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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Double Crooked Tree IPA by Dark Horse Brewing



Tonight M-Brew is taping eight kegs from a couple different Michigan Breweries. They have been storing these kegs for a while waiting for the right time to tap them, tonight is that night. Below you can see the eight different beers that will be on tap, while supplies last, at M-Brew starting at 4pm.


For my first beer flight, Beth, the awesome waitress working tonight, has provided me with her four favorite beers. They are, Double Crooked Tree IPA, Marilla Tr-Ale, Night Tripper, and Flying Buffalo Bourbon Barrel Stout. It is time to start the podcast session. This is my first attempt to podcast at a remote location other then my friends houses. As I prepare my equipment to podcast I dive into the Double Crooked Tree by Dark Horse Brewing. I am thankful that they haven't run out of these beers, I arrived about an hour and 1/2 late to the party. The coziness of M-Brew is sweeping me in as I take the second sip of the IPA. M-Brew was kind enough to blast the fact that I will be doing my podcast during the event via their Facebook page, so I have to be on point. I hope these beers don't put me on my ass early.
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Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing

ABV: 12%
According to the description from Dark Horse, "Have you read the description for the regular Crooked Tree yet? Well this beer is almost the same just double the flavor and alcohol. 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"

This beer was poured into 4 oz glasses, but there is still a residue of white head as the beer settles. There is a dark amber type color to this beer along with a hazy level of clarity. There is a nice aroma of hops coming from the glass as I raise it to my mouth, preparing to take my first. As the liquid hits my lips my taste buds are firing of satisfaction beams to inform my brain that we are happy with this taste. We approve of this taste and we want more. If my tongue could speak for its self it would have a mouth full to say about the flavor of this beer. As I sit at home writing this review, I can close my eyes and imagine the hoppy taste dancing around my mouth. This hoppy flavor was followed by a warming sensation that I would expect with such a high ABV level. On a cold winters night, such as tonight, this beer will warm you from inside out. The flavor had a hint of almost butterscotch, which gave it that sweet flavor to go hand in hand with the hoppy flavor. I was very satisfied with this beer, so much so that I went back for 2 more when it was all said and done.

I am thankful to have been able to setup my podcasting equipment at M-Brew tonight. I had a blast doing it. I got to sit down with a new friend Jeff, who writes for ImABeerHound.com as well as Suzanne from M-Brew. They had some great stories and such an awesome knoladge and love for craft beer and the craft beer community. I hope to do many more podcast sessions from M-Brew in the near future.