Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,303
Reviews: 1,684
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 235
Gots: 440 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BeerPhan86
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed this beer and the label with two old guys sitting in lawn chairs has always been a favorite of mine. Finally time to review it.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a very minimal head. Noticeable sediment floating about the glass.

S - Surprisingly little aroma. Slightly flowery and earthly but overall not too much going on.

T - Wow. VERY similar to the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA as far as having an earthy/smokey aspect to it. It has that "slightly burnt" kick that immediately made me associate it with 60 Minute. Sweet and flowery with a good, dry earthy finish. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, though.

M - A little chewy but not overly sweet on the lips. Carbonation is just right.

O - Surprisingly stellar taste from an IPA that lacks much aroma. Very similar tasting to Dogfish Head 60 Minute to me and well worth trying. You can't help but smile looking at the label.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Vendetta
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 16, 2008

Very good IPA. More citic than some but with the same high quality hop flavor. A tad of piney hops, but mostly just well rounded floral hops and a good bitter bite. Quality hop texture, flavor. Not too bitter either, well balanced hoppy beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of OldSock
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance and Presentation – 12 oz’er bottled in June poured into my pint glass. It is Slightly hazy, golden orange with a 2-finger white head. Retention is good, with decent lacing.

Smell – Grapefruit hops with a floral backing. Nice and hoppy, with a subtle malt undertone. Not a hint of skunk despite sitting around at room temp in my well-lit local supermarket for awhile.

Taste – Delicious liquid hops without the overbearing bitterness. Grapefruit hops with a solid malt backbone. Well balanced for an IPA, it’s bitter, but the bitterness doesn’t linger. Probably my favorite bottled IPA, a spot on treat.

Mouthfeel – Full body for an IPA with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – What an IPA should be, but what few IPA’s are, drinkable, really hoppy and refreshing. As good with food as it is by itself, a true New England classic. Something I always come back too, and what I measure all other IPA’s against.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-nice copper gold color with 1 finger head that stayed for a short while..

s-pine, fruity hop aroma, slight malt, and a fresh cut grass smell...

t-bitter hops and piney taste...slight malt up front but dominated by hops...perfect after a days work in the yard

m-slick and slightly oily like an ipa should be imo...not too thick and not too thin...just right

d-i could have a couple of these in a sitting...not a session beer for me...but worthy of a couple in a single sitting

overall a very nice beer...not my favorite ipa but glad its available....i will have this again as the temp warms up and we get closer to summer

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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have drank a lot of these bad boys. Whenever i go home to the east coast i end up consuming at least two 6's (what with all of the "welcome back" festivities)

The Smutty nose IPA is probably my favorite session IPA. From the time you pour it into your pint glass, you can smell the crisp hops. It is relatively light bodied while being just boozy enough to keep a party buzz without slowing you down.

It is exceptionally balanced, has a pleasant mouth feel and a drinkability that only few IPA's manage to sustain after your 3rd.

hazah, smutty. hazah.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Longstaff
2.38/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had this beer over the years since the original release, and even though it has been drastically inconsistent in both bottle and draft format, I think its time to write this one off as inconsistency has seemed to just become consistent mediocrity in recent years. Light non-descript hop aroma mixes with sulfur. Somewhat astringent bitterness offset by a sweetish malt background that bored. No juicy, citrusy, grapefruit, or pine hop aroma or flavor it once had that made this beer interesting. Bet buy date notched May 2012, so this can't be that old. At $9.50 a six pack not worth the chance that it might actually be good to bother anymore.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.29/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peach color with about a two-fingers width head, which stays intact about halfway through the glass. Plenty of lacing down the sides. Quite attractive.

The scent was nice - typical IPA scents of pear, mango, and a hint of grapefruit - but it seemed a bit weak to me compared to some other IPAs I've had lately.

Some grapefruit rind is notable in the taste, but a piney flavor comes through in the finish and aftertaste. It's not overpowering though, and not as mouth-puckering bitter as some other IPAs. Personally, I'd like to taste the citrus a little more and the pine a little less. A slight breadiness from the malts is barely noticeable in the background. Nice mouthfeel. Overall, a very good IPA.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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