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Notch 9 - Smartmouth Brewing Company

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 55
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 25.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: clayrock81 on 06-10-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 55
Reviews by Duane_Opfer:
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill at brewery. Consumed same day (11/16). Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Written from notes.

A - Orange/amber with a finger of egg shell colored head. Moderate carbonation with distinct lines. Layers of wavy lacing on sides of glass. Cloudy with no sediment.

S - Mildly fragrant. Orange and peach.

T - Peach, apricot, melon and citrus (orange?). Does not completely mask ABV. Noticeable malt backbone. Warming. Not a bitter hop bomb, but a little pink grapefruit in the finish.

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a medium body.

O - Pleasant surprise. Rather good DIPA in my backyard. Currently overpriced though... $20 for a growler fill, or $15 during designated happy hours. Happy to support local economy, but not when I can get a fresh 6-pack of a superior out-of-area DIPA without too much difficulty.

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More User Reviews:
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3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

This brawny DIPA boasts 105 IBUs—whatever. It is really about the whole-hop character here, from bitterness to flavor and even the intense aroma; extremely hoppy all around, but still balanced. More than enough to sate any hophead’s fix.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 9.1%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Thin lacing, clear bronze hue

SMELL: Citrus explosion, heavy rind, minty, piney, alcohol, nutty grain, yeast, sweet resin

TASTE: Biting hop bitterness, pomelo rind, pipe tobacco, big alcoholic warmth, peppery, Grape-Nuts, faint breadiness, smooth, semi-creamy, spicy; bitter, drying finish

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3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Semi-deep gold in color with a nose strong of hops and citrus. Balance is quite good even with the biting hop bitterness that this DIPA has. Alcohol is def present and shows its head throughout the drinking process. Overall, a big can full of biting hops, Love it !!

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Jae61
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chipmontero
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap in a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, lemon-gold color with a filmy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of tart grapefruit, bitter grass, candi sugar, pine pitch, lemon zest, and subtle pepper and basil spice. Flavors are bitter forward, heavy on resin and vinous notes, with a follow of grapefruit and lemon tart and sweet, toasted notes, and a sugary sweet highlight. Very balanced, but very resinous and hoppy. The body is smooth, slick, and dry. The aftertaste is more dank hoppy notes, with tart and sweet citrus notes. The finish is smooth and dry, with a solid citrus and vegetal hops linger. Very solid, balanced, drinkable beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really good DIPA. The hop character is truly dominant. In the nose, middle, and finish, it's what comes out strong. This is a good thing, as it's not overbearing either. The malt is there, somewhat bready. Lots of grapefruit, and spiced hop flavors and some warming alcohol in the finish. Great beer.

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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Smartmouth Brewing Company. I liked this DIPA overall, but it's a bit unbalanced. The fruitiness overpowers the other elements in my opinion, but still it's a pretty good DIPA.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Notch 9 from Smartmouth Brewing Company
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