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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 215
Gots: 324 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.6%

RudyMcCrafferty45, Aug 03, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

mparker, Jan 26, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Chucker, May 25, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

soccerfvr123, Sep 27, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -69.5%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -69.5%

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1.25/5  rDev -69.5%

Tamaquadan, Sep 09, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

Jcpilotak, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Brew33
1.68/5  rDev -59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had this beer multiple times and I don't know why I keep doing it to myself. A hazy golden amber pour. The aroma is poor to say the least. Astringent hops, chemicals, smells of hop over-extraction. The flavor is terrible. Extremely bitter. Resinous, biting bitterness, weak malt flavors struggle to make themselves known. Some grapefruit? Pine? Little complexity. A poor attempt at an ipa. Shocked people enjoy this so much.

Edit: I've tried to go back and edit this review as it almost doesn't seem fair to give it an F but I can't change a thing. This beer is awful.

Brew33, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
1.73/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber. Grayish off-white head, some lacing.

S- Not much to smell. Some bready malts, a bit of spicy hop, but I’m being generous. Basically smells like a Coors Light.

T- Bitter moreso than truly hoppy. Very little malt to back up the bite. The aftertaste is so sour it’s patently offensive. Tastes skunked. Not sure if that’s the alcohol I’m tasting, but I hope so.

MF- Medium carbonation. Fairly robust body coats the mouth, which unfortunately lets the flavor linger.

D- Not drinkable. It’s not too heavy, it just tastes like failure. While I wouldn't necessarily call myself a "hop head," I've had and enjoyed hoppier beers than this. This is my review after trying two of these. I realize my review differs greatly from others. Hoping I just got bad six pack.

OMGTheyKilkenny, Jun 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.2%

enginero, Feb 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.2%

Jess37, Jul 30, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.2%

Kyrojack, Oct 18, 2012
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2.15/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I was initially excited buying this beer due to all the enjoyment reviewed by fellow members, however, after I poured the ipa into my tulip and took a wiff and taste i was hihgly disapointed. It smelled similar to a german lager and tasted similar as well, except hoppier and fruitier. I can't explain why--- being the "drink by" date was 04/10. Maybe I just had one of those rare good beers that turned out bad who knows...wouldn't recommend from this tasting, yuck.

220emaple, Jan 11, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

jaybags, Jun 11, 2012
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2.28/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I guess it's all what you are used too. Smuttynose is a great brewery and like all great brewer(ier)s the difference is well...the difference between this and that. If you know what I mean.

This beer is definitely a departure from other IPA's I've had. Heavy pine and citrus, so much so I really cannot detect anything else. This is defiantly a craft beer and it shows, but this is not my style at all. I am trying to be constructive in this analysis, but quite frankly, this beer is annoying me.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 03, 2005
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2.3/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Best by July 2009.

Poured a nice light orange color with a really nice light white head that was well retained and provided nice lacing throughout the drink.

It gave off a nice hoppy aroma with some hints of pine and floral notes.

The beer started with a good hoppy flavor, but the beer finished with an unexpected metallic flavor that stayed with me long after the beer was gone. The aftertaste completely turned me off to the beer. I almost poured it out.

The beer had a medium body, it was smooth, but the drinkability took a huge hit with that bitter metallic aftertaste. I did not enjoy this one as much as expected given the rating. Also, the beer did not taste well with spicy food. Overall, given the rating I may try this beer again, but not for awhile.

PhillyStyle, Mar 09, 2009
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2.3/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a light bodied fluorescent orange in color with a light white head that laced the glass. It smelled of attic must and Tang. It smelled dusty and was overly muted. The hops only gave off a slight citrusy aroma and there was no sweetness. The taste is overly bland too. All I got was light citrusy hops and dust. Booo! This was disappointing because of this beer's reputation. There just wasn't much to it. I ended up pouring out the last half because it wasn't worth drinking.

aasher, Apr 08, 2011
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2.33/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Freshness date of 4/22/13 on this one; poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Deep golden color with a slightly amber hue; solid one finger head takes a while to dissipate, some lacing.

