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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,079
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 217
Gots: 357 | FT: 3
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 J23hc
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mug, frothy offwhite two finger head, foggy orange body with carb and sediment. Flowery and sweet citrus juice aromas, and a ghost of bitterness. Taste is a mouthful of grapefruit. Lingering aftertaste of dry hops and alcohol but not overpowering.

J23hc, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev -2.4%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Etan, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Durb777
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Durb777, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jpd7374, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of tjdrewry
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

tjdrewry, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of NHSTEVE
3/5  rDev -26.8%

NHSTEVE, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of montauk7
5/5  rDev +22%

montauk7, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of tsmiller7
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

tsmiller7, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ale207, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden body that's hazy and filled with yeast sediment. Off white creamy head that doesn't appear to be going anywhere.

Bready and biscuity smell mixing with caramel and piney hops.

Bread, biscuits, dough in the begining then sweet caramel in the middle. Then a sharp piney grapefruit and slightly metallic hop taste comes toward the end blending nicely with the flavors. There is a lingering bitterness between sips.

Light body, some tingly carbonation, slight dry feeling from the hops, incredibly easy to drink.

One of the best IPA's you can get your hands on. Enough hops and malt to balance each other out. When you're done with the first, you're kind of upset you finished it so fast -- that's what six packs are for.

9InchNails, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of sgoro
5/5  rDev +22%

sgoro, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

LambicKing, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of thatdirtymick
5/5  rDev +22%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Lantern, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of NardiByNature
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled two weeks ago (notch on label).

A personal favorite.

Poured into a pint glass. The body is a translucent-bronze and a finger-and-a-half of fluffy egg-shell head sits on top. Settles down to cover the beer. Circular lacing chases the beer down the glass. Smells delicious: Floral and fruity hops, grapefruit, baked goods. Nice, bitter, and exceptionally smooth. My favorite brew in my favorite style...something that is even better on-tap.

I would recommend a fresh Smutty to IPA drinkers everywhere.

NardiByNature, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of verdict603
5/5  rDev +22%

verdict603, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

lsdthcmdma99, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottle is stamped best before 04/18/12, bought as a single bottle in a pick a 6 pack at my local Kroger. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head and some sediment floaties noticeable. The head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. The brew smells like floral and light citrusy (orange peel, grapefruit) hops, along with some sweet malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some caramel malt. There's also a nice long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. Overall this is a good, solid IPA. I'd buy this again in the future, it's definitely worth a try.

bluejacket74, Dec 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

dejrrma, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of JimKal
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber gold with a generous two inch head that dissipates slowly. This is a very balanced IPA. While the hop presence is there it is not overwhelming. It keeps it carbonation well. Due to its balance this is a very easy drinking IPA. When I'm buying an out of state IPA, I will definitely repeat this one.

JimKal, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

BeezNeezy22D, Dec 25, 2011
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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