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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

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4,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 262
Gots: 584 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dennho
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Semi agressive pour produced a nice two finger head. Impressive lacing. Bottled Sept. 2011, best by March 2012.

Smell is upfront grapefruit, pine, and hops.

Nice bitter grapefruit taste. Pine and citrus up front, a bit of malt in the middle, and a grapefruit smash to the taste buds for the finish. This is my ideal IPA taste.

Carbonation is moderate to average. Nice dryness on the finish.

Overall a super solid IPA. Cy and Paul on the label, for me this is America in a bottle.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of wtfuggles
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been one of my favorite labels since I tried it for the first time 3 years ago in Boston. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A - Pours hazy yellow-orange. Thin white head quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

S - Nose has very light floral and musky notes.

T - Pale malt with slight smoke/earthyness. Floral and citrus bitterness that lingers in a good way.

M - Mild sweetness that finishes dry. Light to medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is right for style.

O - Solid IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of J23hc
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mug, frothy offwhite two finger head, foggy orange body with carb and sediment. Flowery and sweet citrus juice aromas, and a ghost of bitterness. Taste is a mouthful of grapefruit. Lingering aftertaste of dry hops and alcohol but not overpowering.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Etan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of 9InchNails
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden body that's hazy and filled with yeast sediment. Off white creamy head that doesn't appear to be going anywhere.

Bready and biscuity smell mixing with caramel and piney hops.

Bread, biscuits, dough in the begining then sweet caramel in the middle. Then a sharp piney grapefruit and slightly metallic hop taste comes toward the end blending nicely with the flavors. There is a lingering bitterness between sips.

Light body, some tingly carbonation, slight dry feeling from the hops, incredibly easy to drink.

One of the best IPA's you can get your hands on. Enough hops and malt to balance each other out. When you're done with the first, you're kind of upset you finished it so fast -- that's what six packs are for.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of NardiByNature
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled two weeks ago (notch on label).

A personal favorite.

Poured into a pint glass. The body is a translucent-bronze and a finger-and-a-half of fluffy egg-shell head sits on top. Settles down to cover the beer. Circular lacing chases the beer down the glass. Smells delicious: Floral and fruity hops, grapefruit, baked goods. Nice, bitter, and exceptionally smooth. My favorite brew in my favorite style...something that is even better on-tap.

I would recommend a fresh Smutty to IPA drinkers everywhere.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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