Smuttynose Smuttlabs White IPA

I’m finally home after another exhausting day at work. In other news, we have our home inspection done, so we’re one step closer to actually getting the house. Anyways, brew time.

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ABV: 4.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re very proud of each of our Smuttynose beers. However, our brewing staff has many ideas that can’t be done on a large scale; this is where Smuttlabs comes into play. From barrel-aging and beer souring to culinary collaborations and special projects that just don’t fit anywhere else, if a project is out of the ordinary, unique or time consuming, you can bet it’ll bear the Smuttlabs name. In 2007, we began these experimental brewings, under the Short Batch Series name. As we’ve increased production and volumes of these eccentric beers, we’ve rechristened them ‘Smuttlabs,’ to reflect the creative experimentation found in each batch. Smuttlabs releases seek to bridge the gap between ‘rare’ and ‘hard to find.’ Brewing on these terms, success can take different forms. Some releases may have semi-regular production and others may never see a mash tun again. There will constantly be Smuttlabs beers in all phases of production from conception, to brewing and fermentation to aging and packaging.”

Random: Tonight’s Netflix disc is “Inside The FBI.”

The first thing I noticed about this is the label. It said that this beer was best fresh and was brewed in August, 2014. I guess I failed on that one. I popped the cork and it definitely had some carbonation to it. It had a one finger white head that took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant. Initially, it was reminiscent of cat urine, which wasn’t pleasant, but as it warmed up a little, I picked up a lot of citrus fruit with an emphasis on grapefruit and some sweetness and wheat. Based on the nose, it seemed to be more towards a wit than an IPA. The taste was interesting. It had more wheat aspects with some sweetness and citrus to it, but then went slightly bitter with grassy hops. The body was medium but very, very dry and had high carbonation. The finish was also dry with more of the bitter aspects and grassy hops. This beer was on the expensive side at $6.99 for a corked and caged single and wasn’t mindblowing. I wouldn’t rush to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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