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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

892 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 892
Hads: 2,599
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.61%
Wants: 313
Gots: 408 | 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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Photo of T-34-85
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

A: A deep amber color with minimal head and moderately cloudy. There was a significant amount of yeast material in the bottom of the bottle.

S: Nice hop aroma with a blending of malt sweetness. The hops have more of a dank aroma with no perceptible fruit presence.

Taste: Surprisingly well balanced considering the ABV level. Nice level of malt sweetness and a compliment of hops. The alcohol level is present in the throat, but is not overly obtrusive in the mouth.

M: Good carbonation level.

Overall: This is a nice DIPA and worth try. Surprisingly well balanced for such a high ABV beer. Give it a shot. (640 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy copper color - I poured the dregs in this immediately (because I like cloudy IPAs), and the haziness in particular was downright hideous. So were the chunks of yeast sediment that fell to the bottom. On the plus side, the one-finger off-white colored head has excellent retention for 12%, and a soft texture that leaves behind plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Intensely sweet, but also intensely boozy. This one genuinely pricks the nostrils with its aroma. The aforementioned alcohol notes seem to have a nice fruitiness instead of just being like pure rubbing alcohol. Ultimately, the dominant notes are caramel, brown sugar, and piny hops - the malt backbone would do a barleywine proud. I know exactly what kind of DIPA this is going to be. Here's a hint: it's not going to be one of those lean 8% ones.

T: Subtly piny hops open this up, before the prodigious malt backbone really goes to town. The middle sees the hops become more grapefruity, even creating a bit of juiciness when combined with the sweet malts. There's some booziness on the finish to go along with the increase of both caramel and dank hops - I can't call the alcohol hidden, but I can call it well integrated. At first, I thought this was just another malty-ass DIPA with a bit of hops on the side, but the layering of the hops catch up to me: it goes from piny to citrusy to dank to even minty all in the span of a couple seconds. Given the fact that the flavors seem to switch from caramel to dark fruits to (mild) booze from sip to sip, I'd even call it complex.

M: To the surprise of nobody, this is big, heavy, and sweet on the tongue. I mean, it's 12% (with the slight tingle to prove it), how easy drinking is this going to be? Medium carbonation tries its damnedest to lighten and dry the finish up; I'd say it's about 25% successful. It's not so heavy as to render it undrinkable, and it's not so sweet as to render it cloying. But, it's ridiculously chalky-feeling as well - my tongue is practically coated with yeast, and that's what makes it a pure sipper.

O: This shouldn't work, but it just does. As a DIPA, it's fully aware of the fact that it's shameless and over the top, and doesn't try to be anything it's not. I respect that. I'm beginning to realize I have a soft spot for these ridiculous monster DIPAs like this, Devil Dancer, and Hi-Res. One beer is absolutely enough; there's more going on here than there would be in three mediocre DIPAs. (2,498 characters)

Photo of FATKIDREVOLUTION
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Overall unimpressed for a Special release double IPA. ABV is very well balanced (read: Hidden) in this single serving Bottle I had at 5$ per. Average experience for that price point.

Pours caramel with orange hues. Cream colored white head.

Aroma is heavy malt & caramel sweetness,
Palette is syrupy to match the sweet. Heavy. Light Viscous.

Taste is heavy on the caramel. Mango & some pine. Some bitterness with minute long hang time.

Abv is dangerously hidden. (469 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3.10.14

A - Burnt orange in color, displays a haziness with yeast sediment a the bottom of the glass. Pour slowly as there is plenty of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle. Minor head retention, but it does have a sticky lacing that is left in the glass after each sip.

S - Grapefruit and lemon zest comes across on the initial smell. At 12%, very little booze is present on the nose. Probably as much as on the Enjoy By I just finished at that was only 9.4%. There is a sugary malt sweetness as well. Not as much as a nose as I thought a big alcohol DIPA would have, but very pleasant nonetheless.

T - A sweet tasting DIPA with caramel and malt on the front end. Displays a very piney, citrus-like bitterness. It's hard not the love the sweetness this beer gives you. Definitely getting grapefruit rind on the finish.

M - Dry bitterness with a wonderful acidity and along sweet finish.Full-bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation.

O - This is a BIG DIPA! I love it! I'm glad that I have a couple left. This is something that you need to take time and enjoy. Check this bad boy out and I know you will be happy you tried it! (1,148 characters)

Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange/amber with a nice amount of lacing.

S - Tons of tropical fruits. Dry pineapple, peach and fig.

T - Rich malt mouthfeel. The tropical fruits you find on the nose you also find on the palate . Resiny, piny and addictive bitterness hit on the finish.

