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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

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3,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 3463
Reviews: 1624
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%

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 JeleReviews

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is an amazing looking beer. Poured into a SweetWater pint glass. A gorgeous golden color is what first caught my attention. Half a thumb of suddy head. Soapy lacing.

S: Floral and earthy.

T: A light IPA. A great entry level IPA.

M: Light carbonation. It went well with the earthy taste of the IPA. Dry and light.

O: A great beginner IPA for anyone. Has much more bite than an apa bit still very manageable.

Serving type: growler

04-21-2012 23:25:39 | More by JeleReviews
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's Downtown Columbia, SC.

A: Nice golden color with an orange tint, slightly hazy. Fluffy, single-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S: Very mild scent of citrus hops. Kind of disappointing.

T&M: Medium bodied. Tastier than the smell. Well-balanced citrus and pine hops with a slightly sweet, chewy malt. Some mild bitterness on the semi-dry fade.

Very drinkable, but not as good as the average would state if you want an IPA that WOWS you.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2010 17:56:14 | More by cdizinno
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After going through a bunch of possibly old bottles (why bother having the dating chart on the side if you're not going to actually notch out the date?), I was pleased to be able to get my hands on a growler so I could be assured of freshness. While this certainly tastes fresher, I'm still not sure what all the fuss is about.

A nice level of piney bitterness is somewhat overshadowed by a lingering sharp metallic flavor. It finishes oddly clean. Could really use a dose of resiny hop flavor and texture. On the positive side, the appearance is nice (see-thru copperish amber, fluffy off-white head, good lacing), and it's not overly malty like many of its east coast brethren. Bready and a bit chewy mid-swallow, but not too sweet.

Overall impression: Decent but forgettable. I'll give Big A a shot, but I'm done with Finest Kind.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2010 20:42:22 | More by PDXHops
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler fill from a firkin, purchased at Big Z berverage in Huntington, NY (Smuttynose Tasting-6/7/08).

L - slightly hazy, yellow/orange color with a white head that left good lacing.

S - delicious pine and citrus hop aromas.

T - bitterness is strong and consistant throughout. I love it!

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a good drinking brew anytime.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2008 02:20:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a shiny copper color into a pint glass. White two finger fluffy head with sticky lacing that clung to the glass a lot.

S - Strong smell of fresh floral citrus hops, with hints of pepper and clove.

T - Strong hops hit you immediately, followed by faint, very faint malt back. Nice citrus hop taste dominates throughout, an absolute, on the nose, take on an AIPA!

M - Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated due to the growler.

D - Highly drinkable, I look forward to more of these as the weather gets a little warmer! Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2008 15:29:30 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of neurobot01


3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best before 5/14/14. Smells quite nice—sweet and clean. Taste is a little hard to place, but I think it's white grape juice; also a little dry white wine, along with a very grassy flavor. Some sweetness, but strong bitterness. Nice aftertaste, maybe some wood notes (cherry or cedar?) after the bitterness fades a bit. Mouthfeel is a little over-carbonated. Seems like a well-made IPA, just not my favorite flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 02:52:30 | More by neurobot01
Photo of JamieDuncan


3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on special and wanted to give it a try. I had not previously like the two Smuttynose beers I had as much as others but figured I would give them another go. Disappointment! Excellent looking beer but no IPA pop in the smell or in the taste. More bitter without the IPA flavor bang. Wondering if I got some stale beer and that is why it was on special. Hope to try this again in future to test theory.

Went and checked the date and it is not old. Bummer, just did not like this one. May not buy again after all.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:45:11 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of u2carew


4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head. Slowly settles leaving a big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. Hazy bronze colored body with visible sediment.
S) Citrus and pine. Not overly aromatic
T) Caramel sweetness. Citrus hop zing. Well balanced. Lingering hop bite in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Medium body.
O) A well crafted IPA. Drinkable. Not too ridiculous on the hops. Well balanced. I'd definitely drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:05:29 | More by u2carew
Photo of mediumtommy

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Really good IPA. Not overly hopped, but there is still a lot of happiness there. The hops add more bitterness than flavor but not an unpleasant or overwhelming bitterness. There is definitely still flavor there as well. It leaves a very pleasant and subtle after taste. Definitely an enjoyable IPA that is not harsh at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 16:30:18 | More by mediumtommy
Photo of SanFranJake


4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 13:29:15 | More by SanFranJake
Photo of delta490


