Hop Savant - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes... 2013 Batch 2 Simcoe + Centennial. Pours a ahzy light amber, thick cream colored head settles slowly leaving big dollop of meringue and thick rings of lace down the glass. Smell: lemon, hay + barnyard notes, a little simcoe cattiness, pine needles, orange citrus and tropical fruit juice. Taste: full on brett, oaky, vinous, acetic; pine, grapefruit, biscuit. Creamy with prickly carbonation into a dry finish, lingering sour + apricot. Delicious, more like this please.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a dark brown 375 mL bottle made from noticeably thick glass and marked with "2013/Batch 2". No idea what that means in terms of bottling. Poured into a 22 oz brandy snifter.

Appearance - After popping the top, the liquid inside immediately gets a topping of foam and a steady stream of bubbles rising up through the glass. A gentle pour yields a two finger head of silky and fine but dense foam. Retains for a few minutes before receding, leaving a healthy screen of lace around the sides of the glass. Body is a blend of orange and amber, with some maize highlights in places where the light shines through.

Smell - It comes leaping out of the bottle as soon as I open it, confirming the 100% brett with notes of wet hay, pungent grassy hops, barnyard funk, pineapple, and even some granny smith. Not quite sure how to impart the idea that this is funky and crisp all at the same time, which I find to be a fairly common characteristic of Brett beers. However, the aroma on this is one of the best I've had.

Taste - The yeasty funk of the Brett is still dominant, but there is a noticeable citric sourness, like lemon juice, but way less puckering, like watered down lemon juice. I also get fruit, again with pineapple and now some starfruit, as well as an impression of chardonnay, likely from the oak. I do get some lingering medicinal characteristic, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, light body and a bone-dry finish.

Overall, this is an outstanding Brett beer. It's brews like this that almost make one long for a new style called "Brett Beer", since this one tastes so similar to beers in other style categories due to the distinctiveness of the Brett. This is one of those beers that I could just keep drinking all night long. It's so drinkable but also so intense. Very glad to have Crooked Stave in Kansas City now.

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 BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples poured into a tulip glass. 2013, Batch 2 enjoyed on Dec 3, 2013. Pours a clear deep golden color with a big fluffy head on top. Aroma of Brett, spice, citrus, hay, sour apple, soap, grass. Flavor is orange peel, soapy bretty yeast, tart, hint of spice, lingering soapiness on the palate. Light bodied with very high carbonation. Easy to drink but not super enthused about this one. Was expecting a Brett IPA, but this is pretty much straight Brett Saison. Not bad.

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up as a single from the Madison Ave. Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA. Really excited to try this as it's my first Crooked Stave beer and I've heard so much hype. 375 ml bottle poured into a Tallgrass Brewing Cervoise style glass at fridge temp. 2013 Batch 2 marked on the back.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of thin, wispy white head. Some still, big bubbles hang about. No fizzyness here. A couple patches of lacing stick to the side. Eventually a nice cap formed and remained. The first half pour produced a clean, light golden body. When the remainder of the bottle was poured (save for the yeasty sediment at the bottom) the body turned considerably cloudy .

Smell: That thing when you know this is going to be good… A strong barn funkiness. Earthy hay and some tangy, sour, animal ripeness. A very floral, juicy hoppyness of citrus and pine. All rounded out by a dry, dusty oakyness. A very inviting and complex nose. Excellent job on the dry hopping.

Taste: A beer with a story to tell. Right up front a very tangy, earthy yeastiness followed by a very fresh, oily citrus hop presence. An almost acidic, sour tang perfectly complemented by the hops. Like what an over ripened lemon would taste like if you sliced it and rolled it in some dust. Long, clean, bready finish. Some oak though not as much as in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A funky, refreshing APA. A very American approach in that they took a solid, hoppy style pale ale and turned it wild with some brett. Exciting and complex. From the nose to the taste this beer keeps you interested. I was most impressed by how much the hops and brett worked together. Recommend to everyone-especially brett heads.

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 MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Thanks! Served in a snifter.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and tiny specks of lace. Transparent, pale, golden body.

