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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

2,151 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,151
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 265
Gots: 265 | 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:
98 IBU

(Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005)
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a burnt orange and cloudy, with a bit of white head with some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit sweet with lots of tropical hop notes. Mango, pineapple, but more in a day old fruit salad (not bad) sort of way. Some caramel sweetness as well. Flavor is pretty bitter, very mangoey, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Very enjoyable. Maybe closer to barleywine than DIPA, but it is still very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I would generally want, and there is some ok carbonation, but I usually prefer my IPAs to be drier.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:03:44 | More by Agold
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with no brewing date. Courtesy of Viggo through a trade.

Pours a deep malty brownish orange with a minimal head and no lacing. Smells very nice. An initially hit of hop aroma and citrus then the sweet malt and then the alcohol hit you one after the other. The aroma finishes with an almost peppery hit. Later in the session, it becomes a mixture of aromas that are solely sweet malt and alcohol together, much like a barley wine.

The beer has a taste that I find difficult to describe. Initially it was a fruitiness that I could not pinpoint. At times, there was some bitterness. Later on the malt and alcohol begin to dominate. By the end of the session if you had given me this sample blind I would have said "Barley Wine". I am beginning to see why people would say that some IIPAs age like a barley wine.

Finally the beer coated the mouth and lingered in it nicely. The drinkability of this beer is lower though due to the strong alcohol, which you felt at times, though not always.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 23:11:44 | More by kjyost
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mjl21

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 98 IBUs and 13.6%. No bottling info is given. Artwork on the bottle deserves a 5.

A-Pours a hazy dark amber that has a ton of red in the light. Has a one finger tan head that goes to a ring surrounding a filmy slick. Quite dark for a DIPA, but I like it.

S-Just a boatload of sweet caramel malt after being poured and it gets more pronounced as it warms. I pick up on some citrus and earth hop notes. Surprisingly not boozy smelling, even as it warms.

T-A lot like it smells. The caramel malt comes into play very quickly. There is a lot of it. In the middle I initially get pineapple and grapefruit, and as it warms orange becomes more pronounced. Piney hop flavors also come out as it warms. All of the citrus and piney flavors eventually bow down to the malt on the finish. Like the nose, this thing is not boozy tasting. Considering it is 13.6%, that is pretty remarkable. There is not much bitterness in this one. As I pause in between sips to write notes, the aftertaste reminds me a lot of what my mouth tastes like after having a glass of orange juice made from concetrate.

M-It is thick, but not over the top thick considering how big of a beer it is. It has a soft level of carbonation that works perfectly. It leaves a definite level of stickiness on the lips. I wrote down several times on my notepad that it is not bitter enough.

D-They did a great job of eliminating the bozziness in this one. Even though it is not noticeable, the high abv limits this one to a last call/nightcap.

This was a pretty good beer. I would go for some of my local favorites over this, but if offered this one, I would gladly partake.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 06:04:32 | More by mjl21
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, at least I think. Snifter glass.

Two plus fingers of head on top of a murky mahogany body. One dark double IPA. Awesome lace. 4.5

Orange, candied mango, and onion in the hop aroma. Powerful and intense nose. Some rye spiciness similar to Lenny's. Toasted malts are pretty involved. Borderline American Barleywine here. 4.0

Big resinous hops full of garlic and onion. Tropical fruit candy sweet. Pairs strangely with the sweetness. Malty toffee and lightly toasted bread. Suggestion of cinnamon is noted. A spice rack in the finish. So chewy and dank. And, the alcohol has its seat belt on. This beer is ridiculous fresh. I've had it with a year and I prefer it aged. 4.0

Mellowed strength. Low carbonation. Swishy body with a smooth feel. 4.0

No wicked bitterness, just wacky hops. Almost balanced. A cellar candidate, for sure. Unusual, and I love the unusual. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:17:37 | More by thecheapies
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby burnt orange color with a medium sized thing bubbly head. I like the appearance quite a bit as I prefer the darker DIPAs.

Smell is very floral and citrusy, great hop aromas going on here, I can tell I am in for a treat.

