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Hop Savant - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 30 | 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:
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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3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Batch 344.

Pours a murky golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit, funk, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a pretty intense but well done Brett presence in the aroma and flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013/Batch 2
Aroma Hops: Centennial and Simcoe
Dry Hops: Centennial and Simcoe

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color capped by a massive head; fairly good retention and lacing action

Smell: Tangerine, peach and pineapple; earthy farmhouse tones, underneath

Taste: The malt presents a clean palette on which the hops can present their complex melange of fruit; tangerines are dominant but peach and apricot tones are strong; just a hint of pineapple, in the finish; all the while, the Brett is adding another dimension, bringing leathery and earthy barnyard tones and a touch of Band-Aid; the finish is somewhat acetic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: What a terrific beer!

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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Today's formula for success: citrus and tropical hops, earthy yeast character and dry Belgian-eque spiciness. This is the path that Crooked Stave has taken and it is working marvelously.

Hop Savant starts with a bright burnt orange color and the signature yeasty haze to cast a soft peach glow. As the carbonation releases, it forms a creamy off-white head to cap the beer. Partly fluffy, it structure holds true to form and laces with spotty buttons of lace with each swirl of the glass.

Its funky-fresh aromas are must, dirty, rustic, earthy... and ooh so bright and delicious! Because on the other side of the scent are the bold citrus tones of slightly under ripened fruit peels, passion fruit, pineapple, and fresh cut grass. All that hop character is wrapped in an aura of corkish must, saddle leather, herbal sandalwood, and weathered oak and other wood spices.

To taste, the short-lived malt sweetness is quickly supplanted by juicy citrus-type acidity. Fresh and vibrant white grapefruit, dried oranges, pineapple and apricot. Lightly briny in the mid-palate, the ale is lemony and minerally. The fresh fruity taste reels in alcohol flavors of cider and chardonnay before diving into a bone dry taste of wood spices, French oak and the bitterness of grass and wet hay.

Its effervescent body springs from the tongue and chases in a faster finish than the curious taste would have liked. But this explosive dryness makes the musty and earthen spices more appreciated in aftertaste than on the early palate. But the quick dryness is spicy, lightly tannin and pleasantly warm.

Crooked Stave is certainly leading the way in more daring brettanomyces fermentation and high hop character. And its this combination that wins over discerning beer palates over and over again!

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

so unfortunate that this beer is in a bottle for seven bucks. if it were in an affordable twelve pack it would be in my regular wheelhouse. it pours a real pale straw yellow color, cloudy but still bright somehow, with a short but lacey white head. the nose is real bretty, but also nicely hopped, which to this point has not been crooked staves thing. its got citra type hops with lemon and grapefruit bitterness and acidity, as well as a light pine variety that's just lovely. the taste is just like the nose, but sort of finishes quick and dry, which is not exactly what I like in this style, but this is a genre bender anyways I guess. would like it to stay on my tongue awhile, so I can ponder its complexity, but its just gone. a lot like some of their other saison types. this one is super complex with all the brett funk and the intense hop flavors, reminds me a bit of the anchorage galaxy white ipa, which is still legendary to me. a little lighter than that one, a little less active feel wise, but still very well carbonated, and super easy drinking. I wish I could get this in large affordable quantities, it is really excellent. sharing a little bottle is torture, because I just want it all for myself...

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pleasure to drink. Well, it was a pleasure to drink. I enjoyed it enough that I went right through it without really taking notes. Great citrus tones on this one. They come out more as time goes on. Makes me wish this was a 750 instead of this smaller bottle. Mild wild tones. More of an accent. This ended up being a great beer. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.