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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
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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 MCain04
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just picked up fresh from the bottle store. 12 oz bottle poured into a 12 oz Spiegelau snifter.

A: Opaque orange/amber body with off-white 1 finger head, good retention, some lacing.

S: Malty, a little grassy piney hops, not too aromatic though.

T: Some good piney hops with a strong malty backbone. Great bitterness throughout, definitely lingers. Unbelievably, not heat whatsoever.

M: Great smooth texture with moderate carbonation and a heavy, full body. Very nice.

O: A good, if not great, DIPA. Hides the ABV incredibly. Very easy drinking. I hear people put this down for a year, but I don't see it needing the aging... This tastes great fresh. I'm a fan. Looking forward to the rest of these!

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Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky medium brown with copper tones and a frothy half inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Resin, pine, grapefruit pith, mint, floral hops, and bready caramel malt form the initial aroma. There's a touch of sweetness.

Flavor is more citrus-based, with grapefruit, lime, and mango countering resiny bitterness. There's enough toasted malt to tie the hops together, but sweetness is subdued. Fresh cut grass and resin dominate the finish.

Body is moderate and a little slick, with carbonation a touch on the low side. Alcohol warmth is significant.

Interesting balance of resin and citrus hops. Fairly bitter, and lacking the sweetness siren in most examples of the style, which, for my palate, is a bit of a negative.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerZack
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet light malts, some fleshy fruit and spicy hop aroma. Flavor is similarly sweet and pretty sticky with an herbal hop note. Alchol is pretty well hidden with only the sweet fruitiness to indicate the 13%+ ABV. Not super hoppy, but probably better a couple weeks ago.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a tulip, amber-brown beer with a sediment suspension, off-white head about a finger thick slid down into a sparse film and collar, some arms of lace stuck to the glass

S: rich malt base under pine and resin hops

T: great chewy pine, sticky with resin, and dark citric undertones suggestive of dark grapefruit sift through the big malt flavors of caramel and grain.

M: big on the palate, medium-to-heavy, bittering hops, slightly coating, slightly sticky

O: wonderful DIPA with a dark blend of pine and citrus and really big, bold malt. A real pleaser.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark amber with some orange hues in the light; very nice, soft, foamy, dense off white head head that has good retention

S - booze, big sugary malts, some caramel, grapefruit, pineapple

T - bread, caramel, sugar, booze, some citrusy hops

M - warm, full bodied, a bit of booze in the finish

This is a really nice DIPA, but in my opinion it's probably closer to a barleywine. That being said, the malt character here is very delicious. It's bold and flavorful with a nice complexity. The hops are present and assertive, but tend to lend more balance than outright bitterness. The alcohol is heavy in the finish which may cover some of the hop character. I would definitely like to see how this beer ages. Ultimately, this is a really nice beer whether we call it a DIPA or a barleywine. A fan of either style should enjoy this beer. I'll definitely be buying more.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: personal system uses whole numbers, rounding down e.g. no rounding up to 5)

2013 12oz bottle with no bottle date, poured into Bell's tulip glass and consumed today 3/6/13

Aroma: Really rich- full of floral, citrus hops that makes me think of mango and passion fruit. I also get a ton of sweetness that gives me toffee and honey. But otherwise I feel like I'm sniffing a hop cone! And that's what I'm looking for when I drink a big DIPA. (5)

Colour: Nice, cloudy dark amber body, pours with a 2cm white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a small film remniscent of oil on water. Lacing is decent but nothing to write home about. Best way to describe this beer is the color akin to apple cider. (4)

Flavour: Like the nose, it is really, really rich and full of flavour. It's really big on the floral hop tastes that give off an earthy flavor and makes me think I'm drinking some sort of sweet nectar; the sweetness comes from the bready malt which definitely makes itself well-known- lots of honey with hints of toffee. Very good! (4)

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied, really well carbonated beer that coats the inside lining of my mouth in a way I would definitely describe as resinous. Any part of my mouth that comes into contact stings from the hop bitterness for minutes afterwards. If you're a massive hop head, this is what you're here for. I cannot tell that it is a 12% ABV brew. Dangerous! (4)

Overall: A hophead's wet cone dream. It's not a particularly balanced DIPA in that it integrates the hop and malt components well (like Pliny the Elder does), but it does bring incredibly strong hop and malt components both to the table. It's a really intense DIPA and you don't mess around with it. I think it beats out Hopslam, but the price point is even worse than Hopslam's ($16.99 for a 4pk in Madison WI). It's probably a beer worth trying once, and worth getting if you have something worth celebrating about, but it's not exactly a staple kind of beer. I think it's probably the finest representation of the intense, less-balanced type of DIPA you can find in the midwest. If you like a more balanced DIPA, go with Sucks or Pliny or something similar; if you want a hop blast with a lot of malty sweetness, this is it. (4)

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/19/2013. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger dense cream colored with with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, caramel, pine, floral, grass, and floral earthiness; some slight alcohol as it warms. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes; with great balance of malt that is not overdone at all. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, caramel, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, caramel, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a near perfect balance of malt/bitterness; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slightly slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent and huge DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop flavors with malt; and dangerously smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

Appearance: Amber, unfiltered with floaties everywhere. There's a 1/2 finger white head that quickly fades mostly to the perimeter.

Smell: Earthiness, solvents, adjuncts, some malt sweetness, faint hops, black pepper. Not overly aromatic and quite odd.

Taste: Malty, sugary and sweet, with some hop presence, though not overwhelming. This tastes way better than the nose would indicate. The booze is hid quite well, would love to see how this ages.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy and coats the tongue nicely with ample carbonation.

Overall: A unique and interesting 2xIPA. Haven't had a Dark Horse brew that let me down yet.

UPDATE: Had this on draft and it is obv significantly better. Bumped it up a notch in the taste dept.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jtd1969
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber, lacing is decent

S - Citrus with some grassy sweet malt

T - Smooth bready malt with some grassy herbal hops that lingers. Tastes great

M - Big medium with medium carbonation

O - Great DIPA, especially at a well hidden 12% abv! All DIPA fans gotta try this one! It's definitely malty, but all DIPAs are. I really liked this one!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,848 ratings
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