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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
93
outstanding

2,143 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,143
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 265
Gots: 264 | FT: 14
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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zahara15

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-28-2013 16:04:10 | More by zahara15
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tswater

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-28-2013 06:27:36 | More by tswater
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JayAre46

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-28-2013 04:13:09 | More by JayAre46
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Ish1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-28-2013 02:06:53 | More by Ish1
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Devilman

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-27-2013 22:24:08 | More by Devilman
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-27-2013 04:39:42 | More by Falcone
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SDStoneEnthusiast

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-27-2013 02:37:38 | More by SDStoneEnthusiast
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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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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-26-2013 15:10:59 | More by Jason1337
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-25-2013 01:06:19 | More by buzzy
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-25-2013 00:33:25 | More by fdig23
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Dagsy

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-24-2013 21:02:32 | More by Dagsy
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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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Sparty55

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-24-2013 02:56:26 | More by Sparty55
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-24-2013 01:53:49 | More by Horbar
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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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GRFounder

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-22-2013 23:24:56 | More by GRFounder
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IpaSipa

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-22-2013 00:16:58 | More by IpaSipa
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PennState99

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-21-2013 15:40:53 | More by PennState99
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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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d5001986

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-21-2013 02:33:50 | More by d5001986
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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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jreindl

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-20-2013 05:10:47 | More by jreindl
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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
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,143 ratings.