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Hop Savant | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +14%
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 +5.4%
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 +3%
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 -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DrMindbender
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -1.5%
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 smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clake
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ichorNet
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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 ArtZan
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewSTL
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 719 ratings
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