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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,696
Reviews: 1,642
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 199
Gots: 222 | 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 jdubjacket


3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm... Not quite sure what I feel about this. Got a bottle of this in a trade. Best by date is September 2008, so this is nine days past its prime. Pours a hazy amber color with a messy looking head. Very bubbly on the pour and the head sticks to the top of the glass - almost like a beer float. Does not look very appealing. Smells is relatively subdued. Taste is the same. Subdued taste. Subdued citrus taste. Just pretty bitter on the end. Overall, I'm disappointed with this beer. I'll give it credit since it's 9 days past its prime, but I had some high expectations for this beer. Hopefully I'll be able to try one before it's best before date, but if it's similar to this, I don't think I would be terribly impressed.

Re-review. I think the first bottle I had was bad. Small layer of frothy head on top. Nice orange color. The hop character is prevalent. Not a whole lot of complexity to this one. Just some bitter hops up front. Overall, a decent IPA, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:58:26 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of MunchkinDrinker


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange color with a thick frothy head. Sticky lace goes down the entire class. Looked like it had some sediment though, might just be my bottle.

S - Wonderful citrusy hops. Grapefruit, lemon. Some floral character. Not overpowering and very very pleasant. If an air freshener had this scent i'd buy it forever.

T/M - Like any good IPA, it's a wonderful kick to the mouth. Hop character comes across very smoothly but powerfully. Feels like you're biting into a luscious sweet grapefruit. The malts are sweet and hold together the fruity bite. Doesn't leave your mouth dry either.

D - Maybe this is just me, but I can't drink too many IPA's on account of my mouth hurting.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 01:44:10 | More by MunchkinDrinker
Photo of glid02


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for quite a while before receding into a thin layer of bubbles on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grapefruit mostly, with tropical fruit and pale malt aromas backing it up.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of grapefruit, though the tropical fruit flavors aren't as intense as the aroma would suggest. The malt flavors are a bit stronger, but still take a backseat to the grapefruit. Mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. This has a thickness on par with the hazy appearance and solid carbonation makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one of these, and I could go for a few more.

Overall this beer didn't disappoint. I may throw this into the rotation of everyday beers - definitely give this a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 00:06:02 | More by glid02
Photo of Liverpool08


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a great hazy golden orange. Frothy white head and great lacing. Lots of floaters, but thats what you get in an unfiltered brew. Not a real stong smell like some IPA's. A little grapefruit and hoppy pine. Good bitter hoppy taste, nice and dry. Very easy to drink. A little metalic feel lingers in the mouth. Will be even better on a nice warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:36:21 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a date coded 12 oz bottle

A-Hazy orange with a moderate white head that settles rapidly with nice looking lacing. Lots of large chunky floaters in the pour which is a bit startling, but hey, it is unfiltered...it says so right on the neck label.

S-Big clean citrus grapefruit hops aroma. Mouthwatering...I'm bracing myself for greatness....

T-Bam! Starts, continues, and finishes with an intense hoppiness... But wait!....isn't there more? I guess not. I'm not sure what the IBUs are on this but it has to be pretty high. This is great for a hop fix, and it sure is bitter, but it seems pretty one dimensional and there is little balance. In a style which has some really exceptional brews, I'd be hard pressed to call this the "finest kind"...not sure I'd call it an IPA...more like raw hop juice.

M-Well balanced in carbonation and slightly oily.

D-I'm not liking this as much as I had hoped, and I saved this one aside really thinking it would be something special, however, I will give it another try at a later date. I like a hoppy brew as much as the next guy, but I'd like to see a little more going on here. Not going to crack another open tonight.

Not sure what all the fuss is about this and why such a high rating because it is truly a one trick pony. Love the hops....show me what else you can do....

(sort of makes me wonder about an experiment. I'll bet that if you take a Brown Dog and do a half and half with this and it would be an interesting mix)

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 02:37:08 | More by caddybuyer
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden with LOTS of large, floating sediment. Not exactly sure what this is about... Two fingers of white head rise with moderate retention, falling to a thick cap. Good lacing.

S - Lots of citrus aromas, mainly orange and lemon with hints of grapefruit. Slight notes of pine. Not much else here, but fairly prototypical of an IPA.

