Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
926 Reviews
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
926
Ratings:
2,827
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
316
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505
For Trade:
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Photo of GClarkage
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

09/18/08- Received as a generous gift from BA Talsiker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. I have had the beer a good six months at least and I'm not sure when he aquired it in a trade. Assuming an 2007 batch, but could be older.

Appearance- Ruby brown colored pour. Creamy 3/4 inch slightly off white head. Murky pour, but ultra fine sediment particles. Leaves light lace trails behind.

Smell- Fresh picked orchard sweet hops. Both citrus notes and pine...both smell very pungent and fresh. Malt comes through as well with a bold sugary dark sweet malt.

Taste- Not sure if this is catagorized in the same genre as Younger or Devil Dancer. It doesn't quite hit hard like a 13+% beer at first, but it sneaks up on you. Full of sweet juicy hops and chewy pine needles. Malt is carmelized, but not quite as sweet at the scent would dictate. Overall it's very well balanced for a beer of such caliber.

Mouthfeel- Not quite cask style, but very little carbonation. Very smooth, lightly creamy with a both full and chewy mouthfeel and a mild lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not quite Pliny the Younger, but I like it more than Devil Dancer. Very drinkable and quite quenching. Actually went well with my steak and mushrooms.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mcallister, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear deep amber with a creamy off white head that leaves a little lace on the glass. Smells of piny, spicy, citrus hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is what the smell tells you its going to be. She hits with hops, you taste a little malt then lingering hops envelop your mouth and taste buds. Alcohol is well hidden, its remarkable how easily this went down. Thick sticky mouthfeel and body, medium carbonation. Great brew. I may have aged this one a bit as it seems to not be an all out hop assault as most double ipa's seem to be. This one could easily pass for a barley wine, but that line is so blurry these days who cares. I'd love to try one of these fresh.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jw347 for this extra and a couple other BA's that have sent one! Pours a dark orange/amber with a thin off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. This beer seems thick. Strong oily hemp/hop smell to it. Big bitter kick on first taste. Full flavor- it envelopes your mouth. Oily hop presence with a slick mouthfeel. Very solid, intense beer. Bordering on a barleywine for me. I may have aged it a bit, but with the wax seal, I thought that might be ok. Would like to try one very fresh as well.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/amber with minimal soapy off-white head that drops off quickly and then leaves a lacing on the top.

Aroma is rich with honey, resiny pine, and grapefruit. A hint of alcohol is evident in the back.

Flavor starts off with honey and light liquid malt, moves into grain husk, and finishes with strong alcohol, bitterness, pine resin. The bitterness lingers forever. Not super complex, but absolutely delicious.

Medium-full body with medium carbonation, and astringency, warming, and intense dryness at the back.

Drinkability is scary. 13.6%!!??!?! TRY THIS BEER!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy orange with a pristine interior disturbed only by the occasional miniscule bubble. The upper half of the snifter is occupied by a whipped frothy crown that is equal parts ecru and ivory. Considering the ABV, there's a pretty decent lace display.

The nose is more American barleywine than DIPA. (Single) Crooked Tree is more hoppy than malty, so this beer was expected to follow suit. Especially since Double Crooked is supposed to be (Single) Crooked with all the ingredients, except water, doubled. The dominant aroma is oranges soaked in Grand Marnier. Good, but far from great.

Dark Horse deserves credit for masking such a high ABV so completely. While alcohol is appreciated on the taste buds, it isn't a major member of the flavor profile. It's most noticeable as a tongue tingle... followed by a tongue numbing... followed by a gullet warming.

Mucho malt is in the house, yet the beer isn't anywhere near as sappy, sticky and cloying as it might have been. 98 IBUs worth of alpha acids feel like significantly fewer, which is always the case when abundant malt sugars are present. The flavor profile consists of bitter orange peel, orange oil, brandy, buttery caramel and pine sap.

I'm beginning to wonder if my bottle isn't from 2007 rather than 2008. That would explain the less-than-buzzsaw hoppiness and a mouthfeel that falls short of chewy. It's at least medium for the style, but it also feels a little worn around the edges. Soft and sparse carbonation is just what the tree surgeon ordered.

Double Crooked Tree IPA is a perfect example of why the same basic recipe is sometimes better suited to brewing an IPA rather than a DIPA. In other words, there has to be more to creating a world-class DIPA than doubling everything except water. This is pretty good beer, but I'm a little disappointed that it isn't outstanding beer.

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recieved in part of another of many fantastic trades with DavidEddie. Thanks brother.

