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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 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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Photo of T-34-85
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured into tulip glass, this beer is surprisingly dark for an IPA, resulting from the darker malts used in its brewing.

S: A sweet smell with a nice scent of citrusy hops mixed in.

T: A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness in the taste with a good hop flavor.

M: Moderate to low level of carbonation with a surprisingly present level of heat in the back of the mouth and throat from the alcohol content. I have had numerous other IPAs with comparable levels of alcohol content that did not elicit this presence of heat

Overall: This is a unique IPA that is not too common to be forgettable. It is more of a sipper than a crisp light refreshment. I really enjoyed this IPA, and recommend other beer enthusiasts to give it a try.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a safety meeting pours a golden color with no head. There is a sweet aroma, but has some very strong floral and hoppy aromas. The is sweet and wet, but still has some big floral tastes. Good flavors and good body, but very "wet." Overall its bold and strong, with some big hoppy flavors.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark, murky amber color. A small foam head that dissipated rather quickly. Dark for an IPA. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus up front. Orange and grapefruit. Malts. A hint of alcohol. Pine.

Taste: Malts up front, followed by citrus (most noticeably grapefruit). A little bit of pine. Not too hoppy. A little bit of bitterness. Alcohol is masked pretty nicely. Honestly, one of the more tame IPAs I've had recently. The murky appearance matches the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A little syrupy. Not much carbonation.

Overall: A very easy-drinking, but, as mentioned, rather tame for an IPA.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured what I thought looked dark orange but then upon further inspection proved to be a nice reddish orange with a soft golden hue deep within it. Hazy. Head was off white, fell reasonably and di not leave much lace to speak of.

Nose is gentle but fruity. Orange citrus and a berry like tropical scent that is hard to pin down. Candy malt and a bit of graham cracker too.

Taste is lovely. Full taste on a soft creamy mouthfeel. Crispness in the drink and a sweet tropical fruitiness. Orange and orange pith. Finishes sticky and with a lazy bitter that lingers for a bit and then flourishes a little. Big malt flavor but not heavy. A bit of spice pops up on the nose as it warms and in the finish. Some apricot tartness takes you by surprise and the caramel comes forward more and more with a little honey to go with that orange.

I have never said this before but this beer would be perfect with a chile pepper. This drank big like a barleywine and if they put a little ancho chile in this it would be fantastic.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty orange in color with a heavy, viscous appearance. Poured with a short white foam that slowly reduced to a thick foamy cap. Fresh, but slightly subdued orange and pineapple hop aromas with gentle floral notes and an unmistakable caramel malt backbone. On the maltier side of medium bodied with rich carbonation through the middle and a semi-dry finish. Resinous and ripe, dark citrus hop flavors up front with pine hop flavors intensifying from the middle to the end. Strong, sticky sweet, malty backbone throughout. Finished semi-dry with floral hip notes and a lingering, drying, pine hop bitterness.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agree with another poster that this is borderline IPA in appearance (darker amber) and smell (I can't get much of anything, maybe a little orange). This pour had almost no head, and the resulting feel is sort of flat.

The taste is actually overall not that bad, some orange, honey, maybe papaya sweetness backed by a piney bitterness. There's a hint of alcohol, as well, but very light.

Overall, I didn't find this a remarkable drink, but it was decent. I won't seek it out, but might grab one as a change of pace sometime.

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Photo of jlindros
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured slowly into a teku glass. Kept sediment in the bottle.

A- pours a deep amber color with a white fluffy head. Decent head retention with visible lacing. Beautiful lookin brew!

S- smells of fresh hops and bready malts. Hint of citrus. Not a whole lot going on here but it smells delicious

T- tastes of bitter grapefruit, biscuity malt, and piney hops.

M- feels slick in the tongue up front with a dry, bitter finish.

O- a solid brew. Very flavorful and well balanced with a great malt backbone. I would definitely buy this again.

Cheers!

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. no date which can significantly affect the ratings based on age.
served in two snifters. does not smell like the good weed we get around here. sorry for you guys.

dark golden color, almost lighter amber red.

not significant head. see age?

nose is pine but not significant of any fruit. see age?

taste is hop and super sweet malt. sweetness hangs around. balanced but sweet.

no dryness on the tongue until very late.

taste is better than nose. it's a lupilin snack with a hint of sweet.

recommend but don't chase the truck.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The head is bright white with a dense thick foam and tremendously thick lacing. The color was a hearty and cloudy copper.

The aroma is filled with strong outdoorsy herbal aroma. Fresh mowed grass comes to mind, lemongrass, pine, and some dank onion. There is a swathe of sweetness in the form of caramel, grapefruit and lemon.

The taste is spot on the scent at almost every layer. The caramel malt is a bit stronger but the flavors mimic the scent perfectly.

Here's where I may lose a lot if people. I find this jaw locking, palate wrecking bitter to a point of being annoying. The astringency is palate drying. Many may like that and it's a matter of personal taste.

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Photo of Troville1990
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a safety meeting, you say? I wish the meetings at my job smelled like the ones at Dark Horse. Anyway, gentlemen, let's go ahead and get this started.

