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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: 901
Hads: 2,686
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 309
Gots: 460 | 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
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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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Photo of T-34-85
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
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.
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:

So I'm gonna hang on to my remaining 12 bottles for another year before trying them again . . .

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Photo of lochef81
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Flopjack
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of EricTKole
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of don1481
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Copernicandream
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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~

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.