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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: 427 | 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 jsdunlop
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber appearance, with a thick and fluffy head that maintains its presence on top of the brew and leaves a lasting impact on the side of the glass after each sip. A bit of cloudyness as well, along with some sediment particles floating around in the glass. Nose is full of strong, bold hops that linger with characteristics of dense pine, citrus, some sweetness and a touch of alcohol. The taste blasts you with a nicely balanced concoction of piney, bitter, citrus hops that mingle with an oily, biscuity texture. Almost no alcohol noticeable in the taste, while a sweet and heavy malt presence shows up at the end of each sip. A medium body with low carbonation leads this brew to a high drinkability, smooth and easy to knock back more than one of these.

Photo of madjr80
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam adams perfect pint glass from the bottle. There was a large puffy head of foam that lasted 3/4 of the way down. The appearance was cloudy with an orange/copper color. There is a sharp hop character that lingers in the mouth, mostly on the back of the tongue. Overall, great brew.

Photo of awalk1227
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/2/10 Best before March '11

Poured into a Bruery tulip

A: Pours a murky orange-yellow with some yeast sediment suspended inside the glass. Solid 2 finger white head that leaves some immediate lacing and a surprisingly frothy collar. Also leaves a pretty messy glass, nice.

S: Bitter pine and resin, a slight hint of grapefruit pith, then a mildly sweet malt makes itself clear.

T: Bitter hop-smack in the mouth, followed by a slight citrus-pith taste. Malts balance the beer, but I still get that trademark bitter bite in the aftertaste, which I enjoy.

F: Medium, and pretty chewy. Not so much as Racer 5, but enough to coat the mouth and show some body during the swallow. Malt lends itself to a satisfying fullness.

D: A pretty big IPA, but I think I could do a sixer at a party.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head, very good retention.

The scent was of strong citrus, pine, and some floral notes.

The taste is of dominant citrus, mainly grapefruit, spices, some pine, light alcohol presence; very good bitter hop presence.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and dry, high carbonation.

This was a very good IPA the flavor was strong and it was very refreshing. This is definitely something I would buy again.

Photo of politicsandbeer
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12oz bottle it poured with a thick head and had a slightly cloudy body but there was little or no aroma which I found quite surprising for such a renowned brew. On first sip it had a voluminous body that was much thicker and creamier than I expected. I just started enjoying the great hop flavor when a massive wave of stinging bitterness crashed on my palette. It was a sharp, biting sensation, way in the back of my throat akin to the most bitter yellow grapefruit I've ever had. The sweetness was hard to find amidst the pungent hops but it did pop up to take a brisk bow before the tart, pine sap aftertaste swiftly kicked it off the stage.

Taste remained solid the whole way through the beer, with the bitterness building up a coat on my palette, conveniently insulating it from further hop assault. Don't get me wrong, I liked the bitterness a lot, it's just sooo forward I felt it was twisting my tongue in violent contortions. Ever stick your head out of a car window and try to breathe in the wind and you lose your breath for a sec? That's how I felt. I just couldn't get ahead of the hops but playing catch-up was fun.

Overall this is a very serious contender, even for hopheads. If you're slightly on the fence about hoppy brews, run very fast, this one will curl your fingernails and cause you to shed your eyelashes. Honestly it drank more like an aggressive double to me, probably helped by the 6.9% alcohol. I'm not proud to admit it but I'm actually intimidated about trying their Big A IPA.



Photo of DJED69
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll admit, this brew has me confused. Ill state that I do like it and buy it occasionally---but there is one dominate feature that prevents me from raiting it higher. Lets begin this way---pour. The pour yields a good looking, clear amber-orange colored liquid capped with a nice fluffy head. Lacing remains to the bottom of glass. Smell is of hops and some pine. Taste---well, here goes---BITTER. I find the dominant feature of this IPA is its overriding bitterness. There is little malt to speak of and a crisp dry finish. Now, this bitterness makes the brew a occasional drink for me---I tend to like a better balanced IPA. But, I do like the beer and crave it occasionally. To me, drinkability suffers due to the bitterness. I know its the style of this beer, but be warned---you want bitter, you got it. BTW, bottle reviewed was very fresh.

