Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,832 Ratings
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,832
Reviews:
927
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
316
Gots:
506
For Trade:
25
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Photo of Michiganman2325
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of grahuba
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danmullens1
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dontknojack
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kinney1989
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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Photo of jmarod7
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Wardt16
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonnyFountain
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Nhoelzen
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramerican
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Babalu614
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

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Photo of DougT
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of King_Charles
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of D9sus4
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of RBuckley73
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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