Double Crooked Tree IPA
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
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From:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,035
ABV:
12%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,270
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 10.36%
Reviews:
938
Ratings:
1,957
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 20, 2022
Added:
Mar 05, 2005
Wants:
  318
Gots:
  514
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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
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Rated: 4.05 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Oct 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by DrOfGolf from Delaware

Aug 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by Jacob_Schneider616 from Michigan

Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 03, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look - really nice thick dark auburn color with a big slight tan head and lacing
Smell - lots of caramel malts and piney hops
Taste - bitter piney slight citrus hops with a thick caramel malt backbone
Feel - thick body with a medium carbonation
Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by minstrelwb from Indiana

Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.01 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Jan 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2020
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Reviewed by RoyalT from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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
 
Rated: 3 by doctorgary from New York

Apr 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Seal4676 from Michigan

Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Msp004 from New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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
 
Rated: 4 by robotic_being from Florida

Oct 30, 2019
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Reviewed by JA_26 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.19 by dlin0sbb from Ohio

Jun 13, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
A Malt Bomb, but it hides the Booze Well.
May 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by feartheoldblood from Wisconsin

Apr 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.32 by Kiral from Michigan

Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.04 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by NCSapiens from Indiana

Jan 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by CreedeSon from Illinois

Dec 11, 2018
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by grm1007 from Michigan

Nov 12, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -21%
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
 
Rated: 4.24 by Explosion72 from Michigan

Jul 18, 2018
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.17 by caahare from West Virginia

May 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by 94rocker1 from Michigan

May 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Apr 27, 2018
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Rated by MSU_Swit from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great flavor
Apr 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by trdtercel92 from Ohio

Mar 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by manfrombadaxe from Michigan

Mar 11, 2018
Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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