M - Full bodied.

O - Complex, broad and superiorly smooth for a DIPA. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle (383 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Aromas of piney hops and tropical fruits (pineapple, orange, and grapefruit).

T - Sweet caramel malts upfront. Good amount of tropical fruits with a nice punch of hops throughout. Finish is mostly bitter piney hops with a light alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth for a DIPA.

O - This drinks more like a Barleywine than a DIPA. A very nice balance of flavors. Recommended. (518 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly reddish, clear amber pour into a tulip glass, with a finger of fluffy, khaki head that dissipates quickly. Lacing looks sticky.

In the nose it's a moist top-soil earthiness, with a bit of sulfur tied to the hops. A caramel sugar puts the hops into perspective. Not a hint of booze in the aroma.

Ahhh! My favorite kind of IIPA: sweet-sweet. The mushy-chewy mouthfeel plus the crystal malt sweetness puts one in mind of sushi rice. Definitely followed across the palette by grassy hops, with a white grapefruit rind battening down the hatches. Finishes sweet and sharp, brightened by the booze. White gumball needs to be mentioned.

Very like my other favorite high-abv IPA's, Founders Devil Dancer and DFH 120 Minute.
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UPDATE 1/13/2015
Sadly, a year of cellar aging has not turned out well. Aargh! I'm so disappointed. This was my favorite beer of 2014, and now I don't think I can say I even really like it. The color is a putrid spoiled flan khaki. Now, color shouldn't have too much meaning. But, dang. This is one ugly beer, now.

[more various grousing and crest-fallen-ness . . .]

However, these guys have had very interesting results beyond Year 2 for this beer:
http://www.guysdrinkingbeer.com/dark-horse-double-crooked-tree

So I'm gonna hang on to my remaining 12 bottles for another year before trying them again . . . (1,369 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the finest dipas that I have ever had the pleasure to sample. I love Crooked Tree and was so excited to try its big brother. It pours a hazy orange copper color with very little head but a nice lasting film and lacing. The nose is a ton of beautifully bitter pine and grapefruit hops. There is a little malt backbone present as well as a definite alcohol bite but mostly nice fresh hops. The mouth is fairly thick and chewy, coating every taste bud with hoppy goodness. The flavor is incredibly balanced. Most super hoppy dipas have nothing but bitter hops but this one does a glorious job of balancing an extreme hop presence with a wonderful sweet malt backbone. I could definitely dronk a lot of these. Unfortunately I only have two and, on a friend's advice, I am gonna cellar the other one. Cant wait to see how this awesome dipa ages. (855 characters)

Photo of Flopjack
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Robust orange with a slight haze, about 1/2 finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell - Pine, resin, grapefruit, sweet tropical fruits like mango, slight pineapple, even some subtle spice.

Taste - Pine right from the start with underlying floral notes. As it moves along you also get big taste of grapefruit, tangerine and lots of citrus zest especially towards the end. You also get a subtle maltiness in the middle, but more so a bold spice kick. Bitterness. Alcohol is defintely present in this one.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, medium carbonation, and crisp.

Overall - Good beer. This is the fist time I have had double crooked tree ipa and I must say that I am not disspiointed. Understandably this beer has a bit of alcohol presence but it still packs lots of flavor. (804 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit/orange - with pine/resin. Robust and hoppy!

The taste of bitter grapefruit and pine is wrapped with sweet caramel and some peppery spicing. Alcohol is well-integrated. It has a long hoppy, resinous finish.

It has a chewy, full smooth body.

This is a real treat! Wonderfully hoppy while maintaining a firm, smooth, sweet backbone. The well-integrated alcohol makes this one dangerously drinkable!

Picked this up at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee - 51st and Oklahoma - 2 bottle limit. (584 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy burnt orange with chunks of malts and sediment from the bottle. Nice lacing to start but quickly disappears.

S - Citrus hops, grapefruit, zest, piney, malts, resinous.

T - Huge burst of hops up front -citrus, piney, followed by a big bomb of malts - caramel, brown sugar. Finishes dry and bitter. Highly drinkable for the ABV.

