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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,766
Hads: 4,912
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 294
Gots: 890 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 1,766 | Hads: 4,912
Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the label by the way. Anyways, this beer was what I call a reverse IPA. By that I mean that most beers use bittering hops usually in the beginning minutes of a boil then follow by their aroma hops towards the end, with a wide range of dry hopping hops. This one tasted like they used aromatic hops where the bitters usually go then vise versa. I probably said hops twenty times, I apologize lol. It's a cool take, a beer I'd definitely drink again but wouldn't be in my top tier beers.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nicely crafted IPA with a pretty drinkable profile. Malty and floral with a crisp bitter finish. Body was light to medium light. It is a shame this isn't more readily available near me. If it were, and in cans, I could see making this one a regular go to.

Would absolutely purchase and drink again.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.96/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is about as well-balanced as IPA's can get. True to its advertising, it is crisp and drinkable yet a truly hoppy IPA. World class indeed. I will be interested to try other beers from this brand.

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Photo of dd43
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an under appreciated IPA. Exceptional balance, wonderful citrus aromas of mango, melon, and peach, no alcohol present despite 6.9% ABV and easy drinking in terms of body and carbonation. Has a really pleasant candied citrus/orange note on the inhale, almost jammy. Fits the east coast IPA ideal to a T. If there was one thing I'd want dialed back just a tad, it's the simcoe due to the ever so slight ammonia like odor. Thankfully the citrus mostly covers that up.

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Photo of Kopps
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle; no date.

A: Poured a 1/2 finger head with minimal much lacing; didn't fall off quickly. Dark amber with a haze..

S: Nice malt and citrus striking the nose quickly..

T:This is a very nice APA. Strong citrus with lingering hops.

M: Nice carbonation; great mouthfeel.

Overall: a great refreshing APA.

New Pour:
Head was about 1" with nice lacing after 1 min. Cleaner glass this time?
Stronger grapefruit aroma this time.
Still love it!

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Photo of Fitzy01
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not as impressed as I thought I would be. After trying the rhino rye ipa I had high hopes for this beer. It's good just not as hoppy and crisp as I like

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dank and hoppy smell precedes the golden pour. Tastes like a classic northeast IPA - albeit one that's very well done - with a sweet malt backbone that balances out the citrus flavor and slightly bitter aftertaste. The dank aroma sticks with the beer throughout and is very enjoyable. Not too sweet, not too sticky - great beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 8/1/15 from Beers of the World. Served cold in a Duvel tulip. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.Hazy apricot. White head that dissolves into thin film. Aroma is pine and candied citrus. Flavor is bready with some orange marmelade tang and a kiss of pine. Mouthfeel is good. This is a superb IPA.

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

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/8/15. Bottle date is 6 months prior, from what I've read. So this is about 6 weeks old.

Cloudy, burnt orange body with some haze. Delicious hop aromas. This one's right up my alley. Tons of juicy hop character, a decent amount of bitterness but not abrasive. Dry. $8.99/sixer, damn good price. I haven't had this beer in years, but I think it's time to bring it back into the rotation.

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Photo of Sintech
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Pine and citrus.

Taste - Malt and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation.

Overall - Decent IPA.

Grade (B)

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Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and translucent golden amber brew. Good head size and retention; snow white, leaving behind lovely lacing.

Strong, juicy hop aroma that I can smell from a distance. At first I got ruby red grapefruit, but up close, it becomes more tropical, with huge dank notes starting to dominate. I wouldn't have pegged Amarillo specifically (as opposed to, say, Citra), but its presence is definitely the dominant factor in the aroma. Slightly sweet pale malt backbone.

Flavor follows, with quite a bit more grainy malt on the palate, especially up front, than you would guess based on the aroma. There's a slightly tart juiciness on the tip of the tongue, and the back half is all dank hops: earthy and herbal, with a hint of pineapple. Citrus peel on the long aftertaste.

Lively, bitter, with an effervescent finish.

Despite the significant hop presence, especially on the aroma, I can't help but think that this brew is a little stale in the way the malts are represented on the palate.

Edit: had it on draft recently, and I had the same impression of staleness. I chose to give up on it after three sips and got a beer I knew I'd enjoy more. It's possible it was an old keg, and it's possible that it's related to the dank hop profile. Nonetheless, despite the sky-high ratings for this brew, I've now had two experiences with it where it showed promise, but ultimately came across as stale and unpleasant.

