Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
Huge thanks to glazeman for this one! I've been looking forward to it for a long time. It's about time for another tasting of sorts...
I have to begin by commenting that, in my opinion, this is a barleywine, not a DIPA. I know there's a lot of debate regarding whether to review a beer in the category in which it is listed versus reviewing a beer in the category that you think it belongs, but as far as that argument goes, I will be reviewing this beer as a barleywine.
A - Nice looking, but nothing special. Dark brown brew with a half finger off white head. No head retention, but excellent lacing.
S - Fresh out of the bottle, this one smells out of this world - a perfect combination of malts, pine hops, and big juicy citrus hops. Just outstanding. As it warms however, it is all booze and sugar, typical of many barleywines.
T - Things sort of fall apart here. I get sweet, sugary malts. And that's about it. Sure there are a few random hops that come up at the very finish, but all in all, the taste on this one is all sugar and booze. Pretty disappointing.
M - Perfect for a huge ABV barleywine - thick, sticky, chewy, and minimally carbonated. Wonderful mouthfeel.
D - Due to the imbalanced sweetness in the taste and alcohol burn, this beer is not very drinkable.
After noticing that my rDev for this review was nearly negative 30%, I think this one deserves an explanation. To really be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of barleywines. I'm much, much more of a DIPA guy - DIPAs with balance, malt backbone, and fresh, explosive, citrus hops. But whether this one is a DIPA or a barleywine, either way it is just too sweet for me.
07-09-2010 04:24:38 | More by airohead2001
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
12oz bottle picked up at Food and Friends in Philly.
Pours a very cloudy and dark ruby/orange color that's almost brown with deep, dark burnt orange edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves large streaks of soapy lacing behind.
Sweet boozy aroma with a stronger malt presence than expected and a boatload of earthy pine and sweet citrus hops. Hints of floral hoppy pine needle along with some grapefruit and orange peel. Lots of sweet malt in the nose with hints of caramel, biscuit and rye. The high ABV results in it smelling overly boozy, overpowering the hop presence a bit too much for my liking.
Full bodied with a blast of bitter earthy hops up front that linger throughout over the sweet boozy and malty body into a bitter dry finish. Dry resinous pine needle flavor that is slightly sticky and oily. Very little citrus/sweetness making the hop profile one dimensional. The malt character is very prominent providing sweetness which is complimented by the boozy heat. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, nut and rye. Well balanced but I'm here for the hops. Although there is significant heat, the ABV is pretty well masked considering the beer's strength making it pretty drinkable.
Overall, this beer was decent but is unnecessarily hot and malty. Sure it's well balanced and easy to drink but the hop flavor is constantly being battled throughout. The hops should be the star in an IPA not just another flavor. Seems more like a hoppy American barleywine.
05-11-2011 03:20:58 | More by corby112
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
12oz bottle, thanks Blake, to a La Fin du Monde tulip. No freshness date.
Pours a medium brown with a slight amber tint. Very dark DIPA here, hard to see though but doesn’t appear to cloudy or hazy. 3 inch light tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap and ring of foamy head. The lacing left behind is pretty good.
Deep malty notes in the smell, smells like a barleywine. Caramel, malt, slight alcohol and slight pine hoppiness. Again, the taste is barleywine-like. Fairly hot, big caramel and barley up front, roasted malt, almost coffee-like aftertaste, but it has a very nice level of bitterness. Low carbonation and a very full body as expected. Carbonation is nice but it is very thick and not very drinkable.
Kind of wish I had sat on this one for a while. As far as ageable DIPAs go this is one of the best I’ve had, kills 120 and other DFH, in my opinion. I guess I just don't like this style of IPAs so, for me, this one missed the mark, but I couldn't justify scoring it any lower.
09-19-2011 22:20:30 | More by LSUPT
3.13/5 rDev -24.8%
I got this beer from my recent BIF, thank you very much. Poured into a snifter at 45 degrees.
Appearance: A light tan copper head that is one finger and is bubbly and foamy with some retention. The color of the beer is a medium dark tan with coppers hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.
