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Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
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4.15/5
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2,874 Ratings
Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,240
Reviews:
935
Ratings:
2,874
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
513
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,874 |  Reviews: 935
Photo of Kiral
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of psweendogg
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NCSapiens
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreedeSon
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersampler6
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!

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Photo of grm1007
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zedbeta000
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of Explosion72
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
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.

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Photo of caahare
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 94rocker1
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MSU_Swit
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great flavor

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Photo of trdtercel92
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of manfrombadaxe
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesBondGA
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ksimons
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kinmundy77
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Miguy
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wicked dipa super complex and amazingly drinkable for the alcohol content. Masterfully made from the same brewery that puts out Scotty Karate!

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,874 ratings