Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

2,842 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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Photo of AndrewK
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vobr0002
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- hazy orangish brown with white head that fades to a flat ring around the glass.

S- citrus, tropical fruit. Slight caramel and biscuit smell. Not as powerful as when I had it fresh earlier this year.

T- smooth slightly fruity, like orange and peach, then some pine and the malt balances out nicely. No alcohol burn for being almost 14%.

M- medium body with a lighter carbonation.

O- I really like this beer a lot. One of my favorite dipas. I even enjoyed it more when I had it fresh. I can't get over how smooth it is and how there is such a small amount of alcohol burn for being such a big beer.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great clear reddish, gold color with a small amount of nice white head and light to medium lacing throughtout.

S: Orange, hoppy smell. This smell is heaven to my nostrils. Has a great citrus hop smell with a hint of grassy smell.

T: Initial taste of grassy type hops followed by a huge kick of citrus hops and the finish is a piney hops bitterness that lingers in your mouth for quite awhile.

M: Medium, crisp, bitter, lingering mouthfeel.

O: OVerall, GREAT beer. One of my top tens!

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Photo of Snowrs
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from zchall23, thanks Brian!

Hazy, dark orange, amber elixir poured into SA glass. Turbid, not much light penetrates. One finger off white head lingers until first sip.

This one has some age on it, as I get some very nice caramel, toffee, sweet fruit (mango, tangerine). A whiff of pine, mild.
Not much in the way of hops.

Some hop resin, apricot, malt biscuit, mild bitterness throughout.

Medium body, carbonation waning. Syrupy. Expected some alcohol heat, but it's nonexistent.

So here's the scoop. I was warned that this brew will be more like a barleywine with some age. I expected it and enjoyed it for what it has become and it has been rated with this foreknowledge. However, if you expect a nice, aggressive DIPA get it fresh. It is actually nice to know that you can age this and enjoy the changing characteristics if you so happen to swing that way.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kevin hooked this up in our trade! Poured from undated bottle to pint glass the beer is a deep amber orange that doesn't allow light to penetrate very well, extremely hazy. A thin 3/4 finger white head with some retention and minimal lacing. The nose is fairly muted but sweet with a noticeable alcohol heat. Caramel malt tones, and perhaps a hint of earthy hops. The taste follows suit, very sweet, crisp with a more pronounced malt character. Not much bitterness at all, nor hop flavors. Finishes smooth and clean with a lasting sweetness on the tongue. Adequately carbonated but fairly still. Overall, if I didn't see the bottle I would have guessed this to be a barley wine rather than a double ipa. Glad to have tried it, won't be back.

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Photo of Auracom
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Irony - I've been wanting to find this on shelves for well over a year, and just when I got lucky and grabbed a four-pack in Peoria, three days later I see plenty of singles at WLV. Such is life. 7-8 oz. poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Initially it's a dirty, toffee-brown coloring with lots of chill haze. Ultimately it warms up to a clear, burnt orange. Half finger of an offwhite head. Surprisingly good retention, average lacing. Lots of alcohol legs, certainly the most I've seen for the style.

S - Caramel, sugar, buttery syrup, and an interesting mix of summer and winter fruit - mandarins and raisins primarily. Not nearly as tropical as something like Exponential Hoppiness. Tried my damnedest to find some alcohol heat, but it's really very well-hidden.

T - Front palate citrus and hop notes struggle to show through a blanket of caramel, sugar cookies, and bready spices. There's a hint of grapefruit and pine mid palate that again quickly disappears underneath raisin bread-like characters. Rear palate finishes with light hop bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body, good carbonation for the size of this monster, semi-dry finish with light alcohol warming in the back. Hopzilla was 3.6% lighter and finished with much more phenolic alcohol than this.

