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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3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours thick with very little head, that gently retreats to a small film. Dark copper color. Opaque. Cloudy. Residue suspended in the entire column. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Not a strong smell. Yeast on front with some medium hops at the finish. Hints of alcohol.

T: Slightly bitter, way less than expected. Strong hops, but not overwhelming. Earthy. Slight alcohol finish.

M: Powerful. Thick. Moderate carbonation. Very well balanced for 12% abv.

O: A very good beer for hop heads and non-hop heads alike. The high alcohol content is nicely masked by the ingredients. A very nice IPA, not the best or the worst. Will likely try again. In respect to the price, not worth it to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Borderline looks perfect, hazy amber body making this brew completely opaque. No it's not dark it's just right. Slightly off-white head with sticky lacing rose about 2/3" of an inch...not bad at all.

Smell: Has light alcohol with heavy hops and a nice mix of citrus. Keep in mind it is light and reason why i feel it shouldn't be rated higher.

Taste: I was expecting a lot more only because of the hype created around this brew. It's bitter offset with heavy alcohol and citrus. Grapefruit notes and hops create a pretty good bitterness to it.,

Mouth: Medium and freaking sticky, with heavy bourbon type of after-taste.

Overall: Great brew, granted at least around where I live here in New york it was hyped up a bit probably due to it's availability. I have had better DIPAs that were much easier to find that might make you forget quick about

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3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10 oz pour at Stub's

Peachy and very hazy. Smells muddled and borderline yucky from "too many things going on" and none of them nice. Taste is better... lot of sweet malt balanced by bitterness but this is kinda neither here, nor there: too sweet for a DIPA and not nearly as complex as a barleywine. Mouthfeel is fine but there's an alcohol burn to this... having had much better DIPAs and beers in general, this is very pedestrian to me.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- hazy amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S- not much to write about here, suttle citrus hops, pine.

T- caramel malts and bitter citrus hops. Blended very well.

M- medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- Wow this beer is drinkable. All 12% is masked well. It is not what you would expect from a DIPA. Very smooth and tasty.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The obvious comparison is this beer and Founders Devil Dancer since they are both 12% abv IPAs.I know Devil Dancer calls itself a "Triple IPA" while Double Crooked Tree is only a "double" but whats really the difference? Anyway, I liked this beer better than the Founder's offering.

If I hadn't know this beer was 12% abv, I would have guessed it was 9% give or take. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is pretty smooth for a double IPA. I would imagine that Dark Horse hopped this beer pretty well but with the sweetness that comes through, it is obviously not lacking in malt character either.

The main thing I liked was that although there was a strong presence of piney, citrusy and floral hops, the aforementioned malts balanced out the hoppy characteristics making this a very drinkable DIPA. The color was a little darker than I expected so that was the only thing that caught me off guard.

It seems like this could have some promise with aging as well so I am hoping to pick up another bottle to see what happens when the hops fade away.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden reddish color. Not much head but what came lingers. As soon as I opened the bottle sweet malt and citrus hop aromas Judy chopped me in the nostril. Medium body and carbonation. Tastes magnitastic. Pine hops dominate surprisingly considering they were overshadowed in the nose. Citrus hops more than just present as well. This is a big ipa. Finish is sweet and silky smooth. Just a hint of the 12% abv is noticeable. Overall a top flight double ipa. Top 10 easily IMO.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No bottle date.

Thanks to dvmin98 for this one!

A: Dark red/amberish that's definitely darker than most DIPA's I've had. Light tan head that settles into a thin rim on top. Very little lacing.

S: Piney, resiny hops. Some citrus and alcohol.

T: Layers of hops up front: pine, citrus, and resin. Caramel and a bit of fruitiness as well in the middle. Alcohol provides some bitterness as well. A lasting, juicy bitterness on the finish.

M: Thick and a bit syrupy. A slow sipper for sure.

O: Acquired a 4-pk of this in a trade and really glad I did. I'm really looking forward to see how this one ages as it drinks more like a hoppy barleywine.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,839 ratings.
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