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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,748 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,748
Hads: 4,866
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 292
Gots: 849 | 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: 1,748 | Hads: 4,866
Photo of MisterGone
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (170 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A disappointment from a brewer I enjoy. Shoals is one of my favorite all-time, so had lofty expectations for this one. Looks pretty good - slight orange/amber. Aroma is okay, with some good pine and citrus on top of a slight malt. Flavor starts with a punch of bitter pine/chemical, and fades to a biting dryness in the back of the throat. No malt balance. I'll revisit this on tap some time to confirm it's not good. (417 characters)

Photo of soccrgump
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am anything but a hop head, but I found this beer to be very enjoyable. Appearance: poured a dark straw color; mine had a small head, but it lingered. Smell: intense pineapple, grapefruit. Taste: started with the mild hop upfront but ended with a bitter punch. Lots of pineapple flavor, perhaps a little apple. Mouth feel: medium body, coats the tongue with lots of hop bitterness which lingers well after the swallow. Overall: any IPA that I can tolerate, is great in my book! (480 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of 09/25/2015. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pale copper with a faint haze and 1 finger of head

Smell: Earthy hop aromas with citrus zest undertones

Taste: Bitterness is up front with pine and some bread malt in the end

Mouthfeel: Fully body and slight stickiness in the finish

Overall: A great IPA with a flavor profile that I think modern IPAs are going away from. This is for the hop heads craving bitterness. I appreciate how "clean" the bitterness without too many different flavors clouding it up. Reminds me of why I got into IPAs to begin with. (632 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.96/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Hops, Malt & Citrus; need I say more
Appearance- A very inviting clean gold color with a small white head
Taste- Big citrus flavor well meshed with hops, excellent.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation
Overall- An outstanding IPA (296 characters)

Photo of MacQ67
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden and clear. Pours with a finger of light foamy head. Crisp, clean, forward flavor with an intense piny/grapefruit pithiness from the hops. Lingering finish. (162 characters)

Photo of Fuori_fuoco
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange pale colour. Pours a very thick foam. Smells citrusy and piney hops. Tastes like paradise, hoppy but balanced it feels crispy and smooth. Can have more and more of it. My go to IPA on the east coast. (206 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle drink by date 6-2-2015.
Poured into snifter.
A: Wow, body is super clear liquid gold, +1 finger white foam head, carbonation
S: citrus fruits, pineapple, malt, boozy as it warms
M: medium body, wet finish as it coats the tongue
T: grapefruit rind, citrus, pine resin, cracker, earthy hop bitterness towards the finish
O:hop heads will enjoy, very nice balance of super hop and mild malt, great buy (411 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by: 10.14.15. Drank 5.24.15. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a mason jar

A: Pours a murky orange pineapple color with a finger of thick white foam. A few floating particulates, next to zero visible carbonation. Looks very much the part of a flavorful east coast IPA.

S: Pine, Malt, Grapefruit, Pineapple. Relatively straightforward, and that is not a slight.

T: Floral hops with a piney tacky bitterness that last from beginning to end. A little bit of caramel malt and citrus tart shining halfway through each sip.

M: Medium body, crisp, refreshing, and with a subtle drying effect.

O: Possibly one of the best perpetually available, at reasonable cost, east coast IPAs out there. For whatever reason, I shied away from Smuttynose for my first few years in NY, and now I am wondering where the hell that came from. Some hop snobs might think they are above this beer, but pay to mind to them, this is a quality everymans IPA. (933 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce can poured into a pint glass. Big head. Looks great and aromas of light citrus with a touch of malt. Taste is lemon, grapefruit, hops, some pine and malt. Finishes with a yearning for another immediate sip. Good beer. (230 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ours a brownish orange with a one finger frothy white head. The nose is kind of weak. Pine, lemon, hard candy, mild malt sweetness. The flavor is mostly pine from the hops and apricot from the malt. Kind of mediocre. (216 characters)

Photo of Nishriver
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden hue and looks great coming into a glass. Hops are not overbearing but balances nice with a touch of citrus. One of my favorite ipa's. Could session this beer all day. (181 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 07/28/15 ABV 6.9%. My 6 year old review needs a revisit.
A - hazed tangerine body with a frothy off-white head that holds good retention
S - juicy grapefruit, bready malt, caramel
T - heavy malt backbone with toasted grain and bread crust followed by a punishing bitter pine and grapefruit hop punch
M - medium body, pine lingering on the very dry, bitter finish
O - I knew it was good, but it's better than I remember. Old school American IPA flavors - the ones I like. I'll drink this time and time again. I can't wait to get more. (554 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange with a frothy white head. Big bubbles. Very little lacing. Smell is citrusy, piney and malty with slight tropical fruit and caramel. Taste is very much on the malty side. True East Coast IPA right here. Citrus comes next with floral, piney and tropical fruit notes. Finishes clean with a nice bitterness to balance things out. Mouthfeel is pretty spot on, maybe a little syrupy. Good carbonation and easy to drink. Overall, a good IPA. I had heard a lot about this and it seemed like we were finally getting Smuttynose out here in California. Decided to pick up a single 12oz to try. I don't regret it but was expecting a bit more. Owner of the store even told me how much he loved it when I bought it. (723 characters)