3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 7/14 on bottle. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a big creamy white head. Nice lacing left on the glass but only moderate retention. Aroma is more an undefined sweet, but there are some nice citrus hops notes initially that sort of faded away. The taste isn't bad, but it seems to be lacking from what it claims to be. Again with the nondescript sweetness and some earthy hops. There's a decent weight to the body. I was expecting more

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 20:36:38 | More by delta490
Photo of pkalix


4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

unfiltered.... geez, I wish I had known. I stored it on its side....
hazy, darker golden, some head on top. sides are plenty soapy.
smell is of adjunct stuff; i'm really surprised.... i'm getting corn, slight hop, but sweetness like in a commercial brew.
taste is . . . . like a commercial brew but a little better. smooth and easy to drink (which is very important!) but completely unexpected. some almost pilsner bitterness here and . . . . corn. again(?).
bought it online so it may just be the travel and not being kept chilled? but i'm not getting what others have remarked about it, but it's a very decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:49:31 | More by pkalix
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08/10/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Earthy, musty hop fume with some sweet malt backing it. Tiny note of citrus and a bit of booze.

T- Grassy hop taste followed by a shot of bitterness. Actually more bitterness than actual hop flavor. Malt comes through just enough to make the drink enjoyable with its slightly biscuity sweetness.

M- Sharp from the hops plus a moderate tinge of alcohol with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Pretty good and drinkable for the ABV but it's still lacking character and goes down as more of a run-of-the-mill IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:20:00 | More by Immortale25
Photo of micromaniac129


3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

You don't see this one much in sepa area so I grabbed one up.
Boy was I disappointed. With a B/B date of 7/14/14 this beer should be reasonably fresh.
Pours with a lackluster effort and only after vigorously topping it off did i get a head atop this amber brew.
The aroma was lightly medicinal.
The taste was absent of both malts and hops and replaced with dry and bitingly biter which of course flowed coursely over the palate.
Not much to like here in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 11:53:35 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip. Big white head with excellent lacing and retention. Beer itself was a cloudy medium brown, with a surprising amount of suspended particulate, settles nicely though.

S - a tart fruit aroma, apple, citrus, quite lemony and grassy, bready malts are noticeable. Peach, pine. Feel like some of the hops have started to fade out of the aroma, fair bit of malt character, also the resins, pine, and grapefruit loom large.

T - smooth earthy hop bitterness, tart lemon rind and lots of tropical grapefruit, apple, hay and notes of lychee, with a bit of a barnyardy tartness. Get a fruit forward start then some woody and earthy notes emerge. Long finish with lots of orange. Smooth feel with fruity and earthy hops, balance is excellent all round and it goes a little different route than most A IPAs but the finish is all bitter.

M - really nice smooth carbonation, moderate body with a zip of astringent bitterness. Sessionable body with a dry hoppy and mineral finish. Light start, with a caramelly sweetness, then the hoppy complexity comes in. Killer smoothness even with the aggressive hopping, lovely. Bitter finish and dry.

An enjoyable IPA that blends American and British influences, more earthy and malt character than typical, meshed with lots of bitterness. Complexity on the palate is really inspiring, quite tasty and exceeded my expectations going in. Definitely worth a try, really solid IPA from Smutty, good heft and flavour, balance is on point. Amarillo hops worked well. Bitterness is strong, but different hop profile make this quite exciting. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:54:14 | More by mick303
Photo of GeoJ


5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't possibly add anything to all the spot-on great reviews here, other than to say this is without question my favorite IPA ... no ... my favorite BEER in the world.

I never, ever get tired of it. In the ever-growing world of IPA's, "Finest Kind" is a singular experience, and it is the benchmark for all others, in my humble opinion.

Thanks, Smuttynose!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:52:18 | More by GeoJ
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Well, certainly the freshest IPA I've ever had out of a bottle. Drink by date is July 2014. Having said that, I think this is a rather pedestrian attempt at a bigger, bolder IPA. I know, I'm finally unlocking my inner pretentiousness! Not a bad beer, not at all, but not as world classy as portrayed. A good session IPA, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 05:09:45 | More by Johnny_Muir
Photo of Jay_Ulreich


3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard tons of good things about this beer, so when I finally saw it, I had to get it. Looks like your standard IPA, clear and golden, I was actually expecting sediment, due to reviews and what it says on the box, but its clear as day. Smell is a bit lacking, hops are there but not what Id call the "finest kind". Mouthfeel is great, just what I look for and expect in a beer. Taste... hmm I have to taste it over and over again. Something is lacking here. It is crazy bitter, like the white part of a grapefruit. I think they must have done all their hopping at the beginning of the boil, its like they forgot the other additions. Its solid, and I like it. Will I buy it again? probably not.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 02:01:15 | More by Jay_Ulreich
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 4/03/14

A: cloudy light orange with a fair amount of sediment. Off white head with tons of lacing and great retention.

