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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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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 1,034
Photo of do_ob
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +26.3%
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 +3.5%
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 -5.6%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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 -11.9%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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%
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 -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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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~

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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~

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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.

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