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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,890
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 211
Gots: 297 | 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 match1112


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

pours a yellowish orange with two fingers of off white head that clings to the glass. smells of citrus hops and orange peel with a sweet malty balance. taste is near perfect. just a nice well balanced sweet citrus and malt blend with a long dry bitter finish. leaves you thirsting for more. mouthfeel is a little oily from the hops but other than that has a good feel with good carbonation. outstanding beer. make mine a smutty!

11-13-2011 22:25:45 | More by match1112
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%

This one was served @ Beervana, got a few pours before the fest started. This was a cask dry-hopped with calypso hops. I am not the biggest cask beer fan but I guess if the beer's good it doesn't matter.

A- Hazy orange glow with a pale, thin head.

S- Pungeant, sharp hop aromas. Stanky.

T- This one is scathingly hoppy- in a good way. Really like chewing on raw hops. Minty, grapefruit, orange peel. Choking on the raw hop goodness.

M- Mouthfeel is very soft, bitterness is intense.

O- One of the best cask experiences I've had. Dry-hopping a beer like FinestKind really pushes it over the edge and makes for a fantastic beer. I'd seek this out again and again.

11-11-2011 12:57:44 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of rudzud


3.4/5  rDev -17.1%

Reviewed from notes taken while trying to figure out beer pairs for a beer dinner co-hosted with jlindros.

A - Poured into a tulip a very light amber with a nice one finger creamy head that faded to leave nice wisping and a good halo.

S - Rather muted hops with most of the nose consisting of sweet malts. Somewhat of a let down.

T - Not sure if this was an old bottle or what, but again the hops fail to really shine. This is almost a malt bomb...lots of sweet malts with very little hops present.

M - Alright mouthfeel. Alot of malt sweetness, almost too much, with just a little big of hops present on the back to make it bitter(pine and light citrus).

O - I know this is a good beer, I know it, but this bottle was just not fresh enough. Unhappy.

11-09-2011 03:39:45 | More by rudzud
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours straw bodied with two fingers of pure whit head and nice lacing.

S: Hops are present, but muted. Cane sugar sweetness melds with the juicy citrus hops.

T: Follows the nose. The hops are there: orange, pineapple, grapefruit...but the bitterness is little. Sweetness is always right alongside the hops, providing balance.

D: Mouthfeel is creamy and fuller than most IPAs. This one drinks easy and finishing a sixer would be no problem at all.

Overall: Probably my favorite East Coast IPA after Flower Power. It won't satisfy maniacal hopheads, but it provides for a fruity, juicy, more balanced IPA than the norm.

11-07-2011 14:34:59 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of wrycon


4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Deep orangish-gold in color. Smells absolutely wonderful. Tropical fruit and some true, deep citrus notes. Wow, this is quite good. Initial taste is thick and sweet. You expect bitter, but it doesn't happen. Then the flavor churns into deeper citrus hop notes and then the bitterness slowly materializes but is only around to offset the heavy sweetness. Despite the bitterness coming on late, it surprisingly dissipates quickly to leave a semi-clean / semi-robust hoppy mouthfeel. This is a very good and drinkable IPA.

Like It? How Could I Not?

11-07-2011 03:38:51 | More by wrycon
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

bottle best before feb 2012

a - opened and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. beer poured with the classic murky semi transparent orange yellow with a generous few fingers of frothy white thick milk shakey ipa head. lacing was chunky and hung on the glass.

s - soft citric orange peels. bit of sweaty funk. rather timid for an american ipa.

t - sweet and balanced with a bittery finish that keeps the candied shine. not the most slap you in the face hopped out beer, but a great sweet ipa with a bitter slap.

m - medium bodied. cooling. bready.

o - overall a classic ipa and old standby. always enjoyable and something that is readily available and fresh. love having this one in the fridge.

