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
Ratings:
1,118
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
238
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

over the years i have greatly preferred the dark and barrel aged stuff from dark horse to their hoppy offerings, especially lately, but this ganja special changes that for me. this is super juicy and dank, and really is pretty weedy as they go, and while that sort of vibe is becoming increasingly common among ipas, this one is different to me, because its more than just a juicy heavy dry hop, its also a really good ipa at its base, something a lot of these new school hop forward types really skip over. i thought this was awesome because its bitter too, still with some malt character, albeit quite mild, and with a balanced hop profile, meaning there are more than just a varietal or two in here, its very well rounded and bigger on the spectrum. i would think some citra mosaic for sure, some of that fruitiness is here for sure, but there is a dank and sticky almost piney element too, simcoe comes to mind, even a centennial type, but its tough to say in this context, so much late kettle. medium bodied and not all that dry, it lingers like a good aftertaste on a nice puff of the good stuff. its not the weediest beer ive ever had, but it does its name fine justice. i imagine freshness is super key here. nice to see it around 4/20 season too. probably the best hop driven beers these guys do...

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nmann08
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good DIPA. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours dark orange, kinda towards ruby/amber, with a compact one finger white head that lasts just a bit, leaving a frothy lace afterwards.
The usual dose of pine and grapefruit in the smell, also peach, apricot, cherry plum, a floral whiff, quite a lot of caramel and some cracker, too.
Bitter-sweet start, juicy with oranges, pomelo, grapefruit (lots of peel), a hint of mango, some peach jam setting the stage for a deep caramel sweetness and a sturdy maltiness that it's ultimately a bit too much. A sour grain note, bread dough, a bit of extra-toasted cracker. Hops bring a small floral note, a bit of weed dankness starting to develop, a spicy leafiness, cut short by big bitter grassiness. Finishes really bitter, quite earthy, hints of tobacco and some lingering maltiness.
Medium body and carbonation, just a bit sticky, regular.
It does somewhat remind somewhat of weed, but i had other IPAs that had that note even stronger. Malts are a bit too much tho. Not with the greatest out there, but a great hoppy beer anyway.

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Photo of billab914
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a half glass of foam. It also settles slowly, requiring the bartender to take five minutes before serving with a two-finger, lumpy head. Dirty copper color with ample cloudiness. Good ring and webby lace.

Good hop resin nose (like pine bows). A touch of grapefruit.

Very brief pale malt start; the rest is a hop bomb--very bitter, harshly dry. Good body with a below average level of bubbles. Long aftertaste as expected. No alcohol warmth. An extreme beer even for a DIPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of atrocity
2.42/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Too sweet for me, and lack of "smell" on this fella.

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Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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