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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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3,843 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,843
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 207
Gots: 284 | 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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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

04-12-2014 18:00:44 | More by jim_carignan
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

This came in my Easter gift basket from my mother-in-law today and it was a definant treat,pours a nice golden color with some orange tint with light but pretty sticky head.Nice balanced aroma I picked up a big hoppy grassy aroma right off the bat but a real nice lingering biscuity aroma came thru as the beer settled.An IPA with a malt backbone what a concept!A big zesty herbal flavor hit right away but settles nicely with a slightly sweet malt attack in the finish.One of the better IPA's I have had in quite some time.

04-12-2004 01:27:36 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev 0%

Appearance – This one is extremely hazy orange in color with a good, full head.

Smell – The big, floral notes lead off this hop parade. They are followed by some good pine resin that reminds me of our PacNW IPAs.

Taste – The hops come out to dominate which, again, reminds me of the PacNW-version of IPA. This one is very complex at the taste. All of the wonderful grapefruit, pine, and citrus notes play perfectly well together.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is dry to the bone so, beware, gulps will come in bunches when drinking this guy.

Drinkability – This is a solid example of the wonderful diversity that we can find in East Coast IPAs. This hop bomb is definitely worth a look.

09-27-2004 21:01:01 | More by RoyalT
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a halfway hazy golden color with some bright yellow and faint copper-orange highlights. Lots of huge chunks of unadulterated sediment float around the class and kind of hang in suspension without much movement at all. The head is thick and fluffy, almost brilliant white, leaving generous amounts of chunky lacing in its path. The nose comes out swinging with a floral and fragrant hop aroma; flowery, wet, and abrasive - you can almost smell the bitterness. Heavy lemon zest and apple skins, and I'm actually getting a touch of wheat - strange, because I'm fairly sure this beer has absolutely no wheat in it. Might be something from the pale malts.

Smuttynose IPA rolls along the palate with a medium body, somewhat slick and wet. The first thing you notice is the extroverted bitterness that hits hard, beginning, middle, and end. It's like the watchdog of the flavor profile - no matter what you taste, that heavy floral bitterness it gonna be there, too. Very perfume-like on the palate, mostly floral and flowery. On the fruity side of things, you get some intensely sharp and bittersweet grapefruit pith, which is more on the bitter side than the sweet side. The flavor warms up and gets more zesty with time - the pine needles and resin start to come out and the hop profile is evolving right in front of you. Despite the resin that comes into play, it never tastes or feels heavy on the hop oil - interesting. Some slight orange zest flavors hit on the tail end, finishing with an earthy, vaguely peppery, floral hop bitterness. High carbonation shows no mercy on your tongue, either.

What a damn good IPA. It's not the MOST bitter thing I've had, but the bitterness is unique and it remains strong for the entire duration of the brew. Nice light citrus to back it up, too. Pale malts? Yeah, maybe. But who needs 'em? This is a nice IPA for the bitter loving freaks out there.

01-17-2013 03:22:19 | More by tectactoe
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

This IPA is dry-hopped and unfiltered. The lees (sediment) that form on the bottom of the bottle are a natural part of this fine ale. 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 65 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. I think you'll be quite pleased. ABV 6.9%

08-02-2009 01:16:45 | More by ExtraStout
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Zakk

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-14-2012 01:59:49 | More by Zakk
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

12 oz bottle received in the Virgin BIF.

A-Cloudy, golden straw color. Looks interesting.
S-Great piney, citrus smell coming through. Very clean smell
T-Mild sweet malt, citrus, and some earthiness hit the tongue first and then ends fairly clean but bitter on the end. Almost astringent and very drying on the end.
M-Medium body with low carbonation
D-Could put a few down, but alittle too drying on the end to keep drinking these

06-04-2008 15:37:35 | More by hopsleeroy
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Presentation- Smuttynose IPA "India Pale Ale".
"Finestkind" on main label with some old fellows who seem to be pretty damn happy on their lounge chairs drinking some beer. Off- centered top label shows a seal with brewing name under.

A- Pours a massive bubbly one and a half inch head that stayed around for quite awhile. Pale orange color with a heavy hue of floating mass. Excellent unfiltered bright ambience in the light. Leaves decent lacing on the top of the glass. Mild foamy head remains like ice on water. Very inviting.

S- Fresh grassy hop presence is well noted upfront with a light dose of malts and alcohol and also a factor in the scent. Hops are the predominate smell.

T-M- Taste is pretty good with a quick flash of hop bitterness that leaves a lasting effect on the tongue. Bittersweet backbone of malts and alcohol warmth... still hops are the massive flavor maker. Fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and citrus flavors are excellent in this brew. Nice mouthfeel for quite a bitter beer. Astringent on the tongue, lasting bitterness and mild carbonation.

D- I think this been the best drinkable ipa i've had yet. Excellent it is offered on tap behind where I work at Tap's bar and grill.
SWEET. Bro approved.

