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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
2,863 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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Ratings: 2,863 |  Reviews: 930
Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Crooked Tree IPA opens with exactly the nose you'd expect from a 98 IBU hop monster: thick grapefruit and grapefruit rinds, rose hips, pine sap, mint, and eucalyptus abound, the variety and interplay of aromas speaking immediately to a well-crafted and nicely balanced IPA. There is a good bit of malt and sugar in here as well, with orange liqueur, peach, white grape, and pear adding fruitiness, brown sugars and vanilla bringing complexity, and toast crust and floury baguette helping to ground the brew. As a whole, the nose is excellent, though it does fade a bit after a few seconds, but even then still smells better than many of its peers.

On the tongue, the beer is instantly both hoppy and sugary. The hops here bring heavy grapefruit rind and dandelion stem, with mint, eucalyptus, and pine coming in only a shade lighter. The malts add berry and orange fruit esters, brown sugar, vanilla, and toast crust to help balance this. But by far the hops win, especially in the aftertaste, where the grapefruit rind and dandelion stem are joined by an increased taste of pine sap, leaving the soft palate burning in joyous bitterness. Also rearing its unfortunate head in the aftertaste is a heavy vodka-like layer of alcohol vapor--the beer is well able to hide the 13.6% ABV during the main mouthful, but it does creep out after the beer is swallowed. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very good double IPA, full of everything that a hophead would crave in a beer of the style. The hops are very nicely balanced, and the flavors mingle well with each other, so that the hop profile isn't overly dominated by one huge flavor. The malts do tend to lose out a bit in the main mouthful, and struggle somewhat to keep up with the bitterness, but are still present in decent enough qualities to make themselves noticed. And the heavy alcoholic vapors of the aftertaste make me feel like I just took a shot of hard liquor. Still, there is much to appreciate in this brew, and again, any hophead wouldn't go very wrong in picking up a four-pack.

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Photo of BelJen
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of russwbeck
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow pour that hints towards orange with about a finger of white head that doesn't boast of much retention. What is left laces beautifully 4

The aroma is sinfully fruity, just an explosion of papaya and mango. Not all that bitter. 4.5

This IPA is all fruit; mango and other tropical fruits and hints of
booze. Other residual flavors that normally come from eating
fresh fruit are also noted. The booze is the only thing reminding me that this is beer, otherwise it's just fruity heaven. 4.5

The mouthfeel is light and carbonated very well. The sweetness makes it absurdly drinkable and the ABV is hardly noted. Which I had no idea was so high until typing up this review from notes. 5

At $3 for 6 oz at Capone's in PA I could have drank this all night. One of the most delicious IPAs I've ever had. Find this, drink this, enjoy this. 4.5

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Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of teyuders
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this twice now. The 1st was obviously not fresh and tasted like a Barleywine. I'm rating this off of my second time which was fantastic.

Hazy dirty water like bronze color with a foamy off white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell is the downfall. Very weak and and dull. Minor potpourri like nose.

Flavor Is fantastic when fresh. Nice balance and harmony between hops and malt. I get a watermelon Jolly Rancher flavor at times crossed with not overly bitter citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with pretty high carb that works perfect here.

Overall being fresh this beer has pleasantly made me change my mind about this beer. Fresh, it's great!

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Photo of C63AMG
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of kc44
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly sure what to call the color, but I like it. Light bronze? The head isn't huge, but it is certainly there, and not going away, which is remarkable for a beer of this strength. While fairly clear, the beer stops a bit short of the translucence I have seen and love in the style. Other than that, not a whole lot to improve on looks-wise. Where aroma is concerned, no beer geek who gives this one a whiff will have any doubt as to what style of beer is in the glass. However, that being said, I should be able to make that deduction from a foot away with something like this. The hops are there, there's a surprising amount of malt and definitely a little booziness, but overall I just felt like the aroma could be a little bolder. Taste, forgeddaboudit. So good. Unreal. I was trying to pin down one of the main flavors I really liked, figuring it was something with the hops. It's the malt! It really comes through initially before the hops take over and make a serious statement. American all the way. The finish moved toward dry but stopped before it really got there - still some sweetness to this monster of a brew. The hops, unsurprisingly, get the last word, as the bitterness just hangs around all night and will probably stay until you forcibly kick it out. Just... wow. Tectonic plates of malt and hops interacting here. Unsurprisingly, the body is big, slick, and sticky. I wouldn't have minded if it were a little less carbonated, really. At the end of the day, this is the only true "double" IPA I'm aware of (they simply doubled their IPA recipe, seriously) and it lives up to the billing admirably. You might not hear this one in breath with the Plinys and the Dreadnaughts and the Hopslams and what have yous, but damned if it doesn't belong there or in another, higher, class of its own. Not just worth having if you have the opportunity; worth seeking out to have that opportunity. I've had my share of Dark Horse over the years as a native Michigander, and if you haven't given them a shot recently, take the chance on this one. A standout on the jaded DIPA scene.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a cloudy reddish orange, with a creamy off white two inch head, that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, grapefruit, and apricot. Taste is very well balanced with what the nose picked up, with a nice pungent grapefruit finish with some alcohol. Body is on the large side, plenty of carbonation, not overly dry, and for its huge ABV very drinkable. This is outstanding, a treat for all hop heads.

