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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,956 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,956
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 213
Gots: 315 | 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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Photo of Natural510
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle, BBD Sept '10

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with soft, bone-white head which leaves a solid coat of lacing upon slow dissipation. A closer look reveals a significant amount of sediment floating in the brew, alluding to a bottle-conditioned brew. Nice.

Fresh, very fresh, hops to the nose. Nice herbal quality with a hint of sweetness as well.
What the hell...I mightas well say it. I'm getting a strong whiff of peanut butter, and have no idea where it's coming from. Suffice to say I haven't smelled a beer like this before.

Flavor is immediately bitter. One which presents itself as a medium-bitter, cascades up the ladder to full-bitter, then slowly creeps down to an astringent, puckering bitter in the finish.
Yeast also adds quite a bit to the dry, astringent nature of the brew, along with tartness to the flavor.
The malts are muted, and if you're expecting a citric IPA, you'll be disappointed. In fact, I didn't care for this IPA at first for that very reason, but now its other qualities are growing on me, and realise "citric" is not a universal quality for the style. There is an underlying sweetness to the brew still, and an overall spiciness I tend to enjoy in an IPA.

Not much else to say, as I rarely write such a detailed review, but this one had quite a bit going on while maintaining a balanced identity. This is great stuff, and I'm excited we're finally getting this brewery in Ohio.

Natural510, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Picked up a single bottle of this recently in Totowa because it's one of the few left there that I haven't tried and this seems to be one of the more popular east coast IPA's on here. Sure enough, this lived up to its billing and went down pretty easily!

Nice pour to this - a rich almond hue with a slightly cloudy look to it because of the sediment on the bottom. Fairly frothy as well with a decent amount of lacing as I workedm my way down my glass. The hops are nice and sharp in a metallic way with an dry and earthy undertone to them. Not too strong a taste but enough to last long without overpowering.

As for the ABV%, I was surprised to see that it was almost 7%. This certainly didn't taste or feel like that strong a beer, but that's probably proof at how well this is crafted. While it's not a "hop bomb" like its west coast counterparts, this may be the strongest beer in Smuttynose's lineup outside of any Porter. For this time of the year, this is a good choice for a solid, hoppy beer that doesn't call for a chaser of water!

JerzDevl2000, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours dark orange, lots of floaties. Nice white head turns to a thick ring and leaves spots of lacing.

Caramel malt, citrus and hops in the smell. A bit typical but good.

Strong tastes of citrus, pine, caramel malt and a bit of earth. Great hop bitterness that is smoothed out nicely with the malt. Good but probably too bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is nice and full-bodied, no booze taste. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking. Hops may be a little much for a session, great price for a 6-pack though.

Chico1985, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

Got this on a trip to NH. Good by October 2010. Let's see...

A: Honey, copper color with a small white head that quickly fades. Decent.

S: Earthy with hints of malts and dirty dish water. Slightly bready with grapefruit and citrus blended in. Earthy hops on the backend. Good.

T: Bitter and grassy grapefruit upfront blended with very dry citrus flavor. Decent.

M: A little too thick here. Ok.

D: Goes down a little bitter. Good for the IPA lover, but for me? Eh. Just decent...

All in all, the IPA lover will definitely enjoy this brew. As I am not, I think this is just ok. Not worth hunting. Only try if you have access or are in the area, otherwise, it's just not worth it.

steve8robin, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Had this many times. Easily one of my favorite IPAs.

Sparkling, cottony head - a peachy off-white with sticky, crystalline lacing. The color is straight up gamboge - reminiscent of the orange shade of low-lying cumulus when a sunset is still a good head-crushing height above the horizon. Oodles of pulpy sediment (yeast).

Sharp, acidic citrus aroma. Real hoppy and bit bready as well.

Banging grapefruit that doesn't back down and toasted grain flavors - bold and very well-balanced.

Coats the mouth with lingering grapefruit tang and sugary malt. Goes down fresh and dry. Vibrant and refreshing.

Usually long intervals of time (and many beers) between drinking this, and I'm scratching my head as to why I don't pick this up more often when I'm craving the hops. Solid.

Bouleboubier, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of boss302
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Smuttynose IPA, bottle

A Amber color, clear, but had a lot of floaties so pour slowly if you don't like the floaties. Plenty of carbonation, but not much head. It did leave a nice lacing down the glass.

S Nice flowery aroma, no off flavors, very clean.

T There is the typical hop bite for an IPA and that coupled with the high carbonation makes a sharp assault on the tongue. There are some malty flavors and a bit of pineyness. Some astringency in the back corners of your tongue. The bitterness is right on and didn't leave a lingering astringency like other IPAs.

M Lots of CO2, medium body

O A quality IPA, one I've had before and would have again.

boss302, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Had this at the amsterdam ale house in manhattans upper west side. A very good and very serviceable ipa. Very balanced with good aroma and great bitter flavor. A little darker than a typical ipa. Not too strong. Very good.

