Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,303
Reviews: 1,684
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 235
Gots: 440 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a bright golden orange color. Very cloudy, has lots of sediment in it. A healthy finger sized head. Appears to have medium carbonation.

As you could guess, hops dominate the nose. Lots of citrus and some floral hops. Vibrant tart and bitter grapefruit comes to mind. A little bit of toasty malt in the background.

Maltier than I would have guessed from the aroma. Starts off with a medium bitterness with a dose of caramel malt. This transitions into the citrus and floral aspects of the hops. The beer finishes with a little bit of bitter grapefruit.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Average drinkability.

Great IPA overall. Really think the grapefruit flavors set it apart from other IPAs. Pretty good balance of malt and hops. Thought it would be hop heavy from the aroma, but the taste proved to be a nice balance.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mtardiff for sending this extra. Best before 04/11/12. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours an uber-clear orange amber with a 1/2-finger beige head. The retention is not great, but it leaves nice lacing and thin covering remains. Gentle fine carbonation is visible.

S - I'm not getting much from the nose... Slightly sweet malt and herbal hops.

T - Light grapefruit in front, bready malts in the middle with a trace of sweetness (honey?). Then the hops come in and dominate with pine and grass flavors.

M - Medium bodied. Slick and velvety smooth on the way in with light carbonation. The hop oils coat nicely and are very smooth. Not chalky or overly dry.

O/D - This is a nice beer. Nice showcase of pine and grassy hop bitterness. Excellent look and feel. To me, the nose and the flavor left a bit to be desired, but I wouldn't pass on it had I the chance to try it again.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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