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Photo of jakea
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dizzle32
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured an amber dark orange-straw color. Wonderful hue.
It had an inviting floral-orange citrusy aroma which was followed by a big, hoppy, chewy pine flavor. Lots of pine and grass come across. Finishes thick and chewy, with a big piney resin. Everything I think of when I think of an imperial IPA.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of aschlax
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of baybassboy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazed orange copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and clings to the glass with tenacity. Head drops to a thin cap. Nice sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Pours thick and heavy.

Smell: Biscuits, oranges, and grapefruit. Sharp bite of booze on the back as well. Biscuit dough, graham cracker crust, and caramel sweetness. Bitter hop resins and so much citrus. Light dusting of pine with a nice floral component as well.

Taste: Aggressive bitterness hits up front. Big malty backbone helps cut through and brings a biscuity sweetness to an otherwise aggressive hop-forward beer. Pine mingles with a huge fleshy grapefruit component. Warming alcohol on the finish of each sip.

Mouthfeel: Oily hops spread with the help of an almost full, almost syrupy body. Dry on the back because of the alcohol and some seriously intense hopping.

Overall: Drinks more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Very heavy and full. Something akin to Bigfoot. A lot of flavor going on, but it's well balanced...or as well as it can be for such a big beer. Drinks well fresh and becomes something unique with some age thrown on it.

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Photo of FishPondManager
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Check it out: a Dark Horse IPA in Indiana that’s fresh! Hopefully it rocks enough to pay $5 for 12 oz. Cheers!

A: Hazy, dark reddish-orange with a creamy beige head, coming up to a full finger. Retention is all bubbles, but there’s lacing in every corner of the glass once the head settles. Looks thick, creamy, and murky.

S: Hop fruit aromas – big grapefruit, bright cherry, light grape, and peaches & cream – live out a smooth moment of greatness at the front of the nose. IPA deliciousness. Another wonderful expression of the style is this beer’s malt backbone: biscuit and straw scents mixed with some toffee-syrup aromas. Finishes with another whiff of fruit, this time in the form of grape and orange gummy candy notes.

T: Starts with some caramel rum booziness, almost like an old ale in its vanilla, toffee, light maple, and grain husk flavor. And here’s the best part: the hops are BALANCED! They don’t steal the show like in every other ball-busting DIPA; they come in with a sweep of spice – pine and cinnamon – and a finishing wave of fruit tartness – strawberry and prickly grapefruit. Wonderfully balanced, but as the beer warms, it hits a bit of a rough patch with the alcohol: to put it bluntly, this booze just isn’t well-hidden. For some beers, a mouthful of grain alcohol isn’t bad for the palate – here, it adds to the astringent intensity, but it has a tendency to be too much after the bottle’s half-gone. Aftertaste is dark, alcoholic, and dry, with a full-on grapefruit bitterness. Bold, balanced, and deliciously malt-forward.

M: Alcoholic dryness upfront, almost like a gas expanding across the tongue; still, it’s on a foundation of oily DIPA thickness. Very interesting, though only moderately drinkable.

O: I don’t usually like malt-forward DIPAs, but this one had more of that flavorful old ale character that I love (instead of the syrupy caramel insanity that you’d get from Southern Tier 2XIPA or DFH 90 Minute). I’m thinking that the hop resin tastes probably did a lot to increase the super-booziness of the palate towards the end, so I’d like to know what some age would do for this beer; plus, there’s an absolutely huge yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle, so I’m guessing there would be a ton of refermentation with the passing years. At any rate, it’s a nice, interesting DIPA at the current moment.

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Photo of LUCASRJ2002
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of hansgruber
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber body with a thin off-white head.
Nose is full of sharp piney hops and is malty and boozy as well.
The taste is a balance of the hops and the malt. The bitterness is mellow. The hops lend a piney and resiny taste with a touch of citrus too.
The carbonation is a tad low giving it a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.
This beer is pretty boozy fresh but mellows out after a bit of age. Not too bad but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,863 ratings