Publisher: DAN Beer Reviews
Genre: IPA
Print Length: Not specified
ISBN: Not specified

Crafting a beer that stands out in the saturated world of IPAs can be a challenge, but Smuttynose Brewing takes on this task with their Short Batch Rye IPA. However, this isn’t your typical IPA; it comes with a twist that sets it apart from the crowd.

A Unique Brewing Approach

Smuttynose Short Batch Rye IPA takes the widely popular Finest Kind IPA as its starting point but diverges into uncharted territory. The brewers make strategic adjustments to the grain bill, incorporating 30% rye malt and swapping Aromatic malt for C-60. These modifications introduce a spicy note from the rye and a more subtle flavor from the Aromatic malt, enhancing the overall malt aroma. Lowering the mash rest temperature contributes to a lighter body, increasing the beer’s overall drinkability. To top it off, the dry hopping is cranked up to four times the level of Finest Kind, resulting in an intense hoppy aroma that steals the spotlight.

Aesthetic Appeal

As the amber elixir is poured into a goblet, the Smuttynose Short Batch Rye IPA presents itself with a hazy orange hue. It leaves behind a visually pleasing lacing and a thin cap of white atop the brew, inviting anticipation for what lies within.

Aroma Explosion

The aroma is an “even steven” mix, delivering a sensory experience filled with pine and citrus essence, accompanied by the delightful fragrance of peach. This olfactory symphony prepares the palate for the flavorful journey ahead.

Tasting Notes

The first sip reveals a complex interplay of flavors. Peach takes the lead, complemented by light toffee undertones. A subtle citrus tartness dances on the taste buds, concluding with an earthy bitter finish that lingers pleasantly.

Palate Experience

In terms of mouthfeel, the Short Batch Rye IPA is full-bodied with a medium carbonation level, striking a balance that enhances the overall drinking experience.

The Verdict

In the realm of IPAs, Smuttynose Short Batch Rye IPA stands out as a pleasant surprise. It successfully marries the expected Rye spiciness with an unexpected hop-forward profile. The hops take center stage, creating a brew that defies expectations and offers everything one could desire in an IPA. Well done, Smuttynose Brewing; this is a beer that challenges preconceptions and delights the senses.