Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
2,839 Ratings
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,839
Reviews:
928
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
318
Gots:
506
For Trade:
25
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,839 |  Reviews: 928
Photo of Tucquan
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-03-25 in Columbia, PA

A - Lightly hazy burnt amber with a 1.5-finger off-white head after an aggressive. Decent amount of lacing for a beer with such a high ABV.

S - Pineapple, light pine, overly-ripe apricot, some hop floral.

T - Sweet overly-ripe cling fruit and pineapple forward followed quickly by resinous pine, orange flesh and orange rind bitterness. Alcohol is evident but not too boozy. Some caramel malt peaks through. Finish is a good balance between pine, cling fruit and rind bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial, resinous and prickly.

O - A nice twist on a triple IPA / baleywine. Not a tongue scraper. Fairly well-balanced. Not mind-blowing but enjoyable.

 729 characters

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

A-orange brown color with a small off-white head and minimal lacing

S-citrus and caramel malt notes with some hunts of pine

T-citrus and malt with slight caramel sweetness and bitter hop finish, some alcohol comes through

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, a smooth almost syrupy feel

O-an interesting DIPA with some barleywine-like character

 361 characters

Photo of Scout11
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the more interesting double IPAs I've ever had and a big thanks to Raymo55 in Michigan for sending me a fresh bottle. It pours a really interesting caramel toffee color with hints of honey and amber when held to the light. A nice frothy head sits atop the beer, about a single finger high and has great retention and fantastic lacing. The aroma is predominantly malt heavy but does have a nice prickly pine burst that plays well with the deeper, earthier aromas, lots of caramel and grain, but also some sweeter notes of citrus from the hops. The flavors are very interesting, big pine notes lead the way, lots of sappy resinous elements, but then the malt takes over. Big caramel and toffee flavors leap out with some sweetness reminiscent of molasses plays well with the lingering citrus sweetness from the hops, but there is a lot of grain in this beer which isn't unpleasant, just uncommon for a modern American made Double IPA. The body is nice and rich, plays well with the malty and bold flavors.

Verdict: More like a hoppy barleywine in my opinion, especially considering the high ABV, which is very well hidden. Despite the oddities about this beer, it's awesome, definitely one to seek out.

 1,217 characters

Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of pBRale
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a little vertical of the 2010 and 2012 batches of this beer.

A:
2010--Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin layer with pretty decent lacing.
2012--Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S:
2010--Loads of caramel malts on the nose with hints of citrus and vanilla. There is also a strong, musty, and somewhat woody aroma to it.
2012--Caramel malts up front with some bubblegum notes. Sweet citrus aromas follow, mostly of oranges and pineapple. There is also a hint of an alcohol aroma.

T:
2010--Caramel malt flavors dominate with strong flavors of molasses and dark fruits--raisins really come to mind. The finish has some slight piny bitterness and a light alcohol presence, but mostly the sweetness dominates.
2012--Again, caramel malts are strong at first but are quickly followed by a big blast of hops. There are some grapefruit citrus notes at first followed by resiny pine and earthy flavors. The finish is slightly sweet with a light alcohol burn.

M:
2010--Medium-thick body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is thick and sticky sweet, though the carbonation helps some.
2012--Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery from the lack of carbonation and a bit sticky as well from the high abv.

O:
2010--I'm surprised at the strong molasses and dark fruit flavors in this beer. I was expecting something more caramel-forward after two years. I wouldn't call it a good beer, but it is certainly interesting with two years on it.
2012--An interesting beer, overall, that definitely borders being a barleywine. It's not as boozy or as sweet as I feared considering its abv and has some pretty decent hop characteristics.

Ultimately, I'd say the fresher beer is the better one (which is what my rating applies to). I wouldn't call either great, or even good, but the fresh bottle does have some nice hop characteristics and is surprisingly mild for something with such a high abv.

