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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: 898
Hads: 2,670
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 310
Gots: 458 | 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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Reviews: 898 | Hads: 2,670
Photo of srandycarter
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark apple cider with thin white head and some persistent lacing throughout.

S - I get malt, whiskey like booze, caramel.

T - Powerful cooked caramel with a malt quashing hop finish.

M - Creamy, coating not quite as carbonated as I like, but pretty good.

D - One is about it for a session.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to lightindarkness for this one. Been waiting to try this for a while.

Appearance: It pours a chestnut brown color with just a twinge of red in there. It's cloudy but void of any sediment. Head was a little off white and very minimal. No more than a finger deep. It receded very quickly left a spotty coat of lace behind. These high abv beers are head destroyers.

Smell: It's certainly hoppy and a bit resiny. Hops have a nice piney character to them. Citrus grapefruit, mango and light pineapple give it a sweet smell. Caramel/toffee malts are readily apparent. Moreso than expected. Alcohol is unsurprisingly noticeable. It's not strong, but is defintely there. A slight yeasty aroma emerges on the tail.

Taste: This is an interesting DIPA. It's hoppy and bitter initially. Hops are piney, but also a little floral and earthy. It's honestly not the hop bomb I was expecting. Bitter? Yes. Palate destroyer? No. Grapefruit and mango flavors are sweet and play their role perfectly. Caramel/toffee malts are sweet and do a nice job of countering some of the hop bitterness. It's a little yeasty. Alcohol is noted, but is blended extremely well. Finishes bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and slightly chewy. Carbonation is a little lower than I'd prefer. All in all, it's relatively smooth and drinkable. Definitely mild mannered given its high abv. Despite being deceptively strong, I'd still limit myself to one bottle in a sitting.

This is definitely an evolved DIPA. I'm impressed with the deviation from the norm in typical releases of this style. It's a big beer. Definitely hoppy and bitter. But, it's also more balanced than you might expect and presents itself as more tame than it really is. Given its strength and the slight buzz I'm feeling, it's a wolf in sheep's clothing. But, it's an excellent beer nonetheless. A little more carbonation is about the only thing that would improve this beer. For what it is, it's spot on otherwise. Thanks again, Christian. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a tiny, off-white head.

Smell: Cinnamon spiced caramel, unripened plums, booze, and a leafy, grapefruit scent.

Taste: Sweet, spicy caramel with an almost candyish quality to it. Pinch of fresh chopped herbs. Slight plum fruitiness. Citrusy flavors of grapefruit rinds and orange peels. Medium-high bitterness, but the malt backbone does a solid job of balancing it. A bit of heat on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth texture.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable, considerably very drinkable Double IPA from Dark Horse.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear amber with a touch of orange to it. The head is a wide collar of white that leaves a few strips of lace.

Smells of a swirl of floral booze and piney hops. The way they disagree adds a pleasant dissonance to this one. Beneath is all lies some honey-slathered rye crisps. Nice.

Tastes too of rye crisps with a touch of celery. This then effervesces into a pine sap sting that fades a bit towards concentrated orange juice. The under-stated simplicity yet intensity of this one is pretty fun.

Feels a little too heavy for its own good, but the density helps keep the dynamics slower and more appreciable. The carbonation too is slow to creep out. This leaves my tongue feeling cool and numb.

A nice take on the big-ass 2IPA.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer, I was glad to have a chance to try it. Thanks to Shivtim for the chance. Pours amber with an okay head and some noticeable floaties. The aroma is lightt but very citrusy and pleasant. Smells relatively fresh, so the floaties don't worry me. The taste is very nice. A bit sweet up front followed by nice flavors of cream, cherries, vanilla, and citrus. Probably the creamiest double ipa I've had and quite pleasantly fruity as well. The beer drys out a bi toward the finish, which is nice. Very creamy and smooth in the mouth with some lingering hop bitterness. A great pleasure to drink and I'm astonished at the listed abv- I wasn't aware of this aat the time I drank it, and in no way did it seem hot or anywhere near that abv. A fine beer.

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

Thanks to Lightindarkness for the awesome extra!

The look of this beer is burnt, deep orange. Kind of reminds me of 90 minute IPA in color. Gorgeous. I had very little head, just a thin crust. Nevertheless, it had a nice level of carbonation for at least the first five or ten minutes of drinking.

Aroma is of juicy grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and caramel malt. The initial taste is overwhelmingly sweet: pineapple, mango, gigantic grapefruit flavors, and a hint of bitterness. The aftertaste, on the other hand, is scorching hop bitterness. Really splendid.

A bit of an underrated beer, IMHO.

