Stinky Hippie
North Country Brewing

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #717
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #41,391
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 13.41%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
78
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North Country Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviews by Decko:
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3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of DrMullet
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque copper with significant head. The smell is slightly citrus. A mild caramel taste. Quite malty, in a good way. Clean and light with a smooth feel. Faint bitter aftertaste. Much better than expected.

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Photo of heddar33
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

North County Brewing "Stinky Hippie"
12 fl. oz. can with freshness dating but the inkjet is illegible
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label. I'm 99% sure I know that guy, although he claims he's not a hippie. Then he turns around and tells me that he borrowed a CD called "Flower Power" from his friend Dave. Riiiiight, NOT a hippie! Moving forward, it pours a slightly hazy deep copper colored body beneath a three-finger thick head of rocky light tan. The aroma expresses floral and pungent hops and caramelish malt. It's earthy, leafy, a little tea-like, gently piney, and has a mild fruit background. The flavor delivers the malt in a much fuller way whereas it's equally balanced with the hops in the aroma. That's not to say that the hops aren't there though. The two components blend well and there are some additional notes of fruit (red berries, apple, passionfruit), woodiness, nuts, herbs, and grass - plenty of grass in the dry, earthy, and herbal finish. It's not particularly bitter though, I'd guess around 35 IBUs. It's medium-light in body and smooth with a moderate carbonation despite the fact that the head rose up so easily at the pour - looking back I also see that it still has a thin but rocky solid surface covering and there's plenty of soapy lace all over the glass, so nice appearance in the end. Pretty nice beer as well. It's slightly unusual.

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Photo of Redrover
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stinky Hippie by North Country. Poured from a can into a pint glass. The Beer is bronze with a thick tan head. Sticky lacing. It's a looker.

The beer has an aroma of malts, crackers and just a bit of pine.

I didn't see the can, so I don't know if this beer is old but for the beer menu at Meat & Potatoes in Pittsburgh saysIPA, it seems to be missing some hops. It reminds me of an old school Amber. Caramel malts, red apple and just a hint of hops for balance.

The mouth has some nice heft and a bit of slickness.

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Photo of london1o1
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, without any kind of dating that I can make sense of

Pours murky light brownish Amber, dark tan head, leaves a thick collar, thicker collar and more then average sheets of thicker lacing.

Muted malted up nose

Smooth and again malty. Maple sweetness comes forward. Moderate citrus hop presence. Not bad. Would likely be great in a marinade for some chicken or pork.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This CAN, along with the previous two, were gifted to me by a brewery rep at the end of FlavorPA, an annual event at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex which showcases PA CANsumables, from dairy to baked goods to F F & V to poultry, beef and all washed down with our beer. I (mostly) love being back in PA as a lifelong Pennsylvanian and U.S. Navy veteran!

From the CAN: "Peace and Love"; "Do I smell patchouli or is it hops? We created this beer with different, very pungent hops. Peace and Love S[CAN] Your C[AN]!"; "Enjoy responsibly & Please Recycle".

Once more, the Crack! fought me and so I readied it near the awaiting glass in case of foaming/overflow/spritzing/spraying/gushing or any CANbination thereof. Sure enough, as soon as it was Crack!ed open, it began to foam up through the vent. I then CANmenced a gentle, gradual Glug which produced three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a lightly hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose smelled of minty hops and caramel malt, just as it should be. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was about what I want in an APA. It was moderately hoppy, but offset by a caramel sweetness so that it could be delineated from an AIPA. It was not going to knock your socks off, nor would it tear your tongue up, but why should it? That is an unreasonable blurring of the boundaries that happens all too often in the current era. The finish was dry, but it was close to being oversaturated with hops as I could feel a dustiness in my throat. You CAN't please everybody, but this would please me if it were in my cooler.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of burnstar
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a nice head that leaves some excellent lacing. Aroma is all rough citrusy and piney hops. There is a pleasant sweet malt base but the real story here is the hops. I wouldn't call this an IPA but it definitely has a powerful citrusy and piney hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this is pretty good stuff. It reminds me of Toegs hopback amber.