 2,046 characters

Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of mozim
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Pat316
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BrokenStones
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of minterro
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spilt bottle with gf:

Very sweet malty tones upfront accompanied by a floral (almost grassy tones) and citrus hoppyness. Cloudy burnt orange colored beer, pours about a finger of off white foamy head. Pretty impressive head for being so high in ABV, its retained in a thin layer

Not very “in your face” for a double. All the common elements are there: citrus and floral hops, great malty backbone, just kinda toned back compared to some of the more intense doubles. It also has some earthy and grassy tone. There isn’t anything that is super special about it. Moderate bitterness in the finish, not very dry. Alcohol is very well hidden even at room temp, its really quite unbelieveable. This beer is one of, if not, the smoothest IPA or double I’ve ever had. Unbelievably velvet smoothness that slips down you throat like nothing was there. Very drinkable.

Overall… I’m not sure. I been really excited about this beer ever since I heard about it last summer, so I had pretty high expectations. 1) Not worth the price (about 4.5-5 for a single), that’s the big one right off the bat. It was great but at the same time nothing mindblowing. I’m not sure how much this beer would benefit from being aged since its not all that bitter in the first place.

 1,269 characters

Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ipafool
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of PoppaK
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Miamilice
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of 1Adam12
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very rarely do I have time to review a beer anymore because 2 kids is 1 more than 1. Pours a hazy orange with a sticky white head. Crazy nice lacing. Smell is very unique. Very grainy, floral, not much citrus. More floral than citrus. Tastes grainy and floral. A bit of citrus, but really not much. More grain than anything. Just can't catch the exact flavors. Mouthfeel is actually a bit sticky for a DIPA. Full, perfectly carbonated. Overall, I gave this a 4. I found it to be really really good, and something that I would definitely buy again, however not spectacular. Solid beer though. Recommended for sure, but not the Hoppiest DIPA i've ever had for sure.

 663 characters

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a murky copper with lots of carbonation. Minimal head which dissipates to a fine lacing

S - hops and citrus, a bit spicy, with a hint of sweet malt

T - huge hops dominate the palate, very piny, with notes of tart grapefruit and a bit of carmel.

M - thick, chewy, the bitterness lingers and lingers

O - This is very good, intensely bitter, very nice when fresh. It mentions aging on the bottle, maybe I'll put a couple away to see how it mellows over time

 502 characters

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at room temperature.

L - Deep amber color with a 1 finger whitish-tan bubbly head. Lots of bubbles, pretty good retention, nice lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy, grapefruit, resiny, piney hops with a slightly sweet, caramel malt background. No alcohol present, which is very surprising. Smells nice. Lots of hops but seems balanced.

T - Wow. This is a powerful beer. Starts off caramel sweet but very quickly turns very bitter with grapefruit, pine, and earthy hop flavors. The alcohol starts to show its face here.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation, with a dry and bitter finish. Bitterness hangs around for a little while and there is a definite warming effect from the alcohol. For all the bitterness, it remains pretty balanced with all the malty sweetness.

O - This is a very good DIPA. I have no idea how they hid almost 14% ABV in this thing. If you are looking for a bitter beast of a beer, look no further than this.

 986 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and vibrant amber color with a thin, but thick white head that's super sticky and very little carbonation.

S - Pine, grapefruit, earthy spices,and a doughy caramel malt base.

T - Toasted doughy caramel malt base with a slight candied nip to it followed with pine, grapefruit, and buried in there is oranges, a little tobacco, and flowery earthy bitterness. The flavors blend boldly together and balance each other very nicely. Everything about this beer is assertive on the palette but not overpowering. The massive alcohol count is superbly well hidden. As the beer sits in the tulip glass, I'm noticing a slight candied malt sweetness.

M - Thick and full bodied, smooth on the tongue, and a little sticky.

O - Very interesting and a sipper. It's a dangerous beer because the high alcohol is so well hidden, it would be easy to down a few of these without thinking much about it before hitting a wall.

 925 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.