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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,486
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 262
Gots: 585 | FT: 5
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P- Mcneilly 6 pack in Pittsburgh

A- apricot color with yeast particles suspended in mid beer. It looks like apricot jello. very nice. Minimal head and minimal lacing.

S- ooh beautiful citrus and pine combination. I have to say the best smell from an IPA with the citrus/pine.

F- flavor mimics the nose. very nice. the citrus hits on the back end as well with the pine hitting the forefront. Perfect mixture and combo. impressive.

M- refreshingly dry and hoppy. I love it. goes down smooth and it is light bodied.

O- a great beer from smuttynose and I rec anyone try it. I want a case of it.


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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with visible yeast sediment in suspension. Full, well-structured ivory colored foam. Nose is stubborn, a bit bready with citrus tones. Presents a strong malt backbone that transitions to a powerful pine hoppiness, drying to a pleasantly bitter finish. Feel is maybe a little thin but still crisp. A nice choice for an American-brewed IPA.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by date 1/1/14

A: A clear pale orange color with 1 1/2 fingers of white creamy head. The lead leaves thick lacing as it goes down the glass. Lacing is continuous from the initial head down to the final sip. Good looking ipa.

S: Strong resin hops mixed with a little honey and earthy grass aroma.

T: Good strong citrus and resin hops with a bit of plum sweetness and tartness. The beer starts off with the sweet citrus plum taste and finishes good and bitter. Nice bitter burn on the palate. Hints of honey sweetness are quickly washed over by the bitter resin punch of hops in the finish.

M: Slightly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation transitions to the bitter finish quite nicely and helps to soften the bitter punch at the end. Good balancing act.

O: Very good ipa. Good sweet hop flavor up front that finishes with a good bitter hop punch. Well balanced with subtle honey and plum sweetness from the malt. Very hop forward ipa and very good.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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%

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3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from Barrels and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 1.79. Best by 11/20/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a hazy orange hue with notible turbidity and just over a finger of tight pale head. Decent lace.

Smells of pine, cracker and a hint of citrus zest.

Taste is bitter pine, citrus rind, grass, cracker, white peppercorn and faint malt sweetness.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Long bitter piney finish.

I'll chalk this one up to a difference in tastes. It scores highly and I know it's generally well regarded. Not bad but this seems to focus much more on hop bitterness than the juicy hop flavors I prefer. While there is technically nothing wrong with it, this is a one time purchase for me.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 4,486 ratings.