Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA (Short Batch #26) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
12 oz bottle into a wine glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Texture-wise, the head is moderately bubbly, and retains itself acceptably. A nice ring of lacing is left on the glass.
Smell: Decently hoppy - primarily, I'm getting the bitter-ass grapefruit I love from Finest Kind, along with a bit of Mosaic-derived berry and onion. There's even a touch of crackery malts coming through. It does a decent imitation of a larger IPA (read: Finest Kind), and that's pretty much what I want.
Taste: Bitter, bitter, bitter. It starts off stabbing the palate with grapefruit rind and herbal notes. Bitterness continues towards the finish, albeit with an increased upsurge of some crackery malts and even some more flowery notes. I love how bitter this is without being generic, flavorless, or dishsoap-like - in many ways, it drinks just like a baby Finest Kind. Even better, it continues to unfurl the more I drink it.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied for 4.3%. While it's not the most chuggable light IPA out there, it has a substantiality to it others in the 'style' lack. If I wasn't paying attention, I'd swear this was around 6%...but there is a lightness to the malt that betrays its smaller strength.
Overall: One of the better "Session IPAs" I've sampled yet. While it pulls no punches in the flavor department, it also comes off bigger and even more complex (!) than anything 4.3% has any right to. Good work, Smuttynose.
3.75/5: Bitterness fanatics will cream their pants over this
08-14-2014 21:54:52 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.56/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a lightly hazy brassy golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a somewhat mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith with a light to moderate aroma of leafy/herbal over the top of a light to moderate aroma of caramel malts.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel and pale malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal/leafy hops with just a touch of spicy hops which give a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which lingers for quite a while.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: I found this beer is enjoyable but it is not really a sessionable brew in my opinion (even though the ABV is low enough) due to the very pithy bitterness.
08-12-2014 00:21:45 | More by dbrauneis
3.74/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness, but not overpowering. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, pine, slight caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, good aroma, and body.
08-11-2014 16:10:40 | More by Tone
2.88/5 rDev -19.1%
Bright golden color yields a lot of carbonation and a fleeting head. The nose is a balance of malt and grapefruity hops but very light. The flavor is very bitter with a piney turn. I catch an opening of lemon, apricot and malt but then it turns to a hoppy oily resin. Not a fan of this beer as it delivers a 4.3 pct ABV and nearly wrecked my palate for the night.
08-10-2014 00:11:38 | More by KYGunner
Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA (Short Batch #26) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.