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

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most Aromatic IPA. An 8.5% India Pale Ale that is very reminiscent of the hop’s cousin in the Mulberry family. Lots of hop aroma with just the right amount of bitterness as we still like our balance around here. Between the secret blend of the most DANK hops that we can get our hands on and a "more than healthy" dose of double dry hopping, this beer can be announced to the nose from across the room that someone is definitely having a Safety Meeting.

Added by SportsandJorts on 04-26-2014

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Photo of B2A
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer hits the spot every time I drink it, whether it has been pulled straight from the tap at Dark Horse or poured from a bottle at home. I could go on for paragraphs about its color and smell, but in the end...I just like drinking it, so enough said.

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Photo of threeviews
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on date: 5/1/2014) into a Samuel Adams specialty glass

A- Pours a hazy, rust orange with about a single finger of a white, soapy head. A bit darker and more hazy than I prefer my DIPA's.. (3.50)

S- They weren't kidding with the name! Although not overdone, the aromatics are quite pungent and consist of a dichotomy between sweet orange/tangerine/pineapple and piney/herbal/floral notes. Upon further investigation the olfactory hues do not produce much in the way of a malt backbone...all hops! (4.75)

T- Huge slap of piney/resinous bitterness attacks the palate first. A mere fleeting note of malt sweetness is detected mid-sip but is quickly pummeled into submission by the substantial citrus rind hop bitterness. A beautiful balance between citrus and pine bitterness. (5.0)

M- Falls on the lighter side of medium. Despite the (advertised) 8.5% ABV, the alcohol falls completely 'under the radar.' Carbonation is to style and the malt/hop ratio is done to precision...enough malt to support the hop load and make them the star of the show. What's more, SLASM lacks any astringency that would makes this unpleasant. (4.5)

O- Dark Horse does not disappoint with SLASM and can easily see the hype surrounding this limited release. Not only am I happy to have had the opportunity to review this offering, I am an ardent fan of this brewery (their BBA Plead The 5th Imperial Stout stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Goose Island's BCBS) and cannot wait to sample more of their beers. (4.75)

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Very unique aroma of fresh grassy wet hops and sweet cereal grain malt. It's bursting with juiciness as notes of pineapple, mango and even sugar cookie emanate from the glass. Mosaic?

T- Very aggressive bitterness grabs hold of the palate and brings with it a lot of grassy hop flavor. The bitterness lingers awhile but is just about perfect as far as my threshold is concerned. Very, very drinkable for the ABV except the bitterness keeps one from taking too many sips in a row.

M- Very oily and bitey from the hops but not the booze. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- My new favorite Dark Horse beer. Forget Double Crooked Tree. This is the shit. Should've gotten a six-pack instead of a single.

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Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours an iced tea amber under a 1” cark cream to light tan foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: fruit, dank, resin, fresh grass.
T: Big flavors dominate with fruit, melon melding with a citrus rind to quinine bitter. Dries out in a bracing bitter finish with slight astringency from the hops. Nothing harsh.
F: Creamy, medium body, very soft in the mouth, medium carbonation.
O: A refreshing drinkable beer with a big bracing hop presence.

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Photo of foundersasap
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper hue with lots of huge floaters, smells of wet grass, pine, taste is pine, bitter hoppy with just enough malt to balance this DIPA. If this is what a safety meeting smells like, send me a meeting invite. Very nice offering I'd buy again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy and copper colored IPA. A beige head.

S- Smells like a safety meeting... A pungent hop aroma, bright citrus, a hint of pine and herbal notes. Very nice, sweeter smelling stuff.

T- A pungent hop flavor at first. Very sweet and citrusy. A big orange flavor, grapefruit and lemon. Some mango as well. A more oily feel then most hops and the finishing notes are a tad spicy. The malt backbone is somewhat non obtrusive in this beer. Really just allows for the hops to do their thing. The malts are sweet and the hops, bitter, an excellent balance.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel, works well for the beer.

O- A very nice DIPA and at a great price.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4-29-14 and poured just 19 days later 5-18-14. This is one of the fresher IPAs I've had for awhile, so I'm looking forward to this. $2.49 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color with a moderate haze. Off-white creamy/and soapy head that's about half a finger in height. I like the color on this. There's also a thin wall of lacing throughout the first half of the glass.

