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

Thanks to metallitone1 for this monster.

12 oz. green waxed bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark murky amber with a thin half finger head that quickly dies down to few tiny bubbles. Tiny spotty stickiness here and there. Smell is huge citrus and alcohol with a good caramel malt backbone. Good combination of hop and malt fighting for the noses attention. Taste is quite surprising...very dirty hop mixed with some pine. Is it me, or is there no alcohol on the tongue The huge malt flavor comes through as well to balance this beast out perfectly, yes...perfectly. Mouthfeel is huge, thick, and a bit syrupy...wow is there a lot there. Bubbles are trying to exist but it's pretty difficult for them to do so. I can't imagine how good the drinkability will be with age, none the less, I can't wait to find out after I age one of these for a while. If you enjoy complex beers, get this one for sure. There really isn't anything like it out there.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green waxed bottle, damn hard to open. Pours a cloudy coppery gold with just a slight head that leaves very little lacing.
Smells of a ton of hops but some nice sweetness behind it.
Taste is super smooth and creamy, mildly carbonated, tons of citrus and pine hops yet a very strong malt backbone. There's some alcohol burn in the finish which makes it a very interesting beer. Lots of caramel and the mouthfeel backs the caramel impression well.
Easy to drink but the 13% makes it hard to drink too many.

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

Thanks goes out to ThomasHardy for this brew.

Green Waxed 12oz.

Pours a very cloudy amber/orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, which dissappears quickly, not much sticky lacing to follow. The nose is big on malts, hops, nice touch of grapefruit/pine, lots of sweet caramel. The taste is hoppy/malty and sweet, good piney/grapefruit taste. Slight bitter/dry on the finish. The alcohol is hidden very well for a 13% ABV plus brew. Very drinkable, an awesome DIPA, highly recommended.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours and head rises slowly. Thin tan head cover the top and fades pretty fast. A murky amber/brown body.
S- Very nice aroma! Grass, and pine hops. Maybe a few hints of citrus too. Sweet caramel is hiding under the hops. I am surprised how well the sweetness and alcohol is covered up in the aroma.
T- First sip thoughts- Hmm very tasty!
Big hop flavor with blend of the same kind of hops as in aroma. The bitterness builds up on tip and mid tongue. Really numbs the tongue from a nice big bitterness. Slowly the alcohol warms up the back of the throat but does take a bit. Sweet caramel does come through but not near as overwhelming as I was expecting (like Unearthly). Nice dry aftertaste too. The pine does come through nicley and the alcohol tickles the tongue a little but alcohol isn't near as strong as you would think.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- I think it is very good. I wasn't expecting to much just being as high in alcohol as it is. Very tasty and I wouldn't mind drinking more of this at all.

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Photo of berserker256
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has to be the epitome of unfiltered beer. After I poured the dark gold brew into my pint glass from the bottle it looked like a Christmas snow globe that you shake up. Or perhaps an aquarium that really needs cleaning. The smell was pine-like, hoppy, and a possessed a hint of fruit. The taste was surprisingly smooth. I expected a thick syrupy beer but it was easy to drink. Tasted great. Tasted like it smelled. For being 13.6% Alcohol it was remarkable. I love this beer.

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

Bottle via xav33- thanks! Cracked this baby on my birthday. Seemed like a suitable bday beer. Pours out a dark tangerine, cloudy and not much head. Aroma is very nice- a real blast of thick hops and malt. Taste- heavy citrus and syrupy malts. Booze is not all that noticable for a beer of this potency. Very flavourable- not astringent from the hops, nor too cloying from the shit load of malt in ths thing. Drinkability is high which is probably a very dangerous thing. This would be deadly in a bomber! Overall, very enjoyable beer and very happy to get a change to try it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a muddy dark orange/copper with a thin off white head that retains as a skim of lace until the finish.

S - Caramel malt along with citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Big malty nose and hops fighting with each other.

T - Big caramel malt with plenty of bittering and flavorful hops of pine, tropical fruit, citrus and maybe a touch of stinky cheese.

M - Thick and chewy but not syrupy like I was expecting.

D - The alcohol is slightly noticeable but very well hidden for near 14%. A big tasty DIPA.

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

Very nice pour. Deep, dark oragne red with a big retentive white head and some specks of yeast suspended within.

THAT is how a double IPA is supposed to smell. Dough, yeast, sticky biscuits and triple grapefruit and lemony house.

Tastes very intsenly of malt. Syrupy, very dark deep brown wooden malt, moving into a more sour, intense malt middle, and ending on a kick of grapefruit and pine hops. Never thought I'd say this, but this uneven double IPA actually needs more hops, not more malt. Still very good, though, but a bit uneven.