S - A delightful mix of earthy and slightly dirty brett, tropical fruit hops, oak, and a bit of the musky, sweaty horsey funk. Not a ton of malt character here.

T - The taste has more of the tropical and citrus hop flavors, and a bit of the doughy malt backbone peaking through as well. Not nearly as dirty or oaky as the aroma, with more of a clausenii tropical brett character pervading. Surprisingly clean finish for a brett beer.

M - Pleasant, dry, medium body, with soft carbonation, and a clean finish. No perceptible alcohol.

D - Really great stuff. I could have gone for a bit more dry hop aroma, but I have no idea how fresh this bottle was so perhaps it's a function of age. In any case, a very successful hoppy brett pale ale that I would happily drink again. Wish we got Crooked Stave here in Illinois.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dull, pale golden yellow with a slow foam overflow shortly after cracking and a constant sticky bleach-white presence throughout drinking. I'm surprised by the lack of sediment/visible flocs of yeast. The nose is cranking brett and a fresh squeezed citrus hoppiness upfront, both which seem to be playing together nicely. I'd say the flavors are an even more pronounced/potent brett and citrus with a residual tart funk that draws out buckets of saliva from my shell-shocked palate. However, the mouthfeel remains light-medium bodied, highly effervescent, attenuated, dry but not bone dry, has a great citrus hop presence, little alcohol burning, and a tart finish. This beer definitely lives up to my expectations and provides an extreme yet drinkable brett APA.

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 cbutova
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken at Toronado, San Diego.

A- Goblet recieved the pour from the tap with a hazy golden orange body. Small foamy white cap falls fast to a small ring. The ring leaves spotty lace down the glass as I sip on it.

S- Brett funky fruits off the top, like tangerine and cherry somehow. Some of the classic Brett funk but not overly horsey or anything. Good juicy sweet stone fruit with their pits come to mind.

T- Not quite as funky as the aroma but the Brett is still fairly pronounced with some barnyard and dried fruit hints. Apricot, tangerines, Belgian yeast spice, peppercorn and cardamom as well as the dank hops in the finish.

MF- Foamy and creamy lighter end body that is smooth and fairly dried out. Light bitterness in the finish and high champagne carbonation but still super smooth.

Nice semi-funky Brett feel with a good amount of hops and a good dried fruit feel for me.

Photo of spicoli00
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Allagash sour flute
golden color pours hazy. Small tight head that retains well. Nose is light grains and slightly fruity. First sip hits like a knockout. like a tangerine just sat on your face. Quickly goes to mellon than smooth finish. simcoe doesn't seem to showcase as much as the citra and mosaic

Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy golden haze. Nice lacing.

S: Bubblegum citrus. Sour patch kids. Apple juice.

T: Tart grapefruit. Sour Galaxy Hops. Slight oak.

M: Dry, bitter, citrusy, and tingly.

O: Excellent/Delicious brew. A creative take on Galaxy Hopped IPA's with a brilliant sour/oak aged addition. One of my favorites.

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 Stevedore
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle generously given by 4DAloveofSTOUT for me to try. Brian, you're the man! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/14/2013.

Pours a beautiful, hazy light orange body with an extremely effervescent head. It took a few minutes to fill up the whole glass because there was so, so much head. The head slowly recedes, leaving craploads of lacing all over the glass. Very pretty beer. Looks absolutely refreshing.

Smells great. Up front is this light, rubbery funk that I'm really enjoying. Then there's a nice quotient of hops. Mostly citrus and pine. So basically funk, rubber, orange zest, lemon juice, hint of pine.

Whoa, this beer is deceptively hoppy. Packs a nice, hoppy punch that you don't get as much of in the nose. Throughout there is a nice background of Bretty funk that persists into the aftertaste. In the middle there is a nice juicy citrus hoppiness that finishes with a nice orange peel bitterness along with the funk. Very interesting and (to me) enjoyable combination of hops and Brett.

