Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,289
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 293
Gots: 287 | FT: 12
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 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.

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!

Photo of ncvbc
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).

Photo of Lothore
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.

Photo of mully
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

Photo of GbVDave
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!

Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wax cap nice touch but pain to get off.

Poured into thistle glass. Pours syruppy with low carbonation, little head and light lacing. Most if not all of the Dark Horse beers have been near flat. This is the reason I usually stay away from their beers.

Reddish-brown color is not stimulating but is what you get I imagine with all the malt that must be in this thing.

Smells of grapefruit and brown sugar. Tastes like it smells. DIPAs are not so complex as they are intense. Alcohol hits almost immediately. Good balance of malt and hop in this mega IPA. Slight "off" aftertaste hurts a little.

Nice beer, one is usually enough during the week like tonight.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the closer, the palate killer and perhaps my nightcap. Its one of my favorite styles but it look like Dark Horse is trying to take this style to another level which I like. The bottle is waxed on the top, a strong wax it is so make sure to take care with the sharp blades and such trying to pop this one, I opted for a bit of flame and then cut away the wax. Huge tan foam from a quick cascading session of bubbles form a hard pour. The head retention is surprisingly excellent, some beers with super high alcohol levels tend to loose their head quick but this one doesn't. Clear reddish amber color. Oh yeah, there it is ... the pungent mix of higher alcohols and lots of hop resin in the nose. Thick semi-syrupy body with a long drawn out smoothness and creamy backing. The alcohol is a little hot but not overbearing with more warmth in the back of the mouth and throat with each sip. Maltiness is given a hall pass upfront with a quick running of caramel and graham cracker crust but then the hops take over the show. Bitterness spreads far and wide and eventually engulfs all taste as I know it. Oddly there is not this devastating sharpness that would have killed the drinkability, not balance but more of knowing when enough is enough. Flavors of blood orange, pineapple, tobacco, grapefruit rind and caramel form in the finish. A bitter finish but some of that malt sweetness does leak from the wall of hop bitterness.

One of the most drinkable and pleasant higher alcohol (12% abv+) Double IPAs that I have tasted ever. I'm loving this hop fix.

Photo of sfoley333
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle from Hoppymeal (thanks again) into a new belgium snifter. Poured a murky amber color with slight orange hue. A nice finger sized white head foamed up. The smell was a haunting pine, earth, citrus sweet scent with a little alcohol in the background. Taste was night a day from the smell. It was heavy on the pine bitterness but the hoppy flavor was lost among the sweet malt backbone and the bitterness of the hops. The alcohol level being so high was very well hidden though. The mouth feel was medium body with a nice stickness and low carbonation level. This beer is not really what comes to mind to me as a DIPA. It more like a barleywine that has been hopped up. The balance isnt there, but...I really do believe this beer should age fantastic and wish I didnt open up this bottle yet and think in maybe 2-3 years at cellar temps it will be better balanced.

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

Original Dark Horse Crooked Tree left me wanting a stronger american ipa. I finally got to try this double on draught at the MI Winter Brew Festival 2008. now THAT's what I'm talking about. The regular Crooked Tree should be made this way. Excellent!

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

Pours a dark copper with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thin swirling head and ring. The lacing is sparce, but that was expected with the huge alcohol content in his one.

Smell; spicy herbal and piney hops kick me in the nose before I even get the glass off of the table. A touch of citrus is present along with a very large caramel maltiness, mixed with some alcohol.

Taste; very spicy from the alcohol, but it's surprisingly not overwhelming. The hops are herbal and piney as the aroma would lead you to expect, and the citrus is there as well, but it doesn't come out until this warms a little. And once it gets closer to room temp some nice fruits become noticable, with pineapples and grapefruits. The malt presence is huge, with a ton of caramel and a little brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy thick with a rather dangerously high drinkability considering the high alcohol content. I was a little unsure how much I would like this one, but it's pretty damn good. It's for sure a one drink a night kind of beer, but it's definitely something I would look for again.

Photo of jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to Brouche for sending me this beer in the NoBS BIF Ultra. Served slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle dipped in green wax. Poured a beautiful, cloudy amber orange with quite a bit of sediment in it. A good two fingers of thick, creamy, off-white head sprung up from the glass. Decent head retention with some sticky lace left behind in the glass. Big thick aroma smelled like a glass full of hops. Nice floral hop aroma mixed up with some orange peel, lemon zest, and a huge malt aroma. The flavor is bitter, juicy hops, a thick yet balancing malt flavor, tons of citrus infused with just a subtle touch of pine. Most of the 13.6 percent alcohol content is buried beneath the complex flavors of this big IPA, but has a bit of a warming effect in the finish. Just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue and throat. Big full bodied, oily resiny mouthfeel. Very thick and coats the palate. Drinkability is right up there as well but I prefer to nurse this one. This is one big ass crooked tree. Great job Dark Horse, Keep up the good work, and look out Devil Dancer!

