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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,770
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 203
Gots: 260 | FT: 3
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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:
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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Photo of eclipse54


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks a ton Bill!

Pours a hazy yellow straw color with some odd floaties swirling around in the body. After seeing it, I suspected yeast, but I certainly was not expecting it to come out of this bottle otherwise I would have decanted off the top 11 ounces. A finger's-width of foamy white head develops, but subsides relatively quickly. Smells of lemon, grapefruit, hops, pine, and a touch of sugar and clove. Tastes of hops, alcohol, straw, lemon, orange, and some caramelly malt in the rear. Mouth begins with a bitter hop presence, but mellows out in the middle and finishes smooth. An almost soapy aftertaste is left, but it's not entirely unpleasant. Moderate carbonation bubbles off the tongue. Overall, a decent IPA, but I feel there are much better offerings out there that are equally as accessible.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:07:50 | More by eclipse54
Photo of harrymel


2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by: Dec, 2011

A: Ale is ruddy copper after a open draining of the bottle. Three fingers of egg whites are whipped as a top. This falls slowly to a sheet of the same, cobweb lace. Chunks of yeast in suspension - cloudiness is of my doing, had it before and it's excellent clarity.

S: Slightly metallic and oxidized malts along with some earthy hops are here. Struggling to get much else in here. Some pine, little bit of grapefruit.

T: Bitter at first, then sweetness comes through in an almost chemical way. There is still the metallurgic tone I sensed in the nose, along with some robust peppered sage flavor. Herbal, not fruity.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Slightly slick finish.

O: Meh, it's very average in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:06:10 | More by harrymel
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Rocky offwhite thick head that leaves broad swaths of lacing and a cap of foam that stubbornly refused to yield. Beer is a translucent, meaning zero clarity apricot yellowish orange. Carbination not visible amid the turbidity. Sediment swirls around in profusion. I have not seen this outside of a Chimay, quite surprising.

Aroma: not overpowering but what I get is a mixture of grapefruit and pine resin. No bready/malty notes come forth.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine resin expand on the palate to keep the malt from making any statement. I know the malt is there, much as a basso continuo would be noticed in its' absence but not easily identifiable. Clean finish and the malt does leave an afterglow that somehow announces itself through the hops.

Notes: The yeasty particles swirling around are a bit of a turn off, otherwise a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 20:55:56 | More by fx20736
Photo of rdub


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased at the Cheese Shop in Williamsburg VA. I've wanted to try this for a long time. Forgot to write down the freshness date. Oops. Poured from the bottle into my Geordie Schooner. Golden cloudy color, creamy head and sticky lacing. I didn't get any floaties the others speak of. Aroma was of mild grapefruit and citrusy hops. Taste echoed the aroma. Medium/easy drinking. Overall a delicious IPA but not as powerful as other reviewers led me to expect. Would love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 14:16:05 | More by rdub
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Old Town.

A: Very pretty golden orange color thats semi clear with a small head that stays, not a ton of lacing.

S: I was a little disappointed here, it almost seems like there is no dry hopping on this beer at all. Some sugary citrus in the nose, maybe a little malt flutters, just doesn't seem to have a lot of aroma but whats there is good. Seems like a small brewpub IPA aroma, very average.

T: This is much better, and seems to have that classic IPA taste that has a mix of malt and hops as opposed to the West coast or 'newer' American IPA's that are focused solely on hops (which I love too don't get me wrong). Has some grassy hops up front and bready malts and a nice grapefruit lingering bitter finish. Some honey in there as well. Overall not super complex, but satisfying and a classic example of maybe a more 'english' drifting IPA style.

M: Nice feel, medium with ample carbonation and a killing bitter finish.

O; A good, classic beer. I probably would stay away from this in a bottle as without the aroma being great on tap, I can see how it would be rough out of the bottle for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 13:18:10 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of godlessape


4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy sunburst copper color with plenty of chunks swimming about in a mad thirsty frenzy. The thin head stays forever and then some, and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells like your standard IPA--citrus and pine with a healthy malt foundation.

Taste: This brew has a incredible grape fruity bite to it from beginning to end that only allows mere hints of caramel malt to the surface.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smoooth.

