Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.23/5 rDev +2.9%
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
More User Reviews:
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
4.15/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle into tulip. Big white head with excellent lacing and retention. Beer itself was a cloudy medium brown, with a surprising amount of suspended particulate, settles nicely though.
S - a tart fruit aroma, apple, citrus, quite lemony and grassy, bready malts are noticeable. Peach, pine. Feel like some of the hops have started to fade out of the aroma, fair bit of malt character, also the resins, pine, and grapefruit loom large.
T - smooth earthy hop bitterness, tart lemon rind and lots of tropical grapefruit, apple, hay and notes of lychee, with a bit of a barnyardy tartness. Get a fruit forward start then some woody and earthy notes emerge. Long finish with lots of orange. Smooth feel with fruity and earthy hops, balance is excellent all round and it goes a little different route than most A IPAs but the finish is all bitter.
M - really nice smooth carbonation, moderate body with a zip of astringent bitterness. Sessionable body with a dry hoppy and mineral finish. Light start, with a caramelly sweetness, then the hoppy complexity comes in. Killer smoothness even with the aggressive hopping, lovely. Bitter finish and dry.
An enjoyable IPA that blends American and British influences, more earthy and malt character than typical, meshed with lots of bitterness. Complexity on the palate is really inspiring, quite tasty and exceeded my expectations going in. Definitely worth a try, really solid IPA from Smutty, good heft and flavour, balance is on point. Amarillo hops worked well. Bitterness is strong, but different hop profile make this quite exciting. Worth checking out.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 02:54:14 | More by mick303
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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