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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,290
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 236
Gots: 428 | 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 ggilman
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Portsmouth Brewery

Hazy golden amber, not a lot of head, but what is there is sappy and sticky. Not a huge amount of hops in the nose, spicy and foral. Some sweetness. Lots of hoppy bitterness. Piney hop resin & grapefruit. Deliciously drinkable, great carbonation. Thought I loved this in the bottle, but on tap, with a local cheeseburger at PB was heaven! Have to get there more often.

Photo of hmf05
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange and hazy with a two finger head

S: Smells like grapefruit juice and pine. Hops are there but not overpowering on the nose.

T: Wow. One of the most bitter beers I have ever had. Initial flavors are juicy grapefruits with a balanced bitterness. Finishes with an extremely dry bitterness.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: One hell of an IPA. The alcohol isn't noticeable and the long, dry finish is spectacular.

Photo of Trilogy31
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date of june 11 so not sure how fresh it is. Pours a slight muddy golden amber with a finger of head which leaves pretty spider webs on my duvel tulip. Nose has mandarins, rye bread spiciness and a floral piney character. The taste is almost a muddled mess - i really think i am reviewing a beer a bit past its prime. Finishes a bit chalky and has some generic hop qualities along with slight citrus taste. I am stoked to try this beer and would love to again fresh but i can only rate what i tasted and it was not that great.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a lot to rtepiak for this wonderful brew!

A: A little hazy light golden color. Two fingers worth of creamy cream white head. Retention is pretty good as well as lacing.

S: Wow, this one smells really good. Lots of citrus with sweet red grapefruit juice, orange juice. Some piny and rosewater notes. Light honey for the sweet malt. Pineapple and mango. One of the juicest and most tropical-like IPA I had, my kind of IPA. Really appealing.

T: Like the smell, lots of sweet red grapefruit juice and orange juice. Lots of pineapple and mango. Light pine notes and rosewater. Light colored honey for the sweets with some bready notes from the malts. Awesome!

M: Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Lightly sticky. Perfect.

O: One of the best regular IPA around. Right in the league of Two Hearted Ale. It will not rip your mouth apart, but this is so well made (IMO) it's almost perfect.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Best before date of June 2011

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger semi-coarse head with great retention. Beer is a clear orange-peach. Lacing is stringy with great stick. Great on all fronts.

S: Nose is incredibly subtle. Some subtle citrus hoppiness along with a sprinkle of crushed tropical fruit. Not much else is really detectable.

T: Opens with an astringent hoppiness. Bitter with a touch of citrus that persists from beginning to end. Pine and grassiness appears towards the middle and end with a spiciness right at the finish. Dry, peppery, and piney hop finish. Very clean and well done with a balanced hop forwardness.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Prickly, bubbly and abrasive in the mouth and goes down coarse. Finish is accented with a sticky, dry, and lingering aftertaste. Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Spot on for the style.

O: Finest Kind is an incredibly solid representation of the style. Clean, crisp, and refreshingly simple. However, it doesn't have a certain freshness that I usually look forward to. A solid brew nonetheless and should serve as what an IPA stands for.

Photo of BMoldy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium-gold color with a frothy one-finger head. Good lacing and head retention. The aroma is really pretty fantastic, with a large variety of hop scents: mint, citrus, pine... A fleeting initial sweetness is immediately swept away by the wave of hops, which quickly blanket the tongue in a velvety bitterness tinged with more pine and grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel is pretty mild, slightly creamy, and perfectly carbonated. The beer warms you a little, but otherwise the alcohol presence goes almost unnoticed. Bitterness lingers on the tongue well after the last sip.

A very aromatic beer, though I was a little disappointed to find that the many scents present in the bouquet didn't translate very well into the taste of the beer itself. Even after the beer warmed a bit, I still had some trouble discerning its more subtle flavors. Still, I found it to be a very pleasing and easy to drink IPA, despite its relative lack of balance. I can see how hop heads would go crazy for this.

Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold from bottle to pint glass. Packaged on 4/12 and consumed 4/28 so very fresh indeed.

Finest Kind is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thick rocky head. It settles nice and slow with good lacing left behind.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with a nice citrus and pine combination. Not big on grapefruit but more like orange zest and fresh grass.

Flavor is nicely done with good hop bitterness and well-balanced from start to finish. A slightly off-puting metallic taste that I recognize from other IPAs (although I don't remember which ones at the moment) but otherwise enjoyable. More citrus and pine just like in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and properly carbonated. The only letdown is the mineral/metallic taste.

Overall a good IPA but certainly not one of the best. Worth a try though, if you're in New England.

Photo of muletrane
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by 7/11) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light amber colour with a little bit of floaties.

S: Some citrusy hop notes come out first but quickly fade. After that it's pretty much just malty.

T: Nice hop bite up front. Some breadiness in there as well. Nice lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Kind of heavy body with medium carbonation. Flavors coat the whole mouth.

Overall a nice IPA. Love the mix 12 packs from Smuttynose and this is probably my favorite beer in the pack. They're all good though.

Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

438th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz
Best by: June 2011

App- A nice vibrant orange with a two finger head. Dots of lace and a pancake layer of foam as the beer goes down.

Smell- Malty and very caramel like with some dampness.

Taste- It's one of those IPA's that is piney and resiny and earthy and wet but damn tasty. I dont normally like the more pine and resin, but I can't not like this beer. Super tasty and balanced.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very earthy and piney tastes remain.