D - This absolutely leans more towards barleywine territory. It's got a heavier malt quality than Behemoth but drinks very well for the abv. I will cellar a few just to see what happens, but it's good to go right now if your patience tends to dwindle.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this bottle

Consumed 4/27/12

Appearance: Hazy, somewhat cloudy, brown-amber with orange around the edges - starts off with a nice, fluffy off-white head, fades to a ring, and a little cap and some spotty lacing

Smell: Lots of citrus with a strong base of malts - spicy orange and grapefruit, flesh, zest, and some sweet, floral notes - some pine to round things out - very malty - grainy, slightly toasted, sweet dough - some booze, but not much

Taste: Kind of tastes more like a hoppy, American barleywine than a DIPA - very malty and very hoppy, actually pretty balanced - orange and grapefruit flesh, a little zest, and a little pith - very hoppy but not abrasive - some herbal notes and some dry pine - impressively malty, borderline syrupy biscuits - some dry notes, toasted grains - malty sweetness, but not too sweet - bonus points for hiding the 13.60%, never would have guessed

Mouthfeel: Full body, extremely smooth, nicely carbonated, a bit sticky but justifiably so

Overall: Impressive

I must admit that I am biased here, for this really reminds me of Crooked Tree (and I really like Crooked Tree). It's quite literally a "double" Crooked Tree. It's a bit odd to characterize this as a DIPA, but it's a great beer regardless.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge in a 14oz. glass

A- Hazy golden copper with about a finger of creamy white head that left layered lacing along the sides of the glass. About average carbonation. Not nearly as hazy as the regular Crooked tree from the bottle, nor does it have the sediment that the bottle had.

S- Sweet piney hops, a little bit of citrus, some grapefruit, and other fruits. Sweet but not the sweetest DIPA I've smelt.

T- Sweet hops, plenty of them. A little bit of a citrus grapefruit flavor mixed with other citrus fruits. Again on the sweet side for a DIPA, but not the sweetest that I've had.

M- A little bit heavier then your average DIPA, well- balanced and goes down smooth. ABV is extremely well hidden at 13.6%.

O- This was a very good Imperial IPA, however it definitely wasn't my favorite (that award goes to Heady Topper). The beer had a nicely balanced citrus hops taste that suprisingly hid the abv quite well. At the most I would have guessed this beer had an abv of 9-10%. Compared to Crooked Tree this beer was a little bit less bitter and was sweeter, hoppier, and had more flavor. This beer was definitely worth tasting (beaware it will have a suprisingly strong kick to it), however I'm not sure if I'd spend the money to try it again considering the price ($20 for a 4-pack at local liquor store, $12 for a 14oz at the bar).

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler, the beer is a hazy, bright, orange-copper color with a thin, dense, beige head of densely packed small bubbles. Aromas leap off the beer, with rich malt and citrus sweetness leading the way, balanced with a subtle bitter and green hops presence. Smells delicious. Flavors are rich and surprisingly malty, with a biscuity backbone and some rich caramel sweet character projecting on the palate. The hops make themselves known on the back end of the palate, with a dark, resiny, cedar character that carries a strong bitterness with it all over the tongue. There is a great, sparse lacing left along the glass as you go. Extremely well balanced beer. The aftertaste is effervescent (if you can believe it) with floral and citrus hops character, as well as a rich caramel profile. Smooth, clean finish to a very complex, tasty brew. Bravo!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Ajax84
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of imbibehour
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Very light brown caramel head with about three fingers and lots of good staying power, sitting on a dark amber chestnut body. Kind of solid, hinting at orange towards the bottom, but mostly a good solid brown amber color. Looks good.

Lots of graham cracker biscuity malt on this. Chewy sweetness and milk, not hop forward strangely. Hints of a booze character coming.

Sharp hops finally hit on the palate with a real sticky malt action. Almost syrupy bent on this mixind with the classic graham milky chew, but a mild hop presence. Faint stinging needles of pine on the finish but hardly noticeable. Dense body bodes well accentuating malt presence.

Overall my question is where are the hops? Luckily for 13.6% it doesn't feel like a punch in the gut or a knock to the side of the head.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Steasy66
2.95/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into snifter

A- Deep orange, cloudy, floaties
S- Mostly sweet, somewhat floral, not that hoppy of a smell
T- Very sweet, roasty, almost smokey, some red fruit, not a ton of hops
M- Very thick, little carbonation
O- Not impressed. Very sweet, not much hops, not much of a DIPA to be honest. Full disclosure, I have no idea how old this bottle is because they don't date their bottles, I suspect about 6 weeks old.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,842 ratings.
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