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Photo of ELS
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer smells very enticing with citrus, pine, and floral. I was surprised by the floral smell so I kept smelling it and it was definitely there. The taste had a quick bite of clean citrus and pine bitterness which was great but the big let down was that the beer just lingers. I was waiting for a satisfying finish but it just wasn't happening. By the end of the beer I felt one was enough. Maybe I'll try it again in a couple months. Maybe my palette was off?

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Photo of Phillip13
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA has the perfect name as it is the Finest beer brewed by Smuttynose Brewing. A very hoppy beer with a nice bitter aftertaste and a great bite at te finish. If you like your hops this is a beer for you.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light hazy, yellow beer with a three finger high, white head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, grapefruit and grass.
Taste: Pine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel malt, biscuit and orange.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing, dry ending. Great bitterness. Sweet malty feeling.

Great refreshing, original, IPA! I definitely want more of this!

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Photo of frozyn
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white head that turns into a thin white ring that clings to the glass.

S -- Citrus, namely grapefruit, at first with a malt backbone. An earthy something is in there as well.

T -- Puckering bitterness straight up, grapefruit and down-to-earth pine. There was a flavor I couldn't figure out until I read one of the Brothers' reviews: salt. The malt comes through biscuity and delicious.

F -- Dry, crisp carbonation, and very refreshing.

O -- Really great IPA. The intense hoppiness work well the bready malt and the feel makes it one helluva refreshing brew. Despite the ABV, I think this is a very sessionable beer, which makes it delightfully dangerous. It's a definite keeper

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent berry-like fruit characteristics and sweetness. Drinks exceptionally easily. A great go-to IPA as far as the combination of flavor and easy-drinking, throwback-a-dozen refreshing qualities. Great stuff.

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Photo of Dylanfabish
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super solid. Under the radar beer at least here in the Pittsburgh area. Haven't had it in years but glad I picked up a sixer today. Satisfying on every front.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definition of a go to... Never disappointing. You will not get a better ipa for the price. And extremely happy to see it in cans now. Hats off again to Smuttynose

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: golden orange with a creamy, sticky head
Smell: grapefruit rind, orange peel, pine sap
Taste: grapefruit, oranges, peach, pine tree, honey and biscuits
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a slightly chewy mouthfeel
Overall: a great balanced ipa

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” cream colored persistent, clingy foam collar.
S: Big bready nose with some citrus and spice.
T: Light biscuit to graham cracker, melon then an assertive, clean bitter finish like a Peychaud’s bitter. Citrus flavors increase as it warms.
F: Very creamy yet also has a bright crispness, refreshing, medium body, medium high carbonation.
O: A very flavorful, refreshing drink all night IPA.

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

This is a really good one, a great old-school East Coast IPA styled beer. We just recently starting seeing Smuttynose available in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've been wanted to try this one for awhile and was not disappointed.

Very pleasant flora aroma with medium carbonation. Very good sweet flavors with medium bitterness. Easy drinking beer. This a great one.

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good summer beer.

It pours out light amber with a lot of foam that disspates quickly.

It is very citrusy with a nice bitter finish. It's not my favorite IPA, but definitely pleasant and refreshing - perfect for summer.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Of course a San Diego native is going to come into this beer with some bias. But I did my best to be open minded. And it paid off. 12oz (2 to be sure) into a tulip. Deep golden color with a nice white head. Aroma of tropical with no real hint of malt in the nose, which was interesting since the take on NE brews is "balance." The flavor pretty well let go of the tropical in favor of some juicy citrus. Beautiful grapefruit that was present and tasty but not overpowering. Nice little biscuity malt across the palate with a sharp little blast of dry bitterness in the finish. Pretty light bodies which can make for a dangerous easy drinker. Top shelf IPA for sure.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Feels like a double IPA! Orange notes, lots of malt balancing hop profile. Would buy again but I only found singles out here californi- way. Guess I'll buy the singles

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Photo of FFreak
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 'best by 10/18/15', purchased a single from the Dam Store, poured into a tall tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden-apricot with a half-finger of creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves a ton of lace. Aroma is citrus and melon combined with just a tinge of herbs. The taste is also mostly citrus and melon with a really nice balance of malty sweetness and soft bitterness. The mouth feel was exceptional, with a delicious creaminess on top of a medium body and somewhat low carbonation. Overall, I'm very pleasantly surprised by this IPA. I may have to add it to my everyday IPA list.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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