Hop Savant - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 31 | FT: 4
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-14-2013

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.
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Photo of MadScientist
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is dated 2013 batch 2

A golden beer with a slight hazy. The head is long lasting made of rocky, off-white bubbles that leave a a little bit of fine lacing on the glass.

It smells of citrus with a strong, grapefruit-like aroma like the kind you get in a tart Gueuze. There is some barnyard funk but it's mild. A moderate oak aroma. The hops are faded which is to be expected with age.

A strong citrus and citrus peel flavor at first with a grapefruit-like tart quality to it. There is a medium-strong bitterness with a medium tartness against a light honey-like sweetness making for a beer that is pretty tart and bitter on balance. The finish is very dry with a citrus zest aftertaste.

A light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

I love the bold tart and bitterness in this beer with little sweetness. I have got to track down a bottle to see how that plays of the hops.

Photo of Beaver13
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, number 344. Pours clear straw yellow with a small white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing. There's lots of yeast haze at the bottom.

The aroma is tropical fruits and funky brett with some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet malts and some tropical fruit with funky brett and medium bitterness from piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, a terrific brett ipa. Nice blend of fruits, funk and pine.

Photo of mverity
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof. Pours a very hazy golden yellow with hints of orange. The color of fresh pineapple. This bottle was alive. When I popped the cap off it started coming right out of the bottle. I had to pour immediately. Very large bubbly white head with hints of orange. Sticky in some areas of the glass, apparently this glass wasn't cleaned well, my bad. Head retention is great, nice layer on top and thick collar at the edges of the glass. Aroma is very juicy. I smell fresh squeezed OJ and some mango and pineapple. Nice musty, barnyard like aromas as well. Taste is identical to the aroma. Juicy juicy juicy... Tart and tangy citrus with a little bit of dry yeast funk present throughout. Thick, creamy body. Feels almost like a nitro beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my Buddy Mitch in Colo. for the load of CS bottles he sent me. My first CS beers and so far I'm impressed.

12.7 oz. bottle

This one pours clouded medium tangarine, moderate off white head, collar and tiny bubble film

The nose is whee things get interesting. Nice citrus, tropical fruits and a bag of fresh hops come to mind. Also a bit of musty barnhard in the rear.

Creamy and quite smooth on the tongue, more soft citrus notes with lime and melon up front. Tart in the finish with cut grass, cat piss, biting hops, more lime and again some mold/must. Complex and simply delicious.

Crooked Stave please begin distributing to NY state as soon as possible.

Photo of standardcherry
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale orange with a fluffy white head.
S: Wow, tons of brett, followed by a huge tropical fruit, citrus, floral and funky smell. A bit of rubber in the aroma as well, I only noticed it once the beer warmed up a bit.
T: Lots of citrus, a bit sour. Tangerine, grapefruit, peach, sweet malt and some nice funkiness on top of it. The only thing that detracted a bit was a slightly astringent flavor, but it was only noticeable once the beer warmed up a bit.
M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Carbonation is a tiny bit too high but it's not really a problem.
O: A great beer, would love to have this one again.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I see a white head with a millimeter or 2 thickness on the top and intensely packed together small bubbles. Light gold in color with a heavy haziness. The aroma is astonishing. I get fresh citrus hops mingling very well with Brett, but the Brett clearly dominates, especially as it warms. The taste is also quite good. I get the tartness of the Brett on the front of the palate and the bitterness of the citrus hops on the back of the palate. I get the oak flavoring throughout. The mouthfeel is complex with a bit of a dry chalkiness that is fitting. This is more than a beer. It's an epiphany.

Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Bright, glowing, burnt orange with a very persistent, resilient, sticky, near-white head. Lots of irregular sticky lacing left down the glass. Mild sediment seen throughout and settling at the bottom of the glass. Very pretty American-brewed Belgian style ale.

A fantastic combination of bright, juicy, citrus hop components combined with rusting, earth, mild dirt, and just a little bit of funk from the yeast. A new world-take on an old-world style. Fantastic. The hop/fruit flavors come in mild waves of mango, overripe orange, and grass. The yeast presents a mild dirty, well-worn leather character as well.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma, with the bright citrus and juicy fruit components combining nicely with the old-world Brett yeast notes. Mild funk but lots of grass, earth, and dirty leather. Low-moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Yeast and hops linger nicely.

Fantastic. A wonderful beer from possibly my favorite American brewer.

Photo of mahak213
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recently started seeing Crooked Stave in my area, bottle dated '344'

Appearance- Pours a bright golden yellow, pours clear with a fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma- Jumping out of the bottle once I cracked it. Huge tropical fruit, citrus, peach, grass, and an earthy balance from the brett. Smells awesome!

Taste- Follows the nose perfectly, tons of tropical fruit and citrus hop notes, without much bitterness at all and a slight musty presence. Light malt presence fits perfectly with the mild flavors in this one.

