Good full head takes a long time to crest on top with a generous pour. Off white suds quickly settle to a tiny bubbled film and ring.

Smells juicy. That's almost it, but there's so much more depth than that. Big hop scents of grapefruit and peach juice, deep resinous pine, and alcohol hold strong over a roasted caramelly base. As the alcohol fumes burn off the juice and syrupy sweetness intensify. A good swirl, however, releases a smell reminiscent of a magic marker. I haven't decided if that's good or not...

Taste is a precariously balanced intertwining of malt, hops, and alcohol, kind of like a hippo on a tight rope, a giant beer that seems poised at the threshold of balance. Malt has a surprising presence, with a smooth grainy caramel that stays full throughout. Hops dominate overall taste, with a very resiny pine cone flavor rounded out with a lot of citrus and syrupy juicy flavors of peach and pear. Finishes with an increasing warming bitterness peaking with a firm, nearly sharp alcohol accent.

Feel is very full, syrupy, and smooth. The carbonation, even the alcohol and resin have a hard time cutting the body of this huge IPA. Finishes somewhat chewy and sticky.

For all real purposes this shouldn't be a highly drinkable beer, but I'm sipping it like crazy. As far as huge DIPAs go, this one manages to be full of huge resiny hops without a phenolic overtone. Malt dose is plenty to keep the hops from skying with bitterness. This is one surprisingly drinkable 13.6%abv DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 20:38:24 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of DrainBamage


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours and dark copper color with a thin lace of head. Smell is has sweet malty and hoppy aromas. Taste is unbelievable. It's exploding with hoppy flavor, but keeps you interested in it's flavor. Mouthfeel can't get any better. The bitterness, smoothness, and carbonation are perfect balanced. This is by far the best Double IPA I've had and $2.79 for 13.6% ABV can't be beat for a beer with such flavor and robustness.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 06:36:16 | More by DrainBamage
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Nice, dark amber color. Little head on pour. Light lace that doesn't remain.

S-Fruity overtones with a strong alcohol undertone.

T-Not what I expected from a DIPA. Have experienced far hoppier, though not as high in alcohol. Slight earthy taste.

M-Heavy but clean. Taste lingers on the tongue.

D-1 or 2 would probably be great. 4 to 6 may put you out for a nap with 13.6% abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:31:36 | More by TasteTester
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI, part of a 4-pack of Michigan DIPAs from the store for $13.99 in March 2008.

13.6%, holy crap!

Wax over the cap gives me the thought that that meant this for storing. Sorry, I'm impatient. But they put a LOT of wax on this- I almost resorted to breaking the top off of the bottle Western-movie style, this was so hard to open.

As soon as I got the bottle open, a fistful of DIPA hops and malts and the like smacked me upside the head. When poured, no head, but a small amount of sediment comes out (not used to that in a DIPA). Color is a deep amber with reddish highlights.

Aroma is strong, hoppy, somewhat honey sweet and flowery.

The flavor is a sherry warmth & grapefruit & citrus hop delights. There's a honey-pine tree dance in my mouth! Gets progressively sweeter as the hops and alcohol burn my tongue off (in a good way).

Alcohol burns and burns, but it's strong and rich and full, big stuff, over the top. Sharp creamy mouthfeel.

I like this one, but it's one of those "a little goes a long way" brews. I have only had a couple from this brewery, but it is quickly becoming a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 23:18:08 | More by Dukeofearl
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to tytoanderso for the bottle!
Pours a hazy dark orange color with a lasting whitish head and nice lacing. Smell is a unique musty and fruity smelling hop character. Taste is moderately bittered and similar musty fruit flavors with perhaps some mango. Not a very clean flavored IPA in my opinion with the citrusy character I get in lots of IPAs, but still nice. Body seems full but the low carbonation still makes it seem almost watery at the same time. Unique, and drinkable. Solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:24:43 | More by JDV
Photo of bashiba


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep dark orange with a light but sticky head.

Smelled like a freshly cut grapefruit. Slightly sweet and nicely bitter.

Has a sweet & bitter big hoppy flavor up front with loads of pine and grapefruit. The huge malt profile does a good job keeping things even with a lightly sweet and grainy flavor with a touch of the big alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel is ultra sticky with a long dry finish.

Shockingly easy to drink for as big of beer as it is. Overall pretty outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:58:11 | More by bashiba
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clear dark amber with an almost non-existent off-white head.

Aroma of piney hops, pineapple, raisins, and booze.

