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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,085
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 218
Gots: 357 | 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 hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. A truly excellent American Pale Ale!

Not too bitter, but hops complement all elements across aroma and taste pallettes - and ending with a brilliant finish. Beautiful colour, amazing aroma and multiple hop varieties used in both wet and dry hopping - which in my non-technical world leads to an incredibly pleasant taste.

Overall an excellent beer, of which I wish I'd purchased more than 6!

hopsolutely, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice bright golden orange with a thin off white sticky head.

The smell is very malty and english with a nice big caramel backbone and some light earthy hops.

The flavor is very mild with a nice bit of bready caramel malts and a good citrus and pine hop punch that leaves a long lingering bitterness, balancing this out very well.

The mouthfeel is light with a touch of resin and good carbonation.

Very drinkable solid IPA.

bashiba, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of random846
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy orange, with a large lingering head. Great lacing over the entire glass.

Smell: Lots of Citrus and hops with a hint of malts. Not as strong as I would have liked but good none the less.

Taste: Wow, delicious hops right away. Quite bitter but it only makes the taste better. A very nice citrusy hop flavor along with subtler grapefruit and pine tastes make up much of the flavor. Malts becomes evident towards the finish but it is nothing in comparison to the hops. Aftertaste is very nice and it sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, maybe a little heavier than typical IPAs. Good carbonation.

Drinkablity: Even with all the bitterness the brew has great drinkablity, it just tastes so good and goes down smooth.

Definitely one of my favorite IPAs and beers for that matter. Will be looking for a case of this next time I get beer.

random846, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Wamesit
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep hazy orange. Sediment visibly floating. Thick two finger white rocky head that gives way to moderate lacing.

S - Hops. The whole gambit. Citrus, specifically grapefruit. Piney undertones, and as it warms the floral aroma becomes prevalent.

T - Unreal. True IPA. Bitter and then bitter some more. The citrus flavor creates a crispness that is only accentuated by the more rustic piney richness. The flavors are lively and this is in no way bitter for the sake of bitterness. There is a malty honey sweetness, smooth and welcomed, in the finish that becomes more apparent as the ale warms a bit.

M - Medium, yet robust.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Don't let the heavy amount of hops fool you, this is crisp and refreshing and an IPA that could go very well with another--and another.

Wamesit, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of charlesbyrd
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best By August '11 notched on the label.

A: Pours slightly hazy and honey in color. It's clearer than I thought it would be. This being an unfiltered beer, there's a fair amount of tiny floaties suspended throughout the glass. It's also very bobbly, though the white foamy head doesn't hold up for very long.

S: Grapefruit and floral hop aroma is definitely up front. Honey sweetness is prevalent, along with some cracker-like yeast and light malt. It doesn't really warn you for what is coming next.

T: Pow! The hops really do a number on your palate, but in a pleasure-is-pain kind of way. Lots and lots of bitter, acidic fruit, the hops seem to fighting their own bitterness to convey some sort of herbal flavor. Sourdough flavor from the malt is only an afterthought. Quite an experience.

M: While it looked thinner than I would've liked, the body is spot on. It's slick across the palate and very astringent, but the flavor and prominent bitterness linger on the tongue and down the throat.

D: The approach of this beer is like a kick in the teeth, but all the while I was thinking how refreshing it was. A hop head's delight, this beer, with no booziness or off-flavor to speak of. This beer has all the things I enjoy in an IPA.

charlesbyrd, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of pnkRed
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a hazy light amber with a large pillowy head that stays buoyant.

S: Earthy hop aromas with a slight sense of citrus

T: Very crisp and very hoppy. The earthy hops leave that dirty palate destroying taste in your mouth

M: A nice mouthfeel. Not too thin, and not too thick.

