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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,085
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 UDbeernut
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass

A: light amber color, 2 finger head with good retention, lacing rings around the glass

S: piney and citrua hop, iight caramel

T: light caramel malt quickly envoleped by piney and the citrus hops. Very tasty

M&d: prickly slightlyt drying mouth. Very good drinkability for this ipa.


UDbeernut, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/26/10- Had a 12 oz (BB Oct 10) of this one and never turned back. It has become a good stand-by.
A: Rich golden, it oured with a big creamy head that died to a good film and lace.
S: Rich hops, malty caramel bread (somewhat like toffee), pineapple, honeycrisp apples, and very inviting.
T: Sweet caramel bread with a slightly piney and resin hops and fruity apple/pineapple. Good.
M: Frothy and creamy, it sticks to your mouth.
D: Really good. Much better than your average IPA.

ne0m00re, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely deep golden color with some sediment stirring about. The head is absolutely great. Creamy, thick and rich. Lots of lacing.

A nice mix of citrus and earthiness with a good dose of sweet malt in the background.

Holy bitter Batman! This is as bitter an IPA that I've had. Very hop forward in the form of citrus and pine. A little disappointed in the malt presence here. There's not much which results in very little sweetness to balance. The alcohol rears it's head a bit too. Grapefruit dominates the finish and aftertaste.

Medium bodied with some sharpness from the carbonation. Pretty smooth though.

This is a bitter hop heads dream right here. Probably the most potent regular IPA I've had to date. A punishment for the tongue, which will only allow me to do one or two a night max with this. Still a damn fine IPA.

jera1350, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of darthmiles
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become my daily "go to" beer, its available at the several liquor stores between my home and work, its very reasonably priced and most of all it tastes great.
Just the right bitterness, with grapefruit notes, unfiltered for a nice cloudy amber color and a head that lasts to the bottom of the glass make this a beer to appreciate. Since it nearly 7% ABV, 2 of them produce a nice effect that goes well with an evening of... well just about anything.
A tip of the glass to fellow RIer Shogokawada for bringing this Finest IPA to my attention.

darthmiles, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head fades slowly, with full coating of lacing. Aroma is a juicy tangerine hops combined with malty sweetness. Taste starts with the malts and fruitiness, but takes on a stronger, more out-of-control bitterness near the end, which continues through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, once the mouth gets used to the bitterness, like most IPAs, and drinkability is good as well.

Anthony1, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of claminat420
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

....got this while in cleveland to see my favorite band PRIMUS!...

A- poured a transparent copper color with a frothy off white head. medium to heavy lacing.

S- biscuity malt with the most bitter floral and slightly citrus hops.

T- the alcohol is unnoticable (only until you've had about 3). same as smell really.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- i wish i stocked up on this!!!

Overall- this american ipa is somethat different then alot of other americans with the whole centennial or cascade (citrusy) hops coming at you more. whenever i pass this brew again on vacation i will definitely pick up more.

claminat420, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of twaddlac
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy, dark yellow with a yeasty froth on the top and particulate matter floating about which later settles on the bottom. Very sticky lace is left on the glass. On a side note, the label of this bottle was what inspired me to get this beer!

S- Very hoppy/citrusy and not much else. Maybe a hint of sweet bananas and tangerines.

T- Very very hoppy with a slight malt note in the aftertaste.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation for this type of beer. A bit dry but goes down smooth. Medium/light body.

D- One of the most refreshing beers I've had! If you can make it past the particulate hops (which is definitely not a barrier for me) I could easily take a sixer out in a day! If you like this is suggest BrewDog Hardcore IPA!

twaddlac, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour reveals a hazy orange brew beneath a soft, white head about one finger tall. Head retention is good and some think rings and patches of lacing are left on the glass.
This brew creates an extremely aromatic bouquet of pine resin and fresh grapefruit, a nice raw and firm mix of floral and citrus hops. There's a faint tinge of alcohol detectable beneath the pure hoppy goodness.
The bitterness puts itself right out, at the same time perfectly complimented by the bright citrus aspect. Grains lie underneath and the alcohol is just barely there beneath. Pine is all there as well, with an earthy, slightly grassy note backing it up. Malts are very soft and play there part well as the hops are the star here. There's even a light honey-like touch in a bright, lingering finish.
There's a nice smoothness to this one after a crisp bite. The carbonation is moderate and the body is medium.
This is one any beer lover may want to drink several of in a sitting, but the ABV is just creeping up to fairly high.

Brenden, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured an amber/gold color with a big fluffy white pillow of foam filling the top quarter of the glass. Excellent head retention and it left thick lacing as well as I drank it.

The aroma has a good amount of hoppiness to it with more of a pine, grapefruit, grassy, earthy hop character to it. Some bready malt also shows through a bit.

The taste also shows more of the grapefruit, earthy, pine qualities of the hops with a good amount of bitterness throughout the flavor. It finishes on the dryer side with a pretty bold bitterness to it. The malt comes through a bit to provide a nice base for the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a very nice IPA overall. Personally I prefer a bit more of a citrusy hoppiness in IPA's but this was still a well made and good version of an IPA.

billab914, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second try on this one first review..

