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

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 19
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SportsandJorts on 04-26-2014)
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Sammy, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Knapp85, Jun 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my chalice, deep caramel hued body slightly hazed one of those unfiltered Michigan brewers. This happens to be bottled on 6/5/14...It definitely doesn't smell like an expiration date there's a fresh smelling hop nose not decomposed hop accents hanging out there. Big malty and hoppy it's a huge DIPA more bordering a strong ale or weak barleywine. I'm pairing this malt monster of a DIPA with a Viaje Zombie Antidote it's got the right combination of pepper spice and Nicaraguan tobacco to balance out this big beer!!! Aroma has apricot preserves citrus mango and a bit of a booze coming through. Flavor deep pine, sweet apricot fruit notes, citrus pith bittering it out to the bone, with some lingering tropical notes adding some sweetness back into the mix. Mouthfeel a bit viscous and hot on the palate with alcohol, but it has enough hop resins to mellow everything out. Overall I'm very pleased with this big DIPA no frills in your face version of the style aggressive like most of the other beers in Dark Horse's stable.

WVbeergeek, Jun 20, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, May 21, 2014
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3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

jlindros, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a half glass of foam. It also settles slowly, requiring the bartender to take five minutes before serving with a two-finger, lumpy head. Dirty copper color with ample cloudiness. Good ring and webby lace.

Good hop resin nose (like pine bows). A touch of grapefruit.

Very brief pale malt start; the rest is a hop bomb--very bitter, harshly dry. Good body with a below average level of bubbles. Long aftertaste as expected. No alcohol warmth. An extreme beer even for a DIPA.

smcolw, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Trashcat, Nov 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

duceswild, May 22, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good DIPA. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

jdhilt, Oct 15, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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?

Stinkypuss, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

dmorgan310, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ShanePB, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Zaphog, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Cynic-ale, May 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

chippo33, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

TurdFurgison, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Lare453, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

DrDemento456, May 26, 2014
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Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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