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 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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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI, part of a 4-pack of Michigan DIPAs from the store for $13.99 in March 2008.

13.6%, holy crap!

Wax over the cap gives me the thought that that meant this for storing. Sorry, I'm impatient. But they put a LOT of wax on this- I almost resorted to breaking the top off of the bottle Western-movie style, this was so hard to open.

As soon as I got the bottle open, a fistful of DIPA hops and malts and the like smacked me upside the head. When poured, no head, but a small amount of sediment comes out (not used to that in a DIPA). Color is a deep amber with reddish highlights.

Aroma is strong, hoppy, somewhat honey sweet and flowery.

The flavor is a sherry warmth & grapefruit & citrus hop delights. There's a honey-pine tree dance in my mouth! Gets progressively sweeter as the hops and alcohol burn my tongue off (in a good way).

Alcohol burns and burns, but it's strong and rich and full, big stuff, over the top. Sharp creamy mouthfeel.

I like this one, but it's one of those "a little goes a long way" brews. I have only had a couple from this brewery, but it is quickly becoming a favorite.

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

Big thanks to tytoanderso for the bottle!
Pours a hazy dark orange color with a lasting whitish head and nice lacing. Smell is a unique musty and fruity smelling hop character. Taste is moderately bittered and similar musty fruit flavors with perhaps some mango. Not a very clean flavored IPA in my opinion with the citrusy character I get in lots of IPAs, but still nice. Body seems full but the low carbonation still makes it seem almost watery at the same time. Unique, and drinkable. Solid IPA.

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Photo of bashiba
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep dark orange with a light but sticky head.

Smelled like a freshly cut grapefruit. Slightly sweet and nicely bitter.

Has a sweet & bitter big hoppy flavor up front with loads of pine and grapefruit. The huge malt profile does a good job keeping things even with a lightly sweet and grainy flavor with a touch of the big alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel is ultra sticky with a long dry finish.

Shockingly easy to drink for as big of beer as it is. Overall pretty outstanding.

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

Poured from a bottle a clear dark amber with an almost non-existent off-white head.

Aroma of piney hops, pineapple, raisins, and booze.

Taste starts off with a piney bitterness from the hops followed by a ripe fruitiness and light maltiness and a warm wallop from the alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel, sticky to the tongue, and moderately carbonated.

This IIPA is like a punch to the mouth. Yet, still enjoyable. Drink it slow and enjoy.

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

Appearance: Dark amber, clear with a bit of hop haze. A gentle pour produced about half an inch of head at best, which receded to a small ring pretty quickly. Small bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass as though they're struggling to move through the syrupy liquid.

Smell: Equal parts pine and caramel with a touch of alcohol. Not as aggressive as I was expecting.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toffee-like malt, very resiny, thick and rich, low carbonation. Pine and a bit of grapefruit in the finish. More of a balanced DIPA, bordering on barleywine. Thankfully not cloyingly sweet as some 13% + brews tend to be.

Notes: A solid beer. Pretty unique stuff, definitely stands out from the pack. Normally I'd never age an IPA, but I may just try it with this one.

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

Appearance - Dark amber. Ring of lacing hangs around.

Smell - Piney hops, brown sugar, pineapple, and carmel.

Taste - A heavy dose of citrusy/piney bitter hops, red apple, and sweet malt. The ABV is warming.

Mouth feel - Thick, sticky, and oily. Low to medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Good, but a slow sipper. Reminded me more of a barley wine. Surprised the ABV was hidden so well. Highly Recommended!

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

A dark amber with almost brown edges. Carbonation rises slowly through the thick, potent brew. An off-white head fading to a ring through consumption. Spots of lacing down the glass. I'm in for it. Smell just has to be malty, I mean damn it's a big brew. Sweet fruity malts and caramel with sappy, piney hop presence. Taste is explosive but gentle somehow. The little bit of heat from the smell isn't quite as big in taste. At first the same malts show up that the smell boasted. Caramel and sugar, some fruit. Hops and bitterness are soon to come through. Yep, this is a beast. Mouthfeel is bitter but also very full and creamy. Great sensation on the tongue. I think this will stay with me for a while. Good drinkability considering how huge this is. I really enjoyed this and am glad I have another bottle for later (no, not tonight damnit).

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

A- Pours a deep mahogany/amberish hue with little to no head, very murky.

S- Smell is really dominated by piney hops, perhaps a bit of sweet fruit.