A: Pours a deep orange, with a thick, creamy white head.

S: This beer smells sweet, juicy, and sticky, with abundant notes of ripe fruit, and a little bit of pine and sugary toffee/caramel supporting the overwhelmingly fruity aroma. Judging just by the nose, I'd say the guys at Dark Horse get so excited about safety meetings because somebody puts out an aromatic assortment of fresh mangos, pineapples, and tangerines to snack on.

T: This is nowhere near as sweet and fruity as the nose. As the implied joke in the name suggests, Smells Like a Safety Meeting is mostly dank and bitter. There is a soft undercurrent of delicate orange and peach, piney resin, a touch of lightly sweet caramel (nowhere near as present as the nose led me to believe), and earthy hops. It's definitely high on bitterness and hop presence, but unfortunately the other flavors are a little more subdued than I'd like.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, and sticky. Low carbonation levels and a dry finish.

O: Solid for the the price and alcohol content (and the drug joke and surreal label art), but ultimately I wish the flavors just stood out a little more. Not a bad DIPA by any stretch of the imagination, but the taste is definitely a let-down considering how inviting the nose is.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle has a date that is hard to read but once held correctly says 5-13-14, I believe this is date it was bottle so this one should be fresh.

A - Pours out crystal clear dark amber with effervescent bubbles streaming up producing a small head that fizzled out pretty fast.

S - Sweet pine, marmalade, caramel, pineapple, apple. No sign of alcohol, but this one could use some more aromatics.

T- Sweet, caramel, resinous, pine, pineapple, slight bitterness. No sign of alcohol here.

M - Light bodied, really smooth, carbonation good, dry, slight bitterness on the back of the palate that builds but not very noticeable at first. I personally like a little more body.

O - Not my favorite IPA but it has some very nice qualities such as it being dangerously easy to drink. Be careful the only way I can tell this is 8.5% is the slight burn in my chest and the way my head is feeling. Taste and smell seem slightly more subdued then what I was expecting for an ipa. It is a pleasant IPA never the less, Cheers!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a ridiculous label,, and name for that matter. Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep amber, a bit dark for a DIPA with white head. Nose is very heavy on pine, resin, tropical fruit, and some woody notes. Not really getting any notes of "safety meeting" on the nose, just a pine forward hop profile. Taste features moderate bitterness with some fruity hop character as well as a momentum gaining pine that goes through to the end. There is also a significant malt profile that interplays with some earthiness. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Overall, a decent brew from Dark Horse, but with the absurd label and name, I was expecting this one to stand out more.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 05/06/2014 printed on the bottleneck, so this is some pretty fresh beer right here. Cheers to Dark Horse for dating their bottles. Picked up a single bottle of this from the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a fairly dark burnt orange color with some ruby red hues to it when held to the light. Two fingers of fluffy khaki head that thins behind thin spindly lacing. Looks very nice.

S - There is a decent herbal / vegetal hop blend to the aroma; citrusy - grapefruit, lemon peels, pine, some creaminess, some spice rack notes, but nothing that I would describe as smelling at all like marijuana. I suppose I would say it is "skunky" but it's a different type of skunky. There is actually a pretty strong caramel / bready malt backbone that stands out me.

T - Taste is the same - bready caramel / toffee malt, & citrus fruits - grapefruit, pine, tangerine, lemon peels. Not overly hoppy or bitter though. Very nicely balanced.

M - Feel is super smooth, frothy, and creamy. Hoppy and resinous on the finish. Semi-dry. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA from Dark Horse. Bordering into imperial IPA territory with the well-hidden 8.50% abv, so it is not something I would have a lot of, but it is very nicely done. Recommended.

Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting ---4/5.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a dark amber color with a fluffy beige head. The aroma is hoppy for sure but I don’t think I would go as far to say it smells like weed other than just a hint. The take is smooth, bold, and fairly hoppy. This has a good texture that leaves a lingering bitterness on the taste buds. Like most Dark Horse beers, pretty good stuff.

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Photo of raznug
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This IPA has a dark golden color and is topped with ¾” of white colored head.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is pine and grass smelling hops nothing else. Mmmmm that smells tasty.
Taste: The taste is just right in line with the aroma by a smaller blast of pine and grass hops but they are joined by that sticky resin flavor that coats the tongue. I wish it had a bigger amount of hops but not everything out of Dark Horse can be 2x Crooked Tree.
Mouthfeel: This is a thicker IPA that coats the tongue well and allows you to enjoy the hops that are present.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy copper with a short head of tight tan bubbles. Fat strings of lace fall slowly back into a paper-thin retention as the drink progresses.

S: Thick, resinous hops galore – pine sap and lemon oil rise to robust, almost oniony proportions, with subtle additions of melon and grass. Interesting malt bill, too, providing a base that’s heavy on honey and vanilla.

T&M: A bold palate complemented by a thick, slick texture makes this a definite sipper. Starts with a base of pure caramel malt, a syrupy concoction of caramel, honey, and brown sugar. Hop oils lie on top with a citrus character, notes of passionfruit and tangerine peeking out before the bitterness hits. And when that bitterness hits, it hits hard; citrus rind and herbal pine (think juniper) occupy the back of the palate which, while softened by the malt presence, still provides a dry pucker. Residual sugars come back for the finish, giving this a mildly bitter aftertaste.