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Creates a three inch tan head full of rich creamy bubbles. Body is a murky amber color with quite a bit of noticeable sedamet. Leaves a bit of lace as the head fades. Nose is a very rich mix of nice hops and even a hint of malty sweetness laced with big spicey alchol. Enters the mouth richly smooth and creamy with buzzing hops and spicey zest. Hops are slightly oily and show ripe citrus hints. Alchol is nicely warming to the belly but not loud on the palate. This beer is so amazingly drinkable for how big it is. Complexity and uniqueness are strong points of this brew. I as a stout lover have found another big double IPA I can really enjoy.

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

Pours a cloudy caramel orange with a ton of visable sediment (I wish I pulled up at the end to prevent this) with a big tangy head that dies pretty quick. Smells piney, big citrus rind and a malty sweetness. Taste is very big on piney rind hops with a malty backbone. Medium in the mouth with a slight ting on the finish. Obscene how drinkable it is, if I were to guess I would say half the ABV. An awesome brew and a must try.

Photo of tpd975
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade awhile back my memory is failing sorry don't remember who it was from.

A: Pours a nice orangish hue with a medium head. There is lots of sediment in the bottom of the glass, and no lacing to speak of.

S: Big aromas waft from my chalice. Tons of brown sugar and sweet fruits. There is an underlying citrus tone noted but it is not overwhelming. The alcohol is also present; I can tell this is going to be one big brew.

T: I really like this one. It is a big beer there is no doubt about it. It starts off with a nice honey malty sweetness. The piney hops are noted but they are in the background. The alcohol is present. You can taste it and feel a slight burn as it oozes down the throat.... Very Nice!

M: This is a thick full bodied beer. That being said it is very smooth.

D: I loved it. Very drinkable beer that left me feeling the effects, and yearning for more.

Overall: This one is aged a bit; I would love to try it fresh. If you ask me this one is more Barleywine than DIPA and a good one at that. It is a big; no scratch that huge beer both in nose and taste. I really liked this one and will be in search of a case. Some to drink, some to trade, and some to age.... Hell Yeah!

Photo of MrBendo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to todd1 and northernbrews, who both sent me a bottle. Cloudy orange color with a medium head. The 'cloudy' might be because of all the jostling I had to do to get the wax sealed cap off.

Aroma was more like a barleywine than an IIPA. Sweet, dark fruit and brown sugar seems to be the stars here, over-riding the pine/citrus hops. Taste was stupendous, if you're thinking barleywine. Raisins, brown sugar and spicy/candied orange. The hop presence is even lower in the taste.

A little warm, but no distinct alcohol flavor. Syrupy texture. Sweet finish. This should age really well. Glad to have an extra to try it out.

Photo of klewis
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerbeing for this one.

A: Pours an opaque, dull orange color with lots of suspended sediment. A small head quickly bubbles away.

S: A fruity hop aroma with some piney notes as well. A touch of alcohol.

T: A surpising lack of hop presence. Sure, there's some hop flavor and some bitterness - but only of the level of a general IPA. Citric flavors with a slightly astringent vegetal taste in the finish. It's potency is well-hidden.

M: Full-bodied with light carbonation. The chunks of sediment are at times noticable.

D: Good, but not $4 per 12 oz bottle good. Besides looking very unappealing, this one lacks any real character. There are much better DIPA's out there.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a very deep and hazy amber color, with some notable sediment evident in the bottom of the glass. No real carbonation to speak of and this go along with the head as well. There was just not any at all. It poured rather lifeless into the glass and just kind of sat there looking dull. No side glass lace at all, not really impressive on the look here to be quite honest.



S - Aroma was highly charged with the whiff of alcohol. Just overpowering and brutal would be two very good words to describe it. Once you get past this it was a full on assault of hard bitter pine hops. Nothing at all in the balance here, this one was just all about the IBU and ABV apparently, well at least upon the nose that is.



T - The flavor was about as harsh, bitter, and astringent as you can get. This one just totally started to kick your but from the very first sip. A total tongue eraser would be a good way to put it. Tons of ABV from the first sip, very harsh and a really all too noticeable presence there. The hops were not overly flavorful, but rather a harsh mixture which just seemed to try to batter you more then anything else. A really just a massive quantity of bitterness and abv. Nothing else really to say as far as that.



M - Feel was very dull, again and rather lifeless. Just no real body of depth to it... It had a slick feel with no carbonation what so ever. Did not feel overly thick or thin, but rather was just completely lifeless and boring would be the best way to describe. Again not really thrilled here.



D - Almost none really. It was almost too much to be a sipper. Now I am a fan of big doubles, but this was too much even for me. Just nothing really redeeming about it. Too much of everything and not enough life just is a bad combo.