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Photo of botham
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a dark caramel bornw with garnet highlights and a half finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly. light lacings.

aroma is of spiced and grassy hops, with a background of malts and a distant note of alcohol. the hops take the focus here, not suprizingly, providing a pleasant aroma of aromatic hops. nice.

taste is mainly of spiced hops and distant caramel malts, and an earthy base that serves to help balance the high hop levels. finishes on a grassy note with residual spiced hops. a wonderful array of hop qualities throughout the palate from this one.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a tart texture and a dry finish of bitter hops. true to a good imperial IPA without over saturating the brew with bitterness or aromatic hops.

drinkability is decent. this is a huge brew, with a notable amount of alcohol, at 13.6% APV, but with that being said, the boose is masked wonderfully. nicely executed brew from Dark Horse. cheers!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rusty yellow color with an average head, and average lacing and slightly under carbonated. Smells strong citrusy hops with some malts coming through. First taste is extremely hoppy and bitter. Finishes with a lovely bitter after taste The 13.6% ABV is very well hidden. This is one good DIPA.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As reviewed on 3/17/06.

Pours hazy amber, off white head.
Aromatics filled with bitter hops, caramel, toffee, citrus fruits.
Pungent nose akin to old school Bigfoot- alcohol, grapefruit, and malt.
Medium to thickish mouthfeel, lightly puckering from bitterness, sappy and lingering.
Pallet filled with bitterness, malt, alcohol, and fruits.
Loads of toffee, caramel, grapefruit zest, peach skin, pear seeds.
Finishes long, bitter, and warming, with some residuals.
Definately whithin the realm of Barleywine.
Big thanks to HopasaurusRex for sharing this rarity.

Revisit 5/7/08

Dark ruby, with a one-inch head of off-white.
Short-lived retention and a few streaks of lacing.

Aromatics are full of juicy malt, ripe fruits, and alcohol.
Fresh figs and dark bread dough atop grapefruit, oranges, and cherry pulp. Almost meaty in nature with a hint of wet leather.

Chewy mouthfeel, quite sticky and clingy.

Fresh malt with resinous hopping dominates the pallet, with plenty of boozy alcohol and tropical fruit.
Slightly less malty than most Barleywines, and certainly more hoppy.
Insaely drinkable and smooth for such a crusher.

Wowza, what a difference a fresh example makes. Here again is a striking example of how any beer chocked full of hops is definately best fresh.
I might have to follow this one up with some Exponential hoppiness!

Big ups goes out to Unknownoffender for hooking me up this time.

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

Thanks to Kipling for this one. It pours a dark amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice fluffy lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine resin, and flower patch. The taste is hoppy, but balanced. Grapefruit, pine, and flower are all over the place, back by a firm malt presents. There is a moderate alcoholic hotness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a fine IIPA. I will certainly drink this again.

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

Snifter, poured with aggressive drop, but no yeast stir, of course.

Dark burnt amber with very lightly colored head. Smells fantastic, aged pungent. Hints of butterscotch, like when you know you have a bad heater core. Slight hint of high alcohol content (13.6%)

Mouth watering...smooth and serene. Very well balanced dance between the hops and malt, with the malt taking the lead. Masks the alcohol very well, but slight boozy-ness becomes more prevalent with time/temperature. Nice smooth, very light, slightly syrupy mouth feel with just enough bite to remind you how massively hopped this thing of beauty is, despite its own balance. Fruity/malty, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Sticky finish, like walking across the floor of a movie theater in the dark in wooden clogs. Ha ha, made ya think.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35 for this one. I had this one right after trying the regular Crooked Tree.

Pours a nice dark amber color with little to no head from a slightly aggressive pour into my Sierra Nevada Pint glass. It smells really nice and sweet and also has a subtle, citrusy hop aroma. Kind of surprising that the malt stands out more than the hops on this one. The taste is excellent. Its a great balance of that sweet caramel malty taste with a pungent citrus hoppiness that makes it lean almost closer to a barleywine in my opinion. The mouthfeel is really nice and creamy on this one and man the 13.6% alcohol is hardly smelled or tasted at all meaning this one could really sneak up on you. A great beer.

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Photo of zdk9
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a nice full brown color, much darker than expected. I wish there were a bit more than the film of head that developed as that might've encouraged some stronger smells, but alas there is little foam, and not much lacing.

S- A good smell, but rather weak, especially for the style. How can a beer have this much strength in the flavor profile, but I have to shove my nose to the bottom of the snifter to get anything? What I do smell is a combo of caramel, hops of pine and lavander, and a nice bit of alcohol, almost whiskey notes.

T- Quite a bit of strong malt, but also a blast of bitterness. The hops flavors are quite floral in a way that I can't normally detect in a beer (I'm especially enjoying this aspect). The malt is sweet- maple syrup comes to mind- with good caramel too. Quite a delicious beer.