T - A little bland. Minimal citrus character presents itself early on, tasting vaguely of orange peel. Pale malt works behind the scenes and grassy flavors pull through. Mid to late palate sees the bitterness rise to full strength, and it is surprisingly bitter. Smutty IPA goes out on an earthy note with lots of residual bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Overall fairly crisp.

D - Smuttynose has made a decent, solid example of an IPA but there's not much here to keep me coming back. The flavor is somewhat lacking but everything else is pretty much in order. However this brew gets lost in a sea of much worse and much better IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 06:15:06 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of brendanos


3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is predominantly of hops, including citrus, pine, grass, and a slight earthiness, but a sweet, caramel malt character is present, as is a noticeable alcohol warmth. Appearance is light golden to amber with a fairly persistant head and a hint of legs. The most significant thing in the flavour is the long, dry finish, which is very pleasant, and carries grapefruit and slightly herbal hop flavours. Bitterness is moderate, smooth, and lasting. Mouthfeel is medium, without being heavy, and is very pleasant. Good to try another take on the AIPA, overall I found this one dry, with an assertive but pleasant bitterness, but I'm guessing the aroma is typically much stronger than in this one.

Best Before - yesterday.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 05:18:51 | More by brendanos
Photo of gmfessen


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, frothy head. The smell is all hops; citrusy like lemon and pineapple, resinous and piney - a nice hop bouquet. The flavor, while being hop dominate, is pretty well balanced with the initial piney, citrusy hops coming out first followed by the bitter hop bite and finishes with a slightly malty grain finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy, viscous carbonation - chewy is a good descriptor. Overall, a drinkable IPA, very good indeed. The only criticism that I can offer is that the hop bitterness lingers a little, but what can you expect from an IPA?

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 23:56:19 | More by gmfessen
Photo of timmay41


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask today at the Moan and Dove (Amherst, MA). Dry hopped with cascade!

A: Pours a cloudy brownish/orange hue with softer yellow tones at the top and bottom of the pint glass. By the end it mellows out to a more yellow color. One-finger bubbly head that's pure white. It settles to almost nothing. Offers some nice lacing; clings to the glass like ocean tide foam on the sea shore.

S: Big hop wallop (to co-opt the phrase), along with floral and citrus (grapefruit, orange rine) scents. Some wheat or grass clippings in there too.

T: Huge hop bite--really bitter. It's pungent yet very drinkable. I expected this to be less aggressive, as it's cask-conditioned, but the dry hopping reshapes the taste on this offering.

M: Pretty bitter on the aftertaste but pleasantly so, with a little malt build up. Not as flat as other cask offerings.

D: I think there are a couple better candidates for American IPA session-ish beers (Mayflower, Greenflash, sometimes even Ipswich), but don't get me wrong--I'm a hophead and this beer rocks.

Serving type: cask

02-25-2009 22:51:01 | More by timmay41
Photo of Stockfan42


4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finest kind indeed.

A great, deep orange body with a creamy as hell head. The head hovers an inch over the glass, chunky as hell and is very sweet and bitter in taste.

Smells great. Hoppy, fruity, and piney aroma that smells so sweet.

This is one hoppy, bitter beer. Grapefruit mingles in perfect with the taste, great hop bite and as malty as an ipa should be. Has a little grassy flavor to it as well. A real lip puckerer. All in all, very well balanced.

Taste amazing and mouthfeel is rather good. The creamy body and bitterness battle for dominance in your mouth. Goes down easy, just wouldnt have this one with any food. Well, any food you might want to taste anyway.

One of my favorite ipa's out there. Highly recommend it to anyone that loves bitterness and sweetness in an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:36:01 | More by Stockfan42
Photo of superdedooperboy


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orangish hue, edging a little bit into a very light brown. Raises a full, creamy off-white topping of foam that recedes slowly and grabs to the walls of the glass, leaving behind thick rings of lacing.

Wonderful floral and citrusy hop notes fill the nose, with grapefruit, orange, orange peel, and lemon zest.

A nice, medium body with a perfect level of carbonation; bitter citrus hops dominate the palate, wrapping around the tongue and imparting a bone-dry finish. Slightly sweet, bready malt flavor peeks through the hops in the middle, and faintly carry over into the bitter finish.

