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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,222
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 229
Gots: 401 | 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 fostah
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a deep copper, with two fingers of sticky off-white head. Clear, but not exactly sparkling.

Big piny-grassy aroma. Big on hops, little malt background. I get excited everytime I smell this beer.

Smooth, grassy taste, with a good bite that lingers deep into the taste. Not much of a malt backbone here, but definitely enough to hold up the hops.

Tingly mouthfeel, good coverage. All the flavors linger.

Overall a well made, East Coast American IPA. Not mouth numbingly hoppy, like the greats out of the west coast, but decidedly not an English-style IPA. One of my personal favorites, a go to beer if there ever was one.

fostah, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Draft at the Portsmouth Brewery

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold with over a finger of frothy white head. Great retention and insane lacing. Just beautiful.

S - Floral, piney, and bitter hops with a bit of a sweet malt backbone.

T- So delicious. Instantly a favorite of mine. Introduction of bitter, floral, and pine hops leading to a slight caramel malt backbone. Finish has a dry grainy quality to it.

M - Medium body, average carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

O - Suddenly I have a new IPA on my short list of favorites! Just wonderful. Easy to drink, refreshing, complex, hugely flavorful, and delicious. One of the best of the East Coast.

greenmonstah, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Jaycase
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice hazy orangish hue

s: very slight smell of citrus.

t: Hop splash with a nice lingering bitterness. Not overly bitter but just enough of a bite

m: medium carbonation - just right

o: Very drinkable. Solid, solid IPA. Smuttynose has an excellent offering here.

Jaycase, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours A nice Orange color with a nice 1 finger Head.

S- Smells of citrus and herbs, with some yeast notes and malts

T- Had a nice citrus hoppiness beginning then some hints of caramel in the middle then finish's off smooth

M-Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good IPA. Not a hop bomb but still very hoppy which was good. had other flavors that balanced nicely. Overall a nice IPA

zrab11, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of aficionado
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 21, 2011. Served in a flared half pint glass.

Brilliant pale gold body with sticky lacing and a minimal white head. A slight chill haze appears upon first pour, but after awhile things clear up to complete transparancy. No yeasty sediment whatsoever from what I could see.

The smell is not the strongest, but consists of grapefruit and pine. I would love to see this beer aggressively dryhopped with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe. Until then, it just has a mediocre smell.

The taste is very crisp and clean; like a hoppy pilsener. There's an immediate juicy flavor full of citrus followed by a blast of bitter grapefruit pith.

High carbonation, light body. A very well executed IPA that I would buy again and again.

aficionado, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Best before July 2011 notched on the label. Part of a Smuttynose variety pack.

"Finest Kind" pours a pale hazy orange with lots of sediment floating around. There was about a fingers worth of foamy white head on top with a bit of lacing along the glass.

Lots of citrus hop aromas in the nose. Grapefruit and mango notes in there along with a bit of malt. Good, solid nose on this one.

This beer is so freaking good. A nice malt backbone helps the wonderful hops shine through. Palate smacking citrus hops up front with a bit of floral notes in the background. Nice and bitter but not overpowering.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is spot on. Creamy finish.

A great and superbly drinkable IPA from Smuttynose. This beer is always in season and I would recommend it to anyone.

BennyL1, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of DSmith24
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange/amber with gentle carbonation floating to the top. Large, dense, pillowy off-white head that leaves a lot of lace.

Smells very pungent and hoppy with a lot of citrous.

The taste is exceptional and definitely one of my favorite IPAs. I've had it many times before, but I was surprised it doesn't have at least a solid "A." I don't write reviews often, but thought I should weigh in on one of my favorites. Hops dominate and leave a lasting impression on the tongue long after the beer has gone. Very citrousy with a lot of grapefruit and pineapple notes, with other tropical fruit flavors along for the ride. Delicious!

Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

There's nothing wrong with an A-, but I firmly believe Smuttynose IPA is an A+ of an IPA. It can go toe to toe with the best!

