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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,025 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,025
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 215
Gots: 342 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Yshuaw, Nov 23, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A slightly hazy citrus orange color with a wonderful head that lingers for a long time and leaves great, great lacing all over the glass. This is a wonderful looking IPA indeed.

S: The aroma is dominated by citrus and bitter smelling hop aromas. It smells quite delicious for an American IPA and the malt backbone is barely detectable. The scent, and color for that matter, remind me of a two hearted.

T: A tantalizing mix of bitterness with nice citrus flavors and a long lasting bitter aftertaste. It starts out slightly sweet on the palate and then yields easily to the bold hops.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth feeling. Good level of carb.

O: This is a great American IPA. It is heavily one sided on hops, but that's what I expect from an American IPA. I love Humulus Lupulus and this beer makes good use of them. The lacing on this beer is just wonderful as well and a small head lingered the entire time. This is a great IPA.

jifigz, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

sideshowe, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

joepais, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jstewart1130, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to G311 for the bottle!

Pours a hazy orange/straw with a 2 finger foamy head.

Aroma is of dank floral/citrus hops. A little bit of a malt backbone.

Starts off with a bit of citrus and lemon. Just a touch of caramel sweetness and finishes very floral and a bit fruity and dry.

Mouthfeel and carb are good for the style.

Unimpressed although perfectly drinkable with no off flavors. Not a terribly complex brew. Not sure how they do bottle dating, but this one is still in its window by a couple months so definitely not old. Maybe it's better ultra-fresh.

jmarsh123, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

thewimperoo, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

touchmeimsac, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

pgofman, Nov 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

tubeman, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

blackened1339, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

YoItsBeerTym, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

beerman999999, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from 11/11/11 on tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC: pours cloudy orange gold color with a massive cloudy head that looked amazing and faded very slowly; it was so thick that you could run your finger through it and it left excellent lacing and rings as it went down; a very fine looking beer.

Smells of huge hops up front, with citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, orange peel, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, herbs, light caramel, biscuit, citrus and other fruits; very hoppy and quite fragrant with a mild whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, herbs, light caramel, biscuit, light sour apple, citrus and other fruits, grains, sweet malt and a slight bitter alcohol bite. Overall the beer was sweet with massive oily hops that taste like wet hops were added, and to me this is what an IPA should taste like.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with a medium to heavy crisp body that slides across the tongue smooth with a mild alcohol burn. A very tasty IPA that has enough grains to balance the taste and let the sweet citrus hops dominate and leave a nice bitter finish.

CHickman, Nov 20, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle ---> Pint glass. Hazy yellow/orange with some white head and lacing. Some particle suspension due to bottle conditioning. Not much bubble movement.

Smells of pungent, wet hops with dank floral aroma and some caramelized sugar. Big citrus, juicy grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple sweetness.

Palate is greeted but crisp clean hop flavor held up by a hidden malt backbone. Oily hop resin and bitterness comes through and creates a grassy/wheaty metallic bitterness.

Perfectly carbonated and substantial

VERY solid IPA

TheMultiYeast, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

despond, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

kaelingirl, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jlogan7, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

VikeMan, Nov 19, 2011
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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