Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a surprising amount of yeast floaties in the body. The look is more Belgian tripel than anything. The head is a two finger light cream color with fairly large bubbles and a sudsy texture. It leaves spiderweb-esque lacing on the glass, as well, sticking to the sides with aplomb.
S: Pretty typical. The combination of grapefruit peel, pine, and herbal notes with biscuity malt is well done, but nothing particularly different.
T: Quite bitter, but everything is nicely kept in check. At first, the tongue is immediately assaulted with grassy, piny, herbal hops, but mango and grapefruit notes begin appearing after some of the hop resin is left on the palate. There's a underlying malt backbone, but this is otherwise dominated by hops. It's imbalanced, but somehow isn't at the same time. This beer is exactly what happens when an east coast IPA decides it wants to be a west coast IPA, and the end result is fan-freakin-tastic.
M: Despite the resiny texture and lingering bitterness, it doesn't finish as dryly as one would expect. Moderately carbonated with a fairly light texture, giving this excellent drinkability.
O: Oh yeah, I really enjoy this one - in the right time and place, I could enjoy 3-4 of these in a sitting. Who says there are no good east coast IPAs on the market?!
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2012 20:01:43 | More by ThisWangsChung
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