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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
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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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Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip

Cloudy, Dark Copper Color. Tan head quickly dissipates to a collar with wisps of foam. Too dark for the style, me thinks.

Very Malty! Where are the hops? They are there in the background but overwhelmed by malt. That seems to be a flaw. There is a very yeasty character in the nose, not too pleasant.

The malt pushes the hops away. The bitterness is a bit raw, not refined at all. I feel like it's very one dimensional. This style demands layers of complexity that are not apparent to me.

Medium body. Sticky sweet, with medium carbonation.

I'm not feelin' it. My expectations for the style are quite high based on the stellar examples that are widely available. I would not seek this out again, especially at the $15/4pk price point. Overhyped? I think so. They do a fine job with the Stouts. This is disappointing. If this was marketed as a Barleywine then the rating would be much better. In fact it's a pretty decent BW if it ages another year or so.

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Had on-tap at the Detroit Pub in Detroit, Michigan. This beer was described as "Dark Horse Double Barrel", and I *have* to assume that this is the same beer. The bartender argued that the beer was 9%... this says 12%. I saw it come out of a Dark Horse tap, and I know for a fact that this wasn't crooked tree, so safe bet that this is the beer.

Appearance: A brown/orange color with a creamy little head floating on top... beautiful looking beer that also yields phenomenal lacing all the way down the glass. A stunner!

Smell: Barrel definitely did some work on this one with that mellow oaky/vanilla sort of characteristic. There's also a pretty bold malt flavor that you'd expect (if not from the color alone) from the style. Of course, there's a nice wallop of hops as well.

Taste/feel: 12%? Really? The waitress was confident it was 9%, even though I told her it wasn't (assuming this was the beer). I got virtually no trace of the alcohol in the taste, none in the feel, and none in the aroma... truly a dangerous beer. The taste is almost exactly like the smell, with a great balance. When this starts to get a bit too sweet, some hops come in right on the finish to wipe that away. This is a mellow, nice bodied, gorgeous looking, lovely smelling, easy-drinking beer. I wish I could have enjoyed it longer, but I drank it down pretty quickly. Get your hands on this stuff.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,848 ratings
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