M- So syrupy and lingering in the mouth I almost want to cleanse my palate with a gulp of water every sip.

D- A good taste and great mouthfeel- I wish this beer had more in terms of hops. The balance was tipping towards the malt flavors for me, which started to lead down the path to barleywine, and while delicious, I just don't feel like a barleywine right now. But regardless I would recomend this beer, and if it wasn't so damn hard to get and expensive, I might even like to try it again.

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Photo of pwoods
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to hoppymeal for this brew. Been wanting to try this for quite awhile now.

12oz. brown bottle, dipped in green wax, poured into a snifter. Great art work. No dating.

A: Pours a hugely ruby tinted amber. Nearly blood red. The color is very dense and leaves little visibility. 1/2 finger head forms but fast quickly. Some decent lacing, though.

S: Quite alcoholic. Raw and grainy. Super sweet alcoholic malts lend to a highly citrus alcohol backbone. Did I mention alcohol? It's actually not overpowering to the scenes... it seems to compliment everything. As it warms further, and as I've kept my nose to it quite a bit, it does start to become just a bit too much.

T/M: Almost like a barleywine. Both the hops and malts are massive. Malts are very sweet, nearly syrupy, and have that big barleywine alcohol brute side. Citrus and piny hops with a dry alcohol character. Body is nearly full and on the syrupy and sticky side. Carbonation seems a bit on the low side at first but continues to hold its own.

D: A very slow sipper. The 13.60% is only a surprise because it's still a DIPA. The alcohol is obviously very present but it just doesn't seem 'hot' to me. I could easily see aging potential. A very different DIPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green wax topped bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of smooth off-white head. A fantastic looking thin layer of creamy retention yields huge, thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a pungent fume of pine, spice, citric fruits, thick smelling malts, and just a touch of heat.

The taste is similar, with a big, beefy mix of resinous pine bitterness and tingling spice balanced by citrus character and a burly backbone of caramel sweetness that barely keeps things in check. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and viscous with a warm alcohol presence that coats the palette with a hot and sticky feel and ultimately feels like a shot of liquor sitting in your stomach.

This DIPA is big and bold and unfortunatley a little boozier than I normally like but after finding out that this thing is nearly 13%, I had to do a double take. This definitley tastes more like it's in the 8-10% range and I hae to give mad props to Dark Horse for keeping an ABV like that so well hidden. This isn't for the faint of heart but more for those that like a little extreme attitude in their beer. Nice.

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Photo of merlin48
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle is topped in green wax. Pours a mostly clear copper body with a small beige head. Excellent retention and generous chain lacing on the glass. Aroma is inviting. Pink grapefruit, toffee, caramel, and some earthy hops here. Mouthfeel reveals a smooth medium body with medium carbonation and a hint of syrupiness. Taste opens with a citrusy hop bitterness that suggests pink grapefruit and Valencia oranges. Solid caramel malt backbone. Warming alcohol makes itself known. Quite engaging but venturing near barleywine territory.

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Photo of grandq
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a surprisingly small head for the force of the pour. Smells of floral hops and melted caramel candies. The first sip is heavy on the Werthers, backed by pineapple, lemon zest, and pepper. Candies keep showing up in the flavor - something about the hoppy finish, spice aside, is reminding me of an orange dumdum or a creamsicle. I suppose I'm subconciously saying this is pretty damn sweet. Fume-y ethyl acetate is prevalent but not unwelcome, kind reminds me of Dogfish's heavy duty entries in the style. Starts to creep over that thin, nigh invisible line toward barleywine. The mouthfeel is quite thick and remarkably creamy. Noticed a little seltzer-like bubbling up front, but the lingering feel is all syrup and resin, leaving one's tongue with the hot booziness for quite a while. Overall, this isn't hitting my sweet spots, though its certainly not inherently flawed - there's actually alot to recommend this if you're into the sweeter, maltier end of the spectrum. Thanks to autumnaldave for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from saucya, thanks dude! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Almost an amber color with hints of yellow and zero head (too careful of a pour?). Aroma is a balanced mixture of piny hops and caramel malts. And I'm not saying the malts remind me of caramel a little, they smell EXACTLY like caramel. Pretty interesting. Taste starts of with a piny hop bitterness and then transitions right into caramel, much like the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nice and smooth. Drinkability is high, I could definitely put away a lot of these. I've recently delved into the world of DIPAs, and this particular one is unique when compared to the others I've had. Overall I like this beer, but ultimately I wanted something more hoppy.