Taste is excellent, tons of hop bitterness. Slightly hot, the booze is detectable here, not surprising as it is 13.6%, that is so friggin huge. Hops are great though, lots of grapefruit and some pine notes as well. Light caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel is of light carbonation with a medium body, the finish is a little hot due to the booze as well.

Drinkablility is good but not great. It's a great beer but the alcohol will get you.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 01:04:47 | More by pmccallum86
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich thick burnt orange/brown, nice and murky with a nice thumb sized light tan head that falls slowly to a cap. Some good lace left behind. Very nice looking brew sure doesn't look like a normal I2PA, but very nice.

Aroma is wow big chewy malts rich caramel, molasses, plums, sprinkled with brown sugars. Hops mingled with the malt mango light citrus more tangerine like with some light alcohol notes.

Taste is rich malty goodness with a nice hop bitterness citrus, some pine even tobacco notes. Hops are not over done but are enough to keep this malt bomb from being cloying. More of a big old ale then an I2PA but an enjoyable beer. Alcohol is well hidden just hints that make it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a bigger medium seems like it should be bigger on this baby. Feel is maybe medium not overly peppy just smooth.

Overall I am enjoying this one maybe not true to style but a damn tasty big brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:00:35 | More by mntlover
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark, cloudy reddish-orange with thin yellow-white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus, pine and toasted malt. Somewhat sweet and alcoholic with loads of hop oils.

Taste: Sweet orange, caramel and toasted malt upfront, then quickly turns dry, with pine, spice and more orange. While there is definitely a certain level of bitterness, it is just part of an overall well-balanced DIPA. Alcohol taste is almost completely hidden.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation (not as flat as other really high abv beers), quite smooth, somewhat oily, with a dry finish and a huge warming sensation.

Drinkability: For 13.6%, this is unbelievably easy to drink. I can feel the alcohol, but I can't really taste it. While it has some characteristics of an American Barleywine (how can it not at that abv), it is still rooted in DIPA territory.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:39:24 | More by bsp77
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange color with some amber to boot. One finger of a fluffy, soapy, off-white head. There is plenty of sticky lacing here... all the way down to the last drop!

Smells very citrusy... lots of grapefruit. Very piney and lots of floral hops.

Huge malty presence upon first taste. Getting that citrus along with peaches and lime. The malt really balances this out.

There's a medium body with minimal carbonation. It's also very boozy, leaving you with a warm feeling all over. I'm glad I had this on a chilly, 50 degree summer night!

I will be putting the rest of the four-pack away to age for a year as while this is good, I'm in no rush to revisit right away.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:15:50 | More by rudylaw
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on May 15, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Deep henna pour, as the sailing clouds of a passing Nor’easter on a warming May evening. Wisps of tannin drenched head rim the top and sheet the glass. A light haze and bottom fringe of gold. Enticing strong aroma of stewing fruits amongst the tendrils of glowing resin embers and toasted vegetal ends, amongst the leaves of Kaffir, lie a sultry basket of blood oranges, meyer lemons and fresh ruby red. The eyes close and a stream of pure body warm milk glides down the throat. There’s supple alcohols and dancing perfumes. What an aroma. The flavor is more astringent and surprisingly more thin bodied than the aroma lets on. A bit of a tease, the thinner slightly watered malt carries a current of tantalizing pine and citrus, backed with the rise of a fresh Cat Briar shoots on a drenched east coast morn. Finish with a light buttery coating and a heavy vegetal smack and you got a somewhat lesser form of an IIPA. The hops do make it a little bit to that warm bready yeast spice, but not quite enough. The grassy plant flavors are just a little too heavy on the back end to make this an all around winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 22:37:51 | More by CharlesDarwin
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday! A huge thanks to DrDoitchbig for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a relatively dark, muddy brown color (reminds me of the unfiltered cider you can buy in the store around Halloween) with over a finger of tan fluffy head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Decent lacing is left around the sides of my glass.

Smell - Heavy caramel up front with slight citrus hops (this smell actually fades the longer it sits in my glass). Smells very sweet overall.

