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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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Reviews: 900
Hads: 2,683
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 309
Gots: 459 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of BeerTruth
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to metallitone1 for this monster.

12 oz. green waxed bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark murky amber with a thin half finger head that quickly dies down to few tiny bubbles. Tiny spotty stickiness here and there. Smell is huge citrus and alcohol with a good caramel malt backbone. Good combination of hop and malt fighting for the noses attention. Taste is quite surprising...very dirty hop mixed with some pine. Is it me, or is there no alcohol on the tongue The huge malt flavor comes through as well to balance this beast out perfectly, yes...perfectly. Mouthfeel is huge, thick, and a bit syrupy...wow is there a lot there. Bubbles are trying to exist but it's pretty difficult for them to do so. I can't imagine how good the drinkability will be with age, none the less, I can't wait to find out after I age one of these for a while. If you enjoy complex beers, get this one for sure. There really isn't anything like it out there.

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Photo of teovaldi
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy reddish amber with a very small head that dissipates quickly but nice lacing sticks around. Holding this one up to the light i can hardly see through it at all.

The smell is a total citrus hop bomb with a slight whiff of malt and even less booze...how they hide almost 14% in the nose is beyond me.

The strong hops obliterate your tongue with even the smallest sip. The hops taste of grapefruit and theres a slight malt backing...though not as much as one would expect from a DIPA. The bitterness lingers for a long time just begging for another sip.

Good carbonation with a medium body.

The drinkability of this is amazing. You can not tell that this beer is even close to 8% let alone 13.6. Awesome beer!

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Photo of Reneejane
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. I've never had a. double IPA like this ever before. It is so dark and so malty and somewhat roasty, that it's a shock. It's incredible. The color was amber to brown with an off-white tan head, hazy. Head kind of low. Aroma, you can actually smell the roasted malt around the hops! Taste is of hops and roasty malt character. It's amazingly complex. It's almost like a brown done as an IPA and then Imperial. this is nothing like the regular crooked tree IPA, so, it's surprising in other ways.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to funkyaudio for the extra! Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a deep caramel-amber color with a thick, yellow-tinted off-white head that slowly faded to a thick layer and left nice lacing. Aroma of pungent, earthy hops with some light pine resin, a bit of citric fruitiness (orange peel, grapefruit), and some undertones of sweet caramel malt. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some caramel malt softly transitions into a spicy, piny hoppiness with some floral undertones and hints of grapefruit and orange. Soft carbonation, slick and full on the palate. Definitely a step above the regular Crooked Tree IPA. Definitely a fan of this one!

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Photo of claminat420
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a murky amber color with a off white yellowish head. medium lacing.

S- just a attack of pine and citrus hops. i love it!

T- pine and citrus hops try to cover the high abv but they do it in a managable way. caramel malt shows up just a tad which i like.

M- as medium as it comes bodied. a solid imperial ipa

D- too drinkable for the 13.6abv.

Overall- this ipa is one tough imperial. i love the hop attack with the mellow malt hanging peacefully with the alcohol. i will state YOU CAN DETECT THE ALCOHOL but with the 13.60 i wanna see you try to do it better. any beer where you can drink 3 of them and feel like a billion bucks i tip my hat to. if you're a hop head pick up the brew asap!

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Photo of sitarist
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a orange/brandy-like color, off white head falls to a ring, not much lacing, but the lacing has an interesting quality to it.

This smells very nice: orange/ orange liquor, pine, fresh cut wood, kind buds, Christmas, LOTS of caramel, and toffee sweetness, flowery, peppery, and alluring. Reminds me of a lap dance.

Taste just as good as it smells. The alcohol is hidden very, very well. Everything is perfectly balanced. Pine, orange, pineapple, and caramel are most prominent; peppery/spicy aftertaste.

Lots of body, sticky, low carbonation, warming, and has a nice numbing finish.

Who cares how drinkable this beer is; you only need one! Really, this is a pleasure to drink; the buzz is a bonus. The balance in flavors and aromas is mind-blowing to me. Aged this might start to become more of a Barleywine, but at 2 months fresh this is to me what a DIPA should be! Ive had on tap also and remember it being even better.

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Photo of DrJay
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt orange/amber colour with a thin lace of fine bubbles. Spotty foam stickage to the glass. Big time pine aroma, like fresh pine needles. Grapefruit and malt kind of take a backseat until it warms a bit. More grapefruit up front in the flavour, with citrus throughout. Solid malt backbone with some pleasant caramel providing excellent balance to the strong bitterness. A bit of pine resin. Some toffee as it warms. Light alcohol warmth in the finish, with lingering orange citrus and pine. Full body, just short of sticky. The low, well-integrated carbonation makes for a pleasant texture that's a bit creamy. Alcohol is apparent, but very controlled. This is a killer beer - very well put together with great balance given the extremes that are playing against each other. Dark Horse is quickly becoming one of my favourite breweries.

