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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

2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 874
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 292
Gots: 324 | 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:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting DIPA!!! Thanks to elkhunter36 for this bottle.

Great artwork on the label. Pours well, giving a thick, somewhat dense foam-that stays. Color is a ruddy burnt amber.

Nose is forward with the hops, a bit piney but some hint of sweetness too. Is it from the hops or is it the mailt trying to get noticed?

Wow, I love the hops up front, but there is the malt presence there as well. Very balanced. I got the piney hops, but then a bit of a slightly sweet bread of cracker came through as well. Oh, and I still have almost a finger of foam left--nice. Hop finish goes toward a spiciness--almost peppery.

Mouthfeel on this beer is quite different than your usual IPA or DIPA. It has more heft. This sets this beer apart wonderfully. There is also a silica like grittiness present. I don't know if it's hop & yeast residue, but it did not take away from the overall experience.

I could not find the ABV on the label, and I started w/o reviewing BA's listing, so I didn't know what I was dealing with from the onset. Wow, damned smooth for a 12+% beer. Maybe that pepper I got in the finish was alcohol burn that I didn't recognize. Really good beer!!!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy orange with a pristine interior disturbed only by the occasional miniscule bubble. The upper half of the snifter is occupied by a whipped frothy crown that is equal parts ecru and ivory. Considering the ABV, there's a pretty decent lace display.

The nose is more American barleywine than DIPA. (Single) Crooked Tree is more hoppy than malty, so this beer was expected to follow suit. Especially since Double Crooked is supposed to be (Single) Crooked with all the ingredients, except water, doubled. The dominant aroma is oranges soaked in Grand Marnier. Good, but far from great.

Dark Horse deserves credit for masking such a high ABV so completely. While alcohol is appreciated on the taste buds, it isn't a major member of the flavor profile. It's most noticeable as a tongue tingle... followed by a tongue numbing... followed by a gullet warming.

Mucho malt is in the house, yet the beer isn't anywhere near as sappy, sticky and cloying as it might have been. 98 IBUs worth of alpha acids feel like significantly fewer, which is always the case when abundant malt sugars are present. The flavor profile consists of bitter orange peel, orange oil, brandy, buttery caramel and pine sap.

I'm beginning to wonder if my bottle isn't from 2007 rather than 2008. That would explain the less-than-buzzsaw hoppiness and a mouthfeel that falls short of chewy. It's at least medium for the style, but it also feels a little worn around the edges. Soft and sparse carbonation is just what the tree surgeon ordered.

Double Crooked Tree IPA is a perfect example of why the same basic recipe is sometimes better suited to brewing an IPA rather than a DIPA. In other words, there has to be more to creating a world-class DIPA than doubling everything except water. This is pretty good beer, but I'm a little disappointed that it isn't outstanding beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it via a trade, thanks folks. Pours a deep caramely amber (i think thats a color), smell was a sweet malt with some booziness. Wasn't quite sure what to expect on this, wasn't even on my radar, but very pleased with getting one a trying it. Taste was a typical DIPA, but with a very palatable booze finish, is this really +13%. The big malts balance this out, good stuff, i'll be on the lookout for more.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.