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Hop Savant - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 86
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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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
Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -1.7%

dfhhead25, May 24, 2014
Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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

PEIhop, May 19, 2014
Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

BMart, May 12, 2014
Photo of TheEvilGenius
4/5  rDev -1.7%

TheEvilGenius, May 09, 2014
Photo of mattboyer182
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

mattboyer182, May 09, 2014
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.

MadScientist, May 06, 2014
Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Zimm, May 04, 2014
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

SaxmanRick, May 04, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev -1.7%

thatoneguymike, May 04, 2014
Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Ristaccia, May 04, 2014
Photo of Fitze
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Fitze, May 02, 2014
Photo of dividedsky727
4/5  rDev -1.7%

dividedsky727, May 02, 2014
Photo of baakabak
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

baakabak, May 01, 2014
Photo of JakeWright
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

JakeWright, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of KVNBGRY
4/5  rDev -1.7%

KVNBGRY, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of dubdrop
4/5  rDev -1.7%

dubdrop, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Lovely85, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -1.7%

nickfl, Apr 27, 2014
Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.