Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

2,839 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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3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came to me from my college chum, David Atkinson, who moved back to his native Michigan after we all graduated from Pitt. Merci beaucoup, Senor David!

The bottle was marked "Ages Well", but I was dubious until I began my pour. I got two fingers of dense tawny head that as it fell, left such sticky lacing behind that I was going to have to rent a jackhammer later to remove it. Color was not only a cloudy amber, but there were floaties evident. Hmm. Nose was oily with a caramel odor underlying it. Mouthfeel was tending upwards to viscous, but not quite that thick. The taste was of alcohol heat, caramel and minty hops. Finish was breathtaking thanks to the alcohol. It was already a hot day, but now I was sweating like it was going out of style. Jesus! This was no playing around and yet a Triple IPA was on-deck. What is the matter with me (besides just about everything)?

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours very hazy, a deep copper color bordering on brown. Low visible carbonation with some floaters present, and a two-finger head of finely small bubbles.

S: Citrus rind, grass and melon hops with heavy bready and lighter caramelized sugar malt aroma. Background of some booze.

T: Boozy, caramel and bready malts, grass and bitter citrus hops hit up front. A burnt caramel sweetness, boozy, with hop bitterness at the end.

M: Heavy body but nice, moderate carbonation, and significant alcohol heat.

O: Not my preference in the hop profile or malt bill. I couldn't find any particular faults, other than it being boozy - but honestly, at 12% even that wasn't over the top. But not one I will be in a hurry to repeat.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2 fingers of head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is a cloudy brownish orange.

S. Hoppy and a good amount of malt. Some grapefruit and piney hop aromas. Quite of bit of caramel malt sweetness. Smells a little past its glory. A bit more barleywine than super hoppy DIPA.

T. Taste is a lot like the aroma led on it would be. More caramel malt than anything with some piney hops in the background.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. A touch of lingering sweetness.

O. Probably should have got my hands on this guy a little sooner. Decent enough beer, but most of the hopiness has faded away.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JSilva for this bottle as an extra in a recent trade; it's been on my radar for a while.

Dark golden hue throughout topped by a slight white head which dissipates away quickly. Not much as far as lacing goes, however a thin film stays afloat relentlessly.

I'm not sure when this was bottled, but the nose leads me to believe this is still going to be rather hot, especially considering the ABV. The booziness is partnered along side some strong caramel malt notes and pine.

Tastes almost like a Barley Wine, heavy on the booze with prevalent malt notes throughout. Hop bitterness is subdued by the massive honey like sweetness of the malts, but manages to add a nice balance. Some citrus presence on the back end, which I'm guessing has faded away a bit. Heavy tobacco as well. Pretty damn delicious, the closest equivalent I can draw is DFH 120 Min, but I actually think I like this better.

Full bodied, viscous and damn syrupy. Wish I saved this one for winter, as its definitely a warmer you upper. Booze is heavy, more of a sipper, but perfect for what they were going for here.

Overall, a really solid offering, I'll have to get some more to store away for when it gets colder. Certainly not the refreshing summer thirst quencher I was looking for, but awesome none the less.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a hazy dull copper shade while yielding about a 1" foamy, beige toned head; decent retention but tons of lace. a lot of pine and herbal hops evident in the nose along with a huge malt presence.

flavor is interesting (in a good way), unlike most DIPAs i've had. lot of pine and herbal hops pulling through, along with that tremendous malt backbone. it's a beer that approaches for an american barelywine in some respects. full-bodied mouthfeel with some chew to it; adequate carbonation.

overall, while i'm not overly impressed, this beer brings a lot to the table. a great sipper / change of pace when you tire of your run-of-the-mill DIPAs.

(originally reviewed: 09-26-2011)

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,839 ratings.
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