S: BIscuit scents and carme. Some light citrus.

T: Piney bitter hops with carmel malts

M: Medium mouthfeel kind of syrupy. Some astringency

O: Its an alright IPA nothing I would jump through hoops for.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 07:02:28 | More by watermelon
Photo of SupaCelt


4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: best by 6/23/14. The pour reveals a lovely honey coloured ale with a nice finger of chunky head. Lace peninsulas are strewn about the drinking vessel. Sparse carbonation is noted. Ever so slightly chill hazed it is, yet free of debris and quite lovely in its near clarity.

The nose has earthy hop characters and a toasty breadiness. Far less than pungent and not what would be described as a bouquet. The grain character shines through equally before the hops blossom across the palate revealing a fine balance. Fall leaves and roots and grain are the only thoughts that come forth as descriptors.

The taste is very enjoyable. Very balanced and mild with a moderate dryness following a clean and well ordered sweetness. There is nothing rambunctious here and it strikes the palate as earthy and crisp and refreshing. Dangerously drinkable as several in the reefer would find themselves an endangered species in nary one full revolution of the clock's minute hand. The drinkability is fantastic urging repeated pulls from the vessel.

Overall, this one is a welcome addition to the reviewer here in Michigan. Following a self imposed hiatus from the imbibing craft brews, sheer delight rose up within him when he found it was at long last available upon the shelf at his favorite bottle peddler. Alas, this is an exciting prospect upon his return and shall find a place in the cooling unit with regularity. Make MINE a Smutty! Cheerios to Smuttynose!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:58:43 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

This is a very good beer that does not go over the top to do it right. Love the label on the bottle. 4.25

A – Pours a pale orange, fairly clear (just before I poured the dregs from the bottle). A one-finger off-white head. Good show in glass during an aggressive pour. 3.75

S – Slight fruity – orange and grapefruit. 3.75

T – Not a high bitter hop bomb IPA, but neither is it heavy on the malt. Balanced hoppiness, some resinous bitterness, faintly sweet. 4.25

MF - Smooth but very bright in the mouth. Medium-light body, dry finish with no lasting bitterness. 4.75

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:59:00 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of JohnParadee


3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange pour into a chilled pint glass. Nice thick head which slowly dissipates. Good lacing throughout. Lots of cloudiness from floaters. On the nose, pineapple/orange/apricot scents, coupled with dank earthy herbal tone. On the palate, lots of fruit up front, as well as a hint of caramel/toffee, but then a bitter herbal piney/grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel was average, with strong carbonation. Overall, good but not great. Frankly, I was a little disappointed. Will give it another try soon, as palate fatigue may have compromised my senses. Will reach for it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:25:31 | More by JohnParadee
Photo of TreyIsWilson


3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange with two-finger white head. Heavy amount of lacing.

S - Some bready malts and sweet tropical fruits (mango & pineapple).

T - Lots of grapefruit and orange right upfront. Bready malts follow the citrus. Finish is very piney with some lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Good creamy mouthfeel.

O - A decent IPA that hopheads will definetly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:34:35 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Best by 5/07/14, whatever that means. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear pale color with a finger of off white head. Very good retention, and a few streaks of lacing.

S: Lots of pale malt. Honestly, that’s about all that’s present. Like a non-hoppy pale ale.

T: Again, heavy on the pale malt, with a light-to-moderate bitterness on a long finish. Clean tasting, but no hops are evident.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Overall, this tastes like they forgot the hops. Basically a non-hoppy pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 22:27:06 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of hopsputin


3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this one is a little past its best buy, but for some reason i bought it without checking, so i'm gonna review it because i'm stubborn

a: burnt hazy orange caramel with TONS of floaters in here..tons. 2 finger really frothy head that fades down to about 1 but leaves the glass coated

s: pineapple, ripe mango, apricot, and some dank herbal bitterness. toffee, and actually a hint of something almost bready. very sweet smelling though, lots of ripe tropical fruit

t: ripe mango, pineapple, passionfruit - you're hit with an initial sweetness from them along with some light toffee. then it fades to a pretty strong bitterness coming from a mixture of mostly pine, and slight grapefruit

m: fuller side of light, with heavy carbonation

o: hard for me to give an overall here, as this bottle is a little old (why are you still reading this!?). the bitterness has held up nicely, but i feel like its lost some of the juice from the tropical fruits. still enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:21:12 | More by hopsputin
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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