Overall I will pass; this was not even worth a novelty look as far as I am concerned. It was just an overdone double that had too much emphasis put on blowing away taste buds and jacking up the ABV. Maybe I got a bad bottle, I don't know, but this was not really as enjoyable as I would have liked. Too big for its own good would be the best way to describe it. I tried it, and I have had worse, but I have had much, much better. Overall I will pass and wait for the next round. I guess it might be good to try, hopefully just a flat bottle, but defiantly unimpressed and completely under whelmed. Now the bottle, top notch, awesome graphics and a wax seal, both very nice touchs, however I just wish what was inside could have lived up to how good it looked outside.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The body is a warm glowing deep amber with a few large pieces of jetsam stuck in suspension. The thick creamy white head has a slight yellowish hue and fades to a thick ring quickly but continues to have some nice lacing through out the drink.

S- The smell of rich caramel malt blends to a big green musty hop aroma that has a perfumed quality to it.

T- The big pungent delicious bitter green hops flavor has a sweet fruity caramel malt accent that supports the hops. The bitterness lingers for a good bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol at the finish that accentuates the hops flavor.

D- There is not a lot of depth to the hops but they are big and wonderful with a nice strong support but the sweet malt and the soft alcohol notes. This beer is very smooth to drink and could turn into a dangerous session beer.

Photo of Dotcubed
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 2007

long lasting foam lace
very fine bubbles
Golden brown color
98 IBU tasty monster
I think I wrote Resinous Pine hoppy
bittter finish, long. LAsting several minutes
It was Arugula without heat.Probably great with indian food.

Clearly I liked it. But I did think it was expensive.
Glad I bought it, it was somewaht memorable.
I still have 3 more I'll open in months or years to come.

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

Thanks to metallitone1 for this monster.

12 oz. green waxed bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark murky amber with a thin half finger head that quickly dies down to few tiny bubbles. Tiny spotty stickiness here and there. Smell is huge citrus and alcohol with a good caramel malt backbone. Good combination of hop and malt fighting for the noses attention. Taste is quite surprising...very dirty hop mixed with some pine. Is it me, or is there no alcohol on the tongue The huge malt flavor comes through as well to balance this beast out perfectly, yes...perfectly. Mouthfeel is huge, thick, and a bit syrupy...wow is there a lot there. Bubbles are trying to exist but it's pretty difficult for them to do so. I can't imagine how good the drinkability will be with age, none the less, I can't wait to find out after I age one of these for a while. If you enjoy complex beers, get this one for sure. There really isn't anything like it out there.

Photo of kirok1999
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green waxed bottle, damn hard to open. Pours a cloudy coppery gold with just a slight head that leaves very little lacing.
Smells of a ton of hops but some nice sweetness behind it.
Taste is super smooth and creamy, mildly carbonated, tons of citrus and pine hops yet a very strong malt backbone. There's some alcohol burn in the finish which makes it a very interesting beer. Lots of caramel and the mouthfeel backs the caramel impression well.
Easy to drink but the 13% makes it hard to drink too many.

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

Thanks goes out to ThomasHardy for this brew.

Green Waxed 12oz.

Pours a very cloudy amber/orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, which dissappears quickly, not much sticky lacing to follow. The nose is big on malts, hops, nice touch of grapefruit/pine, lots of sweet caramel. The taste is hoppy/malty and sweet, good piney/grapefruit taste. Slight bitter/dry on the finish. The alcohol is hidden very well for a 13% ABV plus brew. Very drinkable, an awesome DIPA, highly recommended.

Photo of BlindPig
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours and head rises slowly. Thin tan head cover the top and fades pretty fast. A murky amber/brown body.
S- Very nice aroma! Grass, and pine hops. Maybe a few hints of citrus too. Sweet caramel is hiding under the hops. I am surprised how well the sweetness and alcohol is covered up in the aroma.
T- First sip thoughts- Hmm very tasty!
Big hop flavor with blend of the same kind of hops as in aroma. The bitterness builds up on tip and mid tongue. Really numbs the tongue from a nice big bitterness. Slowly the alcohol warms up the back of the throat but does take a bit. Sweet caramel does come through but not near as overwhelming as I was expecting (like Unearthly). Nice dry aftertaste too. The pine does come through nicley and the alcohol tickles the tongue a little but alcohol isn't near as strong as you would think.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- I think it is very good. I wasn't expecting to much just being as high in alcohol as it is. Very tasty and I wouldn't mind drinking more of this at all.

Photo of berserker256
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has to be the epitome of unfiltered beer. After I poured the dark gold brew into my pint glass from the bottle it looked like a Christmas snow globe that you shake up. Or perhaps an aquarium that really needs cleaning. The smell was pine-like, hoppy, and a possessed a hint of fruit. The taste was surprisingly smooth. I expected a thick syrupy beer but it was easy to drink. Tasted great. Tasted like it smelled. For being 13.6% Alcohol it was remarkable. I love this beer.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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