Taste starts off with a piney bitterness from the hops followed by a ripe fruitiness and light maltiness and a warm wallop from the alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel, sticky to the tongue, and moderately carbonated.

This IIPA is like a punch to the mouth. Yet, still enjoyable. Drink it slow and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:14:18 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of largadeer


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

Appearance: Dark amber, clear with a bit of hop haze. A gentle pour produced about half an inch of head at best, which receded to a small ring pretty quickly. Small bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass as though they're struggling to move through the syrupy liquid.

Smell: Equal parts pine and caramel with a touch of alcohol. Not as aggressive as I was expecting.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toffee-like malt, very resiny, thick and rich, low carbonation. Pine and a bit of grapefruit in the finish. More of a balanced DIPA, bordering on barleywine. Thankfully not cloyingly sweet as some 13% + brews tend to be.

Notes: A solid beer. Pretty unique stuff, definitely stands out from the pack. Normally I'd never age an IPA, but I may just try it with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 22:39:12 | More by largadeer
Photo of DavidEddie


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

Appearance - Dark amber. Ring of lacing hangs around.

Smell - Piney hops, brown sugar, pineapple, and carmel.

Taste - A heavy dose of citrusy/piney bitter hops, red apple, and sweet malt. The ABV is warming.

Mouth feel - Thick, sticky, and oily. Low to medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Good, but a slow sipper. Reminded me more of a barley wine. Surprised the ABV was hidden so well. Highly Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 06:08:24 | More by DavidEddie
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North Carolina

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

A dark amber with almost brown edges. Carbonation rises slowly through the thick, potent brew. An off-white head fading to a ring through consumption. Spots of lacing down the glass. I'm in for it. Smell just has to be malty, I mean damn it's a big brew. Sweet fruity malts and caramel with sappy, piney hop presence. Taste is explosive but gentle somehow. The little bit of heat from the smell isn't quite as big in taste. At first the same malts show up that the smell boasted. Caramel and sugar, some fruit. Hops and bitterness are soon to come through. Yep, this is a beast. Mouthfeel is bitter but also very full and creamy. Great sensation on the tongue. I think this will stay with me for a while. Good drinkability considering how huge this is. I really enjoyed this and am glad I have another bottle for later (no, not tonight damnit).

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 04:09:29 | More by ncvbc
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep mahogany/amberish hue with little to no head, very murky.

S- Smell is really dominated by piney hops, perhaps a bit of sweet fruit.

T- While this is a beast abv wise, it has an incredibly balanced taste (obviously dominated by hop). Starts out biscuity and moves into a grapefruit bitterness. A bit perfumey at the end. Alcohol is present all the way through but is hidden very well.

M- Thick with little carbonation.

D- For such a high abv beer it is very easy to sip on. In my opinion it just suffers from being a bit one demensional. While it is extreme in the amount and intensity of the taste, nothing in the flavor profile is very diverse. A good brew that I will probably try again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 04:57:18 | More by Lothore
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut pours with a dark tan head that fades quickly
Boozy, orange citrus, floral hops malty sweetness are present in the nose.
INTENSE flavor meaty hops battle on your pallete with nut and carmel malt flavors hints of citrus peek through this bruising beer.
The alcohol thins out these huge flavors while becoming a little spicy.
Mouth feel is gigantic, the high level of alcohol this out what would otherwise be a syrup, the cabonation scrubs your tongue to eliminate and long aftertaste.
This is an intense beer there is a lot of flavor smashed into this wax coated bottle. I like it a lot, the alcohol brings the drink ability down a little bit, this cold only be a session beer if you were Nick Cage in Leaving Las Vegas

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 04:40:38 | More by mully
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a bright and relatively clear orange with quite a bit of suspended sediment. The light tan head is kept alive by the quite active carbonation. Spots and droopy sheets of lace coat the inside of the glass. As the head dies, it's replaced by a whispy skim and unbroken ring.

S: Hot, boozy alcohol that's tempered by layers of sweet caramel, candied apples, vanilla, toffee, black pepper, grapefruit, pineapple, and toasted malt.

T: Sweet caramel malt and spicy hot alcohol with flavors of toffee squares, pine/grapefruit hops, black pepper, and caramel apples.

M: Very bitter and spicy with a sweet and smooth maltiness for balance. The alcohol is pretty ragged and drying to the tongue and benefits greatly from the sweet malt and fruit flavors going on here.

D: Surprisingly enjoyable for such a big IIPA. The sweet caramel malt works wonders in keeping the alcohol under control. This is a palate destroyer!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 01:36:53 | More by GbVDave
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,158 ratings.