Photo of b3barron
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour into a pint glass produces a pillowy white head of approximately 1 inch with good retention. Floral hop aroma with notes of pine and citus slightly less pronounced. Fresh piny and floral hops dominate the flavor profile. After a few more sips I'm getting some juicy grapefruit too - really a delicious beer. Drinkability is fantastic and the mouthfeel is nearly perfect. This is just a very well executed beer and great example of the style.

This is the first time I've had this beer but I wouldn't hesitate to put it up there with some of my other favorite IPAs. Apparently this one is stocked at the shop around the corner from me now and this is certain to have a permanent spot in my IPA rotation. Good stuff.

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a mixed six-pack from Woodmans, with a BBD of April 2011.

A- Hazy, light amber, honey-like appearance. Light and fluffy head forms with a less Han aggressive pour. Approximately 1/2 inch head dissipates to 1/8 inch with nice lacing. Particulate makes known the unfiltered nature.

S- Initially, the smell was of clemintines with a hint of grapefruit. As the nonic warms the smell gives way to a bit of malty sweetness.

T- Touch of sweetness gives way to a very citrusy hop presence that shifts to a bit of piney, resinous after-taste. Much drier than anticipated leaves you salivating for another sip.

M/D- Quite a bit of oilyness on the initial sips, gave way to a much easier drinking characteristic than anticipated. So glad Smutty products are now available in IL.

Photo of Franz4
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pale golden color with a creamy head that settles quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Unfiltered and you can see the results suspended in the liquid, does not appear to be settling.

S- nice sweet lemon scent that is very crisp

T- bitter hops up front give way to a tart grapefruit finish. Bitterness is evident and is the overpowering feature of the taste.

M- light bodied, light carbonation, aftertaste stays with you for a while

D- it's possible I'm just not a fan of unfiltered IPAs, but this really didn't do it for me, it was too 1 dimensional with all the focus on the hops and no balance. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and say that on a hot summer day with a good barbeque this could be a nice beer to have.

Photo of Seebs847
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.

A- Poured a hazy orange with plenty of noticeable carbonation creating a large frothy white head. The lacing was thick and stuck to the entire glass throughout. Looks just like a Two-Hearted Ale from Bell's.

S- Strong grapefruit scent hits you immediately, a piney, bitter smell to finish

T-The sweetness up-front suddenly changes to an unbelievable hop bitterness on the tongue. If you love hops you will love this beer!

M-Very dry yet always left me wanting more. Light brew, can easily take down a 6er.

D-As drinkable as a beer can get. Loving that Smuttynose has finally arrived in Chicago!

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

A - Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head on it. It left decent lacing on the side of the glass. There is also some yeast particles floating around.

S - There is a little sweetness in the smell, but it also has good hop presence. There are also nice notes of citrus.

T - At first I am getting some sweetness, which is followed by a nice bitter hop bite. There is also a slight fruitiness to it, and the finish is bitter and citrusy.

M - This has a nice medium body with medium carbonation. It also has a creamy quality to it, and it goes down easy. There is also a crispness to it.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and I would have no problem drinking a 6-pack of these. I really like this IPA. I can't wait to try some more styles from Smuttynose.

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

A: Poured into a Chimay Goblet. Pours a nice gold/orange color with a nice thick white head. A ton of sediment in this one, but makes sense because it's unfiltered.

S: Piney Hops, Orange Peel, Grapefruit, Caramel. Smells like a good IPA.

T: Hops, hops, and more hops! Piney citrusy hops up front, definitely some grapefruit in there. Didn't taste any malt upfront but you get some nice caramel malt in the middle. Leaves a beautiful bitter hop taste in the end.

M: Surprisingly heavy for an IPA, but to be honest I actually really enjoy it. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D: I could probably drink a 6 of these. ABV is not too high and the price is good.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Hazy gold color with a hefty white head.

Smell- Nice, even, grassy hop aroma with a malt smell to balance it out. My mouth watered after I smelled it.

