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Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety MeetingDark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most Aromatic IPA. An 8.5% India Pale Ale that is very reminiscent of the hop’s cousin in the Mulberry family. Lots of hop aroma with just the right amount of bitterness as we still like our balance around here. Between the secret blend of the most DANK hops that we can get our hands on and a "more than healthy" dose of double dry hopping, this beer can be announced to the nose from across the room that someone is definitely having a Safety Meeting.

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Photo of brewme
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a big fan. Paid about $15 for a 6-pack after reading positive reviews on Beer Advocate. Smells of pine and grass, with a very boozy taste to me. Would not buy again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, dated 3/26/2015. Served in a snifter 4/23/2015.

A- Darker copper body, almost brownish in hue. Two finger offwhite head, good retention, no lacing. The colour of the body is a lot darker than I'd expect from any standard IPA.

S- Citrus, floral hop aromas, a bit of pale malt sweetness, but it's quite floral. A bit herbal too.

F- Malty, sweet caramel and toffee, not a ton of hop aromatics, which is disappointing from an IPA that's less than a month old. Moderate grassy bitterness on the backend.

M- Thin-medium bodied, slightly watery, and absolutely quite boozy without contributing much sweetness or depth to it. This definitely fell short in the mouthfeel department.

O- I don't get the name nor do I get any "weed" here. I'm going to say no to this one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smaller fizzy slight creamy head covering fades at fair rate, little lacing, of course it's very dark for an ipa, murky iced tea brown maroon color.

Nose brings some sweet candy malts, little nutty brown malt and reddish toasty but not caramel, into earthy herbal hops, little black tea, bit grassy and leafy, little candied orange peel, etc, and touch of sugary iced tea.

Taste brings more sweetness, toffee, brown sugar, little candy syrup but not at all syrupy, sugar daddy, also not super sweet surprisingly. Then earthy herbal hops, grassy leafy, black tea, little orange peel and herbal tea spices, creamy smooth rich feeling. Fair to heavier bitterness attempts to increase on the finish, quite bitter on the finish, earthy herbal hops, more herbal tea, little dry but sticky, faint warming booze, candy flavours lingering too.

Mouth is med to bigger bod, rich creamy smooth like, decent carb, very faint booze.

Overall... well if this was a Hoppy brown ale it would be pretty nice, but an ipa?!! Nothing like it.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking at the bottle on my table it looks like a bunch of dangling genitallia with combat boots on... Hmph, that wouldn't smell like a safety meeting but rather something even less pleasant (not too far off, but that's for later).

The pour is melted brown sugar water, appealing enough although terrible inconsistent with what would be considered an IPA. Way too dark, too brown, I wouldn't even know how to label this, perhaps an English Barleywine?

Smell is ATROCIOUS. Vegetal, smells like steamed broccoli and Brussel sprouts, cabbage.. BRUTAL. I guess I could best label this one of those "Green" smoothies where they dump loads of vegetables into a blender and add some pineapple juice for sweetness, that's what this is.

Taste is a vast improvement. I pick up more on what they were trying here, I get the "dank" from the Simcoe and some malt balance, it's actually pretty damn good. I'm trying to shake the nose but the smell is unforgivable.

There is a sticky sweetness to it. We have good flavor, the 8.5% alcohol is masked by the sugary malts. The alcohol makes a brief appearance when it warms.

Tastes good... that smell though

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 4/29/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of conifers with some citrus thrown in
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to broken ring and broken layer
Lacing OK – irregular islands and atolls with small to medium bubbles
Body dark orange, cloudy
Flavor of pine and malt, bitter aftertaste with long hangtime. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

This IPA has reached the end of its drinkable life span. It still smells like an IPA and has the mouth feel of an IPA, but it is ugly (Looks dirty – like an infected urine.) and is definitely malty. If I could have read the date when I bought it, I wouldn’t have. That will be a thread shortly

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of melons, herbal, light pine. Taste is not so good. Dank, herbal, some melon and pine, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Raime
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had quite a few disappointing brews last night and this one was no exception.

It was a generic malt bomb like so many others in the style are becoming. Looked good with a deep amber pour and a two finger off-white head, didn't have the overly dank smell promised on the bottle. Just a bunch of malt.

Tasted exactly the same and felt medium bodied with moderate carb,.


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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%

This arrived in 6-packs to our local wine/brew shop just this week. I've been watching the show and I gathered this outfit knows how to produce quality brew. Out of the bottle & into a Oktoberfest glass, I am detecting a slight medicinal aftertaste that garnishes an otherwise enjoyable sip, clove-infused seeming, but not too sweet. Carbonation out of the bottle was intense but the lacing on the glass is inviting. A bit brassy for what I look for in an IPA but the only other one to select of theirs on the shelf was the Imperial IPA and it's got equivalent ABV as this one, maybe one of their regular ales shows up under 8% I will notice less medicinal quality. Cheers~

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Mild haze on a dark honeyed gold with some burnt orange thrown in. Head is off-white, creamy, and thin. Drops to a thin cap. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: Pine resin, dank and herbal. Weed. Malts are nice and bready with some solid caramelized malt sweetness. A touch of grapefruit rind. Pine needle, bitterness and some solid herbal earthiness. Loses a little depth as it warms, but it's a solid hop aroma. A touch of apricot and orange peel.

