Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance: Pretty regular looking overall. Some above average lacing on the glass for sure a high ABV brew. Very much on the darker orange color scale. Average carbonation throughout drinking.
Smell: Easily the best part of this brew. Bright tropical fruits with very floral sweet hops. Bubble gum and sugary sweetness makes your mouth water. Hints of the heavy hop presence of thick caramel and buttered toast. The high alcohol contributes a slightly sinister backbone.
Taste: A little let down here. The front is a smooth caramel sweetness which rolls into a very strong body. Bitter hops really attack the palette here and clean it off. Strong wave after strong wave of hops keep hitting the palette, which is so odd because it in no way matches the aroma of this beer. The finish is dry with some hop sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Dry but at the same time there is some complexity. After a while the dryness becomes a sweet slightly funky taste.
Overall: A powerful IIPA. Comes off so heavy, not for a quick hop fix but more of a real hop bomb to shock the palette.
04-12-2013 03:56:47 | More by KFBR392
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.
A- pours a cloudy dark caramel, with sediment and floaters, and a 1 finger light tan head. Trails and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.
S- big caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, some citrus, and pine.
T- toasted malts, toffee, caramel,citrus rind, bitter pine.
M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly acidic and dry. Not hot.
O- good dipa but I have had a lot better. Higher abv than almost all dipa's so I have to cut it some slack, but one I will pass on in the future.
04-12-2013 00:14:23 | More by kawilliams81
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
I picked up a bottle of Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree IPA a couple weeks ago for $4.29 at The Lager Mill. I've never been able to get a hold of this beer, but I got lucky this year and scored a bottle to try, I thought Crooked Tree was good so I'm expecting good things, lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.
A- I really like the label, it's got a nice dark look to it, it's pretty much the exact opposite of the label for Crooked Tree, I like it. It poured a nice and hazy muddy amber color that took on a nice a burnt orange hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness that had a candied sugar like aroma to it followed by a good amount of hops that impart a a pretty fruity aroma, there's some nice citrus fruits like grapefruit along with a nice a distinct tangerine like aroma that I really like along with a slight pine aroma. After that comes medium alcohol aroma followed by some sweet malts that imparted some sweet caramel malt like aromas. The aroma was good, it was pretty sweet, but it had a nice fruit aroma that when mixed with the sweetness the aroma reminds me of a fruit by the foot, it's nice, but very sweet.
T- The taste seems to be fairly different from the aroma, it starts of with a pretty high amount of sweetness followed by a some intense hops that impart some pretty big floral flavors that reminded me a little of Two Hearted and it was followed by some lighter citrus and piney hop flavors, Up next comes the alcohol which is fairly noticeable and is pretty warming and it's followed by some sweet malts that impart a light caramel malt like flavor. On the finish there's a little more sweetness followed by a medium amount of bitterness that was surprisingly light and was followed by a pretty floral and slightly sweet aftertaste. This was a good tasting DIPA, but the booze and sweetness prevent this from being a top DIPA, the sweet and floral hop flavors reminded me of those hop candies, it tastes good, but not great.
M- Not the smoothest, a little boozy, warming, sticky, cloying, on the full side of being medium bodied, and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but it was a little too sticky and cloying for my liking.
Overall I thought this was a good beer and decent example of the style that seemed to blur the lines between DIPA and Barleywine, it was a pretty intense beer and unique in it's own right. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't too smooth with a lot of sweetness and booze, but the flavors held my attention, one would be enough for me, this is isn't the type of beer that I would drink multiples of. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and unique, it was a little sweet, but with the added fruit aromas it had a nice fruity candy aroma that I enjoyed. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel and drinkability, they weren't bad, but all the sweetness and booze made this one sipper and it was far from smooth. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, there's a good chance that I will get a bottle next year, but I don't think I will be seeking it out and it was a little expensive also. I recommend this to anyone who likes DIPA's, especially ones that are on the border of being a Barleywine. All in all I liked this beer, but it isn't a favorite DIPA, it's just too sweet and boozy which makes it too rough around the edges to be in my top three, but I still think it's a unique DIPA that's good in it's own way. Good job Dark Horse, this one of the truest examples of the style simply because everything is doubled except the water, but it comes together very similar to a barleywine, that leads me to believe that most DIPA's aren't done this way. This was a worthy and intense DIPA.
04-11-2013 03:56:52 | More by StoutHunter
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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