Hop Savant | 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): 6.70%

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.

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 950!

I wrote up a few somewhat negative reviews tonight from my notes. Lots of disappointments which I hadn’t felt like entering so I finally powered through them. Because, you know, OCD compels me. So I’m thrilled to be entering my review for the Hop Savant, my first Crooked Stave beer, and ending on a high note.

Wow, wow, wow!

From the tap this poured an incredible looking golden-yellow with some cloudy haze and this cap of foam. Impressive.

Amazing aroma with a citrusy hop profile featuring a strong tangerine presence, along with some grapefruit and a bit of a tropical fruit blend mixed in there. There’s an underlying Brett funk as well.
On the palate this combination just explodes with flavor. The tropical fruit notes and the tangerine citrus are just vibrant and lively in a way that pushes this beer above and beyond mere excellence. With the Brett character it has a complexity that is rivaled by few others. Tapers into a long, lingering, drying finish. I savored every sip and do hope I get to revisit this again someday. Try it if you can.

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Photo of edmo1881
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is truely perfect. Brett doesnt over power the malts or hops. This beer is perfectly balanced, so if your looking for a funky brett beer, or a strong hopped beer your not getting it with this one. Even the aroma is perfectly balanced with some brett, a touch of malts, and a nice nose feel of hops. In my opinion this is the perfect beer!

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Photo of Emersonio
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour: 12.7 oz bottle at The Churchkey in D.C. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Hazy light straw with a prominent white head and a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma: Brett and funky. Lots of barnyard aroma's and very earthy. Tart. Taste: Funk, Earth, and Barnyard. Very complex in each of these categories. Aftertaste: Finishes with some bitter elements. Mostly follows the nose and taste. The funk elements linger forever. Overall: Consistent and complex. This from one of my favorite breweries. Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy gold under a persistent clingy dense 2” moussey, pillowy white foam cap
S: Tart, funk, faint wet horse blanket, spice, citrus.
T: Very well rounded with delicate lemony, funky Brettanomyces flavors and textures balanced by rich light malt and the array of hop flavors (citrus, piney, tropical, melon) and an assertive bitterness.
F: Exceptionally creamy, exceptionally finely bubbled carbonation, exquisite Brettanomyces texture.
O: In a lot of funky beers the brewer will balance the wild yeast flavors out with fruit. Here the brewer does the same thing with malt and hop flavors to a very ncie effect.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright, slightly hazy, golden color with a huge pillowy white head that leaves a very bubbly lacing down the glass. Small pin-head bubbles streak towards the top of the beer. Aromas and flavors in this beer are off-the-charts. Perfect balance and loads of complexity. There's brett funk, lemon pepper with a mix of wet hay, pears, white wine grapes, chardonnay oak barrels, lemon zest, grapefruit pith, and an array of tropical fruit characteristics that range from pineapple to guava. Mouthfeel is effervescent like champagne. An outstanding beer that seems to find itself taking on qualities from IPAs, wild-ales, farmhouse ales, and somehow balancing all those qualities in a drinkable and impressive character.

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Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy golden haze. Nice lacing.

S: Bubblegum citrus. Sour patch kids. Apple juice.

T: Tart grapefruit. Sour Galaxy Hops. Slight oak.

M: Dry, bitter, citrusy, and tingly.

O: Excellent/Delicious brew. A creative take on Galaxy Hopped IPA's with a brilliant sour/oak aged addition. One of my favorites.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Batch 2. Opened July 2014.

A - Beautiful golden wheat body. Pure white head towers above the glass with great retention and nice lace.

S - Great nose. Well balanced brett, not overwhelming. Oak, plant stem hop character, pollen, lemon, dandelion, tool shed, and wax.

T - Wow, a lot more sour than I was expecting. Really interesting. Sour orange, pinot grigio, dry grass, banana leaf, oak, and a tangy brett finish.

M - Pretty much perfect. Well carbonated, with a fantastic medium-full body for the style.

