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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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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 Jmamay22
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 VashonGuy
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What an interesting combination of flavors! I'm guessing this beer does not appeal to style purists, but it sure appealed to me.

Poured from a bottle into shaker pint, this beer is foamy, in the best sort of way. There are bubbles and bubbles, with a huge head that lasts, and leaves the largest quantity of billowy lacing on the side of a glass that I have ever seen. Usually too much foam means some of the beer may be lost, and it's annoying, but in this case, the foam contributes to a unique mouthfeel, and seems to enhance both the aroma and the taste.

The aroma and taste are a blend of hops and of course the brett. Both are very present, and neither dominates the other. There's just a little tartness, but not much. The finish is dry.

What kind of a beer is this? Although it's classified on BA as an APA, and the photo of the 2013 bottle supports that, Crooked Stave calls the current version an "American Brettanomyces IPA". When I drank it, it didn't seem like an IPA, it didn't seem like a Pale Ale, it didn't seem like anything else I'd had. Who cares about style! Excellent stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from QFC.

A mildly hazy orange with a choppy and dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is all Brett. Spicy with cloves and white pepper, mildly plastic like phenols, a little bit of earth, this really is like a Brett-finished beer. Hops? Can't say i get very much. A mild fruitiness, maybe? But then again, that could be the Brett. The palate opens with a juicy and fruity Brett character, a blend of pineapple, a little citrus and the cloves. As on the nose, a touch of plastic is also present. The mid-palate has a mild sweetness, slightly honey-like with a little caramel. Drying, mildly bitter on the finish with a blend of pineapple, guava and clove, this beer is medium light in body and briskly carbonated. Pretty excellent stuff.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The nose is bright and fruity, but the combination of the oak and Brett is overly dry, stifling the hops. The Brett is very pronounced and developed, but doesn't seem as complex as it often is. There are nice things happening, but overall it doesn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has lots of brett character with some musty cellar notes. Taste is slightly tart and very yeast forward. Musty, slightly bitter and earthy on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a nice brett ale, not too cloying, quite hoppy.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not very familiar with Crooked Stave save for a few bottles I picked up at Hill Farmstead a couple years back that were pretty underwhelming to me, so seeing them randomly get distribution here was very exciting. Along with Almanac, Modern Times and Wicked Weed, CS is definitely one of the more exciting breweries to start seeing more of around here! Of course, I had to pick up their all-Brett IPA to see how it fares, considering the Brett pale ale is one of my favorite brew-nouveau movements.

Pours an incredibly rocky, dense and voluminous pale-ish yellow with golden highlights. As assumed, the Brett fermentation bestowed this with a truly ridiculous head, building up to nearly double the currently-decanted beer's volume... and that's with a steady, angled pour! Even after it settles down a bit, it's still a solid two fingers with intense lacing to boot. Pretty much totally opaque, but with a very gorgeous, gradient-like hue to it.

Nose is very upfront about the Brett funk, with some definite horse blanket, melted plastic (describing these smells is always so damn tough... I swear this isn't a bad thing here) and semi-sharp ethanol notes. Hefty bright citrus and resin from the hops, with a slight lemon-like, rind-y acidity and/or tang. Kind of bloomy, like a washed rind cheese. Brett is just absolutely intense on this one, and that's very welcome here!

The bitter bite of citrusy and bright hops appears quite heavily on the front of the tongue, followed by some wheat maltiness, pineapple, mango and apricot. Quenching juiciness followed by an intensely desiccating finish. A bit earthy and damp. Slight honeyed maltiness combined with sharp funk and a tiny bit of perceivable tartness. Great stuff.

Feel is smooth, round and full-bodied with a massaging carbonation, as is to be expected from a Brett-fermented IPA. The transitions between flavors are very nicely delineated, and the finish is very dry, as previously mentioned. This is a 375 mL bottle to savor. Can't wait to get more from CS now that they've finally impressed me. Great stuff!

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Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Apricot jam colored backdrop allows the carbonation to be displayed. Lively support of a 1.5" pillowy head.
Lacing clings to the glass in large splotches.
S - Dust, a crawlspace under a barn, ash mingles with Gruyere. The Brett has taken this offer over completely. Orange
reduction and dried papaya and hints of honey round out the experience.
T - Brett forward, lots of biscuit quality, some aged tropical fruits, a melange of pineapple, orange, and papaya.
With a rise in temperature the fruits mix well with the ash rine cheese.
M - Dry start, dry finish, excellent carbonation adds a tickle to the whole experience. The linger is on the tongues tip the
palate response is salivary.
O - A fine offering, the Brett is strong with this one, the feel is delightfully dry, and I do appreciate the ashen, dusty elements. There is a sweet bitterness to the experience. A very nice offering from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Savant pours a mildly hazy light gold in color with a dense off white head that has lasted throughout the session. A moderate amount of lacing coats the glass

Earthy, with aromas of cut grass, oranges, lemons and a mild funk meet on the nose equally with no one aroma seeming to dominate the other.

