Thursday, August 7, 2008

Smuttynose "Finest Kind" IPA

As I've found out in the past year, Smuttynose Brewing Company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire makes some fine beers. I've tried their Shoal's Pale Ale, Robust Porter, Old Brown Dog Ale, Big A IPA, and now comes their standard single Finestkind IPA.

The thing that I noticed first about this beer was how cool the label is. Two elderly dudes just sitting on lawn having a beer. That is what I hope my post-retirement years are spent doing.

The beer itself is quite good. It delivers exactly what you're looking for when you decide to pull an IPA out of the fridge. Good hop aroma, flavor, and a brisk finishing bitterness. I like the dryness of this beer which really helps showcase the bitter grapefruit citrus, earthy and spicy hops.

They have a notched "best by" calendar on the side of the bottle, which scores Smuttynose extra points. This bottle was dated as best by Nov. 2008 so I know I got it really fresh. A good representation of the style. 4.0/5


El Serracho! said...

where did you buy it?

Steve said...

It was in a trade with someone on the East Coast. I only wish we could be Smuttynose beers in CA!