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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

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3,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 3463
Reviews: 1624
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%

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:
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 dalahodson


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First time to try this brewery. Quit happy with the brew. Orange yellow color with a nice full white head. Nice lacing on the glass. First smell is of citrus hops and some malt. Smells of a summer day. Mouth is fresh and sharp. Nice carbonation also. The flavors are hops on the citrus side. Some pine needle spice which adds to the light biter flavors.Did I mention the hops, they seem to explode in your mouth. Very enjoyable with my fish dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 18:29:19 | More by dalahodson
Photo of scotorum


3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best By 2/5/14.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Hazy light amber from being unfiltered, inch tall white head receded to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild to moderate pine.

t: Plenty of resiny hop bite. At almost 7% ABV and 75 IBU's this borders on a double. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Not particularly tasty and I'm not getting the citrus notes others have reported and which two of the hops used should have imparted. However I am getting a rather persistently unpleasant bitterness, as though I had chewed on a grapefruit rind. Amarillo hops seem to have outbittered and stifled the others.

m: Good body, medium heft with a smooth texture. Carbonation springs on the tongue.

o: Hopheads will enjoy this. I thought it was ok, but the hops profile was lacking, it seemed like it was all bland malt body under hops bitterness. I like Smuttynose's taste most of the time, and admire the attempt to do a borderline double at a good price. But it just doesn't work for me. I'll give it another chance, though, it's too popular to be as ordinary as I thought.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:21:14 | More by scotorum
Photo of kaseydad


4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Popped my Smuttynose beers with this gem. Those two oldsters...I don't trust em.

Pours a slightly hazy apricot colored pour. Big foamy off-white head with good lacing.

Getting nice dank hops in the nose. Orange and tangerine are the stars here. Doughy whiffs.

The taste is very good. Citrus splashes. Pine. Nice bittering hops on the end and a clash of sweet and bitter at the front of the sip. Linger light bitterness on the swallow. Pleasant.

Overall this is a superb IPA. Though I like mine on the harsher side, this is a well balanced brew which uses the 75 ibu's perfectly. A great example for the novice IPA newbie. Wish I had more of this sweet nectar. Maybe the distributing Gods will allow Smuttynose to make it to the SF Bay Area someday. Sigh.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:57:23 | More by kaseydad
Photo of sammyrasp


4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this when I was in New Hampshire this last May (2013).

Ever since I had returned from Germany in 1994, I have had a preference for bitter, hoppy beers such as German and Czech pilsners.Bitburger, EKU Pils, and Pilsner Urquell were some of favorites.

In the last 10 years I have been pleasantly surprised with bitter flavors that IPAs have provided. Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" is one of my favorites. I would rate this alongside Samuel Adams Lattitude 48 IPA and Mojo India Pale Ale (Boulder Beer Company). Very crisp, fresh and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 03:07:11 | More by sammyrasp
Photo of DoubleJ


3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Oinkster in Los Angeles. Wait, what?!? Smuttynose, in Los Angeles? That's what I'm reading. If so, than this is a no-brainer to wash down lunch. On to the beer:

Its color is browned orange and topped with creamy head which retains well and leaves a good quantity of lace. The aroma smells bitter with bittersweet citrus. Flavorwise, the taste of piney and spicy hops knocks down the door first. A flavor of orange with toasty malt, burnt sugar, and a resiny aftertaste round out the character. Regarding how it feels, the beer is medium bodied with a creamy texture.

A bit of a stretch to call it "Finest Kind", but one thing is certain, it's a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 00:00:58 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of olilitewu


4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a bottle into a goblet

A: fantastic coloration. yeast residue present.
S: notes of pine, citrous.
T:. very hoppy with high IBU, despite being light bodied, yet the flavor is complex for an IPA, including notes of fruit and caramel.
M: great yeast profile, goes down well, and not offensively bitter.

