Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Ap: Cloudy amber in color with a white head
Sm: Mostly of sugars
Taste: Candied sugars, hops, mild citrus
Drinkability: I'd like to have a few of these but the ABV would be the limiting factor
And I thought the crooked tree was good - the double is awesome!
07-21-2008 00:28:00 | More by daftafne
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a thick green wax over the top. Inot an oversized merlot glass.
Thick 3 finger white head.
Color is a brownish semi transparent, very attractive beer.
Retention is decent with great thick laceing.
Smell is of grassy hops, some mild fruity hop aroma, big huge malty sweetness.
Taste is very sweet, evenly balanced with the hops allowing the malt to come forward and battle it out with the hops.
Smooth thick creamieness, just the right amount of carbonation, not overly so.
Very excellent brew. If I could get more of these I'd be a happy man.
07-20-2008 02:06:25 | More by Buebie
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks to ThomasHardy for this extra. 07
A: Nice and MURKY. I love murky too. Big, thick white head that lasted between 4-5 minutes. Brown in color.
S: Delicious. Holy hops. Schwing! Floral hops, with a little honey as well. Teeny bit of lemon rind, and some alcohol.
T: Not as hoppy as the smell led on, but still quite tasty. It's actually kinda malty and very sweet. Grass and hay; very earthy. Some vanilla, and a little of the citrusy/lemon.
M: Thick and chewy. Nice. Pretty dry.
D: Not sure if I could do a whole night of these (@ 13% ABV), well maybe half a night. This is one fine brew.
07-20-2008 01:30:55 | More by gkatsoris
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
hot damn. Finally cracked this wax sealed 12oz bottle tonight and split into wine glasses (yeah, I did it). Thanks to Rowdy Schrauty for hooking this one up from the MI beerquest stash.
Pours like apple cider (not hard cider) but is more transparent when it settles. A very fine, off-white head slowly recedes. Those bubbles are tiny. Leaves a sticky looking residue on the glass, sort of like the way orange juice does.
wow, strong. Didn't bother to read the label, holy crap 13.6% no wonder! Bottle also says "ages well." Sounds like a barleywine. Wait, yes - now that I think of it, tastes like one too. But the hops are not absent and they will make their presence felt. 98IBU's. They seem to be somehow deeply infused into the brew. I love good double IPAs and I love barleywine, so this is great and I'm already starting to think anxiously about how it will probably be quite difficult to acquire another bottle.
Drinks like a nice barleywine and I think I would have to agree, I believe it would age quite well. The wax is a reminder.
That went down real easy, I think it was a good idea to split the bottle.
This was the first Darkhorse brew I've tried and I am impressed. Love the artwork on the label too.
07-15-2008 02:42:41 | More by BanditBrewingCo
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy brown with almost no carbonation. The head was just a brown film on the surface.
The smell is a blend of earth and citrus hops with a huge caramel malt.
The taste is in line with the smell but delivers even more. Wow earthy wood and lots of citrus then mega amounts of caramel malt with even a cocoa note.
The mouthfeel is big and bold, yet a very mild amount of carbonation.
The drinkability is very good, this should be on everyones wants.
Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK
07-03-2008 05:30:33 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A deep orange to amber color, with a quarter inch head, cream in color. The aroma is pretty amazing, for an IPA it has a strong malt presence at the start. That is followed by an intense amount of hop fragrances of floral, citrus, and grass. Then at the end of the scent, your are hit with the boozy fragrance of alcohol. The taste is just as strong, the malt standing up to the hops. Which both blend together nicely halfway across the palate. The hops bringing citrus, grass, and earthy flavors. The feel is medium bodied at the front, becoming much more heavier at the backend. There is a slight burn from alcohol, but it disappears quickly. An outstanding Double IPA, surprisingly blends well and evenly balanced in flavor.
07-03-2008 00:55:23 | More by cameraman
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a dark amber, ruby in the light. A thin light tan head sits on top with decent retention.
Wonderful aroma. Floral hops, caramel, and a little boozy.
Quite tasty. Big caramel maltiness, with a nice floral hoppiness. Traces of alcohol, but pretty impressive for almost 14%.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and gently carbonated.
Drinkability is moderate. Great flavors definitely make for easy consumption, however high alcohol limits this beer.
