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

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

Thanks to Lightindarkness for the awesome extra!

The look of this beer is burnt, deep orange. Kind of reminds me of 90 minute IPA in color. Gorgeous. I had very little head, just a thin crust. Nevertheless, it had a nice level of carbonation for at least the first five or ten minutes of drinking.

Aroma is of juicy grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and caramel malt. The initial taste is overwhelmingly sweet: pineapple, mango, gigantic grapefruit flavors, and a hint of bitterness. The aftertaste, on the other hand, is scorching hop bitterness. Really splendid.

A bit of an underrated beer, IMHO.

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Photo of botham
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a dark caramel bornw with garnet highlights and a half finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly. light lacings.

aroma is of spiced and grassy hops, with a background of malts and a distant note of alcohol. the hops take the focus here, not suprizingly, providing a pleasant aroma of aromatic hops. nice.

taste is mainly of spiced hops and distant caramel malts, and an earthy base that serves to help balance the high hop levels. finishes on a grassy note with residual spiced hops. a wonderful array of hop qualities throughout the palate from this one.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a tart texture and a dry finish of bitter hops. true to a good imperial IPA without over saturating the brew with bitterness or aromatic hops.

drinkability is decent. this is a huge brew, with a notable amount of alcohol, at 13.6% APV, but with that being said, the boose is masked wonderfully. nicely executed brew from Dark Horse. cheers!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rusty yellow color with an average head, and average lacing and slightly under carbonated. Smells strong citrusy hops with some malts coming through. First taste is extremely hoppy and bitter. Finishes with a lovely bitter after taste The 13.6% ABV is very well hidden. This is one good DIPA.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As reviewed on 3/17/06.

Pours hazy amber, off white head.
Aromatics filled with bitter hops, caramel, toffee, citrus fruits.
Pungent nose akin to old school Bigfoot- alcohol, grapefruit, and malt.
Medium to thickish mouthfeel, lightly puckering from bitterness, sappy and lingering.
Pallet filled with bitterness, malt, alcohol, and fruits.
Loads of toffee, caramel, grapefruit zest, peach skin, pear seeds.
Finishes long, bitter, and warming, with some residuals.
Definately whithin the realm of Barleywine.
Big thanks to HopasaurusRex for sharing this rarity.

Revisit 5/7/08

Dark ruby, with a one-inch head of off-white.
Short-lived retention and a few streaks of lacing.

Aromatics are full of juicy malt, ripe fruits, and alcohol.
Fresh figs and dark bread dough atop grapefruit, oranges, and cherry pulp. Almost meaty in nature with a hint of wet leather.

Chewy mouthfeel, quite sticky and clingy.

Fresh malt with resinous hopping dominates the pallet, with plenty of boozy alcohol and tropical fruit.
Slightly less malty than most Barleywines, and certainly more hoppy.
Insaely drinkable and smooth for such a crusher.

Wowza, what a difference a fresh example makes. Here again is a striking example of how any beer chocked full of hops is definately best fresh.
I might have to follow this one up with some Exponential hoppiness!

Big ups goes out to Unknownoffender for hooking me up this time.

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

Thanks to Kipling for this one. It pours a dark amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice fluffy lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine resin, and flower patch. The taste is hoppy, but balanced. Grapefruit, pine, and flower are all over the place, back by a firm malt presents. There is a moderate alcoholic hotness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a fine IIPA. I will certainly drink this again.

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

Snifter, poured with aggressive drop, but no yeast stir, of course.

Dark burnt amber with very lightly colored head. Smells fantastic, aged pungent. Hints of butterscotch, like when you know you have a bad heater core. Slight hint of high alcohol content (13.6%)

Mouth watering...smooth and serene. Very well balanced dance between the hops and malt, with the malt taking the lead. Masks the alcohol very well, but slight boozy-ness becomes more prevalent with time/temperature. Nice smooth, very light, slightly syrupy mouth feel with just enough bite to remind you how massively hopped this thing of beauty is, despite its own balance. Fruity/malty, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Sticky finish, like walking across the floor of a movie theater in the dark in wooden clogs. Ha ha, made ya think.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35 for this one. I had this one right after trying the regular Crooked Tree.

Pours a nice dark amber color with little to no head from a slightly aggressive pour into my Sierra Nevada Pint glass. It smells really nice and sweet and also has a subtle, citrusy hop aroma. Kind of surprising that the malt stands out more than the hops on this one. The taste is excellent. Its a great balance of that sweet caramel malty taste with a pungent citrus hoppiness that makes it lean almost closer to a barleywine in my opinion. The mouthfeel is really nice and creamy on this one and man the 13.6% alcohol is hardly smelled or tasted at all meaning this one could really sneak up on you. A great beer.

