Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
You could say, then, that Smuttynose IPA is a physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as we bottle it unfiltered. At 75 IBU's, this is definitely not a training-wheels IPA, but is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way that's not easy to find. We think they’ll be quite pleased.

75 IBU

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible grapefruit aroma. Beautiful hopped appearance. Creamy smoothy orange pineapple grapefruit but also harsh and bitter pungency underlying it rather than a malt counterbalance.Much better balance
had it on tap 5 years later and it held up. Hi IBU still. Revised rating.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/30/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid citrus zest and citrus juice characteristics that are slightly better in the taste to me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this to be more of an american pale ale than an ipa, but its real good nonetheless. pours a really clear light golden color, surprising for an unfiltered ale, smallish white head on top but excellen lacing is left behind. the nose is a little bland, no czech pils malts mixed in among the high test hops, which smell better and pretty fresh. the flavor is bitter tall the way through, nice hop varietals here, some citrus and some grassy hayfield type stuff, but all with bitter leanings. indeed there is a czech or german pilsner malt in here, providing a light crackery profile, which is unique in an ipa these days. good carbonation and a really light body for the style, plenty drinkable, would never guess the abv is pushing 7%. it feels good, it drinks good, its a litle strange, its a nice beer all up.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours out as a golden color with a decent head on it. The smell has a good amount of hops on the nose. The taste of hops and some hearty malts on the tongue. The mouthfeel was pretty good too. Overall this IPA isn't my favorite but worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color but has lots of particles floating in suspension. There’s a light amount of visible carbonation, which makes the particles somewhat resemble a lava lamp as they rise up from the center of the glass and fall down the edges. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of floral hops along with notes of citrus and pine resin along with hints of caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of floral and pine resin hops and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness from start to finish. Hints of caramel malts are also present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: I found this to be an easy drinking IPA that is packed with hops but isn’t overly bitter. The floral hops are an interesting change of pace compared to all of the grapefruit hops currently available on the market. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose's flagship IPA shows the classic character of the style, but doesn't relegate its balance to assertive malt presence, but rather adds complexities from soft esters and alcohol complexes instead.

Their "Finest Kind" pours lightly golden and with the signature dry-hopped haze and sediment for more hoppy goodness. It builds a stark- white head that nearly billows to the rim of the glass- showing off its elevated carbonation. As the froth settles into blanketed coat, it laces the glass with decorative random patterns. Its simply a very appetizing IPA, even to the eye.

Hop-heavy on the nose with bold citrus fruits of grapefruit, orange zest, lemons, pineapples, and tropical medley; the beer's perfumy and floral upstart is supported by light caramel malts that provide a juicy, vine-ripened sweetness to the citrus and tropical notes but never try to rival the hop aromas.

And the beer's hop-centric taste is consistent from its aromatics: citrus, tropical fruits, and fresh-cut grass on the early and middle palate leaves behind an ultra resiny pine bitterness to finish. Fruity esters give a sweet alcohol note of rose and spice. Interestingly, these flavors amplifies the sweetness as it seems to smooth out its bitter bite. Again, caramel malts provide firm underpinnings for the hop display but they never get in the way. The beer is simply an exhibition of American hops.

Crisp, clean, and playfully malty up front, the caramelly grains give way soon after the initial taste, allowing the hop character of bitterness, dryness, and bite to carry the beer deep into the finish and aftertaste. It's a true thirst-quencher.

Finest Kind is a quintessential IPA with a complex hop mix, crisp and understated hops, and noticeable esters and alcohols. Consistent and through from nose to finish.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good IPA from a local brewery. Only iffy thing for me is the appearance, a little too cloudy and some floaties visible.. this could possibly be due to how it was stored though. Taste wise it's magnificent and close to my favorite, Abijah Rowe from Cambridge House. A hoppy delight!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, the second of a pair of Smuttynose offerings now available in my neck of the woods.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, soapy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some weeping mountain tributary lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of stale pine needles, overripe orange and lemon rind, estery florals, tingly herbs, grainy pale malt, and further understated grassy, leafy hops. The taste is sharp lemon, white grapefruit, and orange peel, edgy pine resin, a strong hard water flintiness, gritty pale grainy malt, and rather peppy earthy, floral, herbal, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are fairly lively in their probing and supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, the various hop interlopers kind of leaving a trail of minor destruction here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the complex bitterness starts to really assert its control over things.