The feel on this is outstanding. This is definitely a medium bodied beer but with such a light yet creamy mouthfeel because of the beer's effervescence. The brett really contributes a lot to this beer's particular characteristic. Aftertaste is mostly lemon zest with a hint of funk with a dab of pine.

Great flavour profile combining funk and hops with such a creamy mouthfeel on this beer. Thanks Brett. This being my first real Crooked Stave offering, I will have to see if I can score a couple more of their bottles to try. Thanks again Brian!

Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2013/batch 2 (centennial and simcoe).

A: Pours a lemony amber with a huge, dense, and pillowy bright white head that took forever and a day to collapse into a thick film with a dense butte in the center. Sheets of patchy, sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: huge notes of brett, grapefruit, apricot, and crackery malt come through on the nose. Brett dominates followed by citrus and leafy hops. There is a mineral quality as well. Centennial easy to pick out.
T: More citrus and less brett than the nose. Grapefruit still dominates the hops, as it did in the nose, and I get flavors of apricot and slight simcoe hop. The finish is drying with notes of brett and earthy yeast. The aftertaste is minerally and lightly bitter with flavors of lime.
M: Crips and refreshing mouthfeel, light and fluffy carbonation that froths up in my mouth, and a drying and clean medium body.
O: The nose initially reminded me a lot of a lighter Bitter Monk, but the flavor profile is completely different. A well-rounded and interested pale ale, would love to see this kicked up a notch into an dipa.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy apricot color with a healthy tan foam head. Really good retention.

S: Light musty aroma with some Brett, tangerine, white grape and lemon. A touch of dry white wine as well.

T: Opens nice with some light wood and funk. Then I get a strange band aid flavor. Something tells me that's not supposed to be there. That sticks around for a bit, then I get some Brett, lemon and a pleasant drying finish. Nice citrus hop backbone. I would love this were it not for that off flavor. Gonna have to revisit this one.

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


STYLE: Sour/Wild Ale

ABV: 6.7%


POUR: Murky Orange with a huge white head.

AROMA: A lot of lemon with some funk.

TASTE: Citrus, brett, funk.

Ratebeer.com rating: 99

Beeradvocate raing: 91

Overall: B+

My recommendation: It you are into farmhouse/saison/wild ales you want to try this brew. Very good stuff from Crooked Stave!

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle as an extra from Corey. Thanks!
Galaxy-hopped version.

Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a firm white layer of head that laced nicely. Piney hop aroma, funky, earthy, already getting some big oak notes. Piney hops in the taste, oily citrus rind, lots of oak, a touch of coconut, dank grass, earthy and bitter finish. Interesting and complex, though I thought the oak was just a little overpowering. Much like CC's oaked Jai Alai, I wonder what this would be like with a little age on it. Medium body, snappy mouthfeel. Overall quite good.

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Batch #3, 2013, Galaxy hops

A: This is a gorgeous beer. Cloudy as hell, bright orange color. Big frothy head with excellent retention.

S: Funky barn wood. Tropical fruit from the galaxy dry hop.

T: Follows the nose, hops are a little less present. I normally like my hoppy APAs/IPAs pretty true to style, but this is very interesting. Nice balance of hop flavors and brett funk.

M: Good level of carbonation. Bubbly.

O: Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 950!

I wrote up a few somewhat negative reviews tonight from my notes. Lots of disappointments which I hadn’t felt like entering so I finally powered through them. Because, you know, OCD compels me. So I’m thrilled to be entering my review for the Hop Savant, my first Crooked Stave beer, and ending on a high note.

Wow, wow, wow!

From the tap this poured an incredible looking golden-yellow with some cloudy haze and this cap of foam. Impressive.

Amazing aroma with a citrusy hop profile featuring a strong tangerine presence, along with some grapefruit and a bit of a tropical fruit blend mixed in there. There’s an underlying Brett funk as well.
On the palate this combination just explodes with flavor. The tropical fruit notes and the tangerine citrus are just vibrant and lively in a way that pushes this beer above and beyond mere excellence. With the Brett character it has a complexity that is rivaled by few others. Tapers into a long, lingering, drying finish. I savored every sip and do hope I get to revisit this again someday. Try it if you can.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Batch # 2

Pours a very nice slightly hazy and cloudy golden color with some nice straw yellow edges. Nice 1 inch frothy and soapy dense head. Head is pretty sticky and retention is great.