D: It goes down real easy. I'd be able to take a few of these out in no time.

pnkRed, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Risser09
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - Cellar temp 50 degrees - white wine glass - best by April 2011

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange color with a monstrous 3: head that is slow to relent. The cakey head is soapy with it's big bubble size and craterous physique. The distance between peaks and valleys on the head is astonishing. Not any lace as the beer sinks and is drunk.

Smell: Pine and vegetation. So much green-ness that I smell a bile aroma. It becomes sour to me. Very fresh grass-no, weed- clippings that prevail throughout. Grapefruit underneath it all.

Taste: Solid flavor. I get more pine and hops that mesh for a nice balance of bitterness. Great base malt profile, you can tell they used quality malts for this brew. It is very fresh and vibrant. Pine needle finish.

Mouthfeel: Comes on slowly with bitterness, then becomes piney and works its way to dryness. The roller coaster is great here. Medium body, ample carbonation and dry finish invite you back for more. Nice.

Drinkability: The bile smell is a tad overwhelming for me, and I can stand some absurd aromas/flavors. Otherwise, this is a solid brew that deserves high marks and recognition. I will revisit again!

Risser09, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 10/28/10*

Bottled on date: 10/04/10

Found a case of this for $30.99, which is a great price around here...being less than a month old, and one of my favorite IPAs, seemed like a no-brainer.

First bottle pours a cloudy, light amber color with lots of yeast floaties. I got a good 2 fingers of fluffy white head that nearly crested my pint glass, that took several minutes to subside leaving lots of sticky lacing. There is a huge grapefruit aroma that I can smell from a few feet away, gets quite strong as it reaches my nose. I also pick up some other citrus and earthy hops as well. Very much a hop-forward IPA, lots of grapefruit and pine with a strong, bitter, and dry finish. Medium bodied with lighter carbonation than some of my other favorites in the style.

Such a great IPA, really fortunate to be able to get this easily and fresh around here.

prdstmnky, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden orange in color with yellow highlights on the edges with a half finger of head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was piney hoppy upfront with citrus, slight malty biscuit, caramel, and mild grassy notes. The taste was more piney and hoppy on the palate with citrus grapefruit that helped out on the hop bit but was not too hoppy. It also had caramel and sweet malt accents to help balance out the beer. The beer was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a hoppy, piney, citrusy, bready, and mild bitter finish. It drank good but was lacking the hop punch that I usually lok for in my IPA's. I guess I guess I'm just spoiled with all these great hop bombs on the west coast.

Gobzilla, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drazzamatazz for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a golden color, and slight haze. About a finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - A nice floral aroma up front followed by slight citrus, some great smelling hops, and a noticeable caramel/malt backbone.

Taste - Dominant bitter hop taste at first. Then a nice bitter grapefruit citrus flavor kicks in which is mellowed out by a greatly balanced malt backbone. A nice sweetness to it but not a sickeningly sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Very. A great IPA. Very balanced and a great IPA. No alcohol presence. Would definitely pick this up.

SpdKilz, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of mattsdenney
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Best by January 2011.

A: Orange, slightly cloudy, quite a bit of "sediment" floating around.

S: Sweet citrus, piney hops.

T: Hop bitterness on the forefront, slightly earthy/grassy with a hint of grapefruit.

M: Coats the mouth, frothy and somewhat creamy.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. Not as fruity/acidic as many IPA's that are out there.

mattsdenney, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very thin (1/4 inch maybe) white head on top of a golden/orange-hued IPA. Luscious lacing, great effervescence, lots of sediment. A lot going on in the body.

S- Smell is predominantly citrus with perhaps some bread-like qualities.

T- Pine. Very bitter hops. Biscuits. Some lemon-esque citrus taste.

M- Biting mouthfeel the whole way down. Leaves the mouth watering.

D/O- Pretty hard hitting IPA here as far as the bitterness. No worries though because it's delicious. A ('Merican) session with this would be wonderful sans the wrecked palate after a few. Definitely recommended.

