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

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -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 +3.2%

Photo of wyatt13
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4-pack of this for $15.99. This beer was just released around here, and this particular batch was brewed on February 26th, 2013. I poured a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Tawny, hazy amber and with an okay head retention.

S: Smell is of strong, pine resin hops and a bit of citrus and alcohol.

T: Caramel-y malt gives way to an extremely strong, bitter hop assault. The hops have a taste of faint orange zest and other citrus flavors, but they're mostly of the pine and herbal variety. There's a slight kiss of alcohol near the end, and it finishes very bitter and herbal-y, only being slightly balanced by alcohol and a touch of sweetness.

M: Not as heavy as you would expect an IPA of this strength to be. Since this beer isn't particularly sweet, it's not a huge surprise that it's not super-heavy. Generally, a cloying sweetness is indicative of a heavy body. This beer is dangerously drinkable for a 12% IPA.

O: This is a TRUE double IPA. They took the original Crooked Tree IPA and used half the water or doubled the ingredients. There aren't many IPAs quite like this one. Since a lot of very strong IPAs are generally more generous with the malt, this one turns out to be a lot less sweet than a typical IPA of this strength. It's lack of cloying sweetness makes this beer extremely palatable; this is by far one of the easiest drinking extremely strong DIPAs I've ever had. Compared to Founder's Devil Dancer (another 12% IPA), this beer is far, far superior. Where that beer is an alcoholic mess, this beer somehow balances a strong hop profile with a strong malt profile. I would definitely not age this at all. The hop flavor is superb and aging this would take away this defining trait.


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3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the whole here is greater than the sum of its parts. this is my first review here and i'm certainly no expert, but i've had my fair share of excellent beers.

quite bitter and you don't feel the citrus notes that are generally prevalent in west coast ipas and dipas.

the aroma is kinda pine-y and pretty subtle and it has a nice mouthfeel. the abv is hidden pretty damn well.

glad i tried it, but not too thrilled i committed to a 4 pack. this is a good beer, but i don't love it.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,832 ratings.
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