Get this beer if you see it on tap.

david18, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz bottle, best before Oct - '10

Pours a coppery transparent with little pieces of sediment floating around, due to the fact that this is unfiltered, as described by the label on the neck. Almost two finger head with some carbonation and lacing.

The smells are like an IPA, there is a nice floral and citrus hops, but not much else.

First thing that hits the tongue is a slight hop bitterness, which leads way into a slight malt sweetness combined with the grapefruit citrus. Then the bitterness comes back with force.

The mouthfeel is fairly clean, not a lot of carbonation and not too clingy.

Although IPA's aren't my cup of tea, I can see hop heads loving this beer, its extremely disorganized and unbalanced between hops and malts, which makes it tough for me, though. I stopped at one but I can definitely tell its quality. Extreme bitterness brings this one closer to a sipper.

BranfordBound, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Wow, this is way-unfiltered. With a brassy-lemon hue, lots of floaties, nice white froth and decent lace, this is a pretty interesting looking IPA.

S - Herbal and piney, perhaps; hoppy aromatics abound at any rate. While nice, they are a bit vague.

T - Very well-balanced. The pale malt is somewhat pronounced, or rather prominently featured, in the overall flavor. The hop becomes stronger through the finish, until it is the only thing left; a substantial lingering bitterness remains long after the brew is through.

M - IPA. Good.

D - This is a very good, but not exceptional beer. A solid second-tier offering

ktrillionaire, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of abrand
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

23 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass. Pretty cool pic on the label.

The Finest Kind IPA pours a golden yellow color with lots of frothy head and carbonation. Smell is sweet with citrus fruits and caramel. Not much malts but some bitter hops that are faint. Taste is much stronger than the nose, with lots of hops and a very enjoyable sweetness. This brew goes down very easily and has lots of carbonation. Drinkability is solid. I really wish this beer was available to me, I will definitely look to trade for some more in the future.

abrand, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%

A - A rich light amber color with big sticky head that sticks around for a few minutes. This is excellent looking. Vibrant!

S - An absolute rush of an aroma: citrus, orange, grapefruit, pine, and intense hops. A caramel'ish maltiness is also detectable.

T - Woah. This beer has INTENSE flavor. All that is detectable on the nose, with a nice modest malt backbone that doesn't offend the hoppy flavors. The hop bitterness is more potent than the malt and the hops taste SO utterly fresh. This is quite an IPA. Pristine.

M - Nice and medium bodied. Brisk. Carbonation is perhaps a bit much.

D - Drinkability is good. Tremendously crafted, which has come to be expected from one of the best and most consistent breweries in the country. As sessionable as can be. A beer I'd love to drink as much of and as frequently as is reasonable. Just awesome. A pure, and spectacular IPA, and I'm a person that generally finds IPAs pretty dull and boring.

jmerloni, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%

Appearance- golden yellow with a nice thick foam white head off the pour, good amount of bubbles stream the glass rapidly, sediment from this unfiltered ipa can be see as well drifting through,

Smell- Strong citrus and grapefruit hops absolutely dominate the nose

Taste- wow this is one powerful hop bomb and even way more so then I was expecting, tons and tons of hops dominate this flavor profile leaving a long lingering bitter finish the end, lots of grapefruit and citrusy hops, but overall just a very powerfully hopped beer that really hits you upside the head with tons of hop flavor,,

Mouthfeel- nice mouthfeel with good amount of carbonation that leaves you with a nice drying finish

Drinkability- overall if you are a hop head this beer will not disappoint you at all, its just got boatloads and round after round of strong hop flavor, for my part I think its a little off balance for me to call it extremely drinkable for me the hops are just so overwhelming I feel it lacks some balance that other ipas still maintain something I think I would struggle to really go through to many of or too fast, But this would pleasantly surprise many ipa fans out there, certainly a very well crafted beer Id recommend people be trying

Stunner97, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

12 oz bottle notched with the freshness, N 10. Two plaid shirted old guys on the label. "Finestkind." Alright.

Unfiltered, so pours a hazy gold. Head is excellent - very fine bubbles and sticky icky. Smell is surprisingly malty, and a bit leafy. Some spice and alcohol too.. Taste is clean and grapefruity as hell, then goes straight to the point with a ton of hops. Feel is all hops, but smooth. Finishes with hops, and lasts as so, but drinkability is high. Very good brew, and the alcohol % is right at this beer's max, I'd say.

sixerofelixir, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of kyleg
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.

cheers.

kyleg, Jun 06, 2010
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.

jkrich, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of RppIII
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.

cheers

RppIII, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
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

lovindahops, May 30, 2010
Photo of birchstick
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.

birchstick, May 27, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
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.

axeman9182, May 21, 2010
Photo of jampics2
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!

jampics2, May 19, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
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.

billshmeinke, May 19, 2010
Photo of tchenery
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.'

tchenery, May 18, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
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.

PDXHops, May 18, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
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.

AleWatcher, May 14, 2010
Photo of samie85
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.

samie85, May 12, 2010
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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