AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Besides the fact that Smuttynose has amazing pictures on their labels, it turns out they make some damn good beers too.
I was thinking this would be a typical yellowish IPA without much malt flavor. I was dead wrong. This is a serious beer, nice cloudy beautiful orange-brown with deep citrusey malt flavors and more hop flavors than you can identify in your mouth at one time. If the apocalypse comes, I will have 10 cases of this stuff in my fallout shelter.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: pous a golden straw color. murky. the yeast made this beer looklike a snow globe. pleasnt citrus aromas. nice malt base up from with a resiny ciitrus hop bite on the end. hop flavor was a little lacking. could have been and old bottle. would like to try again.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a murky amber with a fizzy white head. Grassy hop aroma. Taste has a good hop kick but a strong malt backbone, making it very easy to drink. Carbonation is rather light. A nicely crafted IPA.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite good. Smuttynose has some really good products. This poured a hazy amber/orange with a strong off-white head. The nose was strongly grapefruit/hoppy with some pine, a yeasty notes. Medium bodied, it felt good in the mouth. Flavor was good, robust hops. Refreshing, clean, crisp. Would certainly seek out more of this fine brew.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Chevy Chase Liquors in Washington, DC) Moderately flavorful, understated IPA, with a solid citrusy hops contribution that is partially balanced by a mild, slightly bready maltiness. Mildly sweet up front with bitterness taking over in the finish. The aroma is a little hoppy, but not terribly aromatic. Medium bodied, somewhat crisp on the palate. Light gold color is surprisingly pale. The beer is fairly cloudy, and there’s a shitload of fine particles suspended in the beer. The head is small and white in color, but retains a thin layer over much of the surface. Lacing is sporadic. A well-made beer, certainly pleasant enough, but the malt bill is just too light for me to rate this IPA very high.
r464 (1992) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber orange in color with a thin head of white. A classic bitter IPA with a grassy citrusy feel and full of hops from start to finish. The flavor seems a bit one sided here, though. Many other IPAs have seemed much better. Not exceptional.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is accessible. Hoppy, with a humorous bottle illustration—if you have stooges for friends, put them to the task of performing the scene on the bottle after they’ve downed a few.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Fluffy white head. Nice copper color. Smell is little more than hops. Flavor is hoppy, but after that, it’s just very nutty, not nearly as citrussy as I expected from the smell. The malts are very nutty, and after the hops, that’s about all there is. Over all, delicious. A great IPA. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Not that carbonated. If this were available in NC, I’d buy it often.
Shag (2656) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A yellowish/orange apperance with little head. A nice hoppy profile with some orange peel and lemons. I can pick on some grapefruit in the aftertaste. Nice effort.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
NIce, cloudy apricot color, with perfumey aroma and hoppy/citrusy flavor. Fairly well-balanced IPA. Thanks, Regal!