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Photo of Goukbeergals
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Nice grainy, crusty malty notes up front. Citrusy hop notes quickly follow and assert themselves. Nice balance between the crusty malts and citrusy hop notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy copper colored pour with a sticky white head.

Flavor: Firm citrusy, floral, and spicy hop notes up front followed by some nice bready malt character. Balance is firmly towards the bitterness. Low fusel alcohols that are well-knit into the other flavors. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Definite alcohol warmth noted on the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A big, well balanced Imperial IPA. This is a velvet hammer. It is well balanced and highly drinkable. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a mahogany amber. This is the darkest DIPA I have ever seen! Thick foamy, almost orange but white head that took awhile to dissipate down to a 1-finger head. It looks so thick initially that a bottle cap just might have actually floated on top! Plenty of lacing, it created a big ring around the glass from the initial pour.

(S)- Citrus galore of grapefruit, pineapple, and lime. Serious pine and malt background. Smells like this is gonna be really sweet; it smells almost candy-ish sweet.

(T)- Wow! This is strong! Puckered citrus primarily lime with grapefruit secondary. Big hoppy bite with a warming alcoholic boozy flavor. Huge sweet malt backbone that is near caramel in flavor but more like brown sugar.

(M)- Despite the big citrus, hops, and huge sweetness. This is actually really smooth. Even with a massive 13.6%abv! Granted there is a respectable warming feel from so much alcohol, but its not a burning sensation. Complex and seriously strong. Carbonation level is spot on.

(D)- Man, one of these will get you drunk no problem! Massive in pretty much every way, but incredible balance and not overpowering in one way or another. The only thing that really hurts the drinkability is its crazy abv, and how full it makes you feel after one. This will age forever! I only wish I knew how old or young this was to gauge how well it actually does over time. It could be fresh, a few months old, or a year. WE NEED BOTTLED DATES PPL!!

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Photo of arkurzynski
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep amber-red color. Thin, off-white head with mild carbonation. Piney, grapefruit hops and toasted caramel malts in the nose. Very layered hop aroma that seems to morph upon inhalation. Flavor is excellent and spot-on. Again, morphing hoppiness that starts piney and moves to grapefruit. Beautiful caramel and toasted malts that brings the beer back a bit. Dry, almost wood aged flavor on the finish. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Body/mouthfeel FULL. Happy to be living next to one of the great beer states.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagash large snifter glass. Pours a super cloudy/hazy reddish brown color. Gigantic frothy off-white head that has pretty good retention. Leaves a wonderful sticky and full creamy lacing. After a little time, the lacing starts to slide a little faster.

Huge DIPA aroma. Lots of bitter hops and sweet fruit scents battling each other. The piny hops take over the majority of the smell. Booze is also a big characteristic of the nose.

Flavor is very good! Incredible that this beer is almost 14% ABV! Extremely smooth mouthfeel, not nearly the dry finish that most IPA's tend to have. To date...my new favorite IPA/DIPA. Booze is extremely well hidden, hoppy introductory flavor, followed by a semi-sweet full fruit taste. After taste is sweet and pleasant. Another surprise, that the IBU's are so close to 100; seems closer to 70 or so. Overall, very, very good DIPA...super impressed!