A very mild sense of caramel sweetness up front. By mid palate the fruity notes take over with tangerine and lemon tartness that carries over as well into the finish with a hint of pine resin.

Very dry with a medium amount of carbonation and medium bodied.

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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Old Chicago-Lakewood. Listed as sour/wild, but falls neatly into the Belgian IPS panel style. Yeasty notes, with the hop selection make for a fruity, snappy, floral mix. Mellow aroma leads into a folder flavor, finishes with a tingle. Nice.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a rich 3 finger head with good retention, in a deep hazy orange and straw hue though the hue dissipates as the beer sits. good lacing
S: immediate funk with suggestions of black pepper that hint at citrus richness without saying it outright. I also get some very pleasant peach aromas and fresh greens. Smells in some ways like a bag of fresh fruit that is being washed after it has been picked up from market. Peach comes out more as it sits along with more touches (which are more subtle) of funk after the initial wave has subsided. impressively as the beer sits some more you get even more subtle touches of a more belgian style (dare I say Gueuze-ish) funk (this comes out as the peppery quality fuses with that funk). I will say this the Gose-esque brininess is still here but not as dominant.
T: surprisingly not very tart, a piny and unimpressive hop character steals the show here pushing the funk to the back, it does get more pleasant as the beer sits but the level of wildness here is unimpressive, the citrus comes out as the beer mellows, the only real trace hint of the funk/sourness expected is in the pepper note which displays only the pepper and none of the funk.
M: not overly sticky, I'd say just south of the IPA stickiness sweet spot for me.
O: promising but underwhelming, I keep expecting an excellent beer from these guys and i've gotten decent beers but nothing past that. It's okay but disappointing, the nose makes a promise the taste cannot deliver. The nose is worth it but the taste is not. you could die never having this beer and you wouldn't have missed anything too spectacular

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Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros. 2013 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear copper hue with a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of funky brett, nice citrus grassy notes, like a citrus twange on the finish.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, the brett funk is incredibly potent. Distractingly brett heavy. What's left of the hops is a nice sharp acidic citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, sharp, clean.

O - Overall this is a decent funky beer. Just sat for too long as the brett took over.

Serving Type: bottle

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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 TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, yeast, pine, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with citrus and grass.

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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 HiWire
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with 1 finger head. Smells slightly sour but slightly strange. Hops present midway through sips. Finishes clean and smooth. Minimal lacing. Not quite a fan of the nose but would definitely drink again.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - Nice cloudy yellow colored beer. A fair bit of "cumulus cloud" type of foam on top.
S (4) - Smells like a nice little IPA/APA. Not especially florally or citrus smells, just generic hop
T (4.25) - Tastes weird. It's not crazy sour, but tangy. And your hops at the back end. I'm either desensitized to this or this wasn't as sour as I was expecting.
F (4.25) - Good drinking beer. A little astringency like you'd expect. But pretty smooth for what it is.
O (4.25) - I enjoyed this one. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but in a good way. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - orange hue with h(hhhh)uge foamy white heade - similar to a meringue, hangs out for awhile
A- Brett, yeast, funky, vinegar, pear/fruit
T - very funky, slightly sour, fruity - a little medicinal
F - dry, rolls off of middle if tongue, light flavor relative to aroma
O - not sure how I feel about the funk, but an interesting beer as always from Crooked Stave

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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 SitkaSteve
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Treated as an APA, this was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a light hazy amber color with about a finger's worth of white head that dissipates at a nice pace. Lacing was foamy and sticky sliding into the beer.
The smell starts off with a funky amount of sour-ness. Earthy and somewhat bright citrus rind shows a pungent
The taste takes the prior flavors to combine and become sweet yet sour and brings in a light tanginess.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels for an APA.
Overall, well, I didn't mind it for me, but not really an APA. Its too sour to be one. I'm wondering if this should be reconsidered as a wild ale.

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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 antott0523
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Savant Amarillo

A: This beer is stupendously attractive, pouring a hazy straw to golden amber color. The bone white head is frothy, settles to a finger and clings to sides of my goblet. No visible carbonation.

S: The floral, spicy, and citrus hop notes reveal themselves from behind a mask of earthy notes including bay leaves, lemongrass, white pepper, and a touch of sweeter talcum powder.

T: Spicy and herbal bitterness with notes of citrusy hops, a faint hint of tropical fruit, but ultimately dominated by lemongrass, cumin, fennel, lemon rind, with a dry finish of grass and biscuits.

M: Moderately carbonated and a bit thin. 3.75

O: Wide array of interesting flavors here. The Amarillo dry hopping seems to play a significant role in the aroma of this beer. The flavor is nice, and despite everything going on there seems to be a definite bready and hoppy pale ale shining through the earthy and spicy flavors. I probably wouldn't buy this again, but this is the type of beer that challenges your palate and makes you appreciate the subtle yet complex elements that can be crafted into a beer.

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Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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