Tasting: June 4, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 545
Double Crooked Tree IPA Dark Horse Brewing Company
…With apologies to those from New Jersey — the parade of beer not available in our state marches on. This time it’s Michigan’s Double Crooked Tree which comes my way via trade with Matt from Illinois. It was a pleasant surprise as a bonus beer in a trade that centered around Three Floyds Alpha King (also not available in NJ) coming my way in exchange for Carton Boat Beer and Troegs Perpetual IPA.
On a day where I stocked up on the 2014 edition of Founders Devil Dancer, I can’t help but to compare Double Crooked Tree to Devil Dancer right out of the gate. Both have a rich brownish amber color. Double Crooked Tree has quite a bit of the same basic characteristics – rich caramel and earthy/wood-like base with dank hop resin. What separates the two is that the Dark Horse offering delivers way more boozy astringency (12% ABV) and heat versus Founders at the same 12% ABV. Bitterness in the form of subtle citrus and a sticky, medium bodied mouthfeel. According to the label, this was bottled about a month and a half ago. The booziness and heat keep Double Crooked Tree from being the equal of Devil Dancer but nonetheless – Double Crooked Tree is still a solid 93 in my book.