Overall: This has to be one of the finest IPA's I've had in recent memory.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 02:48:30 | More by godlessape
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New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13oz tulip glass. This is my most consumed beer since joining BA. Can always find it fresh & $10.99-12.99 a 12, best value going. Pours a very hazey yellow orange, with a fairly sticky, one inch white head with a gentle pour. Smell is of pungent grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. The beer is only 3 weeks old, such a great use of IBU's. The taste is even bolder then the smell. Great carbonation and mouthfeel. I sometimes take this beer for granted, I am so lucky to have fresh Finestkind when ever I want.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 12:55:04 | More by SawDog505
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before lable says 7 11

A - golden orange-peach amber hue with fine white lace . . . and massive chunks of floaty things swimming about as they settle to the bottom of the glass.

S - soft floral and perfumey hops characterize the armoma

T - Taste is much more aggressiveness than would be suggested by the soft aroma, since from the first sip you are flooded in hop flavor - fruity with grapefruit and a lingering pine (quite resinous and sticky). Is there a trace of oxdiation at the end - you have to look for it but it's there.

M - light, effervescent, hey I'm not chewing on those floaty things man!

O - overall this is a fine pale ale. I am not sure if there is something with freshness going on here to produce those large floating masses, but thankfully they settle and don't bother you. The bit of oxidation at the end was the other clue that something is up with this bottle despite it being sooner than it's freshness date. Despite all of that, it is a nice hoppy beer with enough fruityness to added a dimension. Would be very easy to drink . . . minus the floating chunks.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:03:34 | More by BobCS
Photo of Jimmys


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very hazy peach with a tight off-white head. the amount of particulate is pretty hardcore in this one. perhaps my pour was a bit too rigorous? great lacing.

S: a very earthy hop bitterness. minty and piney. some kind of cactus or avocado? i can sense some malt back there somewhere, but the hops are really doing there job here.

T: a fairly light grapefruit twang works into a very rich malt body. finish has a chalky bitterness followed by a minor sweetness.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium/full body.

D: very quality AIPA from smutty. aroma on this thing sets you up for a really great drink. super complex and all over the place aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:38:43 | More by Jimmys
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very, very cloudy copper with loads of yeast just swimming all over the place. The nose is very floral and rich. Grapefruit, pine, honey, green tea, a very broad spectrum of bright, citrus notes. My palate is left reeling, aching with drying acidity, a little hint of bark, and not much sweetness to balance. This is a serious cure for a hop withdrawal. Oh, after finishing the bottle, I had to have a glass of water.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 15:22:45 | More by GeorgeAldi
Photo of DudleyRose


2.42/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed. Tried a sixer and then a very fresh 12-pack because I thought there must be something wrong with the sixer given an IPA rated this highly. The second batch was the same. So, what's the problem? The hop smell is very subdued, as is the taste. It's a good bitter IPA but without much in the way of aroma or flavor. Maybe I've been converted from this type of IPA by the likes of Flower Power, Sculpin, Racer 5, Hopdevil and a bunch of others.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 17:04:04 | More by DudleyRose
Photo of Reaper16


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle -- best before 11/11 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a sort of goldenrod color. No, lighter; a darkish peach color. A moderate hop haze here, but you can still sort of see your fingers through the body of the beer. Maybe a half finger of bright white head that quickly settles into a small cap. Solid looking IPA.

There's plenty of solid aromas here, I just wish that they were more vibrant. There's grapefruit pith, there's some white flowers, there's something intriguing in the malt profile beyond the typical boring crystal malts that most IPAs are filled with: an interesting spiced cookie scent. These aromas are sorta' muted though.

The taste suffers from the same problem. This is a reasonably fresh bottle, but the flavors just aren't as vibrant as I thought a beer this highly-rated would have. What I do like is that this beer is on the greener, vegetal side of the IPA universe. Lots of flavors of stalks and stems and petals; like drinking a garden. There's some definite grapefruit rind going on. The malt profile is not insignificant (this is an East Coast IPA after all), but it isn't obtrusive. The finish is not balanced whatsoever; it's dominated by harsh hop oils. This is a nice IPA, but I expected more.

This is firmly a medium-bodied beer, but that works here. The malt flavors are mostly pale so the level of viscosity in this beer -- which is greater than I typically like in an IPA -- doesn't get all syrupy like it would in an IPA with more caramel malts. Overall, this is clearly a very solid IPA. I was looking for more, though. Maybe I need to try it fresher, maybe on-tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 03:42:41 | More by Reaper16
Photo of obrendano


4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A banging classic

A - pure golden color, great head sticks everywhere. Love Smuttynose bottle designs too!

