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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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy!
This one takes DIPA to a whole new level.

Poured cloudy golden orange in the glass with a half finger loose orange-white head.

Aroma is sweet malts and very fresh citrus and pine hops. Lots and lots of pine oils in the aroma.

Sweet candy amber malts get hit immediately with pine and grapefruit hops then raise their heads again hitting you with the candy sweetness finally giving way to the citrus hops.

Aftertaste becomes a clean refreshing grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel is very thick yet doesn't become cloying.

Great DIPA...one of the best.

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

a: Pours a surprisingly muddy, dark amber color with a slight head that recedes to a thin ring.

s: Wow. A blast of hops and malt for sure. Smells f'in delicious. Big malts, big hops, moderate alcohol tingle is a boon. Caramel, citrus, tropicals, dark fruit syrups. An unusually well done "bomb." Try it out.

m: Slick, creamy mouthfeel with a very full body and a gentle carbonation. Quite nice.

t: Very good. Slick, sweet caramel malts that are somehow not overbearing despite the thick body. Nice blend of pulpy hop flavors, seemingly floral at first with various tropicals. Hop flavor is very deep, but at the same time in great balance with the malt. Moderate-high bitterness comes across. Love it.

d: all I can say is that the ABV is very well hidden, and it's quite a good DIPA...complex certainly fits

from zrrbrrt

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

Bottled. Received in a trade, never heard of it until I opened it up!

A) Wow, this is good. It had alot of residue in the bottle so when I poured it out, it was thick and cloudy.

S) More malt than Hop in my nose.

T) Very nice flavor, not citrus-like other DIPA. A bit more malt forward.

M) Thick and robust. Not highly bitter as some DIPA.

D) I'm surprised the alcohol is so high in this as it's well hidden. I have had many 9%ers that were more alcohol forward than this.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark murky orange color with a large head and a lot of lacing.

Smell: Caramel and pine, with hints of wood, vanilla and a array of fruits, a touch of vinous alcohol (not as much as I expected), and more pine sap aroma simply loading the nose.

Taste: Remarkably easy across the palate for a beer that is so big. It is a friendly monster. Tropical fruits and bold hop resins only let a small amount of alcohol sting the cheeks as it passes quickly through my mouth. ... Oh there it... In the aftertaste you realize how dry and alcoholic it is but not overboard.

Mouthfeel: A chewy thick mouthfeel with some grittiness and lots of healthy yeasties. It is a meal and a very enjoyable one.

Drinkability: Surprisingly approachable for a 13.60 % ABV.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. wax-sealed bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramel, brown sugar, some citrus and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and bourbon, then the hops flavor comes in, but it’s no where near as strong as you would expect. Then there’s a slight alcohol burn, but it’s quite tame for a beer with 13.60% ABV. The malt character seems on the thin side despite the sweetness. The after-taste is bitter sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not very filling, this is one of those beers that blurs the fine line between Double IPA & Barley Wine. I could drink this for a while, but it won’t take long for the ABV to catch up with you. Overall, it is a very good beer.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden color with a slight off white frothy head. Plenty of "chunkies" floating in this beer. Smell is mostly bitter hops. Some malt comes through in the finish, but this is dominated by bittering hops and alcohol.
Upon my first taste, I am trounced with bittering hops and a huge alcohol burn. This is big and badass. Usually DIPA’s are highly sessionable beers that I’ll have a couple of in a sitting. Not this brute.
Mouthfeel is astringent and slightly cloying.
I love this brewery. I’ve not had anything remotely resembling a average beer from them.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle; no freshness dating found....

Poured into a tulip style glass, this DIPA has a murky, dark chestnut color. Head was light tan and rather thin, mostly being a rim job. Despite the scant head, lacing was still quite good. Bottle had some sediment and chunkies which escaped into the glass. Nose has quite a bit of hoppiness piled on top of a bit of caramel; grapefruity and robust. Little carbo is to be found in this high abv bier, making it feel fairly smooth on the tongue. Body, meanwhile, is sitting well in the medium range.

Double Crooked Tree starts with a light bit of toffee, then comes on strong with an abundance of hops. It has a rindy, oily character to it, with lots of citrus. It also has a slight minty, medicinal aspect to the flavor. Hops linger and linger, though it was not as souped-up as I expected, and the abv is noticeable though not overpowering. Thanks to the late, great trbeer for this one.


overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 13.6% ABV, 98 IBU. Green wax top bottle, with a scary tree guy on the label. Cloudy dark copper color, with a thick tan foamy head. Great retention considering the size of this beer. Nice spots of lace as the head eventually dies down.

