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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got my growler filled at cellarbrations Carlisle and pours a orange amber hue with a creamy two finger off white head and lacing everywhere,the smell is strong marmalade,boiled candy,pine,citrus and kumquats,the mouthfeel is thick and creamy with tastes of kumquats,boiled candy,pineapple,grapefruit and finished with a citrus bitterness and overall it's a big beer and surprisingly hides its big ABV very well and I'd def drink again cheers.

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2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date into a Duvel tulip.

DCT pours a very pretty bright hazy orange-amber with a good 1.5" off white head that sticks around. Moderate lacing on the glass as well.

Nose is super hoppy and sweet. Tropical aromas as well as candied citrus fruits up front. Very sharp fruitiness with a bit of alcohol as well. A little caramelly malt reveals itself as the beer warms. Really excellent smelling beer that wowed me as soon as I opened the bottle. Far more complexity in the nose than your typical (or even above typical) DIPA.

First sip: Holy COW is this bitter! I consider myself a hophead and have had a good number of IPAs and DIPAs but this one really floored me with the bitterness. Once you get past the bitterness the sweet hoppy flavors come out. Suggestions of orange meld with slightly caramelly malts. Not really picking up any heat but the alcohol can be tasted on the back of the tongue. As it warms the malt over takes the hops a fair bit but still remains balanced. Super long, super bitter finish.

Very smooth, mouthfeel almost to the point of creaminess. Not too heavy on the tongue and has an almost perfect amount of carbonation to keep this 12%er surprisingly refreshing.

Overall quite liked this beer. I've read about people aging it but I think I'll drink my other 3 as fresh as possible.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from HalftimeBeverage.com. No Apparent bottle date. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a murky, ruddy chestnut with a half finger pale head that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of big, dank hops, citrus, pine, sweet bready malts, caramel and sugar.

Taste pretty much follows the nose. Dank, pine and citrus hops a-plenty. Quite bitter but with a good strong, malty sweetness to back it up without quite "balancing". A little spice and a little booze. Goes down very smooth for a 12% abv brew.

Medium thick body, slightly oily with fairly light carbonation. Lingering bitter citrus peel finish.

A true DIPA here. I appreciate that they double the ingredients. It comes out flavorful and potent. I'd age one to see what kind of barleywine it makes but I doubt I have the self control to not drink them all as-is.

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3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very bronze and a bit hazy. Not all that impressive for a double IPA. The smell is sort of tame for a double, could use a bit more hop smell. The taste is smooth but a little flat. Not all that rememberable but not bad either. A bit of citrus does sneak through at the end but there are plenty of other doubles out there that offer more. Overall not bad but nothing I would seek out. Just a hair above average.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a orange and ruby red.

The aroma is big citrus, pine, sweet peach, and grapefruit.

The taste has the same characteristics. It's lovely and hoppy with Simcoe and juicy grapefruit, not the bitter sour peel. The mouthfeel is huge malt. It's really maltiness really makes this so round. It doesn't taste of the ABV at all. It's crazy that this has such a high ABV and it doesn't taste of it. Writing this now, I'm still shocked as I've never had an Double IPA with that ABV and it didn't taste of such at all.

A well crafted beer. The hoppiness is surely there and the malt is prominent and wonderful.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,834 ratings.
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