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Scary Jesus Rock Star | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale ale brewed with plentiful amounts of Apricots and Chamomile. A collaboration beer with Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions.

Added by emerge077 on 08-08-2012

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Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
2.27/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at the brewery on 7/21/12.

Dirty, muddy pond water brown with some orange dullness. Just under a one finger head. Thin layer of bubbles with a thick clump of foam.

Sweet, fruity and floral aroma. Fresh apricot with candied fruits and butter caramel. Rounded sweetness as it warms. To taste, apricot is a lesser player; hardly there, even. Instead, it's floral, herbal and earthy. Then again, the apricot does pick up over time and is quite tangy. It has kind of a funky twinge, too. Weird. Some musty grain and bread notes. The finish is really disoriented and confused. Slickish, granular feel. Plump, medium body. Carbonation is on the liberal side of average.

Overall, this beer has some ok qualities, but it just doesn't quite come together. It does better with warmth, though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Purchased at City Wide Liquors in South Bend, Indiana for $2.59 USD. Brown glass. Black, grey, and green branded pry-off crown cap. Fun label art. 12 fl oz.

Reviewed live as a pale ale per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery, whose Plead the 5th(s) I adored. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 6cm wide. Off-white colour. Nicely frothy, with a foamy fluffy consistency. Retention is nothing short of excellent - lasting about 12 minutes (wow!). Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Good complexion.

BODY: Murky dull orange. No yeast is visible within, but it doesn't appear filtered per se. Translucent in spite of how dull it is. Nontransparent.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not a unique or special looking beer within its style, and its dullness really holds it back - but the head is nice.

AROMA: Assertive tropical fruit - mango, apricot, peach, tangerine. There's no zest or juiciness to the fruit, but it's definitely vivid. Chamomile is evident, but there's no tea-like bitterness here. Definitely fresh, and the apricot is vivid, popping in the aroma. Pale malts are second fiddle to the hops.

It accomplishes showcasing apricot and chamomile. But will those work in a pale ale build?

Aromatic intensity is above average, to its benefit. No overt yeast notes, off-notes, or booze are/is detectable.

TASTE: Apricot and chamomile are indeed emphasized, with the latter lending the beer surprising cohesion and unity, tying it together. Lesser notes of peach, cream, and vague fruit are also present. Pale malts provide the requisite balancing sweetness. Cream, sherbert, yogurt...what an interesting build for a pale ale. It's well-balanced and built, with enough nuance to keep the discerning drinker intrigued, even if there isn't much intricacy here per se.

Nice depth of flavour. The chamomile is subtle and yet dominant, an undercurrent of flavour that reemerges throughout the flavour profile as a controlling motif. Nice (relatively high) flavour duration. Flavour intensity is average. A gestalt beer, in large part owed to how well the chamomile functions in the flavour profile. I'm not sure I've seen tea better incorporated into a pale ale. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Soft enough, with a mellow presence on the palate lent by its smooth, wet, refreshing feel. Well-carbonated, if a biteen overly so. Light to medium-bodied to style.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, chewy, heavy, rough, or scratchy on the palate.

This mouthfeel complements the taste nicely. It's an achievement that it isn't astringent in spite of its tea emphasis. This texture elevates the beer as a whole - even if it could use a bit of custom-tailoring to the flavour profile - and accentuates the stars of the show, the hops, nicely. Hat tip to Dark Horse for a job well done.

OVERALL: I liked the premise behind the beer, but the execution surpasses it. This is a more than competently done pale ale with unique notes of tea. I worried the apricot would lend this too much sweetness and would take away from the hops, but I was proved wrong upon first sip. Stellar work from one of Michigan's finest breweries, Scary Jesus Rock Star is as good as its epithet. I'd highly recommend it to others, and would definitely buy it by the 6 pack if the price was a bit better than it is by the single. Highly drinkable, this beer manages to set itself apart from most pale ales with its unique flavour profile. Bravo!

B (3.62)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Without even pouring the beer, Scary Jesus Rockstar wins the public opinion award with its marketing alone. But with the help of a local and famed chef, the herb-infused pale ale is a collaborative effort, built for the adventurous palate.

Deep and dark with a burnt orange color, the ale builds a creamy but short winded eggshell foam to release the plethroa of botanical and malty perfumes. Caramel, orange and apricot frames the scent while gentle apple blossom, wildflower and rose pedals waft softly above. But its initial taste is bright and juicy with candied apricot and marmalade.

