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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

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1,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 1978
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%

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 blackrim


4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this on tap and it was fantastic. The nose is very hoppy and hints at an overblown double IPA but the feel and finish definitely show the additional malt. It is smooth.

As an aside...I am not sure why there are so many low reviews. I suspect by some of the dates of the lower reviews, folks might be getting these out of the bottle a little late. It comes out in Feb and it was just bottled at dark horse these last few days (2/8/14) since last year. So people rating bottles in the last few months are likely to have an old one and the hops will be gone. Just a thought.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 02:46:26 | More by blackrim
Photo of BeerisOK


3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma screams of hops right off the bat.

Thin to no head with no lacing.

The booze is highly overwhelming and more than I anticipated for a double IPA. Leaves a spicy finish on my tongue. Wanting more in the hops flavor.

I've only had a few Dark Horse beers but they seem to be go big or go home with flavor and alcohol.

Certainly a sipper. After warming the caramel malts and hops come through more.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:52:35 | More by BeerisOK
Photo of PicoPapa


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky, brownish swamp water color with a 1/2 inch of head. The aroma is piney and resinous hops. Floral hop notes as well. The aroma reminds me alot of Devil Dancer. The taste is pine, resin, caramel malts, and booze. Bitter piney hops throughout. Lots of warming alcohol. Caramel and bready towards the finish with some more hop bite. Heavy mouthfeel. Oily. This one is reminiscent of other hopped up, boozey Triple IPAs like Devil Dancer, Hopsickle, etc. Overall, this is a big Imperial that packs an even bigger punch. I dig it and certainly will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 00:53:04 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of arthuro11


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured very nicely as a New Years Eve treat, heavy boozy smell with hops overtones. Hops hit you when drinking, but don't overpower especially considering high ABV. Not much lacing, but poured a nice amber color with a decent mid-white head. Leaves a really nice aftertaste, much more balanced than the strong bitter of many double or even single IPAs. Overall a great beer, got this from a friend but hope to get more whenever I venture next into Michigan area. Not something you want to have too many of in one sitting, but on the other hand very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 06:17:42 | More by arthuro11
Photo of boybrew


2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip

Cloudy, Dark Copper Color. Tan head quickly dissipates to a collar with wisps of foam. Too dark for the style, me thinks.

Very Malty! Where are the hops? They are there in the background but overwhelmed by malt. That seems to be a flaw. There is a very yeasty character in the nose, not too pleasant.

The malt pushes the hops away. The bitterness is a bit raw, not refined at all. I feel like it's very one dimensional. This style demands layers of complexity that are not apparent to me.

Medium body. Sticky sweet, with medium carbonation.

I'm not feelin' it. My expectations for the style are quite high based on the stellar examples that are widely available. I would not seek this out again, especially at the $15/4pk price point. Overhyped? I think so. They do a fine job with the Stouts. This is disappointing. If this was marketed as a Barleywine then the rating would be much better. In fact it's a pretty decent BW if it ages another year or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 23:11:03 | More by boybrew
Photo of Alextricity


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Detroit Pub in Detroit, Michigan. This beer was described as "Dark Horse Double Barrel", and I *have* to assume that this is the same beer. The bartender argued that the beer was 9%... this says 12%. I saw it come out of a Dark Horse tap, and I know for a fact that this wasn't crooked tree, so safe bet that this is the beer.

Appearance: A brown/orange color with a creamy little head floating on top... beautiful looking beer that also yields phenomenal lacing all the way down the glass. A stunner!

Smell: Barrel definitely did some work on this one with that mellow oaky/vanilla sort of characteristic. There's also a pretty bold malt flavor that you'd expect (if not from the color alone) from the style. Of course, there's a nice wallop of hops as well.

Taste/feel: 12%? Really? The waitress was confident it was 9%, even though I told her it wasn't (assuming this was the beer). I got virtually no trace of the alcohol in the taste, none in the feel, and none in the aroma... truly a dangerous beer. The taste is almost exactly like the smell, with a great balance. When this starts to get a bit too sweet, some hops come in right on the finish to wipe that away. This is a mellow, nice bodied, gorgeous looking, lovely smelling, easy-drinking beer. I wish I could have enjoyed it longer, but I drank it down pretty quickly. Get your hands on this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 05:13:39 | More by Alextricity
Photo of TWStandley


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. About 1.5 years of age on this bad-boy.

Poured a burnt orange color with a 1 finger off-white head. Very syrupy in appearance.

