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:
1,124
Reviews:
127
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
242
For Trade:
2
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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 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

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

Photo of Colin32
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dtm426
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of Zazzi82
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mleblanc25
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flek
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,124 ratings.
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