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Photo of zdk9
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a nice full brown color, much darker than expected. I wish there were a bit more than the film of head that developed as that might've encouraged some stronger smells, but alas there is little foam, and not much lacing.

S- A good smell, but rather weak, especially for the style. How can a beer have this much strength in the flavor profile, but I have to shove my nose to the bottom of the snifter to get anything? What I do smell is a combo of caramel, hops of pine and lavander, and a nice bit of alcohol, almost whiskey notes.

T- Quite a bit of strong malt, but also a blast of bitterness. The hops flavors are quite floral in a way that I can't normally detect in a beer (I'm especially enjoying this aspect). The malt is sweet- maple syrup comes to mind- with good caramel too. Quite a delicious beer.

M- So syrupy and lingering in the mouth I almost want to cleanse my palate with a gulp of water every sip.

D- A good taste and great mouthfeel- I wish this beer had more in terms of hops. The balance was tipping towards the malt flavors for me, which started to lead down the path to barleywine, and while delicious, I just don't feel like a barleywine right now. But regardless I would recomend this beer, and if it wasn't so damn hard to get and expensive, I might even like to try it again.

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

Big thanks to hoppymeal for this brew. Been wanting to try this for quite awhile now.

12oz. brown bottle, dipped in green wax, poured into a snifter. Great art work. No dating.

A: Pours a hugely ruby tinted amber. Nearly blood red. The color is very dense and leaves little visibility. 1/2 finger head forms but fast quickly. Some decent lacing, though.

S: Quite alcoholic. Raw and grainy. Super sweet alcoholic malts lend to a highly citrus alcohol backbone. Did I mention alcohol? It's actually not overpowering to the scenes... it seems to compliment everything. As it warms further, and as I've kept my nose to it quite a bit, it does start to become just a bit too much.

T/M: Almost like a barleywine. Both the hops and malts are massive. Malts are very sweet, nearly syrupy, and have that big barleywine alcohol brute side. Citrus and piny hops with a dry alcohol character. Body is nearly full and on the syrupy and sticky side. Carbonation seems a bit on the low side at first but continues to hold its own.

D: A very slow sipper. The 13.60% is only a surprise because it's still a DIPA. The alcohol is obviously very present but it just doesn't seem 'hot' to me. I could easily see aging potential. A very different DIPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green wax topped bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of smooth off-white head. A fantastic looking thin layer of creamy retention yields huge, thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a pungent fume of pine, spice, citric fruits, thick smelling malts, and just a touch of heat.

The taste is similar, with a big, beefy mix of resinous pine bitterness and tingling spice balanced by citrus character and a burly backbone of caramel sweetness that barely keeps things in check. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and viscous with a warm alcohol presence that coats the palette with a hot and sticky feel and ultimately feels like a shot of liquor sitting in your stomach.

This DIPA is big and bold and unfortunatley a little boozier than I normally like but after finding out that this thing is nearly 13%, I had to do a double take. This definitley tastes more like it's in the 8-10% range and I hae to give mad props to Dark Horse for keeping an ABV like that so well hidden. This isn't for the faint of heart but more for those that like a little extreme attitude in their beer. Nice.

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Photo of merlin48
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle is topped in green wax. Pours a mostly clear copper body with a small beige head. Excellent retention and generous chain lacing on the glass. Aroma is inviting. Pink grapefruit, toffee, caramel, and some earthy hops here. Mouthfeel reveals a smooth medium body with medium carbonation and a hint of syrupiness. Taste opens with a citrusy hop bitterness that suggests pink grapefruit and Valencia oranges. Solid caramel malt backbone. Warming alcohol makes itself known. Quite engaging but venturing near barleywine territory.

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Photo of grandq
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a surprisingly small head for the force of the pour. Smells of floral hops and melted caramel candies. The first sip is heavy on the Werthers, backed by pineapple, lemon zest, and pepper. Candies keep showing up in the flavor - something about the hoppy finish, spice aside, is reminding me of an orange dumdum or a creamsicle. I suppose I'm subconciously saying this is pretty damn sweet. Fume-y ethyl acetate is prevalent but not unwelcome, kind reminds me of Dogfish's heavy duty entries in the style. Starts to creep over that thin, nigh invisible line toward barleywine. The mouthfeel is quite thick and remarkably creamy. Noticed a little seltzer-like bubbling up front, but the lingering feel is all syrup and resin, leaving one's tongue with the hot booziness for quite a while. Overall, this isn't hitting my sweet spots, though its certainly not inherently flawed - there's actually alot to recommend this if you're into the sweeter, maltier end of the spectrum. Thanks to autumnaldave for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from saucya, thanks dude! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Almost an amber color with hints of yellow and zero head (too careful of a pour?). Aroma is a balanced mixture of piny hops and caramel malts. And I'm not saying the malts remind me of caramel a little, they smell EXACTLY like caramel. Pretty interesting. Taste starts of with a piny hop bitterness and then transitions right into caramel, much like the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nice and smooth. Drinkability is high, I could definitely put away a lot of these. I've recently delved into the world of DIPAs, and this particular one is unique when compared to the others I've had. Overall I like this beer, but ultimately I wanted something more hoppy.

