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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,750 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,750
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 206
Gots: 248 | 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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.9% ABV, best by 08/19/14 (brewed in Feb maybe?). Probably 3 months old.

A: Clear amber pour with a tall, frothy, off-white head (light tan I guess). Great head retention and nice chunky lacing.

S: Very floral. Loads of grapefruit. Flowers really stand out though, similar to lavender. Light hint of metallic skunkiness, oddly enough.

T: Again, heavy floral hops with lots of bitter grapefruit to back it up. Bitter, bitter grapefruit. Decent bready malt, almost a little toasty at points. Heavily bitter aftertaste with more floral characteristics. Very dry finish. No skunkiness, I think I just got a little metallic whiff in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, dry and bitter.

O: Interesting IPA. Lots of floral and citrusy characteristics. Floral element can't be overstated, at points it's like eating bitter lavender soap. Big west-coast style in-your-face hop character with minimal hop presence. Tasty and quite decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 02:29:09 | More by Dope
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A- Hazy orange, light caramel.

S- Citrus, most notably grapefruit, orange, lemon, some floral notes as well.

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O- I was expecting more after reading the reviews on the website. Not the worst I've had but definitely not the best, which is rather disappointing considering that Smuttynose puts out some very good beers. The finish is what turned me off the most about this, it was quite acerbic and piney and it just did not do it for me. I would recommend it though, but it's just not my taste.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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