Taste- Citrus and grassy hops are first in the taste. The malt come in at the end to mute the bitterness a little. The alcohol is also a presence.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is a little heavier than I normally like for an IPA.

Drinkability- I would easily have two of these in a row if they were easily accessible to me. Probably not many more than that. But of course they are bomber size.

I really wish that Smuttynose was a local brewery here. I have always enjoyed their beers. This one is no exception.

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

On tap at ChurchKey Washington DC 10.11.10.

1/2 finger white head quick dissipation with average lacing over semi-cloudy deep gold body, some visible carbonation rising. Nose and taste pretty complex, good hop aroma, tropical hit re mango and some citrusy grapefruit notes but a resiny finish, bready malts in the nose but more caramel in the taste, interesting interplay. Medium full mouthfeel, good effervescence, a bit sticky. Good drinkability. IMHO this is the NE IPA that best emulates the west coast style. Recommended.

Photo of MaxBrewell
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - golden color with slight haze, and modest head. Minimal lacing.

S - grapefruit, citrus and soft pine.

T - Exceptionally balanced IPA. zesty hops blend with malt and a hint of alcohol.

M - medium body, lightly carbonated with a dry finish.

D - alcohol is under control, and the balance makes this one an easy sipper. As soon as I finished, I had to have another.

Photo of tone77
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of hops. Taste is very hoppy, some citrus, no malt balance to speak of, very bitter. Feels bitter in the mouth and is not very drinkable. Overall this is a mediocre effort.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass, emptied glass and repeated
the process.

appearance- golden color with copper hues, decent white head that slowly fades and leaves lacing around glass.

smell- definite pine hoppy aroma, but nothing that is overpowering

taste- a really well balanced IPA between hop flavor, bitterness, and dryness. the name really says it all.

mouthfeel- very dry low malt character

drinkability- really one of the easiest drinking ipas on the market, love this on a hot summer day

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 3/11 so pretty fresh I believe

A: Pours a hazy, golden color--more golden than amber, and more golden than many New England IPAs. There's a nice airy, two-finger head that sticks around for a few minutes, and cloudy sediment dancing around in the glass.

S: Hops dominate, the smell is a bit grassier than I had anticipated and remembered, but the pine and grapefruit are right behind. There's malt in there somewhere, but this is really a place where the hops shine.

T: Taste follows nose, but is much more pronounced. I seem to remember the grapefruit being more prominent, but tonight it's all pine--well, pine first, then grapefruit, all shrouded in a pleasant, but strong bitterness. The hop is fresh and floral without being intense; nicely balanced against the malt, but the sweet malt is still very submissive to the mighty hops. The finish is a bit bready, but with a kiss of the hops on the close.

M: Dry, medium-bodied, pillowy and exceptionally smooth throughout, with a lingering dryness on the finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer--the alcohol is under control, the taste and smell are beautiful, and the mouthfeel makes it an easy downer. The only drawback is the dryness on the finish; this can be a bit halting, but nothing a glass of water between pours can't fix.

The Finestkind IPA is just that--this is by far my favorite IPA available in six-packs, and one of my favorites of any kind. It would be selling it short to call this is a West Coast IPA, though it's quite a departure from the equally nice, more typical New England varieties; like most Smuttynose offerings, this is a uniquely New England take on an old style rooted in its place and done exceptionally. At $9-10/six-pack, it's a steal, too.

Photo of 3FaveryRogue
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smutty in the Chi! Best by 4/11. Super fresh, I imagine.

[L] Smutty IPA pours a hazy golden color with some suspended sediment and a whitish head; nice amount of lacing off the bat. I'd prefer it to be a little more clear and bright for an IPA, but this will suffice.

[S] An herbal, grassy hop aroma. Pungent. Orange zest as well. Pale and sweet caramel malts play a nice background, making for some good balance in the nose.

[T] I believe I had read that this was brewed with amarillo hops; tastes like it. Some light lemon, more caramel, and a combination of strong citrus bitter with the pale malts showing through on end; still leaning toward herbal. Solid.

