Smuttynose Finestkind IPA

Bottle:  (So I’m adding in a new segment of review to this blog, and it is for something I have always found very important for a beer that no one has ever heard of, the bottle design.)  This bottle has two nice old fogies sittin’ in their chairs in front of their mobile homes.  The rustic feel with the nice sky blue background for the neck and title bar, and the green accents make for a pleasant picture.  It may be because I’m from the area, but something about the Smuttynose label has always touched me as the cornerstone of any old-timey brewing company.  While not extremely eye catching, this bottle is pleasant and filled with a good flair of real world color.

Appearance:  Pours a cloudy ambered gold, much like dehydrated piss.  Nice light white head that dissipates on the quicker side, but leaves some nice loopy lacings on the side of the glass.  Light amounts of carbonation are present.

Smell:  The smell is very floral with hops and some slight citrusy notes.  Nothing really stands out in the smell, and while it is definitely hop heavy, it seems almost weak for an IPA smell.  Slight bready notes are also present in the light undercurrents of the smell.

Taste:  A great intial burst of almost bready malts are collapsed into the bitter kick of the hops, which  scorch out any trace of the malt and leave a nice slightly grapefruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:  This beer is thin and smooth and slightly silky on the tongue as it goes down, with a good harsh bitter lingering that marks it clearly as an IPA.

Overall:  This a great example of an IPA, good amount of bitters, and nice malt at the beginning which is not always found in an IPA. If you’re looking for an IPA to drink, try this one.

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