This is a beer that seems nothing special at first, but it's gonna make you want to go back and have more!!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:35:25 | More by olilitewu
Photo of Lemke10


4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a foamy head. The aroma is a mellow grain and hops scent. The taste is quite hoppy that delivers quite the bitterness. There is also citrus, banana, and grapefruit. This is quite the beer for you IPA lovers out there as it is tasty and very well made!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:52:16 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Mini4x


2.48/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure how this is rated 100. It has a very unbalanced bitterness. It's possible ai got a bad batch? It did improve slightly once poured into a glass versus directly from the bottle. As a lover of big IPA's this one was mildly disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:22:09 | More by Mini4x
Photo of kjlcm

New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: this has been my go to beer for some time now!

a - A nice murky golden appearance with a white head. A classic IPA appearance

s - grapefruit hop goodness. The smell is what really attracted me to this beer.

t - a nice bitter ipa. Have grown to love this over the past few years. I will admit that there is variation at times which I am never sure is due to the brewer or the handling of the beer in distribution although since I am in NH it is usually quite fresh. Personally I chalk it up to brewer variation.

m - again a great combination of bitterness and carbonation.

o - love the finest kind! I sample many of the specialty craft brews I can get in NH and MA yet consistently come back to this as my staple. Looking forward to visiting the new brewery and brewpub when it opens soon!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:58:10 | More by kjlcm
Photo of JamesShoemaker


3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by date of 1/22/14, so I assume that this is in some way fresh...

A - good looking beer. It pours nice and light from the bottle, settling somewhat darker in the glass. Big head on the forced pour recedes slowly. Somewhat opaque.

S - not super great. There's a lot of empty, watery aroma here, not unlike an adjunct. Not a big hop profile, but it's certainly present.

T - again, not a whole lot more here apart from water, rice, and some malty bitterness. The hops contribute only to the bitterness, nothing sweet here. Not my favorite.

M - bitter, bitter, and more bitter. Alcohol seems higher than 6.9%.

O - not my favorite. Maybe this isn't as fresh as it could be, or maybe I'm just not a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:39:28 | More by JamesShoemaker

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's something about Smuttynose IPA, right off the shelf, right out of the bottle, home after a long/crappy/good/whatever day. This is one of my favorite home sipping beers, even if the guys at Smuttynose think IPAs are overrated :P

It's good and the old guys on the label know it :-). I like to frequently get some of these in the fridge and always look forward to cracking one or two open after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 21:10:08 | More by BODOBEERS
Photo of guityler83


4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear copper to golden color topped with a finger of tiny bright white bubbles. The lacing coated the side of the pint glass with only a few dry spots as the head receeded.

S: A light citrusy hop aroma with moderate caramel malt. A sustaining fruity estery vibe also.

T: flavorful grapefruit bitterness that follows you on the first sip all the way to the end. As the pallet adjusts, a mineraly caramel malt flavor is detected. no sweetness with the bitterdness keeping it in check. A lingering aftertaste of tropical fruit and citrus sits with you long after the liquid is swallowed.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body and a decently dry finish. A slight sticky mouthfeel is left on the tounge after the beer is long gone.

O: Flavorful, moderatly bitter with a supporting malt backbone. An all around good IPA that knows what it is and doesn't try to be a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 01:41:38 | More by guityler83
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a one-finger white foamy head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing. Faint floral aroma. Taste can best be described as bitter - at the front and finish. Little malt to speak of. Light bodied with moderate carbonation and dry finish make this IPA very drinkable. Overall, a supremely well crafted IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 21:06:49 | More by JohnG190
Photo of Dodo2step


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P- Mcneilly 6 pack in Pittsburgh

A- apricot color with yeast particles suspended in mid beer. It looks like apricot jello. very nice. Minimal head and minimal lacing.

S- ooh beautiful citrus and pine combination. I have to say the best smell from an IPA with the citrus/pine.

F- flavor mimics the nose. very nice. the citrus hits on the back end as well with the pine hitting the forefront. Perfect mixture and combo. impressive.

M- refreshingly dry and hoppy. I love it. goes down smooth and it is light bodied.

O- a great beer from smuttynose and I rec anyone try it. I want a case of it.


Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 21:45:36 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek


3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with visible yeast sediment in suspension. Full, well-structured ivory colored foam. Nose is stubborn, a bit bready with citrus tones. Presents a strong malt backbone that transitions to a powerful pine hoppiness, drying to a pleasantly bitter finish. Feel is maybe a little thin but still crisp. A nice choice for an American-brewed IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 00:03:47 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose


4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by date 1/1/14

A: A clear pale orange color with 1 1/2 fingers of white creamy head. The lead leaves thick lacing as it goes down the glass. Lacing is continuous from the initial head down to the final sip. Good looking ipa.

S: Strong resin hops mixed with a little honey and earthy grass aroma.

T: Good strong citrus and resin hops with a bit of plum sweetness and tartness. The beer starts off with the sweet citrus plum taste and finishes good and bitter. Nice bitter burn on the palate. Hints of honey sweetness are quickly washed over by the bitter resin punch of hops in the finish.

M: Slightly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation transitions to the bitter finish quite nicely and helps to soften the bitter punch at the end. Good balancing act.

O: Very good ipa. Good sweet hop flavor up front that finishes with a good bitter hop punch. Well balanced with subtle honey and plum sweetness from the malt. Very hop forward ipa and very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 23:42:56 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
Photo of ThickNStout


3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from Barrels and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 1.79. Best by 11/20/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a hazy orange hue with notible turbidity and just over a finger of tight pale head. Decent lace.

Smells of pine, cracker and a hint of citrus zest.

Taste is bitter pine, citrus rind, grass, cracker, white peppercorn and faint malt sweetness.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Long bitter piney finish.

I'll chalk this one up to a difference in tastes. It scores highly and I know it's generally well regarded. Not bad but this seems to focus much more on hop bitterness than the juicy hop flavors I prefer. While there is technically nothing wrong with it, this is a one time purchase for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 02:48:10 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of Gator_rater


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has everything that you would want in regards to its hop character. For many that is why they drink an IPA. I personally prefer to have a rich malty body to complement the hops. I don't think that this beer pulls that off. To me is was a bit off balanced. They should have either toned down the hops of added more rich flavored malts. But if hops are your thing and that's all you need than try this one out. The spicy hops will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:10:50 | More by Gator_rater
Photo of LambicPentameter


3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle stamped with "best by 11/07/13". Poured into a 16 oz nonic glass.

Appearance - Promising start with a fluffy yellowish-white head of two fingers. Body is a complex blend of shades of yellow, peach, orange and amber gold. Hazy with the dry hopping sediment. Retention is excellent, leaving the sides of the glass with a consistent sticky mottling. The foam finally settles to a frothy layer about a half-finger thick.

Smell - Grapefruit, barley, grass, and a definite presence of malt to provide balance. I would prefer a bit more juiciness, but the smell is promising.

Taste - Again citrus, this time more faint than before, with a healthy dose of malty sweetness coming through. Though the fruity aspect of the citrus is subdued, the bitterness is still very much present.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with high carbonation and a drying, bitter finish that lingers.

Overall, a solid IPA, but there are many many more that I would choose ahead of this one. I can't help wonder if mine has a couple months on it, because I don't get the juicy fruit explosion that I read about in other reviews. The fact that it's still good, even if different, is the sign of a well-crafted IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 04:10:32 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer just keeps flowing into our little state; in the past few months, Indiana has started receiving shipments of Pretty Things, Green Flash, and Clown Shoes, with DFH to come in the future. Can’t say I’m not excited. And now I’m able to walk into the bottle shop and grab a six-pack of Smuttynose IPA…looks like my beer wishes are coming true. Cheers!

Best-by date is 12/13/13, nearly five months after the date of this tasting.

A: The body pours a shining orange-gold, inundated with fizz as soon as the first drops hit the glass. As such, its head is extremely bubbly; looks like a dollop of off-white soap foam dropped right on top of the beer (especially because it consists mainly of a sizeable bump over the nucleation site). Frilly lace wraps all the way around.