[F] A damn fine, very dry, lingering bitter for an IPA. Prickly mid, with good carbonation throughout. Thin to mild bodied.

[D] This is tasty enough to put down a few. But the strong dryness begins to fatigue my palate a bit. I could do 3 or so before switching, or ending the night.

Will have to revisit this when I catch it fresh again. Nice $10 6er. Worth it.

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber that fades to a nice light copper hue in the center of the pint glass. The head is beige and pretty sticky looking. It fades to a thin layer of foam which sits over the liquid for an impressive duration and leaves swaths sticky lace.

The aroma is everything you would want from an IPA. Fresh and hoppy with plenty of grapefruit and tons of pine. It also has some nice herbal minty qualities and a bit of tropical flare. The malt is bready but fairly non-descript, letting the hop aromas take center stage.

The flavor is very hop forward and bursting with lupulin flavors. The dank pine is even more prominent in the flavor, but the citrus is also a major player with a are very pithy character to it. The hops also have a bit of herbal spice to them. The malt is sweet with a nice biscuity character. I would not call this an extremely well balanced IPA, with the bitterness handily winning the battle with the malt background.

The mouthfeel is medium with a nice smoothness to it. It finishes very balanced at first, but then all that hop bitterness really dries it up right at the end, leaving dank hop flavors on my tongue.

This is a fairly drinkable IPA, but I feel like it is not quite up to snuff with a lot of my other favorites. It is a very good brew, but I just found that hop character was a bit too pithy and medicinal for my personal taste. Still one to seek out if you are a hop enthusiast.

Photo of Transatlantic
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful beautiful golden orangish yellow color with fine and soapy bubbles. Retention and lacing is excellent.

S - Citrus is the first note I pick up. I am familiarizing it with grapefruit. There is also a cracker like bread smell coming up as a second note.

T - A bitter citrusy taste complimented by the same bread like taste that kicks in just after. The finish is quite dry and not unappetizing.

M - A creamy medium bodied beer with a light carbonation.

D - The dry finish my halt you after a couple...but then again, the abv might do the same once it hits you.

Photo of Star80
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an orangey-yellow with an opaque translucence, and a frothy, sticky head. Bottle is date coded and fresh, thanks for doing that Smuttynose. Smell is a bit faint, no big floral smacks in the face like you'd want from an IPA, but what you can smell is citrus, resinous grapefruit. You really have to try hard to get a smell, and I think for a bold IPA you should be able to smell it sitting next to you, aka, Two Hearted or even Alpha King. Anyway, taste is of citrusy grapefruit, with a resinous hop oily aftertaste. Some lemon zest in there too. Nice lacing on my glass. Some good carbonation and medium/rich mouthfeel. Some sweet malt body gives a nice backbone. Anyway, these are quite smooth and drinkable for such a high abv. Overall a nice beer, but not quite all that I look for in an IPA, especially in the nose. Hops are a bit one-noted too, lots of grapefruit and not much else. I will see how this beer does as it warms a little more and edit accordingly, if necessary, I hope.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with a white head - is a little hazy.

Smells of bitter citrus backed by some sweet candied notes.

At first the bitter grapefruit dominated and seemed too much, but the subtle, sweet notes lift the bitterness just enough so one more enjoy a myriad of flavors - very nice. One of the best IPAs I've had - very intense, but very good.

Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden with a large, long lasting, white head and much lacing. Aroma of bready malt and citrus hops. Medium - full, tangy body. Citrus hops, sweet biscuit malt and ripe fruit are balanced on the palate. Long, dry, grapefruit finish. This beer is more balanced (more malt and less hops) than their Pale ale.

Photo of Philfromakron
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle, best before date notched on the label.

Poured out a warm bronze color. Head was small and white, but it hung on for a while.

Smells great. Very bright smell with a hint of citrus.

Taste was wonderful. Well balanced as it sits in your mouth, but with a snap of dryness in the aftertaste.

Very drinkable, somewhat soft feel. No real alcohol warmness.

Love the pic on the label.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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