06-29-2008 03:38:04 | More by Goliath
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Faintly cloudy dark iced tea color with a nice frothy light tan head and great lace. The aroma is thick pine hops and candy malt, very sturdy and enticing. The first mouthful is very strong piney woods hops and malty goodness. Alcohol is clearly present but not unpleasant. Acidic woodsy rhubarb with beautiful body, solid but drinkable for the style. This is a beauty with an occasional hint of chocolate. My friend says it smelled like an old barbershop but that's a good thing. Just a lovely dipa, highly recommended.
06-28-2008 15:46:48 | More by Durge
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
12oz bottle comes with a wax-dipped top.
After I got the cap off I noticed a sludgy lacing on the inside of the bottle and noticed some sediment at the bottom. Usual for the style, just sayin'. Anyways this DIPA pours an amber color with virtually no head to it. Very thick with little carbonation. A nice pleasant aroma of caramel and biscuit malts mixed with a faint scent of hops greets me as I pour. Tastes much sweeter than I expected! More like a barleywine too me, which isn't bad at all. I'm thinking that the person who sent me this may have had it for a while because the taste I get is dominate by malts; the hops have completely disappeared. Very thick with a consistency close to maple syrup, this is most certainly a sipping beer.
06-26-2008 17:12:30 | More by DontCallMeSurly
3.48/5 rDev -16.3%
A very vigorous pour is only able to produce a two-finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. It is fairly large bubbled, but doesn't melt instantly. The beer is an unnatural, completely clear, deep cherry red color that shows a rich, cranberry stained amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky, candied hops and hot alcohol; candied orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, concentrated tangelo and candied pine tips are accentuated by a thick, caramelized malt note. The finish has strong notes of pine sap and hemp oil to it. Somehow this smells very clean, almost lacking in complexity some how; there is a fair amount of malt noticeable in the nose, but it seems stripped of its character.
Quite sweet tasting, but it is not as sweet tasting as I was expecting this 13% beast to be. It is still fairly viscous and chewy, but it almost comes close to being like a good double IPA. Hop flavors dominate of course with concentrated citrus / fruit notes up front (lychee, bergamot oil, tangelo and apricot), but substantial herbal notes of pine and especially earthy hemp in the middle and finish. Alcohol provides some substantial warming notes to the finish that actually lingers on in the throat for quite some time after each sip. This is bitter, but not nearly as much as one might thing, the hop character really focuses more on the hop flavor notes than the bitter notes. The malt flavors play a removed, secondary role here (as they should), but do contribute ample caramelized malt sugar notes that help support the hop character. A touch of toasty, biscuit-like malt can also be found floating through the flavor profile.
Not bad, but not all that great either. This was certainly worth a try, but it really is too strong in alcohol, for me, to be an IPA. I do like that it is not overly heavy though, but it is still not something I want to drink more than a few ounces of. Still this is not bad in small doses.
06-26-2008 03:58:54 | More by Gueuzedude
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a clear copper color with a pinky of creamy off-white head that has a bit of retention and leaves spotty lacing. Smells big of citrus; pineapple, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit with good caramel and bread notes as well as earthen hops and pine with a slight alcohol presence. Taste starts off with flavors of caramel sweetness and biscuits with a hint of raisins. Lots of hop flavors follow with a touch of pine and spicy hops before the finale of grapefruit and pineapple and a warming alcohol finish. Medium full in body with low carbonation. Well balanced with bready sweetness and a good variety of hop flavors. An excellent DIPA, but at 13.6% ABV, it's not a session brew, nor is it something I would drink frequently, better to save for special occasions.
06-24-2008 21:29:11 | More by HopDerek
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks bitch.
An aggressive pour reveals a dark reddish amber color, pretty dense and hazy looking but rather disappointing in the head department. Only a half inch of beige head which recedes pretty quickly to only a thin patchy lace.
Smell is tough to get my nose into because of the lack of head generation. Definitely smells strong, with aromas of citrus hops, alcohol, caramel malt sweetness.
This one really explodes on the tastebuds with loads of citrus, woodsy and pine hops. There is some caramel malt sweetness there too but it is really overtaken by lots of hop flavor and bitterness, too. This is a little hot with a bit of alcohol burn in the back of the throat on the finish. Lots of resiny hop bitterness lingers long into the finish, as well.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy, very oily, with soft carbonation.
This is pretty tasty, although flawed. Head was very disappointing which really hurt the nose, as I said before. Alcohol is awfully aggressive, as well. Pretty intense brew and definitely worthy of a try for any hop lover, but I would choose other DIPAs first.