09-19-2009 01:21:03 | More by wesbrownyeah
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%

08-19-2014 01:18:10 | More by GameOfBeers
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-18-2013 22:35:54 | More by woodchipper
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SanFranJake

California

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Enjoyed yesterday from bottle to glass, obtained via trade (yet another awesome extra) from @totalbangover.
The last few months I've been on a big double an triple IPA kick and as such, haven't been buying many single IPAs and once I cracked and poured this fine beer, I was a happy camper.
If you were to take a picture of what a great IPA were to look like in a glass, this would be it: perfect golden/orangish hue with a finger+ of nice creamy white foam.
If you were to try to describe what a highly rated single IPA were to taste like...ding ding ding. Hops, some fruit and lots of goodness. The nose too was fantastic.
Yet another beer that I can't get in my area, hell, my state, that I wish I could. Nothing that people create threads about but one that, as the label illustrates, I could see sitting on the porch or deck with a buddy enjoying a sixer of and mug like the company, enjoying every last minute of.
VERY SOLID IPA. A fridge staple.

04-14-2014 13:29:15 | More by SanFranJake
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-19-2013 16:24:26 | More by SkiBum22
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wrycon

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Deep orangish-gold in color. Smells absolutely wonderful. Tropical fruit and some true, deep citrus notes. Wow, this is quite good. Initial taste is thick and sweet. You expect bitter, but it doesn't happen. Then the flavor churns into deeper citrus hop notes and then the bitterness slowly materializes but is only around to offset the heavy sweetness. Despite the bitterness coming on late, it surprisingly dissipates quickly to leave a semi-clean / semi-robust hoppy mouthfeel. This is a very good and drinkable IPA.

Like It? How Could I Not?

11-07-2011 03:38:51 | More by wrycon
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Wonderful unfiltered deep orange/copper color with visible sediment. Excellent!

Smell: Strong hop aroma with hints of citrus. Very floral. I loved the smell right out of the bottle once poured.

Taste: Crisp grapefruity/citrusy flavor with a lingering hop aftertaste. Bitter aftertaste was a bit stronger than I would have liked. I didn't find it to be very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Clean & smooth while just slightly cloying due to the bitterness. Again, more balance was expected.

Drinkability: Enjoyable beer for sipping, but is a bit bitter for me for more than one or two.

Overall: I found this to be a very good IPA, but a bit more bitter than I was anticipating for a single IPA. I think I would like it more paired with the right food, i.e. something spicy perhaps? to balance the flavor a bit. I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy IPA's.

03-14-2006 15:05:43 | More by JMD71
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-20-2013 23:37:55 | More by SuomiHobbit
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +8%

This one pours a beautiful golden opaque orange with a nice 1" head. Looks like I want my IPA to look in my glass...the beautiful color begs me to take that first sip. The smell is dominated by hops. Notes of orange and grapefruit hit my nose as well as a underlying floral scent. It just smells good...I'm a bit stuffed up, but the hops still push through.

The first sip is quite nice. The hops dominate but there is a nice underlying caramel malt flavor as well. The citrusy hops are tasty and the biterness is nearly perfect. A nice, well balanced IPA. I just wish I could find Smuttynose brews in IL!

The mouthfeel is good....smooth and not too bubbly. The body is just right. Drinkability on this one is good...totally a session brew here. I would drink it more often if I could get my hands on it. A damn fine IPA I'd suggest to anyone. Thanks to blitheringidiot for hooking me up with this one.

10-01-2004 02:28:02 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Pale orange color, lighter than most IPAs. Small white head left only a later of bubbles. Coating of lacing on the glass. Clear body with lots of floaties.

Very nice aroma. Lots of grassy hops, with some pine. Hints of floral and citrus. Light clean malt underneath. Taste is grassy and earthy hops. Lingering bitterness. Light clean malt flavor underneath again. Not overly strong in my opinion but good.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. Good drinkability. Not as sweet as many other IPAs so this one goes down a bit slower. A good drinker. Another good east coast IPA that has many similar flavor characteristics to Hop Wallop and Nugget Nectar.

02-25-2006 03:13:28 | More by blitz134
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sabitu

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-02-2014 02:41:19 | More by sabitu
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supa0525

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

07-27-2013 13:43:14 | More by supa0525
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SmellTheGluv


4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-27-2014 00:34:35 | More by SmellTheGluv
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-13-2012 05:26:00 | More by danthehopslamman
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

07-06-2014 13:41:41 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

A solid IPA. Golden color, nice medium head. Floral aroma, a little citrus in there also. Tasted initially sweet, then the nice hop sharpness kicked in. Pretty assertive beer. A beer to drink a few of, as long as you're sticking to IPAs. I liked this almost as much as Smutty's Big A IPA.

08-29-2006 11:43:53 | More by lordofthewiens
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andrewsporter

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Loved this beer. One of the best things was how well the smell portrayed just how hoppy and fruity it was. Not as fruity as you'd imagine though; well balanced. Unfiltered; I'm not a huge fan of the hops particles floating around but skillful dry hopping is likely what distinguishes this beer. After having just one of these it's honestly up there as one of my favorite AIPAs but I'm not hard to please. Masala Mama, Two Hearted, Founders. God I'm cliche.

03-17-2011 01:17:02 | More by andrewsporter
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gregmoscetti

California

4.43/5  rDev +8%

I have drank a lot of these bad boys. Whenever i go home to the east coast i end up consuming at least two 6's (what with all of the "welcome back" festivities)

The Smutty nose IPA is probably my favorite session IPA. From the time you pour it into your pint glass, you can smell the crisp hops. It is relatively light bodied while being just boozy enough to keep a party buzz without slowing you down.

It is exceptionally balanced, has a pleasant mouth feel and a drinkability that only few IPA's manage to sustain after your 3rd.

hazah, smutty. hazah.

05-10-2009 23:07:16 | More by gregmoscetti
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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