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Photo of younger35
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two four packs of this delicious nectar from Binny's in Buffalo Grove. Glad I did too because when I went back two days later it was MIA. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours an orangeish red with hues of yellow around the glass edge with a small off-white head. The head recedes quickly leaving no cap, a really thin collar and zero lacing (what do you expect for 13.6% right?).
Smell- Very fruity, citrusy and freshly cut evergreen. Reminds me a lot of the nose of Pizza Port's Hop 15. Loads of pineapple, mango, apricot that burst out of the glass along with some resiny pine. It's almost a fruitier Barleywine with the mounds of sweet caramel malt that hides in the background. Some light alcohol vapors are vaguely noticeable.
Taste- Hmmm, the first thing I notice on this one is how delicate and nicely balanced it is. Surprising after how big and vibrant the nose was. Sweet, candy like start that is part cotton candy, part bubblegum. A balancing bitterness with loads of pineapple, grapefruit and peach adds super fruity burst that lingers for days. A bit of light alcohol is evident on the finish along with a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Thinner than you'd expect for a DIPA with a light/medium body with very light carbonation and a slick oily feel.
Drinkability- Had I not known this thing was 13.6% I would have never guessed it a hair over 8-9%. It's super balanced and ridiculously tasty. I really enjoyed the normal Crooked Tree IPA but this one is doubly better (get it! Lame...). Highly recommended brew that needs to be sought out in February when it's released!

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very thick and rich orange-brown color. There was NO head what so ever on this beer.
The smell is amazing! It's almost all hops with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very hoppy and thick. Wow this is a great brew! Very extreme!!! This beer is, next to HopSlam, the most hoppy beer I've had. It's amazing how NONE of the alcohol, which is 13%, has a bite. This is a very well balance and clean beer!

Overall, a fucking awesome beer for the value!!

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with a pretty good white head on top of it. The nose is a nice pairing of smooth caramel malts and heavy resiny hops.

The taste on this starts out with big citrus and grapefruit, but then seems to come back into balance and has a strong malt undertone present. Not nearly as abrasive as many in its style, and dangerously smooth drinking for its ABV...I didn't really notice the alcohol while I was drinking it.

The mouthfeel on this is moderate but not remarkable, thick, but not oily. The drinkability, also moderate but not huge. I think this brings some good flavours to the table, but it doesn't really stand out in any particular category either.

The bottom line: Dark Horse has put together a very serviceable DIPA with Double Crooked. The alcohol is absolutely hidden as far as i'm concerned, and I was shocked to find out that this is a 13% beer. The flavour profile is not as big as the alcohol might make you think though, and this is not a particularly amazing beer for its style, merely good.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

good looking bottle with a green wax seal. the inner neck of the bottle had a thick slurry all the way to the top both before and after pouring. color was deep amber/chestnut and quite cloudy. minimal, quickly dissipating off-white head, thin lacing. kind of dull overall in appearance. nose was rum-soaked dried fruits, toffee, caramel, and a bit of menthol/pine. well-baked cookies as well in the background. sweet dark fruity malts upfront with a smooth and subtler than expected bitterness. definitely on the malty side for a dipa. alcohol again prominent in the taste, which is a negative for me. huge body, very viscous, and very little carbonation to balance this monster. definitely a sipper and had me dragging the next day. overall this was disappointing with the alcohol overpowering this beer.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, rich, glowing brown/orange with a modest white/tan head. Very good looking in a tulip glass.

Smell is phenomenal. Good hop intensity paired with a pleasant almost candy-like sweetness. I think the sweetness is a characteristic of the hops.

Taste is of strong bitterness and gentle sweetness, both of which are dominated by an intense alcohol burn. The high alcohol content and the strong hoppiness combine to give this one a fairly harsh finish, but I certainly don't mind the intensity. And I love that muted sweetness in the background. Not perfectly balanced, but almost teasing you, making you want more as the hops invade your palate.

Overall: Great beer. The sweetness on this one is unique, and hopheads will not be disappointed.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Releases only athin head, then a quick, thin ring of foam to a top of nothingness. But the color is just stellar, dark amber, ruby mix. Looks a little syrupy. The aroma is a dark orange, and heavily toasted malt. A little pine a well. Caramel and crystal malts give this bitter IPA a strong caramel flavor with a mix of hoppy pepper. The Bitterness impart almost a chocolate like citrus bitternes. Very intersting. The abv warms and blends well the well balanced bitterness and malty goodness. Definetly a nightcap sipper.

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Photo of westweasel
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Goose Island IPA glass.

The beer pours out a clear, dark amber with a few white bubbles that dissipate quickly. There is no real head on this beer, and no lacing left along the glass.

The aroma is filled with a strong caramel and toffee scents, along with an orange and lemony citrus smell. The taste is filled with caramel, alcohol, and a little butterscotch, followed by oranges and lemons in the bitter and fairly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty full with very little carbonation. I doubt if I would drink a lot of this beer in a single sitting. To me it's a good sipping beer, but not exciting or interesting enough to make me want to keep getting more and more.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.