Monday, February 7, 2011
Smuttynose "Finestkind" IPA
Another score from our visit across enemy lines in Hudson, WI this is an IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company (Portsmouth, NH). It's a dry-hopped IPA that is unfiltered, poured from a 12oz bottle that has a best before date of April 2011. If you are a typical hophead this probably won't be for you, since it's not a tongue biting crotch grabbing (OK so I stole that last part from somewhere else - sue me) mind numbing skull splitting IBU monster that paralizes the tastebuds. Instead I found it a pleasant, mellow, easy drinking, grapefruity, well-balanced beer that wasn't overly hoppy. More like a cask IPA or a typical British style-IPA in my opinion, with a bit more of a kick at 6.9% ABV. 65 IBU's. Extra points for the cool label, the old duffers are called Cy and Paul apparently in case you were wondering.
PS Given my taste in beer the above paragraph should automatically be dismissed if you enjoy IPA's.