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Hop Savant | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
crookedstave.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew is made of a blend of different hops (36% Citra, 36% Mosaic, and 28% Simcoe). To keep things interesting, each batch is dry hopped using different experimental hops varietals. The bottles are marked on the back to show which strain was used for that specific batch.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,392
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
753
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
76
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 753 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big foam over hazy bronze; big cheese + a ton of apricot; apricot jam cake, big pineapple + nectarine, hay, washed rind, grapefruit granata comeback; chalky bitter end.

4 4.25 4.25 4 4.25

Mature Brett: lots of cheese + stone fruit. Hops dulled by age, but still there. Complex while still drinkable.

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Photo of Beejay
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a hazy pale yellow with white head.

S: funky up front with yeast notes,a big earthy aroma,and a touch of barnyard. Citrus hops are in the finish.

T: earthy funk, with a touch of fairness and citrus in the finish with a bit of solvent.

M: medium light, fairly active carbonation. Finish isn't as dry as i would have expected.

O: overall an interesting beer, but a bit more refining would improve it.

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Camelback 6-14-18 for $2.79. Batch 31 with no canning date; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a cloudy golden with a huge white head that has some awesome hang time as expected for the style.

Nose has hints of lemon and barnyard, which comes out nicely as the beer warms.

Taste is lemony with some leathery barnyardy phenols that blend well. Not much bitterness but enough to balance the malt base.

Mouthfeel is delightful, very light and very refreshing.

Overall i would love to have a fresher version of this from the hops perspective as the brett has aged quite well!

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Photo of monkist
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Brettanomyces-brew (Farmhouse) ales - as much as I hate to pour them into a glass, they always tend to go wild at the bottle opening... I had a Famhouse ale from Crooked which was awesome - and this Brett IPA is also outstanding. No surprise, it seems that Artisan breweries like Prairie or Crooked who "specialize" on wild/Brett/farmhouse stuff, do exceptional brews with a character like no other. This is no exception, I'm quite overwhelmed once again: that amazingly spicy, citrusy Brett aroma and that neverending story flavor, that puts you through experiences of different flavors over and over again, such a beer is a true explosion. I am a hands-down fan of IPAs for their hop character and complexity but I must say honestly that when it comes to a Farmhouse or a funky Brett ale that has been crafted with such an excellence, then there is nothing more to say - you just sit (and gulp) with awe. Because it is just simply amazing. Well, do I need to say anymore? Try it out for yourself!

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Catching up on some notes
Bottle shared by Dave, thanks for the hookup.
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a bubbly white head that persists. Pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gretakae
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Slarson7
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can, dated 8-27-17, putting it at 8 months old.

Lots of white head, so much so that I had to be careful how I poured it.

Nice aroma.

Nice mouthfeel.

Plenty of complexity in the flavor.

I was impressed with this beer. It seems to me to be a fine example of other bret beers, and for $9 a four-pack, it is a bargain.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those brews where the appearance is awesome and unique, but the over the top appearance almost seems fake (flour?). It's yellow and exceedingly hazy (to an extreme). It foamed like mad (it was rattling around in the back of my Lincoln). The aroma is a disappointment. All those bubbles are releasing a raunchy smelling funk. The taste follows suit, and actually goes a little downhill after the initial taste (most go up). The aftertaste lingers bitter and soapy. This just did not work for me - I'm not enjoying it.

Not recommended.

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Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Packaged 12/28/17. Appearance: Thick, milky, opaque straw yellow, with a pillowy white head. Head and lacing linger throughout Aroma: Pineapple, citrus, hay, grassy, with some of that barnyard funkiness Taste: Very light malt sweetness, kind of cracker like in taste, followed by a light citrus, hay, and barnyard funk. Bitterness is moderate on the swallow, but builds on the finish. Mouthfeel: Light bodied, highly carbonated. Finish: Dry, citric tartness and high bitterness linger after the swallow. Some retronasally funkiness. Overall: Really nice showcase of a brett fermented IPA. Beautiful head and lacing from the high carbonation. Light malt character allows the yeast character to shine from aroma all the way through the finish. A touch of fruity citrus and pineapple is there, but overall dominated by the grassy, hay, barnyard characteristics typically associated with brett. Well done

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NodakEric
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGoeltz
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbauer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atr2605
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy yellow straw color with a white sudsy head with excellent retention and lacing
S-bright lemon and orange citrus, pine, peppery, some funk, sour apple
T-more lemon and orange citrus, tart apple, herbacious hop flavor, subtle resin, floral funk in the finish
M-medium-light bodied, above average tight carbonation
O-fantastic beer with great complexity and balance. It is a wonderful brett beer, with a balanced IPA as a base.

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Photo of GreatGrey
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Herbal, medicinal. Lacks malty aroma & flavor. Stiff shaum quickly dissipates and collapses.

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Photo of RDW
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGust82
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 753 ratings