11-07-2011 00:20:26 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of JCaweinstein


4.47/5  rDev +9%

Gold colored body with a small amount of carbonation pour leaves a creamy, white, one finger head. It's a little cloudy but there is some nice looking lacing left around the sides of the glass.
Smells citrusy, like grapefruit or even lemons. These aromas are screaming hops!
Tastes more like grapefruit than lemons followed ny some toasty breadiness.
There is a big hop bite right if the bat, the real oily, resinous type of bite. Medium bodied and without a lot of carbonation. Smoothed somewhat in the middle and then finishes with another big hop smack.
This is an excellent ipa. The flavors and aromas are both very big and bold, one that I will continue to purchase.

11-04-2011 01:33:47 | More by JCaweinstein
Photo of Nachojon


3.65/5  rDev -11%

A- Looks like an IPA...Cloudy, hazy golden. 1/2 inch head, bubbles stick to side of glass. Light lace.

S- Hops, warmth. Orange peel.

T- I like this beer and it has a good IPA flavor profile. Nice citrus bite with a good amount of bitter and a slight sweetness. Trends more towards orange than grapefruit which is less appealing to me personally.

M- Smooth drinker with the good hoppy crispness that makes it so solid. Just a bit of sugar left on tongue.

O- Good IPA, not great. I would like to try it on tap but with so many IPAs out there to try I won't be seeking it out.

10-27-2011 02:40:14 | More by Nachojon
Photo of PEIhop


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

As I poured this american-influenced porter, I noticed that it was much thinner than I anticipated. Its pitch-black color conjured up images of the darkest of nights. With all that I had heard about this porter, I was expecting a much fuller head, but the head was very thin and quickly receded leaving red-hued lacings along the glass.
The aroma is full of roasted malts. These roasted malts waft the smell of inviting coffee and/or espresso grinds. After allowing the beer to warm, caramel and dark chocolate notes began to enter into the aroma. Surprisingly, the hop presence in the aroma is almost non-existent.
The taste is very distinctive and can be broken down into two separate parts. The first part is full of delicious burnt or roasted coffee. The second part of the taste (back-end) is a coating of hops that are pleasant and well balanced with the tastefulness of the coffee.
The carbonation in this porter was very nice leading to light creaminess. The body was thin, but as the beer warmed, the carbonation weakened allowing the body to become fuller. At 6.5% ABV and composed with 45 IBUs, Founders Porter is an excellent interpretation of a hoppy porter.

10-25-2011 23:11:48 | More by PEIhop
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Smuttynose's IPA is a classic one.

Pours a golden color, yellow and bright.

Smells crisp, not overly hoppy.

Taste is full of flavors but again, it's not an IPA that'll overwhelm you with intense hops.

Easy drinking, solid IPA and another classic Smutty.


10-18-2011 22:55:16 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

Got from Total Wine in Cary as an individual bottle. I made my own six-pack of IPA's and stouts that I had not tried before, but that I had heard a lot about. This was definitely my favorite of the six.

Poured into a pint glass.
Had the same look as most in this style. The smell was similar to most of the style as well, with a hoppy smell, though more of a citrus smell was present.

Taste-wise this beer is exactly what you want from an IPA. Very hoppy beer (for all you hop-heads), but not extremely bitter. Well-balanced with citrusy, piney flavors. In my opinion, it was the perfect balance of these two flavors.

Overall, definitely one of the best IPA's I have ever had. So many of those well-known and well-respected IPAs fall into the "mediocre" or just "good" category for me. This one is definitely "great" and has a unique taste that I think they did an awesome job with.

10-06-2011 21:32:51 | More by BeerNoobNC
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

On-tap at Atwood's

A: The beer pours a golden amber color with a finger of white head and a bit of lacing.

S: A nice citrus hop aroma to this beer with plenty of grapefruit scents and a nice pine quality to it. Quite perfumey with heavy floral hop notes to it as well. A bit of sweet malt and bread.

T: Rather heavy on the pine flavor and bitterness, which is nice. A good amount of grapefruit flesh and peel, which also adds a bit of bitterness, but also a nice bite. Some sweet pale malt flavor breaks up the intense hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this. As long as you can get this one fresh, it's a pretty solid IPA.

10-04-2011 23:44:25 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +19%

Poured out a hazy copper color with some yeast partials flouting around the glass . Three finger head that as creamy off white.

