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:
698
Reviews:
123
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
64
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Blazer22
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewSTL
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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 T_Hass
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ZachT
2.41/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of brbrocc
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mush
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daledeee
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brauseboof
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steve78
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gutbuster
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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 richj1970
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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 -15.4%
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 bexley10
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
4.1 out of 5 based on 698 ratings.
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