GregMooreNH (578) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2018
Feel the need to preface this by saying that I HATE IPAs. I mean, they do nothing for me. However, I tried this one on draft and, for an IPA, it isn't awful. It's actually really good. Comes dark amber with a slight head. Aroma is roast and hops. Taste is immediately slight roast, with a glimmer of sweetness. Moves to hop bitterness as it warms, but not too bad. Finish is smooth, solid and without a bitter overload. Interesting beer. johnburt (31) - Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2017
This a great beer, from the start. A dark, aromatic beverage that smells like a fireplace after it’s lit. Drinks smooth and smoky and it never delivers the bite of an IPA. Great beer. cheap (6340) - CHINA - FEB 26, 2017
Pale yellah. Ever so slight smoked aroma, barely detectable. Taste is mostly IPA fer sure. Yes, in the taste there is a little smoke but forget about that, this is IPA all the way. What smoke that does exist is covered by the IPA personality. Flavor is big blast of IPA hops all the way thru. A little turn off astringent on the finish. dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Finally found a New England brewery doing something different with an IPA besides just more Hops or different hops. Certainly enough in there to identify this as an IPA but the smoke adds a unique and tasty twist. A see a pint or two in my immediate future. malrubius (3213) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Can from Brewtopia. Murky reddish copper with lasting head and lace. Woody caramel aroma with hints of smoke and fruit. Toasted nutty caramel cereal peachy sweetness with woody smoky spicy grassy finish. Lingering smoke and wood and caramel. Medium full body. Fine internal carbo help flavors mesh. Nevertheless neither very good as an IPA or a smoked beer unfortunately. The smoke fights with the hops so neither is very enjoyable. Smoke needs a body of sweetness or else a very light touch like a smoked pilsner. This is a good beer, not a drainpour, but it doesn’t work well enough to have again.
GIJOE (1260) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 9, 2016
On tap at Revolution Taproom in Rochester, NH. Hazy copper pour. Head disappeared quickly. Hoppy nose with earthy notes. Touch of smokiness. Taste is balanced; nice bitterness. Decent brew.
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From a growler. Nice looking hazy light brown pour with thin, but clingy tan head. The smell has some smokey character as well as some malt. These somehow combine to form the aroma of dry roasted peanuts to me. I like peanuts. Flavor is different, with some light smoke flavor - not overbearing - up front... smooth, malty middle... and semi dry slightly bitter finish. This is a really well balanced ale all around. thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Draft at the Earth Eagle. I’ve got to give credit to these guys for making a smoked IPA their flagship beer. This really stands out and is not quite like anything I’ve had before. I saw the brewers talking in "Brew NH" about this beer and saying that it’s a really divisive beer, and I’m afraid I’m not completely sold on this one. It does what it sets out to do well, but the hops are prevalent and bitingly bitter, and it ends on a bitter and smokey note. I’m sure there are people out there that will really love this, but it’s not for me. tfontana (1286) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Keg pour from Gordo’s Burritos, Raymond NH. Aroma is caramel, bready malt, mild smoke. Appearance is medium brown pour with finger-width creamy off white head and attractive lacing. Taste is caramel, medium sweet malt, some fruit and more of a hint of smoke than being beaten over the head with it. Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture and balanced finish with sweet over bitter and smoky. Overall, more balanced and nuanced than many smoky beers. Good. puboflyons (3641) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
On tap. It pours a nice looking copper-brown tone with a soft silky off-white head and a slight haze. The aroma is of smoked malts and earthy hops but nothing is over the top. The body is medium and better. The smokiness is forward enough to offset the earthy hop bitterness but I can still tell it is an IPA. Quite a nice beer.