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Photo of younger35
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two four packs of this delicious nectar from Binny's in Buffalo Grove. Glad I did too because when I went back two days later it was MIA. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours an orangeish red with hues of yellow around the glass edge with a small off-white head. The head recedes quickly leaving no cap, a really thin collar and zero lacing (what do you expect for 13.6% right?).
Smell- Very fruity, citrusy and freshly cut evergreen. Reminds me a lot of the nose of Pizza Port's Hop 15. Loads of pineapple, mango, apricot that burst out of the glass along with some resiny pine. It's almost a fruitier Barleywine with the mounds of sweet caramel malt that hides in the background. Some light alcohol vapors are vaguely noticeable.
Taste- Hmmm, the first thing I notice on this one is how delicate and nicely balanced it is. Surprising after how big and vibrant the nose was. Sweet, candy like start that is part cotton candy, part bubblegum. A balancing bitterness with loads of pineapple, grapefruit and peach adds super fruity burst that lingers for days. A bit of light alcohol is evident on the finish along with a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Thinner than you'd expect for a DIPA with a light/medium body with very light carbonation and a slick oily feel.
Drinkability- Had I not known this thing was 13.6% I would have never guessed it a hair over 8-9%. It's super balanced and ridiculously tasty. I really enjoyed the normal Crooked Tree IPA but this one is doubly better (get it! Lame...). Highly recommended brew that needs to be sought out in February when it's released!

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

Pours a very thick and rich orange-brown color. There was NO head what so ever on this beer.
The smell is amazing! It's almost all hops with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very hoppy and thick. Wow this is a great brew! Very extreme!!! This beer is, next to HopSlam, the most hoppy beer I've had. It's amazing how NONE of the alcohol, which is 13%, has a bite. This is a very well balance and clean beer!

Overall, a fucking awesome beer for the value!!

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with a pretty good white head on top of it. The nose is a nice pairing of smooth caramel malts and heavy resiny hops.

The taste on this starts out with big citrus and grapefruit, but then seems to come back into balance and has a strong malt undertone present. Not nearly as abrasive as many in its style, and dangerously smooth drinking for its ABV...I didn't really notice the alcohol while I was drinking it.

The mouthfeel on this is moderate but not remarkable, thick, but not oily. The drinkability, also moderate but not huge. I think this brings some good flavours to the table, but it doesn't really stand out in any particular category either.

The bottom line: Dark Horse has put together a very serviceable DIPA with Double Crooked. The alcohol is absolutely hidden as far as i'm concerned, and I was shocked to find out that this is a 13% beer. The flavour profile is not as big as the alcohol might make you think though, and this is not a particularly amazing beer for its style, merely good.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

good looking bottle with a green wax seal. the inner neck of the bottle had a thick slurry all the way to the top both before and after pouring. color was deep amber/chestnut and quite cloudy. minimal, quickly dissipating off-white head, thin lacing. kind of dull overall in appearance. nose was rum-soaked dried fruits, toffee, caramel, and a bit of menthol/pine. well-baked cookies as well in the background. sweet dark fruity malts upfront with a smooth and subtler than expected bitterness. definitely on the malty side for a dipa. alcohol again prominent in the taste, which is a negative for me. huge body, very viscous, and very little carbonation to balance this monster. definitely a sipper and had me dragging the next day. overall this was disappointing with the alcohol overpowering this beer.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, rich, glowing brown/orange with a modest white/tan head. Very good looking in a tulip glass.

Smell is phenomenal. Good hop intensity paired with a pleasant almost candy-like sweetness. I think the sweetness is a characteristic of the hops.

Taste is of strong bitterness and gentle sweetness, both of which are dominated by an intense alcohol burn. The high alcohol content and the strong hoppiness combine to give this one a fairly harsh finish, but I certainly don't mind the intensity. And I love that muted sweetness in the background. Not perfectly balanced, but almost teasing you, making you want more as the hops invade your palate.

