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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

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BA SCORE
93
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1,967 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1967
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


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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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: A beautiful translucent reddish, brown with a one finger head that dissipates to a thin film. Pretty good lacing as well.

Smell: Sweeter than I expected (in a good way) with some blood orange and a bit of sourness. Hop and malt presence detectable.

Taste: Fantastic. Follows the nose with the malt coming to the front but is well balanced by the hops. Really well done IPA and amazingly balanced for 12%.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely unbelievable how smooth this is. Medium bodied but somehow has a slight fluffiness to it. Good carbonation, but may be able to use a little more.

Overall: I wasn't sure what to expect from a 12% IPA, but this blew my expectations out of the water. Must get.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 00:29:13 | More by alex_hart
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich thick burnt orange/brown, nice and murky with a nice thumb sized light tan head that falls slowly to a cap. Some good lace left behind. Very nice looking brew sure doesn't look like a normal I2PA, but very nice.

Aroma is wow big chewy malts rich caramel, molasses, plums, sprinkled with brown sugars. Hops mingled with the malt mango light citrus more tangerine like with some light alcohol notes.

Taste is rich malty goodness with a nice hop bitterness citrus, some pine even tobacco notes. Hops are not over done but are enough to keep this malt bomb from being cloying. More of a big old ale then an I2PA but an enjoyable beer. Alcohol is well hidden just hints that make it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a bigger medium seems like it should be bigger on this baby. Feel is maybe medium not overly peppy just smooth.

Overall I am enjoying this one maybe not true to style but a damn tasty big brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:00:35 | More by mntlover
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tap

Pours a deep amber red, yellowish film for a head.

Smells of piney citrus hops and caramel malts.

Flavor is of caramel rich malts, sweet apple, honey, and piney hops.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really good strong brew, tasty with excellent malt-hop balance. Definitely worth trying and one of the better imperial IPAs I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 15:06:12 | More by Cylinsier
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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

What a striking IPA, with a much darker hue than its brother. Rich mahogany color with bright carbonation and an almost cloudy appearance. The head was stiff and creamy with an off white color.

The scent is all malt but not too overpowering. Subtle tea leaves and earth tones dot the backdrop.

The taste is quite malty with virtually no hop flavor. A bit of caramel, a bit of cracker and some readiness the taste is dry and appealing. Depending on your preference this is the best malt strong IPA I have had. More Pale Ale than IPA in taste this is tasty satisfying and full bodied. Plus, at 12 percent ABV and no alcohol burn or feel this is a class act.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 00:23:28 | More by KYGunner
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DovaliHops

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber, mahogany color with a small, egg-shell color. Scent is overall hoppy, but definitely has a strong malt backbone to it. Mostly citrus and pine with some caramel malt and booze. Taste is just as it smells. Somewhat on the verge of a barleywine with the heavy hops and malt balance, somewhat in the way Stone Old Guardian is. That is not an insult to this beer in any way, as I love OG. It definitely has some similar characteristics, especially in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly sticky. Drinkability is fairly high for such high ABV. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that lingers on the barleywine side with its booziness and heavy malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 07:56:11 | More by DovaliHops
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy amber, two finger white head, tries to leave behind of lacing.

S-Good deal of hops, grass, caramel and slight citrus.

T-Strong hop presence, not all that balanced. Good deal of bitterness. Alcohol heat. Maltier than I was expecting. Some citrus.

M-Medium to heavy, slight carbonation, not many hop resins and once again the alcohol heat.

O-A yummy beer, but the malt was too strong for DIPA and there was some alcohol heat.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 19:16:20 | More by rlee1390
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanx Shamrock071521:

Into a snifter:

A: deep dark amber/red colored body with a one finger white foamy head, lacing is clingy

S: piney/resinous, floral yet a moderate amount of orange/citrusy thing goin' on, light malts

T: sticky bittersweet through all previously mentioned flavors, citrus aftertaste, sticky sweet finish

M: medium, pretty smooth, sessionable - maybe, for a high ABV surprisingly enough, carbonation is adequate

O: I say this is pretty good for a DIPA as the alcohol isn't felt as much as I thought I would be, I'd have this one again

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:53:50 | More by BeerKangaroo
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep gold to amber color with a moderate level of haziness. Small, 1 finger head that retains very well as a thinner lace on the top. Lacing is pretty good. Looks almost dark enough in the glass to be mistaken as a barleywine.

S- Big, bitter, piney, and resiny hops. Slight floral quality underneath to the hops. Just a little bit of sweetness from the malts are present underneath, but barely any at all.

T- Starts with a very balanced attack of both hops and malt base. Hops are strong, but not overpowering, with more pine flavor notes. Hops persist from the beginning on, balanced by some semi-sweet malt base. Some caramel malt with a little bit of brown sugar taste is there, but faint and dominated by the hops. Ends with the hop bite that linger on the tongue for a little bit.

