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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,842 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,842
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 207
Gots: 283 | FT: 3
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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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4.93/5  rDev +20.2%

-Pours nice and mellow with a slow developing, tight nit head.

-Over all appearance is awesome! I love the sweet lingering aroma of fresh pine and grapefruit. This is a great IPA.

-All I can say is drink this beer! IPA lovers, you're in for a treat.

Bitter.. Bitter.. Bitter.


06-06-2010 00:30:46 | More by kyleg
Photo of jkrich


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz. bottle with a clearly marked "best before" date on label - similar to Samuel Adams'. Poured a typical American IPA - slightly hazy, deep golden in color with a small white head. The lacing was impressive and intricate.

A dominant, fresh, tropical fruity aroma is very inviting. The smell is indicative of a very fresh bottled ale.

This freshness carries over to the flavor. The initial sip is soft and fruity with a slight abrasiveness one would expect from 65 IBUs. While the hops dominate the ale, this does have some nice malty flavors that balance the taste.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a surprisingly light body; very nice tropical fruit flavors coat the palate. There is a hint of bitterness on the tongue.

This one stands out among the plethora of IPAs brewed today. It is dangerously drinkable for 6.9% ABV.

06-05-2010 23:08:13 | More by jkrich
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District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle into a pint glass (best by date on bottle)

Pours a dull unfiltered golden colour, a few visible particles of lees floating in this irresistible nectar adds to the overall character of this ale. As I crack the cap and pour, it's essence wafts from the glass, assaulting my nostrils. Head retention is phenomenal, leaving a light and clean-cut head all the way down. I regress, the head, originally poured a two-fingered crisp white with persistent carbonation. Not only does this head remain, floating, it clings to the glass barely grasping to the slippery sides as it descends under it's own weight.

An onslaught of tropical citrus ensues... The hops provide a beautiful array of odors. Immediately, fresh, bitter pink grapefruit presents itself followed by an essence of pine oil. Extremely bitter! There is something to this beer I haven't quite had before, but it compliments the grapefruit and pine very well. It is the essence of pineapple and mango, these present themselves for a brief second and immediately the grapefruit reappears.

Such a well crafted hop bill, Amarillo gives a beautifully smooth yet bitter flavour and the Simcoe and Santiams give this beer its unique strong citrus. The beer presents itself with a smooth bitter backbone, accented very much as the nose had let on. Grapefruit is poignant but the pineapple and mango are a little more subdued. The malt, while not overly present, adds a sweetness that compliments the bitter citrus. I would compare this to adding a bit of sugar to a grapefruit before eating it. Also for some reason or other I get a hint of bananas throughout this beer.

This beer comes on strong and finishes strong, refreshing and citrusy, I love the summer because this style of beer, and this one in particular. Aesthetically everything one could ask for in a beverage. Creamy, almost full bodied, and I don't even notice that it is carbonated. Does that mean it has to little or just enough? Like a good book, you don't realize you have read 100 pages or a few hours until you get up to let the dog out.

Indeed it is the "Finestkind", a beautifully crafted beer, no detail was over looked in the creation of this masterpiece. A lot of American IPA's are unorganized in their hop flavour and we, as hop heads, love it. This beer has all of the same characteristics of an unorganized hoppy goliath but while being unorganized, it has intention, purpose, and in an unorganized way it is organized and absolutely blissful. I dread when this beer has all but gone from my glass, and yearn for the next time it and I will cross paths.


06-03-2010 00:33:11 | More by RppIII
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

time for some quality NE hop action.

