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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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92
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4,208 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 4,208
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 226
Gots: 394 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible grapefruit aroma. Beautiful hopped appearance. Creamy smoothy orange pineapple grapefruit but also harsh and bitter pungency underlying it rather than a malt counterbalance.Much better balance
had it on tap 5 years later and it held up. Hi IBU still. Revised rating.

Sammy, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

t0rin0, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -26.8%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/30/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid citrus zest and citrus juice characteristics that are slightly better in the taste to me.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -26.8%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark-ish golden color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some grassy, floral, and citrus hops. The flavor is unfortunately short a bit on these flavors, but does bring a good amount of bitterness without letting too much malt get in the way. Good body with nice carbonation. This is one of the better Smuttynose beers that I've had.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color but has lots of particles floating in suspension. There’s a light amount of visible carbonation, which makes the particles somewhat resemble a lava lamp as they rise up from the center of the glass and fall down the edges. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of floral hops along with notes of citrus and pine resin along with hints of caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of floral and pine resin hops and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness from start to finish. Hints of caramel malts are also present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: I found this to be an easy drinking IPA that is packed with hops but isn’t overly bitter. The floral hops are an interesting change of pace compared to all of the grapefruit hops currently available on the market. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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

brentk56, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose's flagship IPA shows the classic character of the style, but doesn't relegate its balance to assertive malt presence, but rather adds complexities from soft esters and alcohol complexes instead.

Their "Finest Kind" pours lightly golden and with the signature dry-hopped haze and sediment for more hoppy goodness. It builds a stark- white head that nearly billows to the rim of the glass- showing off its elevated carbonation. As the froth settles into blanketed coat, it laces the glass with decorative random patterns. Its simply a very appetizing IPA, even to the eye.

Hop-heavy on the nose with bold citrus fruits of grapefruit, orange zest, lemons, pineapples, and tropical medley; the beer's perfumy and floral upstart is supported by light caramel malts that provide a juicy, vine-ripened sweetness to the citrus and tropical notes but never try to rival the hop aromas.

And the beer's hop-centric taste is consistent from its aromatics: citrus, tropical fruits, and fresh-cut grass on the early and middle palate leaves behind an ultra resiny pine bitterness to finish. Fruity esters give a sweet alcohol note of rose and spice. Interestingly, these flavors amplifies the sweetness as it seems to smooth out its bitter bite. Again, caramel malts provide firm underpinnings for the hop display but they never get in the way. The beer is simply an exhibition of American hops.

Crisp, clean, and playfully malty up front, the caramelly grains give way soon after the initial taste, allowing the hop character of bitterness, dryness, and bite to carry the beer deep into the finish and aftertaste. It's a true thirst-quencher.

Finest Kind is a quintessential IPA with a complex hop mix, crisp and understated hops, and noticeable esters and alcohols. Consistent and through from nose to finish.

BEERchitect, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a hazy light amber color ale with a medium slightly off-white foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops is well balance with caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt is well mixed with some citrus hops. Body is above average and low filtration level makes this even more enjoyable. Another solid beer in this fine brewery line-up.

Phyl21ca, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky, orange-tinged, peachy amber with plenty of yeasties/hop particles going for a swim. The head is large in size, rich cream in color, looks impressively sticky and will no doubt be a lace monster. The cap is refusing to fall lower than a one finger mesa of rich, creamy foam and leaves chunks of lace all over the inside of the pint glass. This is absolutely gorgeous beer.

The aroma is gloriously hopfruity: candied pineapple, passionfruit, mango and pink grapefruit especially. Goodgawdalmighty, this smells wonderful! The flavor is equally stupendous. Smutty IPA is one of the juiciest, tropical fruitiest IPAs that I've ever tasted. Because I love at least two of the hop varieties that make up the hop bill (Simcoe, Santiam, Amarillo), I love this beer!

If some people shy away from intensely hoppy beer because of the bitterness, then they haven't had a well-crafted IPA such as this one. It's intensely, pungently hoppy, but isn't bitter in the least. I could drink this stuff by the case-load. The body is medium-full for the style and the mouthfeel is impressively creamy with very little noticeable carbonation.

Simply superb. It's as if the brewers at Smuttynose took a reading directly from my brain regarding 'BuckeyeNation's IPA wish list' and then proceeded to brew a perfect match. I've had a lot of amazing beer in a very short period of time and this IPA is one of the best of the best. Highly recommended (in case you hadn't already figured that out).

