Notch 9
Smartmouth Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,866
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,792
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
100
From:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  26
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews by hophugger:
Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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!!!

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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 AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, canned on 12-30-15, and poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass. I live 15 minutes from the brewery and kept meaning to get over there and try this beer after all the good things I've heard. It does not disappoint, great DIPA. Coppery, orange color, white head, and lacey carbonation. Major bitterness at over 100+ IBUs, and some piney and grapefruit flavors when tasting. Great medium feeling body, and smooth for over 9% abv. An outstanding beer in my opinion.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy orange body with small head and lace on top of a strong citric and spicy aroma but not much else going on in the aroma. The beer is light to medium bodied which is hard for a DIPA, smooth, some noticeable citric hop flavors with a touch of peppery, crispy spice. Hops are not overpowering and provide a dry, snapping b ackbite but for a DIPA one would expect more a hop profile than citric notes. I did get a touch of sweet fruit tastes as well but any sweet and/or caramel malts thrown in to balance are simply overpowered. Reminded me more of a Belgian ale, possibly a Belgian IPA, than what hopheads would consider a DIPA (although has the ABV that DIPAs do, making this a sipper).

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Will for the can. Poured into a tulip glad.

Yellow-Orange in color with a smallish white head the exits quickly. Slightly cloudy with little lacing.

Smell is floral, minty hops and cereal malt. Not strong but nice.

Taste is where this one excels. A great change of pace from the "juice bombs" that are now all the rage. Super tasty flowers, cereal malt and a touch of minty tea in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Smooth with light carbonation. Goes down easy.

I like this a lot. If I had this available to me I would enjoy on a regular basis. Recommended.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of cambabeer
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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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 samEBC
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of desint
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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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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 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 jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 scushman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Photo of mtnwesdew
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of montman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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 SonOfKyuss
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Notch 9 from Smartmouth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 100 ratings