Taste - A similar taste as the nose. At first there is a wave of hop/piney bitterness not really smelled in the nose but this quickly fades to the caramel/toffee sweet malt backbone. Within that backbone there is slight sweet grapefruit hiding out. Finishes just sweet but actually the longer you wait before another sip, the more bitter the last sip becomes.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick - nice and creamy, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - There is just a hint of alcohol I can taste but overall, for a 12% beer, I can barely taste the alcohol and have almost zero warming as I take sips. This beer packs an insane punch yet it doesn't appear to. I'm really glad I was able to try this and would pick this up again if I saw it. A pretty interesting DIPA that goes down nice and easy. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:05:13 | More by SpdKilz
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail.

A: The DIPA is a darker copper color, worn and used copper not the shiny kind, that sits densely in my snifter. The ale has lost its translucence, taking on a ruddy depth. No head blanketed this one.

S: The aromas coming out of the ale are well-balanced, showing off ample citrusy hops but more than enough caramel malts to balance them out. The citrus has peppery sharpness and is mouthwatering.

T: Each sip reveals more depth. More intriguing is a resiny pine taste that is oily, sliding quickly through my mouth. The bitterness is in check, paired with the abundant caramel malts, as is any booziness. A bit of peppery flourish matches the bitterness, as do sweet citrus peels. A nice double IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is oily, resiny with and excess of bitterness and breadiness. Not a chore to drink, I like this much more when fresh.

D: I stayed with one glass but could have had two. Any more and the strength would leave an indelible mark on me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 13:42:43 | More by akorsak
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy hops (orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit) and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some pine and herbal hops noticable too. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Also, the maltiness in the taste is stronger than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit heavy and syrupy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. The high ABV isn't noticable at all in the taste or aroma. I think this is a good, solid overall brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 23:08:50 | More by bluejacket74
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nuggetsofnectar

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App:
Deep caramel/toffee in color with a 1" white cap falling o a 1/8" and leaving a little lacing

Smell: Quite nice....grapefruit....start fruit...honeysuckle...deep malts....earthy hops

taste: Wow...first sip show the HOP BOMB it is...quiet hot (abv is definitely their) and maybe a slight drawback for me...astringent biting hops with some dark malts to follow...almost 90 minute-esque....

Moutfeel: a bit too hot and not as balance as I was hoping

Overall: I nice try....nothing I would rave over but fairly good...quite aggressive

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:38:58 | More by nuggetsofnectar
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, consumed from my 3Floyds glass.

A- Light tannish head, 1 finger. A rich murky amber color. Pretty dark for a DIPA, and very cloudy

S- Very nice nosefull of hops/malt/sweetness. Touches of pine and citrus as well.

T- This one is smooth and malty, the hops have faded quite a bit. I had a fresh one, and it was much hoppier. This has lost it's initial hoppy bite, but still has the hoppy aftertaste. Like the smell, has a piney/citrusy flavor, with a heavy malt backbone.

M- Very nice and big. Very complex and dances across my tongue. Has a very bold hoppy aftertaste.

D- Very strong, and hits you a little hard. The beer doesn't taste boozy, but is just a big beer.

Great big DIPA. Definetely has faded a bit since fresh, but is still delicious. Can really only drink 1-2 due to the ABV

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 21:02:38 | More by Gfunk720
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Full ruby with a two finger tan head. Darker than I'm used to with a IIPA but this looks nice. Brilliantly clear.

S-could smell the hops immediately after opening the bottle. Citrus and malt dominate. Dark bread and marmalade. Some alcohol. The malt aroma lets you know this is a big beer.

T-Firmly bitter. Like really bitter, but the caramel malt keeps things in check. Nice hop flavor. citrus and spice.

M-Medium bodied bordering on thick. medium carbonation. a bit of alcohol but not as much as I'd expect from 13.6%. I usually like my IIPAs dryer but this is still nice.

D-I'm not having more than one of these. Tasty beer with a firm bitterness and nice malt backbone. I guess the only problem I have with this beer is that they call it an IIPA. It is an American Barleywine. But whatever its their beer and it tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:44:00 | More by organicbrewer
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BelgianAleSlut

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wax cap nice touch but pain to get off.

