cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Of late I have been drinking lots of Smuttynose IPA, so I thought I’d try this to compare- I’ve had it many times but it’s been awhile.
The pour: coppery-amber with frothy head and lots of lacing.
The nose: nice blend of hops- no strong single hop character stands out (not screaming citrus or pine or grass) , but a nice balance. Maltiness and a subdued fruitiness from the yeast blend in as well.
The flavor: hoppy and malty up front, bitter with some caramel in the middle and a reasonably dry finish.
I prefer the more aggressive IPA, but then that’s a different style. A solid well made pale ale from one of my favorite breweries. HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Out of the bottle three months after bottled. Coppery color threw me off because it is very light tasting. Bright and refreshing, but almost too much so; I would like more of the hoppy taste to be more prevelant in this beer. After taste is that of processed or "factory" hops and requires a glass of water near by. Too bad you can’t taste those hops going down since this is an overly malted Pale Ale. Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Bottle. Light copper body with a decent white head that left some lacing. Nose:grassy hops, wheat toast, garden dirt and chocolate. Taste:citrus and grassy hops, wheat toast, caramel malt and apples. Smooth and very drinkable. Nice. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2005
12 oz bottle pours amber cloudy with very little head. Aroma is caramel malt and a little citrus. Taste has much a much more earthy sense to it than American pale ales. Lighter hops grace this and give it just a touch of citrus flavor. More malty and full bodied than American Pale Ales... Medium bodied and very drinkable on the palate.. mephisto (1301) - TAIWAN - JUN 7, 2005
bottled, amber color w/ small head. the aroma is mainly hops, the flavor is hoppy but balanced w/ adequate amount of maltiness.
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Crystal malt offers a strong caramel aroma with some mild, citrus, floral, earthy hop notes. Very clear copper coloured body is topped by a finger of off-white, large-bubbled head that recedes to a partial cover. Fruity esters up front blend with floral and earthy hops and a fair bitterness with some caramel maltiness. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (trade, May-2005) marked as brewed and bottled in February (I assume 2005). Thanks, jah noth! spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Definatly can tell the difference from an APA. This has a lot of earthy tones. Mild dry hopped aroma. Light brown color with an orange tint. No real head. Nice hoppy bite. Very different taste. Grassy. Drinkable pale ale. lamas (1664) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Bottle. Brewed and bottled: 01/05. Red-copper pour with smallish light-tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops, sweet malts and hints of spices. A serious lack of body in this one. It’s all very dry, bitter hops. Distinct absence of sweetness. The bitterness is apparent immediately and lingers forever. This isn’t the good, tasty bitterness either. I’ll definitely need a glass of water after drinking this. This is very dirty-tasting. Like licking dirt or grass. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours a hazy light brown with a thick lacy tan head. Smells of light hops, a bit spicy and sour malt.
Taste is surprisingly good. It’s hoppy, not overly so but assertive. Well balanced with a strong grainy malt taste. Apple-like yeasty flavors. Medium bodied with a persistent hoppy aftertaste. Crisp and smooth. Damn drinkable. as others have said, very good session beer. A very solid offering and a nice surprise. Does Smuttynose ever miss?
GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Mildly hazy amber/rosewood pour supporting a small dusky white head (which needed some urging to generate). Fruity aroma with a toasty background. Well balanced flavors of dried apricot, vanilla, a little toffee, malt and even a porter-like milk chocolate all backed up by a solid hop bitterness. Flinty, clean and bitter finish. This is a nice Pale which shares some of the flavor profiles with other Smuttynose ales (probably due to their house yeast).