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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 5,146
Photo of stephens101
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear orange. Timid hop aroma upon assiduous inspection. Has a sweet and fruity middle with citrus rind covering and little else. Underwhelming in this drinkers opinion, but I guess there's no accounting for taste.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: dark side of golden...approaching amber. Nice lacing; little head.
S: Piney, resinous...slightly sour
T: Resin and lemon, very malt forward. A slight almost brett character in the middle of the beer.
M: Coating, tongue scrapey...goes down easy but still coaty.
O: Started easy and ended heavy; gets maltier the warmer it gets. Plenty of hops to balance. Very good beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything as claimed in the description. A strong, sharp bitterness bites the tongue from the first sip. Some sticky lacing on the glass, thin head on hazy golden body. A sipper for sure...

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper orange color.
Unique flavor for an IPA.
Nicely balanced. Carmel malt sweetness is prominent.
Plenty of hoppy bitterness, but the hops are smooth, not biting.
Not as fruity as some, but some subtle citus notes.
Perfect carbonation and nice body.
Enjoyable brew with unique combination of attributes in this style of beer

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

This one is 2.5 weeks old, noticeably less fantastic than within a week, but a great go to nonetheless. For the price at costco ($29 bucks a case) it can't be beat. This is my go to ipa and a deserving one it is indeed.

box says bottled on 10/24/15, bottle says best by 04/24/15 so theres a reference point of how old the beer is based off the best by date on the bottles.

Although it says it's got a lot of life left in it, and it is still a fine beer, this one is truly remarkable with a week or under of freshness. Amazing crisp, bitter flower freshness taste with some citrus undertones, mild grass; and the nose is much better.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a spieglau ipa glass. Pours a golden copper, a little bit hazy, a big puffy 2 finger off white head, good lacing. Great nose of big and deep piney and citrus hops, and caramel and bready malts. Taste follows the nose...but there's also some grapefruit rind, and it's also got a little soapiness at the end. Dries out decently at the end, medium carbonation, middling body. Kind of an old school micro ipa...great parts, but, for me, it doesn't add up and harmonize as well as it should.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a 6-pack. Best by 03/09/16.

Nice golden pale ale colour. Slightly hazy. A half-inch or so of head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

This is one of the best-smelling IPAs I've encountered. There's just a ton of beautiful, ripe fruitiness from the hops going on here. Strawberry? Lychee?

Fruity. A bit of caramel. Not a whole lot of sweetness from the malt.


This is a really good and distinctive American IPA.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy body of dark gold, with plenty of bubbles and a strong, foamy, off-white head. The hoppy aroma is enticing in part due to its complexity--fresh citrus, resin, herbal, and floral notes combine with a strong toasted malt base to create a diverse, yet well-balanced menagerie. The hops are powerful in the taste as well, in terms of both flavor and bitterness. The hop varieties echo those found on the nose, and continue to be balanced by the use of just the right amount of grainy malt. A medium-light mouthfeel and high level of carbonation create a crisp, refreshing character which makes this hoptastic beer more drinkable than it would otherwise be, especially considering its nearly 7% APV. Not the most fascinating of IPAs on the market, but a solid choice for hop heads, to be sure.

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Photo of MVotter
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Ample one inch, cream colored head, beer is light gold.

S - Citrus, apple, alcohol

T - Sweetish hops and some dry bitterness in the end, hint of diacetyls.

F - A little sticky, very effervescent, medium/heavy body.

O - Incredibly flavorful hopilcious brew.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip, pours a hazy light orange with 2 fingers white head recedes leaving a nice lacing. might I also add that I love the label lol.

Aroma - this feels pretty standard american IPA, it just doesnt stand out. you get some Cut grass up front followed by a strong pine some caramel and some orange and lemon. I dont get any grapefruit from this one. note: as it warms up the caramel in the nose comes out to play :) This caused me to change my rating mid review from a 3.75 to a 4.

Taste - Pine and fresh cut grass followed by lemon and orange peel and finished off with some caramel malts. some of the bitterness from the pine sits in the back of your mouth long after you finish the sip.

Feel - This beer has a light body, very smooth and easy drinking.very light tingling on the tongue from carbonation.

Overall - I find this to be a very good IPA, is it the best I've had? no, but it is definitely worth a glass.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a solid hazy pale burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Lacing seemed to slide right on into the body.
The smell had a light grassy-like spice over some pine and citrusy hops. Light caramel malts sit in the background but play into the aroma as it warms.
The taste was moderately sweet through the hops with that touch of spice settling into the background and then the malty sweetness is even further in the background. There's a light little bit of spice in the aftertaste and leading into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely.
Overall, as an AIPA it works. I like it for me and think it fits the style as well. I'd come back to.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine example of an American IPA! Citrus notes are strong with this one. Both aroma and taste are spot-on for a beautiful citrus/floral blend. And the ABV is high enough to give you a nice buzz without much effort...but that certainly doesn't mean I would stop after one glass!

