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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,882 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,882
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 211
Gots: 295 | 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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AussiexTJ


2.5/5  rDev -39%

11-12-2012 08:50:59 | More by AussiexTJ
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BlackTuesday

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-12-2012 02:08:22 | More by BlackTuesday
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mehltres

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle into my Harry Potter Butterbeer mug. Go ahead, laugh.

A. Nice golden straw color, cloudy. Some particulate floating around.
S. Clean and citrusy. Some grapefruit.
T. There is a brief moment of clean and then the sticky hop hits. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and lemon, a little pIne and grassiness with some floral notes. Nice balance. I am not getting much malt.
M. Nice medium body, good carbonation. A little alcohol burn at the end.
O. A solid East Coast IPA. Very well balanced and a good example of the style. A good go-to IPA.

11-10-2012 23:05:11 | More by mehltres
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kdawg978


4.55/5  rDev +11%

Delicious! Served from a bottle into a mug.

A - Copper color and cloudy, unfiltered.

S - Clean citrus smell, notes of orange

T - Not overly hoppy citrus in the front with malty bitter finish with slight alcohol.

M - Smooth creamy feel

O - I love this beer. perfect balance, not too hoppy but delicious.

11-10-2012 21:06:30 | More by kdawg978
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darcange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-10-2012 15:40:02 | More by darcange
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Ozurr

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-09-2012 21:39:14 | More by Ozurr
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-09-2012 20:43:13 | More by dunix
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Gtreloquence

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22%

11-08-2012 01:09:12 | More by Gtreloquence
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Steimie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-07-2012 21:53:21 | More by Steimie
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-07-2012 00:10:21 | More by IdrinkGas
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

11-06-2012 20:16:05 | More by cfalovo97
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-06-2012 08:04:29 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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dwhitey517


4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

11-06-2012 04:47:39 | More by dwhitey517
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andthevolcano

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

11-06-2012 01:28:50 | More by andthevolcano
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JEdmund

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

A rusty-tinged orange color, a bit hazy, and a good looking creamy head.

Smells like a lot of citrus hops, but there’s also an abundant malt profile as well—slightly scorched sugar and toast. There also seems to be a slight herbal hop quality as well. Nice and complex.

Taste kicks off with a big hop bite that just hangs on through the finish. Body feels just right with ample carbonation and a generous mouthfeel. Hops kick off citrusy and herbal then end on a strong orange note. Malt isn’t as big as I expected based on the aroma, but for the style, they’re doing their part letting the hops be the star. Malts are fairly bready neutral, but there’s a slight toasted element to them as well. Again, complex and enjoyable.

Overall this is a solid IPA. I drink so many citrus bombs that I really enjoy having an IPA that also throws in some different hop qualities as well as a bit of malt to appreciate. Balanced yet plenty bitter. Happy to have tried it.

11-04-2012 23:20:40 | More by JEdmund
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%

Beautiful orange goldish color with solid, foamy head in the glass.

Grassy and hoppy smell with a touch of citrus.

Wonderful citrus and hop balance with a bit of the alcohol shining through in the finish.

Amazing and easy drinking IPA. Exactly what an IPA should be. One of my favorites for sure.

11-04-2012 20:31:40 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +18%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. This is becoming my go to beer in place of Sierra Nevada (still a big favorite of mine). It is readily available in the Boston area and has that nice lingering bitterness that you get from the hoppy beers. A little lighter in color than a Dogfish 60 or Sierra Nevada, but has that same great aftertaste. Looking forward to the next one in a few minutes.

11-04-2012 14:47:00 | More by msondel
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mitch3114

New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

11-03-2012 20:58:38 | More by mitch3114
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leinie13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

11-03-2012 20:00:15 | More by leinie13
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zahara15

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-03-2012 14:23:33 | More by zahara15
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jonas

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-03-2012 13:43:19 | More by jonas
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-03-2012 02:52:41 | More by pjs234
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-03-2012 02:52:33 | More by tbone1384
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Kevin79

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-03-2012 01:34:55 | More by Kevin79
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-02-2012 06:31:00 | More by chippo33
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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