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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,101
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 218
Gots: 361 | 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 kingcrowing
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a long trail Vermont pint glass.

Pours a a hazy orange color with a small what head with some light white lacing. Nose quite fruity and sweet, like a tamer big a ipa.

Taste is really well balanced, quite hoppy bit ts got a great malty backbone. The bitterness becomes a bit abrasive. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp.

kingcrowing, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Kooz
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend left this at my house after a party... Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Really nice look to it--cloudy, unfiltered--truly honey-colored (not too yellow or orange). Doesn't get a "5.0" because there is too much sediment and the only warning is in small print on the neck label.

Smells very good. Not overpoweringly hoppy or yeasty. Something sweet and slightly acrid, but pleasant.

Tastes really good for an IPA (I'm generally not a big fan). Was going to give it a 4.0, but as I write I am noticing a really unpleasant aftertaste warranting a half-point reduction. Aftertaste is bitter, burnt, and soapy.

Good strong body, slightly foamy, and nice. Points for mouthfeel.

Drinkability is a 3,0 for me. It's too bitter and the aftertaset too overridingly bad to have more than 1 or 2. That said, there are a lot of nice things about this beer and I can't give it a bad score here, so a 3.0 it is.

Kooz, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 1/14/10

Best before June 2010

Pale apricot/amber in color. Pours just over one finger of foam that dissipates to a bubbly layer after a few minutes, leaving good lacing. Thin but decent retention. Lacing is ok, but sporadic.

Floral hop aroma with notes of pine & citrus. Lemon zest, tangerine & orange peel. Pale malts in the background. Faint spiciness, too. There is a noticeable sweetness in the nose; it's rather juicy, so possibly from the citric notes. Undertones of grass.

Tastes of piney bitterness upfront with traces of floral hops throughout. There's some ripe citrus in there, but it's less apparent than in the nose & harder to distinguish. Modest spiciness is appreciable. Pale malts & hints of toasted bread in the background.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation that is simultaneously creamy & zesty; hmm... There's even a little resiny grit to be found. Dry bitterness lingers on the finish.

"Finest kind" has grown on me over the six pack. It's a very solid effort & I'm glad Smuttynose has come to Ohio. I'll likely enjoy this again from time to time.

Ryan011235, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of jmarvin4189
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark golden color with 1 finger of white head that leaves a nice lacing

Smell - very floral, don't smell any other spices, just hopps

Taste/ Mouthfeel - Very smooth then the hops kick in to give it a bite, then it has a mellow and smooth aftertaste but does leave my mouth a little dry, not as bad as other IPAs i've had

Drinkability - very drinkable will definitely buy again, this is the second best IPA I've had thus far

jmarvin4189, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip glass

A - Cloudy amber with visible yeast flakes. A massive white head leaves behind exquisite lacing. One of the best looking IPAs I've had.

S - Grapefruit and orange with a little yeast.

T - Citric acid and floral hops with a fleeting hint of malt up front. The bitterness lasts throughout and stays in control. This is a one-note wonder (and the inverse of the one note featured in many eastern IPAs), and although it's not overly complex, I love this for that specific reason.

M - Medium-bodied with adequate carbonation. The unfiltered nature of this makes it almost milky at times, & the intense bitterness leaves the mouth puckering. Unique and magnificent mouthfeel.

D - Due to my intense love of intensely bitter hops, this is right up my alley and very easy to drink for 6.9%. Others may find the bitterness too powerful to have many.

What a fantastic beer! It's been a couple of years since I've purchased this, and I waited far too long. The best east-of-Michigan IPA which I've had.

klikger, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a hazy, golden, orange color with an average off-white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells very earthy and piney, with some nice bready malt balance. The first tastes upfront are some goods malts. There's a good pine flavor, with a tiny amount of citrus in the flavor. This finishes very dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. This is fairly drinkable, but not something I would sit down a drink more than two in a night. The bitterness can really overtake your palate, and wear it down after a while.

zimm421, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pleasant golden opaque color and prevalent floaters. This beer is unpasturized. Minimal head and lace. The smell is somewhat faint. Hints of yeast and grapefruit tingle the nose. Has a very plesant mellow taste. Well ballanced describes this beer well. Traces of grapefruit and bittersweetess. The finest kind has a refreshing cool crisp mouthfeel. The bitterness stays on the roof of your mouth. I find this to be a very well ballanced and flavorful beer. They claim the its the "finest kind" and i wouldnt hold it against smuttynose.

FrothyBeverage, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy orange with a fluffy head. Head retains well and leaves good lacing.

S-Piney hops dominate but there is some grapefruit in there as well. Hop foward. Light caramel malt. Not an overly powerful nose,but still pleasantly aromatic.

T-More potent than the nose. Piney bitterness takes the lead. Grapefruit/cirtrus is quite prevalent as well. This one's a bitter beer. Represents the East Coast IPA well.

M-Lighter medium body. Dry and bitter. Flavor lasts. Surprisingly light.

D-Very drinkable. A go-to beer.

The two old guys living the dream on the label justifies the name "Finest Kind". This beer needs to be fresh in order to be fully appreciated. Always a dependable brew in my book. Quite cheap too. May be my number one beer to buy a 12 pack of.

VelvetExtract, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers and half worth of creamy off-white head with the faintest of pink hues... The color is equal part medium gold and orange... Rapid carbonation races to the top throughout... Some trace amounts of sediment abound...

S - Clean crisp citrus... Grapefruit... Orange zest... Partial piney with some additional floral notes... A mild biscuity caramel base lies beneath...

