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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,082
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 soze47
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow-gold in color with an orangey glow to it. Head rises, then falls fast.

Aroma: Herbal and floral hops and a sweet bready maltiness ar all present and co-mingle.

Taste: Hops from the news show up in the taste right away. They get held in check by a sweet and maltier than expected body.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: There is an almost growing astringent-like quality in the aftertaste that hurts this one's drinkability to me. The malty and somewhat rich body makes the robust flavors last too long.

Overall: I like the flavors of this beer, but they devolved and don't evolve throughout the drinking experience. Great hop and malt flavors in play and they do some great things at the start. Too bad they can't finish.

33 Beers Wheel Scores (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2
Dark Fruit: 3
Citrus Fruit: 3
Hoppy (pine): 3.5
Floral: 3.5
Spicy: 3.5
Herbal: 3.5
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 2.5
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 3
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 2.5
Body: 3
Linger: 4

soze47, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before Feb 2011.

A. Pours a hazy gold with a two finger foamy white head that never quite dissipates and leaves lots of clumps on the side of the glass.

S. Citrus with some bread and grains.

T. Tons of bitter hops upfront: citrus, lemon peel, some grapefruit. Once you get past the hops, you can notice some bread and slight caramel flavors.

M. Medium body with a fairly high brisk carbonation that creates a fairly dry mouthfeel.

D. Not a bad IPA by any means, but lacks the complexity I desire in a really good IPA. I tend to favor a more malt forward profile with a wider variety of hop bitterness.

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark-ish golden color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some grassy, floral, and citrus hops. The flavor is unfortunately short a bit on these flavors, but does bring a good amount of bitterness without letting too much malt get in the way. Good body with nice carbonation. This is one of the better Smuttynose beers that I've had.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date of January 2011. Pours a murky orange color with a thin head. Some sediment floating around in there. Aroma of hops and citrus fruits, predominantly orange. Taste has a nice bitterness to it. Nice hoppy, citrus flavor. Bitter aftertaste. Relatively smooth and crisp IPA. Nicely drinkable and tasty.

PicoPapa, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of thebrood1987
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get strong smells of pine, herbal hops and that grapefruit smell. The smell reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. You get that crispy hop fruity taste again which reminds me of Sierra Nevada's hopping. It has a sweet bready almost caramel malt taste and then just ending with that piney herbal bitterness that sticks on the back of the tongue very nicely.

Very robust IPA. This could almost be a double IPA... its definitely just as bitter. The IBU's seem to be in the 70s maybe even low 80s. The unfiltered quality definitely adds to the taste but there are definitely pretty decent sized sediment pieces floating around.

Excellent IPA especially for it only being 7.99. This IPA I think definitely gives the West Coast IPA's some good competition and I'm glad an East Coast IPA tastes like this. Definitely recommended.

thebrood1987, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a perfect hazy slightly orange strong golden color with a thin white head. There was some stickiness to it.

S - Slight grass aroma with some flower hints as well. Grains are present and there is some citrus character to it as well as some slight pine.

T & M - Flavor starts off with some nice dry bitter character that coats the mouth and sticks to every square inch. There is some greta bread character up front and then during the middle part the citric hop hints kick in. Very interesting flavor "delivery" for an IPA. Im liking it. There is some slight grapefruit and nice orange peel in the flavor and thats mostly where the citrus is coming from. The flavor is nice and clean and there are some great dry bitter finishing note to the beer. Great crisp carbonation. For my first Smuttynose offering Im quite happy.

D - Very refreshing and well balanced beer with great crafted flavors. Good ABV as well. Many could be had.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of whisperjet
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

a: Pours a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of creamy head. The head sticks around and leaves nice foamy lace evenly around the glass.

s: Strong fruit scents can be notice as soon as the bottle is opened and they come out exponentially after pouring. Lots of citrus, specifically oranges and lemons. Sweetness of honey. The smell is sticky and inviting.

t: Strong and hoppy like a good IPA should. Perfect level of bitterness, the citrus is more low key than in the nose. Hops and barley are the dominant flavors and are very well balanced.

m: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very crisp and light feeling.

d: Very easy to drink and finishes cleanly. A great overall drink, a new personal favorite.

whisperjet, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden with a thick, creamy, white head.

S - In the nose, initially, there is a little sweetness from the hops that matures into a more earthy, almost lemongrass smell.

T - Not much going on in terms of the malts. Some spiciness from the hops, then some really subtle fruitiness that turns into a a flavor that mirrors the smell with its earthy, lemongrass notes. And finally a healthy bitterness that coats your throat and the back of your tongue as you swallow. Not as balanced as I would have liked.

M - Some bite from the carbonation, but the head lasts and it acts as a comfortable cushion to your lips and tongue.

D - It has a crisp, refreshing body and the alcohol is not too high so it is easy to drink. Plus, it is not too bitter for me, which adds to the number I could throw back.

I must admit, I am a little disappointed with this brew. I was expecting an out of this world IPA, but I have definitely had much better ones. I probably won't be getting this one too often.

