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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,467 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3467
Reviews: 1624
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%


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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OStrungT

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head with a slight yellow tint. The head fades very slowly, leaving massive lace.

This beer smells of citrus and floral hops mostly. A little pine mixes in too. The aroma is pretty mild.

This beer tastes like it smells, but the flavor is a bit more pronounced. Floral and grapefruit hop flavors. A slight malty sweet flavor is present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. Carnonation is good for the style. It leaves a floral aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low enough in alcohol to make it easy to have a few, and the flavor is not overly aggressive.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. It isnt as hoppy as I like, but I grew up on beer from San Diego. Thanks to inlimbo77 for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 21:51:29 | More by OStrungT
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Picked this one up on special and wanted to give it a try. I had not previously like the two Smuttynose beers I had as much as others but figured I would give them another go. Disappointment! Excellent looking beer but no IPA pop in the smell or in the taste. More bitter without the IPA flavor bang. Wondering if I got some stale beer and that is why it was on special. Hope to try this again in future to test theory.

Went and checked the date and it is not old. Bummer, just did not like this one. May not buy again after all.

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A) Pours with a two finger head. Slowly settles leaving a big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. Hazy bronze colored body with visible sediment.
S) Citrus and pine. Not overly aromatic
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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