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
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date. But Dark Horse says this is only released in February. So probably 8 months old.

appears a rusty cloudy orangish color. off-white head, good head retention. smell is a little boozy , sweet malt and a bit of hopiness.

taste is bready sweet caramel malt backbone, with a lingering earthy hop aftertaste. medium body, a bit slick on the tongue. lower carbonation.

overall - nice, with the maltiness and the high abv, it's fairly close to an American-style barleywine.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks MinnesotaRyan! Thrown in as extra in IP trade when I was in Minneapolis.
Pours cloudy with off-white head into nonic. One finger head. Clings to glass with no discernible pattern.
Floaties. LOTS of floaties. Obviously unfiltered.
Nose: boozy. Incredibly boozy.
Taste: boozy. Incredibly boozy. Hops? They're there but they are hidden by the booze. I like booze as much as the next guy but in an IIPA it would be nice if it was mellowed down a little IMO.
I like what the yeast adds to the mix of flavors. Mixes well to tame the booze. Overall, a very fun beer.
Aftertaste leaves a citrusy tang in the back of the palette hinting at the hops I should have tasted up front.
Would seek out if I get the chance.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden-orange with an almost light beige color of foam on top. Not a lot of head. There does look like a circus is going on inside the glass, though. Like a tornado. Looks thicker than I expected. Steady stream of bubbles shooting from the top. Super solid.

S: Hard not to smell this. Aroma strikes immediately and tough to hide from. Smells heavy. Malty. Biscuit malt. Not very hoppy, to be honest. Swirl around the glass a bit gives off a bit of piney hops. Even smells a bit boozy. The smell doesn't compare well to Hopslam or Hoptimum to me. But, the biscuit and caramel hops push this above average.

T: Super smooth slightly bitter finish stands out as being pretty special. Warm going down the throat, but I like that. Almost like a syrupy malt beverage going down. Some slight piney / grassy hops hit the tongue. Taste a lot better than it smells, to me. For a high abv DIPA that says it ages well on the label, the taste actually holds up pretty damn well. Taste really good for a sipping beer that's not barrel aged or imperial stout.

M: Medium carbonation which goes well with the thick body. Very buttery feel. Some chewiness that brings out the booze. Not picking up anything special here, but the buttery feel pushes this above average.

O: Give it a 4 overall. I aged this a bit because the bottle said I could. My expectations were low, and I'm pleasantly surprised. The appearance looked great. The taste, for a slightly aged DIPA, was really good. The smell and feel were kind of throwaways for me, which pushed the overall score down. Pretty good brew, though.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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