S - piney citrus hops and spicy malt backbone

T - probably one of the sharpest, most aggressive hops on the East Coast. This beats out some western brews for hop as well. Under this is a very well balanced mix of thick malt and bittering hops with slight hints of fresh bread and even chocolate. Citrus taste is utterly dominant

M - good body, not too thick or thin, nice carbonation and a nice stickiness

D - well recommended for hop fans, and anyone trying to make the step up from tamer beers. Few beers this hoppy are also this nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 23:07:50 | More by obrendano
Photo of infi

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#3 of #IPADay.

Poured into Duvel tulip.

Golden amber color with a shitload of floating sediment swimming around in the gold liquid. One-fingered sized head that recedes into a thin cap and leaves along some nice spotted lacing on the interior of the glass. The nose is beautifully floral with the resin resonating a nice amount of earthiness and piney scents. Great amount of hops in this one, as compared to the Sixpoint Bengali Tiger. There's some nice, fruity essences to the beer, as well as a slim amount of citric pungency.

The taste on this IPA is extremely balanced and amazing! Lots of great malty sweetness that is incredibly complemented by the amount of citrus and pine bitterness that follows through right after. Smuttynose wasn't lying when they labeled this their "Finestkind." Wow– one of the best tasting IPA's I've ever had. I have to reiterate that the balance is perfect in this beer. No complaints, whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a slight, drying bitterness that quickly goes away. This IPA is definitely one needed to come across and try. A gateway into the IPA-world, for sure. Probably as good as the Big A IPA, if not better. #hophead!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:23:34 | More by infi
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy IPA Day beer 2 of today's journey. 12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass

A - Cloudy Light Amber, Lots of sediment, kind of throws me off a bit. Little head, lacy is nice and sticky, nice activity

S - Very light nose, pine and citrus like expected, a bit of caramel and bread, malt cuts the nose very nicely

T - So so delicate. Everything is wonderfully balanced. Nice floral and piny hops with a firm malt backing. Finishes more like a bitter, very addicting

M - A tad creamy and crisp, nice and refreshing, very clean

O - I like this a lot and will definitely enjoy it again

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:31:32 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of sergeantstogie


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy IPA DAY! This was the only IPA I had on hand so I was a little hesitant because at this point it is a couple months old. But, so far so good. It poured a beautiful glowing gold and had a nice fluffy head. Sadly the head dissipated pretty quick. The lacing however stuck around for good.

The smell reminded me of over ripe pineapple and I guess I will add the ever popular term of "tropical fruit."

I have had this fresh and this one while not exactly fresh, for an IPA it is past what would usually be ideal. However, I like it much better than when it was fresh. The bitterness settled a bit and allowed some of the floral hops to poke their way to your palate.

A tad bit syrupy on the mouthfeel but otherwise it was not too heavy and was carbonated perfectly.

Again, Happy IPA Day, while not an amazing IPA definitely one I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 21:06:46 | More by sergeantstogie
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice hue of copper and an excellent thick off-white head to match. Lacing stuck to the glass for the entire beer.

S - Best part of the beer, blueberries and floral scents waft off of this one.

T - Crisp alpine forest taste, piney. Bitter hops match this beer well.

M - At times, a bit of a metallic feel to the beer.

O - A solid IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 23:14:53 | More by LuthersMug
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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

alot of hype about this beer...not going to say much...just did not live up to expectation..

color above average

smell was light with nothing that really stood out

had good bitterness but thats about all...would not recomend to beginer beer drinker...

actually pretty smooth but what do u expect when there is nothing to feel but some carbonation and bitterness...

not horrible.. just not close to the hype

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:59:00 | More by bljebd
Photo of mpyle


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color, a bit cloudy. Pours a biggish nice tight white head with great retention.

Pine dominated hop aroma, and a bit of malt sweetness.

A hint of caramel malt sweetness at the beginning, but quickly balanced by hop flavor and bitterness. Hop flavors are piney, and quite pleasant. Finish is significantly bitter, but without a real harsh hop astringency. Hops dominate the flavor, but enough malt to provide some balance.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency even though a real tongue coater, no alcoholic warming.