Mouthfeel- Super drinkable, light, and refreshing. Light on carbonation

Overall- Very happy with this one. It's light and easy drinking, but still complex and interesting. Will go back for more of this!

Photo of jeonseh
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark hazy golden ale with a big white head. Really a great looking beer

S - Light oak, lemon peel, blue cheese funk with a good citrus presence. Hops meets funk. Like a hoppy Saison

T - Lemony, tart, oak, blue cheese funk. Slight hoppy presence. Light white wine. Not much hops but there is a nice slight citrus and grapefruit presence near the end

M - Light carbonation with a sharp tartness. The finish is dry as well as a slight resin presence that lingers on the tongue

O - This is more of a Saison with hops than a hoppy Saison. This has great tartness, slight funk and a slight hoppiness on the backend.

Photo of dowen17
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon yellow. One finger head with great lacing and retention.

Smells like someone shoved a grapefruit in their ass and shit it back out. Dirty, dirty, dirty.

Taste is heavy citrus. Lemon rind and grapefruit. Dirty yeast. Sour finish. Refreshing.

Good carbonation. Medium bodied.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. capped bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a foamy 2 finger white head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and stringy with good stick. Average.

Nose is big on the Brett. Notes of pineapple, band-aid, flower, and citrus. Aromatic and very appetizing.

Opens lightly tart pineapple, apple, citrus and Brett funk. Some cane sugar and a light hop bitterness come into complement the slight tartness in the middle. End is citrus, cobwebs and hay. Dry finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. I like it.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and light. Finishes filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Really good.

My first offering from Crooked Stave is definitely a pleasant one. The Brett funk is definitely noticeable and imparts an interesting funky flavor profile to this brew. I'm ready for more!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

batch 2, 2013

poured a bit of a crisp golden to straw yellow. tons of head, very lively.

tart, fresh, floral and citrus hops. some light oak. faint plastic

that plastic was very apparent in the flavor. a mix of medicinal and burnt plastic. the oak tasted fake, the hops and brett were just over powered.

light and easy for a 6% abv, drank like a 4%. crisp and clean.

overall, this did not work for me at all. maybe i will try a newer batch but this was too much.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice. 462 is written on the bottle. Batch or bottle number, I'm not sure.

Appearance - Bright orange. Hazy. Nice white head, maybe 2 fingers. Lopsided chunky collar and some nice surface wisps. A bit of lacing clings to the glass.

Smell - I could smelled the brett as soon as I poured it. Slightly earthy and the smallest amount of acid coming through. Tropical fruit hops push through in the background and combine with a bit of doughy malt sweetness.

Taste - The brett is much more dominant here. Much more of a tangy flavor that builds throughout the sip. Citrus hop up front with a bit of that grainy, earthy brett flavor. It turns more tangy until it overwhelms the malt and finishes with a lingering slight sourness.

Mouthfeel - Pretty dry. Medium carbonation. The only flavor that lasts on the palate is the tang from the brett.

Overall - I bet this would have been a phenomenal pale ale without the brett. I think the brett just manages to mask the hop and malt profile. Regardless, it's still pretty nice.

Photo of wspscott
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 2, Centennial & Simcoe

Pours a hazy golden straw color, which is lighter at the bottom and more golden at the top. The egg shell colored head is huge and pillowy, almost meringue like.

The aroma is tart and oaky. Big lemon twang. White grapes with a subtle hint of vinegar. There is some pepper and general spice.

The taste is tart and oaky as well. Again, big lemon and white grape flavor. Slightly grassy with a mix of pepper. Not much from the malt, slight bready flavor.

The feel is light and bright with airy carbonation. Sweet and tart on the palate. Good balance and drinks very easy.

A nice tart pale ale. The hops don't really pop but the oak sure does. Worth a purchase.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #462

Hazy orange with champagne carbonation, thin layer of white foam with a lacy collar that never seems to break. Delicate and spindly lacing that has a sea foam quality to it.

Complex aromas of oaky sandalwood, tropical fruitiness of pineapple, and wet hay funkiness.

Lightly tart, crisp and dry in the finish. Plenty of oak, dry grassy finish, notes of tropical fruitiness, but subtle. Full bodied but spritzy and clean. Unripe peach and subtle grassy hops. Overall a great Brett pale ale with nice tropical touches.

Thanks very much to Joe for this one!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle 544

A: slightly hazy golden ale, poured with some measure into a nonic pint, produced a couple of fingers of frothy off-white head. Left some slim lace arms down the inside of the glass.

S: lots of citric funk and farmhouse - herbs, medicinal and aromatic; suggestive of grassy fields and sour fruits

T: follows the nose into more dank brett-ness; dry but dank at the same time; lots of hop action, courtesy of the Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra hops used. Fresh, pale, clean malts provide a solid base for the flowery hops and tart yeast.

