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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,398
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 253
Gots: 524 | FT: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of codysjb
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH Signature glass (quickly becoming the best thing in glassware since the invention of blow glass).
A: A nice orange color with little head but some decent retention and lacing. Clear as can be, somewhat generic for an IPA but as always a nice sight.
S: Pine and hops, not a lot going on here.
T: Hops, finishes with some more hops flavor and feels very full. Leaves a distinct bitterness in the mouth.
M:Hopes, some citrus and a lot of flavor that’s packed into the beer.
O: Generic for an IPA, but holds its ground. Nothing out of the ordinary and I think I prefer 60min, but this is good. B+

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always thought this beer was the best of the lot among New England brewed I.P.A.s Its hoppiness has often seemed more akin to west coast representations of the style than the typically mild northeastern candidates. As such, I've always thought of this one as among the finest I.P.A.s that American breweries had to offer.

Finest Kind pours a nice light brown to yellowish color. Pale indeed! It has a full white head and very nice lacing.

Smell is dominated by fresh citrus and hop notes. A very strong pull on the nostrils. There is a nice combination of grapefruit, lemon and orange here--dominated by the latter two fruits.

Taste is a multitude of hops. A very strong and bitter swallow, which almost overwhelms an otherwise fine grapefruit flavor. This is a very full and impressive tasting beer.

Mouthfeel again is full, bitter and biting. I can see how this beer could be almost unpalatable for non-I.P.A. fans or anti-hopheads. For me though it is very appealing.

Despite the astringent qualities--or perhaps because of them for a h.h. like me--this is an eminently drinkable brew. To my mind, it is complex, well-balanced and potent enough to make it an American heavyweight. Right up there with Two Hearted and Hop Devil as the the most drinkable and sessionable American I.P.A.s

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange color, slightly golden tinge. Nice finger of white foams that holds great with layers of lacing around the glass. A good amount of sediment floating around.

S- Citrus hits at first, grapefruit being the dominant as undertones of orange are apparent. Piney hops burst in towards the middle joining the citrus tones and subtle malt to make this quite the pleasant smell.

T- A smooth malt flavor begins the beer as it continues into a small amount of citrus before the piney hops quickly wash it away. Middle of the beer marks the high point for the bitterness and hop flavor. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste as a very small amount of alcohol flickers in and out. Seems to me that some of the flavors could be kicked up a notch to make this one much better.

M- Light medium body with moderate amount of carbonation. A little too thin.

D- Believed if some of the citrus flavors were increased to compete with the bitterness this could be a more drinkable beer, still easy to put a couple of these down though.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice two finger head if poured aggressively. Dark golden hazy color. Good head retention and decent lacing. Looks like an ipa.

Smell is not overwhelming. Slightly hoppy with malt undertones.

Taste is really good and balanced. The hops don't knock you over at first but they are certainly there. Nice balance to start, a hoppy blast in the middle, followed by a lingering hop/malt finish. Great hop malt balance.

Mouthfeel is really good. Just the right amount of carbonation. Crisp with a fairly smooth finish.

Overall a really good ipa. No slap in the face but very balanced.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, makes me happy! I love the picture on the bottle, two old guys in front of a trailer in lawn chairs laughing and enjoying their beer.

Pours a solid gold color, with hints of orange. Head is good and lacy, but not especially long lasting or carbonated. You can really smell the hops when you take a whiff of this sucker! Taste is bitter and delicious, not much subtle in the flavor but much that is bold and hoppy. Quite enjoyable and refreshing.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. "Best Before May of 2007" notched into the side of the label.

A: Pours a cloudy coppery-amber with a half finger of white head. Head has great retention, and leaves sticky trails as the beer level lowers. A lot of carbonation here, and there's particulate in the beer, which looks like yeast, but which I'm told might actually be from the hops. This is very similar so far to Lake Placid Brewery's Frostbite Ale.

S: Holy grapefruit. Very fruity (grapefruit, peach, pineapple) and very malty, which presents as caramel and honey. Predominantly fruit.

T/M: Very fruity (peach, grapefruit, pineapple), and slightly piney. The malt kicks in after that, which is sweet (see above), but clearly playing second fiddle. Finish is fruity and bitter, and has a long, bitter tail. The longest tail ever. EVER. I took a drink at the beginning of this sentence, I just swallowed it, and it's still there, still there, still there, still there... and now I want another sip, so I guess we'll never know how long the bitter tail is. "Very long" will have to suffice.

D: There's nothing more boring than an IPA that just tries to outbitter the rest. Thankfully, this doesn't do that. It showcases everything about hops: the aroma, the flavor, the bitterness. Ultimately, this is a dry beer, and it makes me want to eat something. A great pub beer. I'm so in love with this brewery.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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