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Hop Savant | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew is made of a blend of different hops (36% Citra, 36% Mosaic, and 28% Simcoe). To keep things interesting, each batch is dry hopped using different experimental hops varietals. The bottles are marked on the back to show which strain was used for that specific batch.

Added by Mebuzzard on 05-14-2013

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Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros. 2013 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear copper hue with a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of funky brett, nice citrus grassy notes, like a citrus twange on the finish.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, the brett funk is incredibly potent. Distractingly brett heavy. What's left of the hops is a nice sharp acidic citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, sharp, clean.

O - Overall this is a decent funky beer. Just sat for too long as the brett took over.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of Emersonio
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour: 12.7 oz bottle at The Churchkey in D.C. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Hazy light straw with a prominent white head and a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma: Brett and funky. Lots of barnyard aroma's and very earthy. Tart. Taste: Funk, Earth, and Barnyard. Very complex in each of these categories. Aftertaste: Finishes with some bitter elements. Mostly follows the nose and taste. The funk elements linger forever. Overall: Consistent and complex. This from one of my favorite breweries. Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, yeast, pine, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with citrus and grass.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright, slightly hazy, golden color with a huge pillowy white head that leaves a very bubbly lacing down the glass. Small pin-head bubbles streak towards the top of the beer. Aromas and flavors in this beer are off-the-charts. Perfect balance and loads of complexity. There's brett funk, lemon pepper with a mix of wet hay, pears, white wine grapes, chardonnay oak barrels, lemon zest, grapefruit pith, and an array of tropical fruit characteristics that range from pineapple to guava. Mouthfeel is effervescent like champagne. An outstanding beer that seems to find itself taking on qualities from IPAs, wild-ales, farmhouse ales, and somehow balancing all those qualities in a drinkable and impressive character.

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Photo of HiWire
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with 1 finger head. Smells slightly sour but slightly strange. Hops present midway through sips. Finishes clean and smooth. Minimal lacing. Not quite a fan of the nose but would definitely drink again.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - Nice cloudy yellow colored beer. A fair bit of "cumulus cloud" type of foam on top.
S (4) - Smells like a nice little IPA/APA. Not especially florally or citrus smells, just generic hop
T (4.25) - Tastes weird. It's not crazy sour, but tangy. And your hops at the back end. I'm either desensitized to this or this wasn't as sour as I was expecting.
F (4.25) - Good drinking beer. A little astringency like you'd expect. But pretty smooth for what it is.
O (4.25) - I enjoyed this one. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but in a good way. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - orange hue with h(hhhh)uge foamy white heade - similar to a meringue, hangs out for awhile
A- Brett, yeast, funky, vinegar, pear/fruit
T - very funky, slightly sour, fruity - a little medicinal
F - dry, rolls off of middle if tongue, light flavor relative to aroma
O - not sure how I feel about the funk, but an interesting beer as always from Crooked Stave

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've really been looking forward to this one, super . Poured into a white wine glass because that's my best option at this house. Bottled June 2015

Look: Nice bright apricot color with a dense white head that gives way to a bubbly film

Smell: Tropical fruit galore! Pineapple, peach, mango, and apricot mingle with the light suggestion of something tart and earthy.

Taste: Follows the nose, and here comes that brett goodness. All those initial tropical and stone fruit flavors shift into flavors of hay, fresh wool, blue cheese. Very clear and delicious brett expressions here pair super well with galaxy hops.

Feel: Lightish body, champagne-like carbonation. Pretty much spot on for a brett IPA.

Overall: Brett IPAs are one of my favorite styles, if not my absolute favorite. This one in particular just set the benchmark for me, though the Evil Twin Femme Fatale series is quite solid as well.
Crooked Stave really brought it all here: a solid, heavily hopped IPA plus a fantastic expression of brettanomyces. This is my first experience with Crooked Stave, but it definitely won't be my last. So glad this is in Connecticut now. Yum!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Treated as an APA, this was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a light hazy amber color with about a finger's worth of white head that dissipates at a nice pace. Lacing was foamy and sticky sliding into the beer.
The smell starts off with a funky amount of sour-ness. Earthy and somewhat bright citrus rind shows a pungent
The taste takes the prior flavors to combine and become sweet yet sour and brings in a light tanginess.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels for an APA.
Overall, well, I didn't mind it for me, but not really an APA. Its too sour to be one. I'm wondering if this should be reconsidered as a wild ale.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Back label says June 2015.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Super funky, musty Brett collides with bright, earthy hops. Stinky, dank, pungent. Lots of green olive and a hint of baby diaper...for real.

