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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,084 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,084
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 218
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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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
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

alcoholinside, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

jepflast, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

bostonryan, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BeerPhan86
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed this beer and the label with two old guys sitting in lawn chairs has always been a favorite of mine. Finally time to review it.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a very minimal head. Noticeable sediment floating about the glass.

S - Surprisingly little aroma. Slightly flowery and earthly but overall not too much going on.

T - Wow. VERY similar to the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA as far as having an earthy/smokey aspect to it. It has that "slightly burnt" kick that immediately made me associate it with 60 Minute. Sweet and flowery with a good, dry earthy finish. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, though.

M - A little chewy but not overly sweet on the lips. Carbonation is just right.

O - Surprisingly stellar taste from an IPA that lacks much aroma. Very similar tasting to Dogfish Head 60 Minute to me and well worth trying. You can't help but smile looking at the label.

BeerPhan86, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Denjhe, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jak, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

ng85, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Sarnford, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

weaselchew, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bobarc, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

MammaBeer, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a big bright white head thats taking it's good old time receding. Getting a lot of tobacco and herbal hops on the nose. Very very grassy and earthy nose. Some barnyard smell as well. Stings the nostrils slightly. Head is ridiculously sticky.

Kind of thin in body, not your traditional flavors from an American IPA. Very earthy with an almost dirt flavor presence. Biscuity and grainy up front and herbal on the back end with a good deal of bitterness. Kind of like the meeting of an American IPA and an English IPA on my taste buds. Some citric fruit flavors are present with a lingering tartness.

Very wet and slick which would make it refreshing if it weren't for the building bitterness.

Eh, I dont have anything against the brewery itself I just honestly haven't found a beer from them that I've liked yet.

jtierney89, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

MrJolly, Dec 18, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I served this in a tulip.

Appearance- There is no head to speak of. Some fizz was produced and it resulted in a sight ring with only small flecks on the cap.

The body is hazy and amber-orange in color. There is an awful lot of sediment in the bottom half of the glass. The bottle says this is to be expected. Still, it is the first IPA I have seen this way.

Smell- I sort of smell hops? Maybe a little grassy, but it is disappointing to say the least.

Taste- This IPA is certainly bitter, but the flavors are muted. It is slightly citrus with a grapefruit flavor. It is also a bit grassy in the finish.

These flavors really need to step out from the wheaty malt. As it stands, the main flavor of this IPA is bitter.

Mouth feel- The feel is just fine: medium bodied and not overly carbonated. It is as smooth as a bitter IPA bomb can be.

Overall- Much more flavor from the hops would serve this beer well. They have obviously used the bittering hops to great effect. The feel is all right for an IPA; it just really misses with the flavor hops.

Pintofbrown, Dec 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

MaxAdvo, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Shooter1960, Dec 18, 2011
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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