M: crisp, light, alternatively tart and bitter - drying finish

O: the brett, plus the fact that I've had two saisons from Crooked Stave, lead me to say that this is a very "farmhouse" APA - reminscent of Mikkeller's Invasion Farmhouse IPA (which has brettanomyces) and wild ales and saisons in general - a real drinkable brew.

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass
2013/Batch 2

A - It pours golden in color with a slight haze. It is capped with several inches of off-white head.

S - The smell is tart with some funk. I also get some light fruit notes.

T - It starts out wonderfully tart. I get some citrus, peach, and pear. There is a little funk in the finish, and it is dry.

M - Medium with high carbonation.

O - This beer is great. I picked out a different beer to try from Crooked Stave and the woman at the Party Source recommended this one. It was a fantastic choice. It has the perfect amount of tartness and funk. I look forward to the one I chose from these guys. I reminds me of Funky Galaxy.

Photo of Amalak
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a hazy yellow, straw color to it, with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves some descent lacing behind. Very cloudy. Some bubbles visible.

S. Has a bacterial scent, some wheat, a bit of hops. A bit of a weed scent underneath.

T/M. It has a citrusy hop taste. There's a bit of a sour bacteria taste. Smooth and refreshing. A bit of a tingle on the tongue. It is a tad fruity which over takes the hops. The citra hops play hard.

O. I bought a 12.7 ounce bottle for $13, though I heard there are places in NYC that sell it for $10. This is a very well-made, refreshing and flavorful beer, ideal for the summer, but a bit more wheaty of a pale ale. Very good, though the price would probably drive me away from buying again.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 375ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); not sure about the bottling date, but this is hand-numbered 344. Apparently this refers to the code of the experimental hop variety used in the dry-hopping, which is pretty fucking rad. Not sure how old that makes this bottle, but it JUST got into upstate NY (and what a pleasant surprise that was, quite frankly) so this beer isn’t going to get any fresher for me. Whatever, it’s a brett beer. I’ll take it.

Appearance (3.75): The body has got to be damn near perfect, with an evenly cloudy, glowing orange globe sitting in my glass. The head goes no higher than about a finger, but it’s a dense, custard-colored foam that shows moderate retention and great lacing as it dies down. It’s not amazing in terms of appearance, but it does have a great body and there’s certainly nothing wrong with it. A little boost for the great lacing.

Smell (4.25): Smells most obviously like a very clean, tropical-type brett-forward Belgian Pale Ale, with the Belgian aspects of pear flesh, honeyed biscuits, and a very floral aroma. The hops come through nicely though, especially the Mosaic with that rich, papaya-like aroma that’s not quite juicy citrus, not quite melon, but somewhere in between. The brett throws in a clean, minerally character like you’d get from a pinot grigio, but it almost flies under the radar. Very, very nice aroma.

Taste (4.25): Yowza! Not tart exactly, nor very bitter or . . . I don’t know, it’s a mix of so many things. It’s got a clear mineral component, like that mentioned in the nose, but also a sweet, tropical juiciness to it like passionfruit juice and mango—but the flavor shifts toward a somewhat resinous character toward the end, blurring the line with a tart citrus rind. The malt body is nice and pale, with a starchy breadiness and a dry, crackery backbone. As it warms, some richer citrus tones come out, but so does a light flash of lemon juice that helps dry out the finish nicely. It’s that lemony character that blends into the minerally, floral bitterness so well, actually.

Mouthfeel (4.25): This has a great feel: the malt backbone offers a rich, slightly starchy body that doesn’t come off as heavy, but still full-feeling. The hop oils and slight tartness from the brett dry it out quite a bit in the finish, though, so it feels full but still very drinkable.

Overall (4.25): It’s kind of a confusing beer, quite frankly—but that’s what’s brilliant about it. It’s damn near impossible to clearly draw the lines between brett influence and hops, both components kept aloft by a pale, biscuity malt body that does everything it’s supposed to. It’s a good Belgian Pale Ale, given a top-tier brett treatment and then dosed with three great hop varieties. It’s not even all that big or crazy or tart or bitter or weird or whatever—it’s just balanced, juicy, moderately bitter, modestly tart and just drinkable as shit. A great beer with many subtle components.

Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light bodied clear tangerine with a one finger, soapy and sticky head. The nose is dry, citrusy, and has a nice amount of Brett. It has a little dried peach skins to it. It smells pretty similar to Luciernaga from Jolly Pumpkin. The flavors are dry and fruity up front. There are dried peach and apricot notes before it goes into an off dry Brett character. The level of Brett is perfect in my opinion. It has great and well rounded flavors without any aspect really dominating. It drinks light and off dry and leaves just enough Brett in the after taste. Overall this is a near perfect beer for the style. I could drink this all the time if it were more easily available. Great job by Crooked Stave once again.

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Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.