3HovsepiansBrews, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle Best before November 2010. Huge thanks to Beandip for the bottle, Cheers Adam!

Slightly hazed golden yellow body falling just short of orange. Massive three finger meringue head. The head has some staying power, slowly working its way back. A slight cap remain through the duration, retention is excellent. Think sheets of lacing left clinging to the glass. Great looking IPA.

The aroma is strong on the citrus. Healthy does of grapefruit and tangelos. Largely sweet citrus slight floral aroma. Subtle malt peaks through underneath but it no match for the citrus.

Sweet citrus with a slightly pithy bite. Grapefruit orange and guava flavors supplied by the hops. Bitterness is slightly biting but the sweeter juicy hop flavor holds it in check. Pale malt with very slight caramel. Good malt base but this is all about the hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. The overall finish is dry though a slight grapefruit flavor digs into the tongue.

A top notch IPA there is no doubt. I wish I had more than the one bomber. There is nothing to dislike about the beer. I could easily drink a few of these in a session. While not my favorite IPA, it is very close.

kzoobrew, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/08/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a red-orange color that is clouded by persistent sediment and sports a finger and a half of creamy white head that holds and laces very well.

S: Grapefruit, orange, and wonderfully floral hoppy notes.

T: Heavy, intense, and juicy citrus throughout with some semblance of a caramel malt balance at the end.

M: Medium-light body, moderate-heavy carbonation but not prickly, and a dry finish.

D: This is hard to beat when fresh.

bucklemyshoe, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB N-10 poured into a tulip.

A yellow-orange beer that is cloudy with a nice white head that descends and laces. A fruity hop nose comes first with a bit of bready malt underneath it. A thick, sweet body that has a bit of bread within it finishes cleanly with a subtlety balanced bitterness. A bit of piney hop comes through along with an alcoholic warmth. Coats well, and eminently drinkable. A well made IPA, likely one of my top 5 by rating...

kjyost, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of musicforairports
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, unfiltered-looking orange, less translucent than a lot of other IPAs. Bubbles indicate carbonation that is neither too much or too little. Some lacing down the glass. Looks like a great beer.

Smell is citrusy, but not intensely so. A bit of malt and sweetness also.

Tastes fantastic. Bitter, but never too much; citrusy, but never too much. Definitely not a West Coast-style citrus hop bomb. The hop bite doesn't rip at the teeth and doesn't completely overpower a solid malt backbone, but they are very prevalent and this is definitely an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation good. Doesn't have that sweet, syrupy quality some IPAs have that sticks to the mouth and can become a bit overbearing eventually. As such, drinkability is great for something pushing a 7 percent ABV.

This beer has everything I like in an IPA and nothing I don't. It's the best IPA on the East Coast I can think of and, maybe, my favorite anywhere.

musicforairports, Oct 14, 2010
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a light golden hue, with a good haze. The head is a layer of white that settles into a consistent layer. The lacing that is left, is very noticeable.
S: The aroma is powerful citrus, lemon hop aroma. The layers in the aroma are very nice and project only good things to happen from here.
T/M: The taste is a very hoppy bitterness, one that has a bit of a bite at first. The mouthfeel is a smooth hop dryness that shocks the palate. The body is a nice and full flavored feature. The finish on the mouthfeel that projects into the lingering finish maybe too dry, one that holds a very interesting and powerful dryness.
D: This is a great IPA, dry, bitter and hop hop hoppy!. I will be going back for more of this.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect glass. Perhaps my fave IPA. I always come back and buy more even though there are so many IPAs out there to try. The appearance is quite good: copper colored, a creamy head that lasts leaving loads of lacing; I particularly love all the unfiltered sediment. There's nothing ugly about an unfiltered beer, in my opinion.

Smells of piney and citrusy hops with biscuity-sweet undertones. The taste is of bitter hops that will leave you puckered with a semi-sweet aftertaste that again fades to bitterness. Yum! I really like this beer. It tastes far more bitter than the IBUs suggest.

The mouthfeel is medium and it never, ever tastes the slightest bit watery or weak. You feel like you've had something substantial to drink but leaves you craving another. Repeat as necessary. Finest Kind is the standard to which I compare all IPAs.

airheadmtrcycle, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of atlanta
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can remember having this on cask at the GBBF and it knocked my socks off. Now I drink alot of it in the bottle, its my brother-in-law's favorite. Its always good. I wish it weren't so strong, it affects the drinkability and my head the next day.
Their use of hops is spot on, the aroma and taste full and exciting.

atlanta, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of trbergman
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy orange-yellow with fine streams of carbonation and about one finger of white head. The foam leaves huge sheets of lace all over the glass on the way down. (NB: I've had this quite frequently, and on more than one occasion I've encountered some floating hop material in the glass, but it's never had any influence beyond the aesthetic.)

S - Pine and pithy grapefruit, orange peel, and a backing of caramel malt.

T - Dry flavor with some caramel and biscuit-like malt, grapefruit pith, pine, orange zest, and a delicate floral taste. Intensely bitter without being completely over the top. Superb effort from Smuttynose - a classic American IPA.

