Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

2,842 Ratings
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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4.5/5  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%

Photo of dar482
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of SerialHiker
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, caramel brown…a classic IPA color…I can see sediment floating all about on the inside…head is off white and settles very, very thin just barely covering surface…beer looks a bit watery when I swirl it around…lack of any real head is a detriment for me…(2.75/5)

Smell: A nice orange, tangerine and pineapple citrus zest up front…it’s mouthwateringly fresh…sharp piney resin comes through next, very distinct, almost peppery and tingles my nose…malts are lightly sweet, caramel based and support the hops fest/zest that is this double IPA…slightly boozy….a wonderfully aromatic brew…(4/5)

Taste: Yum! Flavor develops rather subtly…a wonderful creaminess at first, then a smooth stream of piney hops bitterness and sweet caramel malts come next…while it’s hop dominant, the malt flavor balances things out - this definitely isn’t a runaway freight train of hops…it’s good…with every sip, I get just a little bit of a different flavor, sometimes it’s orange/pineapple up front, sometimes sharp pine, sometimes sweet bready caramel malts…tons of flavor and a pure sipper…Yum! (4.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to full carbonation…it does fluff up bringing piney resin and light lemon peel bitterness to the palate…wet, mildly chewy and slightly robust…piney resin bitterness lasts through the after taste but isn’t overly dominant…I wouldn’t say it ends crisp, just fades nicely into the sunset…I get some of that sharp piney resin tingle on the edges of my tongue…(3.99/5)

Overall: Had to come back the next day to finish this review, I definitely caught a buzz…at 12% ABV, it’s a very drinkable, strong double IPA with tons of flavor and a sip-ability that allows it to sneak up on you…I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s too strong, but for sure this is a, “at home, on the couch with no serious machinery needed to be handled or maintained” type of beer…crack one of these open, pour it into a glass, then sit back and enjoy a few of your favorite episodes of say, Parks and Rec…sounds great to me! (4.5/5)


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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Very cloudy burnt amber with a short head that dissipates immediately.

Mango, papaya, caramel and candied orange. A tad boozy.

Mango, papaya and candied orange. Caramel, pale candy sugar and toast. Hints of toffee and fruity esters. Finishes with resinous pine sap and orange zest.

Full bodied, oily, silky, smooth and sticky.

Hopped up with tropical and citrus fruit yet nicely balanced with a tremendous grain bill that's more complex than most. I'm a big fan of this DIPA.

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4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Smoothest IPA with that high of a ABV that I've tried so far. Easy to drink, good beer to introduce "vanilla" beer drinkers to the world of super-charged Michigan IPAs. Perfectly balanced, all the subtle tasting notes you'd expect( pine, citrus, etc...) without being bitter for bitterness's sake.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,842 ratings.
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