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
93
outstanding

2,568 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,568
Reviews: 913
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 309
Gots: 405 | FT: 18
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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Ratings: 2,568 | Reviews: 913
Photo of KevChiTown
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty, sweet, boozy. Reminds me of an American Barleywine. Delicious.

Photo of donnierickles
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me somewhat of Lake Erie Monster. This beer isn't as fragrant as I thought it would be but im diggin' the flavor. Pretty smooth for an IPA clocking in at 12%. I will drink more of these when summer hits.

Photo of gsmit
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. Very powerful, but drinks really smooth... Would like a little more sweetness, but overall a great beer

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of AirZombie
2.92/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

too malty . prefer more hoppy in a dipa

Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of bfrank8
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems very close to Dogfish Head...98 minute

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of emyers
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Nolang84
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of tiltednotion
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing double I got on a trade!

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I prefer this over hopslam

Photo of Trooper92292
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of larryarms847
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of RC613
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this is right up there with Hopslam.

Photo of docoman
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was much smoother than expected... honestly thought was going to be a hop bomb, but really enjoyed this.

Photo of anteater
3.12/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thick mouthfeel, flavors were bold but not overly assertive. I just found this to be an odd beer and didn't really enjoy drinking it.

Photo of Bonsai
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a boozy beer. Daddy like.

Photo of jbierling
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hops aren't overwhelming, balanced beer.

Photo of Jeffrey84
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of WesMantooth
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12% but you can't tell that until it's gone.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,568 ratings.