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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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

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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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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cask pour served in a true pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed honey-gold coloring with a frothy, bubbly, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas are flying off this brew, with a hoppy, citrus, and pepper blend that has a strong resiny overtone. Flavors are more subtle with the cask serving, with a roasty undertone giving rise to the wet, resiny, cedar hops profile that fuels the tastebuds. Light toffee backbone boosts the grapefruit highlights amongst the bitter and rich hops. This tastes great on cask. Bitter and resiny aftertaste, it's like chewing on a cedar and pine air freshener. The body is light and extremely smooth from the cask pour. The finish starts creamy smooth, then shifts quickly to a drying bitter end. Delicious!

Serving type: cask

03-23-2012 17:10:16 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was served @ Beervana, got a few pours before the fest started. This was a cask dry-hopped with calypso hops. I am not the biggest cask beer fan but I guess if the beer's good it doesn't matter.

A- Hazy orange glow with a pale, thin head.

S- Pungeant, sharp hop aromas. Stanky.

T- This one is scathingly hoppy- in a good way. Really like chewing on raw hops. Minty, grapefruit, orange peel. Choking on the raw hop goodness.

M- Mouthfeel is very soft, bitterness is intense.

O- One of the best cask experiences I've had. Dry-hopping a beer like FinestKind really pushes it over the edge and makes for a fantastic beer. I'd seek this out again and again.

Serving type: cask

11-11-2011 12:57:44 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of KDawg


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was from cask. Poured a nice medium orange color with a good foamy head.

very good complexity on the nose with a lot of hops, loads of citrus', and fresh picked oranges. Good depth with good hops to the aromas as well

fuller bodied with a real smooth feel and lots of hop and citrus tones.

I really liked this more from cask than from what I've had in the past. The aromas were really good and the feel was very good. This was a real quality IPA

Serving type: cask

09-24-2011 02:12:15 | More by KDawg
Photo of ToasterChef


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res' First Anniversary Party. Reviewed from my notes. This Smutty IPA was aged in a Lagavulin Oak cask. It has a golden orange color and a pure white head of soapy bubbles. It had a grassy aroma that makes one think of being outside in a field. There is a full-bodied malt taste at first followed by a very sharp hop taste; it's bitter and strong. I imagine these flavors are enhanced by the oak cask cask and a higher serving temperature, so the bottled Smutty IPA may not be as forceful with it's hops, but this cask was certainly nice. It had a medium body and left a bit of a coating in my mouth. I couldn't really taste the oak or any hints of Scotch whisky, but they were probably there, my palate just isn't refined enough to find them.

Serving type: cask

05-22-2009 12:49:32 | More by ToasterChef
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask today at the Moan and Dove (Amherst, MA). Dry hopped with cascade!

A: Pours a cloudy brownish/orange hue with softer yellow tones at the top and bottom of the pint glass. By the end it mellows out to a more yellow color. One-finger bubbly head that's pure white. It settles to almost nothing. Offers some nice lacing; clings to the glass like ocean tide foam on the sea shore.

S: Big hop wallop (to co-opt the phrase), along with floral and citrus (grapefruit, orange rine) scents. Some wheat or grass clippings in there too.

T: Huge hop bite--really bitter. It's pungent yet very drinkable. I expected this to be less aggressive, as it's cask-conditioned, but the dry hopping reshapes the taste on this offering.

M: Pretty bitter on the aftertaste but pleasantly so, with a little malt build up. Not as flat as other cask offerings.

D: I think there are a couple better candidates for American IPA session-ish beers (Mayflower, Greenflash, sometimes even Ipswich), but don't get me wrong--I'm a hophead and this beer rocks.

Serving type: cask

02-25-2009 22:51:01 | More by timmay41
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New Jersey

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

Currently on cask at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, golden body with a thick, silky white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A nice, balanced, smooth, malt and hop smell that seemed pretty balanced.

T: A nice, bitter hop taste that seemed to be a combination of Cascade and Fogles hops with a pretty good, malt backbone to balance. The Cascade hops were quite evident in the aftertaste.

M: A pretty full-bodied and smooth mouthfeel that was complimentary to the taste.

D: A good taste for an IPA and an amazing mouthfeel. Definitely a very drinkable beer overall.

Serving type: cask

10-30-2008 02:15:43 | More by maddogruss
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Smuttynose IPA was from a cask that was dry-hopped with simcoe hops at the Moan and Dove.

Poured a dark orange color, with little to no head. Right from the start the sweet aroma of the simcoe hops fills your nose. Slight bitter IPA taste, but the hops make their presence known from sip to swallow.

Throughout the entire beer, I was thinking to myself that I couldn't believe how much a difference the dry-hopping made in the cask Smuttynose IPA. In March I had a cask of the IPA that wasn't dry-hopped, and I wasn't at all impressed. But this dry-hopped version was great.

Serving type: cask

05-31-2008 12:18:40 | More by wwheeler
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this cask-conditioned, gravity keg pour

(A) Orange appearance and cloudy. Initial head good, retention low due to natural carbonation. Initial appearance is intriguing with the orange glow

(S) Very floral hop aroma. The sweet inviting kind, not bitter. I was there when the wood pin broke the seal and this aroma was evident long before the first pour.

(T) Not overly bitter, but definately has the hop bitterness one would expect from an IPA. The natural carbonation isn't too intense so the bitterness is gentle

(M) For myself, there was an odd lingering aftertaste that was somewhat dry and blank.

(D) Very drinkable except for the lingering aftertaste. It wasn't a huge issue though. I had 3 20oz imperial pints.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2007 15:57:54 | More by madmanjf
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Cask" ( keg) conditioned and served from a bar top cradle minutes after the spline was removed and the tap hammered home, at The Beech Tree Grill ( by Dave) in Po-town.
Hazy, bright orange tinted beer with a thin clotted white head, which persisted right to the end.

Intense citrus aroma - sharp grapefruit and blood orange with a hint of honey sweetness. Very Left coast.

Flavor was sharp up front with powerful hop character and little malt to balance. Served a bit too cold, some grain sweetness came thru as it came up to temp.

Again, flavors seemed out of balance but the freshness and soft carbonation made this hop exstavaganza very tasty and highy drinkable. Long, hop finish is firmly bitter but not overwhelming or puckery.
Excellent session IPA for the Hop Head - fresh tasting with a wonderful soft mouth feel from the subdued, natural carbonation.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2007 03:05:47 | More by Shiredave
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy light amber color; displays nice head retention and lays down sheets of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pine

Taste: Bready base is quickly joined by grapefruit juice and pushes forward to a lengthy, bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: NIce balanced IPA that drinks superbly on cask

Serving type: cask

03-17-2007 20:18:00 | More by brentk56
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got some choice cuts with this one on 5/29/2006. 16-oz. cask pour at Redbones, part of their new Monday night cask offerings. Dry hopped with Cascade and Amarillo.

Huge froth, more than an inch, which wasn't a surprise considering its serving style. Very little stick. Initially cloudy gold hue that clears out to be just a smudge on the glass; some quiet carbonation floating around. Citrus and pine crank on the nose in a sick-good way with some lemon zest traces. Lots of lemon rind and a biting pine essence on the mouth, but not disturbing. As it warms more, a great deal of the hop character reveals itself.

Good stuff. Have always liked the bottle version, but this was like Jimmy Walker, dy-no-mite.

Serving type: cask

06-08-2006 19:38:30 | More by Truh
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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