Hop Savant
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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From:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #706
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,450
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.12%
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
619
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 18, 2021
Added:
May 14, 2013
Wants:
  46
Gots:
  76
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: 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.
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Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Pours hazy gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh flowers, citrus, tropical fruit, some funky barnyard, leather, hay, sweet spice, caramelized bready malt, with floral earthy herbal resinous pine. Tastes like citrusy tropical fruit, orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon, fresh flowers, sweet spice, hay, some funky barnyard, leather, caramelized bready malt, with floral earthy herbal resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice Brett IPA.
Apr 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Apr 17, 2019
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

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.
Jan 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

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.
Dec 27, 2018
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

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!
Nov 01, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

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!
Oct 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.97 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma

Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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.
Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by Gretakae from Oklahoma

Jun 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by addiwilliams from Virginia

May 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by Slarson7 from Oklahoma

May 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

May 12, 2018
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Reviewed by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

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.
Apr 26, 2018
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

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.
Apr 24, 2018
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Reviewed by TH28 from Florida

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
Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Apr 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.48 by NodakEric from Minnesota

Mar 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by MGoeltz from Tennessee

Mar 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by dbauer from California

Feb 25, 2018
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Reviewed by atr2605 from New York

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.
Feb 20, 2018
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Rated by GreatGrey from Wyoming

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.
Feb 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by RDW from Nebraska

Feb 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Feb 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by Watkinsmike83 from Missouri

Feb 03, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a very large, foamy head. It smelled funky and phenolic with some piney hops. Very funky tasting with caramel and a nice bitterness.
Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Jan 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by jcb7472 from Florida

Jan 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jan 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.42 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.8 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by harsley from Massachusetts

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Dec 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by WDJersey from Colorado

Dec 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by Buck89 from Tennessee

Oct 06, 2017
Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 756 ratings