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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Reviews: 922 | Ratings: 2,809
Photo of laketang
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy blood orange with good tan head, foamy

estery,some ripe citrus, orange, and a bit of bubble gum

aggressive,a bit alcoholic, bold character

full body feel, chewy but not overwhelming. crisp, warming

very well done beer here.

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Photo of mschrei
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer. Pours dark brown, cloudy, healthy lacing and carb. Very malty nose, caramel scents. Very malty taste as well. Rich, some hoppiness with limited resultant juice. Surprisingly no bitterness. Reminiscent of DFH 120 or Devil Dancer but not as thick.

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Photo of runondirt
2.91/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

pours dark amber
nose sharpish, alcohol stands out
buttery in the mouth, strong bitter notes, heavy malt, astringent
no date on the bottle, this may have been better when fresh.

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Photo of JNPIII127
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

the smell was extremely citrusy with the smell of hops and pine. the overall taste was more of alcohol than hops or of an evenly brewed and seasoned beer. the alcohol was all that i could taste. much worse than the other reviews that i read.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not your average IPA, to the point that I don't consider it an IPA. A surprising amount of sweetness and maltiness to it. As you'd expect from the ABV, the alcohol lingers in the after-breath.

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Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A — Pours a deep caramel hue into the glass, there is a tan colored head that is tall initially but fades and leaves some moderately consistent lacing behind it.

S — Smell is of sweet malts a bitter hops, quite a bit of pine and earth, bit of a citrusy kick too.

T — Taste is quite rich and chewy, lots of hop and herbal character, quite piney, and earthy. Caramel sweetness is the foundation though.

M — Medium bodied, ABV is noted though not harsh.

O — Very nice overall, a bit heavy, nicely boozy and hoppy.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Head forms unevenly. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is malty, and the taste is of malt and caramel. Body is solid and smooth. It's a DIPA, but seems almost heavy for one. Taste is overall average.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very hazy, like the color of unfiltered apple cider. orange in color, there's very little head once poured, but there's some lacing as i work through the glass.

smell is boozy and sweet. there's probably something else there, but the alcohol masks it a bit.

taste is malt and caramel, but the alcohol in the smell is there in the taste, too. i don't get much in the way of citrus, but perhaps some pine in there. my mouth is worn out after this one; it's like chewing a piece of cinnamon gum for way too long.

mouthfeel is light carbonation and sticky hops.

i liked it. wouldn't finish off the four pack in one sitting, but i'd have it again.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes. A clear amber color with a thin head that quickly faded. Pine and grass in the aroma which was rather flat. Lots of malt sweetness and pine/grass hops bitterness in the flavor. The bitterness lingers a little but not too bad considering how bitter while drinking. The alcohol is hidden pretty well for such a big beer. Nothing bad about this beer, but nothing really stood out either.

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

No visible bottling date info. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent amber with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Pine resin and caramel malt.

t: Piney hop taste and bite up front over a medium to heavy bready and caramel malt base. Bitterness lingers only mildly on the slightly sweet finish. Very high ABV (12%) is amazingly well covered. Later some ginger notes emerge.

m: Medium to full, great body and good carbonation tingle.

o: A more malt-dominated IPA than expected, especially since this is the double. Tasty and enjoyable sipper, but I wonder how old this bottle might be. Only bought recently so I assumed it was fairly fresh.

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Photo of stickydankhop
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yes is very malty. I like barley wines and DIPA so this was right up my alley. No citrus or piney flavor but all caramel brown sugar and toffee backgrounds. this beer is a creeper and a one beer wonder.

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Photo of 2014LM2X1
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark amber color. It's not very cloudy or hazy like some IPAs; just harder to see through. Low white head with nice lacing. Not much head retention though.

Smell: All I am getting is toffee, which is odd for an IPA.

Taste: Extremely malty up front with toffee and caramel notes. Middle of the palate some of the bitterness comes through, but with none of the citrus or pine notes of most DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and velvety. The carbonation is not sharp. I would expect a bit more tang out of an IPA than this.

Overall: I'm giving this a higher overall rating mainly because it surprised me: I didn't expect an IPA to have toffee or caramel notes, and it blended those really nicely with the hop bitterness. Frankly, I'd call this an American Barleywine rather than an IPA.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boozy malt bomb. Amber in color, definitely not a pale ale and at 12% Id consider this to be a triple not a double ipa. If you like scotch ales you will like this, somewhat similar to dogfishhead burton baton.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from memory - this was a monster of an imperial IPA. Probably the most hop-forward of the ones I tried, with little of the usual malty backbone. Because of this, the alcohol was more present than in other DIPAs, but it didn't spoil the beer for me.

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Photo of deebo
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This drinks well below it's stated ABV. Keeping that aside this is a big malty ipa with a fair amount of hoppy bite with a light bitterness. The calling card is this beer 's easy drinking quality given it's strength.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark orange body. Light white head that sticks around.

Smell - Orange. Apricot. Malt. Grass. Alcohol.

Taste - This DIPA oddly got better with age. Subdued alcohol. Oranges. Lemon. Malt.

Feel - Heavy. Creamy. Not too carbonated.

Overall - Pick it up. 12% makes it very sneaky. First bottle I couldn't taste it. A few months later, very good.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice foamy head that lasts a while before dissipating and leaving some foam around the edges of the glass. The beer itself is very interesting. From a distant view, the beer has a brown purplish color. However, upon closer inspection, the beer has a more deep amber color. Either way, the effect is very good and impressive.

The beer smell is much more sweet than anticipated. The beer has a caramel malt nose that dominates the other notes and that's not bad. There also appears to be a bit of a boozy note to it as well. The hop note is barely distinguishable but comes off as a citrus note. The beer also seems to have a slight smokey herbal note.

