Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
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4.17/5
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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
Reviews:
935
Ratings:
2,878
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
513
Trade:
24
 
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Reviews: 935 | Ratings: 2,878
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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 -1.9%
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 beersampler6
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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 -21.3%
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 ZebulonXZogg
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ksimons
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Orange penny copper.
Strong citrus and boozy bite in the nose.
Sweet orange rind. Lots of sweet up front lots of bitter on the tail finish.
Syrupy mouth feel.
So smooth it's hard to tell it's 12%

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Photo of Skordi13
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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 zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of the darkest DIPAs I've ever seen. Almost looks like a brown ale. Smelled super-malty with some piney notes. This tastes like an old school American Barleywine. It's boozy, malty and strong.

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Photo of Kinney1989
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +9.8%
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 +19.9%
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 +3.4%
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 -12.5%
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 +0.2%
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 -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017-02-07
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 -9.4%
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 -14.1%
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 -2.9%
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 +17.3%
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 -59.2%
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 +14.1%
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 +11.5%
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 -8.6%
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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Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,878 ratings