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

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Have you read the description for the regular Crooked Tree yet? Well this beer is almost the same just double the flavor and alcohol. We actually took the Crooked Tree recipe and doubled all of the ingredients except the water, just the way a DOUBLE should be made. Big hops balanced with tons of malt give this beer a huge body. Although this beer is as cool as "The Fonz" when first purchased, it gets really mellow and smooth with some age. After a year or two stored in a cool dark place you'll notice the heavy caramel and malt flavors are trying to sneak past the hops. This beer is hugely delicious so it will need your undivided attention (the chores can wait....trust us).

98 IBUs

Added by putnam on 03-05-2005

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Gillard for the awesome box.

Pours a very nice looking ruby red clear color with a hard to produce but lingering off white head that leaves decent lacing. Looks to be quite viscous coming out of the bottle.

Nose is very strong with a deep deep malt backbone and huge sweet and bitter hop resin dankness.

Taste is quite rich and very very sweet. This one defenitely borders on the defenition of an IPA, as expected when things start getting above that 11 mark. I do however think this one can be called an IPA. The hop profile is there for sure. Hop resins, bitter, some piney flavor, and a touch of grapefruit and sticky resiny notes. Bitterness takes a minute, but when it arrives, it is noticeable. Finish is bitter and relatively dry for the viscosity of this bad boy.

Mouthfeel is exactly what it should be for a beer of this magnitude and style. Quite viscous, but it works well with the strength and boldness of this beer. Slightly undercarbonated, and yeah, could be just a touch thinner.

Drinkability is good for the style, but great for the abv. Think relative here, as this one is certainly a sipper. But if you bought a beer that was 13.6% thinking you were gonna slam some at the company picnic, well then your just a goddamn idiot. Goes down incredibly easy and dangerously for that abv, but again, make no mistake, your keys do not need to be in your possession after one or two of these.

Overall a beer of significant magnitude, and bold flavor. It is certainly a malty mofo, but the hops are defenitely in there. A unique, and impressive brew, as this one seems like it should be alot more difficult to drink than it is. Defenitely one worth having a go at. A good one from Dark Horse, and one i would love to revisit. Someday. haha. Thanks again to Gillard for a great box. Good brew.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good thing this is 13.6%, because I don't drink any beer under 13.5%. Thanks to tpd975 for the chance to try it!

Pours a murky copper red, with no real head to speak of. A second pour resulted in a much creamier, thicker head that stuck around awhile and left more lace. You can tell this sucker is thick by swirling and watch it roll almost like oil around the glass. Looks majestic in the glass, and I can't really dock it any points for the lack of head, considering the high alcohol content.

Big apple cider aroma, resiny hops, pineapple, tobacco, port. Simple but alluring.

***A warning if you're about to try this***: Swirl the sediment and pour. Before I did I found it had an oxidized flatness, flavor- and feel-wise. Trying and trying again, I decided to swirl and pour the remainder, and that made a lot of difference. It brought out lots of grapefruit, and sugary orange, and it thrust a decadent toffee/cherry-taffy thing at the taste buds. Everything I wanted to roll at me in waves--foreshadowed by the aroma--didn't quite gel the way I had hoped in either scenario, however. The alcohol is warming yet not cloying, but the other characteristics are poorly mingled. Hops are more like a soggy over-sugared pineapple, but again, this improved with a swirl-pour. Mouthfeel is less thick than expected, although not thin. But it feels, texturally, like I'm only getting part of the picture due to the unfocused flavor. 2.5 without the sediment, and 3.5 with. Averages out to 3.

This could have been sold as a barleywine. As it is it's a wild, unrefined double IPA (or triple IPA). It has some enjoyable flavor traits, and the aroma is terrific, but it didn't totally work for me. Given that maybe this is just a rough batch or a bad bottle, I would probably try it again sometime. But no beer, especially no double IPA, should be this much struggle and worry. There are so many better ones in this category with much less alcohol. Sometimes bigger isn't always better. (I can't believe I'm saying it...)

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

Thanks JVD for this want
Green waxed bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hazy amber in color with slight fine sediments floating around toped of with an off white head that goes to a thick lace.
Aromas of this brew is sweet malts and piney. It is towards the barleywine in its nose.

Flavors of bitter hops hit the tongue first but then a slight sweetness ensues from the malts it is thick on the tongue and dries in the finish. I didn't taste the alcohol at all but its effects are evident.

