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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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 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 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 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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Photo of Blackop555
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with thick, medium, off white head that lasts a while.

Smells caramely, bready, doughy malt. Light spicey, earthy/dank and hints of pine.

Tastes sweet caramel and doughy fading to a bitter pine and then a light fruity vanilla. Dry lingering pine finish. Higher side of medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a snifter. Bottle given to me by @mr-jj. 12-28 DBL128. Poured completely, so I probably got some sediment I didn't really need.

Pours like a barleywine, but with a little extra carbonation. Looks syrupy, dark ruby-brown, moderately clear with some floaters. Smallish, creamy head with lots of fine, sluggish carbonation. Smell is booze, smells like barleywine. Musty, woody. Syrupy sweet.

Taste is not as heavily boozy as the smell (although it's quite boozy). It has more of a malty/woody character, with a substantial but not excessive bitter backbone. Sweetness is throughout, maybe a little hint of dates or something very slightly dubbel-ish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for as thick as it looks, as slow as the carbonation moves, as high as the alcohol content is. Also surprisingly dry. Interesting for a 12% ABV beer. Overall, I think it's pretty good. Not something I'd run out and look for more of, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of mattmarch
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very malty bready sort of DIPA. Look - clear but a very dark amber. Smell - boozy, bready, dark fruity. Taste - actually got a strange peanut butter jelly kind of thing. Caramel and bready maltiness in heaps. Feel - clean and drinkable.

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Photo of Buck89
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Striking color out of the bottle: copper-brown with a fluffy and resilient light tan head. Nice tracks in the glass. Does not smell like a DIPA, with caramel and bready malt. The hops are there but just not out front - a bit of orange and piney resin. Malty and sweet. Bitter and the hops taste like candied fruit with some earthy notes. Warming on the finish and a bit boozy. More on the barleywine spectrum for me.

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Photo of fern22
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2016 bottle

Highly boozy beer. Midwesterns might compare it to a devil dancer. Although, I think I can confidently say, this has a more smoothness to it than the devil dancer. You have to pace yourself with this kind of beer. Unfortunately, I've knocked off some points for that reason. An aftertaste with too much alcohol just doesn't suit my palette as well. When we start hitting 12% and above is when this problem often arises. This high abv IPA has done the best job I can recall of keeping the aftertaste down (120 minute ipa excluded from this discussion obviously). The flavor is complex and very enjoyable. Not as much hops as I'd expect. Big malt bomb with big bite to it. Pours a very interesting dark gold. Given its availability, price, and my taste, I'd rather drink a bonnie's. However, you definitely have to try certain high abv ipas before you die, and this is one of them. A lot of my friends very much enjoyed this.

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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 red color, like an imperial red. 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.

Update 4/11/17- I'm trying a bottle of last years batch. The year definitely calmed down the hops. It still has that good flavor, but not as much of a bite. I think I prefer it fresh, but worth the experiment for sure.

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Photo of BlackTerrier
1.7/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

The beer pours dark, smells of malt and alcohol, and it hits the palate with a wallop of malt that is poorly balanced by an infinitesimal pinch of hops. The mouthfeel is flat, heavy, and sticky. It finishes with a cloying flavor I can't quite pin a name on. As others have pointed out, this may be a fine example of some other type of beer but a DIPA it is not. The beer this most reminds me of is Thomas Creek's Up The Creek IIPA which has the same no-hop/hyper-malt boozed and confused profile attempting to pass as an IPA. Unfortunately, I expect a brewer to fill the bottle with something that matches the type specified on the label. My score is based on the fact that I wanted an IPA, paid (quite a bit) for something called an IPA, and ended up with a mixed-style beverage that was too malty for me to enjoy or even tolerate. I'll save the rest for guests I guess.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a clear pale amber with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma offers up strong pine, spice, and grapefruit, with a touch of raisin. Is does smell a bit boozy, but not in a bad way, with background notes of tea. The flavor starts with some sweet caramel, but not too much, raisin,, lots of pine, mint, grapefruit, and tangerine. The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry, with a touch of stickiness at the end. Overall this was much better than I anticipated given the high ABV - generally this can make a DIPA too sweet, but here is really works out well. The beer is boozy, but is is balanced out with hops and malts to form an excellent whole.

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Photo of puffthestuff
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: dark golden pour from the tap. Finger large head with thick lacing that clings to tulip glass.
S: floral and bitter hops are prevalent. Malt smell is mixed in well and quite sweet smelling possibly due to the flowery and grassy hops used. The description clearly does not lie about its malt characteristic.
T: hoppy flowers and grass yet malt adds a caramelly sweetness that I enjoyed a lot. Honestly, at least from tap, it is comparable to the 120 minute Dogfish head beer I've had a few times before. Booze is hidden well has just enough bite to let you know it's there.
F: medium carbonation. Good crisp and sweetly lingering body.
O: I was impressed with the similarities between this and the 120 minute. It's a outstanding beer from dark horse and exceedingly worth the purchase. Like I said I had this on tap which may differ from other reviews but this beer stands out. Well worth the purchase.

