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The Smell IPA - Social Kitchen & Brewery

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The Smell IPA
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15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 6.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Social Kitchen & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: abaer123 on 12-30-2013

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by elNopalero:
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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Name aside, this take on the IPA was enjoyable enough—although here I am typing up my notes and realizing that means nothing really stood out. Pity that.

It looked great in the glass, with a solid golden color and a billowy white cap. After the foam settled I’d be surprised if there was 14 oz in this ‘pint,’ in fact.

The aroma was the defining characteristic of this beer, and it did live up to its name. I caught this mix of citrusy tangerine and some pine, but what stood out was a wonderful tropical fruit salad. I kept returning to the smell of The Smell over and over to try picking out what it was—guava, pineapple, kiwi? Regardless, it was wonderful.

These notes were present as well on the flavor, but everything suddenly felt muted. Was it the malt—balanced, to be sure—which prevented the tropical goodness from truly shining? Or just the more traditional hop flavors drowned out the nuances? I wanted to really like this one, and I ended up enjoying it but I don’t crave it enough to seek it out again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of abaer123
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is an aggressively hopped IPA from Social. I hope I am adding / reviewing this beverage in the right location. If not, I apologize. I felt it worthy of a review as I am enjoying it.

I am enjoying this beverage at toronado in san francisco as I write this review connected to their internet.

The taste is aggessive hop. I am not sure if I have wrecked my palette in the last few days of drinking super hoppy beer, but the hop flavor still comes through with the smell IPA. This beer is causing me to want to visit the Social Kitchen here in San Francisco to check out their wares.

A - Cloudy orange in appearance. I prefer a clearer look, so not a great overall score here for me.

S - hoppy, orange, pine, dank. Nice

T - this is where the bonus comes in for me. my tongue tingles as the liquid goodness crosses it. Glory be!

M - Fullness to the brew. wish i could always have this feeling!

Anyway, I recommend it!

Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent IPA, not blowing any mind here though. This is very hop forward with little malt backbone.

Would purchase again, but not my favorite offering from Social Kitchen & Brewery.

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Syraquse
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of banger7
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of STLine
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of terence
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarrettFM
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rocknrao
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Light orange in appearance. Smells a bit like fruit. Melon and grapefruit to be precise. Very thin head with slight lacing on the glass. Overly bitter but not the heavy kind of bitter. Has that floral zing that good ipas have.

Not too heavy body either.

Good beer, but in this style, particularly in this area, the bar is set pretty high. Not at the same level as Alpine or Russian River.

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The Smell IPA from Social Kitchen & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.