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Photo of kc44
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly sure what to call the color, but I like it. Light bronze? The head isn't huge, but it is certainly there, and not going away, which is remarkable for a beer of this strength. While fairly clear, the beer stops a bit short of the translucence I have seen and love in the style. Other than that, not a whole lot to improve on looks-wise. Where aroma is concerned, no beer geek who gives this one a whiff will have any doubt as to what style of beer is in the glass. However, that being said, I should be able to make that deduction from a foot away with something like this. The hops are there, there's a surprising amount of malt and definitely a little booziness, but overall I just felt like the aroma could be a little bolder. Taste, forgeddaboudit. So good. Unreal. I was trying to pin down one of the main flavors I really liked, figuring it was something with the hops. It's the malt! It really comes through initially before the hops take over and make a serious statement. American all the way. The finish moved toward dry but stopped before it really got there - still some sweetness to this monster of a brew. The hops, unsurprisingly, get the last word, as the bitterness just hangs around all night and will probably stay until you forcibly kick it out. Just... wow. Tectonic plates of malt and hops interacting here. Unsurprisingly, the body is big, slick, and sticky. I wouldn't have minded if it were a little less carbonated, really. At the end of the day, this is the only true "double" IPA I'm aware of (they simply doubled their IPA recipe, seriously) and it lives up to the billing admirably. You might not hear this one in breath with the Plinys and the Dreadnaughts and the Hopslams and what have yous, but damned if it doesn't belong there or in another, higher, class of its own. Not just worth having if you have the opportunity; worth seeking out to have that opportunity. I've had my share of Dark Horse over the years as a native Michigander, and if you haven't given them a shot recently, take the chance on this one. A standout on the jaded DIPA scene.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a cloudy reddish orange, with a creamy off white two inch head, that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, grapefruit, and apricot. Taste is very well balanced with what the nose picked up, with a nice pungent grapefruit finish with some alcohol. Body is on the large side, plenty of carbonation, not overly dry, and for its huge ABV very drinkable. This is outstanding, a treat for all hop heads.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was surprised by the color. I didn't expect to see it that dark and amber. It is transparent. Poured about a finger and a half of head.

The smell is delicious!

Very sweet taste and smooth. You can definitely taste the alcohol.

Very drinkable beer. It doesn't seem like a DIPA though. I think because of the smoothness and the color I would almost consider this an imperial amber ale. Do they even brew those?

Gotta love Michigan beer!

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Photo of Lemke10
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium amber color with a foamy, beige head. There is a strong presence of hops in the aroma. The taste is strong, bitter, and full of flavor. This is everything you would expect from IIPA. Well made, delicious and something that doesn’t ruin your taste buds after one.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried at the Local Taphouse in Sydney as part of their Dark Horse AleStars evening, along with a few other of their beers. This was my pick of the evening, however.

Pours a deep, crusty, clouded orange colour, with a fine white persistent head that eventually settles down to a thin ring. Has some very solid lace that forms in patches. Looks pretty good.

The nose is just gorgeous. Big, crisp, sharp orange brightness with a backing of sweet sherbet. Even a touch of fragrant rose, along with floral gin botanicals. It's that clean sweetness mingled with the sharp citric tang: candied peel, fresh lemonade. It's just gorgeous, and so, so pleasant. Love it.

Taste is similar: candied orange flavours, smooth sweetness that melds seamlessly with the sharpness. Spicy characters come forward towards the back, along with a bit of booze, but never enough to damage the smooth, pleasant finish. A touch of pine comes through to remind you it's a big IPA even still, but it's clean, bright and leafy—again reminding us of the fresh fragrance. By the end, the booze and citric melds into a warming character of kumquat liqueur.

Feel is chewy and rich, but clear and pleasant.

Wow. This is really good. For a beer that's over 13%ABV this is stupidly drinkable. This is a really, really good BIG IPA—I'm not sure I've had such a balanced and pleasant IPA this big. It's ridiculous, it shouldn't be possible. And yet here we are.

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Photo of Chris_Osment
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Smoothest IPA with that high of a ABV that I've tried so far. Easy to drink, good beer to introduce "vanilla" beer drinkers to the world of super-charged Michigan IPAs. Perfectly balanced, all the subtle tasting notes you'd expect( pine, citrus, etc...) without being bitter for bitterness's sake.

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Photo of beerhan
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From what I remember this beer is the best thing Dark Horse has ever done! It is the DIPA to rule them all. There is a cascade of hops, all sorts of fruits and a dash of pine that just make this beer stand out. Definitely not for the novice because this beer will knock you on your floor!

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Photo of heliosphann
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz Bottle. Served in a Tulip. Split with fellow BA Infestaxion.

A: Pours a murky orange red. Small head which receded quickly. Fantastic lacing.

S: Thick juicy hops along with some grapefruit and floral notes. Sweet carmel malts in action.

T: Big malts front, but the hops are not forgotten. Earthy, resiny hops are fighting it out with the malt sweetness. The later is perhaps winning a little at this point. Some faint spiciness. Virtually no trace of the %13.6 ABV. Fantastic!

M: Very thick, but velvety smooth. A little sticky, but not too much. Goes down really nice for such a big DIPA.

D: Very balanced and easily one of the most drinkable double IPA's out there. The ABV looks like it'd be a deterrent, but it's hardly noticeable. I could have easily drank the full 12oz and a few more...

