Hop Savant Dry Hopped With Galaxy | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by djrn2 on 12-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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The color was grapefruit like yellow and orange and poured with a beautiful statuesque head of white foam.

The aromas were strong floral and hop cone with grapefruit, lemon and caramel malts. The scents were pronounced and easily discernible.

The flavor was all hops, floral, earthy and natural. The hop characteristics lack the negative flavors that I find such onion and chive but really highlights the plant like, hop cone and floral aspects of the hop flower.

The feel is full with carbonation and it feels as if the bubbles multiply during the swallow.

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Bottle opened on 1.14.14
2013/ Batch 3

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge bubbly light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Lots of hoppy grass and citrus, Brett. Nice.

T - Dry Brett with lemony-citrus hops. So nice.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lot of Brett and awesome Galaxy hops play nicely together.

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2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle clearly says "Galaxy" on the front. Reviewed as a brettanomyces pale ale because it identifies clearly as such on the label; this is by no means a clean American pale ale. Fermented oak foeders. 6.2% ABV confirmed. 2013 vintage. Batch #3. 375ml brown glass bottle with appealing label art and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local FoCo bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess. Decent thickness. Spotty uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes.

Body colour is a translucent yellow-orange. Nontransparent. Clearly unfiltered and hazy. Above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's standard fare for the style but is pleasing overall. Not unique or special.

Sm: Hop character is floral, a bit peppery, and vaguely fruity - perhaps citrusy. The brettanomyces yeast barely comes through, but I do get some faint funkiness and light biscuity character. Pale malts.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale malts provide the foundation. Fruity and floral hop character. Some peppery notes. Orange, tangerine. Light funky and biscuity yeast character.

Decent balance. Fairly complex build for a pale ale. I'm not sure the brettanomyces really add much character to the flavour profile. It's not a gestalt build, and lacks subtlety and intricacy.

It's entirely too bitter for a pale ale - American, brett, English, Belgian, or otherwise.

Mf: A bit more dry than anticipated. Crisp. A bit rough on the palate. Scratchy. Overall, the presence on the palate is nice. A bit more thick than anticipated. Medium-bodied. Unrefreshing.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Enjoyable enough, but ultimately underwhelming. It's drinkable, but I wouldn't get it again. It's an interesting approach to a pale ale, but the execution isn't great. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. More forgettable work from Crooked Stave. I'm not crazy about it.


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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With HopSavant being a classic and formidible standby for Crooked Stave, what it lacks is that pungent hop dominant character that makes it a true standout. With the Galaxy hop now leading the way, the beer takes on the "funky-fresh" balance that is most appreciated about modern and Americanized hoppy sour ales.

The Galaxy hop-infuses version starts with the same bright burnt orange color but perhaps a richer yeasty haze to cast a medium peach-ish highlihgt. As the carbonation releases, it forms a creamy cotton-white head to cap the beer from beginning to end. Fluffy throughout, its structure holds true to form and laces with broken concentric rings of lace with every sip.

Its funk and fresh aromas are citrusy, tropical, grassy, chivy, and fruity; but then is also musty, dirty, rustic, earthy; and along with being bright, juicy and radiant! Its hops align in the nose revealing richer souring aromas of under ripened berries, fruit peels, passion fruit, pineapple, and fresh cut grass. All that hop character is wrapped in an aura of corkish must, saddle leather, sandalwood, weathered oak and other wood spices, much like the common HopSavant.

Its short malt sweetness is soon overtaken by juicy and citrusy acidic sweetness. Fresh and vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango all allow for a "Hawaiian Punch" flavor to become recognized. But its briney, minerally and earthen middle is lemony, sour and grapeish. The fresh fruity taste reels in alcohol flavors of cider and chardonnay before diving into a dry malt taste of oaken woods, Grassy and with a near-garlic, near-cannabis flavor is best described as "chives" instead.

Bubbly in body, the ale springs off the palate and chases a fast-fleeting finish than the vibrant would rather enjoy more fully. However, its explosive dryness makes the musty and earthen spices more rise to the foreground and make the fruitier flavors more appreciated in aftertaste. Its late dryness is spicy, lightly of wine tannin and pleasantly warm.

These guys are on the cutting edge of "wild" fermentation and nouveau hop character. It seamlessly fuses the rustic world of Belgium and the avant garde usage of newly developed hops for the best of all worlds!

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Hop Savant Dry Hopped With Galaxy from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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