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Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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very good

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 30
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SportsandJorts on 04-26-2014

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Ratings: 794 | Reviews: 84
Photo of kevdemers
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice malty IPA (this is not a double why??), on the sweet but piney side.

Photo of heydrinks
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA I've had in a good stretch. Really nice body and color.

Photo of buschbeer
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Dark Horse pint glass

It is rust colored with burnt orange highlights. I can see specks of yeast suspended in it. The beer is topped with an inch of tan head.

I was expecting some dank shit. Instead I get mostly pine. I even checked to see if it was old, but it was bottled a couple weeks ago.

I get a little bit of everything in the taste. I get some pine. I get some tea flavors. I get some malt. Once again, not what I was expecting.

Medium mouthfeel

Ever since I watched that abortion of a show on the "History" channel their beers keep tasting worse. I had high hopes for this beer and am left utterly disappointed.

Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky caramel color with a creamy yellowish head that retains decently. Smells of deep green hoppiness - peppery and sappy - almost savory in nature. Herbs, scallions, and toast. Taste is a balance between hops and malt...hops stay a bit earthy and resinous, but is rounded out by black tea and tangerines. Very smooth dark fruit and pine needles meets a little dark grain. I'd like to call this "malty", but there's not a huge amount of malt flavor or sweetness - it's more of a "dark" sort of hoppiness. Creamy body gives it a full-ish feel, leading to a dry, bitter finish. Drinks pretty easy for over 8%. Not the weediest beer ever, but it does trend toward the resinous, dank end of the hop spectrum.

Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with an orange tint and a thick cap of creamy white head that leaves small sticky lacing throughout. The aroma is tropical and floral, maybe a little earthy. It smells great but dank...not so much. The taste is a little less enticing. It is good but it seems more effort was put into the aroma. There isn't as big a hop flavor as there is aroma and just seems restrained. The body has a nice smooth feel throughout with just a little bit of hops bitterness biting throughout.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

does anyone else think this tastes like how pot smells?

Photo of Slack
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany in color with a quarter inch of head and very minor lacing.
Smell is dominated by pine and citrus with a sweetness note.
Taste is choppy up front with pine and citrus, a sweet middle, and a lingering bitter hop finish.
Mouthful is light to medium with medium carbonation.
Overall not my favorite but a nice IPA.

Photo of dmgeng
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just recently saw this one and figured why not.

A - Dark amber color. Slight hop haze with a rocky white head and very good lacing.

S - Pungent hop fragrance with lots of pine, resin, dank, herbal, and citrus tones. I like the smell and I wouldn't have anticipated anything else from this beer. Not as overwhelming as a Pliny but still good aromatics.

T - Initially the hop character that has resin, pine, and grapefruit hit on the front. In the middle there is some caramel and malt. The finish is full resin but not in a bad way. I would characterize this as a softer and more balanced DIPA instead of a plain American IPA with more ABV and a stronger constitution but more of the dank to compliment the caramel. Much like an Imperial Pale Ale with hops, then malt, then some bitterness but none the more convincing.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Not a bad feel but somewhat run-of-the-mill not adding or detracting from the balanced flavors.

Overall, a very good beer. I wouldn't make this my go-to IPA just because there isn't anything going on here to make it exemplary but the balance and more of the resin inspired hops make this a good get. I am sure that this one could be considered someone's favorite IPA if they like the dank, resin, and pine to be forward and the yeast and malt in the middle to balance that but I prefer a bigger hop presence in my >6% ABV hoppy beers. Good beer that I would recommend if you want a change of pace but I don't expect that it will be life altering.

Glass- Perfect Pint

Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark orange with a fingers worth of creamy head

S-pine, hop resin, bit of citrus and light caramel

T-similar to the smell, caramel malts, pine, and some citrus

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall very nice smell with a very hoppy finish

Photo of rockaroo
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not something you would want to put into your best beer of the night slot. Great as one of those other beers. Soapy texture. Love this brewery.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome IPA. Heavy malt. Nice hop flavor. 93/100

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cool brew. You really have to use your imagination to smell ... er, a safety meeting. But all in all, a highly recommended treat.

It is a pretty AIPA - very foamy. That foam also acts as a nice aroma vehicle. That aroma is grassy. I've had a lot of safety meetings in my day and I guess this could smell like some.

The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops. It has a creamy mouth feel, no bite. The aftertaste is a bitter burn.

I think this really works. It could be one of my favorite Dark Horses.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Murky, rustic orange with a thin white head. It has plenty of carbonation. I smell more of a dull bitter smell. Much bitter funk from hops and a very slight black cherry hint??? Am I crazy? Pine and resin is abundant. A Carmel malty taste makes this a pretty complex beer. Funk resinates through the nose. Hopiliciius finish and body. I really enjoyed this.

