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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

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

Added by Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July, Sampled October 2005
Pours a hazy copper color and it topped by a frothy two finger thick pale tan head. The aroma is certainly hoppy with an initial sharp herbal note that succumbs to a candied orange peel scent. The aroma is a good mix of floral nectar like qualities and a solid citrusy note. The palate of this beer is fairly light; makes for easy drinking. It is full flavored though with a solid hop contribution throughout. The beer starts out with a tingling hop note that tickles the tongue in combination with the carbonation. It finishes with a solid bitter hop bite that just begs for you to take another sip. In the middle is a mix of flavors running from orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, a certain spicy basil quality, and pine needles. The hops create a really sharp, yet clean biting bitterness that runs from beginning to end; really quite nice.

This is one of those easy quaffing beers that you wish came in a 22oz bottle, 12oz just does not seem like enough. There is nothing out of this world about this beer, but it seems like a solid go to beer that I would happy to drink a lot of if I did not live in AZ.

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

Pours a hazy peach color with a small creamy head - good retention - semi-sticky lacing. Smells of pungent hops, lightly citrus...mmm. Tastes of some citrus hops and a strong pine resin flavor, crisp and fresh. Straight-up hop flavors that linger yet are not overly bitter. They roll off the tongue with a light dry finish.

Definately an IPA for hop-lovers. Nearly perfect..."finest kind" indeed.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Craving some hops, been on more of a malty beer kick lately. Poured a hazy gold in color with a spongey head. Stringy lace that slides back into the glass. Aroma is floral bouquet of hoppiness. Which is immediately confirmed with the first sip. This beer is hops; small explosions of oily bitterness all over the tongue. But then those hop bites recede into a slightly sweet malty finish. Oiliness kind of sticks around a bit. Felt like I was squeezing lemon rinds right onto mouth tongue. Served quite cold and was very crisp and refreshing, Way too easy to drink.

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

Hazy golden amber with nice cream colored lacing. Smells very refreshing with a lot of fresh grapefuit citrus. Its like a grapefruit farm that lies on the border of a pine forest, that as a orchard near by. A little bit of earthiness underneath. Tastes very grapefruity evened out by the grassy pine grains. Full of taste with waves of bitteress that break through the grapefruit peel finish.

Nice IPA. Well rounded + good grapefruit hops a lot.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into my glass, with a british golden syrup hue (although certainly not the texture). Big gunky, chunky floaters of hop and yeast make this fully colloidal. Sure, they look nasty, but that's the good stuff -- you want it in there. Looks like pure, unfiltered hop juice. A healthy head floats on top of everything.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy, lacking any astringent notes, and full of ripe peach, nectarine, lime and grapefruit zest. No piney notes here. All juice.

Taste develops with passionfruit, fall honey, fresh, vital candied citrus, big, beautiful hops. Unbelievably fresh. The only hop profile I've found this fresh came from wet-hopped beers, or my own homebrew, only a week or two after brewing. Bitterness is here as balance, but never puckers the cheeks or obliterates the other important elements. Delicioso.

Mouthfeel is nice and even, smooth enough to be dangerously drinkable, but still jumpy enough to create a good hop burp here and there.

Drinkability, as noted above, is fantastic. I hold myself to one or two though -- I'd hate to spoil how much I enjoy each bottle of this brew.

All in all, a fantastic beer. Really quite excellent. One of the only IPAs that I'd consider buying a whole case of (because I brew so much IPA myself). Another winner from Smutty's "little" beers, and worlds better than the Big A. Highly recommended.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard so much about this IPA, and now thanks to Vintage Cellar I now have the opportunity to try it. It totally lives up to the hype.

The beer pours to a hazy golden color with a nice inch-high frothy head. Appears to be a decent carbonation. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smells quite hoppy. Very bubblegummy and citric. Smells like amarillo with perhaps another hop variety mixed. A very nice combo, whatever it is. A bit of a caramel malt aroma backs up the hops.

The taste is one of the best IPA's I've had. Excellent blend of malt and hops flavors. Not overly bitter, not too sweet, but still containing a very pronounced flavor from all of the above.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with a bit of a thick body. A small and pleasant lingering bitterness tempts the drinker for another sip. Too bad my bottle is almost empty. I would love to have this beer available in my neck of the woods. Quite possibly the best and most balanced IPA I've had to date, though I sure would love to try Stone's again.

