Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
While the orange color is light and closer to yellow than amber, it has a gauzy translucency which deepens it, good one to two finger head of white whipped froth and strong lacing. Unassumedly penetrating nose of white grapefruit, lemon citrus, wheat and rye, pine tar, flower blossom, dry and hoppy without forgetting to allow the tight package to soak in enough to be enjoyed. Medium-bodied, there's a fun interplay between the sneaky carbonation and the general inclination towards woven balance, sometimes dancing nimbly across the palate, sometimes wanting to grip it firmly and make it listen to the message. Playfully bitter hops and yeasts contribute to an erect posture in the mouth, The white grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon citrus alternately sweet and sour. The pine and wet tea leaf notes persist, the floral dimension needs more 'tude to get heard. Can't say it ever tastes "malty" but this element doesn't cushion things here and there. As close to a "sessionable" IPA as one might ask for.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2009 17:36:45 | More by farrago
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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