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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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Reviews: 892
Hads: 2,607
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 313
Gots: 416 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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Reviews: 892 | Hads: 2,607
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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Photo of BradC
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours a cloudy amber with lots of lacing and a thin head that lasts and lasts.

Light smells of citrus hops, and grapefruit

Tastes hoppy but not overbearing with a good malt backbone, citrus hops with a little pine and just a hint of the high abv.

Light carbonation and medium bodied, not nearly as syrupy as you would expect

Overall, great easy drinking DIPA at 13.5% abv.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: orange, cloudy, good head sustained at half coverage, easily re-formed with a swirl of the glass
S: floral and citrus, but with a very earthy backbone
T: pretty much in line with other DIPAs, sweeter to start, a bit of alcohol burn (this might be a notch above others at temp). Sweetness is caramelly (making that up), but cast against a grapefruit back.
O: very enjoyable, and given it jumps the ABV even for a DIPA, might be well worth it.

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Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to WCW for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a nice dark amber body, big creamy head that's bubbly and lasts a while. Smell is sweet and strong hops. Nice flavor, lacks a bit of depth considering the ABV but very drinkable.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 3.14.14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before slowly retreating to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Hops bring a tropical fruit aroma with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and orange. There's also some sweet malt behind that along with some mild solvent-like alcohol.

T- Flavor isn't as citrusy as the sweet malt makes itself more known. Bitter but not as much as expected. The hop flavor is nice and lingers a while commingling with the booze and slight toastiness of the malt.

M- Semi-sharp from the hops and booze with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- It does dance in barleywine territory but not so much so that I would call it that rather than an IPA. Whatever you call it, it's immensely drinkable given the ABV. Now, the question is, is it worth $19.99 for a 4-pack? That's a matter of opinion but I say no.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Double Crooked Tree IPA into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a dark cloudy amber with a half finger of off white head.

S - You can smell this baby as soon as I opened the bottle cap. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, some piney hops. Smells really nice.

T - On first taste getting some tropical citrus, pineapple, grapefruit. Mid palate getting smooth malt and a kiss of sweetness in there. On the aftertaste getting more citrus with orange peel, and smooth hops and more sweetness.

M - Got to give this a perfect score here. Smooth medium mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation.

O - Very nice, smooth Imperial IPA. Highly recommended ! Cheers!

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer Trappe (Lexington, KY).

Medium amber with excellent clarity and a large, bone-colored, durable head. Excellent coating of foam gets left on the glass.

Remarkably sweet up front, but there's a load of hops in here and it turns moderately bitter by the finish. Complex hop mix give off a mostly herbal and fruity aroma but are herbal, piney and floral in the mouth, and a bit earthy in the aftertaste. Some citrus too.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

O: a hop bomb for hop heads, particularly if a lower level of bitterness is desired.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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