T- Flavor brings forth citrus notes that's punctuated yet contrasted by the green olive notes brought on by the Brett. Tangy and vibrant with moderate bitterness.

M- Dry and zesty with a somewhat milky texture. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty much everything I look for in a Brett IPA. Big hop presence along with a solid funk aspect. Cheers.

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Photo of antott0523
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Savant Amarillo

A: This beer is stupendously attractive, pouring a hazy straw to golden amber color. The bone white head is frothy, settles to a finger and clings to sides of my goblet. No visible carbonation.

S: The floral, spicy, and citrus hop notes reveal themselves from behind a mask of earthy notes including bay leaves, lemongrass, white pepper, and a touch of sweeter talcum powder.

T: Spicy and herbal bitterness with notes of citrusy hops, a faint hint of tropical fruit, but ultimately dominated by lemongrass, cumin, fennel, lemon rind, with a dry finish of grass and biscuits.

M: Moderately carbonated and a bit thin. 3.75

O: Wide array of interesting flavors here. The Amarillo dry hopping seems to play a significant role in the aroma of this beer. The flavor is nice, and despite everything going on there seems to be a definite bready and hoppy pale ale shining through the earthy and spicy flavors. I probably wouldn't buy this again, but this is the type of beer that challenges your palate and makes you appreciate the subtle yet complex elements that can be crafted into a beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a chalice. May 2015 batch with Amarillo.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger white head which slowly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very funky and sour aroma with a big scent of Brett and citrus hops. Big scent of Brett yeast with lots of sour and tart funk. Hints of pepper and other spices. Fruit hints of white grapes and green apple. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, and mango. Also some earthy and floral hints of grass. A very good funky aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky, sour, and juicy taste with big notes of Brett and citrus hops. Upfront presence of Brett yeast with some farmhouse funk. Tart and sour fruit notes of green apple and white grapes. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Floral and earthy hops with some notes of grass. Also some spice with notes of pepper. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very drying.

Overall: A very good Sour IPA. Big sour and tart presence of Brett with a good presence of citrus hops.

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Photo of 303beer
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right of the bat you can smell this is a good ipa but to have it soured umm I wanna have this. Pours a cloudy yellow with little head. Full constant hop in the taste. Hard to know it's a sour.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy gold under a persistent clingy dense 2” moussey, pillowy white foam cap
S: Tart, funk, faint wet horse blanket, spice, citrus.
T: Very well rounded with delicate lemony, funky Brettanomyces flavors and textures balanced by rich light malt and the array of hop flavors (citrus, piney, tropical, melon) and an assertive bitterness.
F: Exceptionally creamy, exceptionally finely bubbled carbonation, exquisite Brettanomyces texture.
O: In a lot of funky beers the brewer will balance the wild yeast flavors out with fruit. Here the brewer does the same thing with malt and hop flavors to a very ncie effect.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Citrus aromas (esp. grapefruit) upfront, followed by brett funk with a touch of oak. The citrus aromas play surprisingly well with the brett

A: Bright straw color with excellent clarity

T: Noticeable citrus flavor upfront, mixed with brett funk and some oak. The hop citrus flavors are bright with a lingering souring finish.

M: Med-light bodied with light carbonation

O: Admittedly I’m not a big Brett-hops guy. I love hops; I love sours – I usually do not like sour hoppy offerings, it’s difficult to have the aromas and flavors intermix well. However this offering from Crooked Stave is downright tasty. It drinks more like a dry-hopped sour, than a brett pale ale. I suppose some reviewers might want more funk and oak, but I argue that the subtleness of the brett and oak allows the hop flavors to shine and remain bright.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013 Batch 2

Appearance: pours bright golden yellow with dense clean white head of about two fingers. Very clean transparent look to the body with on par active carbonation.

Smell: big waves of juicy grapefruit and a whole lot of Brett jump out of the glass. Grass, straw, and farmhouse funk are strong on the body. Bright tropical fruits cut through surprisingly well throughout. Some oak which accentuates the Brett but doesn't really stand out on its own. Lemon pepper and spice seem to linger in the nostrils.

Taste: surprisingly mild front of citrus and pine with accompanying Brett and oak funk. The body takes on a primarily lemon and lime driven mission with clean carbonation keeping the flavors relatively bright. Light dough and grain contributed by the malts pops up on the back end. Funk lingers throughout and sits on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: bright carbonation fits. Funk and oak aren't overpowering on the palate, but also don't provide an overly memorable experience either.

Overall: quite disappointed after the aroma honestly. Base beer was less then inspired and the Brett can't do all the work. Some interesting lemon and funk but overall pretty one dimensional.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Fluffy pillow-like cloud of a head; it sticks around for a while.

