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

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 964
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 29.87%
Wants: 28
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
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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 Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque dark copper with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like a safety meeting, with dank herbal hops and citrus zest and bready malt.
T: It tasted like herbal hops and citrus zest, with some barley malt. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't as bold or dank as I hoped. Certainly not to the same level as Enjoy By. The body was nice, but the finish was hot, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Not a bad brew, but not that great either.

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Photo of brewme
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a big fan. Paid about $15 for a 6-pack after reading positive reviews on Beer Advocate. Smells of pine and grass, with a very boozy taste to me. Would not buy again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass on draft here at British Beer Co. in Cape Cod, MA.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy amber color with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is off-white about one third of an inch with an obvious vigor proud pour. Settles to nada after a sip or two.

Smell: Bland piney scent, super light and weakest property of the beer.

Taste: Complex sweet grapefruit, heavy hops with a dose of nastiness that will reset your palates after every sip.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, slightly sticky.

Overall: Good beer, actually very good beer...delivers to the point where you will actually fall in lust for the moment and ask for a bit more. Salud.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Dope
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't find a bottling date. Hopefully not too old.

A: Pours a clear deep ruby red. Good sized frothy light tan head. No lacing.

S: Candied citrus and lots of dank herbal hops.

T: Lots of herbal and piney hops. Dank indeed. Mild bready malt in the finish. Decent wave of bitterness follows into a lingering bitter and piney aftertaste. Get a little bit of hard candy sometimes too.

M: Medium bodied, easy drinking. Mildly dry.

O: I expected over-the-top hoppiness and instead I got a pretty balanced IPA. Might be an old bottle, I'm not sure. If only they dated this. Drinkability is nice as a result of the balance at least. Lots of herbal flavors and spicy pine. Not fruitiness in this one.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
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 MUTINY
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a murky deep copper with 1/2" khaki head that recedes slowly. Retention is quite good. Lacing is not impressive at all.

S: Piney, resinous hop character over a surprisingly assertive malt base. Hints of grassiness & lemon rind are detectable.

T: Fairly aggressive bitterness up front gradually leads into a pine & graham-cracker malt dominated mid palate. The finish features a resurgence of the bitterness with a slight citrus expression. Big flavors, ABV is masked well.

M: Moderate carb married to a rich, muddy malt body. Excessively soapy. Dull finish. Definitely the weak link for this brew.

O: The nose & the flavors here are really quite nice, I'm just dubious about how the 'feel' works with everything else. Altogether quite good IPA.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cream soda coloring with a nice 1/2" head that stays there

Smell: Very earthy citrusy grassy aromas with a sweet caramel tone

Taste: Solid. Dank, piney, and grassy hops. a bit more malty. very tasty

Mouthfeel: Medium body; smooth

Overall: Delicious , a pleasure to drink

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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,.


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Photo of Bone53
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown pour with a bright redish orange hue when put up to the light

Smell: Very earthy dank aromas with a sweet caramel malt backbone

Taste: Dank, piney, and grassy hops upfront with a slight undertone of caramel malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body; The dry bitterness throughout hides the abv very well

Overall: This is another IPA in the earthy, piney, resinous, dank category. Iv come to prefer the juicy, bright fruit varieties, but if youre in the mood for this kind of hop profile, then this is a solid offering.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of gamera
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium amber and somewhat clear; got a fat head up front, some lace trailed behind - nothing crazy - but there was a solid layer of fuzz across the beer all the way to the finish

S: very aromatic for sure - some undercurrent of a chewy sweetness, but predominantly the "dank" aroma - a blend of deep, resinous and dark and citric impressions

T: the bitter hop resins assert atop a solid malt base. Shellac and citric pith rounded off by caramel-like malt sugar sweetness - dank and piney but crisply executed; carries a denser malt bill than many other "IPAs"

F: The body has some chew, medium-full feeling - 'specially for it to be an IPA - feels more like many IIPAs; nice rolling bitterness will wrap around the tongue

O: Has a husky, musky, piney, resinous character drawing allusions to marijuana, as being dank. Learned the expression, "safety meeting" lol - it's an 8.5% abv IPA - it carries a bit more heft and density than many IPAs, and draws some parallels to many IIPAs out there. A great beer in any case sure to please hopheads and potheads alike.

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Photo of do_ob
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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 B2A
5/5  rDev +26.6%
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 DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local liquor store. No bottled on date that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a very hazy deep amber without about an inch of eggshell head that sticks around for a good bit, leaves a good film, and provides some adequate lacing on the glass. Lots of particulate in this one, including some pretty big white "chunks" floating around.

S: Fruity and dank hop presence in the nose, with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Some sweet caramel malts coming through as well. This one smelled way more dank when I first poured it, but halfway through the beer, it's profiled changed quite a bit.

T: Fruity, resinous, and malty at the front. Pine and pineapple are the two hop flavors that seem the most assertive. Quite impressive balance, considering how all-over-the-place the bouquet was. The middle is a bit creamier and sees the pine/bitter hop intensity increase, with the malts continuing to have a say. The back end is resinous piney hop flavor all the way, with the bitter lingering for quite some time. I don't find this hop flavor to be nearly as jarring/abrasive as some of the other reviewers have stated. It brings the hop bitter, but I find it to be well-executed and quite pleasing on the palate.

F: Medium-bodied, effervescent/creamy at the front and middle, and then decidedly bright and bitter at the back end. This feels like a good, strong IPA should.

O: I really enjoy this IPA. It's not going to blow your mind with huge hop flavor, but it will bring everything you'd expect and more from an IPA with a big ABV. I can't detect heat in this one at all, and that's really saying something for 8.5. The hops are definitely there, the fruit and pine notes are there, and the bitter is there. I wouldn't recommend this to someone who's bitter-averse, but for everyone else, this one is going to please.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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 buschbeer
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Slack
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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