Pours deep murky amber, cider like appearence. Fluffy big bubbles give way to clumps with some swirling lace. Orange and lemon rind, with candied sugar and strong caramel malt aromas. Sweet malts upfront give way to chewy citric and earthy hops. Tea like earthy hop flavors meld with a slight lemondrop finish. Carbonation is very subdued, giving this syrupy feel on the mouth. The hefty 13+ abv is hidden astonishingly well. This monster goes down like a pushover. Very glad I had a chance at a few of these. Gonna be pursuing this again next year. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bbothen
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz wax dipped bottle poured into a snifter.

After the 15 minutes it took to get the wax off the bottle it poured a deep murky reddish orange with virtually no head. Tiny bubbles around the glass and a faint skim of activity across the liquid.

Huge pungent aroma of citrus & pine hops, huge dose of sweet malt, and powerful booze.

Sweet caramel malt & toffee flavors quickly fade into citrus & pine hop bitterness.

Thick, chewy, oily, syrupy, hot. Lightly carbonated.

The 13+% & thick feel made it tough for me to get through the bottle. But by god I did.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark reddish with a hint of orange. Small head that lingers shortly. Smell is citrus and sweet malt. Taste is extremely well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden I couldn't believe the 13.6%...from the taste I would have put it at half that amount. The taste is not overly bitter which lends to extreme drinkability. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but carbonation is somewhat lacking.

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Photo of daftafne
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Cloudy amber in color with a white head

Sm: Mostly of sugars

Taste: Candied sugars, hops, mild citrus

Mouthfeel: Sticky

Drinkability: I'd like to have a few of these but the ABV would be the limiting factor

And I thought the crooked tree was good - the double is awesome!

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Photo of Buebie
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a thick green wax over the top. Inot an oversized merlot glass.

Thick 3 finger white head.
Color is a brownish semi transparent, very attractive beer.
Retention is decent with great thick laceing.

Smell is of grassy hops, some mild fruity hop aroma, big huge malty sweetness.

Taste is very sweet, evenly balanced with the hops allowing the malt to come forward and battle it out with the hops.
Smooth thick creamieness, just the right amount of carbonation, not overly so.

Very excellent brew. If I could get more of these I'd be a happy man.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this extra. 07

A: Nice and MURKY. I love murky too. Big, thick white head that lasted between 4-5 minutes. Brown in color.

S: Delicious. Holy hops. Schwing! Floral hops, with a little honey as well. Teeny bit of lemon rind, and some alcohol.

T: Not as hoppy as the smell led on, but still quite tasty. It's actually kinda malty and very sweet. Grass and hay; very earthy. Some vanilla, and a little of the citrusy/lemon.

M: Thick and chewy. Nice. Pretty dry.

D: Not sure if I could do a whole night of these (@ 13% ABV), well maybe half a night. This is one fine brew.

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Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hot damn. Finally cracked this wax sealed 12oz bottle tonight and split into wine glasses (yeah, I did it). Thanks to Rowdy Schrauty for hooking this one up from the MI beerquest stash.

Pours like apple cider (not hard cider) but is more transparent when it settles. A very fine, off-white head slowly recedes. Those bubbles are tiny. Leaves a sticky looking residue on the glass, sort of like the way orange juice does.

wow, strong. Didn't bother to read the label, holy crap 13.6% no wonder! Bottle also says "ages well." Sounds like a barleywine. Wait, yes - now that I think of it, tastes like one too. But the hops are not absent and they will make their presence felt. 98IBU's. They seem to be somehow deeply infused into the brew. I love good double IPAs and I love barleywine, so this is great and I'm already starting to think anxiously about how it will probably be quite difficult to acquire another bottle.

Drinks like a nice barleywine and I think I would have to agree, I believe it would age quite well. The wax is a reminder.
That went down real easy, I think it was a good idea to split the bottle.

This was the first Darkhorse brew I've tried and I am impressed. Love the artwork on the label too.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy brown with almost no carbonation. The head was just a brown film on the surface.

The smell is a blend of earth and citrus hops with a huge caramel malt.

The taste is in line with the smell but delivers even more. Wow earthy wood and lots of citrus then mega amounts of caramel malt with even a cocoa note.

The mouthfeel is big and bold, yet a very mild amount of carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, this should be on everyones wants.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of cameraman
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep orange to amber color, with a quarter inch head, cream in color. The aroma is pretty amazing, for an IPA it has a strong malt presence at the start. That is followed by an intense amount of hop fragrances of floral, citrus, and grass. Then at the end of the scent, your are hit with the boozy fragrance of alcohol. The taste is just as strong, the malt standing up to the hops. Which both blend together nicely halfway across the palate. The hops bringing citrus, grass, and earthy flavors. The feel is medium bodied at the front, becoming much more heavier at the backend. There is a slight burn from alcohol, but it disappears quickly. An outstanding Double IPA, surprisingly blends well and evenly balanced in flavor.

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

Pours a dark amber, ruby in the light. A thin light tan head sits on top with decent retention.

Wonderful aroma. Floral hops, caramel, and a little boozy.

