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 (3902) - 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.
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
An extremely good IPA! Pours a nice hazy blond with a decent head. Very aromatic, lots of hoppiness to this one. Taste is fantastic, very bitter, very nice.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on draft at the blue tusk syracuse:
i started here, those poor other beers never had a chance after drinking this fine ale first. nice copper orange glow that was hazed with a tarnished head....nose of citrus pine, crisp cut grass, and a tinge of vanilla...
mouth was mostly what i had brought in through the nares not a surprise. nicely balanced and delicious. too bad this aint available on the west coast. i have to admit something: iím smuttn for this ipa....GO!!
alehead (17) - womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First off, this beer is UNDERrated. If this was the last IPA left on Earth, I would be satisfied. When it comes to IPAís, this is damn near perfection. Perfect example of the style. Pours a slight to medium hazy golden color. Then the immense aroma literally slaps you across the chops with citrusy sweet hops. Wonderfully strong aroma. The taste is Perfectly balenced (for my tastes), leaning more to the hops side, which is fine for this style. This is unfiltered with LOTS of particulate swirling around the bottle. Sweet, malty, and HOPPY. Couldnít ask for anything more in an IPA. This ranks way up there with STONE and YARDS and I guess I canít leave out the olí devil either. Very impressed with this and will be drinking tons (literally) of it!! Great job Smutty...thanks for a very pleasurable drinking exerience!!
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Interesting bottle art on this with 2 old guys on the front in lawn chairs with bottle around the yard. This pours a hazy golden orange color with a tall rocky eggshell white head standing out of the glass. It leaves nice clingy sheets of lacing around the glass as it is consumed. Very nice and strong aroma here, with the scent of various hops filling the immediate area after this is poured. There are citric and floral aromas in abundance as well as pine and spice notes. The taste is similar to the nose as the citric and floral hops dominate the taste from front to back. The slight malt sweetness pulls together the flavor very nicely and a bit of spice adds to the kick. The taste ends with a nice dry bitter finish as this goes down. Medium to full mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is very drinkable despite the biting hops that are present through out. Definitely my new session beer of choice.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy yellow amberish color very nice fragrant and full hop aroma, bold and intense hop taste with just a touch of malt. The hop taste stays constant right to the end. Very good stuff, among my favorite ipas