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Double Crooked Tree IPA by Dark Horse Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
12.00 % ABV

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Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 14 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle
$11.99 4-Pack
Binny's Plainfield

Double Crooked Tree empties the bottle a dark mahogany with glowing ruby highlights when backlit. The head grew to one finger of off-white head that fell rather quickly to a solid cap and left good drink lines after each drink. This is a good looking brew with a quality head for such a high abv.

The smell is along the lines of a barleywine with a sweet caramel maltiness and I nice hit of booze. The hops come through nicely in the form of pine needle and aspirin bitterness. The alcohol fumes just work to bring the hops forward although it stays a fairly balanced beer. You can tell this is a sipper from the aroma alone.

Flavor closely resembles the nose. A big caramel sweetness is matched by a big piney and aspirin hoppiness, although the aspirin bitterness is a little less then the nose suggested. The hop profile does edge out the maltiness but not by much. This is certainly a well constructed beer.

The mouthfeel on this beer is top notch, especially when considering the high abv. There is some heft to the body but the carbonation is enough to keep it moving before it becomes at all cloying.

One of these is enough for me in a sitting because of the high abv. I do notice this beer leaving the glass far too quick. Although there's a big sweetness the hops beat it back and the carbonation moves things along enough to keep it an easy drinker.

This is a high quality, highly alcoholic brew from Dark Horse. They did a great job balancing out all the huge flavor. I've made a point to pick a few 4-packs up the last couple years. It's a good beer to sit back and try to enjoy slowly.

Reviewed: 6/5/08

Price: $11.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by wagenvolks on 08/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 18 3 8 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Horse's Crooked Tree when I had it years ago, so the DOUBLE CT should be that much more of a treat--besides, it's my favorite style! The beer pours a reddish, glowing copper hue into the Dogfish Head Off-centered pint glass. Head builds to a decent inch before retreating, somewhat quickly, to a fine veil of tan bubbles that retains well. The aroma is appropriately hoppy at first, with big notes of pine, musty grapefruit rind, and other assorted citruses. Big, malty backbone of caramel & sugared dough. After the foam fades, however, a hot, ethanol-rich booze note rears its aggressive head.

I was not at all expecting the sweetness of this IIPA, as sugary toffee and caramel malts hit the front of the tongue with a syrupy-smooth kiss. The 98 IBU's chime in mid-palate, with a modest bitterness that suggests pine sap and citrus, and blends well with a hit of hot, fruity booze all the way down the throat. Carbonation starts off well, but falls a bit flat near the end of the sip as the thick body actually becomes somewhat watery near the finish. The alcohol heat is mild, a nice touch given the insanely high ABV. Overall, I found Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree to be a great IIPA, on the sweeter side and DEFINITELY a sipper, but still in the ballpark of FFF's Dreadnaught.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 01/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 16 5 9 2008
Murken copper with hop bits suspended within. Small delicate off-white smoothly lined cap sits on top. Lacing is spread like butter with thinly placed sheeting.

Aroma is raw and oily with a moderate orange marmalade glazing over caramel. Drenching pungent pine sap and lemony aerosol heat really come full circle as it sits

Taste is vibrant with tropical hop oils and laced heavily with a floral sweet bitterness and solid burning EtH heat. Solid orange oils, stark lemon peels, quenching grapefruit pith, and subportionate pine oil makes the entire forefront of this whopper. Slippery caramel helps keep an adequate balance mostly through until the finish where the tropical citrus hop tones, oily flavors, smooth bitterness, and brash heat completely take over the rest of the duration.

The 13.6% is evident through its heat in both smell and taste here, but it never quite makes a full-on experience or impediment as the flavors meld together quite well with moderate soothing capabilities, and, actually is undertoned for its girth. Feel is super clean and slippery up front. Surges on the back end incorporating a more fuller tone and body. Big rusty finish with heat and hop oils that totally makes this worth while. All that and more as it goes down way too fast. Super ass drinkable and smooth. A dangerously quaffable hop heated treat for sure.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 11/09/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to OC for sending me this one in the TBS Birthday Beer Club v2.0 I’ve been wanting to try this beer for a while.

Pours a fiery sunset color with a good inch of foam. Great retention so far, some lacing as well.

Loads of orange, pink grapefruit, and citrus hops, aged though. A large malt backbone, mostly caramel aromas with some biscuit and nutty malts. Floral and flowery hops begin to show up. There’s also a metallic aroma that I noticed since I started pouring, not too distracting but it’s there. Hints of mango, papaya, and pineapple.

Again, a lot of orange, grapefruit and citrus but the malt is more present in the taste. Toasted, caramel and biscuit malts with a hint of chocolate in the finish. A bit of a grassy aftertaste. Much like a barleywine but rather enjoyable, some toffee flavors are starting to develop too and that’s the type of barleywines I like. Very fruity at first with some citrus, mango, nectarine, peach and a bit of cherry and the second half is all about the toasted, caramel and biscuit malt…pretty good combination. I do have to say though that aged DIPAs are not my thing.

Low carbonation but very smooth, a tad syrupy and sticky on the lips. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 07/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 8 13 4 7 2008
Stupid waxed top bottles may look pretty but they're a pain to open. Pours a deep caramel color with a slight haze. Small off-white layer of foam sits atop the brew and leaves a nice thin layer of sticky lace on the walls of the glass.

Smells of rich caramel malt with a smooth medium sweetness. Smooth hoppy notes with nice hints of dried figs and a hint of raisin. Some fruity hop notes in there too. No sign of the 13.6% ABV in the nose.

Super rich and thick malt body. Lots of caramel malt and a thick syrupy sweetness. Hops impart a nice fruity flavor with dark raisins and figs. More caramel sticks to the tongue on the aftertaste and hangs around for a bit. No sign of the big alcohol in the taste.

Aroma was lacking what I would expect from a beer this big and the taste was lacking the big hop kick I was expecting. Tasty but not quite doin' it for me.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
A - Nice dark amber colored body that is clean and clear with tons of microscopic bubbles moving about. Quarter inch light tan head is made of tight bubbles and shows no signs of leaving anytime soon.

S - Big, robust piney hops blast my nose when I go to get a whiff. Caramel malt trying to balance out this obviously uber hoppy beer. Grapefruit lies underneath, but is very present.

T - Starts of with a big rich rush of caramel and toffee sweetness. Hops then come in, but are not overpowering, being very nicely balanced by the big malts. Hops are more piney than citrusy. Finishes with a spicy, bitter hop wash.

M - Thick and full bodied. Sticky hops. Smooth carbonation.

D - This thing has 13.6%? You sure wouldn't know it when drinking it. A nicely crafted, well balanced hop bomb.

Thanks to BA beaglemac for the bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 17 3 8 0
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 back end. 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, it'll drink fresh.

Served In: Pint Glass

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