Smell - The nose is very faint, nearly nonexistent. Seriously, what's the deal here? I get some faintly sweet biscuity malts mixed with grassy bitter hops, almost like a weak helles or German pilsner.

Taste - I get some malty sweetness followed by plenty of bitterness but with no hop flavor. This really tastes more and more like a pilsner as I keep drinking it

Mouthfeel - Medium body, sort of fluffy on the tongue. Not bad.

Overall - I'm disappointed for sure, but more than anything I'm confused. This does not taste like an IPA at all. I'm not a hophead, I often find even moderately hopped IPAs to be overbearing, but this has no hint of the citrusy, piney, floral flavors I was expecting.

fmccormi mentioned a four month freshness period for Smuttynose. If this is accurate, then something is definitely wrong with this one. I would not even expect an expired beer to have faded so much.

TheFightingMongooses, Jan 11, 2013
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2.38/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received as an extra from ubufan2112. Bottle marked best before April 2011.

At first pour in my glass the first thing that ran through my mind was, "Man, that's a great looking head!" Fluffy and nearly white it reminds me of cumulus clouds on a bright summer day. Head fades to nothingness quickly and unfortunately enough. Lacing is present but nothing fantastic. Let's see what this highly rated honey-hued bad boy tastes like.

First smell is a let-down. Very biscuity with no discernable hop aroma. A bit of caramel and toffee comes through behind a healthy dollop of beer skunkiness. Light struck? Tastes like it. Resinous pine bitterness permeates the mouth. I like pine in conjunction with other hops but this is overwhelming. Pine needles, grassy bitterness and skunk take centerstage with coriander, orange peel and grapefruit rind notes somewhere way in the back... I think to myself, this can't be how it's supposed to taste... Right?

Mouthfeel seems like it could be smooth enough but pine and bitter hold onto my mouth and astringency grips at my throat. Definitely not a beer that I would want more than one of... Ever... I sure hope this isn't the way the brewer intendedl

seedsofchaos, Jan 22, 2011
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2.38/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had this beer over the years since the original release, and even though it has been drastically inconsistent in both bottle and draft format, I think its time to write this one off as inconsistency has seemed to just become consistent mediocrity in recent years. Light non-descript hop aroma mixes with sulfur. Somewhat astringent bitterness offset by a sweetish malt background that bored. No juicy, citrusy, grapefruit, or pine hop aroma or flavor it once had that made this beer interesting. Bet buy date notched May 2012, so this can't be that old. At $9.50 a six pack not worth the chance that it might actually be good to bother anymore.

Longstaff, Jan 03, 2012
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2.42/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed. Tried a sixer and then a very fresh 12-pack because I thought there must be something wrong with the sixer given an IPA rated this highly. The second batch was the same. So, what's the problem? The hop smell is very subdued, as is the taste. It's a good bitter IPA but without much in the way of aroma or flavor. Maybe I've been converted from this type of IPA by the likes of Flower Power, Sculpin, Racer 5, Hopdevil and a bunch of others.

DudleyRose, Aug 08, 2011
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2.42/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The bottle shows two old men sitting in lawn chairs. By the flavor profile of this, I can only assume that they're unnecessarily bitter.

A: Yeugh. Lots and lots of little floaties. I know they aren't bad for me, but they still make for an ugly beer. Tall, pillowy white seafoam head crowns the top of this hazy honey-colored brew. Lots of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Hops. Grassy, piny and floral. A bit of malt.

T: The grain flavor of this is quickly washed out to sea by the hop flavors (same as nose), and the finish is bitter. If you've ever been to the beach and had a big wave run off with your swim trunks, that's a pretty good analogy. I think.

M: Carbonation is soft and minimal. Smooth and easy to chug. You'll need to because the bitterness gets worse as this beer warms.

O: Eh. I'll admit I'm not much of an IPA guy, and this doesn't do anything to change my mind.

DirtyPenny, Jul 22, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure how this is rated 100. It has a very unbalanced bitterness. It's possible ai got a bad batch? It did improve slightly once poured into a glass versus directly from the bottle. As a lover of big IPA's this one was mildly disappointing.

Mini4x, Sep 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39%

MikeSkaz, Jul 12, 2014
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,973 ratings.