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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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

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3,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,870
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 210
Gots: 289 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-27-2014 23:03:41 | More by Meb3
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-27-2014 02:06:24 | More by twenteone
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-26-2014 22:49:49 | More by petewheeler
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

The head on "finest kind" was two fingers full of frothy amazingness, with great lacing. Appearance...well even with a super slow pour I couldn't keep sediment out of the pour, and alot of it (even after setting for two days??), I'm fine with it but I'm sure it could put off some. Amber in color and hazy in appearance. The taste took me a while to get a grip on. On first taste it seemed to be way overpowered by piney hops with no forgiveness. After the first half it really smoothed over and the malts came to life and it came to life. The second one I poured and let mellow in the glass for a bit longer and that made this beer the Finest Kind of IPA.

08-26-2014 21:48:25 | More by baldwinfamilyfarm
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

08-26-2014 20:40:02 | More by CarlosRuizsChauffeur
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-26-2014 03:49:37 | More by WadeBridgman
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-26-2014 02:56:31 | More by ctwybeerguy
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5/5  rDev +22%

Another local offering for me. Smuttynose of Hampton, NH has always been a winner for me. And the Finestkind IPA is one of their best.

A: A wonderful, hazy orange/amber color with a nice white rocky head that leaves a huge, sticky lace.

S: Citrusy, citrusy, citrusy! A nice prelude of whats to come!

T: A wonderful grapefruity flavor, that is tangy and bitter, with a nice hop bite, and keeps away from the sweet side.

M: A great bitter bite, that takes command. A medium body, with perfect carbonation.

D: Lets you know right away that it's in command, and bites your tongue in such a perfect way, and gives off a little warmth from its 6.90% abv. The excitement stays on your tongue and causes it to beg for more. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Finestkind IPA delivers great taste, and a great IPA experience. Highly recommended for IPA lovers.

08-25-2014 23:45:41 | More by TonyC
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-25-2014 22:21:38 | More by RichH55
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-25-2014 22:18:45 | More by blatantlocalism
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-25-2014 21:14:14 | More by raycoll
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-25-2014 15:13:49 | More by mattday25
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

08-24-2014 16:49:32 | More by Piels25
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

08-24-2014 16:37:06 | More by Nichols33
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United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

A 355ml bottle; BB Feb 2015. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Bring on the hops!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy orange-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a smallish head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity, resinous hops with hints of pine, grapefruit, mild peel, citrus, subtle grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A whiff of booze in the background.

T: Tastes of intensely aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, grass/hay, subtle spice, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a twinge of alcohol in the background. A strident, palate-stripping bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the tongue. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine/citrus peel, yeast and faint caramel.

O: Very tasty - a classic American IPA. Looks alright, though a more persistent head would have been nice. The aroma and flavour are seriously hoppy, with plenty of pine and citrus in evidence. The malt takes a back seat and there is a hint of alcohol muddying the character. Good body. A hophead's delight - goes down a treat. Worth sampling if you come across it.

08-23-2014 21:45:56 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

If you don't like a Smuttynose the first time you try it, give it another chance, because they are one of the breweries with the most impeccable taste. This one, though is just such a fine example of the style that you shouldn't need to get used to it.

It has a slightly dirty IPA look, with fine head. The aroma is to die for. It smells slightly of weed at first but now that's gone. To bad, but it still has a great piney hops smell. Marvelous!

The taste is a beat balance of hops and malt, exactly want this style should be except for the balanced part. In fact this may be the most balanced aipa, yet it still works.

The aftertaste is very satisfying. I think I won't want another beer after this.

08-23-2014 20:53:32 | More by schoolboy
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.89/5  rDev -5.1%

Candy caramel malt flavor and a bright floral hop profile with medium bitterness that lingers. Zesty fruit notes and pine. Well balanced attack.

08-22-2014 23:13:40 | More by zander4dawin
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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New Jersey

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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