T- While this is a beast abv wise, it has an incredibly balanced taste (obviously dominated by hop). Starts out biscuity and moves into a grapefruit bitterness. A bit perfumey at the end. Alcohol is present all the way through but is hidden very well.

M- Thick with little carbonation.

D- For such a high abv beer it is very easy to sip on. In my opinion it just suffers from being a bit one demensional. While it is extreme in the amount and intensity of the taste, nothing in the flavor profile is very diverse. A good brew that I will probably try again at some point.

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

Chestnut pours with a dark tan head that fades quickly
Boozy, orange citrus, floral hops malty sweetness are present in the nose.
INTENSE flavor meaty hops battle on your pallete with nut and carmel malt flavors hints of citrus peek through this bruising beer.
The alcohol thins out these huge flavors while becoming a little spicy.
Mouth feel is gigantic, the high level of alcohol this out what would otherwise be a syrup, the cabonation scrubs your tongue to eliminate and long aftertaste.
This is an intense beer there is a lot of flavor smashed into this wax coated bottle. I like it a lot, the alcohol brings the drink ability down a little bit, this cold only be a session beer if you were Nick Cage in Leaving Las Vegas

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a bright and relatively clear orange with quite a bit of suspended sediment. The light tan head is kept alive by the quite active carbonation. Spots and droopy sheets of lace coat the inside of the glass. As the head dies, it's replaced by a whispy skim and unbroken ring.

S: Hot, boozy alcohol that's tempered by layers of sweet caramel, candied apples, vanilla, toffee, black pepper, grapefruit, pineapple, and toasted malt.

T: Sweet caramel malt and spicy hot alcohol with flavors of toffee squares, pine/grapefruit hops, black pepper, and caramel apples.

M: Very bitter and spicy with a sweet and smooth maltiness for balance. The alcohol is pretty ragged and drying to the tongue and benefits greatly from the sweet malt and fruit flavors going on here.

D: Surprisingly enjoyable for such a big IIPA. The sweet caramel malt works wonders in keeping the alcohol under control. This is a palate destroyer!

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

Wax cap nice touch but pain to get off.

Poured into thistle glass. Pours syruppy with low carbonation, little head and light lacing. Most if not all of the Dark Horse beers have been near flat. This is the reason I usually stay away from their beers.

Reddish-brown color is not stimulating but is what you get I imagine with all the malt that must be in this thing.

Smells of grapefruit and brown sugar. Tastes like it smells. DIPAs are not so complex as they are intense. Alcohol hits almost immediately. Good balance of malt and hop in this mega IPA. Slight "off" aftertaste hurts a little.

Nice beer, one is usually enough during the week like tonight.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the closer, the palate killer and perhaps my nightcap. Its one of my favorite styles but it look like Dark Horse is trying to take this style to another level which I like. The bottle is waxed on the top, a strong wax it is so make sure to take care with the sharp blades and such trying to pop this one, I opted for a bit of flame and then cut away the wax. Huge tan foam from a quick cascading session of bubbles form a hard pour. The head retention is surprisingly excellent, some beers with super high alcohol levels tend to loose their head quick but this one doesn't. Clear reddish amber color. Oh yeah, there it is ... the pungent mix of higher alcohols and lots of hop resin in the nose. Thick semi-syrupy body with a long drawn out smoothness and creamy backing. The alcohol is a little hot but not overbearing with more warmth in the back of the mouth and throat with each sip. Maltiness is given a hall pass upfront with a quick running of caramel and graham cracker crust but then the hops take over the show. Bitterness spreads far and wide and eventually engulfs all taste as I know it. Oddly there is not this devastating sharpness that would have killed the drinkability, not balance but more of knowing when enough is enough. Flavors of blood orange, pineapple, tobacco, grapefruit rind and caramel form in the finish. A bitter finish but some of that malt sweetness does leak from the wall of hop bitterness.

One of the most drinkable and pleasant higher alcohol (12% abv+) Double IPAs that I have tasted ever. I'm loving this hop fix.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle from Hoppymeal (thanks again) into a new belgium snifter. Poured a murky amber color with slight orange hue. A nice finger sized white head foamed up. The smell was a haunting pine, earth, citrus sweet scent with a little alcohol in the background. Taste was night a day from the smell. It was heavy on the pine bitterness but the hoppy flavor was lost among the sweet malt backbone and the bitterness of the hops. The alcohol level being so high was very well hidden though. The mouth feel was medium body with a nice stickness and low carbonation level. This beer is not really what comes to mind to me as a DIPA. It more like a barleywine that has been hopped up. The balance isnt there, but...I really do believe this beer should age fantastic and wish I didnt open up this bottle yet and think in maybe 2-3 years at cellar temps it will be better balanced.

