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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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a darker hazy orangish-amber with a two finger head lasting for a few minutes but only having minimal lacing qualities.

Smells mostly of citrus peel, (orange, lemon, AND grapefruit in relatively equal proportion) caramel, pine resin, and lesser amounts of toffee malt, a tiny whiff of woody herbals rounds it all out.

Tastes of juicy oranges and caramel, somewhat more emphasized woody herbals than the nose had, and a resinous extended finish. Tropical fruits appear at a relatively restrained level as the glass warms up.

Body is perhaps a tad too thick as it is on the heavier side of medium body with carbonation on the lighter side of medium strength.

The most interesting thing about this beer (aside from excellent balance and craftsmanship, I mean) is how the high ABV is almost completely masked. At no time at all was I able to detect any boozy hotness in either the nose or flavor. Dangerously delicious.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed Double Crooked Tree on tap at the VIP room at Darkhorse on 8/11/2012. I literally got the bottom of the keg, but enjoyed it.

Poured a copper color into the tester glass, the sample gave a generous white head. The head was probably due to being the bottom of the keg. When the head faded, the malty aroma was apparent. The initial taste was a sweet malty flavor coupled with a muted level of citrus. Caramel, graham cracker, and orange notes all made appearances. The earthy grapefruit hops make a bigger impression in the aftertaste. Even as the thick mouthfeel allows the aftertaste to linger, citrus warms the back of the throat making the drinker salivate for more.

This not necessarily a balanced DIPA, but it is certainly enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a chunky pour, orange in color, yeast particles floating freely, 2 fingers of off-white head. smells of toasty caramel, pine, grapefruit, dirt.

taste is slightly citrusy up front followed by a hoppy/pine/bitter grapefruit taste. sweet caramel taste is the backbone created by the malts.

medium body, slightly creamy, low carbonation. great retention, patchy lacing.

overall a decent dipa - seems like it sat around for a bit, would be way different fresh i feel.

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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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