Double Crooked Tree IPA
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #358
Ranked #1,916
4.17 | pDev: 10.31%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Double Crooked Tree IPADouble Crooked Tree IPA
Notes: 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 us).

98 IBUs
Reviews: 936 | Ratings: 2,879
Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A decent aroma that's dominated by pine, grassy hops, a slightly smoky quality, and malt.

T: Tasted of a little bit of malt, some caramel (especially in the finish), a whole lot of pine, grassy hops, and some citrus to boot. Some parts of this rather aggressive flavor in this beer are welcome, but the grassy hops (never my favorite thing) kind of throw it out of whack. Still, a decent enough flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like pretty much everything, this beer will be a matter of opinion. To me it could have been great with a slight tweak. Nevertheless, it's worth checking out.

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Photo of zac16125
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates (date your IPAs damnit!), but according to the label at the store it was put on the shelves approx 6 weeks ago

A: Very murky, dark copper, large tan head, good retention, lots of lacing. 3.75

S: Malt bomb, caramel/toffee, some floral notes, hops are very subdued. 3.25

T: Interesting. Its very smoky, with lots of char characters. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Some piney bitterness. Not much caramel malt at all, which surprises me. Hop characters are very subtle. It grows on your with time, but still not great. 3.75

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end for the ABV but its appropriate. ABV is actually very well masked, drinkability is moderate. 3.75

O: I’ve heard about this one for years, but I just don’t get it. Big disappointment for me. 3.5

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Photo of wilson32
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer but tough to find. It sure is a strong one too - you get your money's worth in terms of alcohol content. That being said, still tough for me to spend $20 on a 4 pack. Either way, it looks a reddish brown type of color, smells quite hoppy (you can get a good idea of the taste by the smell), and it tastes quite hoppy as well. My less-experienced taste buds didn't pick up on that citrus too much, but it was barely there.

All things considered, be careful how fast you drink this one...due to the high content. Overall not a bad beer, would have it on rare occasions.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy red orange with a half inch of creamy head. Nice lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and flowers and esters.

Taste is bitter floral hops with a sweet malt overlay. Nice biscuit aftertaste. Very little alcohol detected for a 12% ABV brew.

Overall this is a well balanced monster of a beer for those who love hops. Well worth $20 for a 4-pack.

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Photo of SmangTown
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- reddish brown in color, little amount of head that goes away fast, very little lacing. Hazy look to it.
S- pine scent with some earthy notes. Can tell it's going to be hoppy from the smell.
T- An intense flavor of hops hits you in the beginning followed by a mellow after taste. Boozy taste to it but well balanced so it's not over powering. Sharp piney taste, but assumed with IPAs.
F- light and smooth feel to it (scary because how strong it is) making it easy to drink.
Overall- A nice strong IPA. Great beer. Would definitely buy again. Exactly what one would want from a double IPA with its intense flavors.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those true, 'double' ipas out there. Comes out brown, almost red like edge to it like a Flanders. 1/8" head. Lots of bitter hops and alcohol in the aroma.

Taste is impressive for its fresh barleywine like roll. Lots of almost brown malt in here, crystal malt, lots of malt to make something like this a 'double'. Super 100ibu levels, alcohol is definitely there. This is a slow sipper, very much might as well be a hoppy barleywine, like if Bigfoot is somehow not strong enough for you, check this out, along the same lines.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Hazy light brown/ dark orange, got some of the yeast from the bottom in the pour. Thin head.
S - malty, caramel, mild hoppiness
T - Very strong malts, well balanced by bitterness, sugary, alcohol but in a good way.
F- pretty thick.
O - Not sure of the age on this bottle so I will try to revisit with one I know is fresh but this drinks like 1 yr old bigfoot which is a good thing to me. Not nearly the hop presence I expect from a DIPA though.

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Photo of cmf
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle to becker. brown red translucent pour with 2 inch head - thick (non-foamy) head. pine esters, sweet malts, oak scents. Foamy mouth feel. Bittersweet with an onslaught of flavors without proportion - alcohol, caramel, bitter hops, pine sap, malts - hard to distinguish. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was surprised. This poured darker and flatter than you would expect. Strong citrus hop scent almost assaults your nose like a ninja sneaking up on you with a pillowcase of fresh oranges. The hop bites hits you just like that pillowcase but when you are done you happily ask for more. The high alcohol is something to be leery of. A damn fine DIPA.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. 01.04.16. I assume is a bottled on date.

really hazy if not completely opaque amber copper hue. head is off white and minimal. lacing is decent. a ring of conditioning yeast is left behind in the bottle. fruity yeasty esters start the aroma. a whole bunch of classic american hops. a bit muddy, hard to pick out specifics. drink is sweet at first, apple acetaldehyde perhaps? caramel malt makes a showing here. really hoppy with a bit of alcohol heat. overall the booze is masked well. again not getting anything uniquely hoppy here, but just a blast of all things American. a little bit of old school style in my opinion but overall nothing I would want to drink again. just too muddy.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was not what I was expecting at all. The citrus and pine takes a back seat to the strong malt profile. There is a big smoked wood/peat flavor here. It really caught me off guard.

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Photo of citizencane
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks red orange with somewhat decent thin head. Smell is restrained grapefruit. Taste is smooth creamy bitter orange rind with grapefruit and a hint of smooth malt, just enough to make this beer really balanced and tasty. Mouthfeel is smooth especially for high ABV. Would absolutely buy again. For some reason the reminds me of something ballast point might put out, with the slightly tart fruit notes and just enough malt backbone. It's even better than ballast points IPAS IMO.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a reddish brown with 1 inch of head that settles quickly. Not the color I expected.
S - Malty with just a hint of grapefruit.
T - Sweet and malty with some grapefruit and a little bitterness.
M - Creamy mouth feel.
O - This is not a typical DIPA. Excellent brew but not what I expected. Don't buy this if you are chasing a citrus or piney bomb. The 12% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: light redish brown color one finger white head.
Smell: Sweet banana light orange peel big Carmel alchool.
Taste: upfront I get bubble gum big malt Carmel flavor middle of the mouth banana light orange finishes with a big hop punch and alchool sweetness
Feel: this is a big bodied beer but goes well with the beer.
Overall: the way this beer tastes is really unique a different flavor profile then what you would expect. This might be dark horses best beer. A must try.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The best I've had from Dark Horse. Color is reddish brown almost like a nice sweet tea. Smell almost hinted at banana and grapefruit. Taste is surely dipa with some bitter ending that knocked my rating down a bit. But still one to seek out....even at $18 for a 4-pk!

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Photo of laketang
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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 +7.9%
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 -30.2%
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 -7.2%
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 -0.7%
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 -5.8%
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 -12.5%
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 -3.4%
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 -25.7%
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 -2.2%
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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Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2879 ratings