Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Andyís. Judicious multi-sip sample taken from the glass of friend beaconstreet as he tried the beer I was having. After being into ridiculous and "imperial" IPAs for a while, this felt a welcome return to bitter yet sweet and tangy flavors doing a little dance together in the glass and on my tongue.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy yellow-orange with small particles raising slowly. Slight foamy with sweet aroma of fuzzy peach (clark). This beer tastes as amazing as I remember it tasting. It is almost too hard to describe. The bitterness of the hops get mixed with the sweetness of the fruit flavors to create and amazing unique combination that Ive never experienced in an IPA. I picked this IPA as my favorite in a blind taste test of 5 of the top IPA in the US. This awakens the sense and tickles the imagination, give this amazingly priced beer a try.
BigWilly1231 (7) - USA - JAN 11, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
IPAís are great. And the Smuttynose IPA is no joke. With a wonderful blend of hops, and overall fresh flavor, how could you go wrong. Not to mention it is in a great price range, and readly avalible, not to forget fresh too. Smuttynose hits another Home Run with me.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Bright orange amber with a small off white head. Small amount of sediment in the bottom of my glass. Fresh hoppy, grassy aroma. Lots of hops in the flavor too. Notes of grass, berries, citrus, with some caramel and light toasted malts. Dry finish, light body.
NDM84 (20) - Street, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
November batch. This is probably my 4th try of this beer, but I decided to get a 6íer to rate. Pours a hazy orange blonde. There is a decent amount of sediment in this batch, but nothing compares ultra-chunky august batch. Nice white head and super sick lacing. Hoppy aroma, notes of citrus and caramel. I might even say this is one of my favorite IPAís we have at work.
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Colour is usually not too important to me but this one is unique,sort of glow-in-the-dark peach/orange,small white head,no lacing..
Strong hoppy nose.Great hops in the taste,a bit of lemon grass,some malt buried way in there and alot of zing.
The finish is exceptional and very dry.
allezkmiec (3) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2005 does not count
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Little aroma, lots of yeast sediment. Strong golden color. Tastes terrible, strongly of bitter lime. Nothing like the better IPAís Iíve had, such as Harpoon. After two sips, this one was a drain pour. Awful.
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 2004 bottle. Blind IPA tasting Well, it wasnt by a long shot, but I picked this one as my favorite over Arcadia Batch 999, Bear Repub. Racer 5, Stone IPA, and Victory Hop Devil. Smuttynose IPA struck me as just an all-around flawless IPA. It didnt do anything particularly unique, but it seemed to have a perfect balance, a nice juicy hops bite to start, plenty of malt (typical of Smuttynose) and just an overall balance and flavorfulness. The body seemed right on for a bottled American IPA. Medium-full with a lightly creamy, lightly bubbly texture. Drinking it, no problems arise. There are no strange sour/alcohol/stale/metallic notes, no unbalanced bitterness and itís not too sweet. This brewery dosent get as much credit because their beers are not as flashy and they do not market barrel-aged, corked, fancy-named, single-batch beers. Thatís ok because they do everything right with the beers they do make. Lightly floral aroma, slighty herbal with some light toasted and caramel notes. Good bright orange color with some sediment and a solid white head.
On draught Feb, 2005, Redbones Thereís some strange spice to the aroma and even the flavor. Kind of like cumin/celery seed and a sharp/sour off alcohol flavor. Yikes. Itís got a great body and good carbonation, and still has a hazy unfiltered appearance, but this is definitely not the beer I remembered from the bottle. Will have to try it some more to really nail down a rating in which I am confident.
On cask, 4/27/2005 at NERAX Having now had the bottle, draught and cask, I can easily say I prefer the cask. Huge malt backbone, alive with fresh oranges, honey, dough, herbs, and just a lovely, flavorful hops kick that is big but not overdone. Full body, creamy to the last drop. Wow.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy peach in color with a sustained white head. Strong celery aroma with herbal notes and citrus. Resinous character with spice and a pleasant bitter finish. Good hop flavor with a malt back bone to support it and a little caramel also. Well balanced.
methtlcai (10) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 I liked this better than Stone IPA and Hop Devil....It has a very spicy aroma, yet its overall impression is that of the best IPAs- bitter and tasty. I just used Chinook hops in a homebrew, and this beer tasted like I had just eaten a handful- very hoppy flavor. Pours a hazy blonde with 1.5 finger head, and is very drinkable, a good summer IPA. Side note- this has some of the stickiest, lingering, beautiful lace I have ever seen in an IPA.