Poured into thistle glass. Pours syruppy with low carbonation, little head and light lacing. Most if not all of the Dark Horse beers have been near flat. This is the reason I usually stay away from their beers.

Reddish-brown color is not stimulating but is what you get I imagine with all the malt that must be in this thing.

Smells of grapefruit and brown sugar. Tastes like it smells. DIPAs are not so complex as they are intense. Alcohol hits almost immediately. Good balance of malt and hop in this mega IPA. Slight "off" aftertaste hurts a little.

Nice beer, one is usually enough during the week like tonight.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 02:28:23 | More by BelgianAleSlut
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear amber with a touch of orange to it. The head is a wide collar of white that leaves a few strips of lace.

Smells of a swirl of floral booze and piney hops. The way they disagree adds a pleasant dissonance to this one. Beneath is all lies some honey-slathered rye crisps. Nice.

Tastes too of rye crisps with a touch of celery. This then effervesces into a pine sap sting that fades a bit towards concentrated orange juice. The under-stated simplicity yet intensity of this one is pretty fun.

Feels a little too heavy for its own good, but the density helps keep the dynamics slower and more appreciable. The carbonation too is slow to creep out. This leaves my tongue feeling cool and numb.

A nice take on the big-ass 2IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 01:30:16 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. I wasn't getting any significant head, so I up-ended the bottle just to get a finger of frothy sandy colored head that disappeared really quickly. I would say the body is a murky, translucent dark apple cider color, translucent only because you can see light through the edges of the glass.

S. Lots of good citrus and hops up front, I smell grapefruits and something more tropical, possibly pineapple and/or mango. Going deeper I get a good malt backbone, with a little bit of caramel in there for good balance and measure. All in all smells pretty sweet.

T. A lot more mellow than the nose was going for. I get the grapefruit flavor tinged with orange but the tropical notes are nowhere to be found. Hops are also a little grassier than the nose told me, but its not in your face. Backing that up is the malty note, which is breadier than my nose detected, and with only the faintest hint of caramel flavor there when I searched for it. Amazingly I don't detect any alcohol, surprised me since BA claims its over 13% and the Dark Horse website puts it at 12%. Ends on a bitter note, but I honestly think this could have been played up a little more. The caramel does pop a bit more as the beer warms.

M. Medium bodied, it coats your mouth without being sticky. Carbonation is rather low, but it actually glides over your tongue like liquid silk and doesn't grit or grate anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 19:22:05 | More by CFHMagnet
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waltonc

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very good looking brew - copper/red clear body with white head.
S&T: Very hoppy, but also a very substantial malt base. Makes me wonder whether the "double" means double the hops or double the malts. Caramel malt goodness is very prevalent here, and reminds me of the best IPAs, such as Hopslam and Dogfish 90.
M: Medium body and carbonation.
D: Can't say for sure, since I shared this bottle, but it sure seemed drinkable. Didn't seem like 13.6% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 05:40:33 | More by waltonc
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aggiearcher13

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber with a light tan head that hangs around for a few minutes. Dark for a DIPA.

S: Pine and citrus, some floral notes. Really nice and quite powerful.

T: Great hop flavor. Again it's pine, citrus, and a sugary finish, lots of malt balances out the hops.

M: Very smooth, creamy carbonation.

D: I wouldn't put this at over 10%, no way. It's great. But you feel the booze fast, no way I could have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 20:22:42 | More by aggiearcher13
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark amber with golden and reddish hues with a one finger cream head. Little to no lacing. Piney hops and booze dominate the aroma rising from the glass, however there is a very understated sweetness coming the abundant malt. Citrus, sweeter than one would expect upfront perhaps even a floral note of orchid with understated bitterness, transitioning to sweet malt and closing with an intensely strong grapefruit rind and piney bitterness and very apparent alcohol warmth. Very creamy and syrupy full body, but a surpising high level of carbonation when compared to other DIPA's with higher abv's. A hopheads dream, an artfully crafted palate wrecker.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:08:43 | More by chanokokoro
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phiberoptik

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle poured into a white wine glass. Pours amber, the color of fresh apple cider, slightly hazy, with just a bit of off-white creamy head. No lacing here.

