Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

Posted: October 1, 2016 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Reviews

I’ve found a new spot on the couch to blog from. It’s the side of the couch by the window and every time I settle in to take a chunk out of my backlog, the cats feel the need to come by me and fall asleep. Then, they start snoring and man, do they snore. Shockingly, the typing doesn’t bother them.


ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. Enjoy right away or let it mellow and smooth with some age.”

Random: This is a February through April seasonal.

This beer poured with a three finger, ecru colored head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color and incredibly cloudy. As a result of the cloudiness, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was filled with nutty malt and old pine needles and astringent booze. Grapefruit came through too. The taste was more like an American Strong Ale than a double IPA. It had a lot of booze, with malt that was more nutty than sweet. Hazelnuts stood out to me. It had the same old pine needle taste with dried grapefruit zest. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a thick and boozy finish with pine needles. This set me back $5.25 per bottle ($.44 per ounce). I liked this beer, but it was more of a sipper than anything else.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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