Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,755
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 286
Gots: 760 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of Dithyramb
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed as a 12 oz bottle as part of a mixed 12 pack at a buddy's house. As usual, nice labeling and marketing with a clearly visible bottled on date.

Bright orange chill hazed brew with plenty of carbonation going on. Lacing and retention were top notch.

Very aromatic mixture of pines and grapefruit with a bit of grainy malt in the backgroun. Biting bitterness all over the flavor profile. After having some weaker IPAs recently, it was good to have this one. Great mixture of the various hops, being piney, grapefruity, and a bit of floral on the back end. Alcohol comes in as an afterthought. Good backbone of grassy/grainy malts that don't bother to get in the hops way.
Medium bodied and the hops bitch slap your mouth
Very drinkable. Goes well on the boat, on the porch, and with food. A great drinkin summer brew.

Photo of sacfly
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have been meaning to review this for a long time…
Pours a hazy yellow/orange. Don’t worry. The sediment at the bottom IMO make the beer look chunky and strange, but taste just great. Nice white head, that lasts and lasts. The smell is in your face pine and grapefruit. The taste is unmistakably grapefruit. This beer has over taken DFH 60 for me in terms of my house stock IPA. Crisp, clean, light body, and most importantly- delicious. The best of the Smuttynose offerings and one of the best IPA’s I have ever laid taste buds on. They set the bar high for others that wish to follow…

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand delivered by Rapopoda (big thanks!) this is a beer I normally wouldn't have a chance to try on the left coast...

The beer pours a deep yellow-gold with a bit of haze; the head is a sticky off white that leaves a bit of fine lacing on the glass as the drink progresses.

The smell is a bit on the light side for an IPA - mostly grassy and herbal notes with a little bit of sweet malt as well. Certainly not an 'aggressive' nose on this puppy.

The taste is quite nice. As you'd expect there's a very prevalent hop note that strikes first and sustains throughout the sip. Somewhere along the halfway point you realize that there are some rather distinct sweet malt notes - a bit of saltine cracker (without the salt) and a hint of sweet corn (no, this isn't an adjunct and yes, sweet corn is a good taste) The hops are primarily floral, herbal and grassy - not your 'west coast' IPA which is mostly citrus and pine. The malt/hop tastes are very well balanced and this is a plenty smooth drink.

Mouthfeel is equally good - it's a light bodied brew with enough fine carbonation to lighten up the experience even more. No unpleasant aftertastes and no overly bitter dryness.

All and all a very tasty brew. I'm often looking for beers that are well balanced. While it's quite easy to build a 'hop monster' that could tear the enamel right off your teeth, it takes a real artisan to create a balanced, nuanced brew composed of strong notes. The brewers at Smuttynose have succeeded at finding that harmony.

Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy amber with a good not quite white head. grapefruit and pine aromas dominates the nose. resinous big grapefruity bitterness, minimally balanced with caramel and a very light bread-like flavor. leaves bitterness in the back of the throat, and has me burping hops (the sign of a truely good IPA). i find a little pear hidden under some of the stornger flavors. crisp and dry with fairly delicate carbonation. I don't find beers to be very thirst quenching, but this one delivers in that department. very good drinkability due to this thirst quenching quality and it being a very good IPA.

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the label of two old guys proclaiming the "finest". Pours out a dull orange color that is cloudy and full of sediment which reminds me of citrus pulp. There is a nice off-white rocky head that leaves a minimal amount of lace.

The aroma is noticably grapefruit like and piney. The taste is very dry and citrusy with a over the top hop flavor. This is a good thing. There seems to be a decent amount of carbonation that leaves a fizzy taste. There is a good amount of pine flavor in the aftertaste. This is a very good IPA, one of the best I have had lately.

Photo of cubedbee
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a finger of off-white head and good retention. Big hops aroma---both citrus and resinous piney scents. A bready malt aroma also lurks in the background. Taste is very bitter upfront, a bit of doughy malt in the middle, and huge resinous hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied with a slick oily feel of hops. This is an excellent IPA, unbalanced towards the hops, but in this case in an excellently tasty way.