A- pours a hazy golden look. Web like lacing along the sides. The Racer 5 floaties are rocking out in the glass. Not much for a head, however the brew screams east coast IPA

S- another hop bomb. The grapefruit is overwhelming. It is enormous! The sweet malt is involved in the substance as well. Just a crisp launch of flavor

T- the same theme as the scent. Tropical, dry, and slightly sweet. All the flavors linger as the brew exits. Really major bitterness take over and end up being the underlying theme of this brew

M- crisp and light. Incredible carbonation

D- Finest Kind is a wicked IPA. It really gives that 1A/1B east coast AM IPA (60). The bitterness is an additional treat with the brew. I gotta be honest... on a holiday weekend like this... with some lax on the tube and family around... I could drop 10 of these. Smutty makes a great IPA

05-30-2010 01:12:35 | More by lovindahops
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

A - pours a faint copper / dark yellow with a huge, pillowy head

S - smells fantastic. Lots of citrus, mixed with pine and bready malts.

T - the nose didn't translate to the taste as much as I would have hoped. Starts off with some bready malts, but soon gets offset by some really grapefruity and piney hops. The bitterness is similar to taking a bite out of an orange peel. I think there the hop combination make it too bitter in a bad way at first, but as this warmed, the citrus flavors started to dominate the pine flavors. It finishes with a little bit of bitterness, but it sweet/grapefruity overall. This is also really well balanced.

M - very smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation and a full body.

D - This is a solid IPA. It became more and more delicious as I drank it. Too bad I only picked up a single as I had a bunch of other stuff to pick up. If this came to St. Louis, I would definitely purchase this again.

05-27-2010 01:55:03 | More by birchstick
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev 0%

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Smutty IPA pours a stunning bright orange, with a nice creamy white cap that hangs around for a minute before coating my glass with lace. Absolutely gorgeous. The nose is largely made up of tropical citrus notes, with some bready malts barely perceptible as well. The taste is similar, but after a brief flash of bitterness I'm not getting too much else besides straight grapefruit from the hops. Pale malt sweetness is again present, but an afterthought. The mouthfeel is a little disappointing, as the beer is overcarbonated and just a little on the thin side. This keeps the beer from being too drinkable, which may be a good thing as I'm not tasting any evidence of the nearly 7% ABV. A very good IPA from Smuttynose.

05-21-2010 22:14:40 | More by axeman9182
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

About 8oz from a bottle @ Heinen's Smuttynose VS Sierra Nevada smackdown. Oh yeah, then I had a second 8oz. This was my pick of all the Smutty and Sierra normal beers.

Cloudy gold with a nice white head. This is a good looking IPA!

Smell is just a tad subdued compared to some other more expressive IPA's but still really nice. Tons of citric presence. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange. If it was dialed up a notch, this would be brilliant!

Taste is nicely balanced. Nicely crafted, with a basic malt that lets the hops shine. And they really do shine on this one! Fruity and hoppy with tons of citrus - notably grapefruit, orange, and some pine as well. There's even a nice residual bitterness that doesn't devastate. This is a really good IPA IMO!

Mouthfeel was great. Nothing distracting, nice carb and body.

I could drink several of these. It's a true pleasure! Great beer from Smuttynose!

05-19-2010 23:19:21 | More by jampics2
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Generous extra from Stormking47. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark golden color that is semi see through w/ ton of yeast particles floating around with some effervescent bubbles rushing around. 2 finger white head. Takes awhile to reside to a half finger head. Don't like the yeast particles there. Would have scored higher without them. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of apricots, mango and pine. The apricot/mango scents stand out.

Tastes of nice barley and dank bitterness. Quite bitter in fact. Some mango and apricot. Lingering smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel is higher end of medium bodied. Tiny bubbles with a huge hop bite.

Drinkability is good. I could knock back a few.

05-19-2010 08:30:38 | More by billshmeinke
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured a bottle to glass.

Beer looks awesome. It has a rich white head that just won't go away. It's down to a nice thin layer after settling but is sticking around. It's a nice full orange color and has decent carbonation.

It smells of floral hops. Something on the tail end of the boil really amped up the aromas on this beer. It's a very bright smell, refreshing in itself.

The beer tastes great. It has a upfront bitter punch that mellows off to a smooth trace of pale malts and finishes with the taste of the floral smell (if that makes sense).

