Review: ParadoX, Smuttynose Brewing

Smuttynose Brewing Co. — Portsmouth, NH

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  40 IBU
  • ABV:  5.3%
  • Malts:  North American 2-Row, English Pale Ale, Aromatic, Valley Malt C-60
  • Hops:
    • Bittering:  Bravo
    • Flavor:  01210
    • Dry Hop:  01210
  • Sampled:  22 oz. bottle (provided by brewery) 

Description: "ParadoX is a beer of the moment.  It's a session IPA, brewed with an experimental hop variety (01210, it's really lemony) and a portion of New England grown malt.  Our brewing staff has wanted to brew one of these for a long time and just about everyone in the company has been waiting to drink one." — Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  ParadoX is part of Smuttynose's Short Batch Series of experimental beers.  Back in January, I tasted Durty, another Short Batch brew. ParadoX  showcases 01210, an experimental hop variety planted on only 5 acres on the ENTIRE PLANET! Due to the rare nature of 01210, only 30 barrels of ParadoX were brewed. Of that, only 960 bottles (conditioned in January, 2013) were released. I got my mitts on bottle 743.

The tasting:  Golden in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma is full of citrus—grapefruit, lemon, and navel orange. The taste also starts with many of the same citrus notes, but there is also a strong dose of tropical mandarin orange. Underneath all the citrus is a layer of bready malt. While hop flavors are prominent, it's not as bitter as I'd expect for an IPA. ParadoX is light bodied and has a slightly prickly mouth feel. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor. It finishes with flavors of biscuit and orange.

Rating: 4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!   The 01210 hop is supposed to be lemony, but orange is what I tasted. I don't recall tasting a beer with such prominent orange flavors. It's delicious and unique! When combined with low alcohol and the lack of intense hop bitterness, ParadoX is a beer you could easily enjoy for a session—make that an extended session!  

Have you tasted Smuttynose's ParadoX or any of their Short Batch beers? 

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