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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,285
Reviews: 1,681
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 235
Gots: 424 | 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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3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrettMRogers
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Appearance 4.0: Pours out a lovely, hazy gold. Opaque. Decent head (1/4") and OK lacing.

Smell 4.0: Excellent bouquet. Big, piney, resins and deep, malty scents. So promising.

Taste 3.5: Front is dry and almost tasteless. Middle is just that: "middle." All the flavor centers in the middle of the palate. Dry here, also with mid-level hop bitterness. No really discernible hop taste at this level other than alkaline bitterness. Finish is very pleasant and features a delicious floral hop taste along with light malt. Still dry at this level. Aftertaste is short and...dry.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Just an OK level of mouthfeel. Conditioning is good for the style, but this brew is a bit watery in the mouth.

Overall 3.5: A good IPA. I honestly became bored with the dryness present in this beer. All throughout the flavor profile...dry, dry, dry. I think it speaks volumes that the brewers at Smuttynose previously released several versions flavored with lemon. There is just not that much going on with this beer, IMHO.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

This is a solid IPA. The flavors are very well integrated; I'm mainly picking up citrusy lemon, pine, and grass with some fruit (maybe pineapple and grapefruit). This is all over a very nice malt back bone. What sets this beer apart from other IPAs is the finish. The finish is so clean and crisp. It's a very nice change up from the usual overly bitter IPAs that linger and leave your mouth really dry. It's actually drinkable; I think I'm gonna have another..This is a classic example of what an IPA should be.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A hazy golden amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, pine, floral notes, some sweet caramel malts, hint of wet grass.

T- Big piney finish with citrus and floral notes along a nice malt backbone and good balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice IPA that is fairly easy to drink and nicely balanced. I really enjoy this beer, worth picking up.

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3.72/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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