Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
2,845 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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Ratings: 2,845 |  Reviews: 929
Photo of thatdavegy
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of NuclearRich
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.76/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Figured that I would try this on tap before I went out and splurged on a case. Poured into a snifter at TJ's.

The color is a beautiful deep rich ruby with hues of copper infused with rust around the edges. The head is about a half-finger thick, and there is a slight amount of lacing, as well as some spotty gobs that stick to the edges of the glass upon a swirl.

The most notable characteristics of the nose are the prominent citrus and grassy hops. There is no pine to be found. However, the bitterness that I expect is not there. The palate brings on an almost noble hop-like earthiness and grassy character. Again the bitterness is muted. I get an almost vodka-like astringent grainy alcohol flavor that takes all of my focus away from the beer. I can't get past it. This 13.6% tastes closer to 30. I can't make out any malts aside from the grains that contribute to the boozy flavor.

Somewhat smooth, but relatively harsh on the palate, even for a DIPA. I am used to having my palate thrashed, but that is by bitterness, not because of the overwhelming alcohol flavors. I couldn't even finish the whole snifter's pour. There are much better and well-balanced double IPAs out there. Seek them out and exhaust those options before you pursue this one, unless you just want a fast buzz.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a rusty color with a small head

S: Booze, Earthy and caramel

T: Big and chewy. Malt heavy yes, hop heavy no. Loads of caramel and heat. Faded hops?

M: Big body but off balanced

O: Perhaps this beer was outdated as well. Pass on this one

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.82/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. A generous extra from chcfan. Thanks!

A: Pours a murky mahogany color with amber highlights. It's pretty dark for a DIPA. The head is small and short-lived, consisting of large bubbles that vanish with no trace.

S: Like smelling a big juicy grapefruit embedded in pine needles. Some floral notes as well. Definitely banana in the nose. Not as pungent as I would like, but quite a good aroma.

T: Quite a lot going on, both hop- and malt-wise. Hops are present in abundant citrus quantities: grapefruit and orange, with a slight tang from lime flavors. I detect some banana and possibly berry as well -- very interesting. Lots of toast and caramel malt, too. Not my favorite approach to a DIPA flavor; its huge sweetness is a off-putting. But it's fairly good.

M: Medium bodied, with slightly light carbonation that makes it feel smooth. Works well for a brew of this gravity. But it has a harsh, sugar-burn sting at the finish.

D: I don't quite get the love people have for it; maybe if it's uber-fresh it is a winner, but if the hops fade even a little bit, it starts to taste like a barleywine. Not my style.

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Photo of Spica66
2.82/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Alexander. Was supposed to wait until the DIPA tasting at the end of the month, but I was a bad boy and jumped the gun.

Poured at refrigerator temp into tulip glasses.

A: Very dense golden toward copper color. Not much head formation or carbonation.

S: Does not smell like an IPA. Smells like a barleywine to me. Sweeter and less hops than it should have.

T: Tastes like it smells. Both hops and sweet malt vying for your attention. Also, the ABV lets you know it is there right away. I am again much more reminded of barleywine than DIPA.

M: Creamy and nice. Decent carbonation keeps it from sticking to you.

D: A sipper to be sure.

When I think of DIPA, I go to Pliny the Elder, Dreadnaught, Hopslam and Arctic Panzer Wolf. Those are a varied bunch to be sure, but they all fit the style guidelines. This one does not seem to be able to squeeze in there to me.

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Photo of boybrew
2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip

Cloudy, Dark Copper Color. Tan head quickly dissipates to a collar with wisps of foam. Too dark for the style, me thinks.

Very Malty! Where are the hops? They are there in the background but overwhelmed by malt. That seems to be a flaw. There is a very yeasty character in the nose, not too pleasant.

The malt pushes the hops away. The bitterness is a bit raw, not refined at all. I feel like it's very one dimensional. This style demands layers of complexity that are not apparent to me.

Medium body. Sticky sweet, with medium carbonation.

I'm not feelin' it. My expectations for the style are quite high based on the stellar examples that are widely available. I would not seek this out again, especially at the $15/4pk price point. Overhyped? I think so. They do a fine job with the Stouts. This is disappointing. If this was marketed as a Barleywine then the rating would be much better. In fact it's a pretty decent BW if it ages another year or so.

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Photo of Gambyt20
2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChadQuest
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weird DIPA, but some would argue the style and call it a Barleywine, i can't decide what it is.

Pours very dark amber , almost like dark cherry colored, with a very thin cap that dissapates.

Aroma has some citrus but also a sweetness involved too, and the citrus isnt a sharp citrus either, just a complimenting note.

