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

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3.95/5
Very Good
1,138 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#5,290
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
1,138
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
247
Trade:
2
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Photo of Benish
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Feldpausch
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timc32
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giantspace
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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 +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbarnes9
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twillingthenoz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
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 -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nicholas2121
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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 MI_beerdrinker
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Colin32
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dtm426
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caveworm
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +3.5%
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 -1.5%
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 BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,138 ratings
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