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RATINGS: 1818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Smuttynose IPA is a physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as we bottle it unfiltered. At 65 IBU’s, this is definitely not a training-wheels IPA, but is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way that’s not easy to find. We think they’ll be quite pleased.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (2133) - London, Greater London, - JUL 24, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2013 Draught, at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn on 22nd July 2009. Gold with white head that lasts some time and gives a fair amount of lacing. Intensely hoppy with huge flavour burst some may find an acquired taste. Herby hops balanced by some floral fruit then deliver a sharp, bitter aftertaste on a zingy mouthfeel. Exquisite, and nice to be re-acquiainted after three years! Even better to have reached the 100 club with this rating!! ** Also enjoyed at Rattle & Hum, under Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA, scoring 8-4-7-4-18. RE-RATING: 6 JULY 2013 on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn. Gold with off-white ring-and-film, part lacing. Hoppy, yeasty aroma with dairy notes. Intensely hoppy liquid with grass and grapefruit. Bittersweet finish with the bitterness building. Light carb, fairly smooth this time yet engaging and bodiful. Great to familiarise myself with it once more in my favourite Brooklyn bar.


3.4
Jabah (800) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2018
I was expecting a little bit more from this, but overall a decent IPA. Reminded me more of a hoppy/bitter pale ale though. The appearance was very IPAish, the typical light to medium cloudy orange. But, the aroma and flavor seemed to lack those nice piney and citrus tones. The hop was there, thats for sure, but more the bittering kind versus the citrus. I'll probably pass on this in the future with so many other stuff around. (Just read more reviews about the citrus being there and funk mentioned his bottle may have been bad. I grabbed a single of this from the "out of fridge" section, so maybe I'll grab a cold one next time to give it a 2nd chance. Also just noticed the bottle said best before Jan. 2010, so will try a fresh one next time.)

3.2
beskid (565) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 13, 2018
Bottle. Old style IPA, some fruits, some caramel, rather high herbal bitterness.

4.5
fritzbock96 (3) - - MAR 2, 2018 does not count
Bought in a bottle, poured out into a pint glass. Aroma: Citrus, hint of grapefruit, overlayed with pine. Nice hops. Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head Taste: Hoppy taste with notes of citrus and pine nuts Finish: Hoppy Grapefruit that lingers. Overall, this is easily one of the better IPA's I've had. Well worth the time spent enjoying it.

3.9
pdog555 (50) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2018
Very good IPA, especially if you're looking for a hoop beer with a fairly high IBU. Mild notes of citrus but overall it's not a particularly fruity beer. One of the better IPAs that I've had recently.

3.8
shawnmurphy (771) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2018
12-ounce bottle under the name of Finest Kind IPA. Pours bright, clear gold with a tiny spritz of white head and lacing. Aroma: citrus, tropical fruits, honey. Flavor: mango, passion fruit, papaya, macadamia nuts, pineapple, tangerine, honey, pine. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied.

3.3
markoijelena (3351) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - JAN 10, 2018
Draft 0.5l at Samo Pivo Belgrade, Serbia. 08.05.2017. Pour it hazy yellow color with small white head. Aroma sourish and malty. Taste citrusy, crisp, orange, not so fresh again, light body, finish really thin feel, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter and odd.

3.5
ochniczek (382) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2017
Bottle enjoyed during at tilted kilt in Boston. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring.

3
tapefuzz (1051) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2017
12oz bottle. Pours gold with a small off-white head. Aroma is grass, citrus, pine, and a little malty sweetness. Taste is pine resin, orange/citrus, light caramel, a hint of grass, and a tiny bit of soap. Bitter finish. Light body. Average carbonation. Crisp. Highly drinkable. Nothing all that noteworthy about this one, but it is a very solidly executed IPA.

4
beerbombthrower (31) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2017
Simply put, this is the best IPA you're likely to find in the Northeast. When you want to have a crisp, hoppy beer after a long day, you be hard pressed to find anything better.

3.8
tfontana (1281) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2017 Taster pours at NH Brewfest and the source. Appearance is lightly hazy yellow-brown, nice sparkle, finger-width foamy white head with good retention and fair lacing. Aroma is hoppy melon, tropical fruit, grass, orange-citrus, mild cracker/biscuit. Taste is pine/grapefruit, citrus, bitter resin--not as fruity as the aroma. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin frothy/foamy texture, average-to-lively carbonation and dry finish as taste, more bitter than sweet. Overall, this was a little milder than I expected but with decent complexity.


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