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Photo of nickfl
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerphan
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler -&gt; pint

Pours a hazed orange with some golden highlights in the light and some deep amber otherwise. A decent head has some staying power and deposits copious chunks of lace all over the glass. Carbonation appears intense.

Nose: Hop pellets and a lot of them, light caramels

A good medium-full mouthfeel. Good balance. Nice bitterness. The malts aren't real heavy, but what is there does its job. This beer seems to be more about the hops. Some nice citrus tones and a lingering non-overwhelming bitterness.

I believe this is classified as a APA by the brewery, and its a damn good one at that. Gets points for the name, as i am somewhat of a Stinkie Hippie!! Highly sessionable.

Thanks to Sarah for stopping by with the growler.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What is this? A pale ale? It's almost like an amber without all the amber ale character. Totally boring. I almost dumped this one.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of letsgopens
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at North Country, this American Amber pours a golden orange with a nice pearl head and very little lace.

The aroma is mild with good hops and a strong malty backbone. Not terribly pronounced, but solid and certainly representative of the style.

Very nice flavor. Big hops for an amber; resinous and bitter. The hops linger throughout the experience. Some good citrus is present as well: orange, grapefruit. Spice and pine are detectable. Complex and again very hoppy for the style. Well done.

Clean and sharp on the palate. The texture really seems to linger also. Well balanced with some distinct character. More hops than many similar selections. One of my favorites I've tried from North Country.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-speigelau ipa glass.

A: Dark, glassy reflective orange coloring shows a good clarity with a slow rise of spacious macro-bubbles. A light beige, foamy head is lumpy, much like a rootbeer float, enormous in size with soapy pockets along the perimeter. A really nice display of multiple stratified rings run down the vessel, thick and saturn like. The covering remains for most of the drink.

S: Dank, herbal and onion-grassy hops first present itself against some old, tart, lemon peel. Musky tones of earthy leaves and barnwood add to the whole stinky hippie, living in a barn type of appeal. The strength was on the lighter side of medium, short duration.

T: Dank and pungent flowery hops, dry and bitter, reminds me a bit of columbus. Dank lemon peel and citrus, with some flowery hops against a toasted malt backing. A bit of spicy flowery herbs, chives and thyme add some woodiness and herbal sense. Overall an nice deep toasted malt sense, grainy, and dry grassy hops round out.

M: Crisp carbonation, toasted malt dryness.

O: Overall a toasted bready malt backing with some stinky and sticky hops add a small insight to the smelly, stinky hippie. Could of been more pungent like, dry and bitter and mostly decent.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Served ontap at the brewpub. Pale orange in color with some lace.

S. A floral and piney hop nose that was very inviting.

T. A rich malt body compliments the strong hop prescence. Good amounts of different hop varieties provide an interesting experience. Floral, Pine, Sweet, Tart. Good.

M/D. Medium bodied. This one I preferred over the Paleo IPA. This had alot more going on and is certainly the best hoppy offering I have tried from North Country.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into our mug club at their other property the Harmony Inn which they recently purchased and refurbished. Nice Amber color with a creamy white head that fades some. Some lacing after head fades
Not very hoppy but nice mouth feel at 6%. Slight malt taste not sure I would call it a IPA in the true sense as their Paleo IPA.
Overall a drinkable Pale ale

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goblue3509
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber like color with a one finger head. The smell is of piney hops and floral hops as well. The overall taste is of different kind of hops, floral and piney seem to be the main ones, also maybe some clove involved as well. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a slight watery feel to it. Overall a very good beer, not as hoppy as other IPA's but the addition of a little clove made it slightly more complex and interesting.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a mostly clear copper, white film for a head.

Aroma is of maple, bread malts, and piney and earthy hops.

Flavor is of bread and cereal malts, honey, and pine and herbal hops.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Decent brew, good flavor and very drinkable. Stays closer to the earthy side on the hops which is nice, seems like everything is going citrus these days. Makes this stand out a bit.

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Photo of GratefulJack
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, hops are present as well. Taste is hops, some malts, little of the caramel detected in the aroma, a tad bitter for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of djrn2
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stinky Hippie from North Country Brewing
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 78 ratings