Double Crooked Tree IPA
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #382
ABV:
12%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,106
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.31%
Reviews:
937
Ratings:
2,885
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Michigan, United States
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Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
Notes: 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
Reviews: 937 | Ratings: 2,885 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This, dirty pond brown had an appropriately moderate head.

Smell – The nose is powerful and equal parts toasted malt and heavy citrus hops with light lemon. This is a big balanced DIPA.

Taste – The monster hops step up at the taste but the heavy malts keep them in check. A sharp pine flavor shows up at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This full-bodied DIPA is moderately dry. I expected a super-dry finish but the caramel from the malts keeps it pretty even. There is absolutely no alcohol sting so beware of this 12.0 ABV heavy hitter.

Drinkability – This is dangerously easy to chug.

May 14, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2015 (don't know bottle date) .
Poured dark amber, minor head dissipated quickly with some lacing.

Nose of a convoluted battle between hop, malt, pine, caramel and ?!? teriyaki ?!?

Palate of hops and hops interlocked in a battle with malts, caramels and pine. Semi thick mouth feel with slight sting left on the tongue. Higher AVB not really noticeable on the mouth but definitely warms the central nervous system after several quaffs.

This one aged rather well becoming smoother. Just the teriyaki aroma on the nose I can't place my finger on and seemed a little off.

Enjoyable.

Nov 14, 2019
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JA_26 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holy crap, this beer is kicking my ass and taking names. Twelve ounce can from Siciliano in Grand Rapids, poured into a 16 oz willi glass. Deep amber color topped with 2+ inches of firm white head that lasts longer than one of those My Pillows you see advertised on TV. Smell is a mix of pine, biscuits and pure, sweet alcohol. Did i mention this is 12%ABV? I cant remember because it kicked my ass and took my name. On the tongue this hits you with a well balanced but extremely potent mix of malt and hop bitterness (86 ibus) with tons or resinous pine, a hint of grapefruit, and dankety dankness to the max. Although I can smell the alcohol, the brew does a good job of hidi g it in the flavor profile. This is a great old fashioned true double IPA in the West Coast style. I love it but cant have another tonight because it kicked my ass and took my name.

Jul 25, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled early 2016; drank 2/12/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque ruby red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Blood orange, burnt caramel & faint banana notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Burnt caramel & faint banana flavors up front; dry grapefruit notes on the finish. No booze heat!

Decent American Barleywine vibes; I'm not blown away.

Mar 06, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip...

Pours dark copper/amber with a slowly rising, and fast-clearing head, with good lacing/legging.

The aroma is heavy, especially initially, on the malts. Big, sweet, almost brown-sugar notes initially dominate, although there are citrus and pine hops notes in the background, as well as herbal, rather than typical floral aromas. The booze is there, but not overpowering.

The flavor is quite strong and unapologetic, yet somehow stays balanced. The malty sweetness is the first flavor to hit the palate, again with brown sugar in the forefront, but also subtle hints of caramel and biscuit/grain. The hops arrive to provide much-needed balance to save the day. Mostly pine notes, but touches of orange citrus (zest, flesh, and pith as well) with herbal/spice, leather and tobacco flavors, and a bit of grassiness. The booze is, again, definitely present, but remarkably blended--this is only a "warm" D(T?)IPA, not a burner.

The mouthfeel is actually rather remarkable. Despite the big malt-bomb presence, the carbonation is solid, and this brew never crosses over into "heavy" territory. Medium/full bodied, and definitely a sipper, it is still very drinkable.

I agree with others that the malt presence evokes comparisons to a barleywine, but the hops here are not an afterthought---they are a full partner. A true "Triple" IPA.. Another quirky and worthy brew from DH.

Mar 02, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whoa, damn, this one was good. Surprising flavors and oh-so-smooth. Looks great, deep caramel-amber color with some light tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of bitter fruity zest hops but then there’s a small punch of some sort of malty goodness. Tastes of mildly-bitter grapefruit zest hops and a little herbal hops, but then there’s also depth with toffee, vanilla, caramel and some roasted coffee nuttiness - flavors I didn’t expect in an imperial IPA. Nice malt backbone to balance everything out. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. High 12% ABV was very well-hidden and only as the beer warmed did the alcohol come through. Excellent!

