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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,479 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,479
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 262
Gots: 580 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Seanem44
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alextricity
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 7/7/15. Poured 3/2/15 into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. My first from Smuttynose, a brewery that I believe is pretty new to Michigan. I've heard great things about this beer (and the brewery in general), so I picked this up.

Appearance: Pretty traditional IPA color -- a golden orange color with some hop haze. There's a quarter finger of a creamy head on top.

Smell: It smells decidedly like an IPA, but it's not the hoppiest one I've smelled -- there's some good balance in there. What I'm picking up is an aroma hard to describe... I think it may be the yeast, but it's a sort of vetiver aroma on the back end of the smell for me. Overlying that is a nondescript kind of citrus aroma. A lot of people seem to be mentioning grapefruit specifically, but I just get citrus. Of course, I also get a nice caramel and possibly crystal malt aroma as well. Not overwhelmingly hoppy for an IPA.

Taste/feel: Not a palate breaker at all, and actually pretty well balanced. Citrus hops with a trace of spiciness and sweet malt... excellent finish on this one. There's definitely a nice IPA bitterness at the end, but it's not as extreme as some. An actually very easy drinking IPA that has an "I could session this" sort of vibe, even at 7%. That's not to necessarily say it tastes like a "lite" IPA, but it doesn't hit as hard as most IPAs do at 7%. The mouthfeel contributes to that sesnation: this has a pretty high prickling carbonation with maybe a medium body.

Something about this beer is distinctively Finest Kind, to me. That vetiver-ish aroma and slight flavor is something I've not experienced in any other beer. I'm not sure I love that, but it makes it something definitely unique and something I could definitely pick out of a line. Couple that "one of a kind" flavor with its incredible drinkability, and I can see why this beer is loved by so many.

Photo of dictator
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Csikic93
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kmace929
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Risenhower
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matthewwarner
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psweendogg
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pattymac
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptionally aromatic on the nose. Drink is a bit less hoppy than was expected. Great beer!

Photo of epyon396
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is 1.5 months old at this point.

Pours a clear golden orange with a smaller white head.

Comes across citrusy, herbaceous, and floral as far as hops with toasty bready and caramel malt. Already seems passed it's prime compared to other reviews.

Prominent bitterness but a fairly balanced IPA at this point concerning the flavors of hop and malt.

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayden34
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DuBeats
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hammer28
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bret717
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice clear gold with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Pine, resin, citrus, and herbal hops, light cracker malt

Taste: More pine, resin, citrus, and herbal hops with cracker malts. Not too bitter, crisp and refreshing, a very drinkable IPA

Feel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A very good brew, would gladly drink again. Worthy of the name

Photo of esmyth15
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mdfabio18
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zebatar
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My Wife and I took a tour of the new state-of-the-art Smuttynose Brewery on Towle Farm Road in Hampton, New Hampshire on Labor Day this year. I highly recommend you take a tour of their new brewery and sample their fine beers.

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jayray
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sinkinson
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

just damn good, thirst quenching fortitude!

Photo of godawgs
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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