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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.84/5  rDev -7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The IPA is a copper colored wonder, fairly clear and topped off with a billowy white head. Decent lacing ensued.

S: The nose doesn't smell like weed but it is very grassy with a fragrant bop bitterness. Balance is thrown out the door; this is all IPA.

T: Ths hops are through the roof, dominating every aspect of the beer with a resiny, pine body. The flavor has a simcoe medicinal quality, deliciously strong and floral. Caramel malts serve as an afterthought and they aren't missed behind the hops. A hop lover's dream.

M: Hoppiness abounds but in a good way. This beer has a hop characteristic that rivals PtY. For real.

D: I stuck with one glass because DH was stop 2 of our 5 brewpub tour. I wish that I had filled a growler of it.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes at Crunchy's in East Lansing

Fluffy white head. Tastes like a better version of founders devil dancer ever looks like it.

In my option it doesn’t that much like weed (wheres the skunk?), its very grassy. Lots of citrus and floral hops in the taste. Floral hops very prevalent in the nose. Sharp/numb carbonation, medium bodied.

Labeled at 9%. Pretty much straight hops in the taste, kinda boring. Some lacing is clinging. Ouite bitter in the finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at DH. Been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours really cloudy with a dull copper color. Great white head and lacing that hugs the glass the whole way down.

Smells like Weed doesnt smell like weed, but does smell really good. Getting a lot of citrus and pine. Like a bouquet of hops.

At 9%, it's very deceiving! I would've guessed 6%. A nice citrusy hop blast up front with a biscuity malt at the finish.

Syrupy with a mouth numbing effect. Bitter on the backend.

Glad I was able to try this one! DH never disappoints.

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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery on 7/17/09.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper with quite a bit of frothy white head. Really good lacing.

S: Not like weed, nobody at the table thought so. I would say pine. Quite pungent, it really overpowers the malts.

T: Bitter, resiny, piney, not much malt is able to peak through the blast of hops.

M: Great body it, it's really a substantial brew.

D: This was highly drinkable. I had a couple pints and bought a growler, just an all-around great beer.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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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