Smell was a mix of citrus fruits and malty sweetness with a powerful but pleasant alcohol smell.

Taste was solid. I consider this to be a milder version of DFH120. Definitely strong alcohol but the sweetness of the malts balances it out nice.

Mouth feel was thick and syrupy, almost like a cognac.

Overall, pretty decent. Definitely a sipper but quite a bit more balanced than I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 15:33:14 | More by TWStandley
Photo of maxcoinage


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle, no date, into snifter, with a small head that dissappated quickly. Appearance is a murky brownish/orange, not exactly appetizing.

Aroma is strong hop flavor, some citrus but mostly pine, caramelt malts

Flavor - Really bitter hop bomb but it has a strong malt profile to help balance it out, but the bitter finish definitely lingers

Mouthfeel - its got a medium carbonation and body is on the medium/heavy side. Somewhat of an oily feel and dryness

Overall - Awesome beer, quite hoppy but still balanced, would not put this at 12%. This somewhat reminds me of a hoppy barleywine, like something FFF would do. Maybe that has something to do with the age on it? Believe this was bottled in the spring so its probably about 6 months old. Would like to get some fresh next year. Just received this bottle from a friend this past weekend.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:01:11 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit and caramel, high ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. Pricey at $5.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 22:27:25 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Flounder57


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and boozy alcohol. 12% is hard to hide.

Taste: The hops flavors and bitterness is balanced out by the caramel and toffee sweetness. Flavor profile got better as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth, medium to full bodied, low carbonation, mild bitterness, and a little booziness. Really easy to drink too.

Overall: The fact that I can barely taste the alcohol is awesome. There beer is the equivalence of 3 domestic light beers, but hundreds of times better and was made to enjoy over the course of a tv show and some. Man, I liked this beer a lot over the years.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:52:57 | More by Flounder57
Photo of beatenbyjacks


4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - opaque orange caramel color with lots of off yellow head on the pour. Little to no lacing

Smell - up front lots of citrus bitterness, but you can smell a malt build

Taste - luckily the smell leads into the taste well with this one. Bitterness right into a well balanced maltiness

Mouthfeel - this beer isn't too carbonated, but and leaves a nice bitter flavor on your tongue

Overall - what a quite surprise from a beer trade. Great beer

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 04:52:39 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours an astonishingly clouded deep muddied orange/red. More so than HT I believe.. Beautiful dense toffee colored head, retention is unparalleled. Hasn't diminished at all in over 5 minutes. Very intriguing.

S - Tons of lighter sweet apple/pear/guava type aromas. Some citrusy orange and grapefruit type hop aromas, maybe honey and a decent alcohol burn. Malts are outshined by the fruity sweetness.

T - Very tasty candied/graham cracker like sugars, tons of sweet fruits flavors, and a hefty yet enjoyable warming alcohol presence. I had no idea this was 12% until my first sip. Wowzers lots of sweet fruits and citrusy hop aromas, a bit resinous as well. Very very well balanced compared to Devil Dancer and other high abv ipas.

M - Smooth, slightly syrupy body, low carbonation, quite drinkable for what it is.

O - Well balanced, not totally over powering despite the high abv and big flavors. Relatively drinkable, retention is an 11/10

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:30:11 | More by MacQ32
Photo of jvillefan


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep golden orange body with a very significant amount of haze present. The head is a one and a half finger ivory white one that is very thick and hangs around for the length of the beer.

S: You get both tropical and citrus fruits in the nose. Grapefruit, guava, and lemon are most noticable. Ere is a subtle bit of toffee lingering in the back.

T: The taste matches the nose. Intense fruity flavors form the hops. You get grapefruit, guava, and a touch of lemon. The malt is much more obvious here compared to the aroma. There are very rich caramel, biscuit, and toffee flavors that back up the hops well.

M: Very thick and heavy yet drinks very smoothly. There is a good amount of carbonation, however there is a gritty feeling I get while drinking it.

O: Very good IPA. One of the better ones that exists over 10% AVB. They did a great job at masking the alcohol and had a great balance between hops and malts. Some breweries tend to go overboard with the hops in a high ABV beer (120 min or devil dancer) but this does a great job. A solid "A".

