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 Double / Imperial 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:
1,121
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
242
For Trade:
2
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Photo of DaveCash
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a lager glass.
Pours with a clear copper colored body topped by a modest size bone colored head that has excellent retention.
Indeed, it smells. No idea why this would be like a safety meeting. To me it suggests fresh citrus juice, some baked bread and dank hops. The flavor largely follows, but with more malt presence, medium bitterness rather than being sweet, and a lower ABV than the aroma suggests.
Overall: excellent DIPA.

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Photo of MrDis
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaredtp
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Wamba
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of littlestevie14
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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

Photo of RAFH
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timc32
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giantspace
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Truck67
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbarnes9
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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 stevem1206
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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