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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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4,529 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,529
Reviews: 1,726
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 263
Gots: 623 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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
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Ratings: 4,529 | Reviews: 1,726
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real good IPA.

It has a pleasant floral smell.

This has one of the best heads I have ever seen on a beer. Thick and foamy, and stayed around for a while.

The taste is a little strong at first, but once you have a few sips, you really begin to appreciate what a quality beer this is.

The initial taste is sweet and citrusy. The hop bitternes is pretty intense, but oh so good.
Very well balanced.

And after only two beers, I had a very mellow buzz and was feeling fine.

One of the best IPAs I have ever had.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated May '08 poured into SA glass

A: Nice. hazy golden orange with decent, pillowy white head

S: grapefruit, citrus and more grapefruit- loads of it. some pine aroma also

T: grapefruit and citrus are everywhere but sweet malt still finds a place in this outstanding IPA. As it warms I detect a little honey.

M: medium body. bitter and dry. Wow!

D: I could drink a few of these. Very good.

Smutty rarely disappoints.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is mostly pine with grapefruit rind and lemon zest, and some lightly toasted biscuit and a bit of caramel in the background.

Taste starts off with a blast of bitter pine which is quickly countered by some bready malts and sweet caramel. Citrus hop flavors lead back into more resinous pine and a long, dry bitter finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a crisp bitterness.

Near perfect drinkability. One of my favorite IPAs and a staple in my fridge.

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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend left this at my house after a party... Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Really nice look to it--cloudy, unfiltered--truly honey-colored (not too yellow or orange). Doesn't get a "5.0" because there is too much sediment and the only warning is in small print on the neck label.

Smells very good. Not overpoweringly hoppy or yeasty. Something sweet and slightly acrid, but pleasant.

Tastes really good for an IPA (I'm generally not a big fan). Was going to give it a 4.0, but as I write I am noticing a really unpleasant aftertaste warranting a half-point reduction. Aftertaste is bitter, burnt, and soapy.

Good strong body, slightly foamy, and nice. Points for mouthfeel.

Drinkability is a 3,0 for me. It's too bitter and the aftertaset too overridingly bad to have more than 1 or 2. That said, there are a lot of nice things about this beer and I can't give it a bad score here, so a 3.0 it is.

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

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citrus/orange peel notes, lot of bitterness.. medium body, good balance and feel.. classic northeast american IPA

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 4,529 ratings.