Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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

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4,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,756
Reviews: 1,782
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 286
Gots: 760 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 4,756 | Reviews: 1,782
Photo of Dylanfabish
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super solid. Under the radar beer at least here in the Pittsburgh area. Haven't had it in years but glad I picked up a sixer today. Satisfying on every front.

Photo of JDW4195
3.12/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: I hate hoppy beers. So, take it for what it's worth.

Photo of Jeffwise
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definition of a go to... Never disappointing. You will not get a better ipa for the price. And extremely happy to see it in cans now. Hats off again to Smuttynose

Photo of SF_Posse
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lingering after taste on the hops. Ok beer but i expected more.

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Indistinct butter and piney hops. Better than average old school east coast, but doesn't hold up well today.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” cream colored persistent, clingy foam collar.
S: Big bready nose with some citrus and spice.
T: Light biscuit to graham cracker, melon then an assertive, clean bitter finish like a Peychaud’s bitter. Citrus flavors increase as it warms.
F: Very creamy yet also has a bright crispness, refreshing, medium body, medium high carbonation.
O: A very flavorful, refreshing drink all night IPA.

Photo of Beerds
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good smelling and great looking. Taste is alright, not my number one flavor in an IPA. Super smooth going down, almost no aftertaste.

Photo of terence
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good one, a great old-school East Coast IPA styled beer. We just recently starting seeing Smuttynose available in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've been wanted to try this one for awhile and was not disappointed.

Very pleasant flora aroma with medium carbonation. Very good sweet flavors with medium bitterness. Easy drinking beer. This a great one.

Photo of MoMaMe
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good summer beer.

It pours out light amber with a lot of foam that disspates quickly.

It is very citrusy with a nice bitter finish. It's not my favorite IPA, but definitely pleasant and refreshing - perfect for summer.

Photo of josanguapo
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From zombier. In Duvel glass. Playing KB Dark Side. Great aroma. Good bitterness.

Photo of MisterGone
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Of course a San Diego native is going to come into this beer with some bias. But I did my best to be open minded. And it paid off. 12oz (2 to be sure) into a tulip. Deep golden color with a nice white head. Aroma of tropical with no real hint of malt in the nose, which was interesting since the take on NE brews is "balance." The flavor pretty well let go of the tropical in favor of some juicy citrus. Beautiful grapefruit that was present and tasty but not overpowering. Nice little biscuity malt across the palate with a sharp little blast of dry bitterness in the finish. Pretty light bodies which can make for a dangerous easy drinker. Top shelf IPA for sure.

Photo of southingtonsean75
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fell flat of expectation this time

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Feels like a double IPA! Orange notes, lots of malt balancing hop profile. Would buy again but I only found singles out here californi- way. Guess I'll buy the singles

Photo of FFreak
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 'best by 10/18/15', purchased a single from the Dam Store, poured into a tall tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden-apricot with a half-finger of creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves a ton of lace. Aroma is citrus and melon combined with just a tinge of herbs. The taste is also mostly citrus and melon with a really nice balance of malty sweetness and soft bitterness. The mouth feel was exceptional, with a delicious creaminess on top of a medium body and somewhat low carbonation. Overall, I'm very pleasantly surprised by this IPA. I may have to add it to my everyday IPA list.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A disappointment from a brewer I enjoy. Shoals is one of my favorite all-time, so had lofty expectations for this one. Looks pretty good - slight orange/amber. Aroma is okay, with some good pine and citrus on top of a slight malt. Flavor starts with a punch of bitter pine/chemical, and fades to a biting dryness in the back of the throat. No malt balance. I'll revisit this on tap some time to confirm it's not good.

Photo of soccrgump
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am anything but a hop head, but I found this beer to be very enjoyable. Appearance: poured a dark straw color; mine had a small head, but it lingered. Smell: intense pineapple, grapefruit. Taste: started with the mild hop upfront but ended with a bitter punch. Lots of pineapple flavor, perhaps a little apple. Mouth feel: medium body, coats the tongue with lots of hop bitterness which lingers well after the swallow. Overall: any IPA that I can tolerate, is great in my book!

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

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of 09/25/2015. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pale copper with a faint haze and 1 finger of head

Smell: Earthy hop aromas with citrus zest undertones

Taste: Bitterness is up front with pine and some bread malt in the end

Mouthfeel: Fully body and slight stickiness in the finish

Overall: A great IPA with a flavor profile that I think modern IPAs are going away from. This is for the hop heads craving bitterness. I appreciate how "clean" the bitterness without too many different flavors clouding it up. Reminds me of why I got into IPAs to begin with.

Photo of Flyboy24
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be my favorite IPA of all. Very smooth, great taste, excellent beer.

Photo of ordybill
4.96/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Hops, Malt & Citrus; need I say more
Appearance- A very inviting clean gold color with a small white head
Taste- Big citrus flavor well meshed with hops, excellent.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation
Overall- An outstanding IPA

Photo of MacQ67
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden and clear. Pours with a finger of light foamy head. Crisp, clean, forward flavor with an intense piny/grapefruit pithiness from the hops. Lingering finish.

Photo of Fuori_fuoco
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange pale colour. Pours a very thick foam. Smells citrusy and piney hops. Tastes like paradise, hoppy but balanced it feels crispy and smooth. Can have more and more of it. My go to IPA on the east coast.

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle drink by date 6-2-2015.
Poured into snifter.
A: Wow, body is super clear liquid gold, +1 finger white foam head, carbonation
S: citrus fruits, pineapple, malt, boozy as it warms
M: medium body, wet finish as it coats the tongue
T: grapefruit rind, citrus, pine resin, cracker, earthy hop bitterness towards the finish
O:hop heads will enjoy, very nice balance of super hop and mild malt, great buy

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by: 10.14.15. Drank 5.24.15. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a mason jar

A: Pours a murky orange pineapple color with a finger of thick white foam. A few floating particulates, next to zero visible carbonation. Looks very much the part of a flavorful east coast IPA.

S: Pine, Malt, Grapefruit, Pineapple. Relatively straightforward, and that is not a slight.

T: Floral hops with a piney tacky bitterness that last from beginning to end. A little bit of caramel malt and citrus tart shining halfway through each sip.

M: Medium body, crisp, refreshing, and with a subtle drying effect.

O: Possibly one of the best perpetually available, at reasonable cost, east coast IPAs out there. For whatever reason, I shied away from Smuttynose for my first few years in NY, and now I am wondering where the hell that came from. Some hop snobs might think they are above this beer, but pay to mind to them, this is a quality everymans IPA.

Photo of treeslothguy
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad American ipa very piney and grassy with a big malty backbone. I prefer west coast ipas.

Photo of plhkstom
4.98/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Good, very good, so good. I'm getting more

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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