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

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Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety MeetingDark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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 wedge
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -3.6%
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 +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

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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 +4.1%
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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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 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 Stevedore
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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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 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 BrewUSA
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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~

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Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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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 kkleu357
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes on 5/27/14

Much more amber in color than I expected. Really does have a grassy weed smell to it. Taste is lots of hops and grassyness. Very dank and delicious.

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Amber/gold in color, with a big, sturdy cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Big citrus hops
Taste-Toasted malt, lots of citrus hops. Well-balanced and tasty, smooth for the high ABV.

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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%

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~

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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 Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
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

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Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle received in trade with mtomlins - thanks!

Appearance - Copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and pineapple. There is also some caramel, malts, and a sugary sweetness. It ends with a leafy hop bitterness.

Overall - An above average DIPA. Listed as a IPA but at %8.5 and with the flavours it has - more of a DIPA in my books. Not sure when this was bottled but it still has a great hop bite and a nice balance of bold flavours.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack our final pair of bottles, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The color it takes on is a dark apricot glow, with a one and a half finger tall head of nicely retained sandy foam. Carbonation appears to be exceptionally active. The nose is full of dank and resinous fruitiness of hops and otherwise. Notes come in the form of kiwi and mango, apple and pear, syrupy caramel and toasty pale maltiness, dried cranberries, dusty soot, plastic and chemical phenols, tannic tea leafiness, and potpourri spice. The flavoring opens up with surprising depth of malts in the caramel direction, decent roast and sweatiness of said malts, along with grassy and nectary hop sugars, sourdough bready yeastiness, overripe pineapple juiciness, graphite, soured wheat, lemon skin, pulp, and synthetic cleaner, gingerbread, and white sugar sweetness. The body is on the full side of medium, and the feel comes up with pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, and glug. The mouth is left astringently dried with a sticky metallic film left across it. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back nicely.

Overall, this beer has been burning a hole in the back of our fridge. Many a local Michigander has talked this one up to us, and for whatever reason, we haven’t gotten to it until now. The most memorable thing about it is its stank. The fruitiness is so syrupy, and perhaps it’s just our minds playing tricks on us, but with warmth it does begin to let out a bit of resinous marijuana leafiness. The flavoring is nice enough, but the caramel roast takes a front seat to the hops, which you would hope would persist throughout the entire tasting. This is a nice offering, and something slightly different for this brewery, but it doesn’t do anything wildly innovative or different. Great for a seasonal.

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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 StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dark Horse's Smells Like A Safety Meeting last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer and since this is the first time Dark Horse has decided to distribute it I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's a fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little weird looking, but it is fairly eye catching. It poured a murky amber color that took on more of a brighter amber color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, it was a little dark for the style, but it still looked good.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by the hops being the first to show up, at first they are pretty fruity aroma with some, citrus, tropical fruit and berry like aromas that mix together very nicely and neither aspect seems to stick more than the rest. Next comes the hops which impart this nice dank aroma that is little weed like, but not that much and there's also some resinous and herbal aromas in the background. Up next comes the malts which are on the lighter side and they impart some sweet malt, slightly grainy and caramel malt like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma, I liked how fruity and juicy it was.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that's followed by the hops still being the first to show up and they impart pretty much the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time fruity aspects are lighter and the herbal, resinous and dank hops seem to stick out just a little more than the fruits Up next comes the malts which impart the exact same aspect that they did in the aroma with a slight amount of doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a hoppy and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the hops weren't as juicy as they were in the aroma but they were still the highlight of this beer.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied and it had slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but I wish it wasn't as thick and sticky.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of a American IPA, I don't think it really lived up to it's odd name since I didn't really find it to smell very weed like, but it did turn out to be an enjoyable IPA that was just a little more balanced than I expected. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, slightly sticky, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think the mouthfeel would start to wear on me after a while so I think one or two would be the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, I thought it was the highlight of this beer and it was very well done. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just a little too thick and sticky for the style. I would buy this again if I saw it, but don't think I would need a full six pack and I would recommend this to anyone who like IPA's. All in all I was happy with this beer, as a whole I wasn't very impressed, but I did think this was a enjoyable example of a American IPA. This isn't my favorite American IPA or beer from Dark Horse, but it was still a good beer nonetheless. I do think the name is a little gimmicky. Nice job guys, this was a very solid IPA, keep up the good work.

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