At first sniff, I was ready to write this off as an East Coast American IPA innovator that has fallen behind the times, but once I got into it, I see that that is not quite the case. Lots of palate-challenging hop flavour and bitterness going on here, just not yer typical one-two punch of citrus and pine, solely. Enjoyable, and something I could see having at least a few rounds of.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy light amber color; displays nice head retention and lays down sheets of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pine

Taste: Bready base is quickly joined by grapefruit juice and pushes forward to a lengthy, bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: NIce balanced IPA that drinks superbly on cask

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Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy unfiltered amber with a small amount of sediment from bottle conditioning. The head is fairly solid, lasting couple of minutes before settling into a thin film.

Smell: Very lemony and dry. Not as bold in the nose as the West Coast IPAs I'm used to, but still very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was the mouthfeel, which is superb: light-bodied, dry and crisp on the tongue, this is exactly how an IPA should be. The taste is dominated by hops, grapefruit and bitter herbs leading the way with an earthy/resiny bitterness beneath it all. Malt flavors are present but hard to pick apart - it's really just a foundation for the hops. The finish is long, dry and bitter, which I could see causing some palate fatigue after a while, but it would be a nice way of ruining the palate.

Notes: Got this one from dyan. Thanks!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%


BOTTLE: 12 oz brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Label clearly identifies this as an IPA, so I'm reviewing as such. "Best by 02/25/15." "ABV 6.9%."

Purchased hours ago and reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've heard a lot about Smuttynose but haven't gotten to try any until now when they started distributing in Texas.

Served cold into a snifter. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A gentle hiss upon opening suggests perfect carbonation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Off-white colour. Fairly soft-looking. Complexion has a soapy shine to it. Lightly creamy. Billowing. Retention is quite good - about 5 minutes - as it resolves to a soft film atop the body. Light consistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. It could use a fuller creamier consistency, but I've few qualms.

BODY: Not the usual deep copper of American IPAs. Brighter, with paler yellow hues. Nicely vibrant. Moderate carbonation bubbles continue to suggest good carbonation. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a clean clear appearance for an IPA, and I'm looking forward to the first sip, but it doesn't stand out.

AROMA: A fresh clean aroma filled with pleasant notes of citrusy zest, modest grapefruit (with a hint of accompanying hop bitterness), some faint hop oils, pale malt, a dab of nectary character, some resins, and ample fruity esters. The citrusy zest is the highlight and emphasis here; it's tough to pin down but I'd say tangerine and grapefruit, with subsidiary hints of mango and, to a lesser degree, lemon.

Balance-wise, the hop bitterness seems well checked by the unintrusive pale malt base.

As it comes to temperature, I pick up on faint pine resin, a bit of caramalt, and some more run-of-the-mill grassy and floral hop notes.

No oniony or soapy notes here. Nor is there any overt alcohol presence or yeast character.

Simcoe is definitely the star here, but the hop profile flirts a biteen too much with tropical territory for my personal tastes. Still, the mango and tangerine are nice - I just hope they're kept in check.

TEXTURE: The first flaw I notice is a surge towards unnecessary coarseness and dryness on the climax, which lends the brew a rough, lightly scratchy feel that disturbs the otherwise successful smooth, wet, and refreshing mouthfeel. That dragging patch is unwelcome and distracting. That said, it's well-carbonated and aptly medium-bodied. More softness would be lovely, but that's nitpicking. It's a biteen oily, but ultimately boasts a near ideal thickness. Overall presence on the palate is decent; this texture could definitely use some fine-tuning to really bring out the best in the taste.

It's not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or flat.

The highlight for me is the crisp and soft feel of the finish, which encourages the next sip.

TASTE: Though the texture is a bit of a letdown, I'm largely surprised by the flavour profile - which does feature oniony Simcoe notes after all, in addition to the aforementioned hop repertoire of citrus zest, floral hop notes, grassiness, grapefruit, etc. Unfortunately, the grapefruit veers on an almost rindy bitterness, which goes unbalanced by the inadequate (but certainly pleasant) pale malt core. More resins would be nice, and the pine doesn't quite fit into the flavour profile as well as would be ideal. The citrusy grapefruit, tangerine, and mango are emphasized in the flavour profile, but more of a focus on the nectary character of its constituent hops would make this a tastier brew.

In spite of its key hop/malt imbalance, I do like the beer. There's a fair amount of complexity here, but I wouldn't call it an intricate or subtle beer within its style per se. The build is not gestalt; the notes don't work together to comprise an ineffable whole. But it's cohesive and pretty well put together. I will say that while oniony hop notes usually work for me, they don't do so here.

