Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by timmay41:
4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On cask today at the Moan and Dove (Amherst, MA). Dry hopped with cascade!
A: Pours a cloudy brownish/orange hue with softer yellow tones at the top and bottom of the pint glass. By the end it mellows out to a more yellow color. One-finger bubbly head that's pure white. It settles to almost nothing. Offers some nice lacing; clings to the glass like ocean tide foam on the sea shore.
S: Big hop wallop (to co-opt the phrase), along with floral and citrus (grapefruit, orange rine) scents. Some wheat or grass clippings in there too.
T: Huge hop bite--really bitter. It's pungent yet very drinkable. I expected this to be less aggressive, as it's cask-conditioned, but the dry hopping reshapes the taste on this offering.
M: Pretty bitter on the aftertaste but pleasantly so, with a little malt build up. Not as flat as other cask offerings.
D: I think there are a couple better candidates for American IPA session-ish beers (Mayflower, Greenflash, sometimes even Ipswich), but don't get me wrong--I'm a hophead and this beer rocks.
Serving type: cask
02-25-2009 22:51:01 | More by timmay41
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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
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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