CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 Wow, I doubt whatever I’m drinking is 7 ABV, no way. Tastes more like the 90 minute Dogfish without the malt. Nice amount of hops on the tongue to make this a powerful beer. VERY present alcohol taste -- at times reminds me of cheap vodka. I almost think the spiked a normal IPA. However, this is a good IIPA in my opinion. Why hide the alcohol? It’s there -- let’s taste it. Nice job, Smuttynose. 22 oz bottle. 4/5/4/4/14 AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
2005 edition, 22oz bottle: This beer is nice, nice, nice. Full malt blast to compliment the hops that are obviously everywhere... well maybe not so obvious, and that’s what’s so nice. Semi-sweet nose is perhaps the most dissapointing part, but the taste is supersmooth and without the grain alcohol undertones I had in last year’s batch. Definitely worth a rerate. Did I mention its beautiful hazy golden color...? (6/5/8/4/17)
2006 Bottle ReRate -- Nose is fuller this year, change in recipe? Hops more dominant in the nose now, however still a very nice malt/sugary backbone even to the aroma that comes through, very balanced. Look is the same, flavor is full and crisp, neither sweet or overly bitter at 9.2%. This is now a world class IIPA. Smuttynose -- best brewer on the east coast?
Bottle...what’s with the dude on the bottle? He’s got like, no pecs, no biceps, but monster forearms. Is this Smuttynose’s tribute to Popeye? The beer itself is light orange and transluscent. So fresh, so clean smell and overall it’s crisp in all ways, without beating you over the head with hops (though they ARE there!) Fruity flavors jump out at you, especially apples and strawberries. THIS is what an IPA is supposed to be, and JoeT’s dog Mise agrees. It’s such a good IPA, that we started debating how you would write "IPA" in Japanese letters for some reason. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2004
2004 - Slightly hazy orange-red body topped by a larger than average creamy manila head. Glass lacing is spotty but the spots are large clumps of frothy goodness. Mellow citrus hops and earthy malt aroma. A bit light in the nose for an IIPA. Very nice flavors, the hops are huge but well offset by the substantial malt presence. Pine and citurs are to be found throughout, but some fruity almost melony malt flavors crop in the mix. Medium bodied with a slight alcohol hasrshness in the finish. Overall one of the better Smuttynose brews I have had. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Thanks for the ABV Scraff(I knew it had to be 8-9%)Aroma of sweet pine,some caramel malt.Nice deep hazy amber,this thing really starts to reveal itself after 3-4 months,much better than when it was young.This is the 2004 batch. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 New batch that just hit the shelves in MD. ABV 9.5% for anyone wondering. Hazy dark amber ale, creamy white to off-white head. Nose is spicy pine and spruce with only a bit of grapefruit shining through as it warms. A touch of tropical fruit and even some melon gets thrown in for good measure. Well hopped for sure, but the malty caramel backbone plays a decent roll of balancing. Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. Good stuff from these guys. Reminds me a bit of Avery 11. I’d take another bomber any day of the week....
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Very hoppy, yet blended most well with soem citrus in it which is pretty damn cool seeing as alot of big hop beers have overdominate hop aromas. Much the same in the taste, big hops with a nice grapfruit refresher. Pretty damn impressive if yzall ask me. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2004
sweet? i dont get that. also dont agree with the guy saying this isnt a double ipa.. this sonofabitch is bitter as hell. this is a wonderful double ipa, a bit underrated i would say. grapefruit pine smell, same with taste. went down really easy but i drank it slow so as to enjoy it. i only wish i could buy this all the time. this is just a step below rogue i2pa and fish 10 squared. great ipa. best beer i drank from this region yet. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Pours a lite amber with a creamy head that lasts. A very nice aroma of fresh cut grass and Cascade hops. Nicely bitter all the way through. Maybe a bit too much residual sweetness, but as good as any IPA on the East coast. Oh yeah, who the hell dubbed this a "Double IPA"? It's called an IPA on the bottle. It's 7%. Not abundantly hoppy! This is an IPA. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Rich chewy malts came off too sweet at the beginning. We all agreed upon first sip that this one was too sweet. It had some nice strong hops at the finish, but even then, the sweetness lingered in the aftertaste. It wasn’t until the last few sips until the hoppy finish seemd to dry my mouth from the sweet sugary taste. Great artwork on the bottle!! jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Had a smell like a Jolly Rancher dipped into sugar. Too candy sweet for my taste. Overall, the beer had a good bitter/hop taste and was enjoyable. It was dry.