M- Thicker, smooth, and surprisingly low burn for the 12% ABV. This is a very drinkable DIPA that doesn't necessarily crush you with hops, but the alcohol will catch up to you despite lacking a burn.

Overall, this is the definition of a higher ABV DIPA. This is what I thought I would get with DFH 120, but Double Crooked Tree blows it our of the water. Nothing in particular about this beer stands out except the overall beer itself. I should have bought a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:33:19 | More by boilermakerbrew
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macher0

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours thick with very little head, that gently retreats to a small film. Dark copper color. Opaque. Cloudy. Residue suspended in the entire column. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Not a strong smell. Yeast on front with some medium hops at the finish. Hints of alcohol.

T: Slightly bitter, way less than expected. Strong hops, but not overwhelming. Earthy. Slight alcohol finish.

M: Powerful. Thick. Moderate carbonation. Very well balanced for 12% abv.

O: A very good beer for hop heads and non-hop heads alike. The high alcohol content is nicely masked by the ingredients. A very nice IPA, not the best or the worst. Will likely try again. In respect to the price, not worth it to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 22:18:38 | More by macher0
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Borderline looks perfect, hazy amber body making this brew completely opaque. No it's not dark it's just right. Slightly off-white head with sticky lacing rose about 2/3" of an inch...not bad at all.

Smell: Has light alcohol with heavy hops and a nice mix of citrus. Keep in mind it is light and reason why i feel it shouldn't be rated higher.

Taste: I was expecting a lot more only because of the hype created around this brew. It's bitter offset with heavy alcohol and citrus. Grapefruit notes and hops create a pretty good bitterness to it.,

Mouth: Medium and freaking sticky, with heavy bourbon type of after-taste.

Overall: Not a bad beer, granted at least around where I live here in New york it was hyped up a bit probably due to it's availability. I have had better DIPAs that were much easier to find that might make you forget quick about

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 05:48:19 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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tewaris

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10 oz pour at Stub's

Peachy and very hazy. Smells muddled and borderline yucky from "too many things going on" and none of them nice. Taste is better... lot of sweet malt balanced by bitterness but this is kinda neither here, nor there: too sweet for a DIPA and not nearly as complex as a barleywine. Mouthfeel is fine but there's an alcohol burn to this... having had much better DIPAs and beers in general, this is very pedestrian to me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 05:04:47 | More by tewaris
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- hazy amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S- not much to write about here, suttle citrus hops, pine.

T- caramel malts and bitter citrus hops. Blended very well.

M- medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- Wow this beer is drinkable. All 12% is masked well. It is not what you would expect from a DIPA. Very smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:35:51 | More by AdamF625
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The obvious comparison is this beer and Founders Devil Dancer since they are both 12% abv IPAs.I know Devil Dancer calls itself a "Triple IPA" while Double Crooked Tree is only a "double" but whats really the difference? Anyway, I liked this beer better than the Founder's offering.

If I hadn't know this beer was 12% abv, I would have guessed it was 9% give or take. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is pretty smooth for a double IPA. I would imagine that Dark Horse hopped this beer pretty well but with the sweetness that comes through, it is obviously not lacking in malt character either.

The main thing I liked was that although there was a strong presence of piney, citrusy and floral hops, the aforementioned malts balanced out the hoppy characteristics making this a very drinkable DIPA. The color was a little darker than I expected so that was the only thing that caught me off guard.

It seems like this could have some promise with aging as well so I am hoping to pick up another bottle to see what happens when the hops fade away.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:40:15 | More by mjpolzin
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Goukbeergals

Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden reddish color. Not much head but what came lingers. As soon as I opened the bottle sweet malt and citrus hop aromas Judy chopped me in the nostril. Medium body and carbonation. Tastes magnitastic. Pine hops dominate surprisingly considering they were overshadowed in the nose. Citrus hops more than just present as well. This is a big ipa. Finish is sweet and silky smooth. Just a hint of the 12% abv is noticeable. Overall a top flight double ipa. Top 10 easily IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 07:09:38 | More by Goukbeergals
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videofrog

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No bottle date.

Thanks to dvmin98 for this one!

A: Dark red/amberish that's definitely darker than most DIPA's I've had. Light tan head that settles into a thin rim on top. Very little lacing.

S: Piney, resiny hops. Some citrus and alcohol.

T: Layers of hops up front: pine, citrus, and resin. Caramel and a bit of fruitiness as well in the middle. Alcohol provides some bitterness as well. A lasting, juicy bitterness on the finish.

M: Thick and a bit syrupy. A slow sipper for sure.