Taste: Balanced caramelized and caramel malt sweetness. A touch bready with a mild roasted element. Hops are loaded with pine, a touch of mint, grapefruit and a huge herbal component. Mildly earthy. Dank. Massively hopped with a strong, but not crazy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a slightly below average carbonation. Has that slick almost sticky feel of all DarkmHorse IPAs. Clean finish.

Overall: The nose knows this is decent.

A bitter pine-laced IPA. Not they're best, but still better than a lot of things.

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Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 5/13/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper with an off-white head that fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are nice, but not overwhelming. Lots of grapefruit along with hints of pine. Some citrus notes. Nice amount of caramel malts in the mix. The flavors are solid, but aren't getting me overly excited. The malts make their mark, and arguably cut down on the bitterness. More grapefruit along with hints of orange and lemon. Some pine needles in the mix. Subtle bitterness. Subtle sweetness. Flavors kind of fall flat for me, but they aren't bad my any stretch. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied and pretty creamy. Fluffy with low carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed although it pops up in the flavors every once in awhile just to say hey.

This is a decent DIPA, but it's ultimately forgettable for me. Not bad at all, but not anything I'd revisit.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Dark Horse pint glass

It is rust colored with burnt orange highlights. I can see specks of yeast suspended in it. The beer is topped with an inch of tan head.

I was expecting some dank shit. Instead I get mostly pine. I even checked to see if it was old, but it was bottled a couple weeks ago.

I get a little bit of everything in the taste. I get some pine. I get some tea flavors. I get some malt. Once again, not what I was expecting.

Medium mouthfeel

Ever since I watched that abortion of a show on the "History" channel their beers keep tasting worse. I had high hopes for this beer and am left utterly disappointed.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a regular glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky copper color. The head is a finger high and a deep off-white in shade. I'm pretty impressed with the texture, thickness, and duration of the head. Thick rings of lacing stick to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: This is as dank as advertised. There is a lot of pine, a lot of weed, and a lot of grass. Also, a lot of caramel malt. I feel that a healthy malt backbone goes well with citrus-devoid hop profiles - and there's almost none of that to be found. It smells like a safety meeting, what more do you want?! (3.75)

Taste: Yep, this is a weed bomb. There are some piny and grassy touches, but the marijuana is what ends up dominating. Another dominant note (unsurprisingly, given the dark color) is the malt backbone. I get strong notes of caramel, toffee, earth, and sugar cookie to balance all the pine, all the grass...and all the grass. Sure, I prefer light, crisp, citrusy IPAs, but this is really well done for what it is. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, like I sort of expect from a DIPA. Despite the sharp bitterness, the feel is actually quite creamy and lush. This isn't very crisp, though - rather, this is a nice one to savor. Drinkability does suffer on the other hand, partly due to carbonation that fades quickly (at first, it's medium to slightly high). (3.25)

Overall: Enjoy smoking pot? Reticent to do so because your dumb stoner friend might give you some chronic and get you hooked on cocaine by proxy? Do you work for the gubmint and fear random drug tests getting you fired? Like IPAs? This is your beer! (3.5)

3.52/5: Lives up to the label, easily

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque dark copper with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like a safety meeting, with dank herbal hops and citrus zest and bready malt.
T: It tasted like herbal hops and citrus zest, with some barley malt. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't as bold or dank as I hoped. Certainly not to the same level as Enjoy By. The body was nice, but the finish was hot, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Not a bad brew, but not that great either.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown with a 1/2 inch head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Upfront piney, grapefruit hops. A little lemon along with some sweet sugar notes. A little malt near the finish.

Taste - First sip is straight up hops. Piney, grapefruit with some tropical fruits. Orange, lemon and some citric fruits are also tasted. Danky yet has a nice amount of sugar sweetness to counter the overall bitterness. Caramel malts come in near the finish to bold things up some.

Mouthfeel - Bitter hops coat the tongue first. Some sweet sugars,citric fruits and some caramel malts nail the palate. Aftertaste is danky, a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Decent dipa. Nothing special, new or groundbreaking. Just another dipa to put on the shelves. Doesn't stack up against the better dipas, therefor wouldn't buy this one over many others.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agree with another poster that this is borderline IPA in appearance (darker amber) and smell (I can't get much of anything, maybe a little orange). This pour had almost no head, and the resulting feel is sort of flat.

