Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
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:
#3,450
Reviews:
935
Ratings:
2,878
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
513
Trade:
24
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 935 | Ratings: 2,878
Reviews by WillieThreebiers:
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

just amazed to see this one rated as highly as it is. so average to me, and in the big ipa realm, it just doesnt stack up. its a malt bomb, sugary and strong for no reason, its more of an imperial amber than it is an ipa, balanced out the wrong way by a big sugary malt build, and not hoppy enough to overcome that, it just seems sloppy, and almost cheap and half assed for a brewery that has help my attention now for a little while. its hazy and thick, and although very well carbonated and creamy feeling, its not as dynamic as it should be, muted in hop nose and taste, and sweet to a level that limits its drinkabilty to half a beer. the booze is a few percentage points too high, makes no sense and just doesnt fit, and while it doesnt have off flavors and rough edges, its a pretty weird beer to trumpet as world class, especially with this many reviews. am i wrong to ask for a dry and more hop driven brew in this category? i think not. not bad at all, but as an imperial ipa its pretty woeful. sweet and grainy, strange, unflattering, forgettable.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 1/23/15

Looks as beautiful as all of the pics I have seen. A big reason I grabbed a 4 pack at $16. A deep, hazy ruby orange with a slightly off-white head.

Smells of strong alcohol, sweet caramel malts, pine and floral hops all in that order to me.

The alcohol really comes through in the taste. I am shocked by the reviews that say it is hidden. I would swear it was 15%+. Also rock candy like sugars, some citrus hops that I didnt notice in the aroma, still some piney flavor along with bitterness and nostril burn toward the end.

Nice thicker bodied beer with a slick resin feel, but finishes very harsh. Average carbonation.

Overall, most of the good qualities of this beer are squashed by boozyness. I can probably list 2 dozen beers that are at this ABV or higher that don't taste/feel anywhere close. It may be one of few ipas that will improve with cellaring. I have 3 more, so I am going to find out.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the closer, the palate killer and perhaps my nightcap. Its one of my favorite styles but it look like Dark Horse is trying to take this style to another level which I like. The bottle is waxed on the top, a strong wax it is so make sure to take care with the sharp blades and such trying to pop this one, I opted for a bit of flame and then cut away the wax. Huge tan foam from a quick cascading session of bubbles form a hard pour. The head retention is surprisingly excellent, some beers with super high alcohol levels tend to loose their head quick but this one doesn't. Clear reddish amber color. Oh yeah, there it is ... the pungent mix of higher alcohols and lots of hop resin in the nose. Thick semi-syrupy body with a long drawn out smoothness and creamy backing. The alcohol is a little hot but not overbearing with more warmth in the back of the mouth and throat with each sip. Maltiness is given a hall pass upfront with a quick running of caramel and graham cracker crust but then the hops take over the show. Bitterness spreads far and wide and eventually engulfs all taste as I know it. Oddly there is not this devastating sharpness that would have killed the drinkability, not balance but more of knowing when enough is enough. Flavors of blood orange, pineapple, tobacco, grapefruit rind and caramel form in the finish. A bitter finish but some of that malt sweetness does leak from the wall of hop bitterness.

One of the most drinkable and pleasant higher alcohol (12% abv+) Double IPAs that I have tasted ever. I'm loving this hop fix.

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque light copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sugary figs and candied cherries and faint copper and butter scotch.
T: It tasted like candied apricots and herbal hops, with some artificial strawberry and unripe pineapple. It had a somewhat clean sugary aftertaste with lingering bitterness.
M: It was thick and chewy with a little carbonation. Very full body.
D: This was not nearly as good as I expected. The scent and taste were super sweet with little bitterness. The body was over the top, and the finish was a little harsh. So it wasn't easy to drink. I'm not impressed at all.

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Photo of Babalu614
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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 Skordi13
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep orange color. Fairly hazy and near opaque. A small off white head that fades to nothing.

Smell: citrus and pine hops blended with sweet crystal malts. Smells more sweet than hoppy.

Taste: lots of hops. Resin, citrus, light pine, floral. Little to no malt taste.

Mouthfeel: strong bitterness that lingers for a long time. Fairly light and no alcohol for 13%

Overall: a good dipa but left way behind by all the competition in my opinion. Also way off at on the price point.