Overall: Great beer. The sweetness on this one is unique, and hopheads will not be disappointed.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Releases only athin head, then a quick, thin ring of foam to a top of nothingness. But the color is just stellar, dark amber, ruby mix. Looks a little syrupy. The aroma is a dark orange, and heavily toasted malt. A little pine a well. Caramel and crystal malts give this bitter IPA a strong caramel flavor with a mix of hoppy pepper. The Bitterness impart almost a chocolate like citrus bitternes. Very intersting. The abv warms and blends well the well balanced bitterness and malty goodness. Definetly a nightcap sipper.

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Photo of westweasel
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Goose Island IPA glass.

The beer pours out a clear, dark amber with a few white bubbles that dissipate quickly. There is no real head on this beer, and no lacing left along the glass.

The aroma is filled with a strong caramel and toffee scents, along with an orange and lemony citrus smell. The taste is filled with caramel, alcohol, and a little butterscotch, followed by oranges and lemons in the bitter and fairly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty full with very little carbonation. I doubt if I would drink a lot of this beer in a single sitting. To me it's a good sipping beer, but not exciting or interesting enough to make me want to keep getting more and more.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the terrific Neil St. Piccadilly. Terrific label I must say. One of my favorites. This DIPA is right up there as well. Dark orange topped by a finger of off-white foam, with modest duration. Nice lacing on the Yankees pint glass.

The nose is rife with hops, densely so. There is a good floral aroma, and whiffs of fruit, mainly orange and grapefruit. The citrus emerges well in the taste, which is pleasantly smooth. This is one really good DIPA, less hoppy in the taste than I'd like, but darn good in all.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, though smooth. This is one good DIPA, tasty and smooth enough to almost quaff. I'd like more hops in the taste, but it's diverse enough to more than make up for it. Very delicious.

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Photo of Vancer
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer sent courtesy of the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi - many thanks!

This big beer has been sitting in the DBF, waiting for the right time - the Masters golf is it! Tons o' yeasties on the bottom of this great bottle conditioned brew. Green waxed top just add to the ambiance !

A cross between a DIPA and a Barleywine - sweet malt brew that still packs a ton of hops in the mix.

Sweet caramel backed with a powerful punch of piney hops. Can't believe it checks in at almost 14%, NO idea from the easy way this tasty brew slides down.

Tad sweet, tad hoppy - why, it balances out quite nicely!

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orangey-copper. Good full head takes a long time to crest on top with a generous pour. Off white suds quickly settle to a tiny bubbled film and ring.

Smells juicy. That's almost it, but there's so much more depth than that. Big hop scents of grapefruit and peach juice, deep resinous pine, and alcohol hold strong over a roasted caramelly base. As the alcohol fumes burn off the juice and syrupy sweetness intensify. A good swirl, however, releases a smell reminiscent of a magic marker. I haven't decided if that's good or not...

Taste is a precariously balanced intertwining of malt, hops, and alcohol, kind of like a hippo on a tight rope, a giant beer that seems poised at the threshold of balance. Malt has a surprising presence, with a smooth grainy caramel that stays full throughout. Hops dominate overall taste, with a very resiny pine cone flavor rounded out with a lot of citrus and syrupy juicy flavors of peach and pear. Finishes with an increasing warming bitterness peaking with a firm, nearly sharp alcohol accent.

Feel is very full, syrupy, and smooth. The carbonation, even the alcohol and resin have a hard time cutting the body of this huge IPA. Finishes somewhat chewy and sticky.

For all real purposes this shouldn't be a highly drinkable beer, but I'm sipping it like crazy. As far as huge DIPAs go, this one manages to be full of huge resiny hops without a phenolic overtone. Malt dose is plenty to keep the hops from skying with bitterness. This is one surprisingly drinkable 13.6%abv DIPA.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours and dark copper color with a thin lace of head. Smell is has sweet malty and hoppy aromas. Taste is unbelievable. It's exploding with hoppy flavor, but keeps you interested in it's flavor. Mouthfeel can't get any better. The bitterness, smoothness, and carbonation are perfect balanced. This is by far the best Double IPA I've had and $2.79 for 13.6% ABV can't be beat for a beer with such flavor and robustness.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Nice, dark amber color. Little head on pour. Light lace that doesn't remain.

S-Fruity overtones with a strong alcohol undertone.

T-Not what I expected from a DIPA. Have experienced far hoppier, though not as high in alcohol. Slight earthy taste.

M-Heavy but clean. Taste lingers on the tongue.

D-1 or 2 would probably be great. 4 to 6 may put you out for a nap with 13.6% abv.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,790 ratings.
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