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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,695 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,695
Reviews: 1,642
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 199
Gots: 222 | 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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noremac423


4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

01-12-2013 15:34:37 | More by noremac423
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scootsmal

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-21-2012 16:09:06 | More by scootsmal
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bigbutter

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-18-2013 01:41:00 | More by bigbutter
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Swik

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

07-03-2013 01:35:36 | More by Swik
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boot11222

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-06-2012 01:53:17 | More by boot11222
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paulgarrison

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-17-2013 18:05:06 | More by paulgarrison
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hypnotoad1

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-15-2013 01:36:14 | More by hypnotoad1
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BeerShoup

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-15-2013 20:20:14 | More by BeerShoup
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sillyhed8

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

07-01-2014 22:11:36 | More by sillyhed8
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

12-28-2011 19:10:12 | More by thatdirtymick
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thebuck


3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-06-2012 02:37:46 | More by thebuck
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rosschive

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-09-2014 00:02:19 | More by rosschive
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ThreeTens

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-15-2014 15:30:32 | More by ThreeTens
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GarrettFM

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

02-21-2014 23:33:13 | More by GarrettFM
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy gold body. A lot of sedimentation as the Smuttynose website warns of. It doesn't bother me in the least, In fact I welcome it. There wasn't much in the way of head though.

Smells of citrusy hops, not a whole lot else going on, not a whole lot else needed.

Tastes of hops right away, citrusy, syrupy, and sweet. An addictive lingering bitterness as well. Very good.

This beer isn't too filling, it has a medium, slightly syrupy body. I can totally see myself having several of these. It may become one of my regular "hop-craving" six packs. It pairs very well with seafood.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 22:42:07 | More by joeskirkie
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rprinz22

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-03-2012 01:31:36 | More by rprinz22
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Jmitchell3

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-23-2013 19:15:34 | More by Jmitchell3
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Jordan444

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

07-06-2014 03:07:13 | More by Jordan444
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all who puts Bartles and James on a beer lable!?
Cloudy, darkish gold color, not much head but some lacing.
Secondly I was not as super impressed with this as some other reviewers have been. It smelled decent, hops, citrus, yeast and grapefruit.
I like the hops, and was expecting more than this bottle contained. it was a pretty good beer, just a letdown in the bitter, piney department. There was a hint of floral and citrus hops along with some malt.
Drinkable but not as expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 21:11:59 | More by hungryghost
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Liquids

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey yellow one finger bubbly head. This is unfiltered? there is yeast floating around. I missed the warning, though it seems like it wasn't settled anyhow and would be in the mid even with a good pour. That makes it a bit unattractive in appearance though otherwise it was pleasing. Aroma is citrus rinds and flowers. Not over the top but getting there, good resinous aroma, but all hops. Taste is intense bittering hops. It's definite a hop kick from the start in that plain old bitter sense. Tastes like a few and not just one hop variety but not a million either. Surprisingly, a malty flavor peaks in at the end, of all things. Very grapefruity in flavor. A hop-heads delight. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with full on carbonation; leaves a zippy lively feel on the tounge. For all of that, I admit this was nothing special. I'm finding I like the multi-hop kind of flavor over the single hop kind of thing, but also with this beer I realize the distinction in "where do you put the hops?" so to speak. Abundant bittering hops, vs abundant flavoring hops, vs abundant aroma hops, and all of the above. This one focused on bittering to my palate, so while the hop choices weren't overwhelming, the puckering bitterness made this not enjoyable. I learned something here. Smutty shows their ability to craft well here, though it's not to my palate. A fine beer for the hop lover, but not the IPA I'd return to.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 14:04:20 | More by Liquids
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TheDarkKnight

Delaware

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-27-2011 04:33:52 | More by TheDarkKnight
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jsf14

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-13-2013 05:17:09 | More by jsf14
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mrjmann

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-12-2014 03:27:24 | More by mrjmann
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FranklinPCombs

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy apricot color into the pint glass with a decent finger and a half head, which leaves some nice patchy foam at the rim of the glass. Recedes into a thin layer slowly. Smell: Theres a distinct wheat aroma to this beer, which is equaled by a fruity hop aroma, with the underlying pine, alcohol and yeast hues. Taste is grapefruit, grapefruit, and citruis, with a subtle hint of grapefruit. This huge hoppiness is really in your face at first, but as the pint progresses, and you get used to it, it reveals its more subtle flavors. There is a small burnt flavor to this, with a very hidden syrupy sweetness. Aftertaste is the same bitter citruis as before. Mouthfeel is wonderful, with a medium (yet somewhat dry tasting body), just the right amount of carbonation and the perfect sense of how much alcohol you are in fact drinking to it. A great IPA to say the least

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 22:51:56 | More by FranklinPCombs
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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