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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
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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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Reddish golden- almost a copper. finger width amount of cream colored head. lacing sticks to high beer mark. small amount of head stays for entirety of beer.

S - Deep grapefruit, honey, lemon, and brown sugar.

T - initial: sweetness attempts to come thru but is smashed immediately by bitter strong hops. Grapefruit, honey and lemon is noticeable and pleasant. finish: strong booze, lots of hops, and pine. LOTS of pine.

M - Alcohol pierces tongue. Very nice froth otherwise. viscosity is low.

O - Maybe is too strong, maybe Dark Horse didn't hide the alcohol well enough. Either way, booze & bitterness dominates. I wish there was a sweetness to balance this. Yes - all the classic IPA flavors are present but overwhelmed. I admire the 13.6ABVs - the brew is good and drinkable but I won't be ordering or purchasing this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My Dad brought this back from Michigan for me unexpectedly! My first beer from Dark Horse. Bottled on date of 2/26.

A - Pours a very cloudy & murky toffee color. Very small head due to the monstrous ABV. Pretty nice lacing as I drink down.

S - Massive caramely sweetness with maybe some more tropical fruits.

T - Lots of sweetness again here with some bready notes. Sort of like a sweet breakfast pastry. Bitter finish that hides the alcohol well. I'm surprised there's not more going on here.

M - Low carbonation & sticky sweet.

O - Pretty disappointed overall. Perhaps the bottle wasn't stored well? Either way, I'm glad to have tried it. Hope to revisit soon.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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