overall
98
95
style
RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
For our hopping regime we went with Cascade and Nuggets in the boiling addition. Centennials were added every 5 minutes for the last 30 minutes of the boil. We added Crystals into the whirlpool. Dry hopping was done in both the fermentor after primary fermentation and the bright tank. We used a mixture of Chinook, Nuggets, and Sterlings in the fermentors and whole leaf Centennials in the bright tank.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2005
(bottle carted home from New Hampshire). Hazy gold with smallish white head. Lovely floral hops aroma. Flavor is well balanced between hops and malt. It really doesnt come across as overly hoppy. Outstanding "imperial" IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - SEP 5, 2005
bottled, hazy golden color, lively carbonated. huge floral aroma of citrus and grapefruit. sweet, almost cloying. extremely hoppy and bitter as expected.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1519) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Wow, very nice! This one is a IPA lovers dream Nice and hoppy, subtle malt backing, a big punch of hoppy aroma, loads of citrus, grass, sweetness, subtle alcohol in the nose. Very well crafted. Head is gone in a flash, especially in a big snifter glass, but good experience.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Bright orange color with thin but heavy cream white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is floral and sharp. Flavor is floral, full and resiny. Tasty stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
Hazy orange color with lots of floaties, thick rocky white head. Excellent aroma and flavor of spicy and citrusy hops with caramel and a bitter finish. Light to medium body with an oily texture and moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Head dissipates very quickly. Nice Golden Color. Citrus Peachy sweet taste before the bitter of the IPA kicks in. The bitterness expands nicely at the tail. Nice signature for an IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 Update from a 2007 bomber. Way better than the 06 and a good amount better than the fresh 05. 2005 bomber. Pours a hazy deep gold/ medium orange with a very nice fluffy head and good lace. Everything else reminded me of last years. The appearance has just gotten a lot better. 2004: Red color with slight head, and lots of floaty hops and some yeast. Lots of hoppy aromas, with minimal malt. Flavor is loaded with lots of citrus and floral hops with some piney flavors toward the end. Great beer, but im not crazy about the floating hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Slightly bigger than the regular IPA, but just as good in all respects. Actually its more bitter in flavor, but less hoppy in aroma. Thank you sir, may I have another.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2005 What a great surprise, the first wonderful beer from Smutty Nose. Beautiful copper beer, very clear, with a huge foamy head and a wonderful mouth feel. Nose of citrus, orange, grapefruit. Mouth of sweet malt, crushed with citrus, and huge bitter finish. Just malt and hops hops hops; as has been said of other IPAs, "we dont need no stinkin balalnce!" Enough sweetness, citrus, and bitterness to mask the alcohol completely. I would say that this is among the best IPAs, ot quite a Stone Ruination, but wonderful. And quite a pleasant surprise! Yeah, its not balanced, and yeah, it tastes like a lot of other American IPAs, but I did really like this. // OK, now I understand the reviwers who said the beer is cloudy. First class is crystal clear, second less so, and third is cloudy.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (6576) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2005
22 oz bomber, State Line Liquors - Elkton, MD. Pours a deep straw/light copper, rather cloudy. Small head that disappears quickly. First sip reveals the expected heavy handed hop bitterness. Dont really taste the 9% alcohol over the hops. Hops seem very one dimensional, finish lingers on for quite a while in the back of the throat. Not a beer for those afraid of the hops. Overall not one of the best IIPAs that Ive had, but still pretty decent. 22 ounces might be a bit much, wish I had a friend to split this one.


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