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

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88
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90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 948
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 2.53%
Wants: 29
Gots: 193 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SportsandJorts on 04-26-2014

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.
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Photo of Stevedore
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smaller fizzy slight creamy head covering fades at fair rate, little lacing, of course it's very dark for an ipa, murky iced tea brown maroon color.

Nose brings some sweet candy malts, little nutty brown malt and reddish toasty but not caramel, into earthy herbal hops, little black tea, bit grassy and leafy, little candied orange peel, etc, and touch of sugary iced tea.

Taste brings more sweetness, toffee, brown sugar, little candy syrup but not at all syrupy, sugar daddy, also not super sweet surprisingly. Then earthy herbal hops, grassy leafy, black tea, little orange peel and herbal tea spices, creamy smooth rich feeling. Fair to heavier bitterness attempts to increase on the finish, quite bitter on the finish, earthy herbal hops, more herbal tea, little dry but sticky, faint warming booze, candy flavours lingering too.

Mouth is med to bigger bod, rich creamy smooth like, decent carb, very faint booze.

Overall... well if this was a Hoppy brown ale it would be pretty nice, but an ipa?!! Nothing like it. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 4/29/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of conifers with some citrus thrown in
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to broken ring and broken layer
Lacing OK – irregular islands and atolls with small to medium bubbles
Body dark orange, cloudy
Flavor of pine and malt, bitter aftertaste with long hangtime. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

This IPA has reached the end of its drinkable life span. It still smells like an IPA and has the mouth feel of an IPA, but it is ugly (Looks dirty – like an infected urine.) and is definitely malty. If I could have read the date when I bought it, I wouldn’t have. That will be a thread shortly (707 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had quite a few disappointing brews last night and this one was no exception.

It was a generic malt bomb like so many others in the style are becoming. Looked good with a deep amber pour and a two finger off-white head, didn't have the overly dank smell promised on the bottle. Just a bunch of malt.

Tasted exactly the same and felt medium bodied with moderate carb,.

Generic. (381 characters)

Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%

This arrived in 6-packs to our local wine/brew shop just this week. I've been watching the show and I gathered this outfit knows how to produce quality brew. Out of the bottle & into a Oktoberfest glass, I am detecting a slight medicinal aftertaste that garnishes an otherwise enjoyable sip, clove-infused seeming, but not too sweet. Carbonation out of the bottle was intense but the lacing on the glass is inviting. A bit brassy for what I look for in an IPA but the only other one to select of theirs on the shelf was the Imperial IPA and it's got equivalent ABV as this one, maybe one of their regular ales shows up under 8% I will notice less medicinal quality. Cheers~ (673 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Mild haze on a dark honeyed gold with some burnt orange thrown in. Head is off-white, creamy, and thin. Drops to a thin cap. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: Pine resin, dank and herbal. Weed. Malts are nice and bready with some solid caramelized malt sweetness. A touch of grapefruit rind. Pine needle, bitterness and some solid herbal earthiness. Loses a little depth as it warms, but it's a solid hop aroma. A touch of apricot and orange peel.

Taste: Balanced caramelized and caramel malt sweetness. A touch bready with a mild roasted element. Hops are loaded with pine, a touch of mint, grapefruit and a huge herbal component. Mildly earthy. Dank. Massively hopped with a strong, but not crazy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a slightly below average carbonation. Has that slick almost sticky feel of all DarkmHorse IPAs. Clean finish.

Overall: The nose knows this is decent.

A bitter pine-laced IPA. Not they're best, but still better than a lot of things. (983 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 5/13/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper with an off-white head that fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are nice, but not overwhelming. Lots of grapefruit along with hints of pine. Some citrus notes. Nice amount of caramel malts in the mix. The flavors are solid, but aren't getting me overly excited. The malts make their mark, and arguably cut down on the bitterness. More grapefruit along with hints of orange and lemon. Some pine needles in the mix. Subtle bitterness. Subtle sweetness. Flavors kind of fall flat for me, but they aren't bad my any stretch. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied and pretty creamy. Fluffy with low carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed although it pops up in the flavors every once in awhile just to say hey.

