Dark Horse Smells Like Weed IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 07-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ashley's in Westland for a Dark Horse tap takeover. Big and creamy, almost completely opaque copper body with no head, only a mild, beige collar at the edge of the glass. I'll attribute the poor head to the pour and not the beer itself, but it's pretty weak. Despite the sub-par foam, there are a few splotches of lacing left behind on the glass.

The aroma is certainly full of pines and some dank resins... sticky icky, if you catch my drift. Definitely a weed-ish aspect going on, but to be honest, I've have many more IPAs that smell more like *weed* than this one. I guess I was expecting full-force bud, given the name, but it just had a lot of oily, resinous, danky hops - nothing too out of the ordinary, here.

There was quite a bit of caramel malt in the aroma as well, something I'm not particularly fond of, usually because it means it's gonna be a sweet IPA. Thankfully, that doesn't seem like the case for this brew, as the first sip is a loaded hop assault... Pine, ripe grapefruit peel, hemp oil, and a dash of peppery floral notes. Some resin comes along with the pine, but again; "weed" wouldn't be the first thought in my head.

Back-end toffee and caramel-like malt help for balance and luckily avoid jumping the shark into overtly sweet DIPA territory. The balance is actually quite nice, with a hefty, oily and bitter hop attack up front, fading into a soft and mildly sweet finish. Medium bodied, thicker than a standard IPA, but not quite "thick" or chewy. Resinous, lightly sticky mouth feel with a low carbonation boil.

Pretty good, really, just not exactly as the name implies. There's definitely quite a bit of pine, hop oil, and some dank resins, but as I mentioned before, there are many other beers I've had that give off more of a pot vibe than this one, but they don't go around bragging about it in the name. Solid overall, but don't expect liquid ganga exactly.

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Smells like a safety meeting (formerly known as “Smells Like Pot” [aka “Smells like weed”!)

This pours the color of amber-yellow. Despite its (original) name it didn’t smell like weed. Smells like a safety meeting…

There’s a big, bold, upfront bitterness to it, with an orange-marmalade character followed by some grapefruit pith. Bitter finish.

For what I was expecting the aroma didn't match-- it wasn't a big dominant (pot) smell but more in line with the citrus and pine.

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Changing from Smells Like "Weed" to Smells like "A Safety Meeting" is a clever way to bypass the legalities of getting this dank ale to market. But more importantly, getting the beer out of the brewpub and into the market is paramount- at any name!

Hazy and golden-copper, the ale pours with a creamy and frothy appearance predicated upon a rise of foam that caps the beer with a blanket and the retains the session throughout. Its lacing is concentric and reliable down to the last sip.

Believing the hype, the first whiff of the beer reminds the nose of the relationship between those delicate hop cones and the ripe buds of the cannabis plant. Earthy, pungent, grassy, chivy, cirusy, and catty- all of these seemingly unpleasantries tie together for an oddly compelling aroma that keeps the nose coming back to the beer. And the bridge that connects it all is the malty caramel scent that supports the hops and give the beer aromatic structure.

To taste, the beer starts with caramel, honey and soft grain. Its taste quickly introduces the citrus first, then the herbal botanical flavor, and quickly morphs into a pine-like resinous bitterness that keeps the beer crisp and dry. But all the while, the taste of white grapefruit, orange peels, and grassy flavors rise to give the bitterness a damp and dank character. But what can't go without mention is the role that alcohol plays in its taste- sharp and bitter it carries a solvent flavor that accents citrus but also detracts slightly from its cleanliness.

Feeling medium bodied on the mouth, the moderate residual sweetness left on the palate gives the beer a sweetened weight that evokes a sense of creaminess when combined with embedded carbonation. But after that bubbles subside and the sweetness fades, its the sharp and acidic citrus that takes hold and carries a drier, spicier and bitter-drying effect to the beer's finish. Mildly astringent with hop matter and alcohol, the beer finishes comfortably warm and with a slightly unsettled bite.

When the dust settles, the Imperial IPA turns out just fine. If you're opposed to the aroma and taste of marijuana (medicinal of course), the there's really no worry- the ale does demonstrate well its character but not any more than is demonstrated by earth-forward IPAs like Sierra Nevada Hoptimum or Great Lakes Erie Monster Ale.

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Dark Horse Smells Like Weed IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 66 ratings