Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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.

Added by SportsandJorts on 04-26-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
1,107
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
235
For Trade:
3
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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 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 WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried the Safety Meeting at Firkin's in Libertyville, IL. It poured a clear golden with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of citrus and pine. The taste followed suit and was well balanced. There was a pine and citrus peel. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a great beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting brewed by Dark Horse Brewing Company. This IPA has an ABV of 8.50% The pour on Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting is a deep copper amber color with a nice off white head. Just by the look of this IPA it is going to be a complex one. There is also a slight cloudiness to the look of this IPA. The smell is rich with hops. You also pick up on some roasted malts and grains in the smell. Now for the taste, it is bold with hop bitterness, then a roasted bit at the end. Also picking up some citrus fruits flavors in the taste of this IPA. I will say this it is different, but in a good way. There is a fair amount of lacing to this IPA. Smells Like A Safety Meeting has a ton of good things going for it . This is a well balanced IPA, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of this IPA is hoppy, bold, roasted and refreshing. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. I like how the IPA is a bit different from the main steam IPA'S. Overall I'm giving Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. If you are looking for a hoppy roasted brew look this one up .
Dark Horse Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting | Dark Horse Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is one finger thick and off-white, with lateral lacing, and a translucent dark amber body.

Smells like a milder approach to the citrus hops, with a biscuit malt backbone.

I taste a smooth, buttery cracker malt malt base nicely accommodated with lemongrass, grapefruit, and tangerine-esque hops.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting | Dark Horse Brewing Company a 4.25. If this were just slightly bolder, I'd probably ramp up the points a little more.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Pours heavily hazed, oily darker brown, medium khaki cap and leaving nice looking low sheeting and a fine film.

Hoped up nose but not the advertised overly aromatic.

Smooth and tasty IPA, medium smooth hops and near equal maple malts...densely flavorful and well crafted brew....go get some and enjoy

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no date, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Murky amber with a thin off-white head. Some fine strands and islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Piney, resinous, a bit dank, herbal, floral, and a hint of being under a mulberry tree on a hot summer day.

Taste: Citrus, honey, herbal, woody. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, approaching creamy. Just right carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall/Drinkability: Not a great looking IPA, but a very tasty one. Easily drinkable, and a nice sipping beer as well. Not as aromatic as I was expecting.

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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 jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft

dark copper in color, clear, off-white colored head. good head retention. aroma of a mixture of hop flavors, but mostly pine and earthy herbal. I've had hoppy beers that smell a lot like weed- but I didn't really think this one did. taste is fairly bitter, but enough bready malt flavor to hold it up. nice flavors. sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown / amber color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good, but not great lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, pine, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of a big amount of pine, some malt notes, a lot of hops, light citrus (grapefruit), a bit of a floral quality, a breadiness, and some caramel. A pretty solid flavor that's much bigger than most regular single IPAs. Quite hoppy and piney, but not quite as much like a West Coast IPA as you might think.

F: A decent shot of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't the greatest IPA ever, it is a well made and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - Clear, amber, 1FH.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, fruit, citrus, floral, raisin, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, malts, nutty, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, smooth, lingering, astringent, clean.

VALUE - $2.50 for a 12-oz. Affordable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Mild, and not that bitter.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a chestnut and opaque brown with off white head that clings after each sip.

S - Malts, bread dough, piney, hop resin.

T - Big flavors, caramel malts, citrus hops, bread dough. Heavy hitter on the palate - finishes dry and bitter.

O - This drinks more like a DIPA than how it is categorized and in that category, it isn't as refined as I would like. Still, this is a solid offering that is worth a shot.

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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 zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates


A: Pours a dark copper, somewhat hazy, greater than 1 fingers width of light tan head builds and hangs around for a bit before dissipating down. Leaves a good amount of lacing. 4

S: Aromas is sweet malts and dull citrus. Some floral/herbaceous notes but not much dank happens. Certainly doesn’t smell like a safety meeting. 3.25

T: Taste is more balanced. Nice piney and tropical fruit hop notes; subtle citris. Good amount of sweet malts to balance but not dominate. Subtle booze. Very nice actually. 4.25

M/D: Mouthfeel is smooth for the style, carbonation on the higher end but not bad, drinkability is very good. 4

O: Nose is lacking, but quite tasty. Worth a try, and I love the label to add to my collection. 4

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish copper with a half finger of head. The nose is dank and earthy. The flavor is more malty than hoppy but the hops are not entirely missing in this offering.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a unique dark, amber appearance with a bit of haze as well.
Aromas of a dank, resiny herbaceous substance, citrus and pine.
Tastes are dominated by the dank resin and some bitter citrus as well.
Nice resiny mouthfeel that lingers pretty well on the palate.
Overall a solid ipa from a brewery that has a lot of good stuff that goes under the radar.