Huge blast of piney hops, with some strong citrus in the background. Caramel and alcohol present in the nose as well.

Rich caramel flavor, and a bit woodsy. Bitterness seems to go in the direction of piney and grassy, with a few citrus notes. A few fruit flavors, as well as a shot of alcohol come out after it warms a bit. Solid malt base, bitterness seems well rounded.

Medium body, with lower carbonation. Bitterness is not overwhelming as the nose led me to believe. Pretty good.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Points for a creative bottle. Four fingers of billowing foam cap this deep brown-amber DIPA. Lots of sticky lacing webs all over the glass.

A resinous, piney aroma is in the air...slightly sweet and malty as well.

Taste is rich and hoppy. Mouthfeel is velvety, almost up to the decadent level. Caramelly malt, long residual herbal bitterness from the huge load of hops present. Not much to hint at the ABV either, until you're halfway through the glass already. Be careful with this one. A bold and powerful DIPA.

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

got this bottle from hoppymeal at dark lord day. thanks derek!

12oz bottle with green wax.

pours deep, slightly cloudy orangey amber colour. a bit of off white head pops up and drops quickly.

aroma is intense. tons of hops. grapefruit and resiny pine. alcohol. toffee and caramel.

taste is great. caramel and a bit of toffee. alcohol. big bread and biscuit malt. lots of grapefruit and pine hops.

mouthfeel is great. big and chewy. light well-integrated carbonation.

drinkability is surprisingly good. quite smooth and balanced. it's a bit warm, but definitely doesn't seem like nearly 14%.

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

February 2007 release, green waxed.
A huge thanks to the generous Grub for sharing this on a beautiful, but cool, May afternoon.
Fairly flat pour, minus some thickly outlined bubbles on the outskirts. Completely bald in the middle though (like a receeding foam hairline!) A very dark colour for the style; sludgy brown with some ruby in the shine. Some degree of clarity, but blurred. Leaves thick legs, and in a coating of spots throughout. A lovely pleasing aroma full of soaked pine notes. The depth increases longer you smell it. A harmonious blend of alcohol, esters, and hop resin. A mouthful of warming sensation, strong flavour profile carrying profiles of ginger bread-like malt (all sticky and nice), hop resins, raisons, plums, other lightly fruity notes (as in a brandy). Graceful finish, the hops really shine through with a long lasting sensation. There is no mistaking the alcohol, but it is considerably well hidden for its strength. This is something slightly different than other DIPA's; I found it fantastic. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of BMoney575
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-2-07
2007 Vintage

Pours a very deep red, almost purple. A sizable head, given the ABV, leaves nice lacing.

Smell is huge hops. Very strong citrus, it almost makes your eyes water. After a little while you are able to notice a strong malt backbone.

Taste is very good, the hops bite the tongue right away, with a flavorful smoothness to follow. The alcohol adds a very pleasant warming, without being in-your-face about it.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste, but it has a good viscosity that allows the flavor to stay around.

Drinkability is hampered by the huge alcohol and intense flavors. One bottle is all you'll need.

Overall, an absolutely gigantic beer, and I'm very interested to see how it will age. Recommended.

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

Dark and murky looking amber. Thin crop of white foam. Decent lace. Aroma is very piney and fruity. Like passion fruits soaked in vodka....but good vodka. Sweet and rich malts are evident on the nose as well. The taste is very rich. Nice luxurious malt base. Thick and rich. The hops come into the equation soon after. Some resiny and oily characteristics. And then comes the alcohol. Like a spiked punch deal. But in a good way. Gotta give this beer some props. 13.6% a/v. 98 IBUs. And it's quite drinkable. This is not hard to drink. It's tasty and rich and mellow. The bitterness is not overdone. This is one of those DIPAs bordering on Barleywine because of the richness of malts, but who the fuck cares. It's a very nice creation. And quite enjoyable...and reasonable at $3 a bottle.

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

A special thanks to dhchatfield for sending this brew my way. This beer was served in my imperial nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a some what murky amber. The head is a creamy biege coloration. For a beer of this ABV the head has lasted a fairly long while at 1/4 inch.

Smell: The beer has a caramel / molasses malty combo. This gives way to a supreme grapefruit and Christmas tree pine smell. The smell doesnt betray the shear alcoholicness of this beer.