06-20-2008 22:18:53 | More by number1bum
4/5 rDev -3.8%
12 oz bottle with dark green wax that took forever to break into. 13.6%, 98 IBUs stated on teh bottle. It says it ages well, but I could not wait to try it.
Poured into my DR pint glass and it pours a dark tarnished copper penny color with an off-white head that doesnt last long but settles to a foamy ring and lots of skimming. Sticky lace on the glass.
Smell is floral hops up front backed by sweet malts and an alcohol burn. Seems all smells are balanced together nicely. I hope the taste follows.
Taste is upfront bitter with a ton of citrus hops and floral hops. Flavor then proceeds to the sweetness of the generous malt bill in this one that allows this beer to be over 13%. There is no disguising that there are loads of malts in this one mid palate. Just when you think this is a "hop bomb" out comes the malt sweetness to change your mind. At the end I get some pine-y hops and an alcohol warming that reminds me of a shot of cheap, watered down whiskey in flavor and heat.
MOuthfeel is full and relatively heavy for an IPA.. but the carbonation tries to help. It could use just a tad more to make this one go from sipper to drinker.
This is good, but one is my limit, especially at this abv. It was all I could do to finish it for that reason alone. Perhaps I shouldnt have tried to drink it at the end of a 14 hour work day since i was already tired, this just knocked me out. I would drink it again if it was available for sure, but wondering if the regular crooked tree would have been strong and bold enough, but that one i have never tried.
06-17-2008 21:24:08 | More by tayner
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Smoggy, dark bronze with refractions of crimson topped with a short but sticky rise of beige, which then migrates to the edges and retains as a large-bubbled collar.
Pulpy orange juice is identified first and foremost on the nose. Deeper inhalations produce caramel-chocolate cherries, maple, grain, and spruce. Alcohol adds to a juniper-rich, gin-like flair, (and an aged rum sweetness later on as it warms), but is generally quiet, considering how much of it there is.
Into the mouth, the malts shimmy across the tongue leaving greasy streaks of maple syrup, black cherries, and caramel nougat. Prickly coarse grains and earthy dried tobacco emerge from behind the curtain of sweetness. Pineapple, mango, and grapefruits, and fresh-squeezed orange juice appear as the hops begin their usurpation. The hop profile stays along the lines of fruit marmalade, with a hint of evergreen (especially in the finish). It's bitter, but evenly so. Same with the alcohol, it's present with some dark rum flare, but it never suggests it's colossal strength in full, and presents as closer to 9% than something pushing 14%. In this sense, it is absolutely scary.
It medium-full body is given lift with the insistence of tiny, struggling beads of CO2. This could just as easily be classified as a barleywine (though certainly a hop-forward version). I never would have thought the term 'balanced" would enter this review, but it applies. The suppleness of the malt and the juiciness of the hops are evenly matched.
I expected something nearly feral with its IBUs and ABV, but this is well-heeled and almost domesticated.
06-16-2008 06:33:00 | More by cokes
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
A: COla brown with little frothing a edges that stays with beer.
S: Maple and borwn sugar. Malt with a seranno spice. Tons of caramel. Pine from hops, but there's a wierd cheezy spice ( I know this sounds wierd) like opening a bag of doritos.
T/M: Smooth. Lighter mouthfeel than I'd expect. This one is a few months old by now, so the flavors have mellowed. Still little alochol perception. Everything melds nicely. Big malty carmel presence gives way to the hops, which push through in a nice way, not overpowering, not a hop heads dream, but add some nice spice to this beer that balances everything out. The zlochol comes through in the end, but no perception of the huge abv here. Finish is long, and I et that same bisuity yeastinees cobined with spice that gave me the feeling of Dorito's earler..
D: Great for how big bthis beer is.
Ovr: I really love this beer becuase it tries to be a great beer, and that's it. Too often DIPA's just try to be huge unbalanced hop messes that don't work for me. This beer, the hop character is large, but in perfect harmony with the alcohol and malt. Only complaint is that it was a bit light on the mouthfeel for my tastes.
06-12-2008 23:59:38 | More by ejquin
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
12oz bottle received from iceicebaby in our in person trade at DLD. Thanks a bunch!
A: Deep ruby red with a thin white head that recedes very quickly to a ring - not surprising given the ABV of this one.
S: Huge malt and pine hop presence in that order. This is almost barleywine-like. Malt profile features a solid caramel Some alcohol heat. Some pineapple and fruitiness.
