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Why's there sediment in my IPA?

We occasionally get inquiries about the “lees” (sediment) that sometimes appears in our IPA bottles.  “What is it and why is it there?” people want to know.  It is a combination of malt proteins, hop tannins & yeast, which occur naturally in a dry-hopped, unfiltered beer such as Smuttynose IPA. 

Because most mass-produced beers are subjected to intense filtration - mostly for aesthetic reasons - many people have grown accustomed to crystal-clear beers.  We, too, could make a beer that is pretty and bright by processing it that way, but that would sacrifice flavor, which we are not willing to do.  We like the way our IPA tastes, so we've chosen to live with our “ugly” beer, even though this may not please everyone.  So here's to lees, a healthy & natural feature of our homely IPA!  Cheers!

At Smuttynose, your comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome. There are a variety of ways you can reach us. If you've got a comment that you'd like to share with other visitors to this site, we suggest posting a comment on one of our blogs. You can reach individual staff members through links on our staff page. For general communication, select one of the mailboxes below, or do it the old fashioned way - write us a letter or call us on the phone. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you. 

By the way, if you want to reach our sister company, the Portsmouth Brewery, the best way is to visit their site directly and use the contacts you'll find there.

We get a lot of inquiries about shipping our beers to places where we do not have distribution. Unfortunately, we are prohibited by law from making such shipments.

General Mailbox

Use the General Mailbox for general inquiries or comments. We’ll do our best to get back to you in a timely fashion.

Brewers Mailbox

Use the Brewers’ Mailbox to communicate directly with our brewers, or to send questions or comments about our beers.

E-Store Mailbox

Use the E-Store Mailbox to send a note to our store manager, Chris, regarding pending orders, returns or general questions about Smuttynose or Portsmouth Brewery apparel or collectibles. (Inquiries regarding beer should be addressed to our General Mailbox.) Please note - we can not ship beer directly.

Smuttynose Brewing Co. • 105 Towle Farm Road • Hampton, NH 03842