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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,869 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,869
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 209
Gots: 289 | FT: 3
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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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Poured a nice golden yellow with what looked like some sediment folaters, I was surprised that there was pretty much no head although it appears to have a good amount of carbination strings floating up to the top...

S: The smell is excellent, a little sweeter or more flowery as I like to call it than most other IPA's but you can definitly also smell the hops that are present in the beer.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells, very good! You can definitly also taste the hops but unlike some IPA's this beer is not over hopped. It has a nice sweet, flowery taste all of the way through.

O: If im drinking an IPA I usually just stick with the DFH 60min, however this is now going to be added to my new arsenal, this is very good and I would reccomend it to all!

09-23-2011 01:14:56 | More by brewadelphia
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours hazy copper with thinnish white head and lots of floaties. Good lacing though. The aroma is a good yet subdued mix of hops and malt. Citrus hops with some resinous notes. Caramel malt. Strong hops flavor though, quite bitter for an IPA with lots of resinous pine notes. Full body with a chewy mouthfeel. A nice, strong IPA, even if it is a bit unbalanced for its style.

09-19-2011 22:08:36 | More by goldbot
Photo of zhanson88


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Pours a very murky copper color. A lot of carbonation is present. About 3/4" of eggshell white head forms, which has decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Definite caramel malt backbone here. Quite a bit of citrus comes out as well, and some dank hops. Not bad, but nothing outstanding.

Taste: Again, up front the malt backbone is present. A good deal of citrus flavors appear in the middle to back end, and the finish is full of bitter, dank hops. Very nice, and better than I thought it would be from the smell.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is amazing. Just about medium bodied with quite a bit of fine carbonation. Extremely easy drinking and smooth. Overall, I liked this beer quite a bit. One of the better East coast style IPAs I've had.

09-17-2011 01:20:37 | More by zhanson88
Photo of crzyc

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Small head, little lacing. Mix between golden and amber body.

S: Citrius hops, not the strongest aroma.

T: Bitter finish. Pine and hops to start. Very refreshing.

M: Above average carbonation. Dry finish.

O: I really enjoyed this six pack. Taking a sip, something in me wants to really get a mouthful. Great body to this one.

Six pack from Thorpe's in East Greenwich, RI.

09-16-2011 23:29:04 | More by crzyc
Photo of SpaceMadness


4.85/5  rDev +18.3%

A- Honey colored with yeast precipitates. Vanilla, 2 fingered head that lasts for a good long time. More lace than your Great Auntie's sitting room.

S- Damn these allergies! Still, the floral-grapefruit smell comes through.

T- Starts off with sweetened grapefruit. Oily pine resin quickly takes over and persists on the sides and back part of the tongue long after you swallow. The malt is there, though mainly in the initial sweetness. However, a quick swish in the mouth reveals a biscuit layer in the background. Exhale through your nose with your mouth closed after you swallow and it becomes even more evident.

M- Initial CO2 prickles followed by a perfect for style medium body.

O- Full disclosure: I've been drinking around 3 half racks of this stuff a month for the past year. So, needless to say, I love it. I think it is a near perfect example of an American IPA (or is it perfect?). To top it off, around my side of town it's only $9. Off to have another before bed.

09-16-2011 01:19:44 | More by SpaceMadness
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: cloudy light orange; billowy head; great lacing and abundant carbs; nice job!
S: grassy, floral hops; relatively light in smell
T: bitter, slightly sour; Zeus hops?--they're very aggressive; not sweet; very little malt

Overall, this is a really fine IPA, in your face.

09-10-2011 01:50:16 | More by Arithmeticus
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

A-Cloudy orange with lots of floaties, one finger head.

S-Hops, citrus and grapefruit and some grass.

T-Earthy notes and lots of citrus. Ends bitter, lots of balance. A great IPA.

M-Medium bodied some carbonation.

O-A wonderful East Coast IPA. One of the best readily available ones, behind Flower Power.

09-09-2011 03:22:42 | More by rlee1390
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4.43/5  rDev +8%

A: pours a hazy deep orange into a Duvel with a finger of white head that thins slowly and leaves a little lacing.

S: a lot of orange, grapefruit, lemon, sweet caramel malt and very floral.

T: very extremely citrus packed and floral. There is a good malt flavor that balances out the bitter hops. Fruity on the back.

MF: medium body, crisp, good effervescence and a tad astringent.

O: great ipa, nice and crisp and easily a quick addition to my IPA line up.

09-08-2011 22:05:43 | More by nickthetick
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured 42 degrees Into a Sam Adams pint glass. Best before January 2012.

