Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

2,832 Ratings
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 Lahey
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer is a dark golden red color, like an imperial red. Half inch head, heavy lacing.

The smell is a dank coppery smell from what i can tell (my nose isnt working great tonight)

The taste is excellent. Well balanced dank bitter piney hops with a malty backbone. And I was worried about a boozy flavor, but havent found one in this beer. Drinks incredibly smooth for a 12% to me.

Has sufficient carbonation, drinks smoothly. A hoppy aftertaste but a good one.

I'm newer to ipas, but this one impressed me. Ive had other high abv ipas, and they sometimes come off as too boozy and sweet in the aftertaste. This one just tastes like a pumped up ipa, not an ipa barleywine. I recommend it to any ipa enthusiast, but beware, it runs 20$ per 4 pack.

Update 4/11/17- I'm trying a bottle of last years batch. The year definitely calmed down the hops. It still has that good flavor, but not as much of a bite. I think I prefer it fresh, but worth the experiment for sure.

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Photo of jwalters
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackTerrier
1.7/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

The beer pours dark, smells of malt and alcohol, and it hits the palate with a wallop of malt that is poorly balanced by an infinitesimal pinch of hops. The mouthfeel is flat, heavy, and sticky. It finishes with a cloying flavor I can't quite pin a name on. As others have pointed out, this may be a fine example of some other type of beer but a DIPA it is not. The beer this most reminds me of is Thomas Creek's Up The Creek IIPA which has the same no-hop/hyper-malt boozed and confused profile attempting to pass as an IPA. Unfortunately, I expect a brewer to fill the bottle with something that matches the type specified on the label. My score is based on the fact that I wanted an IPA, paid (quite a bit) for something called an IPA, and ended up with a mixed-style beverage that was too malty for me to enjoy or even tolerate. I'll save the rest for guests I guess.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chillin
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of strohme2
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a clear pale amber with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma offers up strong pine, spice, and grapefruit, with a touch of raisin. Is does smell a bit boozy, but not in a bad way, with background notes of tea. The flavor starts with some sweet caramel, but not too much, raisin,, lots of pine, mint, grapefruit, and tangerine. The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry, with a touch of stickiness at the end. Overall this was much better than I anticipated given the high ABV - generally this can make a DIPA too sweet, but here is really works out well. The beer is boozy, but is is balanced out with hops and malts to form an excellent whole.

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Photo of jhlosito75
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of invalid665
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouder32
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris_Gannon
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nuggetz
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puffthestuff
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: dark golden pour from the tap. Finger large head with thick lacing that clings to tulip glass.
S: floral and bitter hops are prevalent. Malt smell is mixed in well and quite sweet smelling possibly due to the flowery and grassy hops used. The description clearly does not lie about its malt characteristic.
T: hoppy flowers and grass yet malt adds a caramelly sweetness that I enjoyed a lot. Honestly, at least from tap, it is comparable to the 120 minute Dogfish head beer I've had a few times before. Booze is hidden well has just enough bite to let you know it's there.
F: medium carbonation. Good crisp and sweetly lingering body.
O: I was impressed with the similarities between this and the 120 minute. It's a outstanding beer from dark horse and exceedingly worth the purchase. Like I said I had this on tap which may differ from other reviews but this beer stands out. Well worth the purchase.

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Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dabear85
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zac16125
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TexasATM3
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wilson32
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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