Aroma starts off with some interesting funky Brett notes. Some slight phenols and some nice notes of mild lemon. Quite funky. Straw and hay with some nice barnhouse aromas as expected. Nice earthy woody oak notes.

Flavor is GREAT! Notes of citrusy and grassy hops that are balanced by some nice and pretty intense funky notes. Notes of hay and musty woody oak. Some slight phenols give a tinge of sweetness. Notes of pear juice and some slight crisp dry apple. The earthy funky notes play so well with the hoppy citrus and herbal hop notes. Mouthfeel is also great with some ncie vivid carbonation and a good dry light feel. The Brett really shine and there are some nice phenols that give the brew some slight clove like hints and mild sweetness.

APA or BPA? Who cares; this brew is delicious great hop notes balanced well with awesome Bretty funk and earthy wood notes.

Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of Florida9
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Number on the back of the bottle is 462. I don't know if that's a bottle number or a batch number...

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow in color. Forms a very large, very stable, foamy-bubbly head eventually reducing down to a thick, bubbly surface coating. Copious amounts of lacing bordering on sheeting.

S: Aroma is unmistakably Brett. That dusty-basement aroma dominates, though the beer is lightened and brightened by the citrus hops.

T: The taste brings out more Brett, but I've got to admit, this beer is surprisingly tame considering it's a 100% Brett fermented. Taste is more of the dusty basement with fairly strong notes of lemon-lime. The finish brings out a touch of melon and berry along with a slight funky quality.

M: On the lighter side. Slight tartness. Slight prickle in the mouth. Very mild bitterness.

O: A very interesting beer. Rather enjoyable if you like Brett, though I will say the dry hopping seems to have done quite a bit to restrain the Brett character (though I could also say it seems as if the Brett has done it's share to restrain the hop character as well). The result is a balanced, yet nuanced beer. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of almightyme3
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting brew indeed. You can taste the bretts and funk and definitely the smell of hops while maintaining a semi-sour dry profile. There is yeast and citrus on the palate as well. Great color and great head. It looks and tastes like a luxury hybrid - you can see that a lot of work went into making this brew. It absolutely shows as it is a spectacular beer but way too pricey for my taste. It almost stands in a class of its own but I am hard pressed to classify it and give it a rating. Think of it as an electric sports car. Expensive and different but nevertheless very good!

Photo of joe1510
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


2013/Batch 3 (Galaxy)

Thanks, Mark, for looking out! Hop Savant's looks just like pineapple juice in it's sweet little Crooked Stave snifter. Sunset orange highlights accent the look. There's a good amount of murk but this one went from mail-to fridge-to glass, there wasn't much time to settle in between. A finger's worth of creamy ecru head forms on the pour and slowly falls to a fat ring and skim coat. The ring leaves sheet lacing down the glass. She's purty!

A big deep whif goes like this; barnyard, pineapple, mango, overripe peaches. The barnyard is pretty substantial with horseblanket, damp hay, and that all around horse stall aura. The barnyard rules but each deep breath is rewarded with juicy, dripping tropical fruit. The tropical fruit gets more and more assertive as it warms. This beer gets the salivary glands working over.

The flavor doesn't match the depth but it's pretty damn close. The hop profile actually hits upfront in the flavor while the brett pops on the backend. Tropical flavors kick off with a muddle of citrus, mango, and pineapple. There's a grassy note in the middle before the barnyard washes through. Each individual aroma was present in the flavor but they ran together a bit, not as clean, still delicious.

Snappy carbonation rushes th emoderate body through while the finish is dry as the Sahara. There's an assertive hop bitterness that, when combined with the dryness and prickly carbonation, make for a tongue thrasher.

This is the first of the Hop Savant series that I've had and I'm highly impressed. It's so unique and unusual. I'd love to be able to try two or three fresh batches side by side, really see how the different varietals affect the base.

Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.