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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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2,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 280
Gots: 283 | FT: 13
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

maDUECEgunner, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jeffwright, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MgoJohnStamos, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Rico488, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint, not dated

A - Pours an orange to brown color - could be amber in some ways. Head formation very light, quick to dissipate. White in color. Lots of carbonation present. Slightly hazy.

S - Subdued nose - primarily orange and grapefruit hops notes. Little phenolic backdrop, which is a surprise considering the ABV.

T - Starts off with a very smooth, sweet malt note. Slightly roasted malts, transition into an almost balanced mid-stream. Finishes with a sweet note of malts and orangey hops. Overall a very light and smooth tasting IPA. Not aggressive in any particular attribute.

M - Silky smooth beer. A little alcohol warming is present. No carbonation bite. This thing is just loaded with sugars.

D - Uhmm, how to gauge this: if i didn't know this beer had 13.6%, I would be in big trouble. So easy drinking - smooth and deceptive. Light on the palette.

An interesting beer - but I would have to say it leans just a little too hard to the malts for a DIPA.

katan, Jul 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

chrishensley, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

HugeBulge, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ahbithwabm, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

elephantrider, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

LukeK, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of 57md
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I did not have anything special sitting in my cellar for my 700th review but I figured that I’d at least go big for such an auspicious occasion.

Appearance was a brownish copper color with golden edges. The thin film of head faded in no time. This offering was oddly fizzy as well. The nose had definite citrus notes. The body was hearty and the flavor profile was quite malty for a DIPA. The finished has more citrus notes and some decent hop bitterness.

This offering was quite good and unique a world where too many DIPAs are carbon copies of one another. Frankly, I’d consider this more of an American Strong Ale than a DIPA, but no sense quibbling over style.

57md, Jun 04, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%

Bradaplast, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of MacQ32
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

MacQ32, Aug 07, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. I wish this had a bottling date so I could know how old it is.

Appearance: Thin but sturdy layer of tan foam. Very hazy rusty brown body.

Smell: Citrus, tobacco, mint, pineapple. Blend of various hoppy aromas. Maltiness lets itself be known with a background sweetness.

Taste: Not as sharp of a taste as I thought it would be. All the flavors are very mingled and mellow. Alcohol not as assertive as one might expect.

I wish I had a few more bottles of this to put in the cellar.

BierFan, Jul 02, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh off the distributor's truck but apparently released in February so maybe over a month old.

Appearance: Dark orange and opaque like most of the style. Poured a one finger off-white head that has since dissipated into a thin foam covering the surface leaving behind some attractive lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sugar-crusted barley and sweet orange from the hops. A very welcoming and sweet aroma despite how bitter the flavor is likely to be. My bottle lists the ABV as being 12% and indeed there is a slight burn from the alcohol in the nose.

Taste: A big and decently complex Imperial IPA that has both east coast and west coast flavors. The most surprising thing I notice right away is the good balance of all the robust flavors. The malt bill favors bursts of caramel, amber, and an overall sweet character while the hops contribute lots of orange, pine, and a bit of earth. The hops also contribute to the malt sweetness but have enough bitterness to help the palate from becoming cloyed by the sweet flavor. I'm not sure what the exact bitterness level is but I'd hazard a guess it's around 95-100 IBUs. With big IPAs like this one the bitterness tends to be counteracted by the malt and alcohol so it's a little more veiled and not palate wrecking. Speaking of alcohol, I can't taste any of the 12% ABV. Perhaps a little heat on the back end but otherwise miraculously well hidden. Smooth finish and a bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body and never feels too heavy. Nice and smooth carbonation and an ease of drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I actually reviewed the regular Crooked Tree IPA last week and this pair of IPA and DIPA from the same brewery might be the first time the double has actually tasted like a double of the original. Lots of malt and hop goodness with a midwest/east coast flavor. If you're a hop head or into barleywines then definitely check this one out. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Mar 23, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one of a kind appearance to the DIPA. Looks like muddy thick water. Or very raw apple juice. A plethora of floaties consume the liquid. Hard pour reveals a small off white/yellow head that fades into a ring with little lace left behind.

Well this may be another culprit of the "sit in the cellar and forget about it till it's not a peak syndrome". The nose is pungent caramel, and toffee malt, the floral, piney hop aromas are laid back and hidden by the malt. There are pleasing fruity esters throughout. Very pleasing aromas. Just lacking in hop.