S: A light, sweet nose, made up of wonderfully fruity hop aromas and a subtle-yet-complex malt backbone. Notes of mandarin orange, lemon-lime soda, and persimmon ring out in bright tones like fruity candy, juxtaposed against a backdrop of pumpernickel, fresh-cut lawn, and oatmeal. A witbier character takes hold near the end, dropping scents of clove and wheat to finish it out.

T: The palate is tight and controlled, thanks to the interplay between crisp malts and bright hops. Tastes of oats and honey, rye toast, lemongrass, and fruity wheat make a rustic, full-flavored grain bill that culminates in a satisfyingly dry swing up into hop territory. And as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to hop taste: feels peppery at first – a pine and lime rind character with leafy undertones – but soon tightens to full intensity. When you get the brunt of the lupulin, though, it just barely reaches a note of power. Believe me, it’s hoppy, but the bitterness is so well-balanced by a lasting honey effect from the malt that it hardly dries the mouth. Incredible. Ends on a dry herbal note, with clove flavors making a final, lasting impression.

M: Quality beer for the hop-loving masses needs to have a balanced texture, and that’s exactly what you get here. The body is right in the middle of heavy and light: the carbonation is smooth, but abundant; the body is full, but refreshing; the dryness is bold, but palatable.

O: Feeling IPA fatigue? Think hoppy beers are getting a little too one-dimensional? Then get your hands on (at least) a bottle of Finestkind. It’s not a barrage of hop flavors – though that can be nice sometimes – but rather a beer for which hops are a tool, a means to a drinkable, balanced end. Because of that, this is the perfect six-pack IPA; I could never see myself growing tired of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 22:16:14 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of bmwats


3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1+ finger, frothy, white head. Settles fairly slowly, craters unevenly leaving some dry residue behind as it does. Hefty beer ring lacing. Head renews with each pour.

S: Bright, crisp, pine hop with a touch of citrus and resin.

T: Bitter hop with a bit of a woody character.

M: Hoppy, bitter, and... that's it. Simple yet sublime. Dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The bitter character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head and some thick lacing. Nose is light combination of really crisp, lightly woody, pine notes with a bit of citrus zest. Bitter hops with a bit of a woody tone. Simple but expertly executed. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:51:02 | More by bmwats
Photo of Omnium


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice yellow with a 1 finger soapy white head, little lacing.
S - Very bright and floral, some light hints of grapefruit, and something odd almost skunky.
T - I dont get this, its an OK IPA, but it has this weird baking soda taste to it that I'm not fond of at all. Some light pine and fresh bread malt make it decent on the end.
M - Mild bitterness, a tad dry.
O - I really dont see why this IPA is ranked so high, this has a really odd taste and spell that really turns me off. Wont be having Round 2 on this.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:05:34 | More by Omnium
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold with adequate head and leaves impressive lacing! The best part of this beer is the unfiltered goodness! This is the most noticeably unfiltered IPA I've ever had! Smells complex; some floral, piney, grapefruit; well done! Taste is a cross between an East Coast and West Coast IPA; can't quite pinpoint what other beer this reminds me of. The feel is superb; outstanding carbonation, brilliant residual hop presence on the palate! Not a bad value at $10 a sixer for this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:37:47 | More by DenverHopHead
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4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into McDonald's collector's glass (I'm...away from my glassware at the moment). Clear golden yellow/orange with some suspended sediment and a thick fluffy white head that stays around and leaves tons of awesome lacing. Smell is dank hops with some crackery buttery malts in the background. Taste is likewise; buttery cracker malts with bitter herbal hops. An excellent IPA with a great creamy but medium bodied mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:51:59 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the West Reading Tavern in West Reading, PA. Great summer beer! Don't let the light appearance fool you! This beer packs a lot of flavor dispite it's light beer color. Nice citrus bitterness on the front with a spicy longlasting lingering finish! Great mouth feel. Not a real hoppy beer but you hopheads won't be disappointed! Smuttynose has another winner!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 00:09:14 | More by BeerHo
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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