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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

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Have you read the description for the regular Crooked Tree yet? Well this beer is almost the same just double the flavor and alcohol. We actually took the Crooked Tree recipe and doubled all of the ingredients except the water, just the way a DOUBLE should be made. Big hops balanced with tons of malt give this beer a huge body. Although this beer is as cool as "The Fonz" when first purchased, it gets really mellow and smooth with some age. After a year or two stored in a cool dark place you'll notice the heavy caramel and malt flavors are trying to sneak past the hops. This beer is hugely delicious so it will need your undivided attention (the chores can wait....trust us).

98 IBUs

Added by putnam on 03-05-2005

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Photo of cnally
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just visualize...it's an IPA. Double. Mixed with a Barleywine, and for good measure a splash of an Old Ale. Now doesn't it blow you away?

The appearance is a deep red/brown. A wispy off-white head floats nicely.

A woodsy, oaky aroma with such a floral hop aroma it's crazy.

Flavor. Complex as hell. Deep and cascading. Begins almost too sweet, short of cloying, but sweet and carmelly from the malt. There is a old ale-type ester in the middle of flavor as it finishes with a mild yet piney bitterness. Oaky all the way through.

A slick mouthfeel, lower than I typically like in the carbonation.

It's not a Double IPA. Or really any other style. It's just its own weird creation, full of flavors and balanced like you wouldn't believe.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, doesn't look like an ipa or iipa at all. Hardly any head at all, probably more to do with the pour than the actual beer, as I've had this befoe in bottle and there has been plenty. Smells are hops, malts and a little fruit, maybe some plums. I taste some hops in the front, a little caramel and a slight hoppy finish. Delicious. Mouthfeel is thick, but not overly thick with slight carbonation, feels really good. This beer would be drinkable as an "average" abv beer, at 13% this is unbelievable drinkable. It should be a sipper, but it's so damn smooth you need to watch out.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to each of the 3 BAs who included this as an extra. You know who you are.

3.5 A: Hazy amber brown color. Half a finger (if even that) of short lived creamy head. Some irregular lacing. I'll give this one a break due to the high ABV.

4.5 S: This ain't no DIPA. Rather American B-wine all the way. Citrusy and piney hops with the focus on orange and mango. Super strong malt backbone with lots of toffee sweetness from the residual sugar and perhaps a touch of crystal malt.

4.5 T: One of the best balanced barleywines I've ever had. Slightly bready are the malts. Toffee and caramel show up again. Hop bitterness balances perfectly - not too sweet not too bitter. Hop flavor is there with pine and orange again, but seem trivial in comparison to the malts. Alcohol is warming, but extremely well hidden.

4.5 M: Lighter heavy body. Good carbonation. Very creamy with subtly warm finish. Very nice.

5.0 D: This is easily the best drinking American barleywine I've had due to the incredible balance of bitterness and malt sweetness. Alcohol very well hidden. Great beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH Signature Glass

Appearance: An impossibly tight tan head rises from the murky brown body. Flecks of orange and red find their way through the hazy brown to offer a nice pour. The lacing is sticky and consistant. How does a beer with this ABV hold its head so well?

Smell: I get the scent of cut grass and mango up front with a nice candy sweetness following. Behind all of this is the vague hint of melon. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow. The hops just expolde across the palate as the piny resin mixes with some traces of flowers- all brought together with a citrusy melon that works incredibly well. There is a syrupy sweetness in the finish which is maintained through a perfect balance of malt and hops. The after taste is slightly hot but as the beer warms, that dissapates a bit. Overall, if I would have never guessed the ABV was so high. Very drinkable!

Body: Light carbonation and heavy body. Perfect for the style.

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

12 oz Bottle Thanks to Northertimber for the trade, thus allowing me to try this brew. Green wax sealing in the cap...13.6%, 98 IBU's. Holding on to my horses, so to speak. Here we go.