Goes down pretty easy and has a nice firm body. Certainly worth tracking down.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for this one, I'm pretty sure he gave it to me at Dark Lord Day. The colour is a ligtly hazed, orange/copper, topped with a dense two-finger thick head holding steady. Potent citrus and grassy hop aroma reaches the nose, very enticing. Light alcohols in the background, plus enough cookie sweet malt to provide some balance to the sturdy hoppiness.

The citrusy hop flavor is not as forceful in the taste, well rounded with toasty malt flavors and a hefty bitterness in the finish. Strong caramel/sugar sweetness with some alcoholic heat becomes more evident after time, indeed there is plenty to experience here. Fine carbonation creates a little foam, and the body is light yet not too thin.

I thought this was much easier to drink than anticipated. The alcohol level is deceptive so be careful. Very satisfying overall...

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Photo of Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with waxed cap. Pours a glowing dark reddish amber with hazy floaties. The head is off-white and creamy and goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is more subdued than I expected - sweet caramel malts, alcohol, and some grapefruity, piney hops.

The flavor is some sweet toasted caramel and fruits that is quickly overpowered by a big alcoholic hop bitterness. The finish is big and raw and harsh with a little residual sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable but not as much as expected from a 13.6% beer. The mouthfeel is full and syrupy with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA. It's not at all balanced and a little too hot, but still enjoyable.

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

Pours a very murky amber/grayish brown body. Never seen this color in a beer before. 1 finger head didn't puff up, but it retained well and laced throughout. Looks really good/unique.
Pine and hints of citrus blend well in the aroma. I did not look at the abv at first (never do), but I didn't detect any in the nose or taste.
Again pine and citrus blend well in taste. Some hints of rum/vanilla in the depths. A bit earthy and woody as well. This is really nice, I like it.
But whoa...the alcohol is noticeable in the head. Is hidden well, though.
Wish I had another.

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Photo of Duster72
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at brewery. Bartender poured about 10 beers worth down the drain due to foam! Served in a 10oz tulip due to Michigan laws(?). Pours a great looking dark amber with monster head. Aroma is citrus, pine and fruits, very appealing. Taste is exceptional with wonderful citrus and fruit tastes with very little of the harshness you get from the regular Crooked Tree. Very smooth tasting. Not too sweet, just right. As I drank this fresh I told my friend it was a perfect beer. Wow, is it a lot better fresh on draft than in the bottle.

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Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber, a small but dense head, good lacing.

Smell: Citrus, dark fruits, alcohol.

Taste: There is an underlying sweetness to this beer but the main attraction is hops. Piney and citrus hops dominate from start to finish, but not super bitter. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Very coating, bitterness lasts long after each swallow.

Drinkability: Too strong to have more than one at a sitting, but very tasty.

Another beer from the Milwaukee haul. I thought this was a somewhat ugly looking but good tasting DIPA. It's a little stronger in alcohol than I like, but it is hidden well. I'd like to try this on tap somewhere.

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Photo of rayjay
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottling. Never had this before. I have so many beer laying around that I forgot who even sent this too me (thanks whoever you are!).

Deep, malty, reddish-brown arrearance. Thick and muddy looking. No head or lacing. It has the appearance of an oxidized beer (hope it's not).

Deep malty and hoppy nose, full of fruit (watermelon, honeydew, fruitcake). Smells a bit like fruit liquor.

First impression: it's thick and boozy, but it drinks more like a 9-10% beer, not a 13.5'er, which is signifigantly more alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden. The thick malts give it an Old Stock kind of appeal; I think this is way more like an old ale or a barleywine. With this level of malts, no hops could possibly compete and it looses it's IPA appeal (just like 120 Minute). Lots of hops are in here, but....for example, the aftertaste is very sweet and malty, without much bitterness at all. But without the malts it would be screaming bitter. IPA? You're kidding me.

So, taste gets a 3.5; it's a good beer in it's own right, but I think it would easily get surpassed in a lineup of the best 2xIPAs. It's certainly tasty and unique. Think bitter blood orange sugar reduction and you're on the right track.

Straight from the fridge is the way to go here; it gets really thick and dehydrating at warmer temps, and IPA notes start to come out....isopropyl alcohol, that is (bah!). Funny, my burps taste more like I'm drinking an IPA, even though most of the hops get lost in the mix. This is a beer you can chew on if there ever was one. Not exactly refreshing. Carbonation is very low.

Drinkability is above average because it's quite interesting. It's fun to see how it morphs into several different beers as it warms up. This would be a good one to ponder the meaning of life over with a cigar after dinner. If you're in the market for a 2xIPA, consider this as a barleywine to avoid disappointment. Cheers!

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a modest head that retains well and leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Incredible aroma of caramel malt and piney forest tones

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel base that is quickly joined by a wallop of piney hops flavors that build and build; after the swallow, the hopiness becomes so intense it tingles the tongue and coats the mouth providing lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue well into the finish; plenty of residual raisiny sweetness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Wow, this is one heckofa DIPA; it's just a bit too sticky and aggressive on the finish for me to really enjoy as much as I would have liked

Thanks, ClockworkOrange, for the unusual treat and ThomasHardy, for the chance to revisit

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Photo of flexabull
2.47/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright gold color, a bit hazy, and with a nice white head.