Smell: Oh man, love that citrus. It's citrusy with loads of tropical fruit aromas. Juicy as hell and sweet. Definitely a pretty big IPA. I'm a good boy (or a no-life?) who hasn't smelled weed before, so I don't know about that, but all I do know is that this smells great.

Taste/feel: The very definition of bittersweet. There's an intense bitterness one moment, but then a rush of malty sweetness with the tropical fruit hop flavors. A Fruity Pebbles sort of flavor in there as well, particularly when it gets a little warmer. The finish is really dry and slightly bitter. I really love the mouthwatering initial sweetness of this beer followed immediately by that big IPA bitterness I'd expect. For some reason it comes into the mouth a little on the thin side (...ahem), but the feel overall is medium in texture and low-to-maybe-medium in carbonation.

SLASM is a very good beer, plain and simple. There's a great, significant tropical fruity hop presence that I love, a solid, sweet malt flavor, and a nice bitterness. As it warms just a bit, it becomes more sweet than bitter, and becomes even more drinkable. This is listed as a standard IPA, but with its significant malt profile (and just the color of the beer, even), I'd label this an Imperial IPA, personally. Regardless of that, it's a beer any hop fan should seek out.

This beer comes together in a huge way after about 10-15 minutes out of the fridge. One of my very favorite beers. I wasn't nearly this impressed when I first poured it, but wow.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, date stamped 5.6.14, nice! Not even 3 weeks old!
L - deep amber with a creamy ivory head, decent head retention
S - sweet and tropical nose wirh caramel, grain, mango, pineapple
T - bold flavors here: caramel, toasty grain, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, pine
F - fuller side of medium for body, moderately dry with pine lingering on the bitter finish
O - I really enjoyed this one. It's a new wave of flavorful hops (tropical) with a nice malt backbone and some more classic hop flavors (grapefruit, pine). Nice balance; I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Not sure I've ever smelled a Safety Meeting so this one may be a bit hard to nail down. Wet grassy notes up front. Dare I say "danky"? Lots of heavy fresh cut grass notes. Very interesting. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy deep amber pour with a moderate white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Big rush of grassy and citrus-like hop notes up front. Firm earthy bitterness forms a solid foundation. Balance is to the hoppy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with hop derived astringency. No heat or creaminess.

Overall impression: A big, and yes, dank IPA. Really dangerous, really good. Well worth the hype.

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Photo of davet100
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, review from a couple of weeks back.

A: Clear, light copper with a fluffy white head.

S: Dank hops and pine with some herbal notes.

T: Hoppy for sure, lots of pine resin and as it warmed, some notes of pineapple and orange came through. Per the aroma, some herbal notes are present and there is a solid malt backbone to keep things in check.

M: Definitely medium bodied, a bit sticky at times, but for the most part, very drinkable and the alcohol nicely hidden. Decidedly dry finish which I liked.

O: I thought this brew was quite complex and well constructed, despite the rather stupid name. While it didn't blow me away, I would suggest it is worth checking out if you are a fan of hoppy beers that keep you thinking.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is citrus, strong fruit and light pine. The flavor is citrus, toffee, mild chocolate/dark chocolate, malts, grapefruit and a medium bitter/spicy finish.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed a previous iteration of this beer when it was originally released on tap as Smells Like Weed. Now that it’s bottled and widely available I thought it would be fun to revisit.
This pours a vibrant amber with creamy toffee colored foam. There’s a great aroma on it. I'm getting lots pine and some orange dank notes. I found it to have a pleasing bitter assault with lingering piney notes makes for one delicious beer.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (dated 4.24.14) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Funny label. A normal pour creates a 1-1/2 finger, khaki head that slowly drops to a bubbly film and leaves awesome lacing. Deep copper body with light carbonation.

S- Very hoppy. Lots of pine, herbal, hints of leather, grapefruit, and tropical fruit, maybe even some peach. Quite bold and fresh. Definitely hop-centric.

T- Much more balanced than the initial aroma suggests. But don't get me wrong, there's a ton of piney, resiny hops. Really light aspirin. Though there's also an underlying, brown sugar-like base from the, obviously hefty, malt bill.

M- Full bodied, light carbonation. Light hoppy tickle, and a dry finish.

