Hop Savant | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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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
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
671
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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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 Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Citrus aromas (esp. grapefruit) upfront, followed by brett funk with a touch of oak. The citrus aromas play surprisingly well with the brett

A: Bright straw color with excellent clarity

T: Noticeable citrus flavor upfront, mixed with brett funk and some oak. The hop citrus flavors are bright with a lingering souring finish.

M: Med-light bodied with light carbonation

O: Admittedly I’m not a big Brett-hops guy. I love hops; I love sours – I usually do not like sour hoppy offerings, it’s difficult to have the aromas and flavors intermix well. However this offering from Crooked Stave is downright tasty. It drinks more like a dry-hopped sour, than a brett pale ale. I suppose some reviewers might want more funk and oak, but I argue that the subtleness of the brett and oak allows the hop flavors to shine and remain bright.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013 Batch 2

Appearance: pours bright golden yellow with dense clean white head of about two fingers. Very clean transparent look to the body with on par active carbonation.

Smell: big waves of juicy grapefruit and a whole lot of Brett jump out of the glass. Grass, straw, and farmhouse funk are strong on the body. Bright tropical fruits cut through surprisingly well throughout. Some oak which accentuates the Brett but doesn't really stand out on its own. Lemon pepper and spice seem to linger in the nostrils.

Taste: surprisingly mild front of citrus and pine with accompanying Brett and oak funk. The body takes on a primarily lemon and lime driven mission with clean carbonation keeping the flavors relatively bright. Light dough and grain contributed by the malts pops up on the back end. Funk lingers throughout and sits on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: bright carbonation fits. Funk and oak aren't overpowering on the palate, but also don't provide an overly memorable experience either.

Overall: quite disappointed after the aroma honestly. Base beer was less then inspired and the Brett can't do all the work. Some interesting lemon and funk but overall pretty one dimensional.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Fluffy pillow-like cloud of a head; it sticks around for a while.

Weird. Funky. Dirty almost. A hint of bandaid hidden amongst wisps of acetone (nail polish remover) with some notes of bleu cheese, hay, lambs-wool and just a general barnyardy funk. Some suggestions of vanilla, which make me think of the oak this brew was aged in.

On the front it's tart mixed with a subtle sweetness that soon drifts off into a bone dry finish. subtle fruit flavors in the middle: star fruit, maybe even a little pineapple, though quite subdued and confounded by everything else going on here.

Complex and ponderous. Nice.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, 2013/Batch 2. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrus (orange, lemon), tart fruit, oak, funk, and some hay. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some green apples, grassiness, peaches, and a bit of bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, I liked it. Definitely worth trying if you come across some, I know I'd like to pick some more up the next time I find it! $8.99 a bottle.

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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 cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is lightly hazed golden amber with a tight white head and a few larger bubbles. Nose is heavy citrus bret, lots of orange juice aromas an some citrusy hops. Some light notes of leathery dusty bret as well. Taste is similar, not quite as bright. The citrus is all around with dusty leathery bret in back. Light bitterness and some hop citrus with a moderate carbonation and a very light, delicate body.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). 2013/ Batch 2. Served in a goblet.

Pours an opaque golden straw with four fingers of frothy pale head. The bubbles slowly recede to a cap that leaves large sheets of lace.

Smells funky. Horse blanket, sweaty barn, hay and mild citrus.

The nose wasn't lying. Hay, tart grass, sweat, dirt, lemon, peach fuzz and a hint of salt.

Light body that is highly carbonation. Finishes dry, tart and funky with citrus peel, earth and souring hay.

This is a brett bomb for sure but not offensive. I wouldn't mind trying a fresh one sometime to see if any of the hops mentioned in the name were ever apparent in the flavor.