Duff27, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber/dark gold colour with a huge frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. There are also a few particles folating around the beer - hopefully this is normal. The expiration date on the bottles says Feb 2011. The head lasted for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hops, pine, lemon, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low to average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are hops and malts mixed with caramel, some lemon and a touch of pine. There is also a subtle fruit sweetness and a light woodiness. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - An above average IPA that I'd really like to try on tap. Worth seeking out.

spinrsx, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip, watching Top Gear series 10 episode 1.

A: Pours out clear, bright and golden orange and topped with a rather thin, but substantial white head.

S: Sort of let down, maybe this has been sitting around for longer than I thought but the signs proclaimed it was new, but for all the hops this is supposed to have I am just getting a whiffs of faint citrus and apricot and a rather grainy maltiness.

T/MF: Incredibly bitter on the tongue and does a great job stripping the enamel off your teeth but the taste leaves something left to be desired. Taste gets a bit better than the aroma with stronger hints of apricot

D: Good, an interesting diversion but don't think it holds a candle to Two Hearted which stands as my favorite IPA at the moment.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of MaineBeerGuy
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

White head with a beautiful unfiltered copper color. Citrus Aroma with lacing that continues down the glass with each sip.

Grapefruit flavors with a hoppy, sweet flavor, with a noticeable malt base.

This beer is perhaps my favorite unfiltered IPA.

MaineBeerGuy, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the excellent Crane Alley in Urbana, IL.

One and one-half fingers of bone white froth atop a clear (very slightly hazy) bright orange body with lemon yellow trim; dense rings of lacing on the pint glass, and very good head duration. Tremendous looking beer. Rich, sweet, citrusy aromas full of orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Very hoppy, sweet taste, with the fruity flavor carrying the day. It is also surprisingly malty, with good biscuity flavor to complement the Simcoe hops. Excellent, smooth, not bitter in the least, and easy on the palate, Finest Kind is a fantastic, hopped-up IPA, one of the very best I've tried in the last year without question.

This was a brilliant follow-up to Smuttynose's Baltic Porter. Finest Kind is certainly that, a must-try for IPA lovers. There are hops and flavor to spare.

Smuttynose has truly impressed me with the first two beers I have tried. These are two which I will seek out and procure whenever possible. Great, great stuff.

Gehrig, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours cloudy bright amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smell is musty - mothballs NB hops nose

taste again was that musty mothball taste that i got in the NB skinny dip - funky hops and sweet caramel malts

mouthfeel is good for an ipa light/medium with medium carb that is more creamy then crisp

drinkability is so so - the flavor is not one i will revisit often - maybe only pick this one up in the smuttynose mix 12

jsh420, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden, the color you would expect in an IPA. Thick head, leaves alot of lace on the glass.

S - Citrus, grapefruit with a hint of alcohol.

T - An awesome IPA. Grapefruit. Bitter, but not too bitter and a very smooth finish.

M - Medium carbonation.

D - Very high. I could drink several and will be buying it again.

BeerDawgs, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of jhtipton
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BK for getting this to me in time for the holidays. Couldn't wait so I had to sample on tonight before the Big Guy could deliver it to me. Nice head in my champagne flute taster. About 1 inch of lacing and a nice dark golden hue. Smell is heavenly, citrusy, piney and what I was dreaming about. Taste is also great, Nice and hoppy, not too bitter, some fruity jazz going on, maybe pears or green apple, and a little peppery. A tad earthy. Mouthfeel is splendid, medium bodied, no bitter aftertaste, and still bubbly after a few minutes in the glass. Drinakability is great; I could sit back and have a few on this breezy 60 degree late fall evening.

jhtipton, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber appearance, with a thick and fluffy head that maintains its presence on top of the brew and leaves a lasting impact on the side of the glass after each sip. A bit of cloudyness as well, along with some sediment particles floating around in the glass. Nose is full of strong, bold hops that linger with characteristics of dense pine, citrus, some sweetness and a touch of alcohol. The taste blasts you with a nicely balanced concoction of piney, bitter, citrus hops that mingle with an oily, biscuity texture. Almost no alcohol noticeable in the taste, while a sweet and heavy malt presence shows up at the end of each sip. A medium body with low carbonation leads this brew to a high drinkability, smooth and easy to knock back more than one of these.

