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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,774 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,774
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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dmsohyea

California

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy jdmcel, thanks!

Bottle dated best by October 2011, so it looks like this one's fresh. Served in an AleSmith IPA style glass.

A - Murky orange with one finger pearl white head. A few wisps of lace and good head retention.

S - A little orange and pine on the nose, but there is an overwhelming skunky aspect that really detracts for me. Some sweet malts can be detected under the rest of the notes, but this one is all hops and skunk (maybe the hops are skunky?).

T - Starts off with light citrus flavors, and then hits with a wallop of bitterness and grapefruit. Catching a few undesirable yeast flavors, but they are overwhelmed by the bitterness. Luckily almost none of the skunky smell makes it to the palate, except just a few lingering flavors in the after taste. Not a lot of malt here, but the underlying sweetness is noticeable. Leaves a bitter grapefruit taste in your mouth for quite a while. Alcohol is masked decently, but still detectable as it might be in a bigger beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good with a nice creamy texture and an extremely dry finish. Carbonation is a little below average, but doesn't detract from the brew.

O - A solid east coast IPA that I would love to try on tap some day. I'm hoping the tap would make it smell better...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:11:56 | More by dmsohyea
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,774 ratings.