O- So fresh (just over a week old). A great IPA that really straddles the DIPA line. While I can only see doing 1-2 in a sitting, I would definitely buy it again (I was expecting to pay more like $15-16 for the sixer, not the actual $11-12).

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Photo of do_ob
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours a semi-opaque dark amber and tops off with a 2 finger head of sticky, off-white foam. Great tropical fruity aroma with notes of citrus and dank pine in there as well. Medium weight with a very creamy mouthfeel. There's a modest hop bitterness up front with notes of grapefruit. More pine creeps in middleways, and by the finish, it's an all-out pine/hop bomb with very little fruit left. Finishes smooth, and leaves a dry, hoppy bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall, very enjoyable. This is a very well-balanced beer that turns out to be very hoppy on the back end. It starts out like an east-coast style, being quite fruity, but then makes a 180 and mimicks a Double Jack of sorts. No real trace of alcohol, either, which is nice.

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Photo of SemperIPA
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A dank and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and pine. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Big earthy and herbal hop presence with hints of grass and pine resin. Solid supporting malt presence with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Nicely dank and bitter smelling. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: As dank and fire as it smells, a big juicy mix of citrus and piney hops with a solid malt backing. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, mango, and tangerine. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop notes with some pine resin and grass. As hoppy as things are there is a solid malt backing with notes of sweet caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, Juicy, oily, and pretty drying on the mouth like the sticky icky does to you.

Overall: A pretty fire and dank IPA. Good juicy and piney hop notes with a solid malt backing. How many puns can I put in a review? Maybe 420.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't find this overly boozy, which is always a concern with imperial IPAs. It is a very hoppy and tasty beer. Had this on tap in a small sample pour (3 or 4 ounces). Paired well with my pizza.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark horse did good again.
Color is dark, burnt copper. Smell kicks you right where it needs to. Pine and citrus are overwhelming in a cornacopia for your sniffer. Would buy a candle if it smelled like this beer.
Taste has the right bitterness to it 45 ibu I believe? With just a small amt of malt to keep it at bay. Very drinkable, however it sounds difficult to obtain. Will get more if I can find it!!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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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Photo of mtomlins
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

Pours a deep, rich orangey-amber color with two fingers of off-white head that leaves nice lacing. I really liked the color on this IPA; it’s somehow unique. The nose is full of juicy citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. I don’t pick-out the promised grass, but maybe I spent too much time in Vancouver…. On the palate, there is a nice malt profile featuring sweet caramel, bread and toasted malt. This gives way to a citrus hop profile that finishes with a pleasant bittering hop dryness and lots of resinous pine. The mouthfeel is really nice, incredibly smooth, creamy and sticky with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, a really nice, balanced IPA.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see a lower ABV DIPA from dark horse their Double Crooked Tree I choked on. Only paid $2.49 for the single at vintage estate.

A - A very hazy amber brown color light with the trademark Dark Horse Creamy foam. Sticks around for a while and makes for world class lacing.
S -What a DIPA should smell like dank and citrus hops, sweeter malts, and no delectable ABV.
T - Really thick stuff coats the tounge with bittering hops which is on par with Stones "Ruination" Its been a while since I have had such a bitter yet tolerable beer. Bitter Bitter Bitter yet smooth.
M - The ABV is their in the finish mixed in with the hop oils. Drinks quite medium but feels quite thick.

Overall I am glad I tried this like everything they make it is well crafted but I kind of enjoy their malty and stout beers more. I do appreciate them making this I found Double Crooked Tree undrinkable at least this is palate-able.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with not quite one finger of head that settled to a thin film. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is dank herbal, pine, earth, and a hint of mint. There is a barely detectable level of sweetness from the malt that is common in almost all Dark Horse beers.

I oddly get a lot of mint or wintergreen in the flavor. The rest of the flavor is herbal and a touch of pine. A nice level of sweet and toasted malt makes an effort to balance of the bitterness, but it is in vain. As a result, the bitterness is not overwhelming despite this being an IPA in the high IBU ranges.

This is a large bodied IPA with really nice carbonation. A little slick but otherwise feels nice on the palate.

This does not smell really dank and weedy to me. But what do I know. Still a pretty damn good IPA from Dark Horse.

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