Quite tasty. Big caramel maltiness, with a nice floral hoppiness. Traces of alcohol, but pretty impressive for almost 14%.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Great flavors definitely make for easy consumption, however high alcohol limits this beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Faintly cloudy dark iced tea color with a nice frothy light tan head and great lace. The aroma is thick pine hops and candy malt, very sturdy and enticing. The first mouthful is very strong piney woods hops and malty goodness. Alcohol is clearly present but not unpleasant. Acidic woodsy rhubarb with beautiful body, solid but drinkable for the style. This is a beauty with an occasional hint of chocolate. My friend says it smelled like an old barbershop but that's a good thing. Just a lovely dipa, highly recommended.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle comes with a wax-dipped top.

After I got the cap off I noticed a sludgy lacing on the inside of the bottle and noticed some sediment at the bottom. Usual for the style, just sayin'. Anyways this DIPA pours an amber color with virtually no head to it. Very thick with little carbonation. A nice pleasant aroma of caramel and biscuit malts mixed with a faint scent of hops greets me as I pour. Tastes much sweeter than I expected! More like a barleywine too me, which isn't bad at all. I'm thinking that the person who sent me this may have had it for a while because the taste I get is dominate by malts; the hops have completely disappeared. Very thick with a consistency close to maple syrup, this is most certainly a sipping beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very vigorous pour is only able to produce a two-finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. It is fairly large bubbled, but doesn't melt instantly. The beer is an unnatural, completely clear, deep cherry red color that shows a rich, cranberry stained amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sticky, candied hops and hot alcohol; candied orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, concentrated tangelo and candied pine tips are accentuated by a thick, caramelized malt note. The finish has strong notes of pine sap and hemp oil to it. Somehow this smells very clean, almost lacking in complexity some how; there is a fair amount of malt noticeable in the nose, but it seems stripped of its character.

Quite sweet tasting, but it is not as sweet tasting as I was expecting this 13% beast to be. It is still fairly viscous and chewy, but it almost comes close to being like a good double IPA. Hop flavors dominate of course with concentrated citrus / fruit notes up front (lychee, bergamot oil, tangelo and apricot), but substantial herbal notes of pine and especially earthy hemp in the middle and finish. Alcohol provides some substantial warming notes to the finish that actually lingers on in the throat for quite some time after each sip. This is bitter, but not nearly as much as one might thing, the hop character really focuses more on the hop flavor notes than the bitter notes. The malt flavors play a removed, secondary role here (as they should), but do contribute ample caramelized malt sugar notes that help support the hop character. A touch of toasty, biscuit-like malt can also be found floating through the flavor profile.

Not bad, but not all that great either. This was certainly worth a try, but it really is too strong in alcohol, for me, to be an IPA. I do like that it is not overly heavy though, but it is still not something I want to drink more than a few ounces of. Still this is not bad in small doses.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a pinky of creamy off-white head that has a bit of retention and leaves spotty lacing. Smells big of citrus; pineapple, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit with good caramel and bread notes as well as earthen hops and pine with a slight alcohol presence. Taste starts off with flavors of caramel sweetness and biscuits with a hint of raisins. Lots of hop flavors follow with a touch of pine and spicy hops before the finale of grapefruit and pineapple and a warming alcohol finish. Medium full in body with low carbonation. Well balanced with bready sweetness and a good variety of hop flavors. An excellent DIPA, but at 13.6% ABV, it's not a session brew, nor is it something I would drink frequently, better to save for special occasions.

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Photo of number1bum
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks bitch.

An aggressive pour reveals a dark reddish amber color, pretty dense and hazy looking but rather disappointing in the head department. Only a half inch of beige head which recedes pretty quickly to only a thin patchy lace.

Smell is tough to get my nose into because of the lack of head generation. Definitely smells strong, with aromas of citrus hops, alcohol, caramel malt sweetness.

This one really explodes on the tastebuds with loads of citrus, woodsy and pine hops. There is some caramel malt sweetness there too but it is really overtaken by lots of hop flavor and bitterness, too. This is a little hot with a bit of alcohol burn in the back of the throat on the finish. Lots of resiny hop bitterness lingers long into the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy, very oily, with soft carbonation.

This is pretty tasty, although flawed. Head was very disappointing which really hurt the nose, as I said before. Alcohol is awfully aggressive, as well. Pretty intense brew and definitely worthy of a try for any hop lover, but I would choose other DIPAs first.

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Photo of tayner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with dark green wax that took forever to break into. 13.6%, 98 IBUs stated on teh bottle. It says it ages well, but I could not wait to try it.

Poured into my DR pint glass and it pours a dark tarnished copper penny color with an off-white head that doesnt last long but settles to a foamy ring and lots of skimming. Sticky lace on the glass.