Pours a cloudy amber core with a copper neck. A frothy two-finger head

Smell isn't much more than an lightly projected herb with a touch of honey.

Tastes of honey and creme with the hops taking over at the end. Constantly evolving and endlessly complex. Beautiful. The finish lasts for days, staying tight, focused, and thirty seconds later, much like it did when it started. This is a gorgeous IPA

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, almost cloying. the effervescence takes a back seat to the flavor, but it still doesn't feel unstructured. I don't mind this at all.

Overall, this is one to write home about, IMO. Beautifully made with a brilliant personality. I will be revisiting this many times over.


09-08-2011 21:00:49 | More by Crossmd
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a beautiful honey gold with a white head that drops to a solid film that laces all the way down the glass. Smell is pungent pine and citrus. The smell carries over well into the taste with a tongue peeling bitterness, grapefruit and tobacco. This is not a subtle IPA. Alcohol presents itself at the very end but is mostly masked by the brutally bitter hop flavors. I will definitely enjoy this one again and again.

09-05-2011 01:09:33 | More by Godot
Photo of fields336


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Reviewed in SN snifter
Smuttynose mix 12 pk $17.99
Best by 10/11

A: 2.5 fingers creamy white eggshell head, vigorous bubbles, leaving a very sexy lacing on the sides as the head dissipates. Beer is orangey, honey, amber, hazy as hell

S: Oranges, citrus, grapefruit. Slight piney smell, some bready malts present.

T: definite orangey, grapefruity, citrusy, floral hops. really nice flavor profile, a good amount of bready malts are behind it but allow the hops to shine.

M: Medium bodied, really nice carbonation as with all bottle conditioned ales.

O: overall this is a really solid IPA, for a year round one it's among the best that I have access to.

09-04-2011 18:21:03 | More by fields336
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Hazy opaque golden color poured into snifter with two finger white head leaving moderate lacing. Floaties in the beer add to its character.
S: Floral, citrus and herbal aromas with a hint of malt.
T: Floral hops bitterness grabs you from the start. Citrus and malt follow.
M: Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Bitter clean finish.
O: Very tasty IPA with abundance of flavor and hops bitterness. Would definitely enjoy another. Label is quirky and adds to the gestalt of the beer.

08-31-2011 23:07:19 | More by Paincane
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4.43/5  rDev +8%

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow to light amber color, perhaps copper? with a white head about two fingers thick that clings to the side of the glass and forms a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: A mix of pine, citrus, and bread. Very herbal and complex.

Taste: Bitter pine and citrus notes abound, with a nice malt back bone to round everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a dry hoppy finish that lingers on the pallet.

Overall: Still one of my favorite IPAs. Balanced yet pungent and still drinkable. A staple of mine when I visit the New England area.

08-31-2011 16:29:44 | More by jamescain
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4.63/5  rDev +12.9%

Loved it glad I threw this in the cooler!!

Poured into my huge Radeberger mug lol!! Huge head lots of stickiness!! Lots of hops up front that blow my mind. Note note not a bottle for people who don't like floaties!! I love East coast beers probably cause the market is flooded with West Coast!! Steam roll my pallet with that grapefruit goodness, slight alcoholic but the malt settles it!!

Had one bottle and then it's time for mixing!! Mixed Three F Loyd's Gumball Head and The Finest Kind together!! WOW!! Beer mixing is the next stage in beer!!

08-31-2011 03:15:00 | More by latackbeer
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

*Notes from 08/25/11
12oz to pint glass

A: The Finest Kind gives a great pour of hazy golden light amber ale adorned with a frothy 1.5 fingers of eggshell white foam head. Light lacing.

S: Nose is more pronounced with a malty breadiness character and lite citrus punch. A bit of spice to it as well.

T: A bready caramel malt base with a real nice hop bitter bite to it that is all fruity tangerines. Definitely East Coaster in that strong biscuity malt forwardness. A little sweet and a little spice. ABV's creep. Really nice.

M: Light creamy texture with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Dry crisp finish that I like in my IPA's.

D: This is a good IPA. Enough hops to balance the pronounced malts East Coast IPA's are known for. Solid drinkability.

Thanks Charlie! Definitely glad to have tried this one. Coming from a SoCal guy who is spoiled with the likes of many hoppier offerings...Finest Kind is a decent IPA

08-29-2011 17:59:48 | More by Nugganooch
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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%

Thanks so much to jlindros for this one!

Presentation: 12oz brown pop-top, best by December 2011. Funny label w/old guys in lawn chairs...for some reason.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold beer with some serious sediment going on and a really attractive, chunky, sudsy ivory cap with good retention and awesome lacing.

