Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Reviews: 922 | Ratings: 2,809
Photo of Nolang84
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dam good beer! Hopslam what?? This is much better underrated by others. I dont feel im being generous with the 5 try it and you will agree. Amber color little head when served at temp hop taste is present but not as dry of an after taste like other "hopalicious" beers. I highly recomend hunting this one down.

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Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Third IPA of the night and finally something with the sweet tast of alcohol I was looking for.
PLus I need something to erase the Penguin score from my memory. Beter luck next year. This is a great DIPA with hops,malt, and sweetness to rank up there with the best of them.

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Photo of Trooper92292
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a double IPA I'm really impressed. I feel aging this will provide more flavors and aroma. I can smell the alcohol a bit on this and it's understandable with it's ABV content. With time I know this would become a greater beer. Has the traits of a Barley Wine. I would like sitting down with Crooked Tree IPA for a comparison.

Update: Even better with age.

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Photo of rkf1976
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you LOVE IPA's this is the one true IPA to try before you die. It is magnificent, amazing and beautiful all rolled into one! Words cannot describe this elixir of magical liquid. The hops mix amazingly between the alcohol and malts, you soon will be floating with the fairy hop pixies after a few sips, enjoy!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 13.60 %, WOW - 98 ibus!

CG brought a six pack of IPA back from Chi Town. This is from our sampling 8/8/09.
bottle>wine glass
Appearance was dark amber in color, almost opaque, satisfactory head & retention but expected a bit more head on this beer, maybe it's the high ABV tones it down?
Smell is a very bold, floral hop aroma on an evident supporting malt foundation.
Taste is exceptional! Tastes follow the smell but much more complex. Sweet on palate but boldly supported/balanced with an evident but sneaky hop character. Tastes include roasty malts, caramelized toffees, hop whispers smooth out any chance of cloying threats. This is a complex brew for sure, almost barleywine-ish without being over the top. Complex but enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is low to medium carbonation with a full body that keeps you sipping at the right pace. Well done - a fine example of a perfectly dialed in moutfeel.
Drinkability is exceptional! You have to enjoy this brew responsibly @ 13.6% abv, but it is an awesome example of a unique Imperial IPA! This one is a more full bodied malt fwd IIPA, but hops show up to the game as they should to keep all players in check. Cheers to DHBC for an AWESOME IIPA. And thanks to CG for sharing!

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Photo of paxtonthegreat
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I call an IPA! This beer is crooked tree with double the grains and hops, unlike most breweries who make a completely different recipe for their DIPA, dark horse believes in theirs enough that they just double everything but water for their double. It's a sweet grapefruit explosion beer with slight floral notes and no astringent bitterness.

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Photo of Lahey
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer is a dark golden color with some haze as its an unfiltered dipa. 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.

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Photo of Duster72
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at brewery. Bartender poured about 10 beers worth down the drain due to foam! Served in a 10oz tulip due to Michigan laws(?). Pours a great looking dark amber with monster head. Aroma is citrus, pine and fruits, very appealing. Taste is exceptional with wonderful citrus and fruit tastes with very little of the harshness you get from the regular Crooked Tree. Very smooth tasting. Not too sweet, just right. As I drank this fresh I told my friend it was a perfect beer. Wow, is it a lot better fresh on draft than in the bottle.

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Photo of CaptainAM
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Totally blown away by this beer. Straw colored and hazy, nice head, left nice lace. The smell is dank. Like weed. And the beer tatses as herbacious as any I have tried. Also has the traditional flavors of pine and some citrus and a moderate sweetness. Never would guess the alcohol. Watch out!

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Photo of putnam
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Green "wax" dipped tops. A hand-signed letter from Trent and Aaron came with the case. Nice touch.