DSmith24, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of mnrider
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle--->Pint glass. Freshness date notched on label.

A: Pours a heavy non transparent orange with a medium sized head. Pretty good retention but excellent lacing.

S: Hopy with citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Very appealing as it's not overly hopy.

T/M: Starts off strong with bitter pine, grapefruit and a little alcohol kick. It's like eating a grapefruit filled with hopy beer. It's also balanced pretty good with some malts and grains. The finish on this beer is quit bitter, but I was expecting that.

O: With a start to finish barrage of hops and grapefruit this IPA is a real winner. I'll be looking for a case of this for sure.

mnrider, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a creamsicle in a glass. Opaque orange with two fingers of white head.

Muted hop aroma. Fruity and piny with some grapefruit pungency.

Very piny and dry taste. Bitter. None of the fruity aroma powers through the piny bitter dryness. Nice dry and sticky finish.

A solid and good IPA.

birderbeerer, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Chubby815
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden sunset in color with nice head and
nonstop suds coming up from the bottom when
poured into a stein.

S - Very mellow and not too overpowering. Has less
of a pine smell than most IPA's. (Which isn't
a bad thing)

T - Very refreshing, easy to drink. Has a nice
balance of both citrus and hops. Sends your
tastebuds on a rollercoaster of enjoyment.

M - Smooth beginning with much dryness at the end.
Forcing you to keep drinking this great tasting

O - What a great tastin IPA from Smuttynose Brewery.
All around great enjoyment from start to finish.
Have been hooked on Stone Brewery IPA's for
some time now but think I have found that
Perferct IPA for those hot summer days when
all you want is a little hoppiness in your life.

Chubby815, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jpro
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine over the weekend... hadn’t had anything by Smuttynose in a while and was in the mood for an IPA.

A: Pours a brilliant tangerine gold, with a two-finger, cream head; thick, patchy rings of lace get left all over the glass throughout consumption. (By the way... "Best By" date of July 2011 marked on the label)

S: Citrus pith; some light herby / resiny notes; mango; orange rind; light bread / cracker malts... A lot of good things going on with the aroma - everything is kind of light, though.

T: Citrus hoppiness transitions to more of a resin / grassiness with some hints of pepper; some light touches of sweet caramel malt in the background; a pretty big (and lasting) grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with a lively carbonation; crisp and super smooth.

D/O: Killer brew here! Wow, I’m really surprised; so crisp, smooth and tasty! And it has a superb mouthfeel for such a crisp and refreshingly drinkable beer... think I may have found the perfect summer IPA.

jpro, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange amber color; slightly hazy. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with food retention to a thick skim. Lightly decanted. Laced in wide rings.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and orange rind. A little pine aroma as the beer warmed. Biscuity malt in the foundation.

T: Sweet biscuity malt. Transitions quickly to resiny floral hops consistent with the nose. Dry and sharply bitter in the finish; enough so to cleanse the palette of resiny hops.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Malty, hoppy but balanced with a sharp bitter.

D: Flavorful smooth and balanced enough so that moderate ABV makes it very drinkable.

Haybeerman, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of tch51
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought my first bottles of the season the other day, and I neglected to look at the best by markings. The six-pack was to have been sold/used by February. Not being one to waste a good ale, I opened a bottle and was greeted by a somewhat skunky smell. Drank it anyway and was pleasantly surprised by the crispness of it. Know it isn't very scientific, but this is a superior brew to be eminently potable even when supposedly expired. My preferred poison in the warmer months.

tch51, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of JWU
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass

A- hazy orange/gold with some stuff floating in it. Yup, definately unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Head is initially very fluffy white, but dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves some nice clinging down the glass.