O: A well-balanced ale that sits right at the ABV I like for a DIPA. It’s a little thick for my tastes, but any fan of Dreadnaught or Hopslam would find this well-suited to their palate. Cheers.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark Horse Smells Like a Safety Meeting India Pale Ale

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Bronze to darker amber with a small head that settles quickly to a collar. Decent lacing...

S) This is all about the safety meeting. Dank earthy hops with a pleasant tropical fruit sweetness in the background. The label doesn't lie though, there is a strong amount of safety meeting in the aroma. Not sure if it's a mandatory meeting, but I think the boss will be disappointed if you don't make at least an appearance.

T) Follows the nose for the most part. This finishes with a good amount of piney bitterness. We're talking pine needles with a little of that 8.5% ABV. The nose seems a bit sweeter than the flavor.

M) A bitter mouth coater... Heavier body with mild carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth. Lingering bitterness...

O) Quite nice... The bitterness lingers a bit long, leaving a finish that I could do without. A minor complaint really. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with not quite one finger of head that settled to a thin film. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is dank herbal, pine, earth, and a hint of mint. There is a barely detectable level of sweetness from the malt that is common in almost all Dark Horse beers.

I oddly get a lot of mint or wintergreen in the flavor. The rest of the flavor is herbal and a touch of pine. A nice level of sweet and toasted malt makes an effort to balance of the bitterness, but it is in vain. As a result, the bitterness is not overwhelming despite this being an IPA in the high IBU ranges.

This is a large bodied IPA with really nice carbonation. A little slick but otherwise feels nice on the palate.

This does not smell really dank and weedy to me. But what do I know. Still a pretty damn good IPA from Dark Horse.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber, dark orange, hazy with an off white head. Fades quickly but never fully dissapates. Leaves little lacing.

S - Sweet punch, citrus, tropical fruits blends well with the caramel malt. Not sure where one ends and the next begins. Strong dankness. Never smelt the dank like this before.

T - Resin, pine. malt there to balance it out. Lingers on the palate.

M - Thin to medium body, low carb. Dries out the mouth.

O - A great use of a wide variety of hops with a simple malt backbone. A very good brew.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear medium copper with a frothy cream head that dissipates to a ring of foam around the rim.

Notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and pineapple complement pine, dank cannabis, and resin. There's a sweet caramel malt presence.

Flavor is not quite as citrusy, with slightly muted notes bowing bit to resin and pine. Toasted, slightly sweet caramel malt is decimated by the hop onslaught. The finish is moderately bitter.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Nice hop flavoring character, good citrus complexity, but wish the malt were just a touch more pronounced, for my palate. Bitterness is a touch more than I prefer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Mild haze on a dark honeyed gold with some burnt orange thrown in. Head is off-white, creamy, and thin. Drops to a thin cap. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: Pine resin, dank and herbal. Weed. Malts are nice and bready with some solid caramelized malt sweetness. A touch of grapefruit rind. Pine needle, bitterness and some solid herbal earthiness. Loses a little depth as it warms, but it's a solid hop aroma. A touch of apricot and orange peel.

Taste: Balanced caramelized and caramel malt sweetness. A touch bready with a mild roasted element. Hops are loaded with pine, a touch of mint, grapefruit and a huge herbal component. Mildly earthy. Dank. Massively hopped with a strong, but not crazy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a slightly below average carbonation. Has that slick almost sticky feel of all DarkmHorse IPAs. Clean finish.

Overall: The nose knows this is decent.

A bitter pine-laced IPA. Not they're best, but still better than a lot of things.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler picked up from Glennville Beverage in Scotia NY (thanks to my awesome Mother-in- law). Poured into a bulbed pint glass. Liquid comes out a nice deep golden amber color that goes to a light shade of autumn red when held up to the light; nice clarity. Nice off white (almost gray) colored head, mostly small bubbles with really nice frothy lacing.

Smell is good, not great, but good. Everything you'd expect from a high quality IPA in the hop department. Pine hop resin comes out at you right away and sticks with it on each wiff. There's a nice strong bready backbone from the malts as well, a nice sweetness that complements the weaker citrus hop aromas (weaker than the pine). An natural outdoors sappiness/earthiness tone to it.

Taste is a slight step up from the smell, or really about the same, just the right amount of stronger to be better. More juicy and citrusy hops come out at you here, but there's still a strong grassy and piney hop profile that produces almost a spicy profile. Still a good malt backbone, plenty of heavy roasted slightly glazed grain to balance out some of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but a little rough around the edges. It's really dry, earthy, and heavy. If it had a lighter body than the dryness and earthiness would be tolerated by the pallet a little more. Starts bitter piney, then goes to a little sticky sweet with a hard dirty, earthy, dry finish that almost has a cracked pepper feel to it. Pretty drinkable though, especially if you're into IPAs. I like this one from Dark Horse, but I still think they can do better on the IPA category. Worth trying.

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