Taste: The beer has a very upfront sweet caramel maltyness. This gives way to an excellent oily clingy grapefruit and pine needle hoppyness. The alcohol is a bit spicey but plays well over all in the beer. The beer has a very nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The body is very smooth. The carbonation is perfect. The flavors linger a long time. This was a pleasure from start to finish. I wish I had another.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #666. 12oz green wax topped bottle with a creepy wizard tree on the label. After taking a good few minutes to pry through the wax, the cap comes off and the beer pours into my glass a deep, somewhat hazy amber orange...quite dark. A small bubbly head on top but I didn't expect much more given the abv. Aromas are forceful with a blast of dense caramel, boozy dark fruits and a touch of brown sugar. Huge hop oils with big citric aromas. Grapefruit and pine needles. Freakin intense!

First sip brings a rush of deep caramel maltiness that carries a nice sweetness as well. Notes of alcohol, dark fruits and a touch of brown sugar. This flows into a blast of hoppiness. Oily, citric grapefruity flavors along with big dripping pine sap. This brew is freakin dense and really does pack a punch. The bitterness on the finish works nicely against the sweetness. Good malt and hop balance here for such a big brew. Yummy stuff!

Mouthfeel is big and viscous, with a mellow smoothed out carbonation. It packs a punch but still ends up going down pretty smooth. A huge brew that I'm happy to have tried. I hope to grab another 4 pack of this next time I see it. I dunno if I could drink more than one in a sitting but it's sure a tasty treat every now and again. Yet another tasty brew from Dark Horse.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought a bottle of this after visiting the brewery last month and thought it was time to try it. Pours brown with some grainy sediment. huge lacing, bubbles clinging to everything. Looks crazy-good. Odor is a lot of hop oils...sweet and lupulin filled. Smooth sweet and malty taste. Bitter, but not up front. Assertive on the finish instead with a lot of lingering bitterness. A fine sipping syrup of a beer but not one thats so hardcore you'd have to wait 3 months to want another one. Another very well made beer from Dark Horse...but hey, they dont make anything that's even close to sub-par.

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Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle with a green waxed cap into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Minimal white head was ever generating. 3/4 inch beads of carbonation raced upwards, attaching themselves to the sides of the glass like little anchors. The body was a cloudy dull orange.

Smell was intense. Pine sap and fresh baked whole grain bread. Aroma became solvent-like as it warmed.

Taste was citrus, pithy grapefruit. Oily citrus skin bitterness. There was an intense sweetness as well but it deferred to the cranked-up citrus bitterness. It may sound as if I am complaining but I'm not, I really enjoy the citrusy bitterness of this style. The flavor of alcohol was more understated than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel was full bodied with an oily smoothness. Mild carbonation in the mouth. There is not mistaking--this is a big beer.

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

poured a cloudy orangish amber, with a light khaki color head that left some good lacing. aroma, pineapple, light brown sugar , alcohol, hops which were not as strong as I thought they would have been. flavor it was hard to decide if the malts or the hops came out first but I did like the combo. caramel, got some orange , was looking for the pineapple but could not taste any, did get brown sugar and grapefruit. what a way to start off a Friday evening but with a great local beer

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Photo of KingG
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received sometime last year in a trade. Looks to be a year old since it's a spring release.

Served chilled and poured into a Rogue pint glass.

Appearance is good. Dark orange with a ton of yeast drifting toward the bottom of the glass. Beer is darker in the middle. Very murky. No head at all. Looks like an aged barleywine.

Smell is good. Large smell of grapefruit hops and caramel malts. Funky, in a good way.

Taste is good. Nice juicy, bittering hop flavor, then the malts balance things out in the middle, then the bittering hop flavor rounds out the backend. Large grapefruit hop presence. Finishes rather thin and mellow. Cellaring may have mellowed this beer for the worse but a nice flavor none-the-less.

Mouthfeel is above-average. Although the body is nice, the beer is very low in carbonation and (once again) finishes thin but smooth. A fresh sample wouldn't have had this problem, i believe.

Drinkability is good. Before i knew it half the glass was gone. Dangerously smooth. After a couple i think i'd stop though.

Overall: Good brew but i'm willing to bet that, when fresh, this beer is much better. Next time, i'll drink fresh.

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Photo of bwyker
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tired the crooked tree and the double crooked tree side-by-side. Many many thanks to plaztikjezuz for both brews. Both poured into snifters at cellar temps.

