Hop Savant | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Hop SavantHop Savant

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 05-14-2013

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Photo of Walnut
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Riff
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Masters
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yancot
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of afroskully
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of caahare
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
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 gobuccos
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Swettenham_Shire
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwbetts
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmamay22
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +12.9%
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 +4.4%
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 +2%
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 broadway848
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DrMindbender
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
4.1 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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