Nose: A mellow hop aroma of fruity esters and wood. The hops are grapefruit, orange lemon, pine, and floral bouquet. The malt is subtle sweetness, with toastiness, biscuit, and some yeast. There are some phenols and solvent characters.
Taste: A malt forward DIPA, this beer is more like a barleywine. There is an okay amount of hops. Nothing special. The hops are subtle. The hop flavors are orange, lemon, pine, and floral bouquet. The malt is sweet, yeast, biscuit, pine, and yeasty. The high alcohol is masked very well by the malt.
The mouth feel is coating, slightly dry, and a touch of astringency.
Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This beer is going to get low marks because it just doesn't fit the DIPA category. It is a poor IPA. I am disappointed. I have had other Dark Horse Brews and they were better.
05-04-2010 01:41:09 | More by colts9016
3.13/5 rDev -24.8%
$3.50 single from Abe's.
Dark orange, dense haze, topped by three fingers of oatmeal colored level dense foam. No lace.
Aroma heavy with bread, supported by pine, and some citrus. Hint of alcohol.
Bread and caramel foundation. Fruity middle, darkish, mild bitterness. Late alcohol burn in the belly.
Good medium mouthfeel.
Overall seems more like a strong ale than a DIPA. Okay beer but a stylistic disappointment.
07-07-2011 23:07:37 | More by RonfromJersey
3.18/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
06-20-2013 11:51:49 | More by Jeffo
3.18/5 rDev -23.6%
Pours a very cloudy orange-brown with a medium sized off-white head. The crown dies off fast enough but leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.
The nose is all malt, fruit and alcohol with sweet grain notes and a strong dose of apple cider and pear. Mild hops with a very earthy tone - some what mossy and woody.
The flavor is pure barleywine with strong malt notes, a heavy residual sweetness and plenty of alcohol burn. Light on the hop flavors with some echo of a Noble hop deep in the background. Rich fruity flavors compliment the caramel and golden grain notes.
Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with some obvious sedimentation on the tongue and not enough carbonation to clear the palate after each sip. No bitterness to dry each sip means there's a pretty thick coating of residual sugars and oils covering the palate.
If they'd called this a barleywine I would have rated it above average though not spectacular for a barleywine. Calling this a double IPA, even if it had a larger hop presence (which it might have right out of the finishing tank) puts it in a class where the brew really doesn't measure up well. The malts are much too heavy, the hops are almost non-existent and the alcohol sweetness is the predominant flavor. I have to wonder if any IPA with this high an alcohol content can really measure up and if this brew was really meant to be aged (and in the process losing all the presumed hop character)
This was a disappointment on a number of levels.
08-11-2006 05:11:41 | More by RedwoodGeorge
3.28/5 rDev -21.2%
Thanks for the 2009 cwxc818!
A - Pours a dirty brown like a rusty water. Surprisingly I get a nice half inch of head and really...? a nice bit of lacing sticking to the side.
S - Mostly slight alcohol, yeast, and a bit of caramel similar to a barleywine but with a bit of hops thrown in.
T - Taste more alcohol if anything so I assume with the hop presence being subdued it doesn't really keep well. Taste mostly of caramel, burnt sugar, and dead hops. Had to sip it or it would make me gag.
M - HEAVY metal... lol seriously it is not for the faint of heart. Alcohol could never calm down on this beast.
Overall glad to try might have this fresh (possibly on tap) to see if that makes a difference but could never imagine this beer is possible. More ABV than Devil Dancer? I can tell.
06-07-2011 20:43:57 | More by DrDemento456
3.28/5 rDev -21.2%
Taken from notes on 4.6.11
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Pours a carmel brown-orange with a one finger creamy orange head. Some floaters present.
S - A slight citrus scent is present, that is it.
T - Sweet carmel and orange.
D - Sticky in the mouth.
O - The floaters had me wondering what was going on here.
06-02-2011 03:42:58 | More by HuskyinPDX
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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