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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,486 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,486
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 262
Gots: 585 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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

Review from 11/11/11 on tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC: pours cloudy orange gold color with a massive cloudy head that looked amazing and faded very slowly; it was so thick that you could run your finger through it and it left excellent lacing and rings as it went down; a very fine looking beer.

Smells of huge hops up front, with citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, orange peel, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, herbs, light caramel, biscuit, citrus and other fruits; very hoppy and quite fragrant with a mild whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, herbs, light caramel, biscuit, light sour apple, citrus and other fruits, grains, sweet malt and a slight bitter alcohol bite. Overall the beer was sweet with massive oily hops that taste like wet hops were added, and to me this is what an IPA should taste like.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with a medium to heavy crisp body that slides across the tongue smooth with a mild alcohol burn. A very tasty IPA that has enough grains to balance the taste and let the sweet citrus hops dominate and leave a nice bitter finish.

2/4/2015: Had this again on tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC and it was just as good in every way; fresh citrus and a fine malt backbone made it extremely easy to drink and session worthy.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle ---> Pint glass. Hazy yellow/orange with some white head and lacing. Some particle suspension due to bottle conditioning. Not much bubble movement.

Smells of pungent, wet hops with dank floral aroma and some caramelized sugar. Big citrus, juicy grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple sweetness.

Palate is greeted but crisp clean hop flavor held up by a hidden malt backbone. Oily hop resin and bitterness comes through and creates a grassy/wheaty metallic bitterness.

Perfectly carbonated and substantial

VERY solid IPA

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome IPA. This brew has some very complex taste components. I found this to be very refreshing with citrus, pine and malt melded together in just an outstanding fashion. I did find the scent to be faint and not at all representative of how the beer tastes in the glass. If you like IPA's you can't go wrong with this beauty.

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

good beer....what really makes this beer good....is the taste i have never tasted that many different taste in a single beer before....piney, citrus, candy....the taste is awesome....i read some of the other reviews....this is not a "grapefruit" bomb so to say....they have obviously never tasted sweetwater ipa before...that my friend is a grapefruit bomb!...this is a little more on the english side of ipa's other than it does have some nice american hops in it....the smell is less than impressive i don't really get anything but a soft hop maybe earthy in the nose
overall its just a pretty decent beer...but the taste is very interesting and impressive!

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 4,486 ratings.