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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

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4,528 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,528
Reviews: 1,725
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 263
Gots: 623 | FT: 6
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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:
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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Ratings: 4,528 | Reviews: 1,725
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a yellowish orange with two fingers of off white head that clings to the glass. smells of citrus hops and orange peel with a sweet malty balance. taste is near perfect. just a nice well balanced sweet citrus and malt blend with a long dry bitter finish. leaves you thirsting for more. mouthfeel is a little oily from the hops but other than that has a good feel with good carbonation. outstanding beer. make mine a smutty!

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was served @ Beervana, got a few pours before the fest started. This was a cask dry-hopped with calypso hops. I am not the biggest cask beer fan but I guess if the beer's good it doesn't matter.

A- Hazy orange glow with a pale, thin head.

S- Pungeant, sharp hop aromas. Stanky.

T- This one is scathingly hoppy- in a good way. Really like chewing on raw hops. Minty, grapefruit, orange peel. Choking on the raw hop goodness.

M- Mouthfeel is very soft, bitterness is intense.

O- One of the best cask experiences I've had. Dry-hopping a beer like FinestKind really pushes it over the edge and makes for a fantastic beer. I'd seek this out again and again.

Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken while trying to figure out beer pairs for a beer dinner co-hosted with jlindros.

A - Poured into a tulip a very light amber with a nice one finger creamy head that faded to leave nice wisping and a good halo.

S - Rather muted hops with most of the nose consisting of sweet malts. Somewhat of a let down.

T - Not sure if this was an old bottle or what, but again the hops fail to really shine. This is almost a malt bomb...lots of sweet malts with very little hops present.

M - Alright mouthfeel. Alot of malt sweetness, almost too much, with just a little big of hops present on the back to make it bitter(pine and light citrus).

O - I know this is a good beer, I know it, but this bottle was just not fresh enough. Unhappy.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours straw bodied with two fingers of pure whit head and nice lacing.

S: Hops are present, but muted. Cane sugar sweetness melds with the juicy citrus hops.

T: Follows the nose. The hops are there: orange, pineapple, grapefruit...but the bitterness is little. Sweetness is always right alongside the hops, providing balance.

D: Mouthfeel is creamy and fuller than most IPAs. This one drinks easy and finishing a sixer would be no problem at all.

Overall: Probably my favorite East Coast IPA after Flower Power. It won't satisfy maniacal hopheads, but it provides for a fruity, juicy, more balanced IPA than the norm.

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4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep orangish-gold in color. Smells absolutely wonderful. Tropical fruit and some true, deep citrus notes. Wow, this is quite good. Initial taste is thick and sweet. You expect bitter, but it doesn't happen. Then the flavor churns into deeper citrus hop notes and then the bitterness slowly materializes but is only around to offset the heavy sweetness. Despite the bitterness coming on late, it surprisingly dissipates quickly to leave a semi-clean / semi-robust hoppy mouthfeel. This is a very good and drinkable IPA.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle best before feb 2012

a - opened and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. beer poured with the classic murky semi transparent orange yellow with a generous few fingers of frothy white thick milk shakey ipa head. lacing was chunky and hung on the glass.

s - soft citric orange peels. bit of sweaty funk. rather timid for an american ipa.

t - sweet and balanced with a bittery finish that keeps the candied shine. not the most slap you in the face hopped out beer, but a great sweet ipa with a bitter slap.

m - medium bodied. cooling. bready.

o - overall a classic ipa and old standby. always enjoyable and something that is readily available and fresh. love having this one in the fridge.

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

Gold colored body with a small amount of carbonation pour leaves a creamy, white, one finger head. It's a little cloudy but there is some nice looking lacing left around the sides of the glass.
Smells citrusy, like grapefruit or even lemons. These aromas are screaming hops!
Tastes more like grapefruit than lemons followed ny some toasty breadiness.
There is a big hop bite right if the bat, the real oily, resinous type of bite. Medium bodied and without a lot of carbonation. Smoothed somewhat in the middle and then finishes with another big hop smack.
This is an excellent ipa. The flavors and aromas are both very big and bold, one that I will continue to purchase.

Photo of Nachojon
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like an IPA...Cloudy, hazy golden. 1/2 inch head, bubbles stick to side of glass. Light lace.

S- Hops, warmth. Orange peel.

T- I like this beer and it has a good IPA flavor profile. Nice citrus bite with a good amount of bitter and a slight sweetness. Trends more towards orange than grapefruit which is less appealing to me personally.

M- Smooth drinker with the good hoppy crispness that makes it so solid. Just a bit of sugar left on tongue.

O- Good IPA, not great. I would like to try it on tap but with so many IPAs out there to try I won't be seeking it out.

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4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As I poured this american-influenced porter, I noticed that it was much thinner than I anticipated. Its pitch-black color conjured up images of the darkest of nights. With all that I had heard about this porter, I was expecting a much fuller head, but the head was very thin and quickly receded leaving red-hued lacings along the glass.
The aroma is full of roasted malts. These roasted malts waft the smell of inviting coffee and/or espresso grinds. After allowing the beer to warm, caramel and dark chocolate notes began to enter into the aroma. Surprisingly, the hop presence in the aroma is almost non-existent.
The taste is very distinctive and can be broken down into two separate parts. The first part is full of delicious burnt or roasted coffee. The second part of the taste (back-end) is a coating of hops that are pleasant and well balanced with the tastefulness of the coffee.
The carbonation in this porter was very nice leading to light creaminess. The body was thin, but as the beer warmed, the carbonation weakened allowing the body to become fuller. At 6.5% ABV and composed with 45 IBUs, Founders Porter is an excellent interpretation of a hoppy porter.

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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smuttynose's IPA is a classic one.

Pours a golden color, yellow and bright.

Smells crisp, not overly hoppy.

Taste is full of flavors but again, it's not an IPA that'll overwhelm you with intense hops.

Easy drinking, solid IPA and another classic Smutty.


Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got from Total Wine in Cary as an individual bottle. I made my own six-pack of IPA's and stouts that I had not tried before, but that I had heard a lot about. This was definitely my favorite of the six.

Poured into a pint glass.
Had the same look as most in this style. The smell was similar to most of the style as well, with a hoppy smell, though more of a citrus smell was present.

Taste-wise this beer is exactly what you want from an IPA. Very hoppy beer (for all you hop-heads), but not extremely bitter. Well-balanced with citrusy, piney flavors. In my opinion, it was the perfect balance of these two flavors.

Overall, definitely one of the best IPA's I have ever had. So many of those well-known and well-respected IPAs fall into the "mediocre" or just "good" category for me. This one is definitely "great" and has a unique taste that I think they did an awesome job with.

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