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Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A decent aroma that's dominated by pine, grassy hops, a slightly smoky quality, and malt.

T: Tasted of a little bit of malt, some caramel (especially in the finish), a whole lot of pine, grassy hops, and some citrus to boot. Some parts of this rather aggressive flavor in this beer are welcome, but the grassy hops (never my favorite thing) kind of throw it out of whack. Still, a decent enough flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like pretty much everything, this beer will be a matter of opinion. To me it could have been great with a slight tweak. Nevertheless, it's worth checking out.

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Photo of zac16125
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates (date your IPAs damnit!), but according to the label at the store it was put on the shelves approx 6 weeks ago

A: Very murky, dark copper, large tan head, good retention, lots of lacing. 3.75

S: Malt bomb, caramel/toffee, some floral notes, hops are very subdued. 3.25

T: Interesting. Its very smoky, with lots of char characters. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Some piney bitterness. Not much caramel malt at all, which surprises me. Hop characters are very subtle. It grows on your with time, but still not great. 3.75

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end for the ABV but its appropriate. ABV is actually very well masked, drinkability is moderate. 3.75

O: I’ve heard about this one for years, but I just don’t get it. Big disappointment for me. 3.5

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Photo of wilson32
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer but tough to find. It sure is a strong one too - you get your money's worth in terms of alcohol content. That being said, still tough for me to spend $20 on a 4 pack. Either way, it looks a reddish brown type of color, smells quite hoppy (you can get a good idea of the taste by the smell), and it tastes quite hoppy as well. My less-experienced taste buds didn't pick up on that citrus too much, but it was barely there.

All things considered, be careful how fast you drink this one...due to the high content. Overall not a bad beer, would have it on rare occasions.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy red orange with a half inch of creamy head. Nice lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and flowers and esters.

Taste is bitter floral hops with a sweet malt overlay. Nice biscuit aftertaste. Very little alcohol detected for a 12% ABV brew.

Overall this is a well balanced monster of a beer for those who love hops. Well worth $20 for a 4-pack.

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Photo of SmangTown
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- reddish brown in color, little amount of head that goes away fast, very little lacing. Hazy look to it.
S- pine scent with some earthy notes. Can tell it's going to be hoppy from the smell.
T- An intense flavor of hops hits you in the beginning followed by a mellow after taste. Boozy taste to it but well balanced so it's not over powering. Sharp piney taste, but assumed with IPAs.
F- light and smooth feel to it (scary because how strong it is) making it easy to drink.
Overall- A nice strong IPA. Great beer. Would definitely buy again. Exactly what one would want from a double IPA with its intense flavors.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those true, 'double' ipas out there. Comes out brown, almost red like edge to it like a Flanders. 1/8" head. Lots of bitter hops and alcohol in the aroma.

Taste is impressive for its fresh barleywine like roll. Lots of almost brown malt in here, crystal malt, lots of malt to make something like this a 'double'. Super 100ibu levels, alcohol is definitely there. This is a slow sipper, very much might as well be a hoppy barleywine, like if Bigfoot is somehow not strong enough for you, check this out, along the same lines.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Hazy light brown/ dark orange, got some of the yeast from the bottom in the pour. Thin head.
S - malty, caramel, mild hoppiness
T - Very strong malts, well balanced by bitterness, sugary, alcohol but in a good way.
F- pretty thick.
O - Not sure of the age on this bottle so I will try to revisit with one I know is fresh but this drinks like 1 yr old bigfoot which is a good thing to me. Not nearly the hop presence I expect from a DIPA though.

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Photo of cmf
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle to becker. brown red translucent pour with 2 inch head - thick (non-foamy) head. pine esters, sweet malts, oak scents. Foamy mouth feel. Bittersweet with an onslaught of flavors without proportion - alcohol, caramel, bitter hops, pine sap, malts - hard to distinguish. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was surprised. This poured darker and flatter than you would expect. Strong citrus hop scent almost assaults your nose like a ninja sneaking up on you with a pillowcase of fresh oranges. The hop bites hits you just like that pillowcase but when you are done you happily ask for more. The high alcohol is something to be leery of. A damn fine DIPA.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. 01.04.16. I assume is a bottled on date.

really hazy if not completely opaque amber copper hue. head is off white and minimal. lacing is decent. a ring of conditioning yeast is left behind in the bottle. fruity yeasty esters start the aroma. a whole bunch of classic american hops. a bit muddy, hard to pick out specifics. drink is sweet at first, apple acetaldehyde perhaps? caramel malt makes a showing here. really hoppy with a bit of alcohol heat. overall the booze is masked well. again not getting anything uniquely hoppy here, but just a blast of all things American. a little bit of old school style in my opinion but overall nothing I would want to drink again. just too muddy.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was not what I was expecting at all. The citrus and pine takes a back seat to the strong malt profile. There is a big smoked wood/peat flavor here. It really caught me off guard.

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