Smuttynose IPA is all-American hopped, and it’s dry hopped too. Dry hopping is a process whereby the beer is conditioned on whole hop flowers, imparting an extra dose of hop aroma. Simcoe, Santiams, and Amarillos are used. The beer has 65 IBUs and is about 7% alcohol by volume.
Smuttynose IPA pours to a bright orange color with a thick rocky head formation and a robust hop nose strongly suggesting grapefruit. A thick layer of Brussels lace forms on the sides of your glass, and leaves a thick layer of foam all the way down to the bottom as I drain the liquid.
If you’ve heard someone talk about grapefruit character in a beer and wondered what that was all about, this is a beer that you need to try. It’s firmly in the American style of IPA, with plenty of hop aroma and bitterness. And again, the aroma suggests fruity, citrusy, bitter grapefruit flavor here. Lots and lots of it.
The body is not as pronounced as in many American IPAs, and I don’t get the chewy caramel flavor common to the style. That only serves to make the beer more drinkable, however, and leaves the hops all the more pronounced.
Smuttynose IPA finishes long and dry with a pronounced bitterness that lingers on the tongue after sipping. Overall, this is just a fantastic brew, satisfying, drinkable, and packed with hops. I wish I had bought more than a six-pack, and I’m hoarding my last two bottles jealously.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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