Aromas are off, and seem funky. Smells sweet, vegetal, sour, and with a touch of citrus. This seems really off for a DIPA.

Taste isn't right. This tastes mostly like grounded up aspirin tablets. Really gritty, biting, and bitter... with not much else going on. There is a bit of citrus hops, but not much in the way of malts. Really doesn't sit well in my mouth. I don't really care for this one. Bad bottle? Too old?

Mouthfeel is ok, but this is not really something I want lingering in my mouth for very long.

Drinkability is below average. One of the worst DIPAs I have had. I don't think it's a very good beer, it just seems like the brewer went big, and didn't think much about the taste. This is like swallowing a bitter pill... no thanks. I can think of countless other beers in this style that I prefer to this one.

I do appreciate that brandonman63 gave me the opportunity to try this...

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Photo of benito
2.6/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A Februrary-seasonal DIPA still on shelves in June? Rated 4+ in the BA database? Something here is both so right and so wrong at the same time.

A: Red amber with a persistent, sudsy head. Intimidating in its stillness.

S: Lots of malt and alcohol with a hint of conifer at the finish.

T: A generous alcohol warming across the front of the tongue--it is strong in its residue as well--and a big hop finish in aroma and flavor. Pine scents and tastes fill the back of my tongue and obliterate the alcohol flavors. Despite this brew's ABV, there's not enough malt flavor for it to be a barleywine. It's a hop show from middle to finish.

M: Heavy and burning, with distinct alcohol flavors and residues. Imbalanced and hard to swallow given the forwardness of the flavors.

D: Low, given the fusel character of this brew. It lacks the balance of a great DIPA, which would have a more pronounced malt flavor and a better controled alcohol residue.

Overall, this is an imbalanced example of a DIPA with too forward a hop presence and not enough malt to back up its immaturity. I'll cellar a few bottles and see if things mellow out with another two years. Until then, stick to other DIPAs.

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Photo of
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Hazy dark gold/orange in color. Modest off-white, creamy head -- despite fairly hard pour. Lots of floaties/chunkies/sediment. Visually, very unappealing.

Things look up when I smell it. Big hop scent. Pine & citrus. Sweet strong malt backbone, reminds me of peaches. Caramel and honeyed wheat bread in there too.

Taste - OK, it's ugly, but it tastes GREAT! A hoppier DFH 120? Pine seems to be biggest component. Alcohol. Hops very big, but well balanced by malt. Biscuit with honey on it. Fruits - peaches and melons. Grass and pepper at finish.

Medium to full body. Low to medium carbonation. Not very dry.

A very big DIPA, maybe a triple IPA, whatever that is. Excellent, but one and done or I'm not making it into work tomorrow. I would like to taste this blind against Founder's Devil Dancer.

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Photo of xav33
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a small tulip glass.
Unknown brewing, chopped down 05/07.

Poured a murky bright amber brown with a small somewhat lasting yellowish light brown head. Lots of active carbonation.

Smelt of harsh pine resin, skunk and moderate pepper, caramel and toasted bread.

Taste was upfront strong pine resin and moderate sweet caramel followed by a harsh pine resin and skunk and light sweet caramel on an eternal finish that reminds me of eating green tree leaves as a kid.

Palate was medium to full bodied, creamy, lively and slightly stinging carbonation, moderately alcoholic and harshly astringent.

Overall, wow, what a beast of a beer! Nothing but great conifer like flavors, the whole frickin family. A bit harsh and definitely a palate puncher. My mouff ith gnow gnummmb.

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

Many thanks to Phatz for inviting me to share this with him at his abode.
A - A dense and shellac-like amber with a great white head that holds its own in the lace dept.

S - Malts! Sweet caramel malt and tons of woody/citrus/piney hop aromas that are enticingly fragrant.

M - Strong rich, malty light syrupy feel. a pine bite and oily crystal like pinch. Plenty of warming alcohol .

T - A generous dose of malty caramelly, syrupy sweetness makes me think "Barleywine?", but then a rush of well balanced pine woodiness is injected into the mix with grapefruit and citrus attributes that say IPA all the way.A subtle taste of alcohol and spice, but you can hardly tell it is almost 14%.

D - The drinkability is very hard to knock. Way too easy to drink at the potency level attained. Great balance even though it is a powerhouse. It is a sipper for sure - it will warm you and take over if you aren't careful. I was impressed by the smoothness of the barleywiney malts, but it definitely is hopped to the point to deserve the Imperial Ipa label with all the flavor and aroma it brings to the table.

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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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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,792 ratings.
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