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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

2,229 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 280
Gots: 283 | 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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Photo of Sparty55
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Sparty55, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Horbar
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Horbar, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of tewaris
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.

tewaris, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of AdamF625
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.

AdamF625, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of GRFounder
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GRFounder, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of IpaSipa
4/5  rDev -3.8%

IpaSipa, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of PennState99
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

PennState99, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of mjpolzin
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.

mjpolzin, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of d5001986
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

d5001986, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Goukbeergals
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.

Goukbeergals, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of jreindl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of videofrog
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.

videofrog, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of griffiam03
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

griffiam03, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of bulldog91
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bulldog91, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Justin_Neff
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into boulevard smokestack tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, dark translucent orange body, almost a dark ruby red. Big fluffy, beige head that looks like a frothy latte head. Laces well and has good retention.

S: Piney, dank hops burst out of the glass. Tons of sweet caramel and biscuit malts. Bitter citrus peel - oranges and grapefruit.

T: Boozy. Big and malty, as expected from the 12% ABV. Bitter citrus rind settles on the palate and hangs there for a little while in the finish. The dank hops mesh with the sweet cloying malts well.

M: Full, full body. Creamy. Sticky. Medium Carbonation.

O: Somewhere close to the other big IPAs from the MW like HopSlam, Oracle, Devil Dancer, etc, although this one seems to differ with the malt character. Much sweeter malts. Definitely worth grabbing a 4 pack if you can find one.

Justin_Neff, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

imyourhero21, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Casey3236, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DerekMorgan, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

shehateme, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

browniewithnuts, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Swik
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Swik, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of mscudder
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mscudder, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of WeymouthMike
4/5  rDev -3.8%

WeymouthMike, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Treylizardo, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance- After a relatively vigorous pour into the chalice leaving the yeast sediment behind in the bottle, I was left with a hazy copper/orange beer with fluffy one finger white head that left some fine lacing around the glass.

Smell- Piney/earthy/resinous hop aromas, rich caramel malts, light booze. I'm getting some light peach or apricot aromas from the hops as well, but not as pronounced as the earthy pine resin. Reminiscent of an American style barleywine.

Taste- Earthy/piney hops up front, shortly followed by a nice malt back bone. Tobacco and light peachy notes come through as well as something spicy (reminds me of Habanero Ruination much toned down). Finishes dry and bitter, but makes me want more pronounced lingering flavors. No booze.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and viscous without any booze heat which is astounding for 12%ABV. Coats my mouth well. Just enough carbonation to balance out the viscosity.

Overall- This is a damn fine beer in the same realm as Founders Devil Dancer, but obviously for the price, this excels over it. This would be pheonimal at a barbecue or long side some smoked fatty meats.

Seanniek91, Apr 17, 2013
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.