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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,976
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 215
Gots: 325 | 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 Knapp85
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours out as a golden color with a decent head on it. The smell has a good amount of hops on the nose. The taste of hops and some hearty malts on the tongue. The mouthfeel was pretty good too. Overall this IPA isn't my favorite but worth trying.

Knapp85, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a nice white lasting head, with good lacing. Aroma of piney citrusy hops fills the nose with some sweet malt. Taste is citrusy piney hops with some caramel maltiness. Palate is nice medium body, good carbonation, nice crisp moouthfeel. Finish is earthy piney hops bitterness with some good caramel malt for balance, ending with a nice sweet nutty bitter aftertaste. Overall a very nice all around brew

Samp01, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Hayward
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a golden light, slightly murky yellow, small amounts of lacing remain on the surface after pouring.

Smell is of strong, skunky, almost medicinal hops. I'm getting nothing else off of the nose.

Taste is the musky hops going really strong on the bitter pallete, with a slight grassy note coming in at the end but then disappears, leaving you with a strong bitter and spicy sensation on the tongue. The aftertaste lingers for a very long while. Can hardly taste the malt in this at all.

Not my type of IPA, but perhaps more true to the original IPAs of the past, using alot of hops to preserve the beer. I wish I could taste more out of the character of this ale, but its all hops and not much else sneaks through. Its not a very complex sense of hops either, it tastes like one variety of hops put in and that dominates anything else you might get a hint of.

Hayward, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-23-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a thick two fingers of foam, cloudy copper color, good head retention with a good amount of carbonation present

S – Hops and sweet malts. Floral aroma comes to mind

T/M – Medium bodied, malty brew aftertaste with some up front hop bitterness. Interesting brew

D – Good brew overall, more bitter then anything. Finishes with a smooth taste that I can enjoy more than one of and hope to have again.

FreshmanPour77, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this bottle courtesy of JC aka Carlos -poured chilled into a willybecker
The IPA has a pretty delicious looking golden apricot color with great clarity and proud 2 finger rocky cream cap. Lace clings well and retention is extra good- this is a practically perfect looking IPA. The aroma has lots of citrus and grapefruit with a subtle accent of pine with light tropical fruit and some melon with hints of orange rind. The carbonation and malt sweetness are dead on for the style with medium amounts and mild bitterness at first that builds to a semi dry finish which has slight grassy tinges and mellow amount of alcohol in the feel.

The taste has a nice blend of flavors: fruity, citrus and gentle pine hints with accents of berry and grapefruit with a mild caramel malt element. The sweet malt is in the background with some dry toasted notes and subtle tropical sweetness from the hops in the middle. There is a gentle herbal quality but I can tell this bottle is fresh since it doesn't stand out, the citrus rind leads to a sharp finish which is dry and satisfying. I think finest kind IPA is an east coast Ipa that sets itself apart w/ bitterness level that is high, but not over the top. It is dry and quenching relatively speaking with high amounts of hop flavor -no shortage in that department. I consider it a good example of the style.

Slatetank, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Have had this plenty of times and thought it was time to review.

A- Sunset gold with a one-finger head. Plenty of lacing and some sediment floating around

S- Ripe oranges, grapefruit, some faint tropical notes and caramel malt

T- Nice juicy citrus hops upfront with plenty of grapefruit and orange notes. Hints of peach and mango. There is a nice amount of caramel malt backbone that provides some balance.

M- Medium carbonation with a nice crisp and slightly oily mouthfeel. Finishes dry and bitter.

O- My favorite Smuttynose brew and one of my favorite IPA’s. It’s bitter, yet very drinkable and a staple in my fridge. If you are a hophead, seek this one out.

iadler, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle- poured into a pint
Best by: October

Appearance- Pours a clear orange-ish color with a small but dense white head, good lacing left behind all the way down the drink.

Smell- Sweet malts, earthy and herbaceous hops. Very subdued aroma.

Taste- Here are the hops! I was wondering where they were hiding. Citrus up front, some grapefruit, orange rind and lemon zest. Also very earthy and herbaceous again in flavor, rosemary is a flavor that is standing out to me. Slightly grassy too. A sturdy malt backbone, but the linger is dank, earthy hops, and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Standard for the style.

Overall- A very flavorful and decently complex IPA, has about the perfect amount of bitterness as well, though the aroma is somewhat of an anomaly. I will definitely be drinking this again.

JLeege, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from G311, thanks Vince! Review from notes. Pours with a nice and stiff white head, long lasting and leaves lace. Nice looking brew.

Nose has some earthy caramel malts and a nice edge of hops that provides a multitude of hoppy aromas...grassy, grapefruit and herb.

Taste strikes a nice balance with some toasted toffee and hefty hop bitterness. Hop flavor is clean and not as notable as the bitterness. Nicest part about this beer might be the mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy. Delicious and pretty much flies under the radar when great IPAs are mentioned. Underrated in my opinion.

twiggamortis420, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Morey
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with Sept 2011 notched on side of bottle. Lots of sediment on the bottom of the bottle prior to my pouring it.

