Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
2,845 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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Ratings: 2,845 |  Reviews: 929
Photo of Roger85
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sleuthdog
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Jolly Pumpkin tulip
Thanks to tut2528 for this one

Pour: This one is a dark cloudy orange to copper in color with about a finger worth of off white head. Head does not last leaving a collar of medium size bubbles around the edge of the glass. When held up to the light there are some reddish hues that shine through.

Smell: Some grapefruit and orange but wow am I getting a ton of sweet malts and these actually dominate the nose to me. There is a touch of lemon and pine but not much. This is not what I was expecting in a DIPA and to be honest this smells like an old ale to me.

Taste: Ok now I'm getting some of the bitter hops on the tongue with grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. There is a big time sweetness that follows through from the nose to the taste with caramel and a bread like quality. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden but I do get a slight bite of alcohol with a mild burn.

Mouthfeel: Quite different from others of this style that I have had with this being very smooth and pretty creamy. Carbonation is low and alcohol well hidden with a drying finish.

Overall: Unique is what I'd describe this one in a nutshell. A nice change of pace for a DIPA. The way it hides the alcohol is amazing and this helps it to be a surprisingly easy drinker.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grandbeerdaily
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark Horse
Double Crooked Tree
12% ABV

Appearance:Deep Amber, slight reddish hue. Thick white head, 1 inch and drops off quickly but never disappears. Quite opaque. Pretty clear but a little hazy.

Aroma: Citrus and fresh cut grass, hint of grapefruit. Noticeable malt that is mostly bready and slightly toasty. Medium esters make the aroma fruity. Hint of vanilla. I might be getting a little diacetyl (but below flavor threshold) Slight alcohol heat.

Taste: Starts off with a little maltiness and grassy hops with an earthy quality. The citrus hops bring forth flavors of orange and grapefruit with a slight hint of floral. Fruity esters are prominent for only a second before bitterness coats every taste bud and overwhelms other senses. This bitter is smooth and lasts. Almost no alcohol presence.

Mouth feel: Medium-full body and carbonation is light-medium. Very slick; coats the entire mouth with resin-y goodness.

Overall: An overall very good example of Imperial IPA that pushes the limits of mouth feel, alcohol, and bitterness. True to style and excites the sensations. 12% makes it a very big Imperial IPA but you can hardly notice. Big body but still drinkable. Other flavors get overwhelmed by the bitterness which detracts from the experience a little.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There are a bunch of numbers on the bottom of the bottle but none of them seem to be relevant. "2018" is by itself but there's no way this is good until then...

A: Clear, golden-orange in color with a bright white head that builds and fades very quickly. Very little lace and retention except for a small ring of bubbles around the glass. Looks like a sipper.

S: Huge aromas of oily hops, booze, and roasted, sweet malt. Inviting yet intimidating nose.

T: Very balanced for what it is. Plenty of hoppy bitterness and flavor accompanied by plenty of booze and malt. Resiny, earthy, oily hops. Surprisingly fruity.

M: Syrupy, sweet, and smooth. Can be a bit cloying.

O: A fantastic beer and a wonderful Double IPA. One the boozier and maltier side but enough hops to satisfy any hop head.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours amber with a two and a half finger off white head. Leaves a great amount of lacing.

S - Grapefruit and pine up front, followed by a bit of malt and tangerines, along with lemon and orange zest.

T - Predominantly grapefruit up front, followed by tangerines and a small amount of malt and and even smalller amount of alcohol.

M - Medium, creamy body, with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, amazing for 12%. Balanced pretty well, but could be better.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh off the distributor's truck but apparently released in February so maybe over a month old.

Appearance: Dark orange and opaque like most of the style. Poured a one finger off-white head that has since dissipated into a thin foam covering the surface leaving behind some attractive lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sugar-crusted barley and sweet orange from the hops. A very welcoming and sweet aroma despite how bitter the flavor is likely to be. My bottle lists the ABV as being 12% and indeed there is a slight burn from the alcohol in the nose.

Taste: A big and decently complex Imperial IPA that has both east coast and west coast flavors. The most surprising thing I notice right away is the good balance of all the robust flavors. The malt bill favors bursts of caramel, amber, and an overall sweet character while the hops contribute lots of orange, pine, and a bit of earth. The hops also contribute to the malt sweetness but have enough bitterness to help the palate from becoming cloyed by the sweet flavor. I'm not sure what the exact bitterness level is but I'd hazard a guess it's around 95-100 IBUs. With big IPAs like this one the bitterness tends to be counteracted by the malt and alcohol so it's a little more veiled and not palate wrecking. Speaking of alcohol, I can't taste any of the 12% ABV. Perhaps a little heat on the back end but otherwise miraculously well hidden. Smooth finish and a bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body and never feels too heavy. Nice and smooth carbonation and an ease of drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I actually reviewed the regular Crooked Tree IPA last week and this pair of IPA and DIPA from the same brewery might be the first time the double has actually tasted like a double of the original. Lots of malt and hop goodness with a midwest/east coast flavor. If you're a hop head or into barleywines then definitely check this one out. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one of my all time favorites. Well balanced and easy drinking. Alcohol well hidden, very smooth for 12%. Staight forward double ipa with no frills that try to get your attention and are not needed. If it was cheaper I would rate higher overall. I love it fresh or with a few months or a year or two of age.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. I've never had a. double IPA like this ever before. It is so dark and so malty and somewhat roasty, that it's a shock. It's incredible. The color was amber to brown with an off-white tan head, hazy. Head kind of low. Aroma, you can actually smell the roasted malt around the hops! Taste is of hops and roasty malt character. It's amazingly complex. It's almost like a brown done as an IPA and then Imperial. this is nothing like the regular crooked tree IPA, so, it's surprising in other ways.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2013 Bottle with a code on the neck that says 064-13 4439-42.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. A little bit of sediment settles on the bottom of the glass. Leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a strong mix of hop esters, sweet caramel malts, and booze. Earthy and grassy hops with some oily pine resin. Hints of citrus grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Big malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Some candied sugar sweetness and honey hints as well. Not as citrus forward as one might expect from an imperial IPA, but a very big aroma overall. It smells more like a hopped up American Barleywine.

Taste: Follows the nose with a mixed taste of hops, big sweet malts, and alcohol. Blend of hops with notes of grass, pine resin, earthy hops, and citrus grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Strong balance of toasted malts. Notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Some sweet candy like sugar and a little taste of honey. A lot more of a hop and malt balance than typical for a Double IPA. Its balanced, but full flavored and pretty good. Some alcohol taste is noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, juicy, and somewhat sticky. Alcohol heat is noticeable but smooth considering the very high ABV.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good beer. Much different than the typical Imperial IPA as the sweet malt balance is pretty big. Its just as much a hoppy Barleywine as it is an IPA.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into a snifter. This might be the ugliest (in a good way) beer label I've ever seen.

A: Pours a woody brown with an orange hue. Decent off-white head.

S: Smells of bright citrus, caramel candy, pine needles, a bit of spicy alcohol.

T: Taste brings molasses, moderately bitter pine and grass and tobacco, overripe blood orange, a hint of vanilla, some leafy resin, maple, lightly cidery.

M: Soft and creamy body, light carbonation.

O: This is pretty good when considered more as a hoppy barleywine, because of the hefty malt character.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,845 ratings
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