This is a decent DIPA, but it's ultimately forgettable for me. Not bad at all, but not anything I'd revisit. (906 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a regular glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky copper color. The head is a finger high and a deep off-white in shade. I'm pretty impressed with the texture, thickness, and duration of the head. Thick rings of lacing stick to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: This is as dank as advertised. There is a lot of pine, a lot of weed, and a lot of grass. Also, a lot of caramel malt. I feel that a healthy malt backbone goes well with citrus-devoid hop profiles - and there's almost none of that to be found. It smells like a safety meeting, what more do you want?! (3.75)

Taste: Yep, this is a weed bomb. There are some piny and grassy touches, but the marijuana is what ends up dominating. Another dominant note (unsurprisingly, given the dark color) is the malt backbone. I get strong notes of caramel, toffee, earth, and sugar cookie to balance all the pine, all the grass...and all the grass. Sure, I prefer light, crisp, citrusy IPAs, but this is really well done for what it is. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, like I sort of expect from a DIPA. Despite the sharp bitterness, the feel is actually quite creamy and lush. This isn't very crisp, though - rather, this is a nice one to savor. Drinkability does suffer on the other hand, partly due to carbonation that fades quickly (at first, it's medium to slightly high). (3.25)

Overall: Enjoy smoking pot? Reticent to do so because your dumb stoner friend might give you some chronic and get you hooked on cocaine by proxy? Do you work for the gubmint and fear random drug tests getting you fired? Like IPAs? This is your beer! (3.5)

3.52/5: Lives up to the label, easily (1,637 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown with a 1/2 inch head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Upfront piney, grapefruit hops. A little lemon along with some sweet sugar notes. A little malt near the finish.

Taste - First sip is straight up hops. Piney, grapefruit with some tropical fruits. Orange, lemon and some citric fruits are also tasted. Danky yet has a nice amount of sugar sweetness to counter the overall bitterness. Caramel malts come in near the finish to bold things up some.

Mouthfeel - Bitter hops coat the tongue first. Some sweet sugars,citric fruits and some caramel malts nail the palate. Aftertaste is danky, a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Decent dipa. Nothing special, new or groundbreaking. Just another dipa to put on the shelves. Doesn't stack up against the better dipas, therefor wouldn't buy this one over many others. (859 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agree with another poster that this is borderline IPA in appearance (darker amber) and smell (I can't get much of anything, maybe a little orange). This pour had almost no head, and the resulting feel is sort of flat.

The taste is actually overall not that bad, some orange, honey, maybe papaya sweetness backed by a piney bitterness. There's a hint of alcohol, as well, but very light.

Overall, I didn't find this a remarkable drink, but it was decent. I won't seek it out, but might grab one as a change of pace sometime. (525 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what to think of this beer. As I've said many other times, a very east coast style ipa. Earthy mostly, with some pine thrown in the mix. The main detractor, and thankfully it is either going away or I'm getting used to it, is this hairspray kind of flavor to it. It's decent. But something isn't right for me. Maybe it's just the keg or bad luck. (355 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep orange color. Strong haziness and mostly opaque. A finger of a white head that leaves behind a good lacing.

Smell: strong hops. Pine and citrus. Some grassy aromas. Now much in the terms of malts

Taste: opens with some citrus hops mixed with a strong grassy taste. Lighter notes of pine and earth hops. Strong resin. Malts are not a strong taste.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for 8.5. Moderate bitterness. Lingers for a while though.