Drink- This was a very good single IPA. It's tasty, spicy and piney. It's not super over the top and I think thats why I like this more than other with similar profiles. I would like more of this and that would be right now. I am very upset at SN for not transporting beer all the way across the country.

Photo of Floyd12
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Golden straw colored beer with an almost clear slightly hazy body to it. Big white fluffy head of at least two fingers that dissipated somewhat but left sticky white lacing all down the glass

S- A little citrus a little sweet and a ton of hops.

T- The slight sweet fruity and floral undertones with this bitter hop dominated beer. SLight alcohol notes as well make this a true IPA. Some malt does keep the hops in check, but if Hops are not for you steer clear.

M- Crisp, clean, and dry. Medium bodied beer with mild carbonation that adds a nice bubbly feel.

D- Very high this is almost my favorite IPA, seeing as I am a stickler for Harpoon. But this is a suitable substitute.

Photo of Marty30
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with best by date July 2011.Poured at fridge temp into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A. Pours a hazy golden orange,with about a two finger white fluffy head.Lacing is great in this one tons of it stuck to the glass.Really nice carbonation.

S. Smell is tons of grapefruit and piney hops. Little bit of pineapple and floral notes in the back.

T. One of the most bitter IPa's out there in my opinion ,tons of grapefruit and bitterness with a little bit of bready taste.Little bit ok pineapple if you really dig deep.

M. Mouth is great nice and creamy, medium heavy feel.Good carbonation.Best I have found in an American IPA.

Overall I love this beer definately in my top fiveIPA's list I reccomend this to any Hop bomb lover.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit. There is also some more pine hope aroma that mixes well.

T - Starts off with citrus flavor right away with grapefruit and orange flavor with some solid background bitterness. Just a touch of malt in the background. Through the middle, the hop taste explodes with more pine hop flavor coming out and some good bitterness. The finish is full of hop flavor and strong bitterness that lingers very nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The strong bitterness gives the beer a very dry mouthfeel, which is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is excellent, with strong hop flavor and a nice mix of pine and citrus flavors throughout. The finish is powerful with the bitterness but still crisp and refreshing.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a very nice amber color with visible carbonation floating upwards. One-finger white head which dissipates rather quickly.

S: Smells just like a grapefruit with a bit of hops in the background.

T: Nice and citrusy, grapefruit and lemon zest flavors up frong, which give way to piny notes and finishes with a refreshing amount of bitterness on the finish.

M: Nice level of carbonation and just the right level of dryness for an IPA.

D: Can't taste the alcohol whatsoever, and it's extremely refreshing. This is a great choice for a summer beer.

Photo of Sneers
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best-by Sept. '11; I think this is a fairly fresh bottle.

Poured into my appropriate Portsmouth tulip. The color is a uniform cloudy orange, with some small bits of sediment suspended throughout. It's capped with a two-finger white head that reduces to a thin sheet, and leaves a good bit of lacing.

This is a pretty aromatic beer; I can smell it next to me on the table. Oddly enough, the aroma itself is moderate in strength. The nose is a wonderful hop-dominated combination of grapefruit and candied pineapple. A little bit of the alcohol also comes through.

The taste hangs onto the fruity hop characteristics, and an impressive hop bitterness is added to the mix. While the bitterness is aggressive, it's also somehow "soft." While this beer certainly isn't balanced, the malt is present enough to keep things in check. The finish has a light, lingering bitterness, which clears out after a few moments, and a light sweetness. With a little warming, the finish gains a light bready flavor- I guess for the worse.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin and supported by a mild, prickly carbonation.

This is one of my go-to beers, and one I'm sure to keep in rotation. While it falls short of exceptional, this is a great, well-made IPA. Highly recommended.

Photo of NODAK
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma seemed very light to me, which surprised me. It was floral and a little citrusy, but faint..definitely so for style.

Pours golden with a very nice, fluffy white head. Impressive.

Starts off immediately with a bitter snap, popping you in the mouth immediately...however, then some good sweet caramel and grain notes are able to push their way in for some balance. But after that, on the finish, the hops come back with a real vengeance with a cutting bitterness that envelops the tongue and has a lingering power that isn't often seen in any beer. Not really a good bitter either...it's like I bit into an aspirin and then sucked on it. REALLY bitter for a standard IPA.

I like this beer upfront, but the finish and the astringent, lasting, abrasive bitterness is just too much for me. I'd almost say this should be put in the DIPA (sans gobs of malt) for just how bitter it is.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep yellow, orange hue body, slight cloudy look, 2 finger GORGEOUS fluffy head, spectacular lacing!

S: big citrus and earthy pine aroma, so clean and fresh

T: sweet citrus front, solid rustic earthy pine middle, slow long bitter finish

M: medium body, slick oily/ sticky feel

O: FANTASTIC! Smuttynose continues to be a mighty fine brewery. The 6.9%ABV is well hidden in the rich flavor and this could be a session beer for a wild evening or afternoon BBQ. Such a wonderful notion to find IPAs that are STILL delicious, since I find IPAs are often over done by craft breweries.


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

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a slightly cloudy deep golden hue. Nice head with a creamy appearance. Earthy hop aroma. Taste is full of hops! I get some bitterness up front and then piney tones. The hop bite will not let you doubt this is an IPA. Mouthfeel is a nice substantial creamy goodness.

Overall a good example of an IPA.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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