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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,996
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 214
Gots: 331 | 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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose's flagship IPA shows the classic character of the style, but doesn't relegate its balance to assertive malt presence, but rather adds complexities from soft esters and alcohol complexes instead.

Their "Finest Kind" pours lightly golden and with the signature dry-hopped haze and sediment for more hoppy goodness. It builds a stark- white head that nearly billows to the rim of the glass- showing off its elevated carbonation. As the froth settles into blanketed coat, it laces the glass with decorative random patterns. Its simply a very appetizing IPA, even to the eye.

Hop-heavy on the nose with bold citrus fruits of grapefruit, orange zest, lemons, pineapples, and tropical medley; the beer's perfumy and floral upstart is supported by light caramel malts that provide a juicy, vine-ripened sweetness to the citrus and tropical notes but never try to rival the hop aromas.

And the beer's hop-centric taste is consistent from its aromatics: citrus, tropical fruits, and fresh-cut grass on the early and middle palate leaves behind an ultra resiny pine bitterness to finish. Fruity esters give a sweet alcohol note of rose and spice. Interestingly, these flavors amplifies the sweetness as it seems to smooth out its bitter bite. Again, caramel malts provide firm underpinnings for the hop display but they never get in the way. The beer is simply an exhibition of American hops.

Crisp, clean, and playfully malty up front, the caramelly grains give way soon after the initial taste, allowing the hop character of bitterness, dryness, and bite to carry the beer deep into the finish and aftertaste. It's a true thirst-quencher.

Finest Kind is a quintessential IPA with a complex hop mix, crisp and understated hops, and noticeable esters and alcohols. Consistent and through from nose to finish.

BEERchitect, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Woo, Smuttynose finally comes to Texas.

A: 3.75 - Clear gold color with a modest airy head.
S: 4.5 - Enormous citrusy aroma--gobs of citrus hoppiness.
T: 4.5 - Taste follows the nose. It's good to have an old-fashioned (as in 10-years-ago) IPA that is just grapefruit-citrusy flavor. Malt is present but fairly light. Finish, bracingly dry.
M: 4.25 - Light bodied despite the strength, very quaffable.
O: 4.25 - Very straightforward IPA, but there's a lot of appeal in simple drinkability. I liked this a lot.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 4.30

allengarvin, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/30/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid citrus zest and citrus juice characteristics that are slightly better in the taste to me.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 26, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear golden color with finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is mild. Citric aroma with slight grassy hops. Bready malty taste followed by moderate grassy bitterness with slight citric flavor at the end. Aftertaste may be slightly soapy, but still nice and moderately bitter. Excellent transition from malts to hops.

jngrizzaffi, Monday at 01:30 AM
Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

A: Crystal clear with streaming bubbles. Orange and yellow with a foamy head.

S: Grapefruit and citrus and, of course, hops.

T: Hoppy definitely. Also, grapefruit and butter, orange peel and zest, and some lemony characteristics.

M: Kind of odd for me. It's thin in a way (as in, lacking necessary carb) but also thick. Not bad but could be better.

O: Liked the beer, but doesn't beat a lot of the others for me.

titty_mcbitty, Sunday at 11:39 PM
Photo of TBoneJones
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pint pour: Clear golden-yellow, little visible carbonation, a thick finger of white head settles to leave some nice lacing.
Smells lightly of tropical fruit/ pineapple. Yes, mostly pineapple. Juicy. Not strong smelling, but fantastic.
Taste is the same fruit but with sweet malts. Bitterness is held back so my palate stays reasonably intact. Light syrup, some orange citrus zest. Grain. Earth. Bitterness now creeps in.
Feels great: crisp, medium to well-carbonated, and some pepper.
A terrific ipa. I'm bombarded by the style lately, because there are so many of them, obviously. However this stands out, somehow, from the countless bunch. The bite reminds me of Sculpin. Hard to tell which I prefer as I haven't had the latter in awhile.
Either way, I'm glad this brewery is now distributed to the Lone Star state.

TBoneJones, Sunday at 10:15 PM
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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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