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Photo of brndn123
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer Looks darker for an IPA but tastes great. It pours a nice sized head and the smell isn't overpowering. Not really bitter and has a smooth feel to it. This is the second beer I tried from Dark Horse that I found in NY and they both surprised me, will definitely try this again and others from this brewery.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Dark (for an IPA), honey color appearance with some white head and lacing. I didn't pick up much from the smell: bit of dankness, bit of pine, but overall there didn't seem to be much there. Taste was bitter and malty. Like the smell there was some dankness, but this didn't seem to be very balanced; just a bitter, malty finish that sort of dominated the beer. Feel was thick for an IPA with low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: French fries with ketchup...or even catsup.

If you like this beer then you should also try: Two Hearted Ale

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) Not a bad beer but really nothing special about it either. I wouldn't make any special effort to find or drink this one. You could find an equally good IPA from any number of other breweries.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to my sister-in-law who finds time to arrange for some incredible beers to be shipped to from Grand Rapids for my birthday every year or so. This year's haul included a few Dark Horse selections, which I've never had before. We can't find Dark Horse in TX to my knowledge.

Poured into a stemless wine glass just for kicks. Appears an opaque apricot color; almost a dirty color. Very little lace as the beer recedes. The nose is nice. Deep with sweet malts, hoppy pine. Some citrus and mild floral scent. Really nice smell. Taste follows suit, delivering a nice strong malty sweetness. Sweet, but not syrupy, it's more earthy and grounded. The bitter finish ties it all together well in the end. Mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall I think this is a fine beer. The other reviews seem to be consistent, and I think it's a fair assessment. I wouldn't suggest that this is my favorite IPA on the market, but it's quite tasty and I'm grateful to my sister-in-law for shipping it to me to try. If I had regular access to Dark Horse, I could see this becoming part of my regular rotation. Cheers.

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Photo of LAp
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at a beer bracket brewery-off event. Reviewed 6 days after the event. Pours a honey hue. The nose opens with sharp hops, with a balance of both pine and floral elements. The palate opens with a clear strong bittering hop presence, accented by subtle pine. A much more committed shot at double IPA than I expected after being somewhat underwhelmed by their Plead the 5th Imperial Stout (after the rave reviews it had received). This beer proved to be a committed shot at a strong, bitter, west-coast IPA style that ultimately hit its mark, though not in a singular or overwhelmingly unique way. A solid beer. Well crafted, but nothing genre-changing.

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Photo of Big_Neezy
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Detroit Free Press hyped this beer and somehow made it uncool because of the attention. I can tell you that this is probably an overlooked AIPA in the Michigan beer scene. Don't believe the boo birds and try it for yourself.

It pours a very carbonated amber; strikingly similar to a Vernors. However, it is one of the best smelling, most aromatic AIPAs on the market. Just an enjoyable refreshing smell. You get all the traditional notes of citrus but it brings a sweet aroma that is just intoxicating. Someone mentioned peach or nectarine and I agree; even a faint butterscotch note. Very nice balanced taste without a tremendous pucker makes this a relatively easy drinker. Too many IPAs are bitter for bitter sake. Enjoy the balance.

After coming up short a few times before, I almost gave up on Dark Horse. However, this is easily my favorite brew from Dark Horse and am now in pursuit of a sixer of this.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a tulip from 40 degree bottle. Surprised it's not labeled a DIPA w 8.5%..here we go. Deep Amber no head but there is a slight retaining ring. Smell is REALLY hoppy, I can tell it'll be a big bitter pill. Normally I like a citrus scent but this seems subdued in that regard. Not as bitter in taste as I thought. A bit of clove, piney taste, almost like a hoppy saison. Not what I would drink if I went on this description, but I like it. Feels a bit thicker almost like a Lagunitas lil sumtin..overall, for an IPA and not a DIPA I like it. The abv does not hide itself. I think it is actually an IPA on roid rage. Well done!

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a rich amber color with a solid head and a great sustain. The aroma offers up a huge blast of grapefruit and orange peel, watermelon, ripe peach, nectarine, and some general floral notes. The flavor starts with grapefruit peel, as well as peach and cedar, with a huge finish of pine. The mouthfeel is very dry, with medium fullness. Overall this is a stupendous hop focused beer - and for my taste the huge dry body, citrus start complemented by fruity notes, and then the big pine finish make it a true star. Unforgettable.

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Photo of Ri0
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Dark amber with a thin 1 finger off white head. Aroma is dark, with citrus and tropical notes yet balanced with some toffee sweetness. Flavor follows the nose and adds some pine bitterness on the finish. A medium body with a sticky feel. Pretty flavorful IPA.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger light tan head that leaves sticky rings of lacing in its wake. Smell is dank pine, citrus, sweet and bready malts and a small dose of pineapple. Taste is the same. Very well balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Feel is medium and sticky. Overall a very good beer that I would not hesitate to buy again.

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