Smell is floral hops up front backed by sweet malts and an alcohol burn. Seems all smells are balanced together nicely. I hope the taste follows.

Taste is upfront bitter with a ton of citrus hops and floral hops. Flavor then proceeds to the sweetness of the generous malt bill in this one that allows this beer to be over 13%. There is no disguising that there are loads of malts in this one mid palate. Just when you think this is a "hop bomb" out comes the malt sweetness to change your mind. At the end I get some pine-y hops and an alcohol warming that reminds me of a shot of cheap, watered down whiskey in flavor and heat.

MOuthfeel is full and relatively heavy for an IPA.. but the carbonation tries to help. It could use just a tad more to make this one go from sipper to drinker.

This is good, but one is my limit, especially at this abv. It was all I could do to finish it for that reason alone. Perhaps I shouldnt have tried to drink it at the end of a 14 hour work day since i was already tired, this just knocked me out. I would drink it again if it was available for sure, but wondering if the regular crooked tree would have been strong and bold enough, but that one i have never tried.

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Photo of cokes
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smoggy, dark bronze with refractions of crimson topped with a short but sticky rise of beige, which then migrates to the edges and retains as a large-bubbled collar.
Pulpy orange juice is identified first and foremost on the nose. Deeper inhalations produce caramel-chocolate cherries, maple, grain, and spruce. Alcohol adds to a juniper-rich, gin-like flair, (and an aged rum sweetness later on as it warms), but is generally quiet, considering how much of it there is.
Into the mouth, the malts shimmy across the tongue leaving greasy streaks of maple syrup, black cherries, and caramel nougat. Prickly coarse grains and earthy dried tobacco emerge from behind the curtain of sweetness. Pineapple, mango, and grapefruits, and fresh-squeezed orange juice appear as the hops begin their usurpation. The hop profile stays along the lines of fruit marmalade, with a hint of evergreen (especially in the finish). It's bitter, but evenly so. Same with the alcohol, it's present with some dark rum flare, but it never suggests it's colossal strength in full, and presents as closer to 9% than something pushing 14%. In this sense, it is absolutely scary.
It medium-full body is given lift with the insistence of tiny, struggling beads of CO2. This could just as easily be classified as a barleywine (though certainly a hop-forward version). I never would have thought the term 'balanced" would enter this review, but it applies. The suppleness of the malt and the juiciness of the hops are evenly matched.
I expected something nearly feral with its IBUs and ABV, but this is well-heeled and almost domesticated.

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Photo of ejquin
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: COla brown with little frothing a edges that stays with beer.

S: Maple and borwn sugar. Malt with a seranno spice. Tons of caramel. Pine from hops, but there's a wierd cheezy spice ( I know this sounds wierd) like opening a bag of doritos.

T/M: Smooth. Lighter mouthfeel than I'd expect. This one is a few months old by now, so the flavors have mellowed. Still little alochol perception. Everything melds nicely. Big malty carmel presence gives way to the hops, which push through in a nice way, not overpowering, not a hop heads dream, but add some nice spice to this beer that balances everything out. The zlochol comes through in the end, but no perception of the huge abv here. Finish is long, and I et that same bisuity yeastinees cobined with spice that gave me the feeling of Dorito's earler..

D: Great for how big bthis beer is.

Ovr: I really love this beer becuase it tries to be a great beer, and that's it. Too often DIPA's just try to be huge unbalanced hop messes that don't work for me. This beer, the hop character is large, but in perfect harmony with the alcohol and malt. Only complaint is that it was a bit light on the mouthfeel for my tastes.

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

12oz bottle received from iceicebaby in our in person trade at DLD. Thanks a bunch!

A: Deep ruby red with a thin white head that recedes very quickly to a ring - not surprising given the ABV of this one.

S: Huge malt and pine hop presence in that order. This is almost barleywine-like. Malt profile features a solid caramel Some alcohol heat. Some pineapple and fruitiness.

T: Unabashedly brash with sweeter pine flavors melding with burnt caramel and prunes. Alcohol heat on the finish. Typically not what I like but this is done pretty well

M: Pretty full in body, low carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish. Coats the palate.

D: Sipper for sure.

Notes: Definitely among the better malt-bomb DIPAs that I've had. I'm surprised i enjoyed it as much as i did

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one being considered thanks to DavidEddie (Pops!!)

Pours a clear dark almost tea colored amber color with a full finger off white head that resists fading. Spotty lacing patterns in it's wake. The smell was leathery and "horse blanket" from the residue on the cap. Sweet grainy malt molasses and caramel. Lightly carbonated, with a really smooth tang of booze. Yes, that's booze, but it's smooooth. Liking it!. Full flavored, the taste is malty and sweet with an Imperial Red caramel thing going on. Way too easy to drink at 13.6% ABV!! Had my eye on this one for some time....thanks again Dave!

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,827 ratings.
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