It's not a very heavy beer, but very full. Full of flavor, aroma, and character but not too much. It leaves you with a pretty dry mouth afterwards which in my opinion enhances the bitter.

Delicious IPA, probably one of my favorites I've ever had. I guess it really is 'Finest Kind.'

05-18-2010 22:01:01 | More by tchenery
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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -25.6%

After going through a bunch of possibly old bottles (why bother having the dating chart on the side if you're not going to actually notch out the date?), I was pleased to be able to get my hands on a growler so I could be assured of freshness. While this certainly tastes fresher, I'm still not sure what all the fuss is about.

A nice level of piney bitterness is somewhat overshadowed by a lingering sharp metallic flavor. It finishes oddly clean. Could really use a dose of resiny hop flavor and texture. On the positive side, the appearance is nice (see-thru copperish amber, fluffy off-white head, good lacing), and it's not overly malty like many of its east coast brethren. Bready and a bit chewy mid-swallow, but not too sweet.

Overall impression: Decent but forgettable. I'll give Big A a shot, but I'm done with Finest Kind.

05-18-2010 20:42:22 | More by PDXHops
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3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured into standard pint glass--

Slightly hazy (I guess a chill have, as I may have served this too cold) copper. Lots of litttle streams of bubles running up through the body. 1 finger of white head settled to a wispy little cap leaving very little lacing.

Smells really balanced. Good malt presence, god hops too. Not a crazy hop bomb, and not a malty toothache in a bottle. There is some lemony citrus hops with a good sweet bready malt-- almost like a toasted English muffin.

Taste follows nose-- nice sweet malts up front with a good hop flavor and bitterness. But it isn't overdone. It is nicely balanced and this makes for a great drinker.

Nothing really blows me away with this beer, but there is also no flaw with it. Overall, this is a solid drinking beer, reminds me a little of crooked tree by Dark Horse.

05-14-2010 03:04:44 | More by AleWatcher
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3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 4/27/10.

A-Pours a golden amber with a white, two finger head.

S-Lemon and grapefruit hop notes with some caramel malt and pine.

T-Follows the nose with bitter lemon, grapefruit and pine notes somewhat balanced by the caramel. Finishes dry and pretty bitter. Some alcohol/slightly astringent notes are also present.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

D-A pretty good IPA, but the bitterness and astringency/alcohol character hurt the drinkability for me.

05-12-2010 05:21:13 | More by samie85
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3.73/5  rDev -9%

Thanks to Arenbeer for the trade!

Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of carbonation. Smell just a little hops, not too much. Taste is malts up front, pine hops and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability, not so much. This is a very bitter beer, I am glad I shared this bomber. Decent beer, but bitter.

05-09-2010 01:27:49 | More by Lukafer
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4.43/5  rDev +8%

On-tap at Churchkey in Washington DC. Served in a 16-oz. imperial pint.

A - Apricot-hued, deep orange brew with a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Tiny bubbles form intricate lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink.

S - Lovely IPA smell of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple with grassy and piney hops complementing. Smells like a spring day.

T - Great balance between citrus, pine/grass, and a touch of caramel/butterscotch malts. Brilliant orange dreamsicle feel on the tongue and great, but not overpowering, hop bitterness.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp, with excellent carbonation.

D - Exceptionally easy-drinking IPA. Great for a warm spring night on the sidewalk patio spent eating great food and drinking some world-class beer.

What a great beer. If I hadn't drank the phenomenal Green Flash IIPA the same night, this would've easily been the highlight of the evening. As it is, I'd definitely like to get my mitts on this again.

05-07-2010 16:10:30 | More by AJacob81
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

Ploughy head, dark yellow appearance, lacing retains itself quite well. Aroma was not so pleasant, beginning to wonder if the age of the bottle may be suspect?