Darkest IIPA i've ever come across. Its murky like mop water. Cloudy peach with plenty of yeast floaties. Relatively no head, just a thin layer of bubbles that are scattered about. Not the most appetizing looking beer but the darkness of this one makes it quite mysterious indeed.

Definitely a good bit of alcohol presence. Boatload of floral hops and caramel malt as well. This is gonna be one massive beer.

Wowser, smooth like butta. Very very balanced, something I wasn't expecting. Huge malt profile that has a nice toffee taste to it. A little roasted caramel as well. Hop bitterness, as expected, is delicious. Nice floral and citrus taste that lingers on the tongue. Again, some more tofee near the end as it finishes a nice juicy hop bittersweet. I think i'm in love.

A nice creamy mouthfeel to this one. Medium-full bodied overall, but incredibly full for a double IPA. This is like hop syrup. Very little carbonation, but the beer doesn't taste flat.

For a beer that I thought was going to be over the top bitter, this one ended up being incredibly balanced and unbelievably drinkable. Think Two-Hearted x2 and you'll get this bad boy from Dark Horse. Truely an exceptional beer all around.

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

This bottle has at least 6-8 months of age on it. A cloudy orange/amber pour with a finger of frothy off white head.Aroma is muted grapefruit,orange,sweet caramel malt, a nice hint of bread and pine. Flavor starts sweet then citrus,then some spice I (not sure what maybe peppercorn),honey and spruce. A nice little warming at the slightly dry bitter finish. Full body ,sticky mouthfeel,soft carbonation. Very Very Good ! A very complex IIPA.

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

Pours a very thick and rich orange-brown color. There was NO head what so ever on this beer.
The smell is amazing! It's almost all hops with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very hoppy and thick. Wow this is a great brew! Very extreme!!! This beer is, next to HopSlam, the most hoppy beer I've had. It's amazing how NONE of the alcohol, which is 13%, has a bite. This is a very well balance and clean beer!

Overall, a fucking awesome beer for the value!!

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

I'm drinking an '09 and '10 next to each other. Rather than complicate things, I'll focus my ratings in this review on the '09 and contrast appropriately.

A - Both pour a bright amber into tulip glasses - the '09 has no head, while the '10 maintains an inch head for 5 minutes or so. '09 is visibly less cloudy.

S - Two totally different beers here - the '09 is all fruity malts with a small hint of flowery hops and warm booze. '10 is all sharp booze and bright hops. The '09 smells great.

T&M - '09 is divine. Rates right up there with the best barleywines I've ever tried - fruity, well hidden warm alcohol, and just a bit of residual hoppiness that gives it a great finish. In contrast, the '10 has mouth-numbing hops, stronger punch, and surprisingly a bit more watery mouthfeel.

D - 6.0 for drinkability. I had a '10 by itself recently and was shocked at how well hidden the ABV is. The '09 takes it to a whole new level. I am glad my wife likes these, as two could be dangerous...

I definitely prefer this with age, although both are delicious.

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

A: COla brown with little frothing a edges that stays with beer.

S: Maple and borwn sugar. Malt with a seranno spice. Tons of caramel. Pine from hops, but there's a wierd cheezy spice ( I know this sounds wierd) like opening a bag of doritos.

T/M: Smooth. Lighter mouthfeel than I'd expect. This one is a few months old by now, so the flavors have mellowed. Still little alochol perception. Everything melds nicely. Big malty carmel presence gives way to the hops, which push through in a nice way, not overpowering, not a hop heads dream, but add some nice spice to this beer that balances everything out. The zlochol comes through in the end, but no perception of the huge abv here. Finish is long, and I et that same bisuity yeastinees cobined with spice that gave me the feeling of Dorito's earler..

D: Great for how big bthis beer is.

Ovr: I really love this beer becuase it tries to be a great beer, and that's it. Too often DIPA's just try to be huge unbalanced hop messes that don't work for me. This beer, the hop character is large, but in perfect harmony with the alcohol and malt. Only complaint is that it was a bit light on the mouthfeel for my tastes.

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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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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.