O - Not a session brew, but a great example of what well executed brett beer can be.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of DaveHack
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a '12 CS Reserve glass

Poured a murky, golden orange. Large white head settles nicely, leaving a heathy amount of lacing and a decent film over the entire beer.

The scent is strong and pungent. Smells of overripe tropical fruits. There is some musty basement elements as well. There is sooo much going on here that I just can't put into words, but it is fantastic. This is one of the BEST smelling beers...EVER.

First touch of the tongue is just an explosion of ripe fruit, funk, and fresh hop. It's like a well choreographed Usher dance in my mouth...perfect!!!! There is such a fresh juiciness to it...

It's just so satisfying in the piehole. The carb is perfect and it coats you with just the perfect amount of hop 'oiliness'.

This is just exceptional. This is the real deal. I'm totally digging this. I've had pretty much everything CS has put out, and this is my favorite (yes, I've had Persica). Obviously going by style, but bretted pale ales are my 'it' thing right now, and this is the best so far. It's easily in my top 10 of any style right now. Without a doubt, a must try. The ONLY thing I would change if it were up to me would be MOAR Citra....but that is really just a small personal preference.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The nose was bright orange perfectly mixed with floral notes from the Brett and the hops. You couldn't tell where one ended and the other began, it was really quite beautiful.

The mouth was alive from the dry hopping. A bit of orange spilled over, but some other mild citrusy notes that again danced with a bit of brett funk to create this interwoven medley that had a different life from sip to sip.

The oak on this wasn't subtle and raged through at the end of mouth. It pushed all the other flavors aside and felt like an appropriate ending to an amazing beer.

Bravo Crooked Stave, still haven't had a bad beer from this brewery.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was brought back from NYC. Labeled "344" on the back (apparently the experimental hop used for dry-hopping). Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Deep gold and hazy, with medium visible carbonation and about a finger's worth of white large-bubble head.

S: Citrus and funk, lemon and grass and barnyard and grapefruit and earth. Just bits of oak and bready malt sweet under the hop bitterness. I wasn't sure how the combination on the label was going to work, but man does this smell good.

T: Funk, barnyard, earthy, tangy with lemon and grass and grapefruit hops and hints of oak dryness. All the flavors seem to show up on the front and sides of the tongue. Juicy. Funk with some hop bitterness at the swallow. Extraordinarily dry finish.

M: Light body, great amount of carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

O: Wow. I'm really impressed. Excellent beer, very well done. I've only had two beers from Crooked Stave, and they've both been winners.

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer has a orange golden color with a light head.

The aroma has tons of Brett that gives it tart aroma. The barrel surely comes through with tons of woodiness. The hops don't immediately come out for me and are floral if anything.

The flavor has citrus fruits, but also a tart flavor from the Brett. There is a good breadiness on the back, but then a grapefruit bitterness on the finish. I do get the Citra and maybe the Simcoe. However, the hops are not clearly picked out. The Brett really melds with them really well.

This beer really surprised me. I loved how different this beer was. You get a familiar hoppy pale ale, but there's also that Brett and barrel woodiness.

Having this again on tap at Torst, the flavors on this other batch seemed to be more woody and funky, without being as refreshing. Still a wonderful beer however.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally seeing these around NY recently, this is a batch #344

Appearance a perfect hazy yellow with a vigorously bubbling white head that leaves lacing up the side of the glass
Smell: again awesome, funk, citrus, sour apple
Taste: upfront funk that doesn't punch but more just hits as a tart citrus sweetness
Mouthfeel: bubbly, tart, medium dry lingering aftertaste

Overall a must buy whenever its available

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 344

12.7 oz poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

A: Pale orange, cloudy body. Visible high carbonation. Pillowy, white head that clings to the glass with awesome lacing. Good retention resides at the top of the brew.