O: Acquired a 4-pk of this in a trade and really glad I did. I'm really looking forward to see how this one ages as it drinks more like a hoppy barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:11:40 | More by videofrog
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into boulevard smokestack tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, dark translucent orange body, almost a dark ruby red. Big fluffy, beige head that looks like a frothy latte head. Laces well and has good retention.

S: Piney, dank hops burst out of the glass. Tons of sweet caramel and biscuit malts. Bitter citrus peel - oranges and grapefruit.

T: Boozy. Big and malty, as expected from the 12% ABV. Bitter citrus rind settles on the palate and hangs there for a little while in the finish. The dank hops mesh with the sweet cloying malts well.

M: Full, full body. Creamy. Sticky. Medium Carbonation.

O: Somewhere close to the other big IPAs from the MW like HopSlam, Oracle, Devil Dancer, etc, although this one seems to differ with the malt character. Much sweeter malts. Definitely worth grabbing a 4 pack if you can find one.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:06:57 | More by Justin_Neff
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance- After a relatively vigorous pour into the chalice leaving the yeast sediment behind in the bottle, I was left with a hazy copper/orange beer with fluffy one finger white head that left some fine lacing around the glass.

Smell- Piney/earthy/resinous hop aromas, rich caramel malts, light booze. I'm getting some light peach or apricot aromas from the hops as well, but not as pronounced as the earthy pine resin. Reminiscent of an American style barleywine.

Taste- Earthy/piney hops up front, shortly followed by a nice malt back bone. Tobacco and light peachy notes come through as well as something spicy (reminds me of Habanero Ruination much toned down). Finishes dry and bitter, but makes me want more pronounced lingering flavors. No booze.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and viscous without any booze heat which is astounding for 12%ABV. Coats my mouth well. Just enough carbonation to balance out the viscosity.

Overall- This is a damn fine beer in the same realm as Founders Devil Dancer, but obviously for the price, this excels over it. This would be pheonimal at a barbecue or long side some smoked fatty meats.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 16:02:31 | More by Seanniek91
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pretty regular looking overall. Some above average lacing on the glass for sure a high ABV brew. Very much on the darker orange color scale. Average carbonation throughout drinking.

Smell: Easily the best part of this brew. Bright tropical fruits with very floral sweet hops. Bubble gum and sugary sweetness makes your mouth water. Hints of the heavy hop presence of thick caramel and buttered toast. The high alcohol contributes a slightly sinister backbone.

Taste: A little let down here. The front is a smooth caramel sweetness which rolls into a very strong body. Bitter hops really attack the palette here and clean it off. Strong wave after strong wave of hops keep hitting the palette, which is so odd because it in no way matches the aroma of this beer. The finish is dry with some hop sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Dry but at the same time there is some complexity. After a while the dryness becomes a sweet slightly funky taste.

Overall: A powerful IIPA. Comes off so heavy, not for a quick hop fix but more of a real hop bomb to shock the palette.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:56:47 | More by KFBR392
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy dark caramel, with sediment and floaters, and a 1 finger light tan head. Trails and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, some citrus, and pine.

T- toasted malts, toffee, caramel,citrus rind, bitter pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly acidic and dry. Not hot.

O- good dipa but I have had a lot better. Higher abv than almost all dipa's so I have to cut it some slack, but one I will pass on in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:14:23 | More by kawilliams81
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree IPA a couple weeks ago for $4.29 at The Lager Mill. I've never been able to get a hold of this beer, but I got lucky this year and scored a bottle to try, I thought Crooked Tree was good so I'm expecting good things, lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I really like the label, it's got a nice dark look to it, it's pretty much the exact opposite of the label for Crooked Tree, I like it. It poured a nice and hazy muddy amber color that took on a nice a burnt orange hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness that had a candied sugar like aroma to it followed by a good amount of hops that impart a a pretty fruity aroma, there's some nice citrus fruits like grapefruit along with a nice a distinct tangerine like aroma that I really like along with a slight pine aroma. After that comes medium alcohol aroma followed by some sweet malts that imparted some sweet caramel malt like aromas. The aroma was good, it was pretty sweet, but it had a nice fruit aroma that when mixed with the sweetness the aroma reminds me of a fruit by the foot, it's nice, but very sweet.

T- The taste seems to be fairly different from the aroma, it starts of with a pretty high amount of sweetness followed by a some intense hops that impart some pretty big floral flavors that reminded me a little of Two Hearted and it was followed by some lighter citrus and piney hop flavors, Up next comes the alcohol which is fairly noticeable and is pretty warming and it's followed by some sweet malts that impart a light caramel malt like flavor. On the finish there's a little more sweetness followed by a medium amount of bitterness that was surprisingly light and was followed by a pretty floral and slightly sweet aftertaste. This was a good tasting DIPA, but the booze and sweetness prevent this from being a top DIPA, the sweet and floral hop flavors reminded me of those hop candies, it tastes good, but not great.