T: Unabashedly brash with sweeter pine flavors melding with burnt caramel and prunes. Alcohol heat on the finish. Typically not what I like but this is done pretty well
M: Pretty full in body, low carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish. Coats the palate.
D: Sipper for sure.
Notes: Definitely among the better malt-bomb DIPAs that I've had. I'm surprised i enjoyed it as much as i did
06-11-2008 03:16:55 | More by DefenCorps
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
This one being considered thanks to DavidEddie (Pops!!)
Pours a clear dark almost tea colored amber color with a full finger off white head that resists fading. Spotty lacing patterns in it's wake. The smell was leathery and "horse blanket" from the residue on the cap. Sweet grainy malt molasses and caramel. Lightly carbonated, with a really smooth tang of booze. Yes, that's booze, but it's smooooth. Liking it!. Full flavored, the taste is malty and sweet with an Imperial Red caramel thing going on. Way too easy to drink at 13.6% ABV!! Had my eye on this one for some time....thanks again Dave!
06-05-2008 22:19:42 | More by jjayjaye
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
The wax that entombs this beer is absurdly thick.
a: This was a somewhat hazy coppery orange color. It pours with a small, soapy, white head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.
s: Monstrous lemony pine smells dominate. Almost as big are the sweet, malty, toffee caramel aromas. The alcohol is present, but there is more than enough to keep it in check.
t: If ever a beer this big could be called balanced, this is it. The hops taste of lemon, grass, and pine. Sweet, prickly caramel toffee malts stike an uneasy balance with the hops. The alcohol is present throughout, but given the abv on this one it is surprisingly subdued.
m: This has a very good body, but I think it is a bit under carbonated.
d: Thanks to TheBlackMallard for the chance to try this beast. This isn't something I would reach for often, but if I had access it would make a great treat every now and then.
06-05-2008 10:53:09 | More by DIM
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Double Crooked Tree empties the bottle a dark mahogany with glowing ruby highlights when backlit. The head grew to one finger of off-white head that fell rather quickly to a solid cap and left good drink lines after each drink. This is a good looking brew with a quality head for such a high abv.
The smell is along the lines of a barleywine with a sweet caramel maltiness and I nice hit of booze. The hops come through nicely in the form of pine needle and aspirin bitterness. The alcohol fumes just work to bring the hops forward although it stays a fairly balanced beer. You can tell this is a sipper from the aroma alone.
Flavor closely resembles the nose. A big caramel sweetness is matched by a big piney and aspirin hoppiness, although the aspirin bitterness is a little less then the nose suggested. The hop profile does edge out the maltiness but not by much. This is certainly a well constructed beer.
The mouthfeel on this beer is top notch, especially when considering the high abv. There is some heft to the body but the carbonation is enough to keep it moving before it becomes at all cloying.
One of these is enough for me in a sitting because of the high abv. I do notice this beer leaving the glass far too quick. Although there's a big sweetness the hops beat it back and the carbonation moves things along enough to keep it an easy drinker.
This is a high quality, highly alcoholic brew from Dark Horse. They did a great job balancing out all the huge flavor. I've made a point to pick a few 4-packs up the last couple years. It's a good beer to sit back and try to enjoy slowly.
06-05-2008 03:44:57 | More by joe1510
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
I must say, this is my first experience with a wax coated bottle, and it really does add a lot of charm to the packaging design as well as protect the delicious contents inside these lovely bottles. I cracked the wax with a knife and then went around the edges with my bottle opener.
Poured from 12oz to tulip glass, pours a resiny pine-sol red cedar wood color, pours heavy and oily with a creamy golden white head.
smells of extreme beer, hops exploding with piney citrus, super malting, appley alcohol
tastes of piney hops up front, malts, alcohol, citrus peel, grassiness, extremely complex and delicious, alcohol present at 13.6 obviously, but blended so well that it just adds more deliciousness to this.
mouthfeel is oily, thick, creamy, bitter, but balanced
this honestly is my favorite dipa ever, nothing comes close to the hop blend and the resins..mmmm
i have had on tap as well this year @ crunchy's in east lansing (they had it for less than a weekend), and in comparison, the alcohol heat is way more present on tap than bottle, grainier tasting, more of the malts don't taste as blended, but boy does it taste fresh and delicious.
this is pretty much a must try beer if you're a fan of dipa's
Amazing! makes me proud to live 20mins or so from Marshall :D
05-21-2008 13:53:40 | More by drxandy
4.2/5 rDev +1%
A- Dark apple cider with thin white head and some persistent lacing throughout.