S: Tons of brett in the nose. Some oak. I get some citra and mosaic, but very little of the known simcoe smell. There is a heavy sense of funk, but some juicy fruitiness as well. The smell is very nice.

T: Wow is this one complex. The brett adds some awesome tart character, but immediately balanced with juicy citrus from the hops. Some pear and banana on the palate. The oak is around to balance things out even more - and that it does.

M: Prickly. Dry. Light. Crisp. Refreshing.

O: I think I'm in love. I cant believe how complex this tastes, yet how simple it really is. It's balanced wonderfully. Havent had anything from CS that disappoints yet - and this tops all that I've tried thus far. Thanks to my good buddy Anthony for hooking me up.

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Photo of avalon07
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013/Batch 2
Aroma Hops: Centennial and Simcoe
Dry Hops: Centennial and Simcoe

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color capped by a massive head; fairly good retention and lacing action

Smell: Tangerine, peach and pineapple; earthy farmhouse tones, underneath

Taste: The malt presents a clean palette on which the hops can present their complex melange of fruit; tangerines are dominant but peach and apricot tones are strong; just a hint of pineapple, in the finish; all the while, the Brett is adding another dimension, bringing leathery and earthy barnyard tones and a touch of Band-Aid; the finish is somewhat acetic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: What a terrific beer!

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've really been looking forward to this one, super . Poured into a white wine glass because that's my best option at this house. Bottled June 2015

Look: Nice bright apricot color with a dense white head that gives way to a bubbly film

Smell: Tropical fruit galore! Pineapple, peach, mango, and apricot mingle with the light suggestion of something tart and earthy.

Taste: Follows the nose, and here comes that brett goodness. All those initial tropical and stone fruit flavors shift into flavors of hay, fresh wool, blue cheese. Very clear and delicious brett expressions here pair super well with galaxy hops.

Feel: Lightish body, champagne-like carbonation. Pretty much spot on for a brett IPA.

Overall: Brett IPAs are one of my favorite styles, if not my absolute favorite. This one in particular just set the benchmark for me, though the Evil Twin Femme Fatale series is quite solid as well.
Crooked Stave really brought it all here: a solid, heavily hopped IPA plus a fantastic expression of brettanomyces. This is my first experience with Crooked Stave, but it definitely won't be my last. So glad this is in Connecticut now. Yum!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Back label says June 2015.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Super funky, musty Brett collides with bright, earthy hops. Stinky, dank, pungent. Lots of green olive and a hint of baby diaper...for real.

T- Flavor brings forth citrus notes that's punctuated yet contrasted by the green olive notes brought on by the Brett. Tangy and vibrant with moderate bitterness.

M- Dry and zesty with a somewhat milky texture. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty much everything I look for in a Brett IPA. Big hop presence along with a solid funk aspect. Cheers.

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Photo of denver10
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A super hazy whitish orange golden with a thick white head. A truly great aroma of some ripe, sweet peaches and apricot, slight mowed lawn, and a nice tart barnyard funkiness hiding out underneath. As it warms up, the aroma is more tropical fruits and brett. As has been mentioned, the flavor twists things up from what one would expect from the aroma. The brett seems to be the first thing to hit, providing some tartness and barnyard, then a more citric and pineapple based fruitiness shows itself, and a grassy and peppery moderate bitterness closes things out. As it warms, the fruitiness becomes more a mixture of tropical fruits. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, CS with another winner. One of my personal favs from CS.

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Photo of mahak213
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recently started seeing Crooked Stave in my area, bottle dated '344'

Appearance- Pours a bright golden yellow, pours clear with a fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma- Jumping out of the bottle once I cracked it. Huge tropical fruit, citrus, peach, grass, and an earthy balance from the brett. Smells awesome!

Taste- Follows the nose perfectly, tons of tropical fruit and citrus hop notes, without much bitterness at all and a slight musty presence. Light malt presence fits perfectly with the mild flavors in this one.

