Hop Savant- NZ Pacifica
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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American IPA
4.08 | pDev: 6.37%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hop Savant-  NZ PacificaHop Savant-  NZ Pacifica
Notes: American Brettanomyces IPA dry hopped with New Zealand Pacifica hops.
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Reviews by MisfitIK-9:
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml bottle (July 2015) into a teku. Reviewed from notes dated August 6, 2015.

A-The beer is quite murky and orange tinted straw in color. The head is tall and white with OK retention. Chunks of foam cling to the glass.

S-The aroma is an interesting mixture of dried grass, lemony tartness, and earthy, funky notes. Less hoppy than others in this series with more wild, brett aromas happening.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I detect a little bit of tropical flavor like pineapple and guava, but the beer is more earthy, funky, and musty than juicy. Also more dry than I was expecting. A strange bitterness suggests aspirin.

M-The body is medium in heft and the finish somewhat watery.

O-This is a musty, funky wild ale with some hop notes instead of a hoppy beer with wild undertones. A good beer for sure, especially if you like wild/funky/brett ales, but not as delicious as others in this series.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper to dark gold in color with a hazy complexion. There's a fingernail of off white resting on top. Heavy lacing. I smell mandarin orange notes due to the interesting blend of citrus hops and Brettanomyces. I taste a very massive bitter blend of citrus, mandarin orange, with the Brett notes playing a distant background note. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp. If you like pungent aroma and flavor of mandarin oranges, this is your beer. The mandarin orange notes dim significantly as it warms.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great, very seductive. Aroma is predominately lemon peel, very nice but not complex, leaves me wishing for more funk though. Not terribly bitter on the taste, works well. Bright and moderately acidic, with some stone fruit, lemon, and pineapple notes. Medium body, doesn't stand out in a good or bad way, it's just about right. Great beer overall, I'll probably pick up another.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaymo18
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Florida
Hazy murky deep yellow color with a good sized frothy white head that slowly dissipates. Fruity spicy earthy with lots of funky esters on the nose. Lightly tart fruity flavor with earthy hoppy flavor. Light funky moderate bready maltiness underneath. Pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SABERG
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle marked July 2015, into the modified tulip glass.
A - Candied lemon in color, a straggling random rise of carbonation gently feeds a thin cap.
Lacing is delicate and sporadic through the experience.
S - Melon rime, fresh picked peach, Brett, dried pineapple. A tropical cornucopia. With a rise in
temperature the funky parts of the Brett charge forward, wet hay, warm leather.
T - The malt base is hidden behind all that Pacifica, The flavors are so tropical that the Brett has its
work cut out for it. The orange and pineapple are forward, lemon skin and beautiful use of the Brett
show true craft skill.
M - A bit oily, palate is fully coated, the carbonation is gentle, and takes time to clean up.A fruity linger
and tartness are welcome interlopers.
O - This offering is delightfully fruit forward, the tartness contribution from the Brett is so delicate and in balance. The body is such, reminds me of a young Sauternes.
Worth seeking out

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stephensinner
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought in Colorado Springs @ Coaltrain in Feb 2016. Bottled 07/2015

Pours with an exuberant white head over pale gold body. I left most of the dregs in the bottle, but a bit of sediment got mixed even with a careful pour. Hazy body.

Aroma: Lemon pepper, old lemon peels in the drain (not as bad as it sounds), salt an vinegar chips, and perhaps stir fry from a distance. Very herbal as well. Highly interesting.

The flavor follows the nose with a nice addition of lighter maltiness near the end. Lemon sauce, pepper, herb rub, a touch of classic "fuzzy" brett, and only a tiny hint of funk. Tart but not overtly sour with low bitterness. Fairly well balanced.