Pours orange amber in color (I managed to keep most of the sediment in the bottle). Slightly hazy with a foamy off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a mix of piney hops and earthy malts.

Wow! This is surprisingly bitter for an East Coast Ipa. A nice malt backbone to help balance things out. A bit earthy, as the smell would have suggested. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a bitey hop/carbonation combo.

An above average (if not elite) Ipa overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I was a bit hesitant to pick this up because I could see the sediment in the bottles at the store. Man am I glad that I did. It certainly taste fresh....the hops are large and in charge here. A tongue bruiser to be sure!

Morey, May 28, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange

A: Pours a nice light copper into my Sam Adams glass with more than an inch of nice slightly off white head with great retention. Unfiltered for sure, tons of sediment.

S: Sweet Citrusy aromas with malt detectable, smells a bit yeasty. Grass notes obvious as well. A bit lacking maybe.

T: Very tasty and refreshing, grapefruit tasting hops with a bit of pineyness and some nice sweet malt to balance it out. A bit grassy

M: Kind of creamy, a little light on carbonation and more medium bodied (which I'm really enjoying).

O: Super drinkable and light, a very solid IPA. I love how unfiltered this is.

MacQ32, May 28, 2011
Photo of cmq103
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped this afternoon in home bar dual-tap kegerator, then poured into a standard pint glass. I'm taking this one poolside to enjoy.

A: Poured a cloudy golden color, though this could be due to the very first pour after tapping. Decent off-white color head and plenty of glass sticking lacing. I'm kind of surprised by the amount of murkiness to this IPA.

S: I smell sweet citrus and light grapefruit aromas. Not overwhelming, but very nice for an IPA.

T: This is where is gets good. Pine cone, grapefruit, citrus combination with a lighter, but smooth malty-bitter finish. I really enjoyed this one. Very easy drinking...

M: Actually kind of creamy for an IPA. Could be from the generous head and lacing.

O: My first Smuttynose beer. I was excited to see it carried in stock at the local Joe Canal's. This would rate in my top 5 available IPA's. I do believe this just edged out Stone IPA in my book. I'm just about finished with my beer and the lacing and head are still there at the bottom of the glass. Very good first impression. IPA lovers have to try this one!!

cmq103, May 27, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Light orange with hints of brown and yellow...One inch head with nice retention. Floaters all in there, non filtered.

Smell-Citrus hops with some sweet malts. Can detect some booze.

Taste-Lots of citrus, and a big bitter dry hop. Bitterness lingers throughout the whole sip. Nice malt backbone, but bitterness lingering a little too long. Good, but a little dissapointed

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, little boozy.

Overall-Was looking forward to this beer, and will definitely drink the rest, just not too thrilled by it.

SWMeyer4141, May 27, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich golden color with a big fluffy white head. Lots of great lacing as well.

Smell is full of hops. With some citrus and a bit of wheat coming through.

Taste is even more hoppy than the smell. Very good bitter taste throughout. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. Goes down smooth.

Really enjoyed this one. If you like really hoppy IPAs, you'll love this beer. I will definitely go for it again.

richkrull, May 26, 2011
Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy head over bubbly orange and golden. Hazy, with plenty of web lacing on the glass. Aromas are citrus, and I'm happy knowing the deliciously bitter hops follow. Citrus and herbal goodness. This is a great beer to have in the fridge at all times, especially if you just want to grab something juicy to fulfill that hop craving.

washburnkid, May 26, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange/grapefruit color with small one finger head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

S - A ton of flowery and piney hops hit the nose, light notes of grapefruit and citrus. Fades rather quickly

T - The taste is packed full of flowers and pine. It packs a hop wallop, to be honest. A tinge of fruitiness helps balance out the hops, but it's full of bitter, piney hops. Quite good.

M - Mouthfeel leaves the mouth feeling dry, a tinge of burn from the alcohol.

Overall - I was actually surprised by just how hoppy this beer was. For those of us that like hops, like myself, it packs a lot in this IPA, but there did seem to be just a little bit of imbalance. It seemed like it was missing some sweetness.

BeerBuckeye, May 25, 2011
Photo of morehoppps
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Tulip.

A: Pours a nice orange with lots of floaters, and a nice fluffy head.

S: Spicy for an IPA. I'm used to citrus and floral domination. This one is a bit different.

T: Kinda spicy, with sort of a burnt type taste. Nice amount of hop bite, very complex taste.

M: Medium-Bodied, with a nice amount of carbonation, could've used a bit more carbonation, but considering how fresh it is, I'm sure a while longer in the bottle will make the difference.

O: A very good IPA, that will not disappoint.

morehoppps, May 23, 2011
Photo of TheSignPost
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to see the sludge in the bottom of the bottle. I expect that from a home made brew, but not from a "store bought" variety. Other than that, the beer is fairly formidable. Bitter, but not overly hoppy. I miss the overdone hoppiness of some of the new IPA's. I'd drink this again, but it won't be my first choice.