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 16:19:10 | More by jvillefan
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky dark copper to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some mahogany highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick sudsy ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with slightly stronger aromas of pine hops and some light hints of tropical/pineapple + citrus/grapefruit pith.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with moderate amounts of sweetness. There are moderate flavors of pine and citrus/grapefruit pith hops with some light hints of tropical/pineapple hops all of which impart a moderate rather aggressive bitterness that lingers.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick with some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A bit more aggressive than I like my DIPAs but still a very interesting beer - there are properties of a barleywine. The alcohol is not super well hidden and this beer is not super easy to drink...but it is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:35:21 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of JReites


4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Imperial_Sapient_Groat for this extra in a recent trade.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Great lacing and head retention. Amber/orange color in the glass.

Smell - Great citrusy, floral hop smell. Does not smell boozy at all after settling in the glass.

Taste - Obvious hop flavor up front with definite maltiness and sweetness. This tastes very similar to a barleywine in the way it drinks. Very smooth and drinkable for 12%. No after taste picked up.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, especially for 12%. Not too thick or sticky. Can taste the hops on the tongue, especially up front.

Overall - This is a great beer. Nothing like any other DIPA I have had, definitely drinks more like a hoppy barleywine. It hides its ABV very well, and drinks quite smooth. I would not hesitate to purchase this if I am ever in a place that has it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:27:11 | More by JReites
Photo of Lemke10


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium amber color with a foamy, beige head. There is a strong presence of hops in the aroma. The taste is strong, bitter, and full of flavor. This is everything you would expect from IIPA. Well made, delicious and something that doesn’t ruin your taste buds after one.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:12:57 | More by Lemke10
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle at 50 degrees. There appears to be part of a date on the bottle neck but it's unreadable.

A - Dark golden to amber with a cloudy finish and a minimal white head. Pretty lifeless.

S - Very piney and somewhat boozy with a hint of citrus.

T - Very piney and earthy hops with a moderate bitterness and a firm kick of alcohol. At 12%, how could there not be.

M - Silky smooth with a low carbonation.

O - A big, bold beer (maybe too big and too bold). I guess it's just not my thing but it seems to focus on ABV over flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:47:25 | More by GJ40
Photo of Jeffo


3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Long time want, for one reason or another. Got this one at De Bierkoning in A'dam.

From a bottle into a snifter
Drank this one right after the regular one

APPEARANCE: A touch darker than the regular one. Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Burnt orange in color, hazy, with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A ring remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Better looking than its little brother.

SMELL: Bold for sure. Similar as well. Melon, honeydew melon, citrus lemon notes and some floral hop qualities. Pretty good reallt. Best part of the beer.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front with some alcohol at the swallow. More sweet caramel and butterscotch all the way through, with grainy sweet malts and alcohol lingering on the palate. Some piney hop bitterness, grapefruit notes and grassy flavors after the swallow trying to balance the sweetness. Mostly sweet malts and alcohol, but not particularly hot or boozy. Definitely better than the smaller one.

PALATE: Medium body and medium-high levels of carbonation. Not really creamy enough on the palate, but goes down fine with a touch of heat on the finish and ends slightly dry. Some heat lingers. Much like the regular, but slightly less creamy.

OVERALL: This is better than the smaller version, but still, that's not saying all that much. A sweet and boozy DIPA with some good hop bitterness. Less grainy and more interesting sweet malt flavors on this one, making it more enjoyable to drink. I don't really see this as a steroid version of Crooked Tree, but then again, it's not like they're worlds apart either. Not worth re-visiting. I'll stick to their stout beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 11:51:49 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Budinetz


4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - pours an amber/orange color with lots of foamy, light tan colored, head. Great head retention on this brew. Also seeing some nice lacing around the glass as I continue to sip.

Smell - Hints of coriander, sweet cane sugar, along with floral and citrusy hops. Not noticing a strong ether smell from the high abv AT ALL. This beer is 12%...right? As I continue to sip on this brew, I DO begin to pick up the ether smell from the high abv, but only when i swirl the last remaining 4 oz's and really stick my nose in the glass.

Taste - Explosions of citrusy hops, caramel malt and sweet stickiness. The hops really stick to the palete up front. I actually do not taste a bitterness until several minutes after my last sip. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Very prickly at first on the tongue, but continues to mellow out as I sip. Lots of stickiness going on as the IBU's take over. It's like a party of hops in my mouth!