The taste is a bit more diverse and opposite the smell. The hop bitterness is a bit stronger and more orangey. The malt taste is still there with its caramel note but tastes more balanced. The beer also has a bit of an alcohol note and a tiny herbal one as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and thick. The beer has some biting carbonation. The thickness is pretty nice and the weight feels good on the tongue. Also, slight booze burn and alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fantastic beer and one of the better DIPAs I've had. The weight and smoothness, not to mention the strong malt note makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Hazy amber body, with a medium white head. Fades quickly and leaves little lacing.
S - Caramel sweetness, orange peel, citrus.
T - Caramel malt, spicy hops, earthy notes. Alcohol warmth. For a 12% the alcohol is moderately well hidden.
M - Medium body, low carb.
O - More in common with a barleywine or old ale than an IPA, in my opinion. Worth a try but not one I would go back to.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't all that impressed with Crooked Tree but heard good things about this one so I gave it a try.

A - Deep dark orange with red on the edges and brown in the middle with a fine white head. Good lacing. Definitely hazy from the dry hops, malt, and resin.

S - Huge hoppy fragrance with a big fresh, dark fruit character. It has orange peel, grapefruit, plums, and a big resin hop character. Some booze and slight malt but big dry hop presence.

T - The first taste is of big hops with resin, dank, orange, citrus, and some herbal character. In the middle there is a big malt sweetness with caramel. The finish has some booze, sweet malt, and a big resiny bitterness. You can tell that there is a ton of everything in this beer. Not as overpoweringly bitter as some but it is up there. This beer is also quite fresh with the serious aroma hops and strong alcohol presence that really notch this beer up.

M - High mouth-feel. Low to moderate carbonation. This beer is seriously thick at 12% and so much resin from all of the hops. It isn't quite the thickest DIPA but pretty close. I enjoy it for the sampling but a bomber of this would completely toast me.

Overall, this beer is a serious DIPA. It somewhat reminds me of Dreadnaught with a big malt sweetness to go with the big resin, orange character. This is boozier and a little more disjointed with the aroma/taste than the 3-F's beer but very good none-the-less. I would recommend this beer and I am very curious to see how this one ages; obviously, the smell would suffer but maybe the sweetness and alcohol would blend creating a more harmonious beer instead of just a big tasty one.

Glass type: Snifter from draft

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Photo of justinp444
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a orange tinted white moderate head with a dark hazy orange body. Smell is of thin sweet malt, earth grassy hops, and a good amount of citrus (grapefruit, orange). Taste is of sweet malt and earthy grassy hops, very thin amount of citrus, light bitter ending, tiny bit of nice warmth, and some caramel notes. Well balanced and not as warm as would expect with 12% but a tad on the sweeter side.

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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 1F head in a Moa snifter with a caramel-tea color.

Aroma: malty, toffee, caramel, a hint of sweetness.

The taste is highly complex: toffee, caramel, candy, grapefruit rind. Unusual taste profile for a DIPA. This beer has characteristics of other styles such as American Barleywines, and Scotch Ales.

Bitter, wonderful alcoholic finish which dwarfs the taste- I greatly enjoy this. There is a bitter hoppy finish which balances with the light boozy quality of the beer.

Great beer and unusual for the style . Take a long time to drink it. Warming brings subtlety, especially with the caramel and toffee. The beer is not distributed in my area. Fortunately,it was available in limited quantities.

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Photo of daniels79
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh it is a little hot. By the third one, you really don't notice anymore. Nice citrus taste and aroma, with a slight malt backbone. Now being over 2 months old, it has turned a bit maltier, and lost a bit of heat. Drinks along the lines of Hopslam, with that it peaks twice.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, however I know this is a fresh / unaged bottle. Acquired the four pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours an extremely deep candied orange / red body with lots of hop & yeast particulate visible in the glass. About a finger of khaki head that stays for a while considering the high abv, and leaves behind good scattered lacing. Practically opaque. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant, but there is a strong persistent bubblegum aroma that I can't get around. Fruity & berryish, with a noticeable caramel / toffee malt bill, but this bubblegum smell is overpowering for me. A more complex malt sweetness begins to come out as the beer sits. Very very minor alcohol noticeable.

T - The taste is very big in almost every way imaginable - lots of big bitter / fruity / herbal hop content, big sticky caramel / toffee malt sweetness, and a bit of alcohol warmth from the 12.00% abv.

M - The mouthfeel is exceptional, and is probably the best thing about this beer. It goes down so ridiculously smooth & creamy for a 12.00% abv, with hardly any semblance of the booze noticeable. Dangerously drinkable stuff.

Overall, I'd say this one about lived up to the hype surrounding it, and I would definitely love to see what a bit of age could do to some of these bottles. Recommended.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree -----4/5.

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Photo of donnierickles
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me somewhat of Lake Erie Monster. This beer isn't as fragrant as I thought it would be but im diggin' the flavor. Pretty smooth for an IPA clocking in at 12%. I will drink more of these when summer hits.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome and from a bottle.
A: The tap version is deep, clear amber with a very thin head. The bottled version is cloudy from bottom yeast.
S: Resiny, grassy nose, citrus, tropical fruit.
T: Starts with malt (biscuit and slight toffee), melon and then as you swallow you get a touch of astringent bitterness – either from unmalted grains or hops – and them some malt sweetness returns to balance. There is alcohol on the end but you only notice it gradually.
M: Medium body and carbonation, warming on the finish.
O: This is an excellent DIPA. Its bottle conditioned so watch the yeast when you pour.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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