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Scary Jesus Rock Star - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 157
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 22.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-08-2012

Pale ale brewed with plentiful amounts of Apricots and Chamomile. A collaboration beer with Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions.
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Photo of KillerJigger
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin spice and everything nice. Loved the smell with the Apricot and spices like a pumpkin pie. Was very enjoyable. Unique in taste and overall very good.

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Photo of tykechandler
1.75/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

this beer tastes like sleepytime tea. if you like sleepytime tea, and beers that taste like it, you will enjoy this. if you would rather not drink beer that tastes like tea, i would recommend passing this one up.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hilarious, if not blasphemous, label art.
Cloudy, deep amber in color, with a moderate cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Apricot and chamomile notes
Taste-Spicy apricot and tea-leaf melange. Fruity and refreshing. A great match for Mandarin chicken or Indian fare. Interesting flavor, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Muddy and chestnut brown with a murky dark rust. Got some chunky floaties in there off the pour as well. Head manages an almost nice nitrous classic tan color, easily two fingers, and settles to a nice creamy top. A bit chaotic and crazy, but I like this near nitrous head appearance.

Aroma really seems more like a winter warmer. Cinnamon and nutmeg with fruitcake like aromas. Bready thick malts in a coffee cake like realm as well. Pretty neat, but seems to have lost much of it's herbal like qualities, and certainly don't smell much or any apricot off of this at all.

Palate is a bit more odd. Surprisingly banana like esters and flavors in the mid palate. Sharp prickly carbonation and a surprising hop bitterness of pine on the finish that really comes out of nowhere. Much of the warming and spicy quality really seems to have gone all over the place, and to some degree come in second in flavor. Mouthfeel is perfectly fine, and seems the only thing that was done right here.

This is overly busy, really odd, with not much of the showcase flavors even being found. Comes off as an over estery weird winter warmer that doesn't really deliver. Drinkable, but I'll pass on the next one.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer. Not quite sure where the apricots are. Definately getting chamomile and it's pretty good. A bit on the sweeter side and wish I got some apricot flavor but still pretty good. Glad intried but nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Much darker than one would expect for a pale ale hazy amber brown. Should be ok since its brewed with tea leaves. Head is an impressive 1/2 inch of head settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Mix of apricot and tea leaves. Somewhat muted not tart or strong like a ESB.
T - Strong tea and mix of apricot sweetness on the palate. No hops or pale malts. Somewhat dry finish like sucking on a teabag.
M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall great experimental ale I may get again but I am more of a fan of their stouts.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark Horse Scary Jesus Rockstar.

What the fuck is a jesus? This beer always sounded nice to me yet I never pulled the trigger at the price tag plus the fact I am an Atheist and not the biggest fan of owning things that refer to anything else. Anyway, I'm not a complete prick so I bought it anyway ( Christians take notice on how NOT to be overly offended and butthurt by something that isn't your fairy tale of choice! ).

All jokes aside, let's dive in.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a snifter because I feel classy. Pours a moderately murked deep amber with a two finger head. After sitting a few minutes the head retains quite well and has already left a good amount of sticky lacing. Carbonation appears to be on moderate levels. Quite attractive thusfar

Smell - Getting a whole hell of a lot of the tea and apricot aspects here. Noticable malt levels but the tea aspect really takes its hold here. What seems like just a bit of ginger spice comes though. Just missing the hot water and you'd have a legitimate tea going on here.

Taste - The apricot and tea is ultimately was controlls the flavor. The malt and hop levels come through here more than in the smell. Overall in this profile the cham tastes like it was pulled straight from a bag of green tea with the apricot backing it up and adding a cooling effect. Hops are still kept to a lower level and the malts are wet white breadlike in nature. Very easy drinking and quite different exactly as expected.

Feel - Bosy is a bit fuller than you may expect with a medium to very heavy level of carbonation as expected for a tea. Look guys, After the flavor I looked more at this as an alcohlic tea variant than an actual beer. It certainly did the job it has promised. Despite the well retained head, the apricot cooling effect somehow manages to negate it and allow it to sit without any noticable creamyness. Swallows easily and goes down like a tea with a low to moderate level of booze.

Overall - Well it was pretty much what I had expected. Very tea like in nature. If you want to introduce somebody to craft beer in general, this is probably the beer to do it with. While it wasn't all that complex, it was still solid drinlink. Maybe the qualities would even help with a sick person trying to drink? Who knows. As always, try it for yourself..

