Review – Smuttynose IPA
From Smutynose Brewing – 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.
Smuttynose Brewing – Smuttynose IPA – 12 oz. bottle from sampler pack. 5.6% abv. Purchased at Dawsons Liquor – Severna Park, MD.
Appearance: Light orange and slightly cloudy with a taupe, whipped cream-like head.
Aroma: Light pine and citrus aromas and a hint of something a bit musty.
Taste: You get a splash of malt when it first hits your tongue, then it’s tons of bitterness for the rest of the ride. Astringent grapefruit clings to the sides of your tongue for quite some time afterward.
Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, which is rather unexpected from such a bitter beer.
Overall: A fantastic IPA that is one of the hoppiest I’ve had. It will not disappoint.