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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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Photo of Ehrnstrom
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: fairly dark for a (double) IPA. A little opaque to light, but still looks great overall. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: strong smell of hops with distinct floral characteristics, maybe even some grapefruit I'm noticing as well.

Taste: superb as far as American IPA's go. The only rival this has is Bell's Hopslam, as far as I'm concerned. Bitter, but not over-powering, and this is astounding considering that the ABV is 13.6%.

Mouthfeel: maybe it's this particular bottle, but I'm not getting the robustness I remember with this beer. Either way, not problematic enough to really detract from the taste.

Overall: Go get this beer if it's available to you. Dark Horse has truly achieved excellence with this ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jtingue
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Batch, reviewed fresh. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Poured slowly to make for a crystal clear copper amber color. A finger of pure white head dissipates very little, but does leave some very sticky and beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Great alcohol feet as well.

Smell. The nose is pounded with citrus and mango right up front. Some malty sweetness gives the allusion of a fruit syrup or extract. In the background there is both a subtle spice and that familiar smell of alcohol.

Taste. Starts out with mango and some piney hop resins. The hops start to reveal all of their flavors with some citrus and a lot of pineapple. This is balanced all the while with a candy like sweetness, again giving the impression of a sweet syrup. A little bit of bitterness balances out the sweetness and leads to a very balanced finish, with lingering tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel. Incredibly thick body and a moderate amount of carbonation that cleanses the palate, but doesn't attack it, nor does it bring out any of the hop resins too much.

I was incredibly surprised by this beer. The amount of balance that is achieved is quite amazing. It seems to belong in that small but distinguished triple IPA pseudo category.

*** After having this beer three times, I have started to notice the chive like hop character that this beer seems to have the reputation for. I, however would not change any of my scores for the beer.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Double Crooked Tree IPA (2012) from Dark Horse Brewing Company. I reviewed the year old vintage about a month ago, and just had to compare it to a relatively fresh bottle.
Score: 91

February 2012 vintage bottle served in a New Belgian Globe Glass and enjoyed on 04/25/12.

Appearance: Like the one year old version, this beer pours a dark and hazy and pulpy brownish-orange color with a moderately yellow hue. Two fingers of thick, foamy cream-colored head at pour slowly recedes into thin, creamy layer. Below average lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: A lot more hoppy citrus than the year old vintage. Lemon, grapefruit, and apple juice. Modest booziness, onion-y hops and light caramel. 4/5

Taste: Much more citrus and hops than the year old vintage. Grapefruit, lemon, apples and orange rind. Bitter hops, spiced caramel and onion. The year old version was like a DIPA barleywine, but this beer is much more like a traditional DIPA with barleywine characteristics. Lots of onion flavor in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. The carbonation accentuates the heavier DIPA body and bitter characteristics of this brew. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: It is surprising how different this beer is with age versus fresh. This one works wells fresh as a DIPA and aged as a hoppy barleywine.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out if you like bitter beers with oniony citrus flavors.

Pairings: Chicken pot pie.

Cost: $4.19 for a 12 oz or $16.99 for a four pack.

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

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a mostly clear dark orange color with a decent off white head that lingers.

Smell is citrus mixed with pine. Slight sweetness lingering in the background.

Taste is slightly citrus / grapefruit with a piney finish that has a slight alcohol burn. High alcohol hidden pretty well.

I would have preferred a little more of the grapefruit notes to come through in the taste. A very interesting DIPA but not one I will revisit much at this price point.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - no date

Dark orange(brown) with yellow edges, thick 2-finger head, tons of suspended sediment. Smells like a rainforest of hops.

The taste is citrus and pine, orange and lemon zest, paired with a candy malt backbone that compliments the hop beautifully. Kinda tastes how you'd expect if you know it's the crooked tree recipe doubled. In a word: delicious. Warm alcohol throughout, masked extremely well (13.6% !). Surprisingly, it's not too syrupy or oily. Drinks amazing.

This is up there with hop crisis as my favorite boozy dipas

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Photo of Agold
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a burnt orange and cloudy, with a bit of white head with some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit sweet with lots of tropical hop notes. Mango, pineapple, but more in a day old fruit salad (not bad) sort of way. Some caramel sweetness as well. Flavor is pretty bitter, very mangoey, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Very enjoyable. Maybe closer to barleywine than DIPA, but it is still very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I would generally want, and there is some ok carbonation, but I usually prefer my IPAs to be drier.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sacrelicio
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a giant beer. Pours an orange, goldish, amber color with a bit of lacing and some bone colored head. The smell is huge, with citrus and pine hops, and a deep butterscotch note when I inhale deeply. The taste is massively hoppy, with a hint of boozy burn. Otherwise, the alcohol is hidden well. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, and the finish is chalky and medicinal.

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Photo of Acuity
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mobius387
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter

appearance: pours a chunky honey gold color, fairly opaque, with a thick, bubble white head

aroma: grapefruits, malts, and sweet honey smells to this with a hint of pine means this nose sticks close to what a true DIPA should smell like.

palate: um, 13.6%, what? this beer is so surprisingly smooth. big body, mild carbonation, and enough hop kick to satiate that hop craze!

taste: i get a creamy pine with some hints of orange and grapefruit. could have had a stronger flavor profile, but this beer drinks so smoothly it makes up for it.

overall: fairly unique for the ever expanding IPA/DIPA style, this is a must try for all you hop-heads out there. a little underwhelming on the flavors, but so smooth and drinkable for a big bodied high ABV beer. probably not worth the price tag in bulk (paid $5 for a 12oz), but definitely worth picking up a bottle or two if you can.

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

Poured into a goblet from a 12oz bottle.

This deep golden, orangey hazy brew has a nice finger head withe decent retention for such high abv. I get a bitter hop nose with some freshness underneath.

This beer was much less hoppy and piney /citrus and grassy than regular crooked tree. I was expecting massive hopbomb explosion, but I am pleasantly surprised to find a good malt presence throughout, I guess it comes with the territory for such a blast of alcohol. Talking about the alcohol, its well balanced throughout and this beer had a nice better aftertaste. Some other notes I get near the end are, citrus, grass(slightly), orange, orangepeel, lemon, HOPS, alcohol, molasses malt, vanilla and a nice smooth finish with a medium wamring of the alcohol. VERY WELL BALANCED BREW!!!

Similar to dogfish head 120min IPA, but less bitter.


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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,848 ratings
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