A-pours a nice Hazy orange with a short head leaves a nice sticky lacing all the way down ;)

S-Grassy and floral hops with only the slightest breadiness/graininess

T-Bitter up front...actually all the way through not much malt competition on this one this is not a hop explosion but a nice bitter sipper of an IPA.

M-medium bodied with a slight stickiness(alot less than the first one i had) i definetely reccomend a palate cleanser before quaffing one of these as it will stick to anything that it wants to.

D-slightly resinous but that being said not terrible,althought it wouldnt be considered my favorite IPA I think i will enjoy all this six pack has to offer.


drinkiusmaximus, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Golden orange color, hazed over nicely with a strong, leggy foam in a cream hue. Nose is reasonably hoppy in the American strain, from grapefruit, orange, and lemon to pine resin and grass.

The flavor continues the hop-centric focus, at least as far as northeast IPAs are concerned. Similar notes of grapefruit and orange rind bring a load of juiciness to the table which is sweetened to even by the herbaceous tobacco and pine. Malts are low on the totem pole, with pale malt sweet-and-dry character that makes little impression. For a West Coast IPA enthusiast, this is an outstanding Eastern version.

BretSikkink, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of mikepuke79
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle in a SA perfect pint glass

A: Pours a hazey golden color with some sediment from the non filtering. A nice two finger head appears and disolves into a nice patchy head leaving some sticky lacing along the glass.

S: Smells of spicey piney hops up front. A little bit of sweet caramel malts in the back end.

T: The taste is hop dominated with a slight malty backbone to it...finnishes off with a nice piney aftertaste that lingers. very nice.

M: the mouthfeel is medium. Not too thin, and not as thick as, say a DIPA.

D: This is a very tastey IPA and has become one of my favorites. The drinkability is medium I would say. I could make a session of these easily, but it may cath up with me.

mikepuke79, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Snamnoum
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hay colored with beautiful two fingers of wispy cream-like head. Super stick lace clings to the glass in giant clumps.

Smell - aroma from the hops is massive. They are piny, floral, aromatic, and dank all at once. Light alcohol esters and lots of citrusy grapefruit.

Taste - love this beer. It is IMO the quintessential american IPA. Over hopped but delightfully complex and surprisingly balance. Don't get me wrong, not much malt going on here, but there is some sweetness which lends a much needed break from the pungent hoppy bitterness. Reminds me a lot of stone ruination. Both are exceptional at destroying your taste buds.

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Rather oily feel from the hops.

Drinkability - awesome brew, the alcohol is disguised very well, leaving a bitter but very refreshing IPA. Very drinkable and easily worth another purchase.

Snamnoum, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of animalchin
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Full bodied and translucent dark burnt orange color with one of the most dense and fixated heads I've ever seen. There is steady lacing about the whole way from the rim to the surface.

S - Hops come right at you with nice grapefruit tones and a jagged, robust kick from the great use of hops. I can get smells even with the glass down. One of the sweeter smelling IPA's I can ever recall having.

T - So much going on here, I don't know where to start. The first and obvious intro is the hops. The way that they act with the pungent sweetness is great. Some maltiness is apparent as well.

M/D- A full and big IPA. Probably the best IPA I've had so far. Nothing outdoes another facet or characteristic. It is a master of the craft of beer.

Smuttynose is the brewery that opened my eyes to the world of craft-brewing. I owe it to them for saving me from the world of mostly indifferent college drinkers.

animalchin, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of stimulus
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with yeast particles floating throughout the beer (never seen this before, but looks pretty cool), with a one finger white head.
S: Citrusy and piney with hop bitterness on the finish.
T: Pine and a LOT of hop bitterness. The finish provides even more hoppy character.
M: Light bodied with great carbonation.
D: Very bitter for the style, reminds me of Stone IPA.

stimulus, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crisp, hazy, golden in color. Eggshell colored head on top, sticky lacing adorns. Smells of citrus fruits, with some pine and resin hops. A slight malt base for balance, but still very hop forward. Ditto for the tast: Citus,, woody, piney, and delicious. The feel is crisp, yet mediumish in body. Drinkability is perfect, just an amazing single IPA.

EgadBananas, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium golden color with a slight orange haze and a significant amount of sediment floating around the body of the beer. Features a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Nice head retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Very mild aroma which features floral hops up front with light hints of grapefruit and caramel.

Taste: Bitter pine and grapefruit up front with a light toasted malt flavor in the middle. Bitter and dry finish. Aftertaste is reminiscent of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could easily down a few of these in one sitting.

