Rule G India Pale Ale - Smartmouth Brewing Company
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Reviews by nniicckkww:
4.31/5 rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served on tap at No Frill Grill in Norfolk, VA. Nice foamy head. White. Golden yellow appearance. Cloudy. But not murky. Good head retention.
Classic IPA aroma. I asked the server if Firestone double jack was available and what was the deal with smartmouth. The server offered a sample of both double jack and smartmouth ipa. I opted for the smartmouth as it reminded me more of my fresh homebrewed ipa.
Pine and citrus. A good balance between the two. Fruity tropical.
Nice and dry so that the hops shine. Just enought malt to hold the palette for the hops to show up. Very fresh. Totally hop. Clean bitter finish. Floral. I could have more than two. The brewery is around the block.
Currently living in Boston, I was home in Norfolk for the holidays. My benchmark of hopiness is fresh heady topper and then my own ipas. This beer was delicious. Its freshness makes a huge advantage. I couldn't have asked for more.
I plan to visit Smartmouth next time I'm in town.
This brewery makes an excellent ipa.
Serving type: on-tap
01-13-2013 04:26:01 | More by nniicckkww
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3.61/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Fairly decent IPA, somehow I was expecting more. Poured into a pint glass. The head was fairly small with average retention. Some lacing on the glass. Smell was citrus hops, not that strong but pleasant enough.
Taste was somewhat more impressive. Citrus hops, bready malt backbone but hops are more prominent and fairly decent level of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is about average for richness, crisp with some bitterness.
Pleasant enough but not something I would be dying to try again.
Serving type: can
07-10-2014 01:33:53 | More by JayQue
2.98/5 rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Again, thanks to my sister for bringing this up to NJ from VA for me!
Poured in to a Snifter, a quite beautiful, albeit hazy, yellow/orange light copper. 1 inch head sticks around and forms a cap and nice lacing. Lively carbonation refills the head throughout the glass.
On the nose, Rule G is a slightly underwhelming, average IPA. A lot of malt comes through on the nose with the styles' caramel, and very slight, toasted bread qualities. Subtle earthiness but mostly citrus and pungent pine. Very, very subtle California style yeast funk.
Astringent bitterness covers up most of the malt flavors. That dries up your mouth more than you'd expect. There is some sweetness in the back, and you can tell that this beer is leaning towards medium body, but that acidic bitterness really holds it back. With that said, this is a big, tropical, citrus flavored brew. Pineapple, Tangerine, Grapefruit, with a lot of earthy pine covering it. That bitterness is just covering up way too much.
Overall this is a lackluster IPA that suffers from the American trends of California super-hopped beers. With the right techniques this can be pulled off, but they should lay off the IBUs a little on this one and balance it out more.
Serving type: can
05-19-2014 15:17:37 | More by JCarey
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A good, easy drinking, albeit dry tasting brew. Very satisfying. Probably could use more citrus and spice flavors. The mouthfeel is very solid- not too light or thin at all. Lots of carbonation bubbles and nice hazy color. The hops, while prevalent, are not too overpowering. Not a bad brew.
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2014 23:13:35 | More by Beer-A-Lot
3.14/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Growler filled at brewery on 11/16. Consumed on 11/17. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
A - Amber in color with a full finger of off white head. Head lingers. Leaves splotchy lacing on sides of glass. No cloudiness or sediment.
S - Mildly fragrant. Peach, melon, and hint of malts.
T - Peach/apricot, bready malts, and a nutty flavor. Fruit flavors underwhelming and overshadowed by heavy malt backbone. Finish is harsh with an unplesant bitter onion flavor. Also, ABV is not masked.
M - High carbonation. Unremarkable.
O - Very unsatisfying. Taste is uncharacteristic of an IPA and finish is unpleasant. ABV stands out too much for a single IPA. Not recommended.
Serving type: growler
11-25-2013 01:41:20 | More by Duane_Opfer
Rule G India Pale Ale from Smartmouth Brewing Company
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