Probably the most obvious difference between the two is the appearance. While the cooked tree looks completely unfiltered (a very musty/cloudly tan body), the double has a dark-brown, slightly clearer body. The head on the double was light and quickly vanished. The crooked tree had a lasting, fluffy white head of foam with lots of lacing. The aroma's differed greatly as well. Citrus (yet earthy) hops were the dominating aroma in the crooked tree, with sweet malts were drowning out the hops in the double. This also carried over in the flavor. It's hard to believe these have the same hop profile. The crooked tree has a grapefruit hop bite, with a slightly sweet finish. The double has a rich malty sweetness complimented with a rough, bitter, earthy hop punch. I do think the double has crossed over to a very complex barelywine -- certainly with age this is what it will become. The mouthfeel in the double is full-bodied, chewy and dry. The crooked tree is lighter, smoother and finishes with less aggressiveness. Overall, I enjoy both. I will say, however, that the crooked tree is definitely more of an IPA (a damn good one), whereas, the double...is just too malty for the category, in my opinion. The double is very good, but the alcohol is felt and the drinkability is pretty low. Its more of an after dinner treat. Very good stuff.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was rather impressed with this beer. Its flavor had a rather unusual composition; it was very hoppy with lots of pineapple flavor but was not bitter the way a "big" APA or DIPA would be. Quite good.

The beer poured a cloudy red (in a tulip) with a thin but very dense and sturdy layer of head. Aroma was hoppy sweet with lots of citrus. Flavor was very pineapple-y and dry, but without a lot of mouth-puckering bitterness. Interesting. Mouthfeel was smooth. The 13.6% alcohol was dangerously well-hidden. Scarily drinkable.

Finally, a beer I had at Landmark 1850 that tastes fresh/unfettered (although I'm still not sure as it was intended)!

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Photo of surlysober
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FIRST TRIAL: Bottle for Murray’s Wine and Spirits. This is a very interesting DIPA which I say because it doesn’t have a big hoppy bitter kick at the end. The flavor is a peachy/fruity/amarillo hop, but there’s really not that big bitter finish that I’ve come to expect from a lot of DIPAs. The aroma is very similar to the flavor (nice and fruity) and the color is a nice semi-cloudy bronze. The mouthfeel is great, very smooth with lots of warmth, but the 13.6% is hidding remarkably well. Overall, I would recommend this to any hop-fan as an interesting brew despite the lack of the bitter kick.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I thank the beer gods that I was able to get my hands on a 4-pack of this very limited release.

A-Rich copper body with a bit of cloudiness. The head was suprisingly thick and fluffy for such a huge beer. Lacing was also impressive.

S-You can not get any closer to the natural element of a hop than this aroma. It is as if you have a handfull of fresh hops with each inhale. Delicate and floral without a sharpness to the nose. Superbly presented to please any hop head.

T-So much flavor packed in a prefectly balanced beer. The hops never leave the taste but step aside to make room for the sweet maltiness when needed. The huge alcohol presence is nowhere to be found until it warms the belly. For a beer so hoppy and alcoholic, they did a phenomenal job balancing this out to be drinkable and enjoyable.

M-Sweet and bitter make a great pair here. The hops are all over the place but never interupt anything with their sharpness. Each sip is wonderful.

D-Obviously not a session beer, but so easy to drink it is dangerous. I suggest anyone to seek this out and experience the magic that lies within this beer...you will not be disappointed.

Overall, a superb beer in a class of its own! Well done!

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse BC Double Crooked Tree IPA has nice packaging with the wax over the cap and the interesting label with a scary tree man and indian writing, pours a deep mahogany with a very thin head that quickly dropped in to a few scattered clusters of bottles.
the aroma is very malty, caramelized malt, i get a little munich in there, an underlaying base of citrusy hopsack, followed by some fruity esters, with a hint of alcohol.
the flavor is very malty, soft but a good bitterness, delvolops into a sort of pungent/resinous hop flavor all the while not over powering or making the malt unbalanced.
this is a very very good DIPA, give it a shot

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

i like that this truly is a doubled-up version of crooked tree, not a new concoction.

dark brown sludge with bits of pink and purple as the light comes through. murky, with virtually no head to speak of. smells of pine forest, moss, rubbing alcohol -- a sinus clearer, to be sure. tastes of pine needles, bitter green leaves, burnt bread crusts, liquor. this is the backwoods cousin of your typical fruity citric-hopped IPA. mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, stagnant. the swallow makes you wince. this is natural medicine, or poison, or devious sleeping potion. rugged, hot in the throat, very nice.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,818 ratings.
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