BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this for the first time at Firkin Fest 2009. It was the first beer I had...and the best. Being a fan of the regular Crooked Tree, I was intrigued by the authentic doubling of the recipe.
The result is, hands down, not only the best Imperial IPA I’ve ever had, but can imagine having. The hops have tossed off any thoughts of bitterness and embrace the religions of citrus and non-perfumey flowers. A mannish backbone of malt makes this beer thick and the best sippers around. The fact that it is unfiltered is just icing on the cake.
Dark Horse has become my favorite brewery in the States, thus far. I can find absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. There you have it. Cheers.
JanLaursen (2487) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske, 355 ml. Uklar, let grødet dyb ravfarvet øl med et forholdsvis lavt men stabilt off white skum. Typisk DIPA-næse. Lidt tilbageholdt, med sødlige, frugtig, maltede noter og vag humle, som langsomt vokser til en fælles symfoni af tunge abrikos, harpiks og karamel. Tung, klistrende og rig i munden men med en overraskende sprød og klar humle-profil, taget alderen i betragtning - der er ikke dato på flasken, men den er indkøbt for 9-10 måneder siden. Virker ikke sprittet, selv om alkoholen er fremtrædende.
edgallow (1434) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pours hazy amber with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, floral and pine . Taste is caramel malts, spice and citrus.
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lereve (8) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. 13% is no joke! This is a powerhouse of a beer. You definitely feel the hops and the high octane.
bax (971) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle 20/11-2013) Low white head, clear amber color, hoppy sweet taste, hop candy, soft co2, alcohol is well covered. True American DIPA.
Errl (1087) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle..Pour is golden with a nice white head...NOse is juicy pine hops, tropical fruits, alcohol, caramel...Taste is nice Caramel, pine, tropical fruits, candy, cream, juicy hops, alcohol
lefossoyeur (394) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bit murky orange with minimal head. Caramel and toffee aromas with some resinous/earthy hops. Big bold palate, big chewy malts at first, then a generous bitterness hits the palate, very earthy, coffeeish, and lasts for a good while into the finish. Big, bad ass brew, that I quite enjoyed as a night cap.
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. My bottle said 12 per cent not 13.6 per cent. Clear and golden with as you would expect a reasonable presence of hops but amazingly they dont overpower. So easy to drink that it was quite frightening.
merc7186 (1465) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Deep Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head, Minimal
S: Boozy, Sweet Malts, Mild Piney
T: Boozy, Caramel, Sweet Malts
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Drying
Overall, this is more of a barleywine than a DIPA, boozy taste, not impressive to the style but a good beer.
TheBear11D (99) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Double Crooked Tree pours a cloudy deep amber color with a beige bubbly beige head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is full of caramel and spruce. The flavor jumps on you with the sweet caramel getting to you first then a mix of floral spruce and citrus hops smash through. Overall this is a delicious brew.
jerd16 (69) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark amber with nice 2 finger off white head. Some good lacing. Aroma is very one-dimensional - Piney, resinous with very little fruit. Taste is primarily caramel malt and alcohol . Not well balanced at all. Almost a medicinal sickly sweet taste. A chore to drink to be honest. Very little hoppiness. What there is, is indecipherable. Distinctly unremarkable.