A little swirl and a sniff and I get alcohol right up front, not unpleasant, but definitely some ABV. Sweet, caramel malts, fresh cut apple, tropical fruits, and a faint hint of tobacco. I think the smell is what put the idea of color comparison to apple cider. Its very pleasant, nothing off about this one.

Bittering hops right up front and lasting on the tongue. A bit more than I would expect for 98 IBUs. Significant heat in the throat from alcohol. You can tell this is young. Man, the heat stays with it for a while between sips. There are caramel and toffee notes across this, but I am not getting much citrus or floral notes from any hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and well-bodied. Low carbonation. I am guessing this had a relatively high FG.

Overall I am looking forward to this in a year or two. Not sure how old it needs to be to really develop, but its young, like a barleywine in its first year. It reminds me of the 2011 DFH 120 I had. It needs to age.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:58:10 | More by phiberoptik
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as a great extra in a trade with popkas. Thanks Jason! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber brown color with quite a bit of suspended yeast and only forms a very thin head which fizzles to the surface extremely quickly (not unexpected given the 13.6% alcohol level). A little cream colored collar is left behind when all is said and done.

S - Citrusy hops, very fruity - grapefruit, apricots, a bit of pineapple and some pine thrown in for good measure. Malt is a bit caramelly but in a minimalist way, really stays put in the background.

T - Hops take the lead in this one, but not by much/enough? Malt backbone is extremely solid giving some bready character and caramel and really more than anything simply harnessing the hops in here. Good bitterness, but I wouldn't call this over the top at all - bitterness is actually probably lower than most in the style, but hop flavor is huge. Just like the aroma - pine, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot - really complex hoppiness. Good stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty full, plenty of malt contributing to this for sure. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, but still plenty lively enough to be satisfying. Sticky, resiny hops continuously fill every inch of the mouth coating it to the point that flavors linger a long time after the swallow. One of the nicer aspects of a very good beer.

D - Can't believe this is a 13.6% beer...way too smooth. I find the alcohol to be hidden nicely behind the huge malt and hop character here. This one begs to be gulped, but probably should be sipped. I could see a 4pk of these disappearing at an alarming rate, and seriously paying for this indiscretion the next morning.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:56:26 | More by portia99
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dark orange almost brown with some amber tints. Pours with a thin 1/2 inch off white head that quickly disappears, leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass with almost no lacing.

S: Smell is complex, with some green piney and citrus hops mixing in with a serious malt backbone. Picking up some brown sugar or molasses, caramel, and golden raisins.

T: Taste is quite sweet on initial impression. Lots of caramel with hints of vanilla, and golden raisins. Huge hop flavors do a nice job of balancing the malty sweetness. Mainly citrus and heavy green, resiny hop flavors start early in the taste and continue through to the finish. Long, bitter finish with plenty of flavor. Just a little heat. Alcohol (for 13.6%) is actually fairly subdued and doesn't really show up until the beer warms a bit.

M: Definitely big, almost to the point of cloying. Carbonation is fairly high and gives a nice lively feeling on the tongue, balancing some of the heavy mouth feeling.

D: This is quite nice for a super big DIPA (or triple IPA?). It is well balanced and a little too easy to drink (for the ABV).

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 03:26:39 | More by oregonskibum
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.

The color is a dark amber/maroon with a finger and a half foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy with some interesting malt background. There is some interesting fruity aromas that come out in big beers like this. An orange and grapefruit aroma that is sweet and sour at the same time.

The taste is so sweet with a malty flavor I have to stop in my tracks and pry the different flavors apart. There is a grapefruit flavor that is sweet ad sugary and is so sweet it takes on a sugary mass of flavor with some slight orange and other citrus flavors as it makes up the tent-pole of this beer. There is a sugary flavor that is holding in the hoppy bitterness and keeps it from taking over. This beers flavor is turned up to eleven.

The feel of this beer is big, there is a whole lot of beer here and it is nothing to toy with. Some truly great back-end flavors and a nice slap on the back from the ABV is there to say hello. A beer with a smooth feel and a big kick.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 07:17:13 | More by Duhast500
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