sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught@Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Hazy amber color with a bright white, very tight and creamy, lacy head. Very lemony, crisp, flowery-hoppy aroma. Bitter, strongly aromatic-hoppy, flowery flavor. Medium-bodied, crisp and moderately carbonated palate. A very decent, balanced IPA, but nothing very special.
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Poured this into a pint glass that let its hazy golden orange color show through and held a solid creamy long standing head and glaze.
The aroma hit the nose quickly with an intense hop and floral character. The taste was head banging hops that resonated the tongue with grapefruit and pine needles that quickly transcended into a very bitter finish. A bitterness that stayed with you for quite awhile. The mouthfeel was medium but dry,
Overall this is one great IPA and one that I have to have on a daily basis.
morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a nice sweet hoppy IPA. Not very bitter, but full of taste. Well balanced and very drinkable. Had this on tap at home last summer (1/6 keg).
thehinge (269) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy orange.....very unique, those must be hops particles. No filtering going on here. Aroma hints of citrus and fruit. Taste is a burst of hops and fruite. This is an excellent ipa.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t like to be beat over the head (tongue actually) with hops. That being said this beer while better than most was just too overhopped for me. It’s a very nice beer and the mouthfeel and flavor (barring the tongue coating hop-blast) are well above average, but to me it lacks subtelty.
JoeMcPhee (8530) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy golden beer and a thick white head. Some lace. Beautiful woody/spicy hop aroma, cologne mixed with sweet tropical fruit (mangoand papaya), as well as some citrus and candy. Flavour is very unique, caramel malt, some apple and sweet orange/papaya flavour mixed with a touch of resiny hops again. This beer takes you on a tasting tour of the world. Amazing complexity for an IPA. Soft carbonation and a lingering soft bitterness. Amazing brew.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one of those beers I’m surprised I never rated. 12oz. bottle. Murky amber color with a decent sized white head and some floaters. Aroma of citrus, pine and caramel. Flavor was nice and hoppy at the start with some fruitiness and spiciness before it turns mildly sweet malt and caramel. Very good.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 12 oz. Almost clear golden amber w good small bubble off white head. Aroma is very full, resinous, earthy, spicy hops w lt/med roast malt. Flavor is very spicy, full, bitter hops w full lt/med roast malt, dry with a long bitter finish. Tart, dry, almost puckering, somewhat sharp. Butt kickin hops are balanced nicely with the full malt flavor. Thick, almost sticky mouthfeel. Quite bold. Could pass as a double with no sweat. Just into full bodied. A very "Eastern" tasting IPA.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Impressive cloudy orange colour, with voluptous, rocky head. Impressiive aroma of hops, pine needles and citrus, as I expect from an ipa. Taste is dominated by hops, quite bitter and very dry...too dry for my palate.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I happen to like this beer a lot, and Smuttynose products in general. This to me is what an IPA should be. It should be bitter, not just hoppy in the aroma, and this beer does a god job balancing all three: bitterness, flavor and aroma, whith sufficient alcohol to balance it. It reminds me a little of Dogfish’s 60 minute, if I recall; and Bells beers that I had many years ago and remember fondly. Alas, they no longer distribute to the east coast. It is unfiltered and it look like it, which I like. The aroma is nicely citric and herbal and the mouthfeel is appropriately full. This is not over the top, but well balanced, and for this style that means, bitter and aromatic and a little strong. A current favorite in my rotation.