RATINGS: 1128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
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 youll notice the heavy caramel and malt flavors are trying to sneak past the hops, theyre just not fast enough. This beer is hugely delicious so it will need your undivided attention (the chores can wait....trust us). 98 IBUs

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle pours a reddish color with a white head. Aromas are wonderful and remind me of eating citrus like grapefuit plain and liking it. As big as this beer is I expected it to be harsh. Quite the contrary. It is very smooth and has a nice malt backbone with some hops to finish the taste. Very good IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1767) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pours mostly clear; deep auburn, with a milky, thin skin. Aroma is a blast of tropical, sunny sweetness, ripe with tangerine, peach, lychee and golden kiwi and simmered in brown sugar water and dulce de leche. Disarmingly fruity, pungent, and almost blindingly bright. Flavor is a mixed sweetness of honey, white tea, caramel, vanilla milk, and more tropical fruit. Resinous bitterness is more of a sweet pine smoke variety than something arresting and abrasive. Well played and very smooth. Perfumey and floral to a gargantuan extremity; like a mutated, frothing at the mouth centennial beast. Never comes off as too much, though, or even as unbalanced. Palate is thick and cool with soft carbonation; sophisticated and managing to convey calmness and restraint throughout. Very wet and bitter in the finish with herbs, white pepper, and grapefruit jucie. Alcohol somehow unnoticeable. Balanced, charming, and quite memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4958) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Dark mahogany color with no head. Powerful hop aroma, with mostly citrus and floral hop. Plenty of caramel sweetness as well. Strong bitter taste, but a full, caramel and dry malt backbone. The hops dont have a lot of flavor, just pure acidic bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2008
Bouteille 12oz, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambre-brune et voile. Nez de houblon rsineux, citrique (pamplemousse) et aux notes herbeuses, malt de caramel toffee sucr et lgrement rti, fruit (abricots, agrumes), lger dalcool avec des notes boises et de pain. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen ainsi quune texture rsineuse et moyennement crmeuse. Got assez amer de houblon rsineux et citrique (pamplemousse - une amertume prsente toute la gorge) acccompagn dun got fruit (agrumes, moyen dabricots) lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got de malt du genre caramel toffee sucr aux notes rties et terreuses ainsi quun lger got de pain. Paralllement, lon retrouve un moyen got dalcool (lgrement rchauffant) qui reste prsent jusquen finale, o le retrouve un regain damertume asschante de houblon plus citrique et plus herbeux ainsi que des notes boises (bois humide). Post-got trs long et sec, amer de houblon citrique, rsineux et herbeux avec un moyen got dalcool, un lger got fruit (zest dagrumes) et des notes boises.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
BellsFan (49) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Poured out dark brown with a wonderful smell of hops. Plenty of sediment at the bottom of my glass when finished. Strong beer that you can feel going down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Bottle purchased at Crown Liquors #15, in Fishers, IN. Pours a dark reddish brown with a frothy ecru head and more large chunky sediment than I think Ive seen in any beer. Im not particularly surprised, however, as the bottle of Crooked Tree I sampled had enough floaties in it that it reminded me of marmalade. The nose is big, malty and enticing with notes of dark fruit, apricots and brown sugar backed by citric and evergreen hop notes along with a touch of alcohol. Despite the 98 IBUs, this smells more like an American barley wine than an IIPA. The palate is full-bodied with fine (yet assertive) carbonation and transitions to a lightly resinous, woody, bitter finish, with chest-warming alcohol joining in after the swallow. The flavor rides that fine line between barley wine and IIPA with a solid fruity (apricots again) malt body up-front, giving way to a bitter, citric, woody and lightly resinous finish that lingers on the tongue accompanied by quite a bit of "heat". I dont know the age of this bottle, but Id be curious to see what a bit more age might have done for it. Its a tasty brew, but its a bit "hot" for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
far better than the single crooked tree. nice full body sweetness to counteract the great hop bitterness. clear amber color with minimal head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 12oz bottle. early 2006 bottle, cellared for 2 years. I didnt realize I hadnt rated this so Ill have to re-rate a freah bottle someday. this has aged gracefully, hops have mellowed but still hold some bitterness next to a oily mellowed malt body. alcohol is really well hidden. pretty tasty but a fresh bottle has more edge, maybe a few 3-4 years and this would be better or much worse.3.7.

4/9/08, 2008 vintage, fresh bottle. pours murky amber with small off white whispy head. sure the aroma is hoppy but the malt profile is so huge that it dwarfs the hop profile. nose notes of vegetal malts, sugar, and some grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus hop notes. flavors sweet vegetal toasted biscuits and some grapefruit and pineapple hop notes. this batch just came in but it tastes like it was brewed 6 months ago (maybe it was). finishes with sweet hop juice quality to it. a full mouth feel and medium sticky body. This comes off much more like an american barleywine (again the line is crossed) because the malt is just up there with the hops and the body is sticky. although the alcohol is well hidden this is another double ipa that has gotten too big. Ive never had a double ipa above 11% that was worth anything. Logically what is the point, just brew an american barleywine or create a 8-10% hop bomb with wonderful hop flavor. this just doesnt have a good hop, malt, or both working together well at all. I do prefer the aged bottle i had but I wouldnt say it got much better. 3.6.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Green wax topped bottle sent to me by Miketd. Thanks Mike! I thought this was a pretty decent IIPA. I didnt take notes on it, but remember it being very well balanced between malt and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1465) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Guess the only reason Ive neglected entering a rating for this is that I was already pretty toasted each time I tried this. I recall distinctly pulling one out of fridge, fumbling with wax on cap and returning to fridge on eve as I was already wasted. But both times I actually did place it to lips and beyond - OMG. It does personify the double in the IPA to me - think and maybe leaning to medicinal, hoppy and .. well, one Ill be glad to try again with a head and tongue not quite so trod upon. That I recollect so easily what I do attests to its strong "personality". Russ, get me more!

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