I'm always amazed at how Dark Horse crafts such great, high ABV beers that are insanely drinkable. I had a 3 snifters of freshly tapped Double Crooked Tree at the brewpub and I could have had another 3. Amazing. One of my favorite DIPAs available.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep gold to amber color with a moderate level of haziness. Small, 1 finger head that retains very well as a thinner lace on the top. Lacing is pretty good. Looks almost dark enough in the glass to be mistaken as a barleywine.

S- Big, bitter, piney, and resiny hops. Slight floral quality underneath to the hops. Just a little bit of sweetness from the malts are present underneath, but barely any at all.

T- Starts with a very balanced attack of both hops and malt base. Hops are strong, but not overpowering, with more pine flavor notes. Hops persist from the beginning on, balanced by some semi-sweet malt base. Some caramel malt with a little bit of brown sugar taste is there, but faint and dominated by the hops. Ends with the hop bite that linger on the tongue for a little bit.

M- Thicker, smooth, and surprisingly low burn for the 12% ABV. This is a very drinkable DIPA that doesn't necessarily crush you with hops, but the alcohol will catch up to you despite lacking a burn.

Overall, this is the definition of a higher ABV DIPA. This is what I thought I would get with DFH 120, but Double Crooked Tree blows it our of the water. Nothing in particular about this beer stands out except the overall beer itself. I should have bought a 4 pack.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had this one before. Sent as an extra in a recent trade.

A- Really dark orange dirty looking pour. Seems like a lot of sediment in there. Screw it, it could look like dogshit but the smell is telling me something else. Lets just give this a 4 and see what develops.

Smell - Crazy good. Citrusy and wonderful. I'm ready to drink this shit through my proboscis/snout/nose.

Taste - Excellent. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had, and they are not usually my style.

Mouthfeel - Good, very solid.

Overall -Definitely something I would like to try again. A difficult get considering my zip code but would be happy to get some more at some point.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
(Written from notes taken last week at a friend’s apartment)

A: Pours a brown amber color with a half finger of foamy white head. There is decent retention before the head fades to a small cap of foam. There is no lacing whatsoever.

S: The smell is overwhelmingly hoppy and very fruity. There are strong notes of citrus and light tropical scents like peach, pineapple and mango. There are also minor notes of dry pine and herbs.

T: Again, the taste is very citrusy. It is less fruity than the smell but still fairly tropical. More of the bitter flavors of the hops come through, especially pine and herbs as well as grass cuttings. The hops are very strong, almost hot on exhalation. Light caramel malts provide a little bit of sweetness to cover the taste of alcohol, which is surprisingly minimal given the ABV. The aftertaste is long and bitter, with herbs and grass predominating.

M: Moderately light and lightly carbonated. Slightly sticky. Similar to the taste, the alcohol is well hidden.

O: Absolutely delicious. This is a big, flavorful beer. Incredibly strong yet easy to drink. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of RJay
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love their crooked tree IPA so I was excited to see their Double show up at my local beer store!

A - Deep hazy amber color poured with half inch of head. It leaves a nice lacing all the way down the sides of the glass and little carbonation bubbles.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, the aroma of the malts seem to overwhelm the hop aroma. Very light hop aroma, kind of earthy.

T - I thought I would be overwhelmed by the alcohol content but that is not the case. The sweet malts and bittering hops are very well balanced.

M - Very smooth with a creamy likeness. Not a lot of carbonation.

D - For packing such a wallop of well hidden alcohol it sure is easy to drink!

I will be tucking one or two away for a while to taste again as it ages. This is an excellent beer!

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Photo of jtingue
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Batch, reviewed fresh. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Poured slowly to make for a crystal clear copper amber color. A finger of pure white head dissipates very little, but does leave some very sticky and beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Great alcohol feet as well.

Smell. The nose is pounded with citrus and mango right up front. Some malty sweetness gives the allusion of a fruit syrup or extract. In the background there is both a subtle spice and that familiar smell of alcohol.

Taste. Starts out with mango and some piney hop resins. The hops start to reveal all of their flavors with some citrus and a lot of pineapple. This is balanced all the while with a candy like sweetness, again giving the impression of a sweet syrup. A little bit of bitterness balances out the sweetness and leads to a very balanced finish, with lingering tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel. Incredibly thick body and a moderate amount of carbonation that cleanses the palate, but doesn't attack it, nor does it bring out any of the hop resins too much.

I was incredibly surprised by this beer. The amount of balance that is achieved is quite amazing. It seems to belong in that small but distinguished triple IPA pseudo category.

*** After having this beer three times, I have started to notice the chive like hop character that this beer seems to have the reputation for. I, however would not change any of my scores for the beer.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.