jsdunlop, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of madjr80
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam adams perfect pint glass from the bottle. There was a large puffy head of foam that lasted 3/4 of the way down. The appearance was cloudy with an orange/copper color. There is a sharp hop character that lingers in the mouth, mostly on the back of the tongue. Overall, great brew.

madjr80, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of awalk1227
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/2/10 Best before March '11

Poured into a Bruery tulip

A: Pours a murky orange-yellow with some yeast sediment suspended inside the glass. Solid 2 finger white head that leaves some immediate lacing and a surprisingly frothy collar. Also leaves a pretty messy glass, nice.

S: Bitter pine and resin, a slight hint of grapefruit pith, then a mildly sweet malt makes itself clear.

T: Bitter hop-smack in the mouth, followed by a slight citrus-pith taste. Malts balance the beer, but I still get that trademark bitter bite in the aftertaste, which I enjoy.

F: Medium, and pretty chewy. Not so much as Racer 5, but enough to coat the mouth and show some body during the swallow. Malt lends itself to a satisfying fullness.

D: A pretty big IPA, but I think I could do a sixer at a party.

awalk1227, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head, very good retention.

The scent was of strong citrus, pine, and some floral notes.

The taste is of dominant citrus, mainly grapefruit, spices, some pine, light alcohol presence; very good bitter hop presence.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and dry, high carbonation.

This was a very good IPA the flavor was strong and it was very refreshing. This is definitely something I would buy again.

BeerCon5, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of politicsandbeer
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12oz bottle it poured with a thick head and had a slightly cloudy body but there was little or no aroma which I found quite surprising for such a renowned brew. On first sip it had a voluminous body that was much thicker and creamier than I expected. I just started enjoying the great hop flavor when a massive wave of stinging bitterness crashed on my palette. It was a sharp, biting sensation, way in the back of my throat akin to the most bitter yellow grapefruit I've ever had. The sweetness was hard to find amidst the pungent hops but it did pop up to take a brisk bow before the tart, pine sap aftertaste swiftly kicked it off the stage.

Taste remained solid the whole way through the beer, with the bitterness building up a coat on my palette, conveniently insulating it from further hop assault. Don't get me wrong, I liked the bitterness a lot, it's just sooo forward I felt it was twisting my tongue in violent contortions. Ever stick your head out of a car window and try to breathe in the wind and you lose your breath for a sec? That's how I felt. I just couldn't get ahead of the hops but playing catch-up was fun.

Overall this is a very serious contender, even for hopheads. If you're slightly on the fence about hoppy brews, run very fast, this one will curl your fingernails and cause you to shed your eyelashes. Honestly it drank more like an aggressive double to me, probably helped by the 6.9% alcohol. I'm not proud to admit it but I'm actually intimidated about trying their Big A IPA.



politicsandbeer, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of DJED69
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll admit, this brew has me confused. Ill state that I do like it and buy it occasionally---but there is one dominate feature that prevents me from raiting it higher. Lets begin this way---pour. The pour yields a good looking, clear amber-orange colored liquid capped with a nice fluffy head. Lacing remains to the bottom of glass. Smell is of hops and some pine. Taste---well, here goes---BITTER. I find the dominant feature of this IPA is its overriding bitterness. There is little malt to speak of and a crisp dry finish. Now, this bitterness makes the brew a occasional drink for me---I tend to like a better balanced IPA. But, I do like the beer and crave it occasionally. To me, drinkability suffers due to the bitterness. I know its the style of this beer, but be warned---you want bitter, you got it. BTW, bottle reviewed was very fresh.

DJED69, Nov 29, 2010
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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