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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my chalice, deep caramel hued body slightly hazed one of those unfiltered Michigan brewers. This happens to be bottled on 6/5/14...It definitely doesn't smell like an expiration date there's a fresh smelling hop nose not decomposed hop accents hanging out there. Big malty and hoppy it's a huge DIPA more bordering a strong ale or weak barleywine. I'm pairing this malt monster of a DIPA with a Viaje Zombie Antidote it's got the right combination of pepper spice and Nicaraguan tobacco to balance out this big beer!!! Aroma has apricot preserves citrus mango and a bit of a booze coming through. Flavor deep pine, sweet apricot fruit notes, citrus pith bittering it out to the bone, with some lingering tropical notes adding some sweetness back into the mix. Mouthfeel a bit viscous and hot on the palate with alcohol, but it has enough hop resins to mellow everything out. Overall I'm very pleased with this big DIPA no frills in your face version of the style aggressive like most of the other beers in Dark Horse's stable.

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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 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 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of head.

It doesn't quite smell like a safety meeting (or weed, for that matter) but it smells supremely dank, grassy, and just plain dirty. Not a whole lot of citrus here, but there's possibly a little bit of grapefruit.

This beer just tastes sticky as hell. Very floral, herbal, and piney, with very little citrus flavor. There is a strong malt background as well, that provides a little bit of sweetness. Relatively bitter, slightly vegetal, but it's not a problem.

Medium bodied, sticky but bitter mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable despite the heavy-handed flavors. Low carbonation.

Another winner by Dark Horse, this set out to do something and it really accomplished it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange color with plenty of lacing. In the nose, herb, citrus, floral and a bit of malt sweetness. In the taste, malty sweet with a nice piney hop presence, some grapefruit like citrus as well. Fairly bitter and has a hop bite to it. Medium bodied ale with a good level of carbonation. Overall this is a good IPA, and its a shame they're afraid to say it Smells Like Weed. What the hell does a safety meeting smell like?

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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 beerthulhu
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 spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle received in trade with mtomlins - thanks!

Appearance - Copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and pineapple. There is also some caramel, malts, and a sugary sweetness. It ends with a leafy hop bitterness.

Overall - An above average DIPA. Listed as a IPA but at %8.5 and with the flavours it has - more of a DIPA in my books. Not sure when this was bottled but it still has a great hop bite and a nice balance of bold flavours.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Scored this while out in the Midwest for my 10 year reunion. And also thanks to Nick U! Solid.

Anyways, hits you up with those potent orange color scheme out the bottle. Soft 1/3" white head. Aroma was dank like bud, resin, pine, juniper, just forest territory more than fruity.

Taste was a little viscous, caramel, unsweetened, bitter, pine like humidor hops. Plenty of bittering hops here, a potent alcohol level, but no aspect of this is just a mountain too high, it all plays out wonderfully establishing itself right on the cusp of being a elite 1st tier ipa, but falls just short. Nonetheless, it is still a wonderful beer, artwork to pick up when you're in the region.

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

Pours a fairly clear medium copper with a frothy cream head that dissipates to a ring of foam around the rim.

Notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and pineapple complement pine, dank cannabis, and resin. There's a sweet caramel malt presence.

Flavor is not quite as citrusy, with slightly muted notes bowing bit to resin and pine. Toasted, slightly sweet caramel malt is decimated by the hop onslaught. The finish is moderately bitter.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Nice hop flavoring character, good citrus complexity, but wish the malt were just a touch more pronounced, for my palate. Bitterness is a touch more than I prefer.

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Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours an iced tea amber under a 1” cark cream to light tan foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: fruit, dank, resin, fresh grass.
T: Big flavors dominate with fruit, melon melding with a citrus rind to quinine bitter. Dries out in a bracing bitter finish with slight astringency from the hops. Nothing harsh.
F: Creamy, medium body, very soft in the mouth, medium carbonation.
O: A refreshing drinkable beer with a big bracing hop presence.

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

A-Pours a dark, ruddy copper. Well formed head. Webby lacing.

S-Deep, sweet citrusy hops. Lots of caramel along with the hops. It smells nice but it's very generic.

T-The citrus hoppy flavor are a bit lighter and more vibrant on the tongue. Dried out grain and plenty of caramel.

M-Plenty of body. Bitterness is moderate. Soft carbonation. Light alcoholic sting.

O-Smells like another generic Double IPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Very unique aroma of fresh grassy wet hops and sweet cereal grain malt. It's bursting with juiciness as notes of pineapple, mango and even sugar cookie emanate from the glass. Mosaic?

T- Very aggressive bitterness grabs hold of the palate and brings with it a lot of grassy hop flavor. The bitterness lingers awhile but is just about perfect as far as my threshold is concerned. Very, very drinkable for the ABV except the bitterness keeps one from taking too many sips in a row.

M- Very oily and bitey from the hops but not the booze. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- My new favorite Dark Horse beer. Forget Double Crooked Tree. This is the shit. Should've gotten a six-pack instead of a single.

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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 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 DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see a lower ABV DIPA from dark horse their Double Crooked Tree I choked on. Only paid $2.49 for the single at vintage estate.

A - A very hazy amber brown color light with the trademark Dark Horse Creamy foam. Sticks around for a while and makes for world class lacing.
S -What a DIPA should smell like dank and citrus hops, sweeter malts, and no delectable ABV.
T - Really thick stuff coats the tounge with bittering hops which is on par with Stones "Ruination" Its been a while since I have had such a bitter yet tolerable beer. Bitter Bitter Bitter yet smooth.
M - The ABV is their in the finish mixed in with the hop oils. Drinks quite medium but feels quite thick.

Overall I am glad I tried this like everything they make it is well crafted but I kind of enjoy their malty and stout beers more. I do appreciate them making this I found Double Crooked Tree undrinkable at least this is palate-able.

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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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