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apparently not a new beer but new in Virginia. Collaboration with a friend from high school so had to pick up a 6er. Interesting smell, almost like cinnamon, apricot comes through but not strongly. Really enjoyed this as it warmed a bit. Taste is a little sweeter than the aroma, but not strong which is good as I generally don't like fruit beers.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had a 4 ounce sample as part of a flight. This was a very distinctive pale ale. As others have noted, the unique flavors seem to be tea and apricot. I had enough that I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy peach juice color with good carbonation with a very thin white head. Smell of sweet Carmel smell and citrus fruit with funk. A very zesty, flowery backing. Taste of Carmel bread. Not much hop taste until finish. Also a hint if cinnamon. A nice finish. With medium body. One of the most unique Pale ales if had. I'm sold. The Carmel/malt/cinnamon combination sold me.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very different take on a Pale Ale, this gives off a prominent lemon lime flavor. The chamomile is very obvious with some flowery rose petal and light tea leaf. Don't taste the holy water but extra points for originality!

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Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours basically a medium amber from the 12oz bottle into a tulip; APA? An off-white, thick and frothy head rises up to just over a finger high displaying pretty good retention. Lacing consists of several large pillows and slight drizzle.

S- Apricots off the top bringing a hint of tartness as well as complex fruit sugars and a jammy sweetness. Herbal chamomile right there with the fruit as well as slight toasty caramel grains and something spicy.

T- Loses some of the balance and cohesion I thought that the aroma had as the chamomile becomes a rock star of its own here. Spicy and bitter tea from the herbal and floral chamomile. The apricot stays strong and tries to keep up with the herbs bringing a fresh, whole fruit flavor as well as a subtle tart hint. Brown sugar, toasted malts, light caramelized sugar, something earthy-spicy like cinnamon, dried dark fruit and nutmeg tones. Perhaps chamomile exerts more flavors than I remember.

MF- Creamy and frothy medium-thick body really piles onto the palate feeling very substantial. Carbonation level towards the high side and the beer exits with a pitty, spicy herbal bitterness grasping the taste buds.

An APA that is basically a deep amber with massive notes of both chamomile and apricot. I think the herbal addition throws the balance of the flavor off which could be very pleasant if its addition was cut down just a bit. I seem to get a ton of different spicy flavors and I wonder if chamomile is just more complex than I realize or other things are added.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Purchased at City Wide Liquors in South Bend, Indiana for $2.59 USD. Brown glass. Black, grey, and green branded pry-off crown cap. Fun label art. 12 fl oz.

Reviewed live as a pale ale per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery, whose Plead the 5th(s) I adored. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 6cm wide. Off-white colour. Nicely frothy, with a foamy fluffy consistency. Retention is nothing short of excellent - lasting about 12 minutes (wow!). Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Good complexion.

BODY: Murky dull orange. No yeast is visible within, but it doesn't appear filtered per se. Translucent in spite of how dull it is. Nontransparent.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not a unique or special looking beer within its style, and its dullness really holds it back - but the head is nice.

AROMA: Assertive tropical fruit - mango, apricot, peach, tangerine. There's no zest or juiciness to the fruit, but it's definitely vivid. Chamomile is evident, but there's no tea-like bitterness here. Definitely fresh, and the apricot is vivid, popping in the aroma. Pale malts are second fiddle to the hops.

It accomplishes showcasing apricot and chamomile. But will those work in a pale ale build?

Aromatic intensity is above average, to its benefit. No overt yeast notes, off-notes, or booze are/is detectable.

TASTE: Apricot and chamomile are indeed emphasized, with the latter lending the beer surprising cohesion and unity, tying it together. Lesser notes of peach, cream, and vague fruit are also present. Pale malts provide the requisite balancing sweetness. Cream, sherbert, yogurt...what an interesting build for a pale ale. It's well-balanced and built, with enough nuance to keep the discerning drinker intrigued, even if there isn't much intricacy here per se.

Nice depth of flavour. The chamomile is subtle and yet dominant, an undercurrent of flavour that reemerges throughout the flavour profile as a controlling motif. Nice (relatively high) flavour duration. Flavour intensity is average. A gestalt beer, in large part owed to how well the chamomile functions in the flavour profile. I'm not sure I've seen tea better incorporated into a pale ale. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Soft enough, with a mellow presence on the palate lent by its smooth, wet, refreshing feel. Well-carbonated, if a biteen overly so. Light to medium-bodied to style.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, chewy, heavy, rough, or scratchy on the palate.

This mouthfeel complements the taste nicely. It's an achievement that it isn't astringent in spite of its tea emphasis. This texture elevates the beer as a whole - even if it could use a bit of custom-tailoring to the flavour profile - and accentuates the stars of the show, the hops, nicely. Hat tip to Dark Horse for a job well done.