Nov 19, 2018
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zedbeta000 from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very attractive semi-lacey off-white finger-thick head and a beautiful caramel/amber color to the beer itself. Carbonation itself is even visually the perfect balance. The taste itself is impressively diverse. Butter-toffee, honey, and caramel notes balance out the tangerine, apricot, and grapefruit (not really, but what IPA review doesnt mention grapefruit?). Warmer, less fruity flavors seem to come through with almost coffee notes once it warms up a little. The 12% abv was deceiving. I had to look it up after drinking two and thinking something was wrong with me lol. Definitely a good night-time 'couple beers after work' drink.

Oct 03, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a chill-hazed burnt amber beer with a thin khaki blanket that exhibits notes of caramel, wet pine, rug, and a surprising lack of the boozy heat I expected from it. The body is smooth and more drinkable that I imagined, but still not a favorite flavor-wise.

Jul 23, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color with an off white head that quickly fades, nice lacing. Aroma comes across as Orange rind. It has a sweet malty taste. This is an awfully tasty and dangerous beer.

Jun 07, 2018
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ksimons from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dark ruby with a thin layer of white head. Aroma of pine hops and malty caramel. Taste is similar to the smell with a malty backbone and pine and citrus hops. Alcohol isn't too overwhelming. Sticky mouthfeel. Overall very similar to a barleywine and unfortunately reminds me a bit of cough syrup. Glad I got to try it, but also glad I got only a single bottle.

Mar 09, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Orange penny copper.
Strong citrus and boozy bite in the nose.
Sweet orange rind. Lots of sweet up front lots of bitter on the tail finish.
Syrupy mouth feel.
So smooth it's hard to tell it's 12%

Aug 04, 2017
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Skordi13 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I understand other people's reservations when it comes to this beer. It's mike darker than expected, higher %, and has sediment unlike most dipas. However they went about this the right way. It's heavy and delicate at the same time. Perfectly done dipa in my opinion. Other brewers take note.

Jun 08, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of the darkest DIPAs I've ever seen. Almost looks like a brown ale. Smelled super-malty with some piney notes. This tastes like an old school American Barleywine. It's boozy, malty and strong.

May 22, 2017
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Kinney1989 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Would have never guessed this was near 12% off the taste. Very smooth for the ABV. Definitely a lot of burnt Carmel and hop flavor but overall a very enjoyable brew. Thanks to the guy who traded it to me!

Apr 14, 2017
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jmarod7 from Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Have had the Crooked Tree before but this one is way more bold. Just like in the description Dark Horse says they double up the hops and alcohol but keep the same amount of water. Smooth and not too bold of an aftertaste which is nice and refreshing when cold. Can stay in a cool dry dark place for several years and it will change in flavor. Great beer.

Apr 12, 2017
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Babalu614 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to snifter. Poured dark orange with slightly carmel aroma. Very smooth going down with a great taste not too hoppy.. I cant believe it is 12%! This is by far my favorite beer. The price keeps going up, last year I could get a 4 pack for 16 bucks, this year i cant find it under 19!

Mar 07, 2017
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D9sus4 from Missouri

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried this tonight from tap for the first time. A very good DIPA. Could become a new staple in my home if I can find it when I get back to St. Louis.

Dark Amber, clear, high alcohol content is apparent in the nose, along with a good helping of hops. A little syrupy with some caramel apple taste, but overall a fine DIPA.

If you like Dogfish 90 minute, you'll probably like this, although the hops are very different, the overall satisfaction was similar to me. Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of DIPAs.

Feb 28, 2017
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Biggtriksta from New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: This beer is so incredibly dark for an IPA. Poured a mild brown color with a thin, half-finger of head on top. Not entirely transparent but a good amount of light comes through the glass.

S: Smells like a malt bomb. The commercial description on this beer claims that it is okay to age this, and I think my current bottle is a couple months past its "best by" date. It's hard to consider this an IPA in its current state.

T: I think most of the hops have faded in the bottle that I have, so I am mostly getting a huge malt presence. Caramel sweetness combines with some smooth, dark liquor flavors. Not what you would expect from an IPA, but maybe from one that is several months old with this kind of alcohol content.

F: Very thick and molasses-like for an IPA. At 12% and with some age, this beer is hitting hard. I can feel the alcohol burn on the way down. Like the commercial description says, however, it is quite mellow. It goes down smoothly as you can tell some of the initial flavors have evened out.

O: I would be interested in trying this beer fresh to compare it to my current bottle. This beer is drinking more like a scotch ale or a barleywine at the moment.