Overall - Overall a great DIPA! It has the punchy hop flavor up front but does not dissapoint on the back end. This stacks up to some of the best DIPA's I've had in my life! Very well balanced with caramelly malts and sticky hops. SO well balanced in fact, that it hides the 12% abv...well done Dark Horse, You had me at Crooked...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 06:40:59 | More by Budinetz
Photo of roger617


3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A. 4.0 Very dark tan pours with 1 finger of white foamy head that disappears over a couple minutes. Not overly carbonated.

S. 3.5 A large malt bill forward, lingering hop aroma. Clearly a lot going on here.

T. 3.75 Very similar to the smell. There is a lot of malt flavor, complimented well by a hop presence. Aftertaste of grapefruit and citrus

M. 4.0 Very smooth and silky. Thick enough to know its no ordinary IPA, smooth enough to enjoy with a meal.

O. 3.75 I'm glad I have a few more in the cellar, but I won't be seeking this one out again. I've also had the pleasure to have this on draft, and I have to say this is a very unique double IPA. A rare true Double IPA, with everything doubled except the water. Definitely worth trying in any case.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:27:32 | More by roger617
Photo of jeonseh


4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark cherry brown with an orange tint and a big foam head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass as it is drank

S - Citrusy orange, lemon, and pineapple intersect with biscuity malt, slight caramel and toffee. Floral presence and slight hints of the alcohol.

T - Lemon and grapefruit bitterness up front. As the beer moves, there is toasted malt, toffee, caramel, bready malt, and a light dark fruit presence. As the beer goes on, the bitter hop presence comes thru as well as a slight warming bite from the alcohol that remains in the finish.

M - Medium body that isn't syrupy. Low carbonation. Beer is slightly chewy from its nice thick body to it

O - Good and interesting beer from Dark Horse which straddles the line between an old ale with its biscuity and dark fruit aspects and a DIPA with its hoppier aspects.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 04:22:02 | More by jeonseh
Photo of xmorgan


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Muddy waters in Minneapolis.
A double IPA THAT does not assault the senses, it is well balanced and smoothe. Often DIPAa can be to big too hoppy and leaves one ovberpowered.

Appearance: reddish orange with limited lacing it is almost two orange to be mistaken for a red ale

Smell: very light but a light fruit comes through

Taste: hoppy yes but the malt comes through this balance keeps the high alcohol. Intent at bay. No strong alcohol taste hits. It could be a dangerous beer to to immoderate as it would be easy to drink too many of this delicious beer

Mouthfeel lingering please t hop bitterness but pleasant like your mouth longs for yet another quaf of this well done DIPA

I would drink again and recomend

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 22:16:25 | More by xmorgan
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tawny camel color topped off with about an inch of cream colored, fizzy froth. It's hazy, yet translucent, with some carbonation and decent lacing. The smell is surprisingly sweet, with nice bursts of fresh strawberry, kiwi, lemon, and brown sugar. A splash of juicy grapefruit washed over my palate initially after sipping, along with a caramel sweetness from the bready malt and some more lemon that I picked up in the aroma, only sharper. There's a coarse bitterness and slight seltzer-like feel in the dry finish. The general mouth feel is syrupy though, and the ABV is moderately noticeable. Overall, I really enjoyed this DIPA and would highly recommend it to those who like a sweeter, maltier aspect balancing out the extreme hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 17:58:24 | More by Neorebel
Photo of Fargrow


3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy, medium brown. Head is about 2 fingers with a white-cream color.

S: I actually smell a little cocoa and maltiness. Also some citrus and pine.

T: Really malty for a DIPA. Caramel but no distinguishable fruit for me. Definitely some alcohol in this one. That's really the only aftertaste. It overtakes the hop bite that should be there. In the after aftertaste, I'm left with a sweet grapefruit taste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Kinda fluffy.

O: I can see why it's not normal to double the malt with the hops in DIPAs. It would be really good with about 8% alcohol. I'm disappointed with this one, but I bought a 4 pack so we'll see how it ages.


Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:11:20 | More by Fargrow
Photo of IronLover


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky, weathered copper orange in color with a viscous appearance. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a thick cap that left thin, sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy ripe grapefruit and orange citrus hop aromas with boozy alcohol notes overtop caramel malt. On the thinner side of medium bodied with subdued yet rich carbonation through the middle to the end. Biting pine hops up front and into the middle with a pleasant transition to grapefruit and orange flavors followed by an unmistakable alcoholic heat. Finished crisp and dry with a lingering, intense boozy, pine hop bitter aftertaste. Most certainly a sipper whose finer characteristics intensify as this warms up.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 03:03:59 | More by IronLover
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