Photo of jakester
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz. bottle with a born on month (May)

Pours a slightly hazy, yellowish/orange with a one finger off white foamy head that settles to a coating that stays on the top. Great lacing all the way down. Good level of carbonation.

Smell is bright grapefruit, lemons, and grass. Faint biscuity malt comes through in the back, along with alcohol. I swear I smell seaweed. What the hell would THAT be?

A very strong bitter flavor hits the back of the throat, then overipe grapefruit and pine needles. Light caramel, really mild cigar(?), followed by warm alcohol. This IPA is pleasantly different!

A surprisingly soft carbonation, along with a very strong bittering and high attenuation makes for an enjoyable mouthfeel. There ain't much sugar left in this baby! The balance is definitely shifted toward the bitter, which I like. (It's an IPA)

This is a poundable beer, although I fear the alcohol could wind up giving you a few problems the next morning. I would definitely get this again!

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Public House Brookline. Had a clear amber coloring, random wandering carbonation, and an ample white head that left a scattering of wispy lace behind.
Nose had a floral aspect at first leading into a lightly grassy maltiness. This was quickly followed by the aromas of spruce needles and, even more intensely, grapefruit rinds.
A couple pulls and I got the jist of this IPA. Clean, slightly fruity sweet malt notes up front quickly swept aside by a rush of juicy, citrusy hops bitterness. This ranks as one of the most citrusy tasting IPA's I've had. The grapefruit peels flavor simply scours the tongue. Finishes drily after an almost creamy mid-section.
Drinkability is damn near off the scale, especially if you're in need of a serious hops fix. Smuttynose's "Finest Kind" IPA is one of the best IPA's I've had to date, rivalling many of my West Coast favorites such as Stone and Alesmith. A certain "must try" example of an American IPA.

Photo of bruachan
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grapefruit. i taste and smell grapefruit
a fine looking, pale IPA that left some lacing strata in my glass at the brickskeller. i'm nmot sure what C hop it is that is so astoundingly grapefruity, but damn, it's grapefruity. good body with some sweetness to keep the hop flavor in check

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here was something unusual... a hazy IPA. It was deep yellow, with a one finger head. Looked good, if unusual.

Aroma was of pine-like hops and grapefruit over medium bodied malt. Well balanced, but no doubt as to who was the boss here.

Taste was of sharp bitter grapefruit, high in alpha acids. WHAM! Right on the tongue. Delicious. Maltiness eventually worked its way in for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was in line for something this hoppy... not too chewy, but the hops were supported.

Drinkability was excellent. This was one truly great IPA. I still like DFH's 90 minute more, but this one makes a great runner-up.

Photo of Wonka
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notched for April

Appearance – slightly cloudy orange/gold body; 3-finger thick white, tiny-bubbled head; very reasonable lace; some particulates float about

Smell – grapefruit, pine and spice make the nose nice; rather lively

Taste – massive load of grapefruit; bit biscuity; good grapefruit rind close with big lasting effect

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – well-rounded, moderate, smooth feel that drops late; hop tinge on the edges of the tongue; glorious oily finish that doesn’t crash the experience between sips; really low on the dryness scale; big-time turnover capability

Here’s a favorite IPA. "Finestkind" is ready for the big time.

Photo of yelterdow
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Andy's Corner in Bogota for Smuttynose Promo Night 6/15/05.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange with an unbelievable head. The longer it sat in my pint glass, the thicker the head became. It was like a lesson in compression.

Smell: Grapefruit melds with pine sap... a nice blend of two distinctive attributes of a great IPA. Consistent with the bottled form of this beer, only that on tap this pours even fresher.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This will satisfy the most discerning hop lover, myself included. The alcohol is not at the levels associated with double-IPAs, but the flavor is. Recommended.