Feb 18, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with thick, medium, off white head that lasts a while.

Smells caramely, bready, doughy malt. Light spicey, earthy/dank and hints of pine.

Tastes sweet caramel and doughy fading to a bitter pine and then a light fruity vanilla. Dry lingering pine finish. Higher side of medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

Feb 16, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017-02-07
12oz bottle served in a snifter. Bottle given to me by @mr-jj. 12-28 DBL128. Poured completely, so I probably got some sediment I didn't really need.

Pours like a barleywine, but with a little extra carbonation. Looks syrupy, dark ruby-brown, moderately clear with some floaters. Smallish, creamy head with lots of fine, sluggish carbonation. Smell is booze, smells like barleywine. Musty, woody. Syrupy sweet.

Taste is not as heavily boozy as the smell (although it's quite boozy). It has more of a malty/woody character, with a substantial but not excessive bitter backbone. Sweetness is throughout, maybe a little hint of dates or something very slightly dubbel-ish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for as thick as it looks, as slow as the carbonation moves, as high as the alcohol content is. Also surprisingly dry. Interesting for a 12% ABV beer. Overall, I think it's pretty good. Not something I'd run out and look for more of, but I'd drink it again.

Feb 08, 2017
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mattmarch from Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very malty bready sort of DIPA. Look - clear but a very dark amber. Smell - boozy, bready, dark fruity. Taste - actually got a strange peanut butter jelly kind of thing. Caramel and bready maltiness in heaps. Feel - clean and drinkable.

Jan 21, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Striking color out of the bottle: copper-brown with a fluffy and resilient light tan head. Nice tracks in the glass. Does not smell like a DIPA, with caramel and bready malt. The hops are there but just not out front - a bit of orange and piney resin. Malty and sweet. Bitter and the hops taste like candied fruit with some earthy notes. Warming on the finish and a bit boozy. More on the barleywine spectrum for me.

Jan 11, 2017
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Lahey from Michigan

4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer is a dark golden red color, like an imperial red. Half inch head, heavy lacing.

The smell is a dank coppery smell from what i can tell (my nose isnt working great tonight)

The taste is excellent. Well balanced dank bitter piney hops with a malty backbone. And I was worried about a boozy flavor, but havent found one in this beer. Drinks incredibly smooth for a 12% to me.

Has sufficient carbonation, drinks smoothly. A hoppy aftertaste but a good one.

I'm newer to ipas, but this one impressed me. Ive had other high abv ipas, and they sometimes come off as too boozy and sweet in the aftertaste. This one just tastes like a pumped up ipa, not an ipa barleywine. I recommend it to any ipa enthusiast, but beware, it runs 20$ per 4 pack.

Update 4/11/17- I'm trying a bottle of last years batch. The year definitely calmed down the hops. It still has that good flavor, but not as much of a bite. I think I prefer it fresh, but worth the experiment for sure.

Nov 15, 2016
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BlackTerrier from Vanuatu

1.7/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

The beer pours dark, smells of malt and alcohol, and it hits the palate with a wallop of malt that is poorly balanced by an infinitesimal pinch of hops. The mouthfeel is flat, heavy, and sticky. It finishes with a cloying flavor I can't quite pin a name on. As others have pointed out, this may be a fine example of some other type of beer but a DIPA it is not. The beer this most reminds me of is Thomas Creek's Up The Creek IIPA which has the same no-hop/hyper-malt boozed and confused profile attempting to pass as an IPA. Unfortunately, I expect a brewer to fill the bottle with something that matches the type specified on the label. My score is based on the fact that I wanted an IPA, paid (quite a bit) for something called an IPA, and ended up with a mixed-style beverage that was too malty for me to enjoy or even tolerate. I'll save the rest for guests I guess.

Oct 24, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a clear pale amber with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma offers up strong pine, spice, and grapefruit, with a touch of raisin. Is does smell a bit boozy, but not in a bad way, with background notes of tea. The flavor starts with some sweet caramel, but not too much, raisin,, lots of pine, mint, grapefruit, and tangerine. The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry, with a touch of stickiness at the end. Overall this was much better than I anticipated given the high ABV - generally this can make a DIPA too sweet, but here is really works out well. The beer is boozy, but is is balanced out with hops and malts to form an excellent whole.

Aug 08, 2016
Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2885 ratings