OVERALL: I liked the premise behind the beer, but the execution surpasses it. This is a more than competently done pale ale with unique notes of tea. I worried the apricot would lend this too much sweetness and would take away from the hops, but I was proved wrong upon first sip. Stellar work from one of Michigan's finest breweries, Scary Jesus Rock Star is as good as its epithet. I'd highly recommend it to others, and would definitely buy it by the 6 pack if the price was a bit better than it is by the single. Highly drinkable, this beer manages to set itself apart from most pale ales with its unique flavour profile. Bravo!

B (3.62)

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Photo of Coolcheech
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, drank from a wine glass.

Appearance: Small, bubbly, off-white head. Deep amber color.

Smell: Malty prunes in the bottle. After pouring the smell was still fruity, but light, like refreshing light, not mild.

Taste: Fruity, floral, herby ... but not in the same manner as if it came from hops. The herbal part I believe is the chamomile, and apricots give it the fruit flavor (though I keep tasting something more like prunes. Not a complaint.) There's a very slight tingle on the tongue from the hops to remind you that you're drinking a beer. There's also some hints of honey.

Mouthfeel: Med-Heavy. There's not much finish to this beer. The initial sip has a lot going but by the time it's in the back of the throat it's pretty much over. But it's just making me jump to the next sip quicker.

Drinkability: This is an awesome beer, and I got lucky because I bought it on a whim. I would drink this all day and have no regrets. I'd also be drunk off my ass because it's 6.5% ABV and easy to drink fast.
Do you know those plastic straws that are sealed on both ends and filled with honey? The ones you usually find at farm stands and have all different flavors? By the time I was 3/4 done with this beer that's what I was reminded of.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Collab brew with Fountainhead in Chicago. 6.5% ABV, 24 IBU's, brewed with apricot and chamomile.
Pours out to a nearly clear light amber, forming a poofy and creamy off white head with superior retention and lacing, thanks in part to brisk carbonation, ~3.0 or so. Thin layer of silt at the bottom of the bottle. The nose is quite nice, with a soft apricot and chamomile note. The mouthfeel is juicy, medium dense bodied, smooth finish. The taste is nice too, with a soft apricot and chamomile note on top of a solid pale ale with a little girth. The bitterness is medium firm, enough that the apricot and chamomile is not cloying, but also muting their flavors a bit. It does help it's drinkability though. Tea like dryness with a bit of earthiness and a touch of rough hops and some yeast autolysis in the finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head with good retention. Lots of floaties.

Smell: A spicy, fruity, and floral aroma with a scent of chamomile and apricots. Upfront scent of the apricots and chamomile which are the dominate features. Floral and earthy hops with moderate hints of grass. Fruit hints of orange and melon. Sweet malt hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Also some Earl Gray like tea hints. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, fruity, and floral taste with notes of apricot and chamomile. Dominate upfront notes of chamomile and apricot. Earl Grey tea like presence. Sweet malt notes of caramel, biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. Floral and earthy hops with some notes of grass. Citrus notes of orange and melon. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: An interesting and solid spin on a APA. Nice mix of citrus, spice, and tea like flavors.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Michigan football pint glass

This beer pours a murky tea color with some amber highlights. It is topped with two inches of tan head that leaves some lacing.

It smells like apricot tea.

It starts out with apricot flavor and finishes with chamomile and is slightly bitter.

Medium mouthfeel

This is not a bad beer. The apricot is subdued and the chamomile works for me.

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Photo of joe1510
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$2.79 Single
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

SJRS pours darker than I expected for a pale ale. The body is the darkest of orange with a lot of haze throughout and even a few floaties. The dirty white head rises to a finger in height before slowly falling to a cap. Respectable lacing is left behind in chunks on the glass. After this beer sits the floaties all gather on the bottom, it's not the most pleasing sight to behold.

The chamomile is certainly prevalent. Softly mulled green apple is at the forefront of this beer . Apricot doesn't bring a whole lot to the table but it is noticeable in the background. I don't get as much sweetness from the malt as expected, it runs along the lines of sugar cookie sweet with a drizzle of caramel. It's unique but appetizing.

The flavor comes together nicely. The chamomile softens but has the same characteristics as I mentioned in the nose with lightly mulled green apples and a touch of apricot sweetness. There is an interesting nutmeg/cinnamon note happening on the swallow. The malt profile is fairly clean and simple with just an added touch of sugar cookie sweetness. Slightly herbal in flavor. Interesting.

The body is moderate in weight but the carbonation is a little flaccid. There isn't much natural movement or snap. It's a good thing the body is the weight that it is. Drinkability is high enough, I'm putting this bottle away at a fairly good clip.

Dark Horse has a decent beer on their hands but I'm of the opinion that they missed the mark a bit. The chamomile is certainly present and it tastes good, there simply isn't much else to this beer as a whole. I like the idea, it sounds good, again I think they just missed the mark.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Larger bubbled head but it sticks around, leaving a web of thick strands of lace. The color is darker amber with a mild chill haze.