Jeez this is a bitter taste, all bittering hops no dry hopping perhaps? Just tastes like hops in a very long boil, with little to no dry hopping. Alcohol up on ya. Unbalanced. Imbalance? Bitterness just kills picking up the type of hop quality. Not much to speak of mouthfeel wise, just bitter.

05-06-2010 23:35:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Golden orange with a formidable fluffy white head resting on top

S - Not all that aromatic. Slight sweet florally hop smell but I'm not really picking up all that much.

T - Lingering piney bitterness dominates the flavor of this brew. Similar finish to that of a grapefruit. I don't pick up much citrusy flavor, this beer is definitely about bitter resiny pine flavors. A hint of sweetness lasts for a split second once you have had a couple sips.

M - medium to heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation. Good mouthfeel for style.

D - The lingering bitterness makes this one kind of touch to drink. I love bitter IPA's but this one seems to have taken it a step too far. I think this one could use a little bit more of a backbone. I probably won't seek this one out again but if you are a fan of piney bitterness then this is the perfect beer for you!

05-03-2010 23:42:15 | More by jpmclaug
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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head. Good lacing. Some particulates floating around. Nice carbonation.

S - Very subtle citrus smell.

T - Strong bitterness with a grapefruity finish.

M - The nice bitterness sticks around.

D - Nice crisp IPA. Intense bitterness might limit the number of these brews you can consume at one go.

05-03-2010 23:02:10 | More by BeardFacePhD
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

This has been my local 'go to' IPA for several years now and I feel it's time to review it.

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass

A: Orange-yellow body capped by bright white 1/2 inch of foam with great sticky lacing

S: Very piney and resiny with caramel malt blended in.

T: The pine and resin spearhead the hop attack that lasts until the swallow. This is not an orangey, floral hop bitterness. This is a northern New England pine hop hit. Some grapefruit rounds it out and the malt backbone keeps it all nicely balanced.

M: This could be the best part of the beer for me. A medium/heavy mouthfeel for an IPA. Almost syrupy and finishes out dry.

D: Pretty drinkable. I think the bitterness might limit me to 2 or 3 max.

As mentioned above this is not a floral IPA but a piney, bitter IPA. I've really grown to love this beer. A gem from the other SN brewery!

05-01-2010 01:11:00 | More by Adamdc
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Russian Federation

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass (for a change)...

A - Pours a pretty cloudy orange body, with some yeast sediment. Good head and head retention, some nice lacing. Looks beautiful!

S - Lots of fresh floral hops, with a hint of grapefruit. Some butterscotch-like maltiness. Smells like a typical, but good American IPA.

T - At first this tastes like a generic American-style India Pale ale, with a powerful hop bite, some bitter grapefruit notes, with a hint of pine, and some mild caramel sweetness. The finish was definitely on the dry and bitter side.

However, this beer definitely opened up for me, as I was drinking a whole bomber bottle! After a while, the bitterness mellowed out, and I was getting some tropical fruit notes and much more sweetness then at first. Very tasty overall!

M - Medium-bodied, very mildly carbonated. Bordering on too dry, but I've had drier IPA's so it's all good. The 6.9% abv is not really noticeable, but it starts coming out after a while.

D - Very drinkable. This beer is a treat for any hop-heads out there!

05-01-2010 00:42:43 | More by NightINgale
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle. Best by July 2010.

Pours into my American pint a hazy orange/yellow with a slightly off-white slowly dissipating head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell is robust for the style, I'm tired of running into IPAs that have a stale malt scent. There is a nice tropical smell (passion fruit, pineapple) to this one along with some sweet citrus (grapefruit) over a sweet malt backing.

The taste isn't as robust but it is very nice. It has a good piney/grapefruit bitterness and a sweet malty tropical body.

The mouthfeel is right on and this one is immensely drinkable.

This is one of the best east coast ipas out there.

04-29-2010 22:11:42 | More by crossovert
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Bright hazy orange color with a nice rim of white head that sticks to the glass.

The smell is a blast of piney hops and an underlying citrus.

