Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle courtesy jdmcel, thanks!
Bottle dated best by October 2011, so it looks like this one's fresh. Served in an AleSmith IPA style glass.
A - Murky orange with one finger pearl white head. A few wisps of lace and good head retention.
S - A little orange and pine on the nose, but there is an overwhelming skunky aspect that really detracts for me. Some sweet malts can be detected under the rest of the notes, but this one is all hops and skunk (maybe the hops are skunky?).
T - Starts off with light citrus flavors, and then hits with a wallop of bitterness and grapefruit. Catching a few undesirable yeast flavors, but they are overwhelmed by the bitterness. Luckily almost none of the skunky smell makes it to the palate, except just a few lingering flavors in the after taste. Not a lot of malt here, but the underlying sweetness is noticeable. Leaves a bitter grapefruit taste in your mouth for quite a while. Alcohol is masked decently, but still detectable as it might be in a bigger beer.
M - Mouthfeel is good with a nice creamy texture and an extremely dry finish. Carbonation is a little below average, but doesn't detract from the brew.
O - A solid east coast IPA that I would love to try on tap some day. I'm hoping the tap would make it smell better...
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2011 01:11:56 | More by dmsohyea
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