98 IBUs

How's the beer? Burnt reddish orange with a very slight topping of foam. It smells like the inside of a hop-filled barn. Lots of sticky red, cherry-toned resins and iron Koolade. Caramel, buttered bananas burned in brandy and brown sugar and piles and piles of sticky herb.
Intensely sweet, but better balanced than other monster sweet IPAs of legend (no names!) Jammy, red cinnamon candy flavors are draped with robes of woolly, Afghan oils. The apply, cherry fruits and sanguine hops extracts remind me more of Smuttynose's Big A IPA than of the regular Crooked Tree.
Very intense. Fans of this genre must not miss this.

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Photo of stewart124
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hello nightcap.

This pours beautifully into a snifter. Blood red color with just a trace of white head.

Tons of grapefruit and blood orange citrus in the nose. Such a great nose!

The taste is truly amazing! Caramel syrup and a velvet smoothness just coat the tongue. Sweeter caramel notes with some bready background and then bam! Hops! Plenty of bitterness with a huge bite on the tongue. Citrus and pine just hammer the tastebuds and leave a lignering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Finishes surprisingly dry. I am not picking up any strong alcohol notes which says something for being 12%.

This is truly a treat and a great example of the style. Bitterness just takes over everything and then there is this nice marriage of hops and caramel malts while still pushing the envelope.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I thank the beer gods that I was able to get my hands on a 4-pack of this very limited release.

A-Rich copper body with a bit of cloudiness. The head was suprisingly thick and fluffy for such a huge beer. Lacing was also impressive.

S-You can not get any closer to the natural element of a hop than this aroma. It is as if you have a handfull of fresh hops with each inhale. Delicate and floral without a sharpness to the nose. Superbly presented to please any hop head.

T-So much flavor packed in a prefectly balanced beer. The hops never leave the taste but step aside to make room for the sweet maltiness when needed. The huge alcohol presence is nowhere to be found until it warms the belly. For a beer so hoppy and alcoholic, they did a phenomenal job balancing this out to be drinkable and enjoyable.

M-Sweet and bitter make a great pair here. The hops are all over the place but never interupt anything with their sharpness. Each sip is wonderful.

D-Obviously not a session beer, but so easy to drink it is dangerous. I suggest anyone to seek this out and experience the magic that lies within this beer...you will not be disappointed.

Overall, a superb beer in a class of its own! Well done!

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Photo of xmorgan
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Muddy waters in Minneapolis.
A double IPA THAT does not assault the senses, it is well balanced and smoothe. Often DIPAa can be to big too hoppy and leaves one ovberpowered.

Appearance: reddish orange with limited lacing it is almost two orange to be mistaken for a red ale

Smell: very light but a light fruit comes through

Taste: hoppy yes but the malt comes through this balance keeps the high alcohol. Intent at bay. No strong alcohol taste hits. It could be a dangerous beer to to immoderate as it would be easy to drink too many of this delicious beer

Mouthfeel lingering please t hop bitterness but pleasant like your mouth longs for yet another quaf of this well done DIPA

I would drink again and recomend

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Photo of TVolt1
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great clear reddish, gold color with a small amount of nice white head and light to medium lacing throughtout.

S: Orange, hoppy smell. This smell is heaven to my nostrils. Has a great citrus hop smell with a hint of grassy smell.

T: Initial taste of grassy type hops followed by a huge kick of citrus hops and the finish is a piney hops bitterness that lingers in your mouth for quite awhile.

M: Medium, crisp, bitter, lingering mouthfeel.

O: OVerall, GREAT beer. One of my top tens!

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours and dark copper color with a thin lace of head. Smell is has sweet malty and hoppy aromas. Taste is unbelievable. It's exploding with hoppy flavor, but keeps you interested in it's flavor. Mouthfeel can't get any better. The bitterness, smoothness, and carbonation are perfect balanced. This is by far the best Double IPA I've had and $2.79 for 13.6% ABV can't be beat for a beer with such flavor and robustness.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a amberish brown, cloudy as can be, a finger of a tanish head.

Smell is probably the biggest let down in this one, a little pine, citrus and a bready caramel malt, really a lot more faint then I would have thought for a 12% beer.

