Hop Savant - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 35
Gots: 31 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

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.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-14-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Photo of MadScientist
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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 CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Beaver13
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of standardcherry
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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