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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

898 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 898
Hads: 2,674
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 309
Gots: 458 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 898 | Hads: 2,674
Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome and from a bottle.
A: The tap version is deep, clear amber with a very thin head. The bottled version is cloudy from bottom yeast.
S: Resiny, grassy nose, citrus, tropical fruit.
T: Starts with malt (biscuit and slight toffee), melon and then as you swallow you get a touch of astringent bitterness – either from unmalted grains or hops – and them some malt sweetness returns to balance. There is alcohol on the end but you only notice it gradually.
M: Medium body and carbonation, warming on the finish.
O: This is an excellent DIPA. Its bottle conditioned so watch the yeast when you pour.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber color, light head, but left nice lacing.
Smell: Somewhat muted, but I'm getting some tropical and citrus fruits, with a steady sweet malt backbone.
Taste: Not sure of the date on this one, but it may be a bit old, as the flavor has some fruity flavors, but mostly sweet malt and alcohol. I couldn't locate a date on the bottle.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a bit of alcohol burn.
Overall: As I said above, this one may be a bit old, there was some goodness, but I'm missing a good hoppy flavor that one would expect from a DIPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

just amazed to see this one rated as highly as it is. so average to me, and in the big ipa realm, it just doesnt stack up. its a malt bomb, sugary and strong for no reason, its more of an imperial amber than it is an ipa, balanced out the wrong way by a big sugary malt build, and not hoppy enough to overcome that, it just seems sloppy, and almost cheap and half assed for a brewery that has help my attention now for a little while. its hazy and thick, and although very well carbonated and creamy feeling, its not as dynamic as it should be, muted in hop nose and taste, and sweet to a level that limits its drinkabilty to half a beer. the booze is a few percentage points too high, makes no sense and just doesnt fit, and while it doesnt have off flavors and rough edges, its a pretty weird beer to trumpet as world class, especially with this many reviews. am i wrong to ask for a dry and more hop driven brew in this category? i think not. not bad at all, but as an imperial ipa its pretty woeful. sweet and grainy, strange, unflattering, forgettable.

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Photo of emyers
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours cloudy medium amber with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Nice blast of citrus and tropical fruit hops up front with a touch of caramel malt and a slight peppery quality. No alcohol.

Taste: Similar to the smell - tropical fruit up front along with a strong caramel malt presence (although there are a ton of bittering hops that really keep any potential sweetness in check). Some grassiness on the finish. Quite smooth given the abv, and there is great hop/malt balance despite both being very potent.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy on the palate, medium carbonation. Quite a bit heavier compared to the top DIPAs out there - almost comes off like a barleywine more than a DIPA.

Overall: Great beer. Sometimes the line between DIPA and barleywine is very thin, and this beer really toes that line, which gives it a unique flare compared to all of the me-too hop bombs out there.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - 1FH, opaque, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, nutty, pine, brown sugar, bread.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, creamy, heavy, syrupy.

VALUE - $20.99 for a 4-pack. Too pricey.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Too boozy, not quaffable.

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Photo of Nolang84
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dam good beer! Hopslam what?? This is much better underrated by others. I dont feel im being generous with the 5 try it and you will agree. Amber color little head when served at temp hop taste is present but not as dry of an after taste like other "hopalicious" beers. I highly recomend hunting this one down.

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Photo of Trooper92292
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a double IPA I'm really impressed. I feel aging this will provide more flavors and aroma. I can smell the alcohol a bit on this and it's understandable with it's ABV content. With time I know this would become a greater beer. Has the traits of a Barley Wine. I would like sitting down with Crooked Tree IPA for a comparison.

Update: Even better with age.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper brown orange with a thin layer of very light khaki foam.

Orange rinds, caramel, bubblegum, and floral/earthy in character.

Bitter citrus, caramel malt, pine, earthy, and noticeable alcohol.

Medium-bodied, light-medium carbonation, slightly chewy, bitter citrus/earthiness, light caramel sweetness to cut through.

Overall, a hefty DIPA. Alcohol is noticeable, but not so much so considering the ABV. Leans farther on the bitter end of the spectrum, but not overpowering in any way.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/19/15. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

L- Deep amber, good clarity, two finger slightly off white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film.

