howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Simple, raw, green, resinous hop aromas and flavors. Good pale malt base. This is beer minimalism. Hop juice! beerphilosophy (14) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Good work done here. Very flavorful, hoppy, and yet parch your lips dry. Drank this guy out of a bottle and enjoyed the balance and drinkability. drpimento (3638) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2017 yummmmmmmm Oooooooooooooo Oh baby nice beer. Can’t says I can identify those hops they list - seems like good old fashioned cascade to me. But whatever, very drinkable IPA. Quaffable. Seriously. balanced. very hoppy but not in extremis. Had this at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin in a bottle.
UPDATE: it’s about 10 years later and of course I can’t remember what it was like back then other than reading my review. But this beer now what strikes me, is how exceedingly well it’s balanced. Aroma is mainly caramel, nougat, toffee, malt and some fresh hops, a little spice. Flavor’s is more of an American pale ale rather than an IPA but still it’s so good. Body is perfect. Excellent finish. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Pale Amber Color with Big White Frothy Head. Really Nice Citrus and Green Hop Aroma. Carbonated with Alot of Balanced Hop Flavor. Dry Hopped Aftertaste. Nice Overall Standard for the Style. RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2007
This is an excellent IPA. Pours a golden color with a good head and a great deal of sediment. The smell has a citrusy, soapy smell with hops lingering. This is one of my favorite IPA’s . Tastes really smooth and balanced. Good stuff.
VVilliam (50) - USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottled from World Market. Pours a hazy amber with large sediments floating in it. Smells of crisp citrus and honey with lots of hops. Definitely a hoppy beer, with a really nice malt finish. All the hops burn the mouth, though, making it quite an experience. Really good for an IPA. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very hazy copper color with a pillowy off white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, caramel malts, maybe brown sugar. Flavor is citrus, caramel, pine, orange, floral hops. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, crisp finish. Nice IPA. NachlamSie (3483) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 bottle. Thanks Tronraner! Pours a very, very cloudy copper with loads of yeast just swimming all over the place. The nose is very floral and rich. Grapefruit, pine, honey, green tea, a very broad spectrum of bright, citrus notes. It doesn’t pummel my nose like some, but it’s more delicate and savory. The hops blast away at my palate though, drying everything out to my tonsils. I think this one seems just as hoppy as some IIPA’s, due to the comparatively lower level of malt density. The hop sting is pleasant and clean with underlying green tea, honey, pine needles, oranges. . .this really goes beyond the norm for the style. My palate is left reeling, aching with drying acidity, a little hint of bark, and not much sweetness to balance. This is a serious cure for hop withdrawal. Oh, after finishing the bottle, I had to have a glass of water. This is tough stuff. well done!
[Dec 02, 2007] Bottle best before January 08. Man, I was really let down on the last six pack of this stuff I got. It was in date, yet not very bitter at all. I felt it was a fluke and here I am drinking another bottle to give it another chance. ah, yes, this is more like it. There is a very strong pine aroma and flavor with pitty, grapefruit bitterness as well. Malts are nice, very appropriate. This is still not as extremely bitter as the first bottle I had, but it’s fairly hardcore and tasty anyway. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
From a 12 oz. bottle with a notched freshness date along the left side of label, sampled after a few hours in my refrigerator in a pint glass.
Poured a cloudy golden orange with a foamy, bubbly topped white head, decent retention, small amount of ringed laced sticking.
Aromas of grapefruit and sweet floral oranges, a light pine, grainy and whiffs of alcohol.
Good, even moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish, creamy full bodied mouthfeel.
Nice IPA taste, grapefruit and orange zest, pine oily, dry tobacco leafy, a peach fruitiness that adds a balancing sweetness compliment to the hops, grainy malts, towards the end a little saltiness comes through, and a dry hoppy, malty finish.
Another well made brew from Smuttynose, quite quaffable.
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Very enjoyable IPA. Full flavored with hops, roasted malt, yet crisp and clean. Delicious.