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Photo of Jeffrey84
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Too malt forward for my taste. I get a very sweet knose with hints of caramel. Those sweet smells come out in the tase. Not enough resiny pine and citrus notes.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.4/5  rDev +6%

From notes on 3/25/14

On tap at the brewery while walking through the tour. Excellent beer. Wow could this easily sneak up on you at over 13% ABV. Sure doesn't taste like that. Love the cloudy body of this beer. Aroma is very hoppy. Taste is hop forward. Nice and citrusy flavors. Great malt backbone. Decided to visit Dark Horse on my way up to the KBS release in Grand Rapids and was very pleasantly surprised. Great beers, starting with this one.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of BlindPig
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours and head rises slowly. Thin tan head cover the top and fades pretty fast. A murky amber/brown body.
S- Very nice aroma! Grass, and pine hops. Maybe a few hints of citrus too. Sweet caramel is hiding under the hops. I am surprised how well the sweetness and alcohol is covered up in the aroma.
T- First sip thoughts- Hmm very tasty!
Big hop flavor with blend of the same kind of hops as in aroma. The bitterness builds up on tip and mid tongue. Really numbs the tongue from a nice big bitterness. Slowly the alcohol warms up the back of the throat but does take a bit. Sweet caramel does come through but not near as overwhelming as I was expecting (like Unearthly). Nice dry aftertaste too. The pine does come through nicley and the alcohol tickles the tongue a little but alcohol isn't near as strong as you would think.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- I think it is very good. I wasn't expecting to much just being as high in alcohol as it is. Very tasty and I wouldn't mind drinking more of this at all.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to each of the 3 BAs who included this as an extra. You know who you are.

3.5 A: Hazy amber brown color. Half a finger (if even that) of short lived creamy head. Some irregular lacing. I'll give this one a break due to the high ABV.

4.5 S: This ain't no DIPA. Rather American B-wine all the way. Citrusy and piney hops with the focus on orange and mango. Super strong malt backbone with lots of toffee sweetness from the residual sugar and perhaps a touch of crystal malt.

4.5 T: One of the best balanced barleywines I've ever had. Slightly bready are the malts. Toffee and caramel show up again. Hop bitterness balances perfectly - not too sweet not too bitter. Hop flavor is there with pine and orange again, but seem trivial in comparison to the malts. Alcohol is warming, but extremely well hidden.

4.5 M: Lighter heavy body. Good carbonation. Very creamy with subtly warm finish. Very nice.

5.0 D: This is easily the best drinking American barleywine I've had due to the incredible balance of bitterness and malt sweetness. Alcohol very well hidden. Great beer.

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Photo of marine1975
2/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of Janderson91
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra sent to me by LusciousJackson, so thanks to him for the opportunity! No bottled on date. Enjoyed on 07/17/11.

A - Wow this thing is thick. Poured into a snifter, an opaque muddy looking deep red/brown color. A small 1/2 finger head forms and dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing. This is an interesting looking beer but not above average.

S - Big caramel malts and dark fruits, cherries, plums, raisins. It's got a nice hop aroma as well: a good piney bitterness.

T - Very similar to the nose. Definite barleywine characteristics going on. Big caramel sweetness with still a lot of pine bitterness present. Finishes quite balanced with a twinge of alcohol but it's quite well hidden.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Very full with pretty low carbonation and I had no idea the alcohol was that high until reading it on here. Would have guessed around 10%.

O - Overall, this is quite a good beer. Not sure it should call itself a DIPA but I liked it a lot.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of tcblack4d
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of shadowofthereaper_666
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of dlino11
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AMG55
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of drwatson32
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gvhockey
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khiasmus
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/amber with minimal soapy off-white head that drops off quickly and then leaves a lacing on the top.

Aroma is rich with honey, resiny pine, and grapefruit. A hint of alcohol is evident in the back.

Flavor starts off with honey and light liquid malt, moves into grain husk, and finishes with strong alcohol, bitterness, pine resin. The bitterness lingers forever. Not super complex, but absolutely delicious.

Medium-full body with medium carbonation, and astringency, warming, and intense dryness at the back.

Drinkability is scary. 13.6%!!??!?! TRY THIS BEER!

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Photo of mmcnaughton
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of maz
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,878 ratings