Overall: Very good IPA. I will be buying more of these and I recommend that you do the same.

adam42381, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. I really like the color, its got that sunburst orange color that is soo apealing, that is slightly hazy with some visable yeast which i happily poured in my smuttynose big beer snifter, and it looks great, just makes your mouth water.
The aroma is a preasent mix of citrus and light tropical notes, nothing really strong in the aroma dept, not the most heavily dry hopped it seems but good non the less. The taste follows, and man can i saw this all around with the flavors, Feel, and overall is just a refreshing and drinkable IPA that you can go for over and over and not get tired of. There is no bad flavors in here, and the bitterness is such a perfect level so as to be refreshing and not get cloying. just a orange zest, grapefruit, pear and light mango bliss.

ChadQuest, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's Downtown Columbia, SC.

A: Nice golden color with an orange tint, slightly hazy. Fluffy, single-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S: Very mild scent of citrus hops. Kind of disappointing.

T&M: Medium bodied. Tastier than the smell. Well-balanced citrus and pine hops with a slightly sweet, chewy malt. Some mild bitterness on the semi-dry fade.

Very drinkable, but not as good as the average would state if you want an IPA that WOWS you.

cdizinno, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vibrant and hazy visage with flecks of orange juice-esque pulpy sediment. The lacing is light, but the head is thick and sticky. A fitting look for 4th of July weekend.

There are more aromas on display than initially expected. The obligatory hoppage is there, but it's joined by orange, lemon, a hint of vanilla and sweet cream. The overall impression is of an all encompassing smoothness, which bucks the conventional coarse hop stink.

The flavor is quite refined. The liquid is smooth on the tongue and the dryness works well alongside the opening bright sweetness. The hop bite doesn't strive to dominate the tongue and the doughy maltiness makes it more refreshing and balanced. Fresh, summery and delicious.

This is one I should have revisited much sooner. It's so simple and easy to drink that it's easy to forget how complex and different it is.

deapokid, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright orange/gold in color,with an attractive head of whipped- eggwhite foam
Aroma-Subtle citrus and hop notes-faint sulfur note
Taste-Full-on Grapefruit/apricot/mango juiciness, followed with a tasty hop counter-balance leading to an orange-rind with honey finish. This is one damned tasty IPA!
Smuttynose just became available in my area a little while ago, and I finallly got hold of their IPA. It certainly lives up to all the great reviews. Snappy, tasty, well-balanced and very drinkable. A great IPA from start to finish.
Welcome to my beer fridge! If you're an IPA lover, this beer is a must! Get some!!

hosehead83, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of pvsob
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice orange brown color with a one inch head that lasts forever. The carbonation holds up a nice 1cm head throughout the tasting experience. The head produces outstanding lacing. I'm mainly picking up grapefruit aroma with just a hint of pine and malt. Each sip starts off with the slightest touch of pine, but is quickly engulfed by the grapefruit. Bitterness starts off at low-medium, but finishes high. A little malt rears its head in the finish as well. "Finest Kind" isn't my favorite American IPA, but I do enjoy a pint or two every once in a while. Give it a try. Cheers!

pvsob, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-Review, I had this a while ago and not sure I gave it a fair shake. Very hoppy IPA, you can taste the unfiltered properties in the beer, nice pour, very bubbly, it initially strikes me as more of a Pale Ale and not an IPA, or at least a cross between the 2. Nice pure taste to the beer. Smells of hops and citrus.

Maybe it is because it is not filtered, but has some qualities of a pale ale, not as piney/sticky as I like in an IPA, but it is also very different from other IPAs I have had that all tend to taste very similar, so it has originality going for it. Very bitter and dry, with a citrus flavor, goes down easy, very light and refreshing, excellent beer for the summertime, or anytime really, but I do think it is a lighter IPA and I like that change.

I am upgrading my review, because I do think this is a solid beer, very drinkable, and appealing, and I think as an unfiltered IPA it makes it stand on its own compared to many of the other IPAs out there right now. I also thin the 1st one I had was a bit toned down to what I am tasting now, or that is my perception, this is much more aggressive than I remember.

Pittsburgh, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of p0wn
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smutty never leaves me down. It's more of an east coast type ipa, with piney hops, but they are at the perfect ratio for this type of beer. I'm more of a west coast ipa type guy... grapefruity hops, but this delivers.

Great on a sunny summer day.

p0wn, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA, very well rounded and a pleasure for the US take on the style.

Presentation: 12 oz brow capped bottle. Label offers a photograph of two men sitting in t of a roulotte laughing and holding a couple of bottles. The neck label has a minimal line about the dry-hopping, unfiltering, and possible sediment of the brew. It has an unnotched "best before" side scale. Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour, good frothy head and retention with nice lacing.

S - Dedicated hoppy aroma. Grapefruit touches, with pine and resin and feeling fresh.

T - Nice hoppy range with a nice malty sense and a small sweetness lingering. Nicely balanced with fruity tones, grapefruit, and a nice resin touch.

M - Medium body with good carbonation, crisp finish over the tingly bite.

D - Very drinkable. Works like it should, and more.

Notes: One of the most understated and best offerings from Smuttynose? This could be a nice go-to-beer if it were more commonly available, in particular in tap form, around here.

Daniellobo, Jun 29, 2010
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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