BuckeyeNation, May 21, 2004
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose IPA



So here it is that I get my hands on my second brew from Smuttynose. I actually go down a notch from the the double IPA to the IPA, but IPA is more my style anyway. I like when things are sessionable. Now saying that, nothing makes me happier then when I have a good sessionable IPA and some good Italian. Now as my mother-in-law is bringing over lasagna for dinner tonight, it has got to be about the right time to tear in, so let us see where this one goes….

A – Poured a nice hazy amber with a goodsize two inch plus head on the top, decent retention as it stayed around for a good couple minutes. Lots of side glass lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

S – Lots of bitter citrus hops. Tones of grapefruit and tangerine dominated the brew. Not much room for anything else in there. A bit of sugar, ornage peel, but thats about it total, hop bomb, more so then the double IPA actually.

T – Very bitter, had a huge hoppy bitter bite right out of the gate, good dry finish. Lots of resiney grapefruit tones throughout, a touch of sugar trying to balance out the hops, but it was not really going anywhere. Huge hops, huge bitter, BIG IPA.

M – Delicate and smooth, a subtle crispness to it, but mostly just a good solid drinking IPA. Nice dry finish wrapped it up well. Good carbonation.

D – Great, very good session beer. It was a litter bitter and alot of hops, but if thats your thing its a total session brew. I could have put down two or three of the these with ease.

Overall, a fantastic IPA. I am really diggin the smuttynose brews now that I have had two in one night, pretty damn good I must say. I will definatly be on the lookout for some more. This was definatly an IPA of the finest kind!

mikesgroove, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Atwood's

A: The beer pours a golden amber color with a finger of white head and a bit of lacing.

S: A nice citrus hop aroma to this beer with plenty of grapefruit scents and a nice pine quality to it. Quite perfumey with heavy floral hop notes to it as well. A bit of sweet malt and bread.

T: Rather heavy on the pine flavor and bitterness, which is nice. A good amount of grapefruit flesh and peel, which also adds a bit of bitterness, but also a nice bite. Some sweet pale malt flavor breaks up the intense hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this. As long as you can get this one fresh, it's a pretty solid IPA.

womencantsail, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours out as a golden color with a decent head on it. The smell has a good amount of hops on the nose. The taste of hops and some hearty malts on the tongue. The mouthfeel was pretty good too. Overall this IPA isn't my favorite but worth trying.

Knapp85, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a bright cloudy* peach color with a fluffy, creamy white head.

*(Per chance, I caught the sediment warning on the label and managed to keep most of the yeast beasts in the bottle.)

Smell: I keep getting inviting grapefruit and pine scents. Some soft malt notes, but it's mostly Hop City!

Taste: Opens with a lively sweetened citrus burst, followed by a delightfully grapefruit flavor, which yields to balancing flavors of grains and a pale malt mellowness. All before finishing dry, with a fresh floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Juicy and remarkably crisp.

Drinkability: In regards to hop lovers, I think that if anything... this beer succeeded in spades.

That's how I'll put it. Give it a try if you're fortunate enough to be within Smuttynose's distributional reach.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.4%

SocalKicks, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in my Easter gift basket from my mother-in-law today and it was a definant treat,pours a nice golden color with some orange tint with light but pretty sticky head.Nice balanced aroma I picked up a big hoppy grassy aroma right off the bat but a real nice lingering biscuity aroma came thru as the beer settled.An IPA with a malt backbone what a concept!A big zesty herbal flavor hit right away but settles nicely with a slightly sweet malt attack in the finish.One of the better IPA's I have had in quite some time.

oberon, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy unfiltered amber with a small amount of sediment from bottle conditioning. The head is fairly solid, lasting couple of minutes before settling into a thin film.

Smell: Very lemony and dry. Not as bold in the nose as the West Coast IPAs I'm used to, but still very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was the mouthfeel, which is superb: light-bodied, dry and crisp on the tongue, this is exactly how an IPA should be. The taste is dominated by hops, grapefruit and bitter herbs leading the way with an earthy/resiny bitterness beneath it all. Malt flavors are present but hard to pick apart - it's really just a foundation for the hops. The finish is long, dry and bitter, which I could see causing some palate fatigue after a while, but it would be a nice way of ruining the palate.

Notes: Got this one from dyan. Thanks!

largadeer, Jun 13, 2008
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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