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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

2,157 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 265
Gots: 266 | 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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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a rusty color with a small head

S: Booze, Earthy and caramel

T: Big and chewy. Malt heavy yes, hop heavy no. Loads of caramel and heat. Faded hops?

M: Big body but off balanced

O: Perhaps this beer was outdated as well. Pass on this one

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 08:40:35 | More by barleywinefiend
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

03-12-2014 01:41:19 | More by NuclearRich
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boybrew

Pennsylvania

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
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Arbitrator

California

2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. A generous extra from chcfan. Thanks!

A: Pours a murky mahogany color with amber highlights. It's pretty dark for a DIPA. The head is small and short-lived, consisting of large bubbles that vanish with no trace.

S: Like smelling a big juicy grapefruit embedded in pine needles. Some floral notes as well. Definitely banana in the nose. Not as pungent as I would like, but quite a good aroma.

T: Quite a lot going on, both hop- and malt-wise. Hops are present in abundant citrus quantities: grapefruit and orange, with a slight tang from lime flavors. I detect some banana and possibly berry as well -- very interesting. Lots of toast and caramel malt, too. Not my favorite approach to a DIPA flavor; its huge sweetness is a off-putting. But it's fairly good.

M: Medium bodied, with slightly light carbonation that makes it feel smooth. Works well for a brew of this gravity. But it has a harsh, sugar-burn sting at the finish.

D: I don't quite get the love people have for it; maybe if it's uber-fresh it is a winner, but if the hops fade even a little bit, it starts to taste like a barleywine. Not my style.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 04:09:43 | More by Arbitrator
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Spica66

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Alexander. Was supposed to wait until the DIPA tasting at the end of the month, but I was a bad boy and jumped the gun.

Poured at refrigerator temp into tulip glasses.

A: Very dense golden toward copper color. Not much head formation or carbonation.

S: Does not smell like an IPA. Smells like a barleywine to me. Sweeter and less hops than it should have.

T: Tastes like it smells. Both hops and sweet malt vying for your attention. Also, the ABV lets you know it is there right away. I am again much more reminded of barleywine than DIPA.

M: Creamy and nice. Decent carbonation keeps it from sticking to you.

D: A sipper to be sure.

When I think of DIPA, I go to Pliny the Elder, Dreadnaught, Hopslam and Arctic Panzer Wolf. Those are a varied bunch to be sure, but they all fit the style guidelines. This one does not seem to be able to squeeze in there to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 14:13:28 | More by Spica66
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Steasy66

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into snifter

A- Deep orange, cloudy, floaties
S- Mostly sweet, somewhat floral, not that hoppy of a smell
T- Very sweet, roasty, almost smokey, some red fruit, not a ton of hops
M- Very thick, little carbonation
O- Not impressed. Very sweet, not much hops, not much of a DIPA to be honest. Full disclosure, I have no idea how old this bottle is because they don't date their bottles, I suspect about 6 weeks old.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 04:41:12 | More by Steasy66
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weird DIPA, but some would argue the style and call it a Barleywine, i can't decide what it is.

Pours very dark amber , almost like dark cherry colored, with a very thin cap that dissapates.

Aroma has some citrus but also a sweetness involved too, and the citrus isnt a sharp citrus either, just a complimenting note.

Sweetness up front, its not till the end that the bitterness comes around, there is a hop profile present the whole time but it grows. Upfront there are dark cherry and pomegranite flavors playing out with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel has light carbination with a oily mouthfeel.

average drinkability, perhaps slightly below average considering alcohol and lack of carbination.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 05:45:06 | More by ChadQuest
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claspada

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Awesome extra courtesy of recent swap with Stewmeister91.

Pours a very dark copper, nearing amber/mahogany. Definite reddish hues with single-finger cream-colored head which quickly dissipates leaving ample lacing.

Aromas are quite herbal and dank to say the least. Lots of floral hops here with lesser but substantial amounts of earthy and pine hops as well. Malts try to make any appearance and assert themselves but only a slight sweetness is detectable and that could be from a slight citrus hoppiness. A little too green for my liking.

The tastes begin with a nice subtle pale bready maltiness which is soon overcome by the copious amounts of floral and pine hops flavors. This is seriously dank; the second more resinous beer I have every had (sampled Founders Devil Dancer this past weekend, ironically, which was undrinkable...) Can't really taste anything past the greenery here so there's no need to mention anything else.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. It definitely hides the 13%+ abv quite well, but unfortunately does not help to balance out the ridiculously unbalanced bitter/floral/resiny mess that is this beer. This is a classic example of hops-gone-wild. Finish is sticky and resiny and too unbalanced to actually enjoy this beer.

Overall, just no. Far too much sticky, dank, floral, herbal hops. This beer is like hops mixed with potpourri and really seems more of a gimmick than an actual beer. I really hope this 100+ IBU craze dies sooner rather than later...