OVERALL: While I'm not sure this lives up to the high expectations four years of reading about the beer on the forums has given me, it remains a very drinkable enjoyable IPA available at a more than fair price. It won't be a mainstay in my fridge, but I'll be revisiting this a couple more times and I'm glad it's available in six packs. That said, it can't hold a candle to the best IPAs out there, but I'm sure it played a big part in paving the way for them. Surely, those IPAs are better for standing on the shoulders of this one. I look forward to trying more of Smuttynose's classic beers.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a hazy light amber color ale with a medium slightly off-white foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops is well balance with caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt is well mixed with some citrus hops. Body is above average and low filtration level makes this even more enjoyable. Another solid beer in this fine brewery line-up.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: 3/3/12

Murky orange yellow with a ton of suspended sediment. Creamy white foam settles to the top, forming drippy concentric rings of lacing in the glass. Retention is good, but appearance is marred by the pondwater chunks.

Aroma is herbal with dried vegetation, grassy sweet and floral.

Flavor has a slight pale malt sweetness at first, quickly segueing in dominant bitter hops, enamel stripping alpha acids and bitter herbaceousness. A light biscuity breadiness flashes by in the middle, with a deeply resiny and bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with medium carb levels, easy to drink. Definitely an amped up bitterness to this, one for the hopheads out there.

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a hint of gold. There is a finger of fluffy off white carbonation that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: The overall smell of this one is mild for an IPA. Grassy hops with a slightly fruity note. Just enough malt in the background to balance things out.

Taste: Hops up front, a strong citrus peel bitterness. A nice amount of malt to balance things, but also let the hops be the star. The finish is very bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I think this is a really nice IPA. I enjoyed the hop profile quite a bit. I would have another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark-ish golden color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some grassy, floral, and citrus hops. The flavor is unfortunately short a bit on these flavors, but does bring a good amount of bitterness without letting too much malt get in the way. Good body with nice carbonation. This is one of the better Smuttynose beers that I've had.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger tall, white head. The body is a deep golden color and perfectly clear. The head has good staying power and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Nice, citrus hop aroma, notes of orange and pineapple. Subtle bready malt in the background.

T - Sweet with strong hop flavor and bitterness. Malt sweetness mingles with fruity, citrus hops; lots of grapefruit with some pineapple. Some bready malt character comes out briefly in the middle before the hops overwhelm it in the finish. Strong bitterness lingers on the palate with a slight astringency and some tobacco like quality.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet, astringent finish.

D - Not bad, it has nice hop aroma qualities, but the bitterness is a bit rough. The finish is kind of harsh, and I can't help but think that some of the bittering hops could have been better used to increase the aroma and or flavor. Overall it drinks like a rougher, less pungent version of Stone IPA; which, all things considered, is still pretty good.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in my Easter gift basket from my mother-in-law today and it was a definant treat,pours a nice golden color with some orange tint with light but pretty sticky head.Nice balanced aroma I picked up a big hoppy grassy aroma right off the bat but a real nice lingering biscuity aroma came thru as the beer settled.An IPA with a malt backbone what a concept!A big zesty herbal flavor hit right away but settles nicely with a slightly sweet malt attack in the finish.One of the better IPA's I have had in quite some time.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/26/2013. Pours cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus rind, floral, pine, grass, bread, light caramel, and earthy hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pine, citrus rind, pineapple, bread, floral, grass, light caramel, and piney spiciness. Nice amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice hop flavor balance and complexity; with just enough malt balance to not be overpowering; and minimal cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. Great balance and complexity of hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of jlindros
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I could have sworn I had reviewed this before, so maybe it got lost in one of the many crashes in the old days of BA. This best by 7/20/14, should be pretty fresh.

Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly head covering that is pretty meh for a nice IPA, little lacing, very hazy sediment laden orange-red color.

Nose is very muted at first, really need to warm it up to get some aroma from it, but finally gives me some nice smells, floral hops out front, hint of grapefruit and a spicy hop, probably some Centennial, mild fruity note with some citrus too, also some mild sweet malts underneath.

Taste brings some candy flavors, caramel malts right away with a little toffee and hint nutty, mild candy red malt flavors, some sweetness and even a hint syrupy. Finally the hops come through, fair bitterness with some earthy hops that get a little herbal and spicy, very slight hint of fruit but not much, no citrus aside from a little rind bitterness on the back end. hops get a bit grassy and fairly herbal, chewy like. Finish is a bit sticky sweet but drier, bitterness kicks up a bit, more earthy herbal grassy slight spicy hops lingering with a touch of caramel syrupy candy malts.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb at least.