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

Original Dark Horse Crooked Tree left me wanting a stronger american ipa. I finally got to try this double on draught at the MI Winter Brew Festival 2008. now THAT's what I'm talking about. The regular Crooked Tree should be made this way. Excellent!

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

Pours a dark copper with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thin swirling head and ring. The lacing is sparce, but that was expected with the huge alcohol content in his one.

Smell; spicy herbal and piney hops kick me in the nose before I even get the glass off of the table. A touch of citrus is present along with a very large caramel maltiness, mixed with some alcohol.

Taste; very spicy from the alcohol, but it's surprisingly not overwhelming. The hops are herbal and piney as the aroma would lead you to expect, and the citrus is there as well, but it doesn't come out until this warms a little. And once it gets closer to room temp some nice fruits become noticable, with pineapples and grapefruits. The malt presence is huge, with a ton of caramel and a little brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy thick with a rather dangerously high drinkability considering the high alcohol content. I was a little unsure how much I would like this one, but it's pretty damn good. It's for sure a one drink a night kind of beer, but it's definitely something I would look for again.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to Brouche for sending me this beer in the NoBS BIF Ultra. Served slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle dipped in green wax. Poured a beautiful, cloudy amber orange with quite a bit of sediment in it. A good two fingers of thick, creamy, off-white head sprung up from the glass. Decent head retention with some sticky lace left behind in the glass. Big thick aroma smelled like a glass full of hops. Nice floral hop aroma mixed up with some orange peel, lemon zest, and a huge malt aroma. The flavor is bitter, juicy hops, a thick yet balancing malt flavor, tons of citrus infused with just a subtle touch of pine. Most of the 13.6 percent alcohol content is buried beneath the complex flavors of this big IPA, but has a bit of a warming effect in the finish. Just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue and throat. Big full bodied, oily resiny mouthfeel. Very thick and coats the palate. Drinkability is right up there as well but I prefer to nurse this one. This is one big ass crooked tree. Great job Dark Horse, Keep up the good work, and look out Devil Dancer!

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4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Creates a three inch tan head full of rich creamy bubbles. Body is a murky amber color with quite a bit of noticeable sedamet. Leaves a bit of lace as the head fades. Nose is a very rich mix of nice hops and even a hint of malty sweetness laced with big spicey alchol. Enters the mouth richly smooth and creamy with buzzing hops and spicey zest. Hops are slightly oily and show ripe citrus hints. Alchol is nicely warming to the belly but not loud on the palate. This beer is so amazingly drinkable for how big it is. Complexity and uniqueness are strong points of this brew. I as a stout lover have found another big double IPA I can really enjoy.

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

Pours a cloudy caramel orange with a ton of visable sediment (I wish I pulled up at the end to prevent this) with a big tangy head that dies pretty quick. Smells piney, big citrus rind and a malty sweetness. Taste is very big on piney rind hops with a malty backbone. Medium in the mouth with a slight ting on the finish. Obscene how drinkable it is, if I were to guess I would say half the ABV. An awesome brew and a must try.

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Photo of tpd975
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade awhile back my memory is failing sorry don't remember who it was from.

A: Pours a nice orangish hue with a medium head. There is lots of sediment in the bottom of the glass, and no lacing to speak of.

S: Big aromas waft from my chalice. Tons of brown sugar and sweet fruits. There is an underlying citrus tone noted but it is not overwhelming. The alcohol is also present; I can tell this is going to be one big brew.

T: I really like this one. It is a big beer there is no doubt about it. It starts off with a nice honey malty sweetness. The piney hops are noted but they are in the background. The alcohol is present. You can taste it and feel a slight burn as it oozes down the throat.... Very Nice!

M: This is a thick full bodied beer. That being said it is very smooth.

D: I loved it. Very drinkable beer that left me feeling the effects, and yearning for more.

Overall: This one is aged a bit; I would love to try it fresh. If you ask me this one is more Barleywine than DIPA and a good one at that. It is a big; no scratch that huge beer both in nose and taste. I really liked this one and will be in search of a case. Some to drink, some to trade, and some to age.... Hell Yeah!

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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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