Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.86/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle stamped with "best by 11/07/13". Poured into a 16 oz nonic glass.
Appearance - Promising start with a fluffy yellowish-white head of two fingers. Body is a complex blend of shades of yellow, peach, orange and amber gold. Hazy with the dry hopping sediment. Retention is excellent, leaving the sides of the glass with a consistent sticky mottling. The foam finally settles to a frothy layer about a half-finger thick.
Smell - Grapefruit, barley, grass, and a definite presence of malt to provide balance. I would prefer a bit more juiciness, but the smell is promising.
Taste - Again citrus, this time more faint than before, with a healthy dose of malty sweetness coming through. Though the fruity aspect of the citrus is subdued, the bitterness is still very much present.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with high carbonation and a drying, bitter finish that lingers.
Overall, a solid IPA, but there are many many more that I would choose ahead of this one. I can't help wonder if mine has a couple months on it, because I don't get the juicy fruit explosion that I read about in other reviews. The fact that it's still good, even if different, is the sign of a well-crafted IPA.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 04:10:32 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.18/5 rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
You don't see this one much in sepa area so I grabbed one up.
Boy was I disappointed. With a B/B date of 7/14/14 this beer should be reasonably fresh.
Pours with a lackluster effort and only after vigorously topping it off did i get a head atop this amber brew.
The aroma was lightly medicinal.
The taste was absent of both malts and hops and replaced with dry and bitingly biter which of course flowed coursely over the palate.
Not much to like here in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 11:53:35 | More by micromaniac129
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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