Overall, sigh, this beer was a whole lot better years ago... I know my palate has changed a lot, and the whole IPA concept has been completely revolutionize, but I really don't think this is the same great IPA that it used to be. I remember more citrus and floral hop components, less malt and sweetness, more spicy bright hop bite and even more bitterness, really just feel like this beer has been bastardized.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps it has to do with being from New Hampshire, and perhaps not, but Smuttynose seems to have a way of making beers that don't really stand out at first, but are actually there waiting, ready and willing, for you at all times. They kind of hang in the shadows until you actually pull one out of the corner... then... you notice them!

The IPA is a great example of that. It doesn't hit you on the head with hop aroma, but by-golly if you don't experience some very nice Cascades just opening up the bottle. And then there's the appearance. The head retention isn't superb (it IS very good), nor is the clarity, but what you get seems so say "real" to me. Or maybe I should say "honest". They have integrity. They're just delivering a decent, solid, drinkable beer. And I love that!

The flavor is the same way. It's an IPA so there's a rock solid - but not brash - bitterness to it (well, it is the granite state... remember the old man in the mountain?); and citrusy (grapefruit, even a drop of pineapple), grassy, and piney hops seem to be smeared EVERYWHERE; and the malt base is clean and straightforward with just a "basic", down to earth graininess.

Overall, it's a very, very nice take on the style. It delivers the malt, hops and bitterness while remaining very drinkable. I could go for a few of these.... but watch out, the 6.6% will hit you!

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated "best by" 3/2011 served in pint glass.

pours a hazy light amber with a substantial off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves exceptional lacing.

East Coast (i.e, less hoppy) IPA with significant malt base. Satisfying and good tasting, but not bold or especially interesting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy, pale gold with a thin, white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The robust smell contains hops, sweet citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced between the hops bitterness and the citrus malt sweetness. The two flavors counteract each other so evenly that there’s no after-taste and you simply crave the next sip. Once the beer warms a bit, it leaves a pleasantly bitter hops after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: It’s tasty, not-too-filing, and it’s the kind if beer that you can just keep on drinking. Smuttynose Brewing Co. continues to impress me. I think this is an excellent beer and a great representation of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a bright cloudy* peach color with a fluffy, creamy white head.

*(Per chance, I caught the sediment warning on the label and managed to keep most of the yeast beasts in the bottle.)

Smell: I keep getting inviting grapefruit and pine scents. Some soft malt notes, but it's mostly Hop City!

Taste: Opens with a lively sweetened citrus burst, followed by a delightfully grapefruit flavor, which yields to balancing flavors of grains and a pale malt mellowness. All before finishing dry, with a fresh floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Juicy and remarkably crisp.

Drinkability: In regards to hop lovers, I think that if anything... this beer succeeded in spades.

That's how I'll put it. Give it a try if you're fortunate enough to be within Smuttynose's distributional reach.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Brindle Room in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow leaning towards orange in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces by just a small amount. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a mild aroma for an IPA, light notes of malty sweetness along with some grapefruit hops.

T: A slightly aggressive hop bitterness but not over the top - I really enjoyed the contribution to the overall flavor. There are grapefruit/citrus hops along with the slightest hint of pine/resin.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky/resiny.

O: Really good with a nice amount of complexity and balance in the flavors. The hops flavors are slightly too intense for this to be a sessionable beer but it is definitely one that I will be having again. Very refreshing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky, orange-tinged, peachy amber with plenty of yeasties/hop particles going for a swim. The head is large in size, rich cream in color, looks impressively sticky and will no doubt be a lace monster. The cap is refusing to fall lower than a one finger mesa of rich, creamy foam and leaves chunks of lace all over the inside of the pint glass. This is absolutely gorgeous beer.

The aroma is gloriously hopfruity: candied pineapple, passionfruit, mango and pink grapefruit especially. Goodgawdalmighty, this smells wonderful! The flavor is equally stupendous. Smutty IPA is one of the juiciest, tropical fruitiest IPAs that I've ever tasted. Because I love at least two of the hop varieties that make up the hop bill (Simcoe, Santiam, Amarillo), I love this beer!

If some people shy away from intensely hoppy beer because of the bitterness, then they haven't had a well-crafted IPA such as this one. It's intensely, pungently hoppy, but isn't bitter in the least. I could drink this stuff by the case-load. The body is medium-full for the style and the mouthfeel is impressively creamy with very little noticeable carbonation.

Simply superb. It's as if the brewers at Smuttynose took a reading directly from my brain regarding 'BuckeyeNation's IPA wish list' and then proceeded to brew a perfect match. I've had a lot of amazing beer in a very short period of time and this IPA is one of the best of the best. Highly recommended (in case you hadn't already figured that out).

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