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RATINGS: 1721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Smuttynose IPA is a physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as we bottle it unfiltered. At 65 IBUís, this is definitely not a training-wheels IPA, but is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way thatís not easy to find. We think theyíll be quite pleased.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
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 Dogfishís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2005
Great IPA. Delicious in every way. Good amount of hops but not overly powerful. Very balanced. Usually, some IPAs might be too painful for me to bear, but this was a great beer in many ways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2005
(bottle) Poors honey-colored and gold with a small white head that persists. Almost opaque in glass, cloudy with thick debris that hangs suspended throughout the liquid, held still by an unknown force. Aroma is overpoweringly hoppy, strong citrus scent (orange and lemons), plus some notes of grass and pine. Almost creamy on the palate, with soft carbonation and a crisp ending, this one leaves the mouth feeling a little numb and tingly. Flavor is initially astringent and citrusy, but fades too quickly into a powerful and consuming bitterness that sets up camp in the mouth and stays there long after the glass is empty. Overall, it seems if the bitterness were toned down, the flavor of this IPA might be allowed to develop more fully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 25, 2005
Pours an orange/golden color. Small white head, nice horizontal lacing. Aroma is floral hops, grass, perfume and lavender. Flavor is astringent, lots of piney and stale hops. Cardboard and bready. Thanks to JahNoth for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
Orange gold color, slightly hazy. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit and a little floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral, slightly grassy. A fairly bitter IPA. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2005
The aroma is dominated by hops, but there are hints of citrus and pine. The pour is nice. In the glass itís a hazy orange-brown color with a slightly foamy head. The flavor is bitter, crisp, and somewhat dry, but there is a hint of fruitiness to it. Some have made a comparison to grapefruit and that is a good comparison. The carbonation level isnít too high - itís at just the right level that it gives the flavor a boost without becoming dominant. The finish is somewhat dry but this is when the malts assert themselves a bit. Overall itís a very smooth and highly-drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flocco (20) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
excellent beer. tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but a little bit smoother. very, very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
Wow. Ungstrup (below) said it first - itís like eating fresh hops, or better yet, my take: like ramming a fistful of hop pellets in your mouth and chomping down. Great citrus and hops aroma, with some honey and lillies to sweeten the deal. Flavor is very bitter - dry hopping is powerful and in-your-face. Emphasis on carbonation early on. Carbonation subsides and grapefruit is more drawn out as it warms. Balance tends to sway more towards being hops heavy; some caramel malts would have helped to make this one more beautiful in my eyes. Finish is dry, especially at the outskirts of the tongue. Strong, bitter aftertaste. Quite possibly the freshest, hops-heavy IPA Iíve had. Thanks to tpkenned for this New England tribute to hops.

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