Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.24/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
04-21-2013 03:40:15 | More by mjpolzin
4.59/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
04-20-2013 07:09:38 | More by Goukbeergals
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
04-20-2013 03:11:40 | More by videofrog
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-20-2013 00:06:57 | More by Justin_Neff
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
04-17-2013 16:02:31 | More by Seanniek91
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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