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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Photo of Raime
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of JamesMN
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of CanisMajor
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
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 +10.9%
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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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DiscLizard
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Etan
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mccallisters_dali
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of syntax
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. The pour is a dank, hazy apricot color with a thin dingy head and some floaties (not sure if it's yeast or coagulated hop resins and malt proteins a la Heady Topper). On the nose I get crisp, fresh grapefruit and syrupy-sweet notes of over-ripe peaches.

The beer has a medium-full body and a firm feel. Strongly bitter and over-the-top hop blast with little apparent effort made to balance the flavor. I get flavors of grapefruit juice and marmalade, with an undercurrent of honey. The bitterness intensifies across the palate and joins a boozy flavor on the finish. I'm left tasting grapefruit juice and Everclear. Not very drinkable, although the bitterness somehow hides the high ABV quite well (though not completely).

I didn't care for this beer and it's not because I thought it was bad. I am not ashamed to admit this, but even at 400+ reviews this beer is still beyond me. I know it's good and I will certainly try it again at some time in the future. BAs who want more and more raw hop bitterness probably love it, but it's a bit extreme for my palate right now. I've had several IIPAs that were extremely bitter, yet I still found them very pleasant to drink (Heady Topper, Dreadnaught, and Ruination come to mind first). This was not one of them (not yet anyhow)

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Photo of hornsup
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard Mother Earth pint glass

A: Pours orange, borderline amber color with minimal head, leaving a thin white lacing around the edge of the glass (3.5)

S: citrus, residual sugar, grapefruit, white oak, lemon..would buy as an air freshener (4.75)

T: very oak forward, boozyyy in middle, back end has a solid orange zest to it and more booze and more booze (4)

M: medium mouthfeel, hint of alcohol, not oily or overly thick (just a little), which is not bad for a refreshing IPA (3.75)

O: Great DIPA, slight reminiscent of White Oak Jai Alai, but more subtle flavors, tinge more booze that substitutes out for the white oak flavor. The oak and citrus balance each other well. If it toned back to 9-10% ABV it could really be dangerous. However, would not drink this on a regular basis but I dont mind the booze kick. Top 10 DIPA's. (4)

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Photo of gpblackgt
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mnphish
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz 2013 batch poured into a wine glass. Appearance is orange pushing amber with a one finger head that leaves nice lacing. The nose reeks of fresh tropical fruit: grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, peaches, mangos, and lemon. There is some caramel and hints of booze there as well. The taste follows the nose nicely. It's got very tropical hop flavors along with a sweet caramel malt backbone, impressively balanced. The alcohol is hidden very well but it's certainly there. It is medium bodied and very drinkable for 12% abv! I was expecting more of a barleywine style beer or a booze bomb but this is most definitely a great drinkable DIPA!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Lukass
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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