Conclusion: I wouldn't have bought this if I had realized it was the NZ Pacifica version, as I don't find that I love NZ hops (but am always intrigued by them). However, it is a very good beer and well worth trying i brett is something you find palatable. Now that brett character is far from being novel in an IPA, it is important that brewers actually integrate it well instead of just infecting whatever they feel like with brett and selling it as a "wild ale." Crooked Stave does this well; intentionally utilizing "wild" as a part of their process rather than just tacking it on and thinking it is good enough.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Hop Savant is brewed in the style of an American IPA innoculated with Brettanomyces and is a rotating release featuring new and experimental hops. This version features the NZ Pacifica. Available in 12.7 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a cream white color over a medium hazy golden amber with moderate, brisk carbonation. Retention is average, and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Malt aromas of pale and pilsner malts with a mild sweetness, a strong Brettanomyces impact generating notes of acidity, mild lactic sourness, and a moderate peppery hay and funk. The hop additions in this particular rendition of the Hop Savant are not very bold aromatically, some straining may reveal light peppery and spicy notes, mild grapefruit notes and other highly acidic citrus fruits, which camouflage well against the Brettanomyces impact. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Smooth pale and pilsner malt body with very light graininess and a smooth, subtle sweetness joins nicely with a clean, moderately acidic Brettanomyces strain, generating a light funk and lemony tanginess. The NZ Pacifica hop again does not shine so brightly in this beer, especially compared to other versions where the hop is more centralized, and pales against the impact of the Brettanomyces. Hop bitterness is also low. The malt and Brettanomyces body do a fantastic job at coming together for a nicely balanced and highly drinkable beer, even without the bravado of the NZ Pacifica hop. Finishes clean and lightly tangy. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy and sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) The Hop Savant comes off as an outstanding coming together of a solid malt body and an outstanding quality strain of Brettanomyces that generates an incredible flavor and drinkability aside from the inclusion of the hop. That's good news for this beer in particular, as the hop flavor is largely absent and not very bold against the Brettanomyces and the malt profile. Fairly safe results for an experiment! 3.75

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project's
Hop Savant: NZ Pacifica

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valianes
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 375ml. Brown glass. Branded black & red pry-off crown cap. Appealing label design. Purchased at a CO bottle shop. Bottled July 2015.

Reviewed live as a brett IPA per the label. Served cold into a tulip. Expectations are moderately high given the brewery's high reputation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~7.5cm wide. White colour. Fluffy soft consistency. Even and full. Leaves a nice coating of frothy lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Head retention is stellar - ~8 minutes.

BODY: Vibrant golden-yellow. Clean and clear, with no visible yeast (though ample sediment is visible at the bottom of the bottle, indicating a lively brew). Appears well-carbonated.

The vibrance of the body alone sets this apart from most IPAs. Coupled with the impressive retention, it's a treat to look at. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: A dry aroma indicative of brettanomyces. Mild resins. Pollen. Has a nice hoppy flowery bouquet. Perfumey and zesty. Yeasty spice is evident. It doesn't have any fresh fruity hop notes, or any juicy character, but faint tropical fruit is suggested - mango and guava, perhaps. When I search for NZ Pacifica's signature orange marmalade flavour, I do find it - albeit with effort.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a pleasant brew with an interesting hop profile. In comparison to other Hop Savant series beers, the funkiness of the brettanomyces is downplayed here.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The brettanomyces dry out the mouthfeel, and also coarsen it, encouraging the drinker to continue sipping to quench the lingering dryness on the palate with the fresh fruity hop notes. No brettanomyces funkiness is obvious, but a yeasty spice is present throughout, injecting a saison-esque element to this brilliantly floral/flowery IPA. It's not juicy or fresh in its fruitiness, but the suggestions of mango, guava, melon, and perhaps even pineapple are distinctly new world in their hoppiness. More of a straightforward citrusy fruit profile would be preferable for me personally, but this is well executed as a beer that is trying to showcase NZ Pacifica - even if the orange marmalade note distinct to the hop varietal is somewhat absent.

Aptly light to medium-bodied, with adequate heft and weight on the palate to support the straightforward flavours. It's not an intricate build for an IPA, nor does it have the subtlety and nuance in its execution you might expect from a beer billed as a brettanomyces IPA, but it's a refreshing, pleasant brew and I like it. It's balanced in terms of sweetness/bitterness, but the brettanomyces doesn't seem to be helping the flavour profile much. Rather, the brettanomyces seems like gimmickry; an unnecessary third wheel of an ingredient that allows Crooked Stave to fit this beer into their farmhouse ale image.

OVERALL: Undeniably a pleasant, drinkable brew - even if the mouthfeel does get in the way. I'd like to see it reimagined as a straightforward IPA without the brettanomyces, but then maybe that goes against the spirit of what they're trying to do. The discerning drinker will nevertheless find this to be a worthwhile experimental beer that has one foot in IPA territory and another in saison land. I'm glad I picked up the bottle, but as good as it is, the price point will keep me from a second purchase.

Highlights include the softness and prickliness of the mouthfeel and the yeasty spice implicit in the taste.

B- (3.39)

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Photo of acurtis
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Savant- NZ Pacifica from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 63 ratings