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Hop Savant - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
91
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511 Ratings
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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 35
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:
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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Ratings: 511 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ajevne, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

ThickNStout, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Averwo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Averwo, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Spider889
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Spider889, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of FreshZ
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

FreshZ, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of WarrenGofstein
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

WarrenGofstein, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of wspscott
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

wspscott, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of jburns301
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jburns301, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of SuperHop18
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

SuperHop18, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev -1.7%

gpblackgt, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of ToadiesForCody
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ToadiesForCody, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of dannyfayy
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

dannyfayy, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of ubufan2112
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ubufan2112, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.7%

zestar, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bunuelian, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of PHBoiler
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

PHBoiler, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

LittleDon, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
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."

BarrytheBear, Jun 01, 2014
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.

buschbeer, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

dfhhead25, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

HoppyBastard2, May 19, 2014
Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Beerdudenumberone, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

PEIhop, May 19, 2014
Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.