The "Finest Kind" is quite fine indeed: easily drinkable, with a dryness that keeps it coming, and that wonderful American hop aroma that makes for a great American IPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 16:38:42 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a bright orange with a big white head and plenty of lively carbonation. The smell is pretty accurate for what I expect in an american IPA, a lot of cascade (which gives a nice citrus aroma). The taste is very balanced between grapefruit and bitterness, overall exactly what I'd expect from the style. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is a great IPA for downing a sixpack, taste is still there and the bitterness won't overwhelm.

Definitely a great american IPA, I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:06:42 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer is hazy gold with an inch of soapy head slowly diminishing. Great lacing throughout. Hops are strong in the nose. The citrus hops come acorss first, very slight maltiness, some pine and then a grapefruit finish. Medium body with good carbonation.

This beer reminds me of Sierra Nevada celebration ale. It's a very well crafted beer, but the grapefruit is too overpowering for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 22:35:50 | More by jiggahertz
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the local Taco Mac for the Smuttynose launch party. It was poured into a dimpled mug.

A: A very light copper color with just a wispy thin head. The few bubbles that were left leave a decent amount of lacing.

S: The aroma is not very pronounced, but I wonder if that is because its in the large mouth mug. I pick up the faint aromas of citrus hops.

T: Nice caramel malt backbone is the initial taste. Citrusy hoppy flavor attacks the tongue on the finish.

M: It is a bit thin for my taste. The carbonation is a bit aggressive in the mouth.

D: This one goes down pretty easily. A well balanced IPA.

I really want to give this one another try soon from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 04:43:19 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of MasterSki


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for sending some fresh bottles of this my way - this one is best before June 2009. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Three fingers of eggshell white foam, with great retention and lacing. Cloudy gold-yellow color with a few bubbles rising to the top. Excellent looking IPA.

S - Lemon zest, fresh-cut grass, and pine hoppiness. More earthy than tropical. There's a spicy bite to the hops that reminds me a little of Saaz. Mild malt backbone to the smell.

T - Much sweeter than it smells, with a relatively mild amount of hop bitterness at the back of the palate and in the aftertaste. There's also a bit more toffee maltiness than the smell implies. Still very floral and earthy, but less of the citrus flavors.

M - Good viscosity, lots of oily hop resin. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and refreshing - not sure what else I really want from an IPA.

D - Highly sessionable. It's not overly bitter, or boozy, carbonated. While the taste is unspectacular it's also very pleasant.

Very solid offering from Smuttynose!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:51:27 | More by MasterSki
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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On tap at Novare Res,.

Cloudy orange with fat, thick foamy head, leaves lacing.

Aroma is faint and hard to find. Grassy and citrus hops, some malty sweetness blends.

Sharp grapefruity hop bitterness dominates. Supporting malty base is present but understated. Bitterness lingers well past the finish into aftertaste. Somewhat more balanced as it warmed, but still out of balance.

Appropriate carb and fiz, medium body with coating texture. Feels bigger than it is. Dry finish.

Not bad, but a bit out of balance on the bitter side. Plenty of other IPA's I prefer, but I'd give it another chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 05:54:17 | More by sprucetip
Photo of deaconoflove


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden orange with great one finger head that holds on and on. Beautiful beer.
Sm: It's fresh and full of citrus with a little spice.
Ta: Tart, maybe a little lemon zest. Mostly grapefruit w/ a pucker upper all the way through.
Mf: Clean, tart and fresh. the perfect mouthwash...in a good way.
Dr: I could easily do more than one. This could be my new hammock and a book beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 01:57:09 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of srandycarter


4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright orange/copper. Somewhat murky. Small head quickly reduces to ring. Killer sticky lacing.

S - Floral spice is what I am hit with first, with a little pine in the back end.

T - Just bit into a friggin grapefruit! Refreshing and a little puckering, but seems lacking in malt balance for me.

M - Good carb, coating solid medium body.

D - A nice beer. Easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 07:04:58 | More by srandycarter
Photo of drizzam


4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a sediment laden yellow/copper with a decent one finger head. Head retention is good leaving excellent lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Piney scent with a hint of grapefruit.