O - really an over the top hay maker of a DIPA - this brew has everything you want for this style. Another outstanding offering from Dark Horse. (485 characters)

Photo of EricTKole
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass fairly light to medium brown. Head was maybe a half a finger but lingered. The nose is quite floral with plenty of hops, not noticing the pine everyone seems to get with theirs.Good smooth flavor with some apricot and caramel not quite as much bitterness as I would have thought at 98 IBUs but nice its seems to stay with it a while. Plenty of body, full flavored I suppose but not thick. I guess my only complaint about this beer is release time? This would be better on a nice summer day not cold a$$ March? Very nice offering from Dark Horse. Not the worlds greatest double IPA but a damn good one. (642 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Well, this is... interesting. A big chunk of... something... just poured into my beverage and broke apart into sediment, which seems to be settling at the bottom of my glass. Poured a deep orange with about a finger-width of a white foam that's leaving a little lacing along the side. Lots and lots of bubbles in this one.

Smell: Lots of pine-sol in this one. A small bit of grapefruitish notes, too.

Taste: After watching that chunk of whatever come out of the bottle and into my glass, I'm gonna let the foam subside first. I'd like to see if there's anything still floating on top, you know? **5 minutes later** Yeah, this is nice. Pine and citrusy. Some malt notes. Don't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Not the heaviest double IPA I've ever had. A little creamy and bitter on the finish, but not a bad thing necessarily.

Overall: Pretty good. Still a little puzzled about the big chunk o' stuff that poured out. I reserve the right to revise this if I feel ill from any particles later. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Copernicandream
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into tulip. ~1 month old bottled 2/14.

A: Almost self-illuminating amber-orange color with 1-2 fingers of head lasting ~2 minutes. Significant lacing retained throughout the warming.

S: HOPS! Its intense and enveloping. Pine sap, no floral/citrus notes at all.

T: HOPS! Very rich malt flavors, caramel, with minimal bitterness early that builds and peaks during aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty noticeable, especially as the beer warms. This reminds me of a hopped up barley wine.

M: Smooth and thick, its very malty. Viscous without being sickly syrupy. Carbonation is well balanced and in all honesty quite average. The thickness helps make sipping easier, and makes that 12% hit you a little slower.

O: An excellent DIPA, I really enjoy that something can be intensely hoppy without being a bitter punch in the tongue (I'm looking at you Stone). The caramel malt and viscosity help balance the relatively high alcohol content. Somewhat simple flavors that are well executed without being exaggerated - a winner. (1,044 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 14/20

Overall 86/100

Real huge IIPA, has a great taste and is as meaty as they come. Its too much for me though. just so bar jarringly aggressive. Malt back bone is presence and off sets it a bit. The booze is just a tad too prevalent for my personal taste. Real good for what it is though if your looking for a show stopping Killer~ (425 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quarter inch thick layer of white foam rests on top of this beer. Color is a light brown and it looks extremely hazy inside the glass. Pungent aroma of pine like hops is very prevalent, so much so that you know this is a hop bomb. The first sip confirms that this is a bitter IPA and yet the flavor seems somehow muted. The beer is suitably backed up by a strong malt backbone. The burn is pretty deep after the fade. This is oddly drinkable for 12% and has a surprising and oddly thin but warm mouthfeel. It took me a bit, but I decided that was a good quality. (562 characters)

Photo of DrewskiWhit
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber orangish/brown. Looks nice. One finger head

S pungent. Barely a wiff of anything tropical. Malty garlic biscuit. Oh yum.

T similar to smell. Surprisingly very little hop bitterness. The alcohol becomes quite perceptible as it warms.

M surprisingly thin. Easy drinking which I think helps cut the malt and booze. Tho I prefer my iipas to be a bit heavier

O good beer. Not my favorite iipa but worth a try (420 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a dark amber to ruby color with a fairly thin amount of off-white head. Head doesn't stick around long, and leaves a touch of lacing.

The nose is sweeter than expected, and fairly laid back. There is a good amount of sweet caramel coming through, and the hops aren't quite as powerful as I was looking for. Some pine and citrus are both present. The taste is nicely bitter, with the citrus and pine again sitting forefront. The malt sneaks through here mid-sip, but is then quickly overpowered with a nicely bitter aftertaste that lingers. Not much on the alcohol front either, as it is nicely hidden.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, with average carbonation levels. There is a creaminess to the finish, but not overly sticky. Overall, The flavor profiles are fairly straightforward and simple, but enjoyable. It's a good DIPA, but not something that blew me away. (924 characters)

Photo of NCalement
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into a tulip

A- Fast white head that fades to reveal a nice ring of lacing. Copper in color , transparent with some particulate matter that is suspended perfectly throughout the beer. Looks thick but thin.

S- The hops have faded on the nose. Lots of sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, and malt. Raisins, brown sugar, alcohol burn and fig are also present. It smells like an amazing barleywine at this point.