Taste is where is shines, full of resiny hops, citrus, floral, pine with a really nice malt backing, caramel, and a wee bit of a alcohol burn in the end.... Very faint though

Mouthfeel is more barleywine then DIPA, Very smooth, medium full, low-medium carbonation, finishes with a bittering dryness.

Well I got a 4 pack and decided to drink 2 fresh and 2 aged.... It may be hard but I hear this beer does wonders with some age... However it super fresh so maybe I will have to try to grab another 4 pack!

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Photo of bashiba
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep dark orange with a light but sticky head.

Smelled like a freshly cut grapefruit. Slightly sweet and nicely bitter.

Has a sweet & bitter big hoppy flavor up front with loads of pine and grapefruit. The huge malt profile does a good job keeping things even with a lightly sweet and grainy flavor with a touch of the big alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel is ultra sticky with a long dry finish.

Shockingly easy to drink for as big of beer as it is. Overall pretty outstanding.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As with all insanely huge beers parading themselves as double (or even triple) IPAs, there is certainly a saturation point where it becomes a super-hopped Barleywine. While I don't know where this beer stands precisely, I do know that it seriously outshines another Michigan brewer's attempt at a 'triple IPA'.

This beer is an impenetrable peach that produces a swelling, cascadingly large head that leaves a patchwork of lace-quilts on my snifter. The suspended and moving yeast globs are somewhat frightening in their large number.

The nose of this beer is hop-nirvana. I'm instantly conjuring thoughts of Dreadnaught, Ruination, Hercules, Racer X, and all of the other world class i2pa's. I'm even reminded of a more potent and pungent Rogue I2pa (egads!). Crazy fruits everywhere; less straight-up citrus and more tropical fruit harmony with the sweet malt. A slight varnish-like alcohol burn warns you that you're head will not be in tip-top shape after this.

Taste is insanity, somewhere between that overhopped barleywine and i2pa line of demarcation. Hoppiness (and hop-oils) are everywhere, but never annoying or caustic. The malt is divine here, thick, sludgy, chewable. The malt and hop battle for supremacy here, with neither winning - the victor is your tastebuds. Its like walking into a malt museum with a fantastic hop-exhibition happening.

The mouthfeel is spectacular. This is the oiliest, fattest beer i've ever had the delight to put into my mouth.

Just phenomenal. Trade to get your hands on this.

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Photo of honestdave
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle in to my Dark Horse Ale glass that I bought at the gift shop a few weeks ago.

A: Slightly cloudy, purplish hue. Nice foam head from a hard pour.

S: Fresh hop goodness. Slight raspberry nose with citrus hop hit.

T: Delicious hop resiny bitterness with light raspberry aftertaste. Warm alcohol is well hidden within the flavors.

M: Light carbonation. Not as syrupy or full as one would think for such a high alcohol brew. Really good. A classic Double IPA.

D: Easy drinking for such a high alcohol double.

Summary: Wow! I need to have this again and again. All I can think of is Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water, because this is one classic kick ass brew. After drinking the beers that i enjoyed at the brewpub...I believe that this one beer epitomizes Dark Horse Brewing. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of vobr0002
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- hazy orangish brown with white head that fades to a flat ring around the glass.

S- citrus, tropical fruit. Slight caramel and biscuit smell. Not as powerful as when I had it fresh earlier this year.

T- smooth slightly fruity, like orange and peach, then some pine and the malt balances out nicely. No alcohol burn for being almost 14%.

M- medium body with a lighter carbonation.

O- I really like this beer a lot. One of my favorite dipas. I even enjoyed it more when I had it fresh. I can't get over how smooth it is and how there is such a small amount of alcohol burn for being such a big beer.

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Photo of sopor
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant gold-tinged amber pours thickly, resistant to forming a head. Ruby light shows through. A thin film and sticky ring of foam is all that is left of the head in just a few moments.

Slightly abrasive, slightly greasy, slightly peachy/apricoty hop is dominant. Upon opening the bottle and before even pouring, hops hit your nose within seconds and are strong enough to smell like a cooled IPA wort: super fresh and green hoppiness. A caramelly/raisiny malt is just barely detectible.