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Photo of eveninghawk
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is dated June.

Pours a golden-orange hue, cloudy, and there's lots of suspension going on here, even after settling for a few minutes. There's nice lacing, the beer sticks to the sides of the glass and the mouth, giving a good feel. There's a steady stream of small bubbles (hard to see through the suspendeds).

Grapefruity, with a hint of rind-like bitter. There's a pretty flowery aroma. On each taste, the grapefruit sour is backed by a light malty sweetness before the hoppy bitterness kicks in. This is definitely a beer that smacks the palate around a bit. A beer that wants to be boss, but doesn't run the show as much as a true winning IPA in my book.

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Photo of OldSock
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer is almost peach in color with a nice head, and good lacing. Alot of sediment. The smell is grapefruit and fine but not overwhelming. Taste is awesome. Buttered bread malts and grapefruit. Lots and lots of grapefruit and not very much pine in this one. This is a more fruity/buttery version of the style than most. That I believe is a good thing. Definitely tasty as hell. Hops are awesome, not too strong, but leave you wanting more. Drinkability is off the charts; alcohol taste is nowhere to be found. My new favorite IPA.

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Photo of Naes
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown and orange in color, with a tall frothy white head. The smell is of grapefruit and is supper hopy. The flavor is of grapefruit, pine and a bit grassy. The finish is a wonderful hop bitterness. It’s mildly carbonated and is a bit oily, though not thick by any means. This one goes down quick and easy, and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that this is probably my favorite IPA. Served from a 12 oz bottle, it pours a slightly hazy light amber. The initial aroma is of grapefruit rind, hops fill the nose. Wow, the initial taste is of citrus fruit rind and pine, that finishes with a very nice hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, not too thin or thick, carbonation is fairly light. This is one drinkable IPA. Very smooth beginning that finishes with a great hop bitterness that leaves me wanting more. Its hard for me to just sip this beer its so good. Definitely a beer to seek and enjoy if you haven't had the chance. A beer that is always in my beer fridge.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first tried this brew when it was introduced and fell immediately in love. This is a great example of the category. Fresh, clean with plenty of hops and malty undertones to carry you through. Light enough for summery drinking, but put together for year round enjoyment. It pours golden, with a decent head. Smells of fresh hops and flowers. The finish goes on and on with this serious beer with a rich, easy malt finish. Enjoy!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You won't have any problem getting your hop fix from this guy. There's some malt presence as a supporting player but this is mostly carbonated hop juice. Definately not for the brainwashed macro pansies... should only be explored by true hop heads.
Very well made. Deep, aggressive flavors. It seems to me that this could easily withstand more alcohol if it wanted.
Solid stuff.

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Photo of BikerPA
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer has a slight chill haze. A bit lighter in color than I am used to, but it has nice character. Good nose, but not overpowering. I'm surprised the ABV at 6.6 is so high, for this alcohol is very well hidden by the taste. This beer is definitely worth trying. However, the alcohol could sneak up on you, so be careful.


Yours in good cheer,

Biker PA

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Photo of scooter231
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours an orangeish color with poofy white head and pretty lacing. Extremely clear beer- can see right through the glass. Smell is hoppy, sweet and floral hops, a slight sour tang in the background. Sweet malt scents also come through here. Light, earthy, intriguing.

Taste is, as you would expect, hoppy. Sweet but tangy, a bit bitter near the end of the sip, a good bite. Alcohol is very well hidden here. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation, maybe slightly watery, but overall nice. This beer is quite drinkable- tasty, not too overpowering, and sneakily six and a half percent.

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Photo of Celt44
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - golden hue with a medium head and lacing that remainjs throughtout. Cloudier than any other IPA that I've had.
Smell - Strong smell of Apricots. Grapefruit also comes to mind. Very smooth and inviting.
Taste - Here's where the grapefruit takes over. Hops flavor jumps out from start to finish. A hophead's dream.
Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is noticeable.
Drinkability - Definitely an exceptional IPA. It's going down easy on this 90 degree+ day in upstate NY.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer won our blind taste test from among 11 other New England and Mid-Atlantic IPA's. In fact, it was everyone's unanimus choice as the best beer. We tried this beer at the 2002 Vermont Brew Festival, and jokes about it as "the Butter Beer", because of a somewhat buttery aftertaste.

