Smells Like a Safety Meeting by Dark Horse

Tasting: August 21, 2014
Style: IPA
Beer #: 590

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Smells Like a Safety Meeting

History Channel is airing a reality program called Dark Horse Nation that chronicles the happenings at Dark Horse Brewing Company out of Marshall, Michigan. I’ve watched a few episodes and it has been entertaining. The couple of episodes that I’ve seen so far follow the typical reality TV show pattern – put interesting personalities – in an interesting and planned diversion. I guess the reality of someone adding hops to a kettle just doesn’t draw the eyeballs to the set does it? In a series of episodes there was a go-cart race; a brewing contest and the preparations for the brewery’s renowned 4 elf festival.

I love the name of this beer – Smells Like a Safety Meeting. From what I understand Dark Horse wanted to bottle a previously small batch brew called Smells Like Weed IPA. However, the government forbids any drug references in beer labeling so, Dark Horse circumvents the feds and re-names the beer – “Smells Like a Safety Meeting”. Apparently, a “safety meeting,” in counter culture slang, is a pot-smoking break on the job. Now that you know that law, doesn’t makes you wonder about Miller’s “High Life”…

Speaking of smells, I like to describe the pour of my beers because every once in a while I can tell that I have a winner in front of me. Smells Like a Safety Meeting bubbles up with dank hop aroma and the amazing rich reddish brown color it tells me that this isn’t your typical IPA. I get the pot reference in the aroma. Makes me think of the Stone Arrogant Bastard I had the other day – lots of similarities. Smells Like a Safety Meeting delivers earthy wood like flavors, rich caramel base. Moderate lingering bitterness. I’m totaling enjoying this – 92 points.

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