Well the hops come out in the mouth more but it is still dominated by the huge toffee malt. A nice alcohol burn is in the chest after the first sip. The hop that is there is juicy, and palate coating resiny. Leaves a mouthwatering bitter finish of about 45 seconds. There are even hints of apple, and alcohol in the flavor as well. Nice balance and complexity but I do think it's been aged slightly too long. I will definitely have to locate one of these to try at an earlier stage of it's life.

mcallister, Oct 11, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazed orange copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and clings to the glass with tenacity. Head drops to a thin cap. Nice sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Pours thick and heavy.

Smell: Biscuits, oranges, and grapefruit. Sharp bite of booze on the back as well. Biscuit dough, graham cracker crust, and caramel sweetness. Bitter hop resins and so much citrus. Light dusting of pine with a nice floral component as well.

Taste: Aggressive bitterness hits up front. Big malty backbone helps cut through and brings a biscuity sweetness to an otherwise aggressive hop-forward beer. Pine mingles with a huge fleshy grapefruit component. Warming alcohol on the finish of each sip.

Mouthfeel: Oily hops spread with the help of an almost full, almost syrupy body. Dry on the back because of the alcohol and some seriously intense hopping.

Overall: Drinks more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Very heavy and full. Something akin to Bigfoot. A lot of flavor going on, but it's well balanced...or as well as it can be for such a big beer. Drinks well fresh and becomes something unique with some age thrown on it.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 28, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark orange/amber color and formed an off white head that disappeared slowly. The aroma was heavy mix of hops with some pine and caramel notes in the background. The flavor was of hops and a mix of caramel and other sweets. The finish was sweet and the alcohol was present and created a very warming effect afterwards.

Wildman, Jun 02, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a darker hazy orangish-amber with a two finger head lasting for a few minutes but only having minimal lacing qualities.

Smells mostly of citrus peel, (orange, lemon, AND grapefruit in relatively equal proportion) caramel, pine resin, and lesser amounts of toffee malt, a tiny whiff of woody herbals rounds it all out.

Tastes of juicy oranges and caramel, somewhat more emphasized woody herbals than the nose had, and a resinous extended finish. Tropical fruits appear at a relatively restrained level as the glass warms up.

Body is perhaps a tad too thick as it is on the heavier side of medium body with carbonation on the lighter side of medium strength.

The most interesting thing about this beer (aside from excellent balance and craftsmanship, I mean) is how the high ABV is almost completely masked. At no time at all was I able to detect any boozy hotness in either the nose or flavor. Dangerously delicious.

WastingFreetime, Aug 22, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to tulip. Looks good; a darker double, reflective of the regular Crooked Tree. Bouquet is okay; far and away it's weakest attribute. Tastes great. Deep and hoppy, much like the regular, but kicked up and clearly a double. Mouthfeel is good, but it's definitely a sipping beer. Overall, I really enjoyed it.

b3shine, May 04, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the more interesting double IPAs I've ever had and a big thanks to Raymo55 in Michigan for sending me a fresh bottle. It pours a really interesting caramel toffee color with hints of honey and amber when held to the light. A nice frothy head sits atop the beer, about a single finger high and has great retention and fantastic lacing. The aroma is predominantly malt heavy but does have a nice prickly pine burst that plays well with the deeper, earthier aromas, lots of caramel and grain, but also some sweeter notes of citrus from the hops. The flavors are very interesting, big pine notes lead the way, lots of sappy resinous elements, but then the malt takes over. Big caramel and toffee flavors leap out with some sweetness reminiscent of molasses plays well with the lingering citrus sweetness from the hops, but there is a lot of grain in this beer which isn't unpleasant, just uncommon for a modern American made Double IPA. The body is nice and rich, plays well with the malty and bold flavors.

Verdict: More like a hoppy barleywine in my opinion, especially considering the high ABV, which is very well hidden. Despite the oddities about this beer, it's awesome, definitely one to seek out.

kevanb, Mar 24, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cpetrone84 for sharing this!

A- Body is a pretty dark, nearly transparent amber hue. Pours with a very small <1/2 finger fizzy white head which fades quickly to a thin collar and no lacing is left behind in the glass. Amber hue is beautiful.

S-Nose boasts of big caramel malt, molasses, and grapefruit/citrus hops are less prominent but still detectable.

T-The flavor is uniform throughout and is mostly citrus and herbal hop flavors with a big caramel malt backbone and the slightest hint of alcohol.

M-Mouthfeel is great-moderate to heavy body with low to medium carbonation, smooth and creamy with no alcohol consistency. Hop oils really come through here.

D- This is a very good beer-would have never guessed that this is a 13% monster. The flavor is big, sweet, and balanced. This actually reminds me of Burton Baton. Well put together.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 01, 2010
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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