Sweetness up front, its not till the end that the bitterness comes around, there is a hop profile present the whole time but it grows. Upfront there are dark cherry and pomegranite flavors playing out with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel has light carbination with a oily mouthfeel.

average drinkability, perhaps slightly below average considering alcohol and lack of carbination.

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Photo of runondirt
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

pours dark amber
nose sharpish, alcohol stands out
buttery in the mouth, strong bitter notes, heavy malt, astringent
no date on the bottle, this may have been better when fresh.

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Photo of AirZombie
2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

too malty . prefer more hoppy in a dipa

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Photo of Wadsey
2.94/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Double Crooked Tree, vintage 2011

Served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours murky light amber-brown with a modest off-white head. Honestly, this beer looks like iced tea. 

S:  Smells a bit like iced tea, too. Some vague tropical fruits, as well as wood, peach, earth, and caramel. 

T: Sweet maltiness up front, with caramel and golden raisins. Caramel is quite pronounced, as is alcohol. Hops and high bitterness take over. Again, the hops are expressed with notes of vague tropical fruits, peach and woodiness. They also add some pine/resin to taste. Finish is raisin-y and and bitter. Taste has dulled substantially in 4 months and has taken on a bit of a wax and honey character. 

M: Heavy body and light carbonation translates into a slick, mouthcoating feel. Seriously warms from lips to stomach. Not as enamel ripping as I recall. 

O: More evidence that my palate has shifted in terms if hoppy beers.  DCT endures the paradigm shift relatively well. I think the beer is now in a bit of a valley. I will probably revisit my three-year vertical in early fall. 

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Photo of Steasy66
2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into snifter

A- Deep orange, cloudy, floaties
S- Mostly sweet, somewhat floral, not that hoppy of a smell
T- Very sweet, roasty, almost smokey, some red fruit, not a ton of hops
M- Very thick, little carbonation
O- Not impressed. Very sweet, not much hops, not much of a DIPA to be honest. Full disclosure, I have no idea how old this bottle is because they don't date their bottles, I suspect about 6 weeks old.

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Photo of dfillius
2.96/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Gentle pour to retain yeast. A wisp of white head remains. Crimson red liquid is pretty, but I'd like more head.
S: Booze, some hops, toffee, wet cardboard. Too boozy, off aroma detract.
T: Dried fruit sweetness with a slightly port-like flavor. Not terribly bitter which is surprising for a beer with 98 IBUs. Decent, but skews too boozy and malty. I'd like more hop flavor and aroma. Alcohol is too strong, flavor is very much like a barleywine.
M: Lands a bit flat. Warm but not hot. Syrupy.
D: I wouldn't order or buy this again. I love DIPAs, but I prefer them to be uber-hoppy rather than barleywines in DIPA clothing.

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Photo of aorloski
2.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours awesome for a 13 percent beer, great white head, golden orange, awesome carbonation from the bottom of the glass

Smell - What the hell!! all malts, sweet sugar and alcohol, no hops whatsoever.

Taste - Same, this is all sugar, alcohol, malts with a TOUCH of hops, this is no IPA whatsoever, this is a gross barley wine. The label says it will age well and i tend to agree, but I'm not a fan.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth, sticks to the cheeks but i dont want it to. Appearance and mouthfeel stick out on this one, but what does that say about this one?

Overall - Trying too hard to be 120 but failing, this thing is not good to me and I'm pairing it with some excellent cheese. Dont call this a damn IPA if there are barely any hops to detect at all. MALT BOMB, ALCOHOL BOMB ... beware.

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Photo of claspada
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Awesome extra courtesy of recent swap with Stewmeister91.

Pours a very dark copper, nearing amber/mahogany. Definite reddish hues with single-finger cream-colored head which quickly dissipates leaving ample lacing.

Aromas are quite herbal and dank to say the least. Lots of floral hops here with lesser but substantial amounts of earthy and pine hops as well. Malts try to make any appearance and assert themselves but only a slight sweetness is detectable and that could be from a slight citrus hoppiness. A little too green for my liking.

The tastes begin with a nice subtle pale bready maltiness which is soon overcome by the copious amounts of floral and pine hops flavors. This is seriously dank; the second more resinous beer I have every had (sampled Founders Devil Dancer this past weekend, ironically, which was undrinkable...) Can't really taste anything past the greenery here so there's no need to mention anything else.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. It definitely hides the 13%+ abv quite well, but unfortunately does not help to balance out the ridiculously unbalanced bitter/floral/resiny mess that is this beer. This is a classic example of hops-gone-wild. Finish is sticky and resiny and too unbalanced to actually enjoy this beer.

Overall, just no. Far too much sticky, dank, floral, herbal hops. This beer is like hops mixed with potpourri and really seems more of a gimmick than an actual beer. I really hope this 100+ IBU craze dies sooner rather than later...

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,845 ratings
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