Overall: a decent ipa. Good and drinkable but with the amount of ipas out there I don't think id visit it again. (565 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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. (305 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a ridiculous label,, and name for that matter. Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep amber, a bit dark for a DIPA with white head. Nose is very heavy on pine, resin, tropical fruit, and some woody notes. Not really getting any notes of "safety meeting" on the nose, just a pine forward hop profile. Taste features moderate bitterness with some fruity hop character as well as a momentum gaining pine that goes through to the end. There is also a significant malt profile that interplays with some earthiness. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Overall, a decent brew from Dark Horse, but with the absurd label and name, I was expecting this one to stand out more. (662 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and a short coating of bubbles around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: Similar to the taste, the taste has lots of flavors of piney hops, but these are not resinous. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers into the finish. Notes of caramel malts are also present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is heavy on the "dank" flavors and does a rather good job of masking any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle (815 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a safety meeting pours a golden color with no head. There is a sweet aroma, but has some very strong floral and hoppy aromas. The is sweet and wet, but still has some big floral tastes. Good flavors and good body, but very "wet." Overall its bold and strong, with some big hoppy flavors. (299 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dark, ruddy copper. Well formed head. Webby lacing.

S-Deep, sweet citrusy hops. Lots of caramel along with the hops. It smells nice but it's very generic.

T-The citrus hoppy flavor are a bit lighter and more vibrant on the tongue. Dried out grain and plenty of caramel.

M-Plenty of body. Bitterness is moderate. Soft carbonation. Light alcoholic sting.

O-Smells like another generic Double IPA. (408 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. no date which can significantly affect the ratings based on age.
served in two snifters. does not smell like the good weed we get around here. sorry for you guys.

dark golden color, almost lighter amber red.

not significant head. see age?

nose is pine but not significant of any fruit. see age?

taste is hop and super sweet malt. sweetness hangs around. balanced but sweet.

no dryness on the tongue until very late.

taste is better than nose. it's a lupilin snack with a hint of sweet.

recommend but don't chase the truck. (547 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange color with plenty of lacing. In the nose, herb, citrus, floral and a bit of malt sweetness. In the taste, malty sweet with a nice piney hop presence, some grapefruit like citrus as well. Fairly bitter and has a hop bite to it. Medium bodied ale with a good level of carbonation. Overall this is a good IPA, and its a shame they're afraid to say it Smells Like Weed. What the hell does a safety meeting smell like? (434 characters)

Photo of Slack
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of gamera
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely high on the resin and dank, not as citrusy as I prefer. That said, still a fine offering from a fine beer state. I would get again for sure. (151 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle has a date that is hard to read but once held correctly says 5-13-14, I believe this is date it was bottle so this one should be fresh.

A - Pours out crystal clear dark amber with effervescent bubbles streaming up producing a small head that fizzled out pretty fast.

S - Sweet pine, marmalade, caramel, pineapple, apple. No sign of alcohol, but this one could use some more aromatics.

T- Sweet, caramel, resinous, pine, pineapple, slight bitterness. No sign of alcohol here.

M - Light bodied, really smooth, carbonation good, dry, slight bitterness on the back of the palate that builds but not very noticeable at first. I personally like a little more body.

O - Not my favorite IPA but it has some very nice qualities such as it being dangerously easy to drink. Be careful the only way I can tell this is 8.5% is the slight burn in my chest and the way my head is feeling. Taste and smell seem slightly more subdued then what I was expecting for an ipa. It is a pleasant IPA never the less, Cheers! (1,020 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark Horse Smells like a safety meeting

Poured into pint glass

A: Pours a nice attractive dark amber with red glowing highlights.

S: Caramel, apples, dark fruits and some subtle citrus notes.

T: Good. Not bad at all but not amazing . . . Not disappointing. A solid offering but lacks a certain flavor that makes me want to revisit this one.

M: Medium-sized feel, sticky and finishes with a tangy feel on the back of tongue.

O: I like this beer and glad I decided to give it a try. Wouldn't hesitate to drink again but I will probably not seek out again. (559 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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~ (275 characters)

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Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.