This brew is a sipper and not one that you would drink more than one of in a sitting .It was an enjoyable experience and I do it again

Edit 4/29/09 I just had a fresh bottle wow hops galore. More hops in the nose and flavor there is still some sweetness in there but the bitter is more forward.

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Photo of gford217
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Monger over at RB. 12oz green wax-topped bottled poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a solid off-white head that left great lacing as it receded.

The aroma was dominated by citrus hops up front with grapefruit and some orange peel opening things up. There was also a serious malt sweetness that I wasn't expecting in the aroma.

The taste takes the malt sweetness to a different level. This one isn't fresh but I imagine that, even then, the malt profile was a major player in the taste. The sugar sweetness of the malts give way to a slight citrus hop kick up front on the palate with some bitterness in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is crazy smooth and sticky with sugar due to the massive malt backbone. Bitterness is at a minimum.

This one is bordering on a barleywine for me, even with the minimal amount of aging on it. It's a great beer, but I would have loved to see the hops when it was fresh.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper with reddish highlights. Creamy light brown head. Lots of tiny carbonation seen rising. Good head retention.

Aroma is dominated by hops. Some grapefruit and a nice piney backbone.

Taste is of hops [as you would expect]. Light caramel, malts and grapefruit. There was a sweetness that I didn't particularly like and it became slightly overbearing as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a very nice beer. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Biggness
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy copper with a light white head and mild lacing. The smell is of sweet hops. The taste has a wonderful malt base to it, not the hop punch I was expecting but I can get some citrusy hops, I am not sure how old this was, I would love to try it fresh. For a 13.6 % beer, the fact that I can not taste alcohol is a testament to Dark Horse. My first Dark horse beer was a failure and everything since has been very promising! The mouthfeel was nice, could use a little more carbonation and for the abv this is a highly drinkable brew, although I am sure it would kick me in the teeth after a few!

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one from czoch75, cheers Clint!

Pours an effervescent copper with a finger of oyster shell colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness & a touch of fruittyness & a wisp of smoke!

T: Boozey dates, pineyness, some grapefruitty hops & hints of honey, golden raisins & some pineapple up front. Apricots, piney hops, & citrus flavors abound as this warms. Finishes with nice piney hoppyness, a bit of grapefruit vodka & candy orange slices, plus leafy hops. On the cusp of a 5.0

MF: Chewy, with moderate carbonation, & superior balance, slight alcohol burn detracts

Drinks super easy for the style & ABV; slight alcohol burn detracts. This is a damn fine DIPA! Only will get better for a least a year IMO

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. opaque tawny color. nice light golden yellow colored head. good retention rate. nice lacing.

S: huge malt aroma, some iced tea tones. some nice hoppy aromas. very earthy.

T: wow...extremely smooth flavor. tons of malts providing a great backbone with subtle earthy hops coming in. iced tea flavors.

M: good body, medium to heavy. low carbonation level. way too smooth for 13%

D: way too drinkable for 13.6%, could be very dangerous, but such a great beer.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottles are covered in green wax.

A--No head. dark-reddish amber color body.

S--toasted malt, alcohol

T--ALOT of alcohol flavor. Its right up front for you. cereal and malt underneath with a smack of hop fruit and citrus.


D--Very strong. Not for the faint at heart. But very nice beer. I would get this again and again--just not all at once.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

09/18/08- Received as a generous gift from BA Talsiker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. I have had the beer a good six months at least and I'm not sure when he aquired it in a trade. Assuming an 2007 batch, but could be older.

Appearance- Ruby brown colored pour. Creamy 3/4 inch slightly off white head. Murky pour, but ultra fine sediment particles. Leaves light lace trails behind.

Smell- Fresh picked orchard sweet hops. Both citrus notes and pine...both smell very pungent and fresh. Malt comes through as well with a bold sugary dark sweet malt.

Taste- Not sure if this is catagorized in the same genre as Younger or Devil Dancer. It doesn't quite hit hard like a 13+% beer at first, but it sneaks up on you. Full of sweet juicy hops and chewy pine needles. Malt is carmelized, but not quite as sweet at the scent would dictate. Overall it's very well balanced for a beer of such caliber.