Starts with a sweeter stone fruit aroma. I'd say it smells closest to peaches, not apricots. I also get some cinnamon and dried apple.

Far drier on the tongue than I expected. It's bittered with hops although I didn't get them in the nose. The swallow draws out the aforementioned smells, particularly the dried apple. The mild but lasting aftertaste is this and a touch of white pepper. Lighter body with a slightly elevated carbonation.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown with a thin head
S: Chamomile, apricot, malt
T: Matches the nose. Tastes more like tea than beer
M: Medium-bodied, a bit spicy
O: If you like chamomile tea, give this a try. That being said it's unique but fairly one-dimensional and not very pale ale-like

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's Harvest Party pint glass. Bottle on 8/4/15, making this just under 2 months old.

A: Pours a very cloudy, hazy dark orange-brown color. Slight white head with some retention.

S: Chai, spice, chamomile, pumpkin. Some peach, papaya, and of course, apricot.

T: Chamomile, chai, nutmeg, pumpkin up front. Sweet cherry juice, apricot, peach in the finish. For a pale ale, not very hoppy. Almost like a golden ale, or a mild brown for the base beer.

M: Nice body, good carbonation. Alcohol well-hidden. Slightly tart finish is nice.

O: First new release from DH since Blood Orange Pale Ale, and I have to say this is much, much improved. Fall is here, and the nice cinnamon, chamomile, and pumpkin notes are very nice on this beer. Very balanced and drinkable. Only knock is the style, as I don't quite get pale ale on this one, but that's okay. This is a great beer from DH that should definitely enter their Fall seasonal line-up.

Recommendation: Definitely pick this one up and add it to your Fall line-up.

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Photo of mlockman
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't taste much at all like an American pale ale; very little hop-flavor and/or bitterness, and it's not very pale either. The color is a deep amber, almost the color of a märzen. The flavor is all apricot
up front with a smooth and pleasant chamomile flavor to the finish.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

$2.49 single poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Very, very hazy copper brown color with quite a bit of yeast sediment. Half a finger of a foamy off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of. Definitely not a very attractive looking beer (a bit like colonoscopy prep diarrhea water), but no big deal.

Smell: This beer says it's brewed with chamomile and apricot, and I can see that. My bottle date is rubbed off so I have no idea what the freshness is though. The apricot comes off more as an apricot skin -- that is to say it smells like apricot, but it's not overpowering. The chamomile is very... accentuatory (I'm aware that isn't a word). It seems to be equally prevalent in the aroma of this beer, and pairs very nicely with the apricot. Along with those two things there's a caramel malt smell I was expecting, which keeps this definitely more in the realm of a fruity APA and not a fruit beer.

Taste/feel: Did not see that coming. The apricot adds a surprising amount of tartness right up front that is really interesting and unique with the chamomile. The chamomile really starts to come through on the finish though, with the malt at the forefront. Neither the apricot or chamomile are ever overpowering, especially the apricot. The chamomile lingers in the aftertaste, which I enjoy. As a whole, this beer tastes pretty balanced. The feel for this beer is great -- a full body with a subtle but lively prickling carbonation

I actually quite like this beer: it's a pretty unique take on a pale ale. It doesn't have a flavor that overwhelms, but it never feels boring thanks to the apricot and especially chamomile. I'm not convinced it's worth its "premium" price tag, but it's a tasty beer that's definitely worth trying out.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper color but looks pretty thin. Smells like apricots and some spices. Interesting new taste with a lot of the same as the smells but seems to have some cinnamon in there. To thin. Interesting different beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Without even pouring the beer, Scary Jesus Rockstar wins the public opinion award with its marketing alone. But with the help of a local and famed chef, the herb-infused pale ale is a collaborative effort, built for the adventurous palate.

Deep and dark with a burnt orange color, the ale builds a creamy but short winded eggshell foam to release the plethroa of botanical and malty perfumes. Caramel, orange and apricot frames the scent while gentle apple blossom, wildflower and rose pedals waft softly above. But its initial taste is bright and juicy with candied apricot and marmalade.

And as the sweetness slowly releases from the middle palate, the botanicals from hops and herbs begin to pull ahead. Pink grapefruit, nectarine, tangerine, apricot and pineapple result from both popular pacific northwest hops and from British-like esters, equipped with a biscuity-soft center. Its grassy, stemmy and pith-like bitterness is redolent of pine and potpourri.

Its medium-bodied texture is firm and long-lasting, resisting much of a fade from sweetness or fruitiness. But with the continued rise of hops and herb-derived astringency, the bitterness is broad, woodsy and with a sharp tannic bite to close. Still, an afterglow of marmalade and mint create an element of charm in aftertaste.

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Scary Jesus Rock Star from Dark Horse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.