Weird. Funky. Dirty almost. A hint of bandaid hidden amongst wisps of acetone (nail polish remover) with some notes of bleu cheese, hay, lambs-wool and just a general barnyardy funk. Some suggestions of vanilla, which make me think of the oak this brew was aged in.

On the front it's tart mixed with a subtle sweetness that soon drifts off into a bone dry finish. subtle fruit flavors in the middle: star fruit, maybe even a little pineapple, though quite subdued and confounded by everything else going on here.

Complex and ponderous. Nice.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, 2013/Batch 2. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrus (orange, lemon), tart fruit, oak, funk, and some hay. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some green apples, grassiness, peaches, and a bit of bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, I liked it. Definitely worth trying if you come across some, I know I'd like to pick some more up the next time I find it! $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Batch 2. Opened July 2014.

A - Beautiful golden wheat body. Pure white head towers above the glass with great retention and nice lace.

S - Great nose. Well balanced brett, not overwhelming. Oak, plant stem hop character, pollen, lemon, dandelion, tool shed, and wax.

T - Wow, a lot more sour than I was expecting. Really interesting. Sour orange, pinot grigio, dry grass, banana leaf, oak, and a tangy brett finish.

M - Pretty much perfect. Well carbonated, with a fantastic medium-full body for the style.

O - Not a session brew, but a great example of what well executed brett beer can be.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is lightly hazed golden amber with a tight white head and a few larger bubbles. Nose is heavy citrus bret, lots of orange juice aromas an some citrusy hops. Some light notes of leathery dusty bret as well. Taste is similar, not quite as bright. The citrus is all around with dusty leathery bret in back. Light bitterness and some hop citrus with a moderate carbonation and a very light, delicate body.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). 2013/ Batch 2. Served in a goblet.

Pours an opaque golden straw with four fingers of frothy pale head. The bubbles slowly recede to a cap that leaves large sheets of lace.

Smells funky. Horse blanket, sweaty barn, hay and mild citrus.

The nose wasn't lying. Hay, tart grass, sweat, dirt, lemon, peach fuzz and a hint of salt.

Light body that is highly carbonation. Finishes dry, tart and funky with citrus peel, earth and souring hay.

This is a brett bomb for sure but not offensive. I wouldn't mind trying a fresh one sometime to see if any of the hops mentioned in the name were ever apparent in the flavor.

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Photo of wspscott
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle in Sam Adams glass
date: 2013/batch 2

A: a pretty beer, crystal clear, golden color, almost perfect white head, great lacing
S: Earth and citrus, a little tartness, no obvious hops
T: A wave of tartness in front followed by the classic brett funk/dirt. The hops are well hidden, there is some citrus notes (I assume from the hops, but it could be acid from the yeast).
M: Very crisp and dry, although not bone dry like some brett beers, lots of carbonation
O: Not what I was expecting, this comes across much more as a "standard" brett beer vs a 100% brett beer. The funk is much more apparent than I expected and the acidity is pretty high. I wonder if this is the brett showing its age (getting more funky) and the hops have faded. Still, this is a very good beer and very unique. I would buy this again with out hesitation, would like to find a fresher bottle to compare. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This batch is centennial and simcoe. I don't get any distinct notes from either hop. I get some lemon rind bitterness and light tartness. This beer is a Brett bomb. Huge carb and loads of funk like an open field. It's not as refined as something like Lost Abbey Saint's Devotion but similar in style. It is different and interesting, but the flavors almost cancel each other out.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light and clean. Golden with a bit of haziness. Strong carbonation, but fitting with the style. Oak and sour fruit aroma. Oak and passion fruit front and middle. Light bodied. Very clean finish virtually no bitterness in the finish. A very approachable sour, think of a cross between a sour and a chardonnay. Bottle marked 426.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Bottled sometime in the fall of 2013.

Pours a rustic looking orange color, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells quite funky and barnyard-y, with some lemony citrus and grass.

The taste is similar. At this age, a little bit less than a year old, the Brett has taken over, so it doesn't taste very hoppy anymore (I don't know hoppy it was when first bottled, so can't make a true comparison here, but I'm guessing it was at least somewhat hoppy). Lots of bracing Brett flavors, slightly tart (not sour) with some lemon, hay, and lots of funk. There's a bit of orange and pineapple flavors as well. Slightly cider-like, too.

Fairly light bodied, this one goes down very easily. It's spritzy, with some good carbonation as well.

I'd like to try this fresh, but this is still a very tasty and well done wild Brett beer.

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Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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