Hop Savant
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #329
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,063
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 10.05%
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
755
From:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  46
Gots
  76
SCORE
91
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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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +11%
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
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StJamesGate from New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Beejay from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -12%
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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arizcards from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev 0%
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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monkist from Hungary

4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
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
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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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schoolboy from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -10%
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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TH28 from Florida

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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atr2605 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +2%
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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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very large head requiring the bartender to let the first pour settle for nearly five minutes. The second pour leaves the beer with a lasting dome. Result: Streaky lace. The liquid is dirty gold with a strong haze.

Lightly sour aroma with a balance of lighter malt and mild floral hop.

The flavor has a yeast bite reminiscent of home brew. The Brett is not too strong but gives this beer a distinctly Belgian flavor. Pronounced hop shows up at the end of the tasting leading to a balanced, bitter, and yeasty, finish.

Sep 23, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

7/1..,.pours dirty hazy gold with a fast fizzy white foam. Lacing. Sharp citrus pine nose. Fruity burst. Juicy citrus forward IPA. And mounds of flavor rolling through. Creative.

Sep 02, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-this is a pale yellow to frost white tap pour, cloudy with a 1 cm foam cap that quickly dissipates. Brett funk is strong in the nose. The flavor is a delicate lemon note and Brett earthiness with moderate hop bitterness. The finish is very dry.

Jul 10, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Foggy orange-yellow with a moderate white caviar-bubbled head.

Smell is funk with plenty of pungent hops, as well as corn, grains and grapefruit.

Taste is a little metallic, with plenty of grains, yet tart brett funk, corn, grapefruit, lemon rind, and phenolic spice.

A little fusile, it's also frothy and semi-dry.

Jun 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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

This was poured into a tulip and treated as a wild ale. The appearance was a hazy dark woody orange color with a thin layer of white foaminess. Light messy lacing. The aroma takes on sharp bitter to sour citrus rind. Light pulp. Slight grassy bitter to sour hop oils concave into the beer nicely. The flavor takes on crisp sour to sweet clinging hop oil bitterness. Semi-dry balancing sweet to sour in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice balance between sipping and sessionable qualities. Low carbonation. Sourness feels good and sharp enough. Overall, really nice as an AWA but I don't see this as an APA. I'd still have again.

Jun 22, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw gold, good head of foam. Smells of lemon and grapefruit, touch of Brett. Taste kinda herbal with lemon and grapefruit and Brett mid palate and through the finish. So good to my tastes it’s scary

May 30, 2017
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DispyDnb from England

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Muted Horn, Berlin. Excellent example brett ipa, everything is present from hops to a marvellous bretty aroma that reminds me of Orval. Good beer but needs more carbonation imho

May 27, 2017
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

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

Pours golden and translucent with opulent white fluffy head. Some pineappley funk on the nose that carries through in taste. This reminds me of Dorothy. May be a little less grassy, but nice fruity tropical funk that's refreshing.

May 15, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Amber colored beer with an extremely thick head. Smell is strong with funk, floral notes, and a thought of old bandages and medicinal notes. Strong funk flavors, some medicinal notes, floral, and old tropical fruit notes. Lingers on the tongue. Crisp and light body. Just, yeah, not for me.

May 04, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Honey color with a bubbly vociferous head.

Aroma is complex and full of herb, pepper, clove, and brett.

Taste is dry Brett to start, nice hop flavor, slight dry dirt and grain, and fruit rinds.

Feel is dry, dusty, really carbonated.

Overall impressive but not worth coming back to at $7.

Mar 04, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a big, bright white, creamy / fluffy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An extremely enticing aroma of hops, citrus, some yeast, and other light fruits.

T: Tasted of a good amount of brettanomyces (a wild, unusual addition to the style), lots of hops (not too much), citrus (lemon, in particular), light malt, and light tropical fruit (mango, perhaps?). An incredibly dynamic flavor for an APA; it's more like an American Wild Ale than an APA. Surprisingly complex and very, very tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Light-bodied.

O: Hop Savant is an extremely enjoyable, exceedingly well made beer. Very easy to drink.

Feb 26, 2017
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Jmamay22 from New York

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells earthy, spicy and a touch of lemon. Some leather in the background. Mild haze with a thick foamy head that retains well. Taste has a cracker and biscuit malt backbone that supports the spicy and herbal flavors from the hops. Finishes with a firm bitterness and clean lemon hop flavor. Medium to light bodied. Very enjoyable with a complimentary Brett fermentation character that allows the other ingredients to shine through.

Jan 26, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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

Purchased this one at the River Valley Co Op in Northhampton, MA.

12.7 fl. Oz. American Brettanomyces IPA 7.0 % abv.

Hazy, white golden color, with a substantial white hat. Plenty of foamy rings left over after the fall.

Sour/tangy/acidic Brett yeast aroma with very herbalized and earthy hop scent. A deep, hearty mix of herbs, spices, hops and wild yeast. Citrus and tropical hop notes come out later.

The flavor has a very complex, well-rounded hop profile. Very earthy, semi-bitter, big time spice and herbal taste. Then comes the Brett! Wild, citric, tangy and sour notes, not overpowering with bitter sour tones like some brett-based brews can be, this one has excellent balance with the hops and brett providing equal parts and melding together amazingly well. Very well crafted indeed. The flavor's that prevail are right down my alley...earthy, bold, sour and spicy hop dominated. Layers of fun hop flavor's, and some sour toned citrus effects later on.

The feel is light to medium, a jazzy kick but very juicy and never really dry. I loke a very dry finish, this one is a bit peppery and tangy but not dry, which is a bit of a surprise with the dry hopped technique.

I feel an IPA with brett should have it's own style, not just IPA. Sour IPA.

Jan 26, 2017
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Trueant1 from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It isn't often that a brew really wows me anymore. This one does!

Huge culunanimbis head! White and foamy! Cloudy, orangish colors.
Smells a bit musty. Many spices such as coriander and cumin and pepper come into the nose.
Tastes bitter, sour, acidic, wet, with lots of table spices present. Alcoholic. Strong bitter, lingering, aftertaste. Sipper.
fantastic! Cheers!

Jan 24, 2017
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