M - Medium body with ample carbonation, maybe just a tad astringent.

D - Absolutely great. This is one of my favorite IPAs and one of the few beers I'll buy again and again. You'd be hard pressed to find a better single IPA for the price, too. If you haven't yet tried it, get off your ass!

trbergman, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of king75
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber gold with a solid two maybe even three finger head. Looks absolutely delicious, I dare say it is one of the best looking beers I've had.

S- Light citrus and hops. Not a very strong aroma

T-Wow, the hops, citrus and pine blow out the taste buds, very tangy in taste, yet perfectly balanced, leaving a crisp dry taste to the palate.

M-Light and crisp feel with a nice tanginess thrown in the mix.

D- Could drink this all night, too bad I only have one more of this brew.

Notes: One of the best balanced and best tasting IPA's I've had to date. IPA fans you have to try this one.

king75, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark gold/light orange with a 2 finger white head. Lacing is amazing, all the way up the glass and very foamy. Looks fantastic.

S- nice citrusy hops with slight hints of pine. Its a little mild, though...nice regardless

T- starts with some nice piney bitterness, with a slightly sweet citrus finish. Tastes very good, albeit a little boring

M- nice body. Maybe a little overcarbed

D- good, solid east coast IPA. Really easy drinking despite the bitterness I get from it

bigfnjoe, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark orange with a pure white head, slightly fizzy and foamy at the same time. Niiiice loacing.

S: I've smelled more KB in other IPA's, but it's detectable here. Big time piney hops and biscuit malt. Salty and earthy at the same time. Smells great.

T: Creamy mouthfeel at first with a bitter middle, hoppy and piney. At the end I get a blast of caramel malt and more hops in the finish. Peanut skin burp with a bitter lingering aftertaste. A little too piney for me, but IPA lovers will appreciate.

D: If I was in the mood for an IPA night, I'd buy a sixer. It's a good, slow sipping beer.

Value: This is pricey at around 11 bucks a sixer, but this is one that's worth it.

WeezyBoPeep, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of injuredreserve
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber with a small fluffy white head that laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Notes of hops and light bread malty tones hit the nose.

Taste: A nice bread/biscuit malt taste hits up front follow by a splash of hops, then bitter.This beer finishes up with a final sensation of citrus hop bitternessr.

Mouthfeel: Great texture to this beer. Creamy and crisp at the same time with a nice body.

Drinkability: Very good IPA

injuredreserve, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into pint

Hazy light amber/golden wheat/orange color with cream colored head, very bubbly, slow to fade and solid lacing.

Fruit forward hops aroma. Tangerine rind, some grass.

The taste is bitter, hopcentric. Citrus, pine, and a good deal of bitterness from the first sip through the finish. The finish is crisp, heavy for an IPA and lingers with distinct bitter.

The mouthfeel is solid, perfect in keeping with the stlye, although this particular bottle is light on the carbonation, I typically find this beer to be well carbonated.

Well, as one of my 'go to' IPA's I find it to be very drinkable. The abv and the perhaps excessively bitter notes keep it from being a universal stand out but it is excellent.


CooperEllis, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of IronLover
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy, bright copper in color. Thin head after the pour that leaves a very thin cap. Nice balance of bready malt and light floral hoppy aroma with hints of lemon and citrus orange. Light to medium bodied with very lively, almost tangy carbonation. Pine hop flavors overwhelm this IPA from beginning to end. As it warmed a bit of citrus flavor seemed to peek through. Finishes with a bitter hoppy pine finish.

IronLover, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of gopens44
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice light orangy color with a magnificent foamy head that sticks around for a little while. Probably about 1.5 to 2" worth of head. This beer was a little hazy as well, which always looks nice for an IPA (IMO)

S - Hops, grapefruit, and a hint of orange. There was also a low amount of malt smell that came out a bit more once the head dissipated and the beer warm up a tad.

T - Just like the smell. Nice bitter hop thing happening with a citrusy finish. Almost no malt presence whatsoever.

M - Medium carbonation and very little if any aftertaste. A little thin, but smooth.

D -Enjoyed this very much! I'd be hard pressed to not have this in the future.

gopens44, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of korguy123
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Lost Abbey Tulip.

A- Hazy light copper pour. Large amounts of chunky white sediment floating around from my ovbiously too agressive pour. Two finger white head, lacing is sticky icky!

S- Super piney hops, subtle grapefruit, mandarin. unable to get anything else out of it, still far from disappointed!

T- Strong bitter pine right off the bat, faint citrus notes and subtle malt backing.

M- Big rush of juicy at first than a slow dry finish sweeps over.

Excellent IPA, a hop lovers dream!

korguy123, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

an orange IPA. With about three fingers of head. Mild murky. Well rounded all year palate. Quite hoppy bitter but with aging a nice note of malt on the palate. Nose of tangerine and citrus pine. Palate of well back malt sweet with a green orange peel bitter. Crisp, and hoppy but wouldn't say any more so than the other. the end fulls off completely making it rather savory. Great balance but thin and without accent.

rtepiak, Oct 01, 2010
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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