M- Not the smoothest, a little boozy, warming, sticky, cloying, on the full side of being medium bodied, and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but it was a little too sticky and cloying for my liking.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and decent example of the style that seemed to blur the lines between DIPA and Barleywine, it was a pretty intense beer and unique in it's own right. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't too smooth with a lot of sweetness and booze, but the flavors held my attention, one would be enough for me, this is isn't the type of beer that I would drink multiples of. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and unique, it was a little sweet, but with the added fruit aromas it had a nice fruity candy aroma that I enjoyed. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel and drinkability, they weren't bad, but all the sweetness and booze made this one sipper and it was far from smooth. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, there's a good chance that I will get a bottle next year, but I don't think I will be seeking it out and it was a little expensive also. I recommend this to anyone who likes DIPA's, especially ones that are on the border of being a Barleywine. All in all I liked this beer, but it isn't a favorite DIPA, it's just too sweet and boozy which makes it too rough around the edges to be in my top three, but I still think it's a unique DIPA that's good in it's own way. Good job Dark Horse, this one of the truest examples of the style simply because everything is doubled except the water, but it comes together very similar to a barleywine, that leads me to believe that most DIPA's aren't done this way. This was a worthy and intense DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:56:52 | More by StoutHunter
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vic21234

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Surprised to find 4 packs at my local bottle shop. This will be my first time trying it.

A- Pours a dark and cloudy amber/ orange with a half fingers worth of head that quickly fades to the side of the glass. Alcohol lacing is noted.

S- The smell is disappointing. Some hop presence is there of course, but I expected it to be much more pungent. Smells slightly sweet more than anything.

T- Starts off sweet and bitter with loads of pine hops at the back end. A very hoppy aftertaste. Some sweet malts are noted as well.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter with a dry finish, alcohol is hidden well for a 12% ABV bomb.

A nice DIPA to try, but I probably wouldn't purchase again. There are much better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:35:31 | More by vic21234
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness dating apparent. Mostly clear body that is amber/orange with a strong red tint. Dense two-finger head that has good retention and leaves rings of lacing.

The aroma doesn't jump out at me, but is pleasant enough. Mostly sweet overall with the sweeter citrus aromas coming through and a caramel maltiness is apparent.

I do like the flavor. It is sweet but not cloying. The hop notes are on the tropical and sweet citrus side of the spectrum and blend in nicely with the caramel malt.

Medium to heavy on the thickness and mouthfeel, with a touch of alcohol present, but not a problem. Although there are no dates on the bottle, I don't think it is old but it just arrived in our market and was recommended by my "beer guy," meaning I don't expect that the hops have faded. Enjoyable to drink and solid east coast style here.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:17:46 | More by FanofHefe
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Star80

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a nice cloudy, orange-brown color with a sticky head. Lots of floaties as usual with Dark Horse, and lacing galore.

S - Smells like grapefruit, tangerine, pine, alcohol, and some sweet malt buried in there too.

T - Tastes like more of the same, lots of orange up front, pine, grapefruit, cotton candy and marshmallow and some malts.

M - Mouthfeel is a mouthful, but a good mouthful.

O - Overall a big badass double IPA which is quite complex to my palate. The nose has a whiff of alcohol, being such a big beer it would be near impossible to completely hide which it does do very well in the taste with a nice alcohol warming. A nice seasonal offering but not something so unique I can't satisfy my cravings elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 02:40:59 | More by Star80
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark rusty brown in color with quite a bit of material floating around. Good thing it is a dark color to hide it well. Head is about just over a finger white-cream color that goes down to a ring around the glass..

S - Aromas of floral and hops, slight pine and citrus. Plenty on malt in this DIPA.

T - I get the malt and caramel right away followed quickly by pine bitter. Finishes with more bitter and a hint of grapefruit.

M - Lower on the carbonation with a medium body. Not much oily hop residue left in my mouth.

O - This is a DIPA that is much different from the normal. Big malts with good bitterness make it a sipper. It is a bit pricey, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:46:33 | More by Ri0
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champ103

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed orange/reddish color. A two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Pine, grapefruit, perfume like hops. A large sweetness as well. There is certainly some lingering bitterness, but not nearly as much as I thought there was going to be.
T: There it is. Supper hoppy, and super sweet at the same time. Pine, resin, kind of perfume like. Very sweet and even some woody flavors. Lingering bitterness and ethanol burn.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Thick, resinous, and sticky. Oh man this is hot. I can feel this all the way down my throat. Burning ethanol like alcohol.

This is a monster. The hops and malt are big, but not overpowering. The alcohol is just huge which pretty much ruins the experience for me. I am struggling to get through the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:41:21 | More by champ103
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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