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

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 29
Gots: 176 | 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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Ratings: 881 | Reviews: 102
Photo of dmgeng
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of rockaroo
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not something you would want to put into your best beer of the night slot. Great as one of those other beers. Soapy texture. Love this brewery.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome IPA. Heavy malt. Nice hop flavor. 93/100

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of MIbeer27
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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.

Photo of ZakBarnes
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Better on tap?

Photo of tmbgnicu
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of Tyrone_Slothrop
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful IPA! Definitely feels like more than 8.5% -- this hit me quick and hard. Beautiful taste, beautiful color, hilarious name. Rad beer.

Photo of K-Dog
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice burnt orange color and hoppy aroma. A malty tasting solid double ipa at a good price at 12.99 a sixer

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Photo of hardysf
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wonderful hop aroma. Good initial hop flavor, floral and bitter. Finishes with good malt balance.

Photo of SemperIPA
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

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~

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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Photo of kkleu357
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

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~

Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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

Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.