The aroma is rich with citrus and pine notes. There is some sweetness from the malt. But, hops are dominate.

The flavor is a hophead dream. Bitter pine and citrus hops! A good amount of bread like malt and sweetness. Perfect. Dry hoppy finish.

Medium bodied and easy to drink but be careful because the ABV can catchup with you!

Over all everything you would want and expect and want from an American IPA is present! No complaints!! Pick some up and enjoy!!

10-02-2011 05:30:51 | More by Luigi
Photo of buck1futter


4.78/5  rDev +16.6%

a- almost like a dark hefeweizen, bottled conditioned. quite a bit of yeast in there. i like that though i typically find that i enjoy bottle conditioned a little better than filtered. large head that lasted long.

s-grapefruit, with slight melon, and citrus throughout. very pleasant.

t- start is sweet really sweet but ends very quickly then the hops take over, with a slight dry bitterness that soon feels the mouth with a very very crisp watery butter flavor...so good. Pairs very well with some 4 year aged wisconsin cheddar

m- carbonation hits the top of the tongue, smooths out to the side of the mouth and then creams out into a watery melted butter.

0-the best east coast ipa i have tried. really loving this stuff going to be picking this more often when i need a good ipa to settle me kicks.

09-30-2011 04:47:45 | More by buck1futter
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A real good IPA.

It has a pleasant floral smell.

This has one of the best heads I have ever seen on a beer. Thick and foamy, and stayed around for a while.

The taste is a little strong at first, but once you have a few sips, you really begin to appreciate what a quality beer this is.

The initial taste is sweet and citrusy. The hop bitternes is pretty intense, but oh so good.
Very well balanced.

And after only two beers, I had a very mellow buzz and was feeling fine.

One of the best IPAs I have ever had.

09-30-2011 03:40:02 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of GallowsThief


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Cloudy, hazy orange/yellow pour with a half finger of stark white fluffy head that stayed around.

S – Hops in the nose and big at that. Grapefruits, piney with some floral.

T – Nice bitter flavor right off the bat. Not puckering but it is fairly strong. Grapefruit galore with a big hop wallop. Follows with a bit of sweetness that tastes like citrus maybe orange.

M – Light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty drying at the end though its refreshing throughout and easy to drink.

O – Nice beer here and one fine IPA. Has a great strong hope and grapefruit bite that really is an assault. That fades away with just a bit of residual sweetness. Damn easy drinker and wonderfully refreshing. Wish I would have tried this one sooner.

09-29-2011 23:59:51 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of busterwhite


4.47/5  rDev +9%

Poured a hazy orange/gold color with a 2 finger head. Lots of sediment. Bottle with best by date on label.

Big hop aroma, grapefruit, piney, floral.

Tastes like it smells - big grapefruit flavor and just the right amount of bitterness.

Very smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink.

This is a great IPA. Very nice taste and mouthfeel, really easy to drink.

09-25-2011 16:59:47 | More by busterwhite
Photo of jgreenearrow


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours an amber color with a thin white head forming at the top of the pour. There are quite a few "floaties" (residual particles from the brewing process) suspended in the beer due to the beer being unfiltered. Lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus from the hops dominates the nose. There is a malt presence in the nose as well along with some floral notes.

T: Sweetness of citrus and malts burst onto the tongue at the onset of the sip. There is a slight honey flavor as the beer transitions into a sharp hop bitterness from the middle to the end. Some floral is present in the finish.

M: This is a light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA. The citrus and sweetness of the malts balance the hop bitterness well. However, the bitterness of the finish is quite substantial.

09-25-2011 02:46:07 | More by jgreenearrow
Photo of KDawg


4.1/5  rDev 0%

this was from cask. Poured a nice medium orange color with a good foamy head.

very good complexity on the nose with a lot of hops, loads of citrus', and fresh picked oranges. Good depth with good hops to the aromas as well

fuller bodied with a real smooth feel and lots of hop and citrus tones.

I really liked this more from cask than from what I've had in the past. The aromas were really good and the feel was very good. This was a real quality IPA

09-24-2011 02:12:15 | More by KDawg
Photo of BigCheese


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

6 week old bottle

IMO Smutty mix pack is one of the best deals around.