AMAZINGLY balanced in the palate! Caramelly/raisiny malt is stong enough to hold up to a BARRAGE of intense and varied hop flavor. Citrus, resin, peach, apricot, and a hint of cedar and pine hop are all represented. The hops are STRONG but not overpowering, and not abrasive. Absolutely amazing, you've got to try this to believe that this much hop flavor can actually fit in a beer and still taste so good! Heavy fusel alcohol gives an alcoholic spice which beautifully ties the malt and hops together. 13.6% abv is really only noticed in the warming effect on my throat, and the quick buzz...

Moderately thick body with delicate carbonation makes for a very smooth and pleasant body.

This is one of the most incredibly tasty beers I have ever had. Without a doubt, the best DIPA that has graced my lips with it's blessed bitterness. AMAZING! If this wasn't 13.6%, it would have scored a 5 on drinkability too, but something this strong just can't be "ultimately drinkable", however, it's damned close!!!

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Photo of martinpfal
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The best I've had from Dark Horse. Color is reddish brown almost like a nice sweet tea. Smell almost hinted at banana and grapefruit. Taste is surely dipa with some bitter ending that knocked my rating down a bit. But still one to seek out....even at $18 for a 4-pk!

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4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Creates a three inch tan head full of rich creamy bubbles. Body is a murky amber color with quite a bit of noticeable sedamet. Leaves a bit of lace as the head fades. Nose is a very rich mix of nice hops and even a hint of malty sweetness laced with big spicey alchol. Enters the mouth richly smooth and creamy with buzzing hops and spicey zest. Hops are slightly oily and show ripe citrus hints. Alchol is nicely warming to the belly but not loud on the palate. This beer is so amazingly drinkable for how big it is. Complexity and uniqueness are strong points of this brew. I as a stout lover have found another big double IPA I can really enjoy.

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Photo of MIMicrobrews
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What we have here is a true gem in the Michigan brewing industry. If you haven't tried Double Crooked Tree, you're truly missing out. For starters, give their Crooked Tree IPA a go before you dive into it's older brother. As a "limited quantity" brew, Double Crooked Tree is quickly becoming one of those brews that enthusiasts, like myself, actually map out and look forward to its release date.

Every time I crack open one of these brews, I get a tinge bit giddy. It pours a beautiful dark amber with a aromatically thick head. The aroma is very evident, floral, heavenly; it smells smooth, hoppy, sweet with a slight malt base, wreaking havoc with my sense of smell. The first sip is the best part. It's extremely well-balanced for a double IPA. It's not over-hoppy & amazingly smooth. Big & bold yet extremely easy to drink. The complexity and balance of flavors makes this an unassumingly powerful beverage. The aftertaste provides a beautiful lingering hoppy taste, slight bitter, but almost sweet. Little malt complexity inter-twined.

Don't let this amazingly delicious and easy (easier than most double IPAs) to drink brew pass you by; yet, don't forget... at such a high ABV, this beer will sneak up on you. I don't normally rank Michigan brews, but I do have to say this is up there as one of my top 5. Kudos to Dark Horse for producing an amazing beverage. As this gains traction, I only continue to see them providing more top-notch brews, on the same level as Double Crooked Tree. Enjoy this beer. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of gavinstoub
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best thing Marshall MI has produced I think ever!
As BIG as this beer is it drinks like a normal IPA in other words balanced.

A= caramel or toffee which shows the amount of malt used. Double Malt

S= Smell Citrus tangerine, flowers some toasty malt notes getting some alcohol as well. I am sneezing smells like spring my allergies are acting up pretty fresh.

T - Amazing, I get a nice toasted malt flavor balanced with a dry bitter hop. More hop on aroma than on mouthfeel

D - 13.6% there is no way (it is too drinkable) ok maybe there is I can feel it after one. Sooo tasty and I could drink 6 if they made it in a 6 pack.

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