Beer 242/365 – Smuttynose IPA

Smuttynose IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.9%

Purchased at: Vecenie’s Distributing – Millvale PA

What makes this beer different: Not a whole lot, a typical IPA to me.

Will I be drinking this again: Solid beer but wouldnt go out of my way for it.

Grade: B+

7/8/2010: Wow this stuff has a TON of gunk floating around in this beer. Can you tell from the picture? Does anyone know if this is normal for this IPA? I have seen a little bit of this type of thing in IPAs before, but not THIS much.

The smell is very very crisp, hoppy and grainy. The taste is pretty nice. citrus hops, grapefruit hops, and a little bit grassy. This IPA actually gets a little bit tastier as it warms, which I find to be atypical for the style. Interesting. A little bit under carbonated, and medium body. Pretty solid beer but would not go out of my way to drink it.

Picture of the day: The recession affects all of us.

Published in: on July 8, 2010 at 10:55 am  Comments (7)  
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  1. That is not typical for Smuttynose IPA. I’ll send you up a fresh one in our next trade.

  2. you should get down to fathead’s and review some of their beers from their brewery (if you haven’t already). most are really great and even the spectacular ones aren’t bad by any means.

    • Agreed! I really want to try their head hunter IPA. I just haven’t had a chance to get down there in awhile. Plus the parking always shy’s me away, its such a bitch to find a free spot.

  3. Ive had tons of Smutty IPA with the yeast floating around in it. Dark Horse Crooked Tree often times has a bunch too. Nothing to worry about.

    • Cool thanks for the heads up.

  4. I love your site! I wish we could get some of the beers on your list up in New England. The following is a quote from Smuttynose’s website.

    “Why’s there sediment in my IPA?
    We occasionally get inquiries about the “lees” (sediment) that sometimes appears in our IPA bottles. “What is it and why is it there?” people want to know. It is a combination of malt proteins, hop tannins & yeast, which occur naturally in a dry-hopped, unfiltered beer such as Smuttynose IPA.

    Because most mass-produced beers are subjected to intense filtration – mostly for aesthetic reasons – many people have grown accustomed to crystal-clear beers. We, too, could make a beer that is pretty and bright by processing it that way, but that would sacrifice flavor, which we are not willing to do. We like the way our IPA tastes, so we’ve chosen to live with our “ugly” beer, even though this may not please everyone. So here’s to lees, a healthy & natural feature of our homely IPA! Cheers!”

    • Gustav,

      Thanks for the compliment and the info on the Smuttynose IPA. Good to know as I have a couple still in the fridge.

      Glad you enjoy the site!

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