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 23:55:14 | More by claspada
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dfillius

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Gentle pour to retain yeast. A wisp of white head remains. Crimson red liquid is pretty, but I'd like more head.
S: Booze, some hops, toffee, wet cardboard. Too boozy, off aroma detract.
T: Dried fruit sweetness with a slightly port-like flavor. Not terribly bitter which is surprising for a beer with 98 IBUs. Decent, but skews too boozy and malty. I'd like more hop flavor and aroma. Alcohol is too strong, flavor is very much like a barleywine.
M: Lands a bit flat. Warm but not hot. Syrupy.
D: I wouldn't order or buy this again. I love DIPAs, but I prefer them to be uber-hoppy rather than barleywines in DIPA clothing.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:19:19 | More by dfillius
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Wadsey

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Double Crooked Tree, vintage 2011

Served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours murky light amber-brown with a modest off-white head. Honestly, this beer looks like iced tea. 

S:  Smells a bit like iced tea, too. Some vague tropical fruits, as well as wood, peach, earth, and caramel. 

T: Sweet maltiness up front, with caramel and golden raisins. Caramel is quite pronounced, as is alcohol. Hops and high bitterness take over. Again, the hops are expressed with notes of vague tropical fruits, peach and woodiness. They also add some pine/resin to taste. Finish is raisin-y and and bitter. Taste has dulled substantially in 4 months and has taken on a bit of a wax and honey character. 

M: Heavy body and light carbonation translates into a slick, mouthcoating feel. Seriously warms from lips to stomach. Not as enamel ripping as I recall. 

O: More evidence that my palate has shifted in terms if hoppy beers.  DCT endures the paradigm shift relatively well. I think the beer is now in a bit of a valley. I will probably revisit my three-year vertical in early fall. 

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:13:53 | More by Wadsey
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Spider889

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle only lists 98 IBU's, no freshness/bottling date or abv listed. After tasting I'm not surprised to login to see that it clocks in at a 13.6%. Guess I was expecting less though considering this is available in OH... that, or this site has outdated info.

Label would be interesting if it was just the tree, the scrit layered on top makes this one ugly looking beer label.

Poured into a snifter, bright ruby/honey color. Clear, almost no head and very little lacing.

Smells of bitter hops, and alcohol. It's got a sweetness, but I'll attribute it to the abv or malt, it's not citrusy or fruity as if it were imparted by the hops.

Tastes bitter up front, not sure if it tastes a full 98 though. Then you get some alcohol burn in the bottom of your throat, followed by strong sweetness and caramel malts, followed by more alcohol sting on the tongue and throat. This tastes more like a hoppy barleywine and less of a DIPA.

Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Sticky coating left inside the mouth, I need a glass of water.

This beer is very boozy to the point that it's boozy to be boozy. It doesn't compliment the beer and makes it tough to drink. After all the hype when this was released earlier this year I'm now glad I found a single (seemingly illegally) for $3.99 rather than paying $15.99 or whatever it was for a 4-pack. Not impressed here.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 07:29:52 | More by Spider889
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aorloski

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours awesome for a 13 percent beer, great white head, golden orange, awesome carbonation from the bottom of the glass

Smell - What the hell!! all malts, sweet sugar and alcohol, no hops whatsoever.

Taste - Same, this is all sugar, alcohol, malts with a TOUCH of hops, this is no IPA whatsoever, this is a gross barley wine. The label says it will age well and i tend to agree, but I'm not a fan.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth, sticks to the cheeks but i dont want it to. Appearance and mouthfeel stick out on this one, but what does that say about this one?

Overall - Trying too hard to be 120 but failing, this thing is not good to me and I'm pairing it with some excellent cheese. Dont call this a damn IPA if there are barely any hops to detect at all. MALT BOMB, ALCOHOL BOMB ... beware.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:04:02 | More by aorloski
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EliotRosewater

California

3/5  rDev -27.9%

06-12-2014 01:02:10 | More by EliotRosewater
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cosmonick

Indiana

3/5  rDev -27.9%

05-18-2013 14:52:52 | More by cosmonick
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

05-21-2012 22:57:52 | More by SickNukes
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nh2032

New York

3/5  rDev -27.9%

05-06-2012 20:09:12 | More by nh2032
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -27.9%

04-13-2013 20:21:18 | More by chippo33
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-15-2011 00:09:23 | More by Lawnboy33
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-23-2011 18:49:13 | More by jenray
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nanobrew

California

3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-14-2011 16:20:01 | More by nanobrew
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clfrost

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

10-23-2013 00:25:48 | More by clfrost
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Jips

Kansas

3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-23-2011 02:05:15 | More by Jips
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tewaris

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 05:04:47 | More by tewaris
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shredder83

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.9%

04-03-2013 02:40:43 | More by shredder83
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CellarGimp

Missouri

3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-15-2011 19:36:06 | More by CellarGimp
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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