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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,770 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,770
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 203
Gots: 260 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
You could say, then, that Smuttynose IPA is a physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as we bottle it unfiltered. At 75 IBU's, this is definitely not a training-wheels IPA, but is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way that's not easy to find. We think they’ll be quite pleased.

75 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004)
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Dantes

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 oz. crowned, brown bottle. Great label depicting two redneck versions of Bartles & Jaymes! No ABV information, but the month scale is notched at May.

Cost: $6.99 at Bottle King

Presentation: Shaker pint at ~45º

Appearance: This is almost as appealing to look at as the Big A IPA. Although not quite as dark, it has a rich, toffee-ish brown tint to it and is cloudy. However, I couldn’t detect the fine brown flakes present in the Big A bomber (perhaps because that is bottle-conditioned). It also generated a nice, bone-colored head with a lot of body and staying power.

Smell: Less aggressive than the Big A,with a lot more finesse. There was still a citrusy element, but it also possessed a fresh, piney, grassy aroma that made improved this in my opinion.

Taste: This really stepped up where the Big A sort of let me down. It had a nice fruitiness that leavens the still strong hoppiness. Also, the lower alcohol level makes this a great taste experience. It avoids any medicinal characteristics but still finishes strongly, with a good deal of flavor and a hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel: Smutty excels at this aspect of brewing. Both bottle-conditioned and regular bottlings exhibit very smooth carbonation and very nice body. This is no exception. The malty balance helps this out as well. Overall, it provides a creamy, luxurious experience. Definitely drinks heftier than it is.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable like most Smutty beers. Moves high up on my chart of highly drinkable IPA’s, in the tier with Two Hearted, Cascazilla, and Alpha King.

Backwash: I’m glad this this put Smutty back on track for me. I was a bit worried after the Big A IPA, which disappointed me; but this restored my faith. I also had a chance to try some on draught this weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find that the bottles were pretty much as good. Find some anyway you can get it!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 18:33:27 | More by Dantes
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,770 ratings.