S- Citrus, floral, alcohol is apparent, some unripe peach, decent caramel note, that hoppy sort of bubblegum aroma.

T- Mostly floral and citrus, hefty amount of alcohol on the tongue but no real throat burn, a slight yeasty flavor, the finish is pretty bitter.

F- Lightly syrupy, not bad for such high alcohol.

O- A pretty good beer for how much alcohol there is but it's just a bit too big for what I'm looking for in an Imperial IPA. I've had this on tap before and the alcohol wasn't as noticeable but I find that to be the case with all beers. I also find the hop profile a bit typical in the same way as I find regular Crooked Tree. Still I would recommend people try this and I'd even pick up more of it if it weren't so expensive compared to something like Hopslam. I think if they lowered the alcohol to 8-10% it would be a great improvement.

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Photo of Jeffrey84
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Too malt forward for my taste. I get a very sweet knose with hints of caramel. Those sweet smells come out in the tase. Not enough resiny pine and citrus notes.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 1/23/15

Looks as beautiful as all of the pics I have seen. A big reason I grabbed a 4 pack at $16. A deep, hazy ruby orange with a slightly off-white head.

Smells of strong alcohol, sweet caramel malts, pine and floral hops all in that order to me.

The alcohol really comes through in the taste. I am shocked by the reviews that say it is hidden. I would swear it was 15%+. Also rock candy like sugars, some citrus hops that I didnt notice in the aroma, still some piney flavor along with bitterness and nostril burn toward the end.

Nice thicker bodied beer with a slick resin feel, but finishes very harsh. Average carbonation.

Overall, most of the good qualities of this beer are squashed by boozyness. I can probably list 2 dozen beers that are at this ABV or higher that don't taste/feel anywhere close. It may be one of few ipas that will improve with cellaring. I have 3 more, so I am going to find out.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The nose on this is amazing, and the color is a deep red. Overall the beer is exceptionally balanced, but is still too dark and sweet to be great. It hides the 12% ABV very well though, and I would still consider this to be a world class beer.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great smell upon opening but it fades. Tastes sweet almost fruity with a hint of dank pine and flowers. Not much foam. Kind of thick lightly syrupy On the tongue. Really nice. Hides its 12% ABV well.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

From notes on 3/25/14

On tap at the brewery while walking through the tour. Excellent beer. Wow could this easily sneak up on you at over 13% ABV. Sure doesn't taste like that. Love the cloudy body of this beer. Aroma is very hoppy. Taste is hop forward. Nice and citrusy flavors. Great malt backbone. Decided to visit Dark Horse on my way up to the KBS release in Grand Rapids and was very pleasantly surprised. Great beers, starting with this one.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A-clear amber with a small head that did not stay around long
S-malt sweetness with a deep hop aroma
T- strong hops flavor with a strong hop aftertaste that has a alcohol warming in the finish
M-low carbonation and medium body
O-this beer has an outstanding taste I really enjoyed the beer

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Photo of srv33
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, perfect amber, into a traditional pint glass. Head quickly dissipates, and there is little lacing. Usual IPA scents of pine, citrus, and a hint of honey, breadiness, and certainly detectable booziness. Taste is similarly citrusy, with a more heavy breadiness component that lends an overt sweetness to the citrus. Despite a heavier boozy note on the tongue, it is much less bitter than expected. This contributes to a heavy but balanced and not overpowering mouthfeel. Recommended, for a higher ABV, yet very drinkable, double IPA.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a amber red color with a one finger white head that faded fast.
Aroma is bready, malty, sweet honey. Faint pine.
Taste is sticky sweet, malty and bready flavors that are well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with a perfect bitterness.
This is a great example of a high high abv ipa.
Reminds me a lot of gorillanaught. I'm impressed.
Would love to drink this again!

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Photo of 57md
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I did not have anything special sitting in my cellar for my 700th review but I figured that I’d at least go big for such an auspicious occasion.

Appearance was a brownish copper color with golden edges. The thin film of head faded in no time. This offering was oddly fizzy as well. The nose had definite citrus notes. The body was hearty and the flavor profile was quite malty for a DIPA. The finished has more citrus notes and some decent hop bitterness.

