Hop Savant - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 561
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 42
Gots: 35 | FT: 4
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
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 antott0523
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of 303beer
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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. (192 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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. (612 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (327 characters)

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. (896 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.24/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Jeff....thanks man!

Not enough of ever saison or hops....a really confused beer that works in theory but doesn't quite pull off the execution. To quote my favorite doctor, "Too crazy for Boy's Town, too much of a boy for CrazyTown." (250 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of baakabak
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2 : centennial and simcoe

Pours a hazy straw with a pillowy white head.

Scent is white grapes,lemon,hay,vinegar,stone and inflatable pool toy.

Taste is the same as the scent. Big vinegar and hay. Vinyl. Not much hop nuance but quite bitter.

Medium-high carbonation. Full mouthfeel.

Overall it's interesting but I wouldn't seek it out again. (352 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of ACarp
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 3, 2013 Simcoe and Centennial Hops
Bitter and sour do not belong together.
Looks: pale, not much head, dies quickly. bottle frothed over when opened
smell: deliciously fruity, from both yeast and hops. additional hop dankness. Slight medicinal funk
taste: Bitter and sour and medicinal. couldn't finish bottle.
Overall: I love Crooked Stave and will definitely buy them again, Surette and St Bretta are both amazing beers but i didnt enjoy this one and dont feel it was worth $10 (485 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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! (928 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle - 2013 / Batch 2

Cloudy, pale straw with a generous foamy head. Fresh hoppy pine and citrus aromas with a bit of pale malt. Bright lemony flavors with a tart/sour midpalate and a long-lingering grapefruit hop bitterness on the finish. I am also getting a bit of a bitter plastic off-flavor that develops after a few sips and also lingers on the tongue. Is it styrene? It becomes more unpleasant as times goes on. Mouthfeel is thin with fizzy carbonation - it works. I love what Crooked Stave is doing but something isn't right in this bottle. Unlike the Hop Savant, the Batch 60 I recently tasted at the brewery was outstanding.

Retasted at Top Hops: I am upping my rating because there were no off flavors like before. The Brett was very funky, cheesy and fruity. The hop flavor is rather unique but this is a more challenging beer than Surette or Veille which don't have the same level of funkiness. I've experienced some variability with Crooked Stave beers but I still like them for making great beers. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The nose was bright orange perfectly mixed with floral notes from the Brett and the hops. You couldn't tell where one ended and the other began, it was really quite beautiful.

The mouth was alive from the dry hopping. A bit of orange spilled over, but some other mild citrusy notes that again danced with a bit of brett funk to create this interwoven medley that had a different life from sip to sip.

The oak on this wasn't subtle and raged through at the end of mouth. It pushed all the other flavors aside and felt like an appropriate ending to an amazing beer.

Bravo Crooked Stave, still haven't had a bad beer from this brewery. (635 characters)

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