Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of minterro
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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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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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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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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,861 ratings