T - Boy Hoppy! The scent mimics the taste, grapefruit rind and pine undertones.Leaves a bit of a hoppy aftertaste. Yummers!

M - Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

D - If you like IPA's, this is a very sessionable brew. I have yet to be dissappointed in any of Smuttynoses offerings...they have proven that they know how to brew a beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 22:10:30 | More by drizzam
Photo of schroederm


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a tulip:

Great retention and lacing over a light yellow-brown body. Grapefruit and lemon scents. Excellent maltiness is balanced out quite well with a heaping bitter. Grassy, lemon, and grapefruit flavors dominate. Unfortunately thin bodied, which really took me back.

Overall: Great IPA. I'd recommend picking up one of their mixpacks if possible, just so you can get at some of their other brews. I'm quite a fan of Smuttynose on the whole.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 21:21:31 | More by schroederm
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours dirty yellow with chill haze

s-nice resinous piney nose that not much malt can get by

t-wham right in your face hop smash, grapefruit rind, oily hop resin. feels like taking a face first, mouth open digger into a pine tree

m-medium/full body

d-not a session beer for me due to its abv/hop combo. your tasters could get all wore out, in a good way of course.

Finest Kind yes indeed

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:36:44 | More by OatmattStout
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 6 pack grabbed in Buffalo.

Pours a cloudy dark orange, very nice colour, tangerine like, medium sized off white head forms and quickly drops down to a thick ring around the glass, some decent lacing is dropped on the way, good retention. Smell is nice, quite hoppy, grapefruit, floral, orange peel, very citrusy, fair amount of sweetness behind the hops, caramel and toast, some biscuity malt, bread, more hops, light fruitiness and a really nice citric acidity, smells good. Taste is nice too, quite hoppy, grapefruit and floral, orange peel, tangerine, some fruitiness, lemons, nice sweet middle with some honey and caramel, biscuity malt, toasty drying in the finish with a big grapefruit bitterness, light spicy. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice balance, but still a real strong bitterness to it. Really nice and drinkable IPA, not a total hop bomb but enough going on to be pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 00:54:49 | More by Viggo
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4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale amber with a white head. Good retention and lacing.

Grapefruit and pine dominate the smell and the palate. Subtle fruit and bready malt flavors in the background.

Bitter, crisp, and dry. A very pungent IPA that is refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 04:16:06 | More by jamesdantes13
Photo of kiddynamite920


4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden, amber, copper color that you can see right through. One or two finger foamy, tight bubbled head. Lacing begins immediately. This beer smells strongly of grapefruit and passion fruit with a bit of a spice note (peppery?) Taste is very smooth, hoppy and fruity. Strong citrus notes as an aftertaste. Very light mouthfeel, but not too thin. Glad I saved this beer for about a half of a year. I got used to drinking standard IPA's (Hop Wallop and Hop Devil, Stone IPA..the list goes on). Served nice and cold and this beer is phenomenal. Hop fans hop on this beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:23:01 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of czfreeman


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why I haven't picked this one up yet, I've been on a bit of a Southern Tier kick lately.
Poured into my Brookly Hefe glass, a brilliant apricot-hazy amber ale sporting active enticing carbonation. This looks really good. The damn-near-perfect fluffy IPA head dosen't hurt one bit.
Smell is explosive. A huge phenolic whiff not expected of a 6.6% IPA is the aperitif. Malted pineapples, spicy passionfruit,blood oranges,black pepper, fresh basil-arugula like herbal notes. This wonderful composition is bound by a finish of just-right amounts of Simcoe and Amarillo hop goodness. This one is rapidly climbing into the regular section of my fridge.
Taste is much less sweet and fruity than expected. Whereas the nose is all about the citric juciness, a suprisingly bittering, drying body with a delicate malty backbone is found. light biscuity flavor, spiced juniper-studded citrus fruits, light drying finish. Very dry, almost a hoppy English Bitter.
I am extremly pleased at the change found in this brew. Whereas many IPA's simply become a little too sweet after a few, I could see a 6pack quickly dissapering in my near future. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 05:49:23 | More by czfreeman
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