New Beer: Smuttynose Short Batch Rye IPA

One Big Bottle

The brews we're sipping, one by one.


Smuttynose used their Finest Kind IPA as a starting point for this limited edition beer released in a 750 mL bottle. They added 30% rye malt and brought in Aromatic malt in the place of their usual C-60. They increased dry hopping to four times the level of Finest Kind, using Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

The scent is sweet and spicy, with hints of strawberry and nectarine. Rich malt flavor is brightened with a serious hit of hops. The finish is super dry and clean, with a lingering bitter piney note and a bit of crackery malt. It's a beer that evolves during each sip from the sweet scent to the round malty core, to full orangey hop fruit flavors, and then the super dry finish.

Bring this one along to a barbecue, serve it with bratwurst, pork chops, or carnitas tacos. (We have an awesome recipe for those here on SE.)

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is the editor of Serious Eats: Drinks. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.