Notch 9
Smartmouth Brewing Company

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From:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,037
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,338
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.34%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
81
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 06, 2021
Added:
Jun 10, 2013
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  26
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notch 9Notch 9
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Ratings by VABA:
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
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
Apr 15, 2018
More User Ratings:
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Reviewed by dbell23 from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tried it and liked it so I got a few sixers on my last visit to Williamsburg. Look is inconsistent. Hazy orange with slight head and decent lacing. The inconsistency is some cans have a fair amount of sediment, which is not a problem for me, and some don't. Smell is typical dipa with grapefruit and slight pine. Taste is very balanced and quite nice. Typical dipa bitterness followed by the balance. Caramel malty goodness mixed with hoppiness. Full bodied mouthfeel that really fits with the balanced taste. I will get more on my next visit. Recommended.
Sep 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Aug 28, 2021
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Reviewed by BergBeer from Hawaii

3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Look: Pale gold with some light chill haze and a thin white head.

Smell: Piney and boozy. Light caramel malt.

Taste: Big lunch of grapefruit zest and bitter pine on the attack. Then a big booze and malt note to a bitter hop finish.

Feel: Big bodied and thick. Big bitterness. High alcohol. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It all just comes out as a bitter malt mess. It drinks fine but I wouldn’t search it out again. Not in a market saturated with awesome DIPAs.
Sep 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.89 by desint from Belgium

Aug 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by samEBC from Belgium

Aug 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by wilfonzo from Florida

May 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This one does the job of a classic american dipa with wonder.

Amber body with a nice white head.

Toffee with resinous and citrusy hops

Clean bitter finish
Feb 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia

Jan 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.66 by vland from Virginia

Dec 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by DavidA51 from Maryland

Aug 14, 2018
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.
Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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
Aug 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.82 by wwoj from Virginia

Mar 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by Dewsby from Kentucky

Jan 21, 2018
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.
Nov 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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.
Aug 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mush from Illinois

Jul 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Skellbop from New York

Jul 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Jun 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by tgatort from Florida

May 14, 2017
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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.
Apr 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Apr 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Apr 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by VAbrookiechaser from Virginia

Mar 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by McBraniel from Virginia

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by leee44 from New York

Jan 11, 2017
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Reviewed by BltByKrmn from New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.
Dec 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by Freq from Virginia

Nov 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.64 by brocktune from Virginia

Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by Jcorn from Massachusetts

Aug 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by DevilHawk from Virginia

Aug 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by bluehende from Delaware

Jul 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Jul 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.74 by bitterandtwisted from England

Jul 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by mtnwesdew from New York

Jun 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.26 by MattXT from Virginia

May 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.74 by Buckeyeguy10 from Virginia

May 25, 2016
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Good DIPA. Robust flavor and good balance. Pours a hazy honey-gold color with a small white head. Head retention is average and there is some spotty lacing. Good aroma of both piney and citrus hops and some sweet malt. Flavor includes citrus and piney hops, a good level of bitterness and some balancing sweet, caramel malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Nice level of bitterness and no hint of high abv, actually very smooth except for a hops bite. Hampton Roads VA now includes a number of impressive breweries!!!
Apr 26, 2016
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 103 ratings