Photo of anteatr23
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appears amber in color with light carbonation. Pretty short head. Smells piney and malty. Taste is bitter and crisp. Hop forward with grain malts. Almost leaves your mouth dry. The citrus isn't especially standing out to me here... perhaps more rind than anything else. Overall a refreshing beer that I used to consider a staple. It'd probably still be if there weren't so many good IPAs nearby to compete with it. Definitely worth checking out. (454 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber colored brew with a fingernail of off white head around the rim and about the size of a quarter in the center of the glass. Light lacing is present. Delightful citrus and marmalade aroma greets my nose. The flavor is a well balanced mix of citrus hops and clean, gentle, light malt. The mouth provides a nice firm hop burn and light stickiness. (361 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ever so slightly hazy, this had a great feel to it, along with some nice tropical hops that were complimentary rather than overbearing. This is one of those greater than the sum of its parts sort of beers, and, frankly, one I'd reach for over a lot of the more hyped NE brews. (276 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, the second of a pair of Smuttynose offerings now available in my neck of the woods.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, soapy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some weeping mountain tributary lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of stale pine needles, overripe orange and lemon rind, estery florals, tingly herbs, grainy pale malt, and further understated grassy, leafy hops. The taste is sharp lemon, white grapefruit, and orange peel, edgy pine resin, a strong hard water flintiness, gritty pale grainy malt, and rather peppy earthy, floral, herbal, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are fairly lively in their probing and supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, the various hop interlopers kind of leaving a trail of minor destruction here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the complex bitterness starts to really assert its control over things.

At first sniff, I was ready to write this off as an East Coast American IPA innovator that has fallen behind the times, but once I got into it, I see that that is not quite the case. Lots of palate-challenging hop flavour and bitterness going on here, just not yer typical one-two punch of citrus and pine, solely. Enjoyable, and something I could see having at least a few rounds of. (1,411 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange golden color

Smell: iv been describing a lot of IPAs like this recently, but i pick up an orange marmalade type aroma with a floral hop undertone

Taste: I get that orange marmelade taste upfront, which is balanced by a floral/perfumey quality midpalate and throughout the finish. Theres also an undertone of bready malts from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, goes down crisp with a dry and substantially bitter finish

Overall: This is another classic American IPA. It was probably top notch ten years ago, but the new age IPAs have far surpassed it. There's a nice balance between orange marmalade/floral hops and bready malts, but for me to rate an IPA world class these days it basically has to be tropical forward or grapefruit dominant for the most part. Considering the affordable price, i can see how this is a go to for some. If you like orange, citrus pith, floral ipas, this one is for you (941 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The world of IPAs is pretty simple imo. There are malty IPAs, and there are hoppy IPAs. This is your textbook malty IPA, however there is a slightly surprising twang of something at the finish. But overall, will not buy this again. (231 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In my eyes, the best widely available IPA. Full of citrusy tropical aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit with some kiwi and mango on the taste. Drinkable with some bitterness, not overwhelming at all. Doesn't get the hype because its not new and from a bigger brewery, but this is damn good. (294 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle best by July ??, 2015:
Thinking this has a bit of age on it, so that must be considered. It might have shown in the lack of nose in this pour. Overall it seemed like a hoppy APA, but a nice one.

Pour left some fluffy white head stop a hazy orange body.
As stated, nose was weak. Initially I only got cereal-like grain, but with some effort pulled out some citrus notes, maybe?
Taste is balanced, a lightly tropical or melon sweetness early, grassy hops hit late. Fairly dry beer in the end. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, and a decent body. (549 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice, copper color with about 1/2 a finger of white foam. Great carbonation. Somewhat traditional east coast IPA smell - pine, citrus, and hops. A subtle fruity aroma is present with hints of grapefruit, mango,nand peaches. Light weight, and decently creamy mouthfeel. I get some wheat presence up front along with a piney bitterness. Not much fruit presence at all. Finishes light and watery. Lots of bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall, not bad. Not one of my favorite IPA's, but still light and refreshing. I'm not sure if I'm tasting wheat up front, or if it's one of the hop varieties, but I'm not a huge fan of the overall taste. Again, not a bad beer. Just not that great. (720 characters)

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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