Mouthfeel- Not quite cask style, but very little carbonation. Very smooth, lightly creamy with a both full and chewy mouthfeel and a mild lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not quite Pliny the Younger, but I like it more than Devil Dancer. Very drinkable and quite quenching. Actually went well with my steak and mushrooms.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mcallister, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear deep amber with a creamy off white head that leaves a little lace on the glass. Smells of piny, spicy, citrus hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is what the smell tells you its going to be. She hits with hops, you taste a little malt then lingering hops envelop your mouth and taste buds. Alcohol is well hidden, its remarkable how easily this went down. Thick sticky mouthfeel and body, medium carbonation. Great brew. I may have aged this one a bit as it seems to not be an all out hop assault as most double ipa's seem to be. This one could easily pass for a barley wine, but that line is so blurry these days who cares. I'd love to try one of these fresh.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jw347 for this extra and a couple other BA's that have sent one! Pours a dark orange/amber with a thin off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. This beer seems thick. Strong oily hemp/hop smell to it. Big bitter kick on first taste. Full flavor- it envelopes your mouth. Oily hop presence with a slick mouthfeel. Very solid, intense beer. Bordering on a barleywine for me. I may have aged it a bit, but with the wax seal, I thought that might be ok. Would like to try one very fresh as well.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/amber with minimal soapy off-white head that drops off quickly and then leaves a lacing on the top.

Aroma is rich with honey, resiny pine, and grapefruit. A hint of alcohol is evident in the back.

Flavor starts off with honey and light liquid malt, moves into grain husk, and finishes with strong alcohol, bitterness, pine resin. The bitterness lingers forever. Not super complex, but absolutely delicious.

Medium-full body with medium carbonation, and astringency, warming, and intense dryness at the back.

Drinkability is scary. 13.6%!!??!?! TRY THIS BEER!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy orange with a pristine interior disturbed only by the occasional miniscule bubble. The upper half of the snifter is occupied by a whipped frothy crown that is equal parts ecru and ivory. Considering the ABV, there's a pretty decent lace display.

The nose is more American barleywine than DIPA. (Single) Crooked Tree is more hoppy than malty, so this beer was expected to follow suit. Especially since Double Crooked is supposed to be (Single) Crooked with all the ingredients, except water, doubled. The dominant aroma is oranges soaked in Grand Marnier. Good, but far from great.

Dark Horse deserves credit for masking such a high ABV so completely. While alcohol is appreciated on the taste buds, it isn't a major member of the flavor profile. It's most noticeable as a tongue tingle... followed by a tongue numbing... followed by a gullet warming.

Mucho malt is in the house, yet the beer isn't anywhere near as sappy, sticky and cloying as it might have been. 98 IBUs worth of alpha acids feel like significantly fewer, which is always the case when abundant malt sugars are present. The flavor profile consists of bitter orange peel, orange oil, brandy, buttery caramel and pine sap.

I'm beginning to wonder if my bottle isn't from 2007 rather than 2008. That would explain the less-than-buzzsaw hoppiness and a mouthfeel that falls short of chewy. It's at least medium for the style, but it also feels a little worn around the edges. Soft and sparse carbonation is just what the tree surgeon ordered.

Double Crooked Tree IPA is a perfect example of why the same basic recipe is sometimes better suited to brewing an IPA rather than a DIPA. In other words, there has to be more to creating a world-class DIPA than doubling everything except water. This is pretty good beer, but I'm a little disappointed that it isn't outstanding beer.

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recieved in part of another of many fantastic trades with DavidEddie. Thanks brother.

Pours deep murky amber, cider like appearence. Fluffy big bubbles give way to clumps with some swirling lace. Orange and lemon rind, with candied sugar and strong caramel malt aromas. Sweet malts upfront give way to chewy citric and earthy hops. Tea like earthy hop flavors meld with a slight lemondrop finish. Carbonation is very subdued, giving this syrupy feel on the mouth. The hefty 13+ abv is hidden astonishingly well. This monster goes down like a pushover. Very glad I had a chance at a few of these. Gonna be pursuing this again next year. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bbothen
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz wax dipped bottle poured into a snifter.

After the 15 minutes it took to get the wax off the bottle it poured a deep murky reddish orange with virtually no head. Tiny bubbles around the glass and a faint skim of activity across the liquid.

Huge pungent aroma of citrus & pine hops, huge dose of sweet malt, and powerful booze.

Sweet caramel malt & toffee flavors quickly fade into citrus & pine hop bitterness.

Thick, chewy, oily, syrupy, hot. Lightly carbonated.

The 13+% & thick feel made it tough for me to get through the bottle. But by god I did.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark reddish with a hint of orange. Small head that lingers shortly. Smell is citrus and sweet malt. Taste is extremely well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden I couldn't believe the 13.6%...from the taste I would have put it at half that amount. The taste is not overly bitter which lends to extreme drinkability. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but carbonation is somewhat lacking.

