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

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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Photo of mobius387
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +5.6%
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 -2.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a finger of white head.

Smells of sweet, burnt sugar, pineapple, orange and some spicy pine notes.

Some pineapple and pine with a bit of orange and a healthy malt backing and a light bitterness on the finish.

Sweet and medium to full bodied with low carbonation and a drying feel.

This one is insanely drinkable; there's no indication that this is anywhere over 10%. I really like this one and would love to try it again.

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3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times now. Pours a dark copper color with a thick creamy white head on top. Aroma of big caramel malts and huge pine hops. Lots of biscuit and toffee behind the massive pine cone aroma. My first sip follows with a big thick syrupy mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation, and plenty of booze. It let's you know this is 13.6%. Flavor is big malts, very sweet, booze, and a finish that ends with the expected bitter pine. Plenty of warming on the way down. A slow sipper. Pretty good if you want to go somewhat extreme, but would benefit from a bit more bitterness. This is really more of a barleywine.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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

2012 vintage. 12 oz. pour into a Founders snifter.

A: Deep grapefruit orange with a half-finger of white head. Decent retention with some lacing

S: Grapefruit and dank cannabis notes. Earthy and citrusy at the same time; a very nice mix.

T: Grapefruit, dank, and onion. There is a hefty, yet sweet, malt backbone to balance all of these flavors, which is nice. There is a little bitterness that lingers, but it is balanced out well by the malts. A slight alcohol burn, but not all that much considering this is 13.6%.

M: A pleasant, sweet, mouthfeel. There are some oils present, but not so much that it lingers too long. This beer is a heavy hitter, but it is very smooth and silky. Wonderful.

O: Dark Horse makes great beer. This is no exception. This is a unique take on the Michigan DIPA in that it is incredibly balanced. Hopslam is more hop-forward than this beer, and that is saying something. However, it's not a bad thing. This benefit from Dark Horse truly doubling the entire Crooked tree recipe is that it provides a really unique, and satisfying, DIPA.

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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Draught at Darkhorse - 10oz pour into a snifter.

A - Poured a hazy orange with about a half finger of white head. Good amount of lacing throughout.

S - Citrus and tropical fruits up front, a little bit of hop and alcohol small with some maltiness. Not as pronounced as some other top notch DIPAs.

T - Citrus and tropical fruits come through with a hop / malt backbone. It finished very smooth without a bite or coming off too hot even with the extremely high ABV.

M - Medium body, good carbonation. Very well balanced.

O - It was certainly a great DIPA. I suppose I'm still a little jaded with the fresh Hopslam readily available. I'll be looking for this in stores when it hits this month, another good product from Darkhorse.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,832 ratings.
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