S- I can usually say "this IPA smells like Citrus/Grapefruit" or "this IPA smells like Pine". This one is pretty dead in the middle. Pine needles on one sniff, grapefruit rind on the next. Not fully in your face on the smell

T- a nice sweet malty beginning which quickly gives way to a citrusy hop which transitions to a long bitter piney hop finish which dries the mouth. A tad sour on the finish as well. I like my IPA's to really TASTE like hops and not crush me with bitterness, and this one plays that line very nicely

M- medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation that really dances on the tongue after you swallow. This one has that creaminess that I really, really like in an IPA. Stellar.

D- I can really only have one at a time, but it's pretty much par for the course with this IPA

It's a good change-up, especially after having a bunch of west coast IPA's lately (Stone, Sierra Celebration, Racer 5, Green Flash)

JWU, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of tkelley
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mixed twelve pack packaged on 3/22/11 (two a half weeks ago). Bottle into SA Perfect Pint Glass.

A - Orange/gold color, good head that stays for a while. Mostly clear, but a little hazy.

S - Mostly hops, but not because there are a lot of hops. That is, there isn't a whole lot else going on. Citrus/pine hop smell is not nearly as much as I expected.

T - Maybe I have it in the wrong glass, maybe it isn't the right temperature, but the taste is much milder than I expected. Not nearly the hops that I expected. It's a little bit sweet and fruity. Alcohol comes through at the end.

D - Definitely a sessionable IPA, although I must admit that I'm a little disappointed after reading the great reviews on the site. While good, I don't think it is one of the best IPA's I have had. This is the first of three from the box, so we'll see how consistent it is.


tkelley, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of aasher
2.3/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a light bodied fluorescent orange in color with a light white head that laced the glass. It smelled of attic must and Tang. It smelled dusty and was overly muted. The hops only gave off a slight citrusy aroma and there was no sweetness. The taste is overly bland too. All I got was light citrusy hops and dust. Booo! This was disappointing because of this beer's reputation. There just wasn't much to it. I ended up pouring out the last half because it wasn't worth drinking.

aasher, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours golden amber. Got some floaties but can still see through. one finger white head

Balanced smell. I can smell citrus hops and malt equally. I tried to take a big whiff of this and through I could smell the alc.

Hoppin all through this beer. Mainly citrus to the hop. The bitter picks up intensity through the finish to a nice aftertaste. I know the alcohol is slightly present, but it's welcome.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, carbonation is smooth

Overall this is good. Good IPA night so far with this and leatherlips.

Sensaray, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Thads324
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a deep golden yellow/orange with a frothy and thick off white head. The bottle has to older gentleman sitting in lawn chairs, drinking beers and looking happy. Can't wait for summer baby...

S : A citrusy hop flavor bellows forth with a faint sweetness of malt and honey. the hop is bold and strong, while the malt lies underneath to solidify the aroma fully.

T : Watery, followed very very quickly by a big bold hop that is both citrus flavored and earthy. There is a sweetness from the malt that is perfectly balanced alongside the citrus hop and is quickly gone after the middle. The malt is bready, almost like a ritz cracker with agave nectar sprinkled on top. The finish of the beer starts boozy and sweet and is finish quite silky with the hop flavor not lingering around long.

M : excellent. Not a ton of carbonation and the flavor is smooth and solid throughout. Besides the extremely quick nothing at the beginning the mouthfeel is perfect. I almost prefer the nothing at the beginning just to build you up for that sweet hop slam.

A great IPA. I can't believe I have not had this until now. The earthy, dirty hop flavor alongside the sweet malt and citrus hop is wonderful and they all are balanced and blend into the flavor really well. Nothing is overwhelming or underwhelming and although it is solidly hoppy and bitter, I think would be a great intro IPA. flavorful and not overbearing. Unlike a lot of other ipas this beer doesn't keep the lingering hop flavor on the tongue, so it is super drinkable. great stuff !!!!

Thads324, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! The Finest Kind IPA from Smuttynose is good. This beer has was golden clear in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has a pine and citrus. This beer was well balanced with pine and malt in taste! The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. The light ABV leads to this beer being a Session...certainly worth a taste.

