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RATINGS: 989   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2892) - 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 (7812) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
Bottled (thanks heemer77!). Ruby red colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is really fruity hops along with some alcohol. Flavour is hops, fruit some slight soap as well as caramel malts. A big, but wellbalanced brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Reddish orange body with yeast floaties, lots of them. Also a bubbly off white head. Tons of hops in the aroma, mostly floral and some citrus rinds. Also some subtle caramel malt notes. A buttload of bitter hops, grapefruit rinds, some floral with a finish of more bitter hops. Sticks in the mouth, but very full. Nice and tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2007
12 oz pour courtesy of my buddy Matt! Thanks! Pours a murky orange. Aroma picks up orange, citrus, a touch of spice and pine. Flavor is decent - dominated mostly by zesty citrus and orange. Bittering lingers quite prominently. Overall, not a huge fan - I can’t recall ever having a big bold IIPA over 11% that was enjoyable for me. Very reminiscent of 120 minute. Too much of an orange juice thing going on. But the alcohol is masterfully hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2892) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Robert at SL. Pour was orangey amber with a nice initial head, solid retention, good lacing, on par for the style. The aroma was tea bags (but in a good way), oranges, other citrus notes. The flavor was much the same, some additional piney-ness, peaches, alcohol rather smooth for the abv (13%!!!????), quite drinkable. Full bodied mouthfeel with ample but not overdone carbonation. Thanks, Robert!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
12oz waxed bottle, no date, thanks to Duane for giving me this for no other reason than for him giving me room and board. I also apologize to anyone that was hoping to sample this at a tasting--I’m selfish and my gf wanted to try it as well. I remember this was phenomenal at GTMD ’07 (notes to follow).

Hazy copper red with a few bubbles and a ring of beige for a head--a few floaties noted. Aroma is quite hoppy--citrus fruits, raspberries, and blueberries follow. There is also some pineapple amongst the strong caramel malt backbone. At room temperature (go figure), the alcohol is indicative of the strength, but I still wouldn’t put this at 13.6%. Lots of caramel in the flavor with the hops not being the highlight. Flavor still has the berries, added pine, and pineapple, but aren’t in your face. Lightly earthy with a bit of husky grain. Bitterness peaks at a 3-4, and as I said before, the alcohol is masked well. I’d think this was more like an 8% brew. Also, at this point I’d say it’s more like a somewhat balanced American barleywine, and man is it good. Full syrupy body with low low carbonation. If I remember correctly, at the Great Taste ’07 this was hoppy as all hell and I (still) loved it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29332) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2007
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of hops and caramel as well as light notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel, hops, and peaches as well as a light dusty note from the hops. The body is like thick hop juice and the alcohol burns slihghtly in the throat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Big on hops, sure, but one of the most mellow, well balanced IIPAs I’ve tried. Pours a dark amber, lots of sediment, and a quickly fading off white/light tan head. Nose is hops and citrus, at first - very nice - and becomes more noticeably sweet, with notes of caramel, and malty as it warms (and, in truth, as I, too, am warmed by it). Flavor is long lasting, with alcohol and hops dominating the front, along with noticeable sweet and creamy notes, and a long, creamy hop finish. While I can probably, to some extent, be described as a "hop head," I’m rarely a big fan of beers that are hoppy, simply for the sake of hoppiness, with little else of any worth. This beer is not one of those. Well rounded, delicious, and full. A great brew!


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