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Photo of captainsdaughter
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: This beer pours a bright filtered orange with little to no head on an aggressive pour.
S: Smells really good, notes of citrus and pine with a strong hop profile.
T: Very average considering how good this beer smells. Starts off with a strong hop bitterness that does not have any real consistency throughout and just abruptly ends on my palate. The citrus that was so strong on the nose is gone and there is really no balance to this beer at all, my palate felt dry and sour at the end of each sip.
F: This beer has no body to it and feels like seltzer in your mouth.
O: Very disappointed considering how the Bro's rated this beer 100 and the users 91, this beer isn't even in my top 25 and honestly feels like the brewer forgot to add something to complete it. Drank this beer about 4 months before the drink by date, not sure if freshness played any role but definitely would not buy again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Beer pours out a nice bronze color. There is a really small white head that is gone instantly. The bottle lists the ABV (6.9%) and there is a very clear best by date 12/23/15.

S: [3.50] Mellon, some pineapple and a bit of pine. For an IPA these are all kind of subdued.

T: [3.00] The front is quite bitter. Not to the point of undrinkable - but heading in that direction. The flavors are pine and bitter grapefruit.

M: [4.00] The beer has a nice weight and feels sticky and significant on the palate. Dispite the hard hitting bitter up front it finishes pretty clean without a bitter aftertaste.

O: [3.50] This beer seems out of balance. I am looking for more of a malt backbone to balance out the hops. I am not finding it. The mouthfeel is really nice and the nose isn't bad (a tad weak) but the beer itself is tilted too far in the bitter direction without anything to counterplay it.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As fresh as I can get, fresh in at Warner's.
Hazy pour, and looks good, light Amber gold.
Modest aromas, and taste is mainly lychee and smooth hops.
Ok but has it travelled well?

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Photo of Urk1127
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Deep orange
-strawberry, a bit of pine, sweetness
-Like strawberries and cream, small amount of rind, pine
-creamy, moderate carbonation, higher bitterness than others in the style

-top tier ipa for me. One of my favorites

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Photo of dwlemen
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good traditional ipa. Not sweet/grapefruity like the citra ones now. Good bitterness. Definitely an ipa but not a hop bomb. Some floral hop character. Probably a 42-43.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus forward IPA. The sweet malts strike a nice balance against the cloying bitterness. The Simcoe dankness sneaks through rather pleasantly but this is still dominated by the sharp citrus rind and bright orange flavor. Alcohol is present in the taste and this beer improves as it warms. Absolutely wonderful beer; my recent home brew was rather similar although admittedly not close to as good.

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Photo of RJQ3
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/18/15 Bottle poured into snifter glass. Nice look with white frothy head. Not a ton of aroma which is a for teller cause once I tasted it, it's well balanced easy to drink but just not enough hops flavor or bitterness for me! But a good IPA overall just think it's overrated on here. That's what got me to buy it over getting another 6 pack of Flower Power.

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Photo of RMD579
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great mix of tropical fruit flavors and a refreshing bitterness. It's very flavorful for how accessible and cheap it is. Was a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured out of can with a best by date of Jan/2016
Look - cloudy, orange color with a 1 1/2" white head with larger bubbles than normal. Moderate retention and with soapy, bubbly lacing.
Smell - Citrus, pine, resin. It's all in there in a harmonious balance.
Taste - A mash of semi-sweet candies orangepeel mixed with a piney resin bitterness. Hints of lemon pith and grapefruit also come across in the later sip. You get a bit of malt sweetness as well, but not overpowering
Feel - medium feel with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
Overall - This is one of the better IPAs I've had that's not "one of the Big Dogs". Plus, at a price point of $8.99 for a sixer of cans, it's hard to pass up.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick two finger foamy white head. There is a bit of soapy lacing and good carbonation. The odor for me is citrus grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach, apricot, little bit pineapple tropical fruit like, some resin and pine. The taste for me is refreshing, tropical fruits, peach, orange, grapefruit, apricot, pine, resin. Some bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by 10-21-15. Tulip.

A:Pours a hazy light orange with modest carbonation and a 1 finger off-white head. Fades to a thick skim. Very little lacing.

S: immediate fruity, citrusy, estery nose. A very juicy citrus. Some sweet malt with hints of pine resin. Pretty subdued for an American IPA. Improves as it warms; citrus rind becomes more pronounced, but alcohol does, too.

T: Pretty bitter arrival, slight maltiness, but not sweet; pine and grapefruit peel across mid-palate; not a whole lot of the sweetness or fruitiness foreshadowed by the nose. Very bitter finish; pine and lemon pith linger. Perhaps a touch of alcohol.

M: pretty light overall; very pleasant on the mouth, extremely clean-finishing.

O: This is a very bitter, light and clean IPA. There isn't a whole lot of the floral, citrus, or tropical complexity I usually enjoy; just a whole lot of pine and a little citrus rind. If you're looking for a well-balanced, refreshing and bitter IPA, this is an above average one, and relatively affordably priced, too. Reminds me of a more-bitter Rebel IPA. This has the bitterness that Rebel is missing, but loses something in aroma to get there. I like this more than the rating would suggest; more than some IPAs I have rated higher - it just doesn't stand out.

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Photo of KSOZE
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Balanced, greatly priced IPA here. $10 for a six pack of cans can't be argued with for a beer with such flavor. Grassy hops hit hard up front with some grapefruit and pine bitterness following. Heavy malt presence makes itself known throughout and especially on the back-end. Nice brew.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Agreed with other commenters in that it's a nice balance between hops and flavor. Plus it's pretty accessible across the US at a fair price. Will definitely be searching this out again.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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