TheSignPost, May 23, 2011
Photo of generalnotsew
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice huge frothy cotton head. Body is orange peel in color but cloudy with a ton of floaties. Good thing is that seems to happen with the freshest beers. Smell is very juicy, spicy citrus hops. Tons of sweet pineapple laced with sweet caramel. Very nice clean hop bitterness on the first sip. The tangy mango and grapefruit lay out in the middle and backed by a subtle sweetness. Bitterness is nice and lingering. Very soapy mouthfeel with not too harsh and not too soft carbonation. Been looking forward to this one for a long time and it has lived up to my personal hype.

generalnotsew, May 22, 2011
Photo of KLAYNE87
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (Best By Jul 2011) into a Smuttynose tulip glass. Pours a nice golden yellow with about a 1/2 inch head. This IPA really is a perfect example of the style, although it comes from an eastcoast brewery you can tell there are some westcoast influence (the nice hoppy bite) but there's this nice malty undertone that I don't usually get from some American IPAs which makes this unique. Smuttynose is one of my favorite breweries and this ties with the Star Island Single as my favorite beer from them.

KLAYNE87, May 21, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, and hint of grass. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Tone, May 21, 2011
Photo of eat
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body with a light cover of off-white bubbles. Head could be improved.

Guava, orange zest, pineapple, light pine, bread and light candy malt on the nose. Nice enough smelling stuff.

Where the nose presents mostly tropical fruit the flavour is more earthy pine; almost nothing tropical shows through. Light malt backing and slight bit soapy. Grapefruit pith lingers on the finish. IBUs feel high, lots of bitterness here.

I'd prefer a thicker more viscous feel. Medium-light body and moderately carbonated.

A well-made IPA though not my favorite take on the style. This is more along the lines of Stone's aggressive, unappologetic approach to bitterness of which I'm not the biggest fan (so if you enjoy Stone brews you'd probably like this as well). Wouldn't buy this again but glad I tried it.

eat, May 20, 2011
Photo of steveh
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FYI to BA -- as Benjamin Franklin Pierce would tell you (and as it is on this beer's label), Finestkind is one word.

On to the beer. I grabbed some of this because it's new to our area, though I've had it in the past "out east." I've seen some enthusiasts compare this to Goose Island's IPA, one of my favorites, and call it better (even though they're of 2 IPA genres), so I thought I'd sample away on a great Friday afternoon.

Best by September of 2011 on the label.

A -- Rather cloudy with a lot of floaters. Hazy peach color with a very dense and persistent white head. I'm going to score on the probability of dry-hopped and bottle-conditioned with regard to the floaters and haziness.

S -- Light, citrus fruit and spicy hops, very inviting. Some vague sulfur that I'll also chalk up to bottle conditioning.

T -- Mild biscuit malt right at first then light citrus to very spicy hops take over. There's a distinct, but expected, resin bitterness in the finish -- though not overpowering. Some citrus esters linger in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a medium to light-heavy body.

O -- A very impressive American IPA of the "finestkind." If it's what you're craving at the moment, this beer will not disappoint.

steveh, May 20, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at" Bodega Blue Artisan Cheese" in Vero Beach Florida.

Cloudy orange pour with medium head. Tons of hop and grapefruit in the smell.

Lots of citrus and even more hops in the taste with a bit of malt and a load of bitterness. Some grassiness and pine present too.

Wonderful refresher and hop delivery system. Awesome brew! Favourite IPA so far.

Matt1516, May 19, 2011
Photo of dmsohyea
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy jdmcel, thanks!

Bottle dated best by October 2011, so it looks like this one's fresh. Served in an AleSmith IPA style glass.

A - Murky orange with one finger pearl white head. A few wisps of lace and good head retention.

S - A little orange and pine on the nose, but there is an overwhelming skunky aspect that really detracts for me. Some sweet malts can be detected under the rest of the notes, but this one is all hops and skunk (maybe the hops are skunky?).

T - Starts off with light citrus flavors, and then hits with a wallop of bitterness and grapefruit. Catching a few undesirable yeast flavors, but they are overwhelmed by the bitterness. Luckily almost none of the skunky smell makes it to the palate, except just a few lingering flavors in the after taste. Not a lot of malt here, but the underlying sweetness is noticeable. Leaves a bitter grapefruit taste in your mouth for quite a while. Alcohol is masked decently, but still detectable as it might be in a bigger beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good with a nice creamy texture and an extremely dry finish. Carbonation is a little below average, but doesn't detract from the brew.

O - A solid east coast IPA that I would love to try on tap some day. I'm hoping the tap would make it smell better...

dmsohyea, May 19, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peach color with about a two-fingers width head, which stays intact about halfway through the glass. Plenty of lacing down the sides. Quite attractive.

The scent was nice - typical IPA scents of pear, mango, and a hint of grapefruit - but it seemed a bit weak to me compared to some other IPAs I've had lately.

Some grapefruit rind is notable in the taste, but a piney flavor comes through in the finish and aftertaste. It's not overpowering though, and not as mouth-puckering bitter as some other IPAs. Personally, I'd like to taste the citrus a little more and the pine a little less. A slight breadiness from the malts is barely noticeable in the background. Nice mouthfeel. Overall, a very good IPA.

DeltaGolfSierra, May 18, 2011
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