But we are not joking about it anymore. It pours a good head, has good lacing and an excellent hop aroma. It has everything that us West Coast hopheads enjoy in a beer. In even smelling the empty bottle, we longed for more of the fine citrus flavor from the blend of hops and malt. The aroma and taste were great. This beer had everything.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in May 2005

Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head. Some lacing, not much. Smells of citrusy hops, grapefruit, lime and orange rind. Some hints of tangerine.

Taste is bitingly bitter/lightly sweet citrus hops. Hops explode on the tongue. Some crisp pale malt. Orange rind and grapefruit. Mouth is crisp with a long lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Orange rind is prevalent. Well-crafted, it all works nicely together. i could drink these all night long. A very good IPA. If avaialable here in ATL it would be in my regular rotation...

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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best bottle photography ever. Ever. Pours nice for an APA. Hazy orange, cute little head.

Strong smell of yeast and hops. I can't place the hops--I wish I could but they are both too far beyond me. Suffice to say that it's nice. That's really all I need--it smells yummy.

Tastes like it smells. Bready yeast with dough, lots of dry, bitter hops.

Goes down smooth. Wonderful, wonderful beer right here.

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Photo of sponberg
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on May 27, 2005

As I stated a year and a half ago, brilliant amber with a fluffy white head. I take a sniff... ahhh, American hops, loud and proud. Simcoe screams at me "Drink me!!"

On that colder day, the bitterness seemed out of balance. Tonight, after a half hour bike ride on a warm summer evening, this may be nigh on perfect. Still intensely, citrically aggressive, with a hop bite that makes the taste buds stand at attention, but somehow the balance seems more "on" in very hot weather - cuts the thirst like very few other beverages that I can think of, let alone beers. The malts line up more, with a pleasant malt graininess (in a good way). On a hot day, it's scary drinkable.

In the winter I may buy a six pack in six months. In the summer? Where's the IV...

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Photo of studentofbeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light, golden orange with a proper white head that has good lacing and staying power. But it's cloudy as hell. Maybe i poured a bit too aggressively.

smell: lemon zest, some sweetness and pine, but not a whole lot going on in this department. i think i've let the bottle sit a bit too long before review.

light in style but bracing bitterness. orange and some marmalade in the malt, but mostly some strong hopping that really rinses the palate. excellent hop aftertaste. mouthfeel is dry and relatively thin--perfect for the crushing hops to do their work. easy to go down as long as you can take the bitterness and hop flavor, which lasts into eternity in the aftertaste.

a nice beer, too bad this is my last one and i waited too long to review it. an east coast IPA with some definite west coast ambition. wish we could get it out here. i would likely rate this even higher if i had a fresher bottle.

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze, orange gold colour with an off-white head. Dense foam shows good lacing and retention. Clean citrusy hop aroma, orange and grapefruit, slightly floral, but definitely intense. Light malty character appears as it warms up a bit. Bready malt flavour is in there providing some balance, but this one's all about hops. Bitterness is quite assertive and lingers in the resinous finish. Citrus hoppiness throughout, and there's a bit of alcohol towards the end. Very creamy texture with low carbonation and medium body. Really smooth and drinkable. Quite an excellent IPA and one that I'll look for again.

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Photo of lou91
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told that this was better than the big “A” IPA which I really liked. It poured with a yellow orange cloudy haze with pleasant grapefruit hoppy scents. I can see why people like this IPA. It has a great body and bitterness much like the british bitters which is so often missing in the style. Long dry finish with a silkiness unlike so many IPAs. It is worth a try but not excellent.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle, bottling date included, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden color, tiny particles floating in the beer, head retention was average.

Aroma: Floral hops was the dominant smell here, pleasant but not too strong.

Taste: Very hoppy with a hint of pine. Simply put, exactly what I desire in an IPA.

Mouthfeel: This was also exceptional. Light bodied with an exceptionally strong flavor. The finish was all hops and pine and lingered just long enough, but not too long.

Overall: This is an excellent IPA, I can't think of a single bad thing to say about it.

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Photo of CherylM
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I liked Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog Ale so much that I decided to try their IPA. Good carbonation, light copper color, head lingered. It was a little too bitter for my liking--primarily grapefruit! Although it would be a refreshing summer beer, it didn't seem to mix too well with food. Not the best nor worst IPA I've tasted. Don't think I'll buy another bottle.

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