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RATINGS: 996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
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Have you read the description for the regular Crooked Tree yet? Well this beer is almost the same just double. 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, they’re just not fast enough. This beer is hugely delicious so it will need your undivided attention (the chores can wait....trust us). 98 IBU's


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
12oz bottle from mreusch. Thick, rich, chunky, dark and muddy orange pour leaving a frothy off white head and uber sticky lacing. Tangerine, apricot, caramel and toffee on the nose. Some pine resin and dirty earthy malt as well. Not as crisp and vibrant as I would like. Plenty of earthy and caramel malt and dirty apricot musty hops on the tongue. Heavily hopped with loads of malt but everything seems a bit muddled. Thick and chewy on the palate. Dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden remarkably well but the beer seems a tad disjointed. More along the lines of an ASA than a IIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2008
12 oz bottle from Schroppfy. Hazy amber in color. Aroma: Citrus, as well as alot of caramel/molasses and light alcohol....Taste is very malty, with a ton of caramel, hops are very present but seem to support the malt backbone rather than the other way around. Pretty nice, although I would think this is a barleywine, rather than a IIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
A much better showing with this beer (for me) than their last beer, which was their "regular" crooked tree IPA. This beer comes with a huge aroma and an even bigger taste. A big mix of citrus/grapefruity hops and resinous pine sap. While not nearly as complex as say...Balllast Point Dorado, the nose on this is still tops. Appearance is a copper in color and a smallish sized head. Mouthfeel is both smooth and alive at the same time. A really intensley hopped beer but the sweet malts stay with the hops blow by blow. It’s amazing how each sip brings on both a bitter and sweet assault on the tastebuds. Some might think it’s overly sweet, and yes I do enjoy sweet beers probably more than most. But I gotta say that these guy do this style up right with this beer. It’d be right at home amongst the hoppy WC beers we have.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (6494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
[1001-20071223] 12floz (c/o GregClow, w/ him, jerc). Aroma has lots of citrus lemon hops and malt tartness. Cloudy, amber brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Malty flavour is mostly hoppy bitter lemon pips. Medium body has a bitter finish. Good, mutes alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Wow! Thick’n fruity nose. Definitely unfiltered. Golden orange in color. Decent carbonation without any head. Pour this stuff very carefully to eliminate dumping the half-inch of sludge in to your glass. This brew is scary to look at, but is a complex ale with an intriguing flavor. Filtered the dead yeasties with my teeth. Thick caramel fruitiness, warm dry ending. Some bitters in between. Frothy without too much carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1941) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
2006 bottle tasted Dec. 2007.

I brought this bottle back from Ann Arbor with me in something like April 2006; this is perhaps the last survivor from that stash. After peeling away the green wax there’s a bit of rust around the edge of the cap, but no harm seems to have come of it. The bottle opens with a soft whisper and emits a deep citric grapefruit-and-lemon aroma. Once in my glass, though, I get more the malts: caramel and a hint of vanilla, rye and just a touch of oxidization with some residual lemon-citrus hops floating across the top. Beautiful pour, a glowing deep caramel with red highlights, swirls of microbubbles along the surface, thick lacing up the sides.

Sweet malty caramels dominate the flavor; at this age (approximately two years) it’s more like a barleywine than an IIPA, and that suits it quite well. Hops make themselves gently apparent through the midrange and close, never strong, and there’s a solid, mouth-drying woodiness to the finish that I find very pleasant atop the sweet vanilla caramel with which each sip begins. The mouthfeel is very full, this is a rich, heavy, oily beer, but not hot in the least, making it a rather curiously drinkable 13+% beer.

I really like this beer, and at the same time I think I may have made a mistake by aging my sole bottle for a couple of years. As good as it is aged -- and it definitely is an IIPA that ages with grace -- I would have liked to have tried this fresh as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12988) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Bottled
Cherry red color, not much head. Rye bready, pinewoody hoppy nose. Bready, hoppy (pinewood, resin) flavor, actually suprisingly easy to drink for being 13 %. Pinewood also in the aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle shared with jerc & mabel - my bottle obtained from HogTownHarry. Dark orange-amber with a small off-white head and a lot of little floaties. Lots of pine and citrus hops in the aroma, with a pleasant hit of alcohol warmth. Big, smooth body. Flavour is equally big, and surprisingly well balanced, with enough malt to back up with crazy hops. Really nice stuff, but I was glad to split it 3 ways, as a full bottle probably would’ve done my head in.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle shared by GregClow. Orange-amber body witha small creamy tan head. (3+) Aroma is moderately hoppy with light alcohol presence. Fairly bitter throughout the flavour, light citrus and a good amount of resiny hops throughout. Smooth medium palate. Surprisingly nice. Lacks the depth of some other double IPAs, but makes up for it in dangerous drinkability. 7/3+/8+/4/16

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
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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