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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,774 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,774
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 203
Gots: 260 | 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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scootsmal

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-21-2012 16:09:06 | More by scootsmal
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dbell23

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 21:32:06 | More by dbell23
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hoptitsbrews

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-17-2012 05:25:10 | More by hoptitsbrews
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jdhasse

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

09-16-2012 15:45:07 | More by jdhasse
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flyingmick

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

09-16-2012 14:46:51 | More by flyingmick
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kbrown

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-16-2012 00:13:05 | More by kbrown
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jeanphony

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-15-2012 00:14:41 | More by jeanphony
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ambruns1979

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-14-2012 21:55:06 | More by ambruns1979
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Lee45102

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-14-2012 01:18:52 | More by Lee45102
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mgironta

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-13-2012 18:55:46 | More by mgironta
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RussBecker1


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle to a pint glass.

A- Textbook IPA look. Golden haze sits with hints of orange and pale ambers. Small but thick head with substantial lacing swirling throughout the glass.

S-Very balanced, for an IPA, much more malt than to be expected. Earthy malts with a touch of caramel, followed by a nice influx of hops and maybe a bit of melon? Definitely some sort of mild sweet fruit that is nice. Not overpowering though.

M-Great mix of viscosity and carbonation. Able to stay crisp and refreshing while still coating the mouth well enough to give a nice lasting flavor.

T-A perfect example of a great East Coast IPA. Starkly different than most California products (especially stone) as the hops are not the forefront of this beer. In fact it does not have a technical forefront as the hops malts and citrusy flavors blend quite well with one another.

O-Smutty shows that the North East is no slouch when it comes to hop-head brews. Very very nice I will certainly have again

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 18:13:11 | More by RussBecker1
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 17 October 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, fluffy, white head with very good retention. Hazy gamboge orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin wisp which sticks around until the end of the glass and leaves some decent lacing down the sides. Good looking IPA.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel malts as well, melon notes and some light piney hops. All the ingredients are there, but just a little mild to really be impressive.

TASTE: Pale and caramel malts again, with some floral and piney hop flavors at the swallow. Bolder and lingering aftertaste of bitter, piney hops, floral notes and some sweet honeydew melon notes as balance. Lots of piney bitterness lingers on the palate. Pretty good, though the bitterness is a touch too dominant perhaps.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes relatively dry. A good dose of bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: A good beer, but the bitterness is just a little too forward and seems to wash out some of the other flavors. A little more malty sweet flavor after the swallow would help this one a bit. That said, this is a good beer and many hopheads will be glad to drink it in mass quantities.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 09:50:12 | More by Jeffo
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-11-2012 03:59:34 | More by Schmuckles
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SierraDeuce

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-10-2012 21:47:55 | More by SierraDeuce
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claytong

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

09-10-2012 02:59:44 | More by claytong
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-09-2012 06:51:08 | More by StubFaceJoe
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VagueRant

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-08-2012 01:34:48 | More by VagueRant
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Freshlikeugh

Hawaii

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

09-08-2012 00:14:16 | More by Freshlikeugh
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tenlbpain

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-07-2012 23:42:32 | More by tenlbpain
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jurbanik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-07-2012 15:15:59 | More by jurbanik
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MonkeyStain

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-07-2012 12:36:02 | More by MonkeyStain
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cjac

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-07-2012 03:18:05 | More by cjac
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Snipe-Snout


4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-06-2012 22:15:10 | More by Snipe-Snout
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mtnwesdew

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-06-2012 20:44:11 | More by mtnwesdew
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danipp

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-06-2012 19:39:00 | More by danipp
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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