Photo of apintofknowledge
2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy, hazy orange-honey color with a 1/2" off-white head. The aroma of pine and grapefruit is dominant, signaling the hops to come. The taste starts with a sweet citrus, like pink grapefruit, that hits right away. It finishes with a slightly sour bitterness, much like a grapefruit would. Not a bad start, but as I drink, the overall flavor gets more and more bitter. A decent IPA overall, but nothing special, and the increasing bitterness makes it less drinkable to me than others.

Photo of quasimoto
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well it poured nicely from the tap to leave a 1/2 inch head which stuck around for a bit, and eventualy laced down the glass as I drank it. The Aroma was strong with hops but they smelled like fresh cut lawn as opposed to good, half spicy grass, half citrus. The mouth feel was a nice smooth feeling which exploded with hop bitterness. So much in fact that it completely covered any maltiness. I'm a hop head myself, but this beer was not a balance of easy going malt and hops and a pleasant aroma. It was more of a hop attack on all counts. The aftertaste really intrigued me. I sat there for a while and literally yelled it to a friend two seats over. ITALIAN BREAD!!! It was by far the oddest after-taste Ive ever tasted. (hence the large type) I liked it, but it was not fair (balanced) beer.

Photo of LPorter33
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance = Nice head retention. Cloudy and murky tiny pieces of something floating throughout. A golden brown color.

Smell = Solid IPA smell. Can smell the hops and citrus althrough they're a little light.

Taste = Wow. Probably the strongest citrus flavor of any IPA I've tried. Almost could pass as fermented grapefruit juice. Very refreshing and very bitter. I'd give it a 4.5 if they added a tiny bit more sweetness but it's still a pretty darn good taste.

Overall = Intersting flavor. I like it although the bitterness hurts it slightly as it hurts the drinkability. Even though it's a refreshing taste, after drinking a full beer, I am not desiring another one. I think the bitterness overwhelms any other flavor and doesn't really allow this beer to compliment anything else. I still recommend it for IPA fans though.

Photo of jdhilt
2.86/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a white, five-finger head, fades soon and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation. Clear amber color. Nose is hoppy, starts hoppy with some sweetness, finishes hoppy with some bitterness. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $6.29 for a 6-pak from Rite-Aid Pharmacy Concord, NH.

Photo of TongoRad
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decanted pour shows a cloudy deep amber color with a dense one-finger head. The head eventually settles down to a fine layer atop the beer.

Aroma is of fresh, almost raw, hops- citrus peel and piney resin- and suggestions of peaches and tropical fruit.

The beer is aggressively bitter on the palate, balanced with a good dose of caramel and some fruityness. The malt is sufficient to support the bitterness and the finish is dry. A hop 'coating' lingers in the mouth long after swallowing and, quite frankly, I'm not so crazy about that sensation hence my drinkability score.

Photo of ITK4ever
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer....period. I crave the hops. They hit you like a ton of bricks when you pop the bottle open. Pours nice amber color with a off-white head, lotsa lacing. Nose is hops, hops, hops. Bring it to your lips and it's again...hops, hops, and more hops. Malt comes in to try to balance it in the middle but the hops bitch-slaps them back into submission. Grapefruity finish that you too will crave. Love this stuff!!!

Photo of mntlover
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange mixture almost peach color with nice white head that leaves behind some decent lace.

Aroma is fruity floral inviting very nice on a sweet malt background. Some light pine and citrus hints in the mix also but the aroma doesn't smell bitter hoppy, it hides the hops softly in flowers.

Taste on the other hand is hoppy bitterness hitting the taste buds right away have about 2 seconds of caramel malt lightly floral and sweet. Hop bitterness is combination of orange peel grapefruit rind with hints of pine resin. Very nice IPA, light malt lots of hops wonderful aroma little light in the body but who cares at this point.

Mouthfeel is a little light but aides drinkability and wouldn't subtract for it here.

Drinkability is great a very nice IPA. mdavis31481 said it was his regular IPA of choice, I can see why now this beer rocks thanks for the sample.