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Photo of wspscott
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle in Sam Adams glass
date: 2013/batch 2

A: a pretty beer, crystal clear, golden color, almost perfect white head, great lacing
S: Earth and citrus, a little tartness, no obvious hops
T: A wave of tartness in front followed by the classic brett funk/dirt. The hops are well hidden, there is some citrus notes (I assume from the hops, but it could be acid from the yeast).
M: Very crisp and dry, although not bone dry like some brett beers, lots of carbonation
O: Not what I was expecting, this comes across much more as a "standard" brett beer vs a 100% brett beer. The funk is much more apparent than I expected and the acidity is pretty high. I wonder if this is the brett showing its age (getting more funky) and the hops have faded. Still, this is a very good beer and very unique. I would buy this again with out hesitation, would like to find a fresher bottle to compare. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This batch is centennial and simcoe. I don't get any distinct notes from either hop. I get some lemon rind bitterness and light tartness. This beer is a Brett bomb. Huge carb and loads of funk like an open field. It's not as refined as something like Lost Abbey Saint's Devotion but similar in style. It is different and interesting, but the flavors almost cancel each other out.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light and clean. Golden with a bit of haziness. Strong carbonation, but fitting with the style. Oak and sour fruit aroma. Oak and passion fruit front and middle. Light bodied. Very clean finish virtually no bitterness in the finish. A very approachable sour, think of a cross between a sour and a chardonnay. Bottle marked 426.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Bottled sometime in the fall of 2013.

Pours a rustic looking orange color, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells quite funky and barnyard-y, with some lemony citrus and grass.

The taste is similar. At this age, a little bit less than a year old, the Brett has taken over, so it doesn't taste very hoppy anymore (I don't know hoppy it was when first bottled, so can't make a true comparison here, but I'm guessing it was at least somewhat hoppy). Lots of bracing Brett flavors, slightly tart (not sour) with some lemon, hay, and lots of funk. There's a bit of orange and pineapple flavors as well. Slightly cider-like, too.

Fairly light bodied, this one goes down very easily. It's spritzy, with some good carbonation as well.

I'd like to try this fresh, but this is still a very tasty and well done wild Brett beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Jeff....thanks man!

Not enough of ever saison or hops....a really confused beer that works in theory but doesn't quite pull off the execution. To quote my favorite doctor, "Too crazy for Boy's Town, too much of a boy for CrazyTown."

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass
2013/Batch 2

A - It pours golden in color with a slight haze. It is capped with several inches of off-white head.

S - The smell is tart with some funk. I also get some light fruit notes.

T - It starts out wonderfully tart. I get some citrus, peach, and pear. There is a little funk in the finish, and it is dry.

M - Medium with high carbonation.

O - This beer is great. I picked out a different beer to try from Crooked Stave and the woman at the Party Source recommended this one. It was a fantastic choice. It has the perfect amount of tartness and funk. I look forward to the one I chose from these guys. I reminds me of Funky Galaxy.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is dated 2013 batch 2

A golden beer with a slight hazy. The head is long lasting made of rocky, off-white bubbles that leave a a little bit of fine lacing on the glass.

It smells of citrus with a strong, grapefruit-like aroma like the kind you get in a tart Gueuze. There is some barnyard funk but it's mild. A moderate oak aroma. The hops are faded which is to be expected with age.

A strong citrus and citrus peel flavor at first with a grapefruit-like tart quality to it. There is a medium-strong bitterness with a medium tartness against a light honey-like sweetness making for a beer that is pretty tart and bitter on balance. The finish is very dry with a citrus zest aftertaste.

A light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

I love the bold tart and bitterness in this beer with little sweetness. I have got to track down a bottle to see how that plays of the hops.

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Photo of baakabak
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2 : centennial and simcoe

Pours a hazy straw with a pillowy white head.

Scent is white grapes,lemon,hay,vinegar,stone and inflatable pool toy.

Taste is the same as the scent. Big vinegar and hay. Vinyl. Not much hop nuance but quite bitter.

Medium-high carbonation. Full mouthfeel.

Overall it's interesting but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 2, Centennial & Simcoe

Pours a hazy golden straw color, which is lighter at the bottom and more golden at the top. The egg shell colored head is huge and pillowy, almost meringue like.

The aroma is tart and oaky. Big lemon twang. White grapes with a subtle hint of vinegar. There is some pepper and general spice.

The taste is tart and oaky as well. Again, big lemon and white grape flavor. Slightly grassy with a mix of pepper. Not much from the malt, slight bready flavor.

The feel is light and bright with airy carbonation. Sweet and tart on the palate. Good balance and drinks very easy.