The taste impressed me with a nice rounding malt character that many IPA out there seem to forget about; the graininess combined nicely with a bitter grapefruit citrus and a lingering taste of pine.

Goes down smooth enough but the mouth stay dry in it's wake.

Pretty good IPA, very hop heavy.

04-28-2010 17:38:38 | More by donteatpoop
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4.47/5  rDev +9%

pours a orangish yellow hazy color with a half inch of white fluffy head, fair lacing and lively carbonation. floral piney hop smell and flavor which finished very bitter. i pleasantly surprised with this beer. first smuttynose i have tried. i had heard their beers were decent but nothing special. i thought this beer was well above average and one of the better IPA's i've tried. pretty inexpensive for such a delicious beer. if you ever see one around i suggest picking it up.

04-28-2010 12:48:53 | More by berpwillie
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a vibrant hazy gold with suspended sediment. Creamy white head with maximum stickage. Leaves tightly wound rings of lace.

Smell - Citrus hop blast to the face (mmm, sticky grapefruit). Some bready malt in the background. Some grassiness. Big tropical fruit note as well that smells like pear and mango.

Taste - Same as smell. Bready malt is taken over almost immediately by big citrus hop flavors that power through into a lingering bitter finish. I immediately want another mouthful.

Mouth Feel - Full bodied, slightly chewy, coats the mouth nicely. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability - This has been my go-to IPA since I turned 21 and I'm always in the mood for one. Bold hops, slight sweetness to add some semblance of balance, and a lengthy bitter finish. Boom!

04-28-2010 02:53:52 | More by Sam21
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

A - Pours into a hefeweizen glass with 3 fingers of rocky white head that lingers for a little. Leaves very strong lacing throughout. Very deep yellow orange body with little sediment, but still rather opaque, especially for an IPA. Looks strong.

S - Pine hop smell. Slight sweetness. No alcohol smell. Surprisingly weak smell.

T - Floral hops. Grainy malt taste. Not balanced, but not to be expected. Little lemony taste to the hops. Slight mintiness too. Lingering bitterness

MF - Full bodied and slightly syrupy. Almost chewy.

D - If you can put up with the bitter aftertaste, I could see this being very drinkable. I don't see what all the hype is about this beer, but then again, mine's been in the fridge for more than a month.

04-27-2010 03:33:43 | More by MikeBrandman
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

A- hazy golden color with a sticky bubbly white head. Retention and lace a excellent. Foam never settles shorter than 1/4" and there's a well defined ring for each sip.

S- pungent grapefruit orange and pine aroma with a nice sweet glazed donut malt back. The more I sniff the more tropical it gets. Tangerine, pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, mango. Amarillo? Tart puckery and citrus. Very nice.

T- insanely bitter first thing in the morning. Definitely the most numbingly bitter ipa I've had in quite some time. Grassy and tea like, somewhat earthy and woodsy with the citrus flavors on a back burner. Lime pith and grapefruit peel slowly emerge with some pine and the subtle flavor of Greek food. And I'm definitely going with oregano and kalamata olives. Interesting. Small amount of malt sweetness gets blasted away by hop bitterness in the finish.

MF- astringent and resiny. Dry and puckering. Bitterness takes over the mouth feel and tires the palate. There's a pillow of malty cushion there when I need it, but the hops are relentless. Rolling and soft at times, seems like a combination of oily hop feel and malty viscosity. Tight prickly carbonation may be just a tick too aggressive.

D- not my preferred ipa formula- I jones for a certain balance that I call marshmallow... But I am definitely down for a good hop ass kickin and the finest kind left me concussed. And I'm only half-way through the pint. Seems milder from a bottle but on tap it generated a more thought provoking review. Perhaps the keg is fresher because the hops seem so much more intense. A good drinker at nearly 7% abv, but get ready for some shivering, and have some hot wings handy.

04-26-2010 14:35:25 | More by hustlesworth
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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