Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree (2013)

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  1. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

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  2. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Savant (290) Texas Jan 8, 2011

    Fucking awesome beer. Popped a year-old one last week. Felt like I took a trip to IPA town but made an (awesome) detour into Barleywine Central.
     
  3. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    I love DIPAs.
    I love Barleywines.
    But I don't really like my DIPAs morphing into Barleywines. Going to try one fresh and see how she goes.
     
  4. taxman

    taxman Savant (285) Illinois Feb 22, 2012

    The Dark Horse website state:
    "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."

    http://www.darkhorsebrewery.com/our-beer/part-timers/double-crooked-tree-i-p-a/

    Had one fresh the other day, don't know if they will last longer enough to age. I'll have to hide it from myself.

     
  5. sweemzander

    sweemzander Advocate (535) Illinois Mar 26, 2009 Verified

    This beer is definitely a mixed bag / backwards for me.
    Its ok fresh, but I find I prefer this better with time on it.
     
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  6. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Advocate (645) California Jul 7, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    just got a couple of bottles
    think I am going to try one fresh and put some age on the other and see how it goes
     
  7. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (365) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011 Subscriber

    I have 3 years worth in my cellar and will admit it gets amazing with age. Very good up front but age does magical things to this beer. I just opened a 2011 a couple months ago and it was drinking amazing, I haven't even bothered to have one fresh since I got my 2011 ones, still haven't touched my 4 pack of 2012. Hope I can find any this year, its getting harder to find in my area.
     
  8. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    They age spectacular!
     
  9. I found this about 2 weeks ago at Siciliano's. Pretty sure they weren't old either. I guess they just got them in fast since they are from Michigan. They got more in this week as well.
     
  10. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    SE Mi is typically always behing the western part of the state with MI brewery distro.
    There was a little lineup anxious to get just a 4pack at the RO Holiday on Wednesday. That and a 4 of Pt5.
     
  11. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Aficionado (245) Michigan Dec 2, 2012

    I picked up a 4 pack Wednesday. I will be cracking my first one sometime today. Glad to hear it ages well. I will definitely put one away. It sounds like everyone's saying 1 year is good. What about 2 or 3? Or More? Any thoughts.
     
  12. ablackshear

    ablackshear Savant (310) Colorado Sep 17, 2010 Verified

    I have 2007-2012 in the cellar, will do a vertical one of these days
     
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  13. Rimbimhoot

    Rimbimhoot Advocate (505) Illinois Sep 26, 2012 Verified

    Do bottles ever make it to Chicago area? I remember having this on tap last year in Champaign, IL but have never seen bottles
     
  14. taxman

    taxman Savant (285) Illinois Feb 22, 2012

    I wasn't sure if, or how much, would make it to Chicago, so when I was in MI a couple of weeks ago I made certain that at least two cases would make it here.
     
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  15. Marti403

    Marti403 Advocate (565) Michigan Jul 23, 2011 Verified

    Did I miss something? When did Double Crooked Tree become a $26 4-pack? Stopped in a place on the way home to work to some and they told me the total. I had to ask them if they rang it up in American money or not. Wanted $21 for the Plead. I love the beer, especially with age, but come on.
     
  16. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Advocate (645) California Jul 7, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    i just got some double crooked tree at $4.49 a bottle/17.96 4 pack
    and plead the 5 was 3.29 a bottle/ 13.16 4 pack
    damn that guy hiked up the prices saw you coming
     
  17. Marti403

    Marti403 Advocate (565) Michigan Jul 23, 2011 Verified

    Hiked them up and made $0.00
     
  18. Rimbimhoot

    Rimbimhoot Advocate (505) Illinois Sep 26, 2012 Verified

    If they made it back safely in your care would you be willing to do a trade?
     
  19. taxman

    taxman Savant (285) Illinois Feb 22, 2012

    One case was for someone else and I have about 3/4 of mine left. BM me with what you would want to trade.
     
  20. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Advocate (740) Michigan Apr 3, 2006

    Drinking one right now. I don't think I would prefer it with age. Love the fresh hop flavor.
     
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  21. I had one and it was a year old. Tasted like hot mess.

    Not sure if I want to try it again fresh.
     
  22. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (565) Michigan May 28, 2007 Verified

    Its drinking amazing right now..Drank some at the brewery twice last month..I got a 4 pack and its sitting in my basement closet..Probably gonna age 2 and drink 2 fresh..
     
  23. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    The idea of aging anything labelled IPA does not compute. Will drink as fresh as possible.
     
  24. Gotti311

    Gotti311 Advocate (675) Wisconsin Mar 22, 2009 Verified

  25. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    BINGO. Had this tonight for the first time and for a 12% beer its super hoppy and would NEVER not drink this fresh. Its truly outstanding IMO
     
  26. dvmin98

    dvmin98 Advocate (705) North Carolina Nov 1, 2010 Verified

    If anyone needs some, I can grab a 4 pack no problem. Send message if so
     
  27. StoutIrish

    StoutIrish Savant (375) Indiana Jan 16, 2012

    I was at the brewery a month ago.
    Double crooked was 7.39 a bottle / 24 something a 4 pack
    Plead was 5.39 / 20 something a 4 pack
    How are people selling it so cheap when its that much at the brewery?
     
  28. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    I'm in NY and payed $18
     
  29. Slay40

    Slay40 Advocate (660) Michigan Feb 22, 2013 Verified

    Love Hopslam, Shorts liberator, greenbush brother benjamin, etc. You get the picture love ipa's and dipa's. But didnt really care for this beer. Love regular crooked tree tho. Oh yeah bells Oracle is amazing too. Just one guys opinion.
     
  30. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    Maybe you need to expand your horizons but this is a true DIPA where they double all ingredients, not a normal DIPA. This is leaps and bounds better aged than fresh.


    This isn't like Any of those beers you posted. Double Crooked is a true DIPA. Definitely a unique and polarizing beer.
     
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  31. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    Nah I'll just buy an old ale or barleywine. Ipas are ALWAYS fresh drinkers my friend
     
  32. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    100% agree. This is a true DIPA though, so basically an American Barleywine. Ya can't knock what ya haven't had.
     
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  33. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    True but I buy ipas for that hop profile and it definitely has that. I don't buy ipas to age
     
  34. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Utah Jul 12, 2012 Verified

    The breweries don't want to undercut their distributors.
     
  35. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    I guess what I'm trying to say is this is NOT an IPA. Dark Horse doubles the Crooked Tree recipe and makes this, which is a Barleywine, NOT an IPA. I would and have never aged an IPA. This Barleywine ages fantastic. Just split a 4 year old bottle with a friend and this brew delivers with some age.
     
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  36. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    I understand what your saying but are you telling me this isn't an ipa
    [​IMG]
     
  37. dvmin98

    dvmin98 Advocate (705) North Carolina Nov 1, 2010 Verified

    The store next to me ha a case sitting on the shelf. Checked last night
     
  38. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    I see what you're saying, but just try to age one. It does wonders for it.
     
  39. Its great fresh. Very different with a year on it but not quite as good.
     
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  40. Great beer--one of my favorites from Dark Horse.
     
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