A: Cloudy, slightly more amber/orange than a Pilsner/Hefe, light in color for an IPA. Leaves some spider webs.

S: Pretty Much all Citrus hops, lemon/grapefruit/pineapple. some slight oak maltiness notes too.

T: Sweet Juicy hops. Tastes much more bitter than 65 IBU's, more of a west cost profile. Great hop fix, almost a sourness to the citrus hops. Leaves your palate pretty owned. Some rasin flavor maltiness in there but this one is all about the hops. A real lip smacker.

M: Smoothy, creamy carbonation. Pretty high in alcohol for a low cost IPA, taste more like a 6

O: Probably New englands best standard IPA (along with ipswich and mayflower btw) a true gem, and the best bang for your buck. More of a West Coast IPA, but great execution of hop flavor.

09-24-2011 01:20:02 | More by BigCheese
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz bottle well within its' best by date, served in a tulip.

A - Very hazy burnt orange in color, letting just enough light through to show that I wasn't careful enough with the sediment from the bottom of the bottle. To be expected, no worries. Small white head dissipates quickly leaving some rocky lace behind.

S - Pine, tobacco, grapefruit with a hint of malt sweetness. Clean without any real esters, just hops.

T - Kerpow. You get smashed in the mouth with bitterness before you can perceive anything else. Your taste buds begin to pucker. The bitterness gives way to pine sap, grapefruit rind, just all around strong citrus. Little in the way of malt complexity here, only a hop delivery vehicle.

M - Dry, very dry. You are left wanting another sip almost instantly. Moderate to high carbonation.

O - Hop bomb. I would say the bitterness overwhelms almost everything else, possibly even the flavor additions. It would pair up great with something rich or fatty like a prime rib dinner. MMMmmm, prime rib dinner....

09-23-2011 20:51:37 | More by ectomorph
Photo of brewadelphia


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Poured a nice golden yellow with what looked like some sediment folaters, I was surprised that there was pretty much no head although it appears to have a good amount of carbination strings floating up to the top...

S: The smell is excellent, a little sweeter or more flowery as I like to call it than most other IPA's but you can definitly also smell the hops that are present in the beer.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells, very good! You can definitly also taste the hops but unlike some IPA's this beer is not over hopped. It has a nice sweet, flowery taste all of the way through.

O: If im drinking an IPA I usually just stick with the DFH 60min, however this is now going to be added to my new arsenal, this is very good and I would reccomend it to all!

09-23-2011 01:14:56 | More by brewadelphia
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District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours hazy copper with thinnish white head and lots of floaties. Good lacing though. The aroma is a good yet subdued mix of hops and malt. Citrus hops with some resinous notes. Caramel malt. Strong hops flavor though, quite bitter for an IPA with lots of resinous pine notes. Full body with a chewy mouthfeel. A nice, strong IPA, even if it is a bit unbalanced for its style.

09-19-2011 22:08:36 | More by goldbot
Photo of zhanson88


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Pours a very murky copper color. A lot of carbonation is present. About 3/4" of eggshell white head forms, which has decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Definite caramel malt backbone here. Quite a bit of citrus comes out as well, and some dank hops. Not bad, but nothing outstanding.

Taste: Again, up front the malt backbone is present. A good deal of citrus flavors appear in the middle to back end, and the finish is full of bitter, dank hops. Very nice, and better than I thought it would be from the smell.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is amazing. Just about medium bodied with quite a bit of fine carbonation. Extremely easy drinking and smooth. Overall, I liked this beer quite a bit. One of the better East coast style IPAs I've had.

09-17-2011 01:20:37 | More by zhanson88
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Small head, little lacing. Mix between golden and amber body.

S: Citrius hops, not the strongest aroma.

T: Bitter finish. Pine and hops to start. Very refreshing.

M: Above average carbonation. Dry finish.

O: I really enjoyed this six pack. Taking a sip, something in me wants to really get a mouthful. Great body to this one.

Six pack from Thorpe's in East Greenwich, RI.

09-16-2011 23:29:04 | More by crzyc
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