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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 thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, at least I think. Snifter glass.

Two plus fingers of head on top of a murky mahogany body. One dark double IPA. Awesome lace. 4.5

Orange, candied mango, and onion in the hop aroma. Powerful and intense nose. Some rye spiciness similar to Lenny's. Toasted malts are pretty involved. Borderline American Barleywine here. 4.0

Big resinous hops full of garlic and onion. Tropical fruit candy sweet. Pairs strangely with the sweetness. Malty toffee and lightly toasted bread. Suggestion of cinnamon is noted. A spice rack in the finish. So chewy and dank. And, the alcohol has its seat belt on. This beer is ridiculous fresh. I've had it with a year and I prefer it aged. 4.0

Mellowed strength. Low carbonation. Swishy body with a smooth feel. 4.0

No wicked bitterness, just wacky hops. Almost balanced. A cellar candidate, for sure. Unusual, and I love the unusual. 4.0

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Photo of DannyDan
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber hue with a thick white head that quickly disappears and leaves very good retention and some rather nice lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pineapple, peaches, citrus, caramel, malts and sugars. The taste starts out with some sweet malts followed by some pineapple, peaches, citrus and caramel and has a slight alcohol taste throughout. it is a nice smooth and creamy tasting beer that has some stickiness to it and leaves the mouth slightly dry. A very well made full bodied DIPA from one of my favorite breweries and one that is a must try, but just be careful after all it does have 13.60% ABV.

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Photo of Grinnerman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mechamifune
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a slight white head. Has a bit of a murkey look to it. Strong lacing, but no evidence of good carbonation otherwise.

Smell is strong hops and notes of citrus/pinneapple. A great DIPA smell, pleasantly floral.

Taste is sweet upfront followed by lots of citrus/pinneapple/peach notes. Bitterness comes through more and more as you get through the glass, but I wouldn't consider it unpleasantly bitter. A great DIPA taste.

Mouthfeel is very full, thick, and resinous. Obviously a lot of malt here, even if the taste didn't reflect it as much (which I consider a good thing). Not hard to drink a 12 oz bottle, but I think drinking a bomber would be a little tricky. Just wish it ultimately had a little more sense of carbonation and was a little less "sticky".

Overall this is still a very good DIPA for a hop head. Depite the heavy body, the ABV is pretty well hidden within the taste. For $5.00 a 12 oz though, I doubt I will be buying much more unless it's on draft somewhere.

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Photo of ottodyer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of daves1186
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of aorloski
2.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours awesome for a 13 percent beer, great white head, golden orange, awesome carbonation from the bottom of the glass

Smell - What the hell!! all malts, sweet sugar and alcohol, no hops whatsoever.

Taste - Same, this is all sugar, alcohol, malts with a TOUCH of hops, this is no IPA whatsoever, this is a gross barley wine. The label says it will age well and i tend to agree, but I'm not a fan.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth, sticks to the cheeks but i dont want it to. Appearance and mouthfeel stick out on this one, but what does that say about this one?

Overall - Trying too hard to be 120 but failing, this thing is not good to me and I'm pairing it with some excellent cheese. Dont call this a damn IPA if there are barely any hops to detect at all. MALT BOMB, ALCOHOL BOMB ... beware.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a short off-white head over a slightly cloudy, deep-orange body. Touch of lacing.

Aromas are not terribly pronounced given the strength of this beer. Leads with mango and pine tree, then goes to a faint alcoholic/chemical/medicinal quality... not too dissimilar to Amoxicillin.

Very sticky on the palate. Sharp hops - but so damn well balanced by the thick malts. Syrupy sweet grapefruit (like a grapefruit reduction sauce - if there were such a thing), along with pineapple rhind, and lemon-flavored hard candy. Mouthfeel is rich and thick - even for the style. Not much carbonation, but just enough to tame the alcohol.

Overall, the ABV is well hidden - drinks like a 9 or 10% DIPA. Rich, tasty sipper. So much more approachable than most American Barleywines - even w/a strength that tops them.

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Photo of AndrewRoecker
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PatDreadful
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH Signature Glass

Appearance: An impossibly tight tan head rises from the murky brown body. Flecks of orange and red find their way through the hazy brown to offer a nice pour. The lacing is sticky and consistant. How does a beer with this ABV hold its head so well?

Smell: I get the scent of cut grass and mango up front with a nice candy sweetness following. Behind all of this is the vague hint of melon. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow. The hops just expolde across the palate as the piny resin mixes with some traces of flowers- all brought together with a citrusy melon that works incredibly well. There is a syrupy sweetness in the finish which is maintained through a perfect balance of malt and hops. The after taste is slightly hot but as the beer warms, that dissapates a bit. Overall, if I would have never guessed the ABV was so high. Very drinkable!

Body: Light carbonation and heavy body. Perfect for the style.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled February 2012, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep orange, almost amber color, topped with a finger of white head.

S- Lots of citrus (mango, grapefruit, lemon), pine and floral hops are there but are slightly subdued, some caramel malt.

T- Alright now we're talking, absolutely huge bitterness, loads of resiny pine and tropical citrus, caramel malt is actually pretty present. Sweet, fruity alcohol makes itself heard but isn't hot or harsh. It's a palate-thrashingly bitter beer, which is exactly how I like my DIPA's.

M- Full-bodied, thick, slightly oily feel, low carbonation.

O- Overall this is a pretty great DIPA, it's really tasty and is actually pretty easy drinking for such a high ABV, this is the first brew I've tried from Dark Horse and I'm pretty impressed.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cates1tg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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Photo of MIP229
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gary79
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TimP2115
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mtrog313
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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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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