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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 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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Photo of alexgash
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2007 bottle served at cellar temp. Cool green wax seal required a knife to remove. Luckily I didn't cut myself. Standard pour into the Duvel tulip results in a hazy, dark amber-garnet body with a small, wispy, ringy, off-white head.

Raw hop aroma dominates the nose. Fresh, resinous, oily, and delicious. Hop juice aroma reminds me a bit of Hopslam. I have a feeling that Dark Horse used more than just Centennial in this though. Sweet, stewed fruits and melted candy are also detectable.

Taste starts out with, you guessed it, raw hops! Numbing, resinous, and somewhat toasted. Sweet, barleywine-ish malt of caramel, sugar, and fruits soon follows. Big wave of hop bitterness, pine, and ganja into the finish. Warming, but not overpoweringly alcoholic. Medium-full body with a syrupy, lightly carbonated feel. Finish is a bit drier. A wonderful sipping beer for hop lovers. Less astringent and less boozy than Devil Dancer (another great DIPA of this strength), which makes it quite drinkable. Very good beer!

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Photo of david131
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brand new bottle of the 2007 release.

A- Beautiful copper liquid with very little head to speak of, even with a hard pour. There is a little bit of cloudiness to this, but not nearly as much as the normal Crooked Tree IPA. I am such a sucker for the wax tipped bottles- it just adds that extra "something" to the whole experience.

S- This is exactly what is advertised- double everything except the water from the Crooked Tree recipe. Piney and floral hops, caramel backing. This is so well balanced. A good earthiness to it as well. Very complex. Absolutely no booze to the nose of this at all.

T- This is just like the smell. There is no alcohol to speak of in this. Very nicely done. Everything in the flavor seems to compliment each other.

M- The little bit of carbonation in this suits it well. This is a great sipper. The alcohol is not abrasive and only makes the flavor a little hot right after the swallow. One of those beers I just loved to let roll around in my mouth.

D- It took me quite awhile to polish this off. I am really curious as to how this will taste with some time on it. This really seems like it could do some good in the cellar- even as good as it is now. This is not a one dimensional IPA. Not disappointing by any means- worth hunting down.

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Photo of lou91
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn I forgot which Michigan BA to thank for this bottle so thank you all. I'm a sucker for the wax dipped bottles and this green wax looked very cool to go with the cool label. No sound when I popped the cap but it was very alive and smelled like a hop factory mixed with a caramel factory. Wow what a first taste. Intense hop flavors but great maltiness to balance it out. Long complex finish of dry hops, mead and salty crackers. This reminds me of a bigger and better Stone 10th. This one goes back on the want list.

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Photo of markgugs
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, cellar-aged for 1 year in my buddy Dan's cellar, poured into an oversized wine glass

A: this beer just LOOKS evil, a much darker "burnt" orange, very cloudy and with very little head or lacing, though the first few sips do leave some glass residue.

S: I can instantly tell this beer has been aged, the yeast working the sugars have produced a delicious caramelized aroma coupled with some brown sugar scents. I detect not much in the way of hops, but again, that could be from the aging.

T: *eyes bug out* Wow, this is an amazing tasting beer. It's gone from being a DIPA to something, more transcendental and glorious. Never fear those who say aging a DIPA is "terrible," the hoppiness still makes itself known in the lingering finish, but there is so much robust, complex flavor on the nose and body, I can't even care yet. There is no doubt the malts have taken over the flavoring of this beer (though I cannot be entirely sure, as this was a gift and I've never had one fresh), lots of sugary tastes, ranging from sweetbread to honey to caramel. Whatever it is, it's delicious. You would have NO idea this is a 13.6% ABV brew.

M: somewhat thick, not too syrupy though. Very little carbonation makes it pretty easy to take larger-than-normal mouthfuls, a risky descriptor given the high ABV.

D: I scored this one down here simply because it's become very sweet, and as has been mentioned several times has a very high ABV. I could take one of these every so often, it would make a nice after-dinner beer accompanying a tart dessert.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on May 15, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Deep henna pour, as the sailing clouds of a passing Nor’easter on a warming May evening. Wisps of tannin drenched head rim the top and sheet the glass. A light haze and bottom fringe of gold. Enticing strong aroma of stewing fruits amongst the tendrils of glowing resin embers and toasted vegetal ends, amongst the leaves of Kaffir, lie a sultry basket of blood oranges, meyer lemons and fresh ruby red. The eyes close and a stream of pure body warm milk glides down the throat. There’s supple alcohols and dancing perfumes. What an aroma. The flavor is more astringent and surprisingly more thin bodied than the aroma lets on. A bit of a tease, the thinner slightly watered malt carries a current of tantalizing pine and citrus, backed with the rise of a fresh Cat Briar shoots on a drenched east coast morn. Finish with a light buttery coating and a heavy vegetal smack and you got a somewhat lesser form of an IIPA. The hops do make it a little bit to that warm bready yeast spice, but not quite enough. The grassy plant flavors are just a little too heavy on the back end to make this an all around winner.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light mahogany, very cloudy with clumps of white sediment floating in the beer. The head is small and fades quickly leaving behind scattered clumps of lacing. I would recommend leaving the yeast in the bottle for this one.

S - An extremely sharp pine aroma - I'd call it chemical, but it is too intense for any chemical that I have ever smelled. Honestly, it smells more intense then I am used to. There is also a strong alcohol, but the pine overshadows it.

T - A slight sweet caramel flavor with an extremely intense pine that joins it. The aftertaste is fairly bitter, but not as near to the intensity of the pine in the flavor.

M - Smooth, rather thick and refreshing to boot.

D - Good. Very good. It goes does extremely easily. I just wish the yeast blended better. It is not the sort of thing to drink every day, but it is definitely good to have once. I might try it again if I ever find myself up Michigan way. Definitely a blessing to hopheads out there.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to trbeer for the trade...
This bottle is about 1.5 years old.
Appears a transparent, mahogany amber with a creamy, off-white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of biscuity, hoppy, brown sugar, caramel, mild astringency, very mild oxidation(hardly noticable), resinous pine, and honey.
Taste is of the same aromas highlighted by the honey flavored malts jumping out of the sugary, bitter brew.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, barleywine-esque, with a sugary, hoppy mix. This one still seems hot, even after letting it mellow for over a year.

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

Second time I've had this. Enjoyed it so much the first time that I had to go trade for another.

Poured for a 12oz bottle into a tulip. The wax was a SOB to get through so I could open the thing. It adds a nice appear to the bottle but I think they laid it on a little to thick.

Pours murky and dark. Not like my beloved CA DIPA's but beer cannot be judged on looks alone. Bottle conditioned so be careful on the pour.

Aroma is very nice. Sweet malt, citrus hops, a bouquet on every aspect of this beer. I bet even water used to brew this smells good.

This beer is big and hoppy. Being a DIPA can be very arguable though. More of a barley wine than a DIPA, but who cares it taste great. Nice alcohol presence, tons of citrus hops. Beautiful malt backbone. A great beer at every angle.

As you can tell I thoroughly enjoy everything about this beer (well except opening it). They could call this thing a saison for all I care, it's a great tasting beer that I would love to have many on hand. Be very interesting to cellar a couple of these and try one ever 6 months or so. I bet in a year or two this beer would be something else.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,781 ratings.
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