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Photo of daftafne
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Cloudy amber in color with a white head

Sm: Mostly of sugars

Taste: Candied sugars, hops, mild citrus

Mouthfeel: Sticky

Drinkability: I'd like to have a few of these but the ABV would be the limiting factor

And I thought the crooked tree was good - the double is awesome!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a thick green wax over the top. Inot an oversized merlot glass.

Thick 3 finger white head.
Color is a brownish semi transparent, very attractive beer.
Retention is decent with great thick laceing.

Smell is of grassy hops, some mild fruity hop aroma, big huge malty sweetness.

Taste is very sweet, evenly balanced with the hops allowing the malt to come forward and battle it out with the hops.
Smooth thick creamieness, just the right amount of carbonation, not overly so.

Very excellent brew. If I could get more of these I'd be a happy man.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this extra. 07

A: Nice and MURKY. I love murky too. Big, thick white head that lasted between 4-5 minutes. Brown in color.

S: Delicious. Holy hops. Schwing! Floral hops, with a little honey as well. Teeny bit of lemon rind, and some alcohol.

T: Not as hoppy as the smell led on, but still quite tasty. It's actually kinda malty and very sweet. Grass and hay; very earthy. Some vanilla, and a little of the citrusy/lemon.

M: Thick and chewy. Nice. Pretty dry.

D: Not sure if I could do a whole night of these (@ 13% ABV), well maybe half a night. This is one fine brew.

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Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hot damn. Finally cracked this wax sealed 12oz bottle tonight and split into wine glasses (yeah, I did it). Thanks to Rowdy Schrauty for hooking this one up from the MI beerquest stash.

Pours like apple cider (not hard cider) but is more transparent when it settles. A very fine, off-white head slowly recedes. Those bubbles are tiny. Leaves a sticky looking residue on the glass, sort of like the way orange juice does.

wow, strong. Didn't bother to read the label, holy crap 13.6% no wonder! Bottle also says "ages well." Sounds like a barleywine. Wait, yes - now that I think of it, tastes like one too. But the hops are not absent and they will make their presence felt. 98IBU's. They seem to be somehow deeply infused into the brew. I love good double IPAs and I love barleywine, so this is great and I'm already starting to think anxiously about how it will probably be quite difficult to acquire another bottle.

Drinks like a nice barleywine and I think I would have to agree, I believe it would age quite well. The wax is a reminder.
That went down real easy, I think it was a good idea to split the bottle.

This was the first Darkhorse brew I've tried and I am impressed. Love the artwork on the label too.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy brown with almost no carbonation. The head was just a brown film on the surface.

The smell is a blend of earth and citrus hops with a huge caramel malt.

The taste is in line with the smell but delivers even more. Wow earthy wood and lots of citrus then mega amounts of caramel malt with even a cocoa note.

The mouthfeel is big and bold, yet a very mild amount of carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, this should be on everyones wants.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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

A deep orange to amber color, with a quarter inch head, cream in color. The aroma is pretty amazing, for an IPA it has a strong malt presence at the start. That is followed by an intense amount of hop fragrances of floral, citrus, and grass. Then at the end of the scent, your are hit with the boozy fragrance of alcohol. The taste is just as strong, the malt standing up to the hops. Which both blend together nicely halfway across the palate. The hops bringing citrus, grass, and earthy flavors. The feel is medium bodied at the front, becoming much more heavier at the backend. There is a slight burn from alcohol, but it disappears quickly. An outstanding Double IPA, surprisingly blends well and evenly balanced in flavor.

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Photo of Goliath
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, ruby in the light. A thin light tan head sits on top with decent retention.

Wonderful aroma. Floral hops, caramel, and a little boozy.

Quite tasty. Big caramel maltiness, with a nice floral hoppiness. Traces of alcohol, but pretty impressive for almost 14%.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Great flavors definitely make for easy consumption, however high alcohol limits this beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Faintly cloudy dark iced tea color with a nice frothy light tan head and great lace. The aroma is thick pine hops and candy malt, very sturdy and enticing. The first mouthful is very strong piney woods hops and malty goodness. Alcohol is clearly present but not unpleasant. Acidic woodsy rhubarb with beautiful body, solid but drinkable for the style. This is a beauty with an occasional hint of chocolate. My friend says it smelled like an old barbershop but that's a good thing. Just a lovely dipa, highly recommended.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.