Mouthfeel- Super drinkable, light, and refreshing. Light on carbonation

Overall- Very happy with this one. It's light and easy drinking, but still complex and interesting. Will go back for more of this!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a dark brown 375 mL bottle made from noticeably thick glass and marked with "2013/Batch 2". No idea what that means in terms of bottling. Poured into a 22 oz brandy snifter.

Appearance - After popping the top, the liquid inside immediately gets a topping of foam and a steady stream of bubbles rising up through the glass. A gentle pour yields a two finger head of silky and fine but dense foam. Retains for a few minutes before receding, leaving a healthy screen of lace around the sides of the glass. Body is a blend of orange and amber, with some maize highlights in places where the light shines through.

Smell - It comes leaping out of the bottle as soon as I open it, confirming the 100% brett with notes of wet hay, pungent grassy hops, barnyard funk, pineapple, and even some granny smith. Not quite sure how to impart the idea that this is funky and crisp all at the same time, which I find to be a fairly common characteristic of Brett beers. However, the aroma on this is one of the best I've had.

Taste - The yeasty funk of the Brett is still dominant, but there is a noticeable citric sourness, like lemon juice, but way less puckering, like watered down lemon juice. I also get fruit, again with pineapple and now some starfruit, as well as an impression of chardonnay, likely from the oak. I do get some lingering medicinal characteristic, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, light body and a bone-dry finish.

Overall, this is an outstanding Brett beer. It's brews like this that almost make one long for a new style called "Brett Beer", since this one tastes so similar to beers in other style categories due to the distinctiveness of the Brett. This is one of those beers that I could just keep drinking all night long. It's so drinkable but also so intense. Very glad to have Crooked Stave in Kansas City now.

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Photo of almightyme3
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting brew indeed. You can taste the bretts and funk and definitely the smell of hops while maintaining a semi-sour dry profile. There is yeast and citrus on the palate as well. Great color and great head. It looks and tastes like a luxury hybrid - you can see that a lot of work went into making this brew. It absolutely shows as it is a spectacular beer but way too pricey for my taste. It almost stands in a class of its own but I am hard pressed to classify it and give it a rating. Think of it as an electric sports car. Expensive and different but nevertheless very good!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a chalice. May 2015 batch with Amarillo.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger white head which slowly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very funky and sour aroma with a big scent of Brett and citrus hops. Big scent of Brett yeast with lots of sour and tart funk. Hints of pepper and other spices. Fruit hints of white grapes and green apple. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, and mango. Also some earthy and floral hints of grass. A very good funky aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky, sour, and juicy taste with big notes of Brett and citrus hops. Upfront presence of Brett yeast with some farmhouse funk. Tart and sour fruit notes of green apple and white grapes. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Floral and earthy hops with some notes of grass. Also some spice with notes of pepper. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very drying.

Overall: A very good Sour IPA. Big sour and tart presence of Brett with a good presence of citrus hops.

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Photo of PerHops
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S- bottle #462 to snifter

A- As close to a perfect looking beer as I could imagine. Bright straw yellow, almost golden orange

S- Brett is evident as are nice juicy citrusy hops. I definitely smell the mosaic here.

T- Wow. A lot more tart than I imagined, which works perfectly with this style. It compliments the dank, citrusy, tropical hops and funk from the brett.

M- Carbonation is medium, not prickly at all, coats the mouth nicely. It could stand to be just a touch more carbonated, but that is being picky at this point.

O- I am usually not a huge fan of this style, but CS nailed it on this one. Such a unique combination of flavors. It is a lot like what I imagine HF Juicy would taste like, though I have never had that beer. I hope to try this again in the future!

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Photo of spicoli00
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Allagash sour flute
golden color pours hazy. Small tight head that retains well. Nose is light grains and slightly fruity. First sip hits like a knockout. like a tangerine just sat on your face. Quickly goes to mellon than smooth finish. simcoe doesn't seem to showcase as much as the citra and mosaic

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