This offering was quite good and unique in a world where too many DIPAs are carbon copies of one another. Frankly, I’d consider this more of an American Strong Ale than a DIPA, but no sense quibbling over style.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

I don't care what the description sayas, this is an American Barleywine. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but this is the maltiest DIPA ever. Just a ton of everything- malt, hops, alcohol- in this monster beast of a beer.

Pours a murky, slightly hazy amber, with a small, quarter inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells very malty, lots of sweet caramel and toasty bread, with an underpinning of piney, grapefruity, and dank hops. I smell a bit of booze too. This one's gonna be a monster.

The taste follows exactly as I'd suggest. Big, spicy booze burn up front, with some sweet, almost cloying sugary malt flavor, and then a big bitter kick in the face from the hops- grapefruit and orange rind, grass, pine. Just a ton of flavor shoved into this one. And surprisingly, given my usual feel on overly malted IPAs...it actually kind of works. It's fatiguing, and it'll never be my favorite style of IPA, but it does taste really good.

Medium bodied, thick and sticky mouthfeel, the alcohol is quite noticeable, making it a bit of a sipper.

An extreme beer if I ever saw one, this was one very tasty and impressive.

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque light copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sugary figs and candied cherries and faint copper and butter scotch.
T: It tasted like candied apricots and herbal hops, with some artificial strawberry and unripe pineapple. It had a somewhat clean sugary aftertaste with lingering bitterness.
M: It was thick and chewy with a little carbonation. Very full body.
D: This was not nearly as good as I expected. The scent and taste were super sweet with little bitterness. The body was over the top, and the finish was a little harsh. So it wasn't easy to drink. I'm not impressed at all.

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Photo of PennFBarts
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strong malt character, straight caramel to the face. Well balanced flavor with a little alcohol residue in the aftermath. Hazy coloring and an almost nitrous head deliver an initially pleasant mouthful. Overall a good east coast IIpa that's easy to drink.

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Photo of sween100
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep bronze beer with good amount of head. Has pine and citrus smells. Good mix of citrus and hops in its taste. Lots of hops and malt give this beer a good body. Can taste the hops as soon as it hits the tongue. Great beer that goes well with both food as well as on its own.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep orange color. Fairly hazy and near opaque. A small off white head that fades to nothing.

Smell: citrus and pine hops blended with sweet crystal malts. Smells more sweet than hoppy.

Taste: lots of hops. Resin, citrus, light pine, floral. Little to no malt taste.

Mouthfeel: strong bitterness that lingers for a long time. Fairly light and no alcohol for 13%

Overall: a good dipa but left way behind by all the competition in my opinion. Also way off at on the price point.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker glass.

Original quick rating was a 3.5 in April 2014. Full review on 4/5/15 is below.

One of the more well-balanced IPAs I have drank. Lots of malt to balance lots of hops. – 3.75

A – Pours a quite cloudy (-) brownish orange, amberish with a two-finger off-white solid head. Great lacing, a curtain of lacing. Long lasting thin layer of head. – 3.5

S – Floral and piney hops aromas, sweetness, some black tea (?) – 3.75

T – Starts sweet, smooth, caramel and malty, with a resiny hoppy finish. - 3.75

MF - Smooth creamy start with a biting hoppy dry finish. Medium bodied. - 3.75

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Photo of HopintheSouth
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A- dark, burnt orange and cured tobacco golden brown

S- citrus and pine, sweet. Alcohol presence on the nose and malty sweetness

T- Hop bite as soon as it hits the tongue and the malt backbone comes through after swallow. Sweet, citrus and spice blend together well and beg you for another sip

M-crisp on the first swallow and full-bodied just as a DIPA should be. Coats the mouth and leaves a tingling of hops and bitterness. Almost a sweet licorice after-taste mixed with orange, tangerine and melon.

Not a huge hop bomb, but very, very drinkable for a strong DIPA. This is a very tasty beer and one that I'll be looking to have again. Never had heard of this brewery before my Bro in Law introduced me to them and glad he did.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.