Smell: Vibrant, almost sharp (in a good way) citrusy, herbal, and piney hops. Sweet citrus leads, and the nose, while not overly complex, is nice. The hosp are wonderfully juicy and fruity, just needs a bit more depth from the aroma to get the next highest score.

Taste: Hop flavors are largely herbal and citrusy. This tastes pretty bitter, definitely more so than the 65 IBUs suggests. I wasn't sure about the hop flavor at first sip, but it's definitely growing on me, especially as the bright, slightly sweet citrus character grows. Clean, lasting strong bitterness. Not much in the way of malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Really glad I finally got to try this! I must say, it's not a bad IPA, it's just not what I was expecting considering the significant respect it gets. It's got some attractive flavors, but overall, it's not something I'd likely buy a sixer of. In the end, another tasty IPA, in a sea of delicious ones.


08-29-2011 03:15:30 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden-orange, huge rocky white head. Ample carbonation. Excellent head retention, and the lacing clumps and sticks to everything. Tons of flaky little floaties. They do not look appetizing at all. My glass looks like a snow globe.

S: Lots of bitter ruby red grapefruit. maybe a touch of pine. Bready and grainy scents from the malt.

T: Muscular grapefruit bitterness clamps down on the tongue right away and never lets up. Hints of mandarin orange and pine resin take on a supporting role. Grainy malt tastes surface just before the finish and create some balance. Bitter grapefruit once again gains dominance and continues into the semi-dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, full in the mouth, and a bit oily.

O: Excellent. My go-to East Coast IPA.

Notes: I have to dock it for its appearance, because this truthfully is one of the uglier beers I've seen. The floaties are probably going to turn a lot of people off right away. Thankfully, the look of this beer has absolutely no bearing on the taste. Very, very bitter. Hopheads will be pleased. One of the best widely available IPAs in America.

08-28-2011 22:11:20 | More by ryan1788a5
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

A: Really nice copper, tons of yeast sediment floating around

S: Light citrus, some grain

T: Hops hit you somewhere around the middle, definitely more herbal than citric, not very dynamic, but definitely drinkable.

M: Pretty bad. Has a bizarre cloying bitter aftertaste that stays with you for a number of minutes after each sip. Feels like hoppy cottonballs stuck to the inside of your cheeks, and not in a good way.

O: I love IPAs! Sadly this did not live up to the hype. Tasted zero grapefruit/citrus and the aftertaste/mouthfeel was borderline unappetizing. The only real positive I can say is the definite presence of yeast floaties as well as the beer did get better as it warmed up ; it was nice to see that in an IPA. Should've trusted my gut and stayed away from anything Smuttynose.

08-28-2011 19:48:45 | More by olympicgatorade
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3.89/5  rDev -5.1%

EDIT (4/20/13): Got a new bottle from angrybabboon recently, and while I agree with most of the notes I wrote nearly two years ago, I definitely do think that it's a bit maltier than I prefer in the style, and not as lively hop-wise. But, it IS after all an East Coast interpretation and stands as a nevertheless highly quaffable beer.

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: A very cloudy amber color with a decent, lacey head.

Smell: Delicious grapefruit and citrus aromas with a VERY yeasty finish. Unlike any IPA I've tried, really. The grainy and malty flavors are so rich that they make me want to sniff this one for hours. EDIT (4/20/13): I get these, but I also get an odd smell resembling musty dankness at the finish, almost like what you get from sweaty clothing or socks that have been sitting around. Why? It's not present in the taste.

Taste: This is one unique IPA! It may not be my personal favorite in terms of flavor, but it could definitely grow on me. There is a wonderful flavor of hops and and sweetness aided by the alcohol, and the yeast makes it taste very fresh and juicy. The are caramel notes and fruity, tropical fruit flavors going on here. Blood oranges. Fresh Sour bread. Damn.

Mouthfeel: While there is an expected hoppy finish to this thing, it's ridiculously creamy and meal-like. For that, it stands as an extremely amazing IPA that feels balanced in character and yet is clearly heavier than expected. The yeast flavor lasts on the tongue for a joyfully long time.

Overall: I'm from the West Coast, but the more that I try hoppy East Coast beers like these, the more that I will commence a civil war in deciding which region I prefer! This is one of the finest IPAs I've had yet, and really wish we got it over in SF.

08-28-2011 00:20:19 | More by magictacosinus
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, 1/2 creamy head, unflitered floaters, some lacing.

Smell - Strong, stunky hops, light malts, earthy grassy armoa. Floral citrus fruits, orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some spices and sugars also.