A nice tart pale ale. The hops don't really pop but the oak sure does. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of ACarp
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 3, 2013 Simcoe and Centennial Hops
Bitter and sour do not belong together.
Looks: pale, not much head, dies quickly. bottle frothed over when opened
smell: deliciously fruity, from both yeast and hops. additional hop dankness. Slight medicinal funk
taste: Bitter and sour and medicinal. couldn't finish bottle.
Overall: I love Crooked Stave and will definitely buy them again, Surette and St Bretta are both amazing beers but i didnt enjoy this one and dont feel it was worth $10

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. capped bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a foamy 2 finger white head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and stringy with good stick. Average.

Nose is big on the Brett. Notes of pineapple, band-aid, flower, and citrus. Aromatic and very appetizing.

Opens lightly tart pineapple, apple, citrus and Brett funk. Some cane sugar and a light hop bitterness come into complement the slight tartness in the middle. End is citrus, cobwebs and hay. Dry finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. I like it.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and light. Finishes filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Really good.

My first offering from Crooked Stave is definitely a pleasant one. The Brett funk is definitely noticeable and imparts an interesting funky flavor profile to this brew. I'm ready for more!

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Photo of mverity
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof. Pours a very hazy golden yellow with hints of orange. The color of fresh pineapple. This bottle was alive. When I popped the cap off it started coming right out of the bottle. I had to pour immediately. Very large bubbly white head with hints of orange. Sticky in some areas of the glass, apparently this glass wasn't cleaned well, my bad. Head retention is great, nice layer on top and thick collar at the edges of the glass. Aroma is very juicy. I smell fresh squeezed OJ and some mango and pineapple. Nice musty, barnyard like aromas as well. Taste is identical to the aroma. Juicy juicy juicy... Tart and tangy citrus with a little bit of dry yeast funk present throughout. Thick, creamy body. Feels almost like a nitro beer.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle - 2013 / Batch 2

Cloudy, pale straw with a generous foamy head. Fresh hoppy pine and citrus aromas with a bit of pale malt. Bright lemony flavors with a tart/sour midpalate and a long-lingering grapefruit hop bitterness on the finish. I am also getting a bit of a bitter plastic off-flavor that develops after a few sips and also lingers on the tongue. Is it styrene? It becomes more unpleasant as times goes on. Mouthfeel is thin with fizzy carbonation - it works. I love what Crooked Stave is doing but something isn't right in this bottle. Unlike the Hop Savant, the Batch 60 I recently tasted at the brewery was outstanding.

Retasted at Top Hops: I am upping my rating because there were no off flavors like before. The Brett was very funky, cheesy and fruity. The hop flavor is rather unique but this is a more challenging beer than Surette or Veille which don't have the same level of funkiness. I've experienced some variability with Crooked Stave beers but I still like them for making great beers.

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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 Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. 2013/Batch 2 bottle

Foam creeps slowly up and out of the bottle after being opened. The gusher - like quality is evident by the easy 3 - finger's of thick foam on a slow pour. Slowly recedes and leaves behind solid curtains of lace. Hazy golden copper body.

Scents of damp oak, musty earthiness, lemon/vinegar tanginess, buried star fruit and grapefruit. Complex and bold nose with a nice mustiness and tang.

The mustiness on the palate is strong and buries most fruity and tropical notes. On the finish, it has built to a rubber - like, plastic flavor. Which is too bad, because there are notes of tart cherries, oak, tropical fruits.

Tannic dryness in Hop Savant. A bitterness that is very subtle. Great medium body and nice smoothness.

Hop Savant had some great savory aromas, but the beer falls short on the palate. A strange rubber and plastic flavor builds, burying flavors that were appreciated on the nose.

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

From notes... 2013 Batch 2 Simcoe + Centennial. Pours a ahzy light amber, thick cream colored head settles slowly leaving big dollop of meringue and thick rings of lace down the glass. Smell: lemon, hay + barnyard notes, a little simcoe cattiness, pine needles, orange citrus and tropical fruit juice. Taste: full on brett, oaky, vinous, acetic; pine, grapefruit, biscuit. Creamy with prickly carbonation into a dry finish, lingering sour + apricot. Delicious, more like this please.

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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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