From: Portsmouth, NH
Samuel Merritt says: This is probably the first time an AB quote has been used when talking about Smutty, but anyway... August Busch III said of drinkability, “You stop drinking because you know it’s time to stop but you don’t want to. That’s drinkability.” Smuttynose IPA always seems to disappear from my home beer fridge a little quicker than others when it’s there, and when I’m offering a good bunch of brands and styles at a tasting, it’s gone first a lot. To me, that’s drinkability, too. I have to admit, I’m a fan of New Hampshire, all seals, the old brown dog, Kevin Love, and the whole Smuttynose story. Smutty IPA has a very earthy, English side to it that makes me think of Hobbits and maybe the IPA that they drink. The bitter side is supported with sufficient malt and then it rounds out and dries beautifully, but to me the key is its rustic, nuanced, earthy funk built around a nice big hop and malt structure. If you don’t like your IPA to be too resinous or chewy, you’ll like this one.