T- Sweet malts, brown sugar, raw sugar cane, vanilla, alcohol and bitter hops at the end. The hops help hide the burn from the alcohol on the finish. After a year+ the hops are still here but have faded quite a bit.

M- Smooth and viscus. Real sticky with low carbonation. A sipper for sure. I feel the mouthfeel has changed the least of all aspects over the course of a year.

O- Im glad I aged this one and look forward to starting a vertical of this great beer. I would highly suggest aging this one, might be the only IPA I think that fresh is not best. (988 characters)

Photo of blackrim
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this on tap and it was fantastic. The nose is very hoppy and hints at an overblown double IPA but the feel and finish definitely show the additional malt. It is smooth.

As an aside...I am not sure why there are so many low reviews. I suspect by some of the dates of the lower reviews, folks might be getting these out of the bottle a little late. It comes out in Feb and it was just bottled at dark horse these last few days (2/8/14) since last year. So people rating bottles in the last few months are likely to have an old one and the hops will be gone. Just a thought. (581 characters)

Photo of BeerisOK
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma screams of hops right off the bat.

Thin to no head with no lacing.

The booze is highly overwhelming and more than I anticipated for a double IPA. Leaves a spicy finish on my tongue. Wanting more in the hops flavor.

I've only had a few Dark Horse beers but they seem to be go big or go home with flavor and alcohol.

Certainly a sipper. After warming the caramel malts and hops come through more. (406 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky, brownish swamp water color with a 1/2 inch of head. The aroma is piney and resinous hops. Floral hop notes as well. The aroma reminds me alot of Devil Dancer. The taste is pine, resin, caramel malts, and booze. Bitter piney hops throughout. Lots of warming alcohol. Caramel and bready towards the finish with some more hop bite. Heavy mouthfeel. Oily. This one is reminiscent of other hopped up, boozey Triple IPAs like Devil Dancer, Hopsickle, etc. Overall, this is a big Imperial that packs an even bigger punch. I dig it and certainly will buy it again. (584 characters)

Photo of arthuro11
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured very nicely as a New Years Eve treat, heavy boozy smell with hops overtones. Hops hit you when drinking, but don't overpower especially considering high ABV. Not much lacing, but poured a nice amber color with a decent mid-white head. Leaves a really nice aftertaste, much more balanced than the strong bitter of many double or even single IPAs. Overall a great beer, got this from a friend but hope to get more whenever I venture next into Michigan area. Not something you want to have too many of in one sitting, but on the other hand very drinkable. (559 characters)

Photo of boybrew
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip

Cloudy, Dark Copper Color. Tan head quickly dissipates to a collar with wisps of foam. Too dark for the style, me thinks.

Very Malty! Where are the hops? They are there in the background but overwhelmed by malt. That seems to be a flaw. There is a very yeasty character in the nose, not too pleasant.

The malt pushes the hops away. The bitterness is a bit raw, not refined at all. I feel like it's very one dimensional. This style demands layers of complexity that are not apparent to me.

Medium body. Sticky sweet, with medium carbonation.

I'm not feelin' it. My expectations for the style are quite high based on the stellar examples that are widely available. I would not seek this out again, especially at the $15/4pk price point. Overhyped? I think so. They do a fine job with the Stouts. This is disappointing. If this was marketed as a Barleywine then the rating would be much better. In fact it's a pretty decent BW if it ages another year or so. (995 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Detroit Pub in Detroit, Michigan. This beer was described as "Dark Horse Double Barrel", and I *have* to assume that this is the same beer. The bartender argued that the beer was 9%... this says 12%. I saw it come out of a Dark Horse tap, and I know for a fact that this wasn't crooked tree, so safe bet that this is the beer.

Appearance: A brown/orange color with a creamy little head floating on top... beautiful looking beer that also yields phenomenal lacing all the way down the glass. A stunner!

Smell: Barrel definitely did some work on this one with that mellow oaky/vanilla sort of characteristic. There's also a pretty bold malt flavor that you'd expect (if not from the color alone) from the style. Of course, there's a nice wallop of hops as well.

Taste/feel: 12%? Really? The waitress was confident it was 9%, even though I told her it wasn't (assuming this was the beer). I got virtually no trace of the alcohol in the taste, none in the feel, and none in the aroma... truly a dangerous beer. The taste is almost exactly like the smell, with a great balance. When this starts to get a bit too sweet, some hops come in right on the finish to wipe that away. This is a mellow, nice bodied, gorgeous looking, lovely smelling, easy-drinking beer. I wish I could have enjoyed it longer, but I drank it down pretty quickly. Get your hands on this stuff. (1,382 characters)

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.