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 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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 05-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
696
Reviews:
122
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
63
For Trade:
4
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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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5/5  rDev +22%
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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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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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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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