WoodBrew, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of betsona
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to larryi86 for this 12oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint. Best by date of April 2011 (smells and tastes like it is still good).

A- Pours a hazy deeper orange color with about a finger of frothy white head. Head has good retention with even lacing almost throughout drinking. Not much lacing on the glass.

S- Pretty mild balanced smelling beer. Get some bready malt with a citrus hop comprised of pineapple and hints of lemon. There is a bit of piney and oak tones. Smells more like an ESB than an IPA, but still has pleasant smell.

T- This is a palate wrecker. Big blasts of dry bitter grapefruit at the front balanced out by some light caramel malt. Finishes with strong piney bitter hops which lingers for a few minutes after drinking.

M- Medium body with correct amount of carbonation. The palate is treated to a delight of bitter sensations that almost breaches the bearable level of bitterness.

O- The smell disappoints, but it might be due to the beer almost being past its prime. However, I would gladly drink this beer time and time again, it if was available to me. The taste really does a number for me.

betsona, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that you come across, and need to stick with the whole night. I had a pour of this and halfway through I asked for a 90 minute. The Smuttynose was outrageously bitter, resinous, citrus-y and just so effing crazy. Take five grapefruits and throw away the peel and the juicy innards. Stick with the membrane and chew on those. That begins to describe the taste and feeling you get from Finest Kind.

After this, the 90 minute just tasted sweet and boozy with a little bit of citrus. If you want a palate-wrecker, this is it. One bad ass IPA.

wcintula, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best before July 2011.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color. Produced a great fluffy white head with solid retention. Tons of sticky lacing all around the inside rim.

(S)- A nice piney citrus zest of lemon, lime, and pineapple. Almost dry and oaky too.

(T)- A big dry bittering pine needle and lemon blast up front. Finishes equally dry and bitter.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very piney and bitter. Not much citrus balance like the smell had. Very very bitter stuff.

(D)- Started out well, but there is just too much piney bitterness and very little other flavors. Still decent, but a bit disappointing for me considering the accolades this receives.

sweemzander, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of HBeezley
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here's what you need to know:

When it comes to IPA's, this is definitely one of my top picks. It's HOP-PY! Which is great, just what I love and just what you would expect for an at least decent IPA (And this is by far, above decent). Although, I must say, I'm not too sure that I would drink more than a couple of these in one night. The hoppy flavor isn't really balanced by the fruit notes of the beer - this is really the only thing I wish were different. If the fruit came out just a slight hair stronger to give some more drinkability, this would hands down be a 4.5 all the way through. then again, it always seems to be that the more sips I take the better I feel about it and the more I'm convinced that this is one of the absolute best IPA's. HAha! That usually seems to be the case. Still, its up there on the charts for me. When I recommend IPA's, I always mention this one!

HBeezley, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Brianjames16
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger frothy head. Good amount of carbonation. Head dissipates quickly with thin lacing on the glass.

S- Nice balance of malts and hops in this one. I get some breads, grapefruit, pines and other citrus characters. Nice mild hop aroma.

T- Great hop bite on this one. Pines and citrus flavors sit in the background to calm it down a touch. Great hop character without going too far.

M- Refreshing and crisp light body with a decent hop finish. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

O- Very solid IPA ! Will return to this one on warmer days for sure. Thoroughly enjoyed this IPA !

Brianjames16, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Prostman81
2.65/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle says enjoy before July 2011. Drank on 3/25/11.

The ratings on this one just don't seem deserved. I suppose it qualifies as an IPA on ABV alone, because the bottle I cracked open had almost no hop aroma, and even less hop flavor. Bitterness was barely perceptible. There wasn't any skunk aroma so I know the 'hops' weren't degraded by light. Drank this with a buddy who concurred on my tasting thoughts.

Very disappointed. I'm still scratching my head to see why this was rated so high. I've gotten more hop flavor and aroma out of SNPA (not to put SNPA down by any stretch).

Prostman81, Mar 29, 2011
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 4,222 ratings.