Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Package: 12 oz. crowned, brown bottle. Great label depicting two redneck versions of Bartles & Jaymes! No ABV information, but the month scale is notched at May.
Cost: $6.99 at Bottle King
Presentation: Shaker pint at ~45º
Appearance: This is almost as appealing to look at as the Big A IPA. Although not quite as dark, it has a rich, toffee-ish brown tint to it and is cloudy. However, I couldnt detect the fine brown flakes present in the Big A bomber (perhaps because that is bottle-conditioned). It also generated a nice, bone-colored head with a lot of body and staying power.
Smell: Less aggressive than the Big A,with a lot more finesse. There was still a citrusy element, but it also possessed a fresh, piney, grassy aroma that made improved this in my opinion.
Taste: This really stepped up where the Big A sort of let me down. It had a nice fruitiness that leavens the still strong hoppiness. Also, the lower alcohol level makes this a great taste experience. It avoids any medicinal characteristics but still finishes strongly, with a good deal of flavor and a hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel: Smutty excels at this aspect of brewing. Both bottle-conditioned and regular bottlings exhibit very smooth carbonation and very nice body. This is no exception. The malty balance helps this out as well. Overall, it provides a creamy, luxurious experience. Definitely drinks heftier than it is.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable like most Smutty beers. Moves high up on my chart of highly drinkable IPAs, in the tier with Two Hearted, Cascazilla, and Alpha King.
Backwash: Im glad this this put Smutty back on track for me. I was a bit worried after the Big A IPA, which disappointed me; but this restored my faith. I also had a chance to try some on draught this weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find that the bottles were pretty much as good. Find some anyway you can get it!
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2004 18:33:27 | More by Dantes
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