Photo of MIbeer27
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into snifter, dated 4.2.15

Bottle pours with a dark amber, caramel hue with a quickly dissipating white head.

Aroma is a huge hit of citrus and pine resin, with underlying sweet caramel malt and sugars. I get the slightest hint of honey as well, a la Hopslam.

Taste begins with the aforementioned citrus and pine, but is quickly taken over by the sticky sweet, resinous malt characteristics. The hops linger pleasantly in the background through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, as are bitterness and carbonation. A very sticky, resinous beer to say the least.

Overall, Smells Like A Safety Meeting is an extremely enjoyable, balanced double IPA. First off, the aroma is outstanding. I can see people not enjoying the sweetness, but the hops do more than enough to balance it and at 8.5%, it was expected.

Photo of Stevedore
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, dated 3/26/2015. Served in a snifter 4/23/2015.

A- Darker copper body, almost brownish in hue. Two finger offwhite head, good retention, no lacing. The colour of the body is a lot darker than I'd expect from any standard IPA.

S- Citrus, floral hop aromas, a bit of pale malt sweetness, but it's quite floral. A bit herbal too.

F- Malty, sweet caramel and toffee, not a ton of hop aromatics, which is disappointing from an IPA that's less than a month old. Moderate grassy bitterness on the backend.

M- Thin-medium bodied, slightly watery, and absolutely quite boozy without contributing much sweetness or depth to it. This definitely fell short in the mouthfeel department.

O- I don't get the name nor do I get any "weed" here. I'm going to say no to this one.

Photo of ZakBarnes
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Better on tap?

Photo of tmbgnicu
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For a beer with its name, I honestly expected a lot more from the noise. Frankly, I did not pick up much of a "weed" smell. Overall, a nice ipa. Not sure I'd get another six pack, but glad I grabbed the one I did

Photo of Tyrone_Slothrop
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful IPA! Definitely feels like more than 8.5% -- this hit me quick and hard. Beautiful taste, beautiful color, hilarious name. Rad beer.

Photo of K-Dog
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice burnt orange color and hoppy aroma. A malty tasting solid double ipa at a good price at 12.99 a sixer

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great Double! One of the things that stuck out is the color. That perfect burnt orange haze! The smell blows your wig back quicker than a bong hit! The flavors melt together in a fused hoppy malt goodness that makes you drink the whole six pack in a hour! Tacos!

Photo of hardysf
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wonderful hop aroma. Good initial hop flavor, floral and bitter. Finishes with good malt balance.

Photo of SemperIPA
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass out of a 12 oz bottle purchased at the Craft Beer Store in Dresden, Germany. Yes, Dresden -- couldn't believe I was seeing a Dark Horse beer over 4,000 miles from Marshall, MI!!!

APPEARANCE – Opaque orange in color w/ a thick light-tan head that produces wonderful lacing on the glass.

SMELL – Sweet piney aroma.

TASTE – Surprisingly sweet malty front that quickly yields to light hoppiness then repeating waves of malt and hop alternate as the taste fades away. Interesting.

MOUTHFEEL – Good wrap-around-your-tongue feel to it.

OVERALL – A rock-solid IPA. Not my favorite, but definitely an IPA that I'd buy again.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 84/100

Nice robust hop profile.... Balanced out with a crushing malt bomb... Ok, not my favorite balance of this style~

Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Slight hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor caramel and pine hops, light bitter aftertaste. $3.19 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours dark orange, kinda towards ruby/amber, with a compact one finger white head that lasts just a bit, leaving a frothy lace afterwards.
The usual dose of pine and grapefruit in the smell, also peach, apricot, cherry plum, a floral whiff, quite a lot of caramel and some cracker, too.
Bitter-sweet start, juicy with oranges, pomelo, grapefruit (lots of peel), a hint of mango, some peach jam setting the stage for a deep caramel sweetness and a sturdy maltiness that it's ultimately a bit too much. A sour grain note, bread dough, a bit of extra-toasted cracker. Hops bring a small floral note, a bit of weed dankness starting to develop, a spicy leafiness, cut short by big bitter grassiness. Finishes really bitter, quite earthy, hints of tobacco and some lingering maltiness.
Medium body and carbonation, just a bit sticky, regular.
It does somewhat remind somewhat of weed, but i had other IPAs that had that note even stronger. Malts are a bit too much tho. Not with the greatest out there, but a great hoppy beer anyway.

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Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.