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to find some IPAs in my beer of the month shipment, since all I ever seem to receive are stouts.

Smuttynose IPA pours a pale gold with a thin, short-lived head. It's very aromatic -- moreso than most IPAs in my experience -- with an intense bouquet of rasberry, citron and batangas. The flavor starts very sharp and hoppy, before yielding to a pleasant rush of lemon. It finishes dry and extremely clean.

I am impressed with this beer - from the whimsical label, to the clean finish of the very last drop.

Photo of HopMaster
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ten Stone.

A good, but not great IPA. I would rather have almost any of the other IPA's from this rating range - HopDevil, Stone IPA, Troegs Hopback or Nugget Nectar, etc.

Appearance: Light-golden color. Small, white head disappears quickly.

Aroma: Nice hop aroma with strong overtones of citrus and pine.

Taste: Strong hop flavor with very little malt balance. I am a hophead and the hop flavor and aroma was great, but the bitterness was too strong given the weak malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a medium body

Photo of deejaydan
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is all about the HOPS.

Pours a pale copper color. Some hazy "floaties" in it. Great lacing, low head retention.

Aroma-- Wow. Hoppy. Every kind of hop is present in this one, or at least that's the way it tastes. It's citrusy and piney and floral and spicy all at the same time.

Taste-- A bit more malt to balance would be ideal, but it's still great, following the aroma with multiple doeses of hops hitting your tounge.

Mouthfeel-- I think it's a touch over carbonated and thin for the style. Dialing down the carobonation would do great things for this.

Drinkability-- One of the best IPA's I've had.

Photo of doerickson
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden/orange, with a rocky, frothy ivory head. Smells like I have a raw hop flower lodged in my nose--citrus and grassy.

Sharp hop bitterness grabs the tongue and does not let go, with flavors of grapefruit & lemon zest and a leafy character. Slight biscuity malt is there for "balance", such as it is, but it's easy to ignore if you're after a strict hop bonanza. Bitter tang on the tongue serves as the finish.

A hop lover's wet dream, without tasting like your mouth got washed out with soap. A pair of thumbs up to Smuttynose.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date etched on label.
It pours a hazy orange-hued amber with a big, slow-fading off-white head and lots of sticky, clinging and trailing lacing.
A big whiff of floral hop is released immediately upon opening the bottle. Deep citrusy fragrant grapefruit and orange zest follow, as does a light smell of pinesap. A distant malty grain smell is noticed with a bit more concentration.
A lightly sweet caramelly malt is revealed incrementally as it warms. A mild taste of pears comes to mind.
Sharp-edged grapefruit and lemon zest bitterness really perk the pucker up. A bit of fumy alcohol is noticed from time to time. For all of the abundant hoppiness, this brew maintains a nice, lightly creamy malt body. This potent IPA should have a fairly decent shelf life.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass yeilding a deep golden-bronze color with about one finger of frothy white head. Slight yeast sediment floated near the bottom of the glass. Faint rings of lace rimmed the side of the glass but did not last for the length of the sample.

The smell was super citrus and hops upfront. Very powerful almost overwhelming grapefruit smell. I don't very much like grapefruit or grapefruit juice but decided to still give this a try.

Taste backed up the smell 100 percent. Overwhelmingly fruitty taste of nothing but grapefruit pounding the tastebuds. As soon as the grapefruit subsidded the hop bitterness kicked in just a strong if not stronger. Very strong bitter bite to each sip. Overall a very crisp, somewhat refrshing taste that kicks you in the mouth with bitterness.

Light to moderate on the palate with only a slight carbonation and overall smooth crisp feeling.

For me it was hard to drink not because of the bitterness but simply because I don't like grapefruit and this beer was inundated with it. It tasted like either a very bitter grapefruit beer, or a very fruitty American IPA (I lean towards the latter because of the hop content). I was content with having one, and don't think I'll rush back to this.

Not a bad beer, but not one for my tastes.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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