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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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

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4,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,403
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 253
Gots: 527 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Brindle Room in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow leaning towards orange in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces by just a small amount. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a mild aroma for an IPA, light notes of malty sweetness along with some grapefruit hops.

T: A slightly aggressive hop bitterness but not over the top - I really enjoyed the contribution to the overall flavor. There are grapefruit/citrus hops along with the slightest hint of pine/resin.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky/resiny.

O: Really good with a nice amount of complexity and balance in the flavors. The hops flavors are slightly too intense for this to be a sessionable beer but it is definitely one that I will be having again. Very refreshing.

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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet honey malt, some biscuit, mixing with grapefruit, pine and Simcoe hop-like character along with other subtle floral characteristics.

Taste is bready cracker mixed with grapefruit, pine, lighter fruit that goes into a slightly bitter middle a floral and pine finish. There are stone fruit notes here, not so much tropical fruit. Really great flavor. It balances an interesting malt and hop profile while still being extremely drinkable.

Lighter to medium body with medium to higher carbonation works really well.

Fantastic and unique IPA that has a bready/cracker sweet malt body with a huge pine, grapefruit, stone fruit hop character.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've waited to do this. It's been a long drive down the road to hop heaven. I've tasted IPA's, DIPA's, IIPA's by the dozens, and become time-honored intimate with twenty to thirty specific varieties, from all over the country. What makes this IPA sooo good is the slightly different profile that separates it from the over copied (albeit tasty) northwestern IPA's. The beauty of the unfiltered murk and the super sudsy, Victorian-lace producing head, all adds to the occasion, making this a quite attractive beer. Odors are pungent and floral. White grapefruit resides in a sap-like chewiness. And best of all??? This ale is dynamite when served both room temp and ice-cold. This beer is not only for hop lovers, but for artisans who really appreciate what goes into a perfect session. Top notch.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra'd by ehammond1, thanks.

Best Before 8/27/12, consumed 5/1/2012

Pours a hazy orange/gold with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that lasts as a thick layer on the top of the brew.

I get lots of sticky pine resin, reminiscent of walking through a dense pine forest, some earthy and vegetal scents mixed in. Very East Coast style IPA witha deep caramel malt presence. I also get just a whiff of a clove like hefe yeast from the top of the head.

The beer is assertively and strongly bitter but it does not overpower the other flavors that come from the aroma.

The mouthfeel is where this beer shines. It is full bodied, without being sweet. The dryness lends itself to drinkability.

Overall, this is a really solid East Coast style IPA, I probably won't seek it out in a trade but might pick some up when I am in the Northeast later this month.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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