Notch 9 | Smartmouth Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
smartmouthbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by clayrock81 on 06-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,420
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
94
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
26
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of vland
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavidA51
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, served in a tulip glass. Canned on 03/23/18.

Appearance: Translucent orange-amber. Rocky 1/4" thick off-white head that slowly died back to a thin skin across the top. Lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, hint of pine. Nicely hoppy.

Taste: The initial taste is a strong mix of malt and hops, and then it separates to give plenty of hop flavors (grapefruit, pine bitterness) balanced by some bready malt and a sharp bitter finish that is mostly pine and citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, smooth and nicely thick - approaching creamy. A bit sticky on the teeth with a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good DIPA - a pleasure to sip and savor while having with a meal (mustard pork chops + gnocchi). I picked this up at Total Wine in VA when I visited last month, and now I'm wishing I had picked up more than one. I would not mind a 16oz version of this at all and I'll have to revisit it again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a massive head; great retention and a nice draping of lace

Smell: Pith and pine with intense bitterness; rather dank

Taste; Dank, from the outset, with just a touch of melon and caramel to offset the massive hop blast that arrives, bringing, pine and pomelo pith; assertively bitter through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There was a time when a beer like this would have been a stunner and, while that time has passed, they are sticking with a recipe that will certainly appeal to the palate of the hophead who wants the taste buds assaulted from the get go; I could see myself ranking this higher back in 2013 but my palate has changed and I am looking for more dimensions to my IPAs

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with very nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice subdued piney and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with piney and hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A well made beer with a good kick

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Photo of wwoj
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel and pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle pine and citrus presence. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a glass.

Look is a slightly hazy orange yellow with little to no head.

Aroma is herbal and lemon.

Taste is an intense bitter. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of mush
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tgatort
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of argock
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can onto a clear glass tulip. Canned on 01/11/17 on bottom of can.

A: Hazy orange-gold with barely 1-finger off-white head with pretty abundant lacing.

S: Dank, earthy, herbal, pot, grassy, and honeysuckle hop aromas with slightly grainy malt and no yeast esters

T: Flavor is very resinous with the same dank, herbal, grassy and honeysuckle notes with some grapefruit in the end palate. There is a bit more maltiness and sweetness poking through. Highly bitter and no yeast component that I can pick up. Flavorful beer and very dank and resinous/herbal.

M: Slightly tacky with medium body and good dry finish. Carbonation low-medium.

O: I really liked this DIPA and I would love to try it fresher. I hope to get to the brewery in Norfolk and do a brewery crawl there sometime.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leee44
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/22/16, consumed on 12/21/16

This drinks like a hoppy pale ale, was shocked to see it at 9.1% DIPA after crushing the first half of the can. Hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of Freq
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brocktune
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DevilHawk
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Notch 9 from Smartmouth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 94 ratings