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

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 963
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 29.87%
Wants: 28
Gots: 198 | 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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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 963
Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.


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Photo of coriswrasse
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -2%
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 +0.5%
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 -3.3%
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 -6.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -1.3%
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%
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 +3.8%
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 -1%
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 +2.8%
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 -14.7%
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 -2.3%
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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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange color with a lingering 1/2-finger head
S: Orange rind and juice, a bit of pine & florals, smells juicy & balanced
T: Matches the nose. Lots of orange. A hint of pine and florals again
M: Medium-bodied
O: Enjoyable, I'll probably end up getting a full 6-pack as this was a single

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy and copper colored IPA. A beige head.

S- Smells like a safety meeting... A pungent hop aroma, bright citrus, a hint of pine and herbal notes. Very nice, sweeter smelling stuff.

T- A pungent hop flavor at first. Very sweet and citrusy. A big orange flavor, grapefruit and lemon. Some mango as well. A more oily feel then most hops and the finishing notes are a tad spicy. The malt backbone is somewhat non obtrusive in this beer. Really just allows for the hops to do their thing. The malts are sweet and the hops, bitter, an excellent balance.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel, works well for the beer.

O- A very nice DIPA and at a great price.

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Photo of threeviews
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on date: 5/1/2014) into a Samuel Adams specialty glass

A- Pours a hazy, rust orange with about a single finger of a white, soapy head. A bit darker and more hazy than I prefer my DIPA's.. (3.50)

S- They weren't kidding with the name! Although not overdone, the aromatics are quite pungent and consist of a dichotomy between sweet orange/tangerine/pineapple and piney/herbal/floral notes. Upon further investigation the olfactory hues do not produce much in the way of a malt backbone...all hops! (4.75)

T- Huge slap of piney/resinous bitterness attacks the palate first. A mere fleeting note of malt sweetness is detected mid-sip but is quickly pummeled into submission by the substantial citrus rind hop bitterness. A beautiful balance between citrus and pine bitterness. (5.0)

M- Falls on the lighter side of medium. Despite the (advertised) 8.5% ABV, the alcohol falls completely 'under the radar.' Carbonation is to style and the malt/hop ratio is done to precision...enough malt to support the hop load and make them the star of the show. What's more, SLASM lacks any astringency that would makes this unpleasant. (4.5)

O- Dark Horse does not disappoint with SLASM and can easily see the hype surrounding this limited release. Not only am I happy to have had the opportunity to review this offering, I am an ardent fan of this brewery (their BBA Plead The 5th Imperial Stout stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Goose Island's BCBS) and cannot wait to sample more of their beers. (4.75)

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Photo of justintcoons
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Hazy burnt amber with a short head that dissipates quickly.

Wet grass, dank greenery, grapefruit, papaya, and melon.

Earthy, dank greenery and wet pine needles. Tons of resinous pine. Somewhat spicy and herbal along with touches of onion. Light notes of papaya rind and grapefruit zest. Firm caramel backbone with additional sugars.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, oily, and semi-dry.

Dank, earthy, and resinous. A very good use of, if I had to guess, either Columbus or Falconer's Flight. A very solid DIPA!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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?

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Light tropical fruits and floral hops.

T - Starts with sweet caramel malts followed by nice citrus (grapefruit, orange, mango) flavors. Big piney hops cut the sweetness producing a very nice earthy flavor. Finish has a lasting op bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky dry mouthfeel.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. This is a big juicy dank DIPA. Definetly recommended.

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Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.