Taste - Had this many times on tap, first time from bottle. Bitter dry sweet hops at first, then the sweetness of sugars and citrus fruits comes in to balance out this beer. The malts add a little roasted flavor but are pretty buried in the hopness.

Mouthfeel - Bitter but not a complete mouth wrecker. TOunge gets bittered, palette also but neither is ruined. Tounge gets some sweetness at the end, and left a little dry with the aftertaste.

Overall - Good, i enjoyed this more from bottle then anytime i had on tap. Plenty of hop kick, and easy to drink. Wish the malts had a little more presence, but none the less, solid. One of the better ipa's out there, but not the best.

08-25-2011 22:39:38 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of nickd717


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Review dated 1/9/2009.

A good IPA, but by no means a standout. Fairly typical IPA appearance (not going to bore you here) with a slight haziness. Flavor is sweet malt and a typical East coast hop profile (lots of Simcoe) as well as some Amarillo, which is more typical of West coasters from what I have seen. Drinkable and satisfying but wont knock your socks off.

08-25-2011 15:57:26 | More by nickd717
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4.72/5  rDev +15.1%

So, I think just the label should get an extra persuasion on the ratings here. Two dudes in lawn chairs sippin' beer. Awesome

Pours a glowing amber/copper color. Looks like treasure. Dense, rocky, chunked up white foamy head. Lacing...good

Wonderful aroma. It covers the gamut of IPA nose tickles. Tropical, citrus, earthy and pine, although the pine is the weakest. Soft caramel and toasted biscuit throughout. They don't take front seat, but they never dwindle.

Yum! Perfect taste?! I think so. It's an IPA, which means hops. It has them. It means not too much hops....surely. A nice malt backbone. Check. This isn't an over-the-top IPA. It's well crafted. It was well drank. Feel is a touch light for a '5', but it's nice.

Overall, I killed this thing QUICK. Had to get another. Had to

08-22-2011 05:56:35 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a big, pillowy eggshell white head that descends in a few minutes, but remains in a thin layer across the entire body. Exceptional lacing, some of the best I've ever seen. Body is opaque, golden orange-yellow in color. No visible carbonation, but something is supporting that minor foam.

Smells of cirtus, pine, lemon or grapefruit rind, and at the end, medium-brown sugar.

Bitter opening, followed by citrus, pine, and hint of grassy tastes. This develops into a more prominent grapefruit flavor. No tropical fruits, ala Stone. Not much malt presence here, instead focusing on the citrus and pine aspects of the style/hops. Aftertaste is bitter and piney, which I still find quite tasteful.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and open, but I'd classify this as medium-light bodied. Finish is dry and slightly oily.

A very pleasant, smooth, and drinkable IPA. I would have appreciated a slight nod to the malt body in the taste, but this is still a very nice IPA.

08-22-2011 04:06:46 | More by falloutsnow
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

I saw a thread about this vs stone IPA, lets just say that’s a tall order for any beer.

Nearly yellow, this oranange colored IPA has clear signs of yeast sediment in it. Rather frefreshing looking. Head is minimal as is lacing, but that’s acceptable I suppose.

The hops give off a very high estery citrus note. A few swirls bring out a candied fruity malt layer with pear notes to balance with the sharp citrus.

Smuttynoe is almost trying for the Pliny level’s of balance though the citrus and estery opening here is a bit too strong for that. This is often imo a good thing, but the beer doesn’t really go forward as well as it could. A wonderful bitter opening, but from there it doesn’t keep improving. Citrus, grassy, and a touch of pine mix with tropical fruits to provide what I suppose we all expect from an American IPA. Good but stone IPA this isn’t.

Medium bodied, reasonable carbonation make this and easy to drink beer. I could certainly go for a few more tonight!

A really well made IPA I’m glad to have enjoyed. It does get a bit more hype than needed.

08-20-2011 19:53:13 | More by bobhits
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3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks a ton Bill!

Pours a hazy yellow straw color with some odd floaties swirling around in the body. After seeing it, I suspected yeast, but I certainly was not expecting it to come out of this bottle otherwise I would have decanted off the top 11 ounces. A finger's-width of foamy white head develops, but subsides relatively quickly. Smells of lemon, grapefruit, hops, pine, and a touch of sugar and clove. Tastes of hops, alcohol, straw, lemon, orange, and some caramelly malt in the rear. Mouth begins with a bitter hop presence, but mellows out in the middle and finishes smooth. An almost soapy aftertaste is left, but it's not entirely unpleasant. Moderate carbonation bubbles off the tongue. Overall, a decent IPA, but I feel there are much better offerings out there that are equally as accessible.

08-19-2011 01:07:50 | More by eclipse54
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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