Overall a very solid American IPA, with a nearly perfect flavor profile Definitely one to seek out and try.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:34:23 | More by mpyle
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from two twelve ounce bottles into five juice glasses

Appearance - Cloudy from the dry hopping, initial heavy head that fades quickly
Smell - Suprisingly malty, no distinguishable hops, smelled like waffle house toast
Taste - Bitter, More upfront hoppiness
Mouthfeel - good
Overall - Less aroma and smell and more bitterness,

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:30:55 | More by ajwillys
Photo of mindlucent2007


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old heads on the label. 1 1/2 inch solid, not going anywhere for awhile, off-white head. A weird twister of suspended sediment barely drifting down in the hazy amber-orange body. Strong lacing owns the glass. There are grapefruit and piney aromas as well as a malty scent. A pretty pungent IPA with the citrus then sour elements dominating. More bitter this year around. Almost an apricot type sweet note comes through in the mix. A very flavorful brew with a bitter aftertaste lingering. This is a drinkable IPA at 6.9%. Never a dull moment with the Finestkind, another one of my reliable and quick grabs.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:35:33 | More by mindlucent2007
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New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: Three finger white head, hazy light orange, great retention, very nice lacing.

Smell: Big citrus, floral, light malt, bit of pine, bit of dough, peach, grapefruit.

Taste: Citrus, floral, pine, light malt backbone, the hops are very bitey, very light yeast.

Final Thoughts:Not for me. I can see how some hopheads like this one, but it's not even a good simplistic to me. It's like I'm drinking watered down hop juice, the hop bitter really ruins the IPA. Had it been something that I would have expected such from, I would have enjoyed it more. I enjoyed the many other common offerings of Smuttynose, and this one is my least favorite. I like IPA's, but this one is little malt backbone, not very flavorful, and just hop bite. Tried it July 13th and the freshness is marked for Nov '11. Just not for me I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 17:27:04 | More by bpw28
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2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a best by date of November 2011, served in a Bruery Tulip, but this is my 4th time having this beer over a couple weeks.

Pours a medium yellow/orange color with about a ¾ inch head that slowly dissipates leaving a 1/8 inch fine lace sheet and a ring of froth remains throughout the drink. It’s very,very hazy and be very careful pouring this one as there is a ton of sediment and yeast in the bottle.

Mild grapefruit, I guess, and somewhat sweet nose and almost a pilsner-like biscuit and yeast flavor. Very disappointing. Taste is more of the same. Some grapefruit noticeable centennial hops and a ton of bitterness leaving few discernable flavors. Very light body with about medium carbonation and tons of bitterness in the mouthfeel. Somewhat drinkable.

For all the praise this beer gets I was very excited to try it, and it was one of the only 6-packs I purchased, but I was very disappointed. Thought it may be a Northeastern bias but the reviews are pretty consistent, maybe there’s something wrong with me but I thought this was an average IPA at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 06:01:43 | More by LSUPT
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my Desi beer runner for the brew

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: A finger a half worth of head, which slowly dissipates. Head is a nice khaki color – good lacing, nice amber color, with lots of floaties – which remain suspended and don’t appear to settle – a nice LFC formulation if I may say so my self

Smell: Typical hop aromas (pine, grapefruit) predominates with a biscuit malty nose singing backup

Taste: You are hit first by the hoppy bitterness which coats the palate, and moves to the back or the throat – however the bitterness does not linger for too long. Rated at 65 IBUs but since the balance is a tad off, tastes more bitter than it should – but I’m complaining – I’m drinking an IPA and not a Zima.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied – the first few sips prepare the palate for the remaining glass of Smutty goodness.

Overall: A solid IPA – not a beginner IPA, but a very refreshing brew, full of hops, grapefruits, with a hint of citrus and malt.

Notes: The hop-goodness is the roadrunner always a step ahead of the coyote (malty sweetness)

This is a good thing – last thing you want is an IPA that cloys

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 21:19:54 | More by kotayk
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2.42/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The bottle shows two old men sitting in lawn chairs. By the flavor profile of this, I can only assume that they're unnecessarily bitter.

A: Yeugh. Lots and lots of little floaties. I know they aren't bad for me, but they still make for an ugly beer. Tall, pillowy white seafoam head crowns the top of this hazy honey-colored brew. Lots of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Hops. Grassy, piny and floral. A bit of malt.

T: The grain flavor of this is quickly washed out to sea by the hop flavors (same as nose), and the finish is bitter. If you've ever been to the beach and had a big wave run off with your swim trunks, that's a pretty good analogy. I think.

M: Carbonation is soft and minimal. Smooth and easy to chug. You'll need to because the bitterness gets worse as this beer warms.

O: Eh. I'll admit I'm not much of an IPA guy, and this doesn't do anything to change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 18:09:10 | More by DirtyPenny
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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