S - I get malt, whiskey like booze, caramel.
T - Powerful cooked caramel with a malt quashing hop finish.
M - Creamy, coating not quite as carbonated as I like, but pretty good.
D - One is about it for a session.
05-20-2008 04:55:38 | More by srandycarter
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Huge thanks to lightindarkness for this one. Been waiting to try this for a while.
Appearance: It pours a chestnut brown color with just a twinge of red in there. It's cloudy but void of any sediment. Head was a little off white and very minimal. No more than a finger deep. It receded very quickly left a spotty coat of lace behind. These high abv beers are head destroyers.
Smell: It's certainly hoppy and a bit resiny. Hops have a nice piney character to them. Citrus grapefruit, mango and light pineapple give it a sweet smell. Caramel/toffee malts are readily apparent. Moreso than expected. Alcohol is unsurprisingly noticeable. It's not strong, but is defintely there. A slight yeasty aroma emerges on the tail.
Taste: This is an interesting DIPA. It's hoppy and bitter initially. Hops are piney, but also a little floral and earthy. It's honestly not the hop bomb I was expecting. Bitter? Yes. Palate destroyer? No. Grapefruit and mango flavors are sweet and play their role perfectly. Caramel/toffee malts are sweet and do a nice job of countering some of the hop bitterness. It's a little yeasty. Alcohol is noted, but is blended extremely well. Finishes bitter and dry.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and slightly chewy. Carbonation is a little lower than I'd prefer. All in all, it's relatively smooth and drinkable. Definitely mild mannered given its high abv. Despite being deceptively strong, I'd still limit myself to one bottle in a sitting.
This is definitely an evolved DIPA. I'm impressed with the deviation from the norm in typical releases of this style. It's a big beer. Definitely hoppy and bitter. But, it's also more balanced than you might expect and presents itself as more tame than it really is. Given its strength and the slight buzz I'm feeling, it's a wolf in sheep's clothing. But, it's an excellent beer nonetheless. A little more carbonation is about the only thing that would improve this beer. For what it is, it's spot on otherwise. Thanks again, Christian. I really enjoyed this beer.
05-15-2008 03:11:51 | More by prototypic
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a tiny, off-white head.
Smell: Cinnamon spiced caramel, unripened plums, booze, and a leafy, grapefruit scent.
Taste: Sweet, spicy caramel with an almost candyish quality to it. Pinch of fresh chopped herbs. Slight plum fruitiness. Citrusy flavors of grapefruit rinds and orange peels. Medium-high bitterness, but the malt backbone does a solid job of balancing it. A bit of heat on the bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth texture.
Drinkability: A very enjoyable, considerably very drinkable Double IPA from Dark Horse.
05-14-2008 04:14:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
This one pours a clear amber with a touch of orange to it. The head is a wide collar of white that leaves a few strips of lace.
Smells of a swirl of floral booze and piney hops. The way they disagree adds a pleasant dissonance to this one. Beneath is all lies some honey-slathered rye crisps. Nice.
Tastes too of rye crisps with a touch of celery. This then effervesces into a pine sap sting that fades a bit towards concentrated orange juice. The under-stated simplicity yet intensity of this one is pretty fun.
Feels a little too heavy for its own good, but the density helps keep the dynamics slower and more appreciable. The carbonation too is slow to creep out. This leaves my tongue feeling cool and numb.
A nice take on the big-ass 2IPA.
05-13-2008 01:30:16 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
A very nice beer, I was glad to have a chance to try it. Thanks to Shivtim for the chance. Pours amber with an okay head and some noticeable floaties. The aroma is lightt but very citrusy and pleasant. Smells relatively fresh, so the floaties don't worry me. The taste is very nice. A bit sweet up front followed by nice flavors of cream, cherries, vanilla, and citrus. Probably the creamiest double ipa I've had and quite pleasantly fruity as well. The beer drys out a bi toward the finish, which is nice. Very creamy and smooth in the mouth with some lingering hop bitterness. A great pleasure to drink and I'm astonished at the listed abv- I wasn't aware of this aat the time I drank it, and in no way did it seem hot or anywhere near that abv. A fine beer.
05-12-2008 13:59:39 | More by Georgiabeer
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,193 ratings.