T - Sharp contrast between citrusy grapefruit and piney hops... The malt base is deep down in this one but hardly worth mentioning... A bit soapy... Exceedingly bitter finish... Flirts with being slightly off putting...

M - Starts lush and finishes dry... Exquisitely smooth... Medium bodied... Appropriate carbonation... Strong bitter kick blasts the tongue on the finish that lingers and than lingers some more...

D - A solid IPA all the way around... Much more assertive than I expected... Hop forward, but lacking in complexity... Not enough malt for my liking...

philbe311, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of joeland
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a copper color with a quick fading head that leaves a nice laving

S - a verry piney flora smell that dominates the smell.

T - a very dry bitterness at first sip, and laeaves a very bitter aftertaste. alsmot to bitter for me.

M - medium carbnation and body.

D - over all it is a easy drinking ipa. that i'm not to crazy about

joeland, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear amber orange color with a full cap of foamy white head. Scent is of citrus and tropical fruits balanced nicely with piney and floral notes. Taste brings the above mentioned hop notes without too much bitterness, a grahmn crackery malt background is also present. Medium bodied, coating and slightly oily, slightly dry finnish, maybe a touch over carbonated. A good solid IPA, would love one a touch fresher since this case seems to be from the early spring.

rfgetz, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deepish amber with a orange hue and an inch of nice foam. Pretty nice IPA.

S - Mostly of pine with little citrus. Malt really seems to take over a bit since the age.

T - Starts off dry and hoppy. Just the way I like it so age really made no difference in the hop profile except I got piratically no citrus just straight up pine. Finishes dry and wet.

M - Medium bodied and a refreshing ipa.

D - Pretty nice to sample. Will have to check the dates more frequently since this one was best before April 2010. Way past it's prime but still drinking great. Can get a sixer for 9.99 so affordable as well. Nice!

DrDemento456, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange color, slightly golden tinge. Nice finger of white foams that holds great with layers of lacing around the glass. A good amount of sediment floating around.

S- Citrus hits at first, grapefruit being the dominant as undertones of orange are apparent. Piney hops burst in towards the middle joining the citrus tones and subtle malt to make this quite the pleasant smell.

T- A smooth malt flavor begins the beer as it continues into a small amount of citrus before the piney hops quickly wash it away. Middle of the beer marks the high point for the bitterness and hop flavor. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste as a very small amount of alcohol flickers in and out. Seems to me that some of the flavors could be kicked up a notch to make this one much better.

M- Light medium body with moderate amount of carbonation. A little too thin.

D- Believed if some of the citrus flavors were increased to compete with the bitterness this could be a more drinkable beer, still easy to put a couple of these down though.

Lolli1315, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: super cloudy bright orange hue with a solid finger of fluffy ivory foam; chunky lace is left on the glass as I drink it down. A pretty attractive IPA.

Smell: bright, delicious hops. Citrusy and funky with a little bit of earth. The malt cannot break through the solid wall of hoppy goodness; I like it.

Taste: bright and tasty. Citrus is huge at first with a nice funky undertone. Bitterness is very high indeed; there's no balance at all despite enough malt to bring the beer to near 7% -- and that's no bad thing at all. I'm not a hop head, but this is an enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with enough coating power to keep the hops in contact with every nook and cranny of the mouth. Carbonation is pretty good, too, leaving a pleasant creaminess.

Drinkability: super refreshing despite its ABV, this is a highly tasty IPA. I would go out of my way to get this again.

flagmantho, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Exceptionally bright orange with splendid amounts of suspended particles. Head is bright egg-shell white and lays down some redonkulously thick lacing. Retention is solid, and the overall appearance lets you know that this is going to be a serious IPA.

S: Bursting forth with citrus and a soft, delicate malt base. Strong notes of oranges, grapefruits, and tropical fruit. Reminds me quite a bit of Two-Hearted Ale, but a little cleaner and not quite as explosive in the aroma department. Quite the pleasant aroma, though.

T&M: Deliciously hoppy, as expected. Dank grapefruit flavors mix well with a smattering of pine. Pale malt is hardly noticeable. It has a rather puckering and bitter finish, but it's still pleasant. Body and feel are damn-near perfect. Carbonation is present, but not distracting. Feel is slick and oily, with a nice medium body. These naturally carbonated beers always have a great feel.

D: Highly drinkable, I only mark it down a touch because the bittering is a touch high for a 5 (see Two-Hearted Ale or Stone IPA for a "how the hell do they cram this much hoppiness in without bitterness?" beer).

BamaBeerBuff, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Dubber55
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 8/13/2010
Best before January 2011

A slightly hazy orangish/yellow. Pretty light color, in my opinion, for an IPA. 1 finger of head.

Smells predominantly of earthy hops and pine. I am also smelling some kind of breadiness and some alcohol.

I intially taste some bready malts. Then I get hit with a lot of earthy hops. There might be a touch of citrus in the flavor profile but, I taste mostly piney hops, pine resin, and some sort of grassy/herbal phenolic thing going on. Pretty straightfoward. Nothing too complex. The finish is really bitter and dry.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with some low carbonation.

The drinkability is average. This beer is pretty bitter which could begin to wear on your palate. I got used to it after a few sips but there is just not alot of complexity here. The flavor is just not as juicy and bursting with flavor as some other IPAs I have had before.

Consumed 12/7/2011
Best before 4/10/2012

Hoppy, bitter, oily, citric- the flavor is mainly grapefruit, grass, pine, hop resin-aggressive bitterness- not too complex, a little bready malt backbone. I would give it a B/B+

Dubber55, Aug 13, 2010
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
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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