And as the sweetness slowly releases from the middle palate, the botanicals from hops and herbs begin to pull ahead. Pink grapefruit, nectarine, tangerine, apricot and pineapple result from both popular pacific northwest hops and from British-like esters, equipped with a biscuity-soft center. Its grassy, stemmy and pith-like bitterness is redolent of pine and potpourri.

Its medium-bodied texture is firm and long-lasting, resisting much of a fade from sweetness or fruitiness. But with the continued rise of hops and herb-derived astringency, the bitterness is broad, woodsy and with a sharp tannic bite to close. Still, an afterglow of marmalade and mint create an element of charm in aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of juicy apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, chamomile, light cinnamon/clove, honey, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of apricot, chamomile, citrus hops, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of juicy apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, chamomile, light cinnamon/clove, honey, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, chamomile, light cinnamon/clove, lemon/orange peel, pineapple, light pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of apricot, chamomile, citrus hops, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruit/spiced pale ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of apricot, chamomile, citrus hops, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 8-18-15 into a Belgian tulip. Beer is approximately 3 months old.

Pours an aged copper color with a 3/4 inch, off-white head. Low head retention. Lacing around the glass is different than any I have seen before. Almost looks like little ribosomes at the top of the glass as then traditional lacing, much like a doily.

Smells of sweet fruit, herbs and a hint of booziness on the finish stings my nostrils. Not much my or hoppiness going on at all.

Tastes very sweet on the front end and then transitions into an almost tart flavor but quickly finishes with an herbal bitterness from the chamomile and hop content. This one really plays with your taste buds.

Feels slick on the tongue initially as then plays with your tongue. The beer finishes dry and leaves your mouth with a dryness after a few minutes. You can taste the apricot ever so slightly when you lick your lips.

Overall not my favorite beer, but it's different and worth picking up a bottle to try. Not an agable beer, but it may taste interesting after a year or so because of the chamomile. It would most likely sweeten up significantly and would definitely lose all hop flavor whatsoever.


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Photo of tykechandler
1.75/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

this beer tastes like sleepytime tea. if you like sleepytime tea, and beers that taste like it, you will enjoy this. if you would rather not drink beer that tastes like tea, i would recommend passing this one up.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of pat61
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: It pours hazy copper brown releasing streams of bubbles that rush upwards to join a lightly orange tinted 1.5" foam blanket on top. Scores of lighter brown floaties are also suspended throughout the beer.

S: The aromas are somewhat muted with light apricot and chamomile with a hint of caramel and a trace of biscuit.

T: Its creamy, starting with apricot that dissolves into the malt then the chamomile comes forward joined by a moderately high bitterness as the beer moves across the palate. The chamomile is real apparent but it works very well with the apricot and the malt. A light caramel sweetness accents the apricot and chamomile while balancing the hop bitterness. The hop bitterness also highlights some of the chamomile and apricot flavors.

F: The body is just above medium, very creamy with medium soft carbonation.

O: Although the beer is somewhat past its prime and looks gross, it is interesting, fairly well balanced and the various parts work well together.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of juicebox
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head with good retention. Lots of floaties.

Smell: A spicy, fruity, and floral aroma with a scent of chamomile and apricots. Upfront scent of the apricots and chamomile which are the dominate features. Floral and earthy hops with moderate hints of grass. Fruit hints of orange and melon. Sweet malt hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Also some Earl Gray like tea hints. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, fruity, and floral taste with notes of apricot and chamomile. Dominate upfront notes of chamomile and apricot. Earl Grey tea like presence. Sweet malt notes of caramel, biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. Floral and earthy hops with some notes of grass. Citrus notes of orange and melon. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: An interesting and solid spin on a APA. Nice mix of citrus, spice, and tea like flavors.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jminch
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours cloudy brown amber with a very good head.

Flavorful, with over ripe apricots. Lingering, malty and lightly fruity finish and aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body with good lively carbonation.

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Photo of RichardRaeder
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bingja18
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy creation. Good drinkability. Hopcat detroit tap takeover.

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Photo of whatname
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried the scary Jesus rock star at pizza parlor I chicago. Was not overly impressed. It poured a clear amber with white head that left some lace. The scent had mostly spice. The taste followed the scent and was a bit bitter. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer had a unique taste....Worth a try....sure....sessionable....no way.

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Photo of mlockman
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't taste much at all like an American pale ale; very little hop-flavor and/or bitterness, and it's not very pale either. The color is a deep amber, almost the color of a märzen. The flavor is all apricot
up front with a smooth and pleasant chamomile flavor to the finish.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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