Beer Review: DARK HORSE SMELLS LIKE A SAFETY MEETING IPA

Beer Review: DARK HORSE SMELLS LIKE A SAFETY MEETING IPA

The pour reveals a deep amber hue with a thin white film resting on the surface. The presentation is standard, lacking any remarkable characteristics.

Aroma:

Upon taking a whiff, the nose is greeted by a blend of crystal malt and chocolate malt, accompanied by subtle hints of pine and a touch of pineapple. The promised “weed” fragrance is notably absent, leaving the olfactory experience less impactful than expected.

Taste:

The flavor profile introduces a combination of sweet and toasty malt reminiscent of a tootsie roll, intertwined with cascade-like hops. While the taste is decent, it falls short of the boldness expected from an Imperial/Double IPA. The anticipated hop-forward intensity fails to materialize, resulting in a somewhat subdued experience.

Mouthfeel:

The body is undeniably full, providing a substantial weight on the palate. However, the texture is marred by a slight roughness, detracting from the overall drinking experience. A more polished and refined mouthfeel would have elevated the beer’s appeal.

Overall:

Questioning the consistency of the brewing process, the bottle’s date of 5/16/14 raises concerns about potential aging issues. Whether this is an isolated occurrence or indicative of a broader problem remains unclear. The beer, unfortunately, deviates from both the essence of a “Safety Meeting” and the expected characteristics of an IPA. If this bottle is representative, it appears that Dark Horse Smells Like a Safety Meeting IPA missed the mark, failing to deliver on its promises and leaving room for improvement.