The taste is actually overall not that bad, some orange, honey, maybe papaya sweetness backed by a piney bitterness. There's a hint of alcohol, as well, but very light.

Overall, I didn't find this a remarkable drink, but it was decent. I won't seek it out, but might grab one as a change of pace sometime.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what to think of this beer. As I've said many other times, a very east coast style ipa. Earthy mostly, with some pine thrown in the mix. The main detractor, and thankfully it is either going away or I'm getting used to it, is this hairspray kind of flavor to it. It's decent. But something isn't right for me. Maybe it's just the keg or bad luck.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep orange color. Strong haziness and mostly opaque. A finger of a white head that leaves behind a good lacing.

Smell: strong hops. Pine and citrus. Some grassy aromas. Now much in the terms of malts

Taste: opens with some citrus hops mixed with a strong grassy taste. Lighter notes of pine and earth hops. Strong resin. Malts are not a strong taste.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for 8.5. Moderate bitterness. Lingers for a while though.

Overall: a decent ipa. Good and drinkable but with the amount of ipas out there I don't think id visit it again.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- spiegelau ipa glass. no visible dating.

A: Strong effervesce within a oxidized orange colored body with a creamy, porridge textured beige head that showed a strong retention. Full meaty coverage of lacing.

S: Boozy nose with sweet tangerine, orange peel. Malty-pine moderate scent. Moderate hang time.

T: Very malty forward flavor, lush, toasty and alcohol forward at 8.5% which tastes about right. Pine, juicy hop oils, grapefruit alcohol glow, against a toasted bread backing. Nice snap of alcohol and tang of sour citrus on the finish.

M: Malty, full bodied, chewy, good carbonation, liquid bread.

O: Malty body, alcohol and juicy hops upfront, finishes with a dry hopping of citrus. Lingering grassy-pine bitterness long after the swallow. Juicy, malty, but drinkability would be fairly limited due to abv% and maltiness. Not going to blow you away complexity wise, is not a wet tropical paradise, but rather a west coast tongue punch of bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Slight hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor caramel and pine hops, light bitter aftertaste. $3.19 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a ridiculous label,, and name for that matter. Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep amber, a bit dark for a DIPA with white head. Nose is very heavy on pine, resin, tropical fruit, and some woody notes. Not really getting any notes of "safety meeting" on the nose, just a pine forward hop profile. Taste features moderate bitterness with some fruity hop character as well as a momentum gaining pine that goes through to the end. There is also a significant malt profile that interplays with some earthiness. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Overall, a decent brew from Dark Horse, but with the absurd label and name, I was expecting this one to stand out more.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with 1/4 inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is piney and herbal hops with lots of caramel malts. The taste is lots of piney hops with some orange peel. Bitter but with lots of caramel malts. Pretty bready towards the end with lots of pine. Floral hop finish. Oily mouthfeel. Overall, not great not terrible. Worth having every so often I suppose.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and a short coating of bubbles around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: Similar to the taste, the taste has lots of flavors of piney hops, but these are not resinous. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers into the finish. Notes of caramel malts are also present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is heavy on the "dank" flavors and does a rather good job of masking any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Buck89
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. Hazy copper-orange color with a one-finger light tan head. The aromas were there - a definitely resiny dankness but also pine and some orange. The taste was somewhat muddled, with dank up front mixed in with primarily earthy notes. Not much citrus and fairly bitter. Dry, clean finish with a predominant dank finish.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a safety meeting pours a golden color with no head. There is a sweet aroma, but has some very strong floral and hoppy aromas. The is sweet and wet, but still has some big floral tastes. Good flavors and good body, but very "wet." Overall its bold and strong, with some big hoppy flavors.

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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am continuing to eradicate the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody while alternating with The CANQuest (tm). The forecast snowstorm may be helpful in my being successful in this endeavor!

I Pop!ped the cap on the Bottle & utilized a gentle pour as is my new wont. I am coming to realize that I may have been doing even the freshest of beers a disservice with my heavy-handed pours & inverted Glugs, so I am backing off. If the idea was to raise head, I can accomplish that with a swirl once the beer is in the glass. Having done so, I had a foamy finger of tawny head that sat defiantly atop the liquid. Color was a slightly-hazy Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose was, indeed, dank! It smelled richly of pine hops, but underlain with a caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The resinous, pine hops were sticky on my tongue and it had a light alcohol burn to help worm its way into every one of my weakened taste buds. My poor bruised, beaten & battered tongue hates me! The Notes & Commercial Description section seem to indicate that they felt that this was more aroma than bittering in terms of their use of hops, but I would humbly beg to differ. I think that there was an equal measure of both & as a self-avowed hophead, I was happy with the result. In fact, it fed my monkey nicely. He was not howling or even chattering before I got started with this, but he got really happy about halfway into it. Finish was dry, but very cool, very minty, very fresh in the mouth. Phew! What's next?

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