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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Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of 1Adam12
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ncketchum
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 poured into Duvel glass

A: One finger just off-white head, hazy golden-amber color even with most of yeast sediment remaining in bottle. Decent carbonation and some lacing

S: Pine, citrus, sweet caramel and bready malts, seems pretty well-balanced

T: Sweet maltiness that leads into slightly bitter grapefruit, very well-balanced

M: Smooth, full-bodied, okay carbonation, hides alcohol very well

O: Very good Double IPA, drank before and will drink again, can't wait to try this on-tap someday

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to bpfrush for this nice extra!

Appearance: golden orange bodied beer with a 2 finger tall white head. The beer is opaque and has some floaties in it for good measure. Thick lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Lots of pine and grapefruit notes balanced nicely with some sweet and bready malt notes.

Taste: This is a real beast of a DIPA. moderate bitterness that has decent balance with a huge malt profile. Pine, grapefruit, grassy, and floral hop flavors. Malt profile is biscuit and caramel. Aftertaste is all pine. Alcohol is not tasted, but it does have a warming quality to it.

Mouthfeel: full bodied DIPA with moderate carbonation. Really easy drinking for over 13%; it drinks like its about 8%. Dark Horse did a really good job with the drinkability aspect of the beer. Carbonation is done right in this beer too.

Overall: Really solid midwest DIPA. I did not realize that this was a beer over 13% until I got ready to review it. If i would not have noticed the ABV, I would have thought it was easily under 10%. This really impressed me. I am a fan of this beer; I would not be scared to pick up a 6 pack of this beer even though its a little expensive. Good job Dark Horse!

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Photo of divineaudio
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tulip glass.

a - pours a translucent, glowing orange color and gave me only a thin film of tan head. leaves some nice, thick, leggy lacing in the glass though.

s - citrus, honey, grass, faint astringent alcohol.

t - doughy malt character with notes of grapefruit and honey. has a pine resin bitterness that waits til the end to sting your tongue. faint cinnamon spiciness comes out as the beer warms. slightly boozy and extremely malt forward for a double ipa.

m - full bodied, gooey, and slick. lighter carbonation with a fine co2 profile. could stand some more carbonation actually. slight alcohol warming.

o - decent beer and surprisingly drinkable for 13%, but comes off as kind of heavy handed. i feel like this needs a few months to mature a little bit. i'm definitely not in a hurry to drink my other bottles and will likely pass on this in the future.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Sweet artwork and 2016 on the bottom!?

A: Hazy opaque tannish amber with a thick 2 finger head. The yellowish white head dissipates to a film with large bubbles after a minute or two.

S: Some great citrus hops up front with a sweet malt hint. Roasted malt and caramel. Wishing this had been poured into a snifter so I could capture more of the aroma.

T: Not as much of a hop-slap in the face as I expected, actually has a real nice sweet malt backbone to balance it out. Don't get me wrong there is still a lot of hop packed in this. A slight spice to it, maybe rye? Alcohol is very well hidden, am shocked this is 13.6%.

M: Very drinkable. Smooth with a nice carbonation, warming from the alcohol. Doesn't leave any unwanted resins in your mouth.

Overall, quite impressed with this brew. Have been a fan of the crooked tree and the double is amazing.

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Photo of MichPaul
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very curious about this beer before drinking it. It seemed very highly sought after even though I don't hear a whole lot about Dark Horse beer. So I was anxious to try this one. It lived up to the hype! I love this beer!
It has a VERY nice kick to it, and goes down easily at such a high ABV. Just enough citrus added along with the hops to make this such a stellar DIPA. I will DEFINITELY be looking out for more of this!

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Photo of SpartanHistory2013
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ BrewMasters

Hazy orange body with a slim, sticky white head that leaves ample, stringy rings of lace on the glass. Deep, smooth hoppy aroma...juicy citrus, fair amount of malt sweetness, light caramel, pear, dry fruit, some peppery alcohol. Sweet, hoppy, fruity, spicy citrus flavor. Some booze. Dry, better-than-medium, creamy body and bitter. Sort of veering into barleywine territory here. Solid overall, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of AshleyMiller
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stbo101
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DaveONan
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to atone315 for another fantastic beer. Nick you are da man!

A cloudy, dark gold beer is topped by a finger of beige head that finally relaxes to a nice, lasting skim. Crazy lacicles lash lazily to, and linger on, the glass.

Spicy alcohol vapor carries some deep bitter citrus and neutral sweet, lighter notes of caramel, bread, and herb. Quite enticing.

Full flavor, starts with herbal bitter and candy joined immediately by citrus pith, a bit of pine, dark caramel, spicy alcohol, and gains momentum with herbal bitter, pine resin, and citrus pith ending the sip.

Spritzy carb. is a touch high for style, but here it kind of works, highly viscous and coating, nice and clean, killer dry finish.

Excellent IIPA, which would have gotten higher rating if there were not so many other finer offerings nowadays. It is a great blessing to be a hoppy pale lover in America 2012.

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Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes... Poured from a 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) This is a dark amber. It was quite hazy. There was not much head, maybe half a finger, which was quite wispy and settled quickly. A little bit of lacing.

S) Lots of malty sweetness, tropical fruits such a mango and pineapple, definitely a bit of booze.

T) This is actually as sweet as the aroma, maybe more so. The fruit flavors are lighter. There is a bit of grass and pine. The alcohol is present, but considering an ABV of 13.60, it's hidden well enough.

M) A medium/full bodied brew, with nice touch of light carbonation. This is relatively smooth with an alcohol tingle at the finish.

O) This was pretty good. If I had to choose between this and DFH 120, I'd likely reach for the DFH, even so, I'd certainly recommend giving this a go. Cheers....

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Photo of Arcane
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of JPSteelman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of bigorange
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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