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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,748
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 205
Gots: 247 | 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 TeddyBG


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with best before August '08 date on label, poured into Onion "I enjoy drinking beer" pint glass. EDIT: Me thinks I got an "off" 12 pack. Best before Feb '08 with the new batch. Hot off the presses!

A: Copper colored with approx. 1/2" head. Clumpy off-white floaters, that are somewhat off-putting. This is not the typical unfiltered look that I am used to. EDIT: Great head retention with no floaters just a very good cloudy copper hue. Great lacing!

S: Citrusy hop aroma. EDIT: Nothing changed here. Still cannot pick up the malt profile

T: Hop bitterness is the overwhelming characteristic. I do not pick-up the citrus notes that are in the smell. A lingering hop bite that lingers. A tinge of medincinal aftertaste. EDIT: I definitely had an out of date beer this first time around. This time around the hops were much more fresh the bitterness was not nearly as harsh on the finish.

M: Carbonation is good. EDIT: Great body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I have to say that this is not a sessionable beer. Certainly drinkable, but more than two would be difficult for me. I need to try this on tap to compare. EDIT: Certainly a sessionable beer when this is fresh. I should have known that my first experience was off, because I have never had a bad experience with this brewery until then. This and Leatherlips are about as close to a West Coast IPA as it gets in New England. Well done. Points off for Julios for mishandling this brew a few months ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 21:32:08 | More by TeddyBG
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy but brilliant orange color with a small white head and lots of floaties.

S- Semi sweet bright citrusy hops and a nice stable malt character.

T- Very alive and bursting with citrus hoppy goodness. A touch of bread and a nice roasted malt base.

M/D- good body to this IPA, being that its unfiltered it has a bit more weight to it but that is not a bad thing. This makes for one hell of a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 19:20:39 | More by ATPete
Photo of Chugmonkey


4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle in a pint glass. What a wonderful IPA! Most IPAs are bitter, but lack the hop aroma/flavor. Not this one. Incredible hoppy aroma and nice thick white head that stuck around. I can't wait to get some more. Maybe I'm just not that familiar w/ Simcoe hops, but this beer made my day with the lovely hop aroma and not overly bitter for the style. I absolutely loved this beer. I'm going to try and brew a clone of this wonderful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 20:07:00 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of memory


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears hazy dark gold unfiltered with suspended floaters in the glass.
Smells of citrus grapefruit, slightly bitter pith that tingles the tongue.
Has a nice overall mouthfeel though somewhat on the bitter side.
Had this a bit back and then I noticed more of a grassy wet hop character. Not experiencing it this time though. But overall pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 19:04:54 | More by memory
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy unfiltered amber with a small amount of sediment from bottle conditioning. The head is fairly solid, lasting couple of minutes before settling into a thin film.

Smell: Very lemony and dry. Not as bold in the nose as the West Coast IPAs I'm used to, but still very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was the mouthfeel, which is superb: light-bodied, dry and crisp on the tongue, this is exactly how an IPA should be. The taste is dominated by hops, grapefruit and bitter herbs leading the way with an earthy/resiny bitterness beneath it all. Malt flavors are present but hard to pick apart - it's really just a foundation for the hops. The finish is long, dry and bitter, which I could see causing some palate fatigue after a while, but it would be a nice way of ruining the palate.

Notes: Got this one from dyan. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 04:26:47 | More by largadeer
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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy honey gold with a nice tan head. Little lacing, some stickiness.

S-Moderate floral hops with some malts. A little underwhelming for the style.

T-Now that's more what I was expecting. I was concerned after the very mild nose. Tasty, with a grainy nuttiness mixing with nice hop bitterness. Nicely balanced and nicely bitter in the finish.

M-Nice moderate carbonation, a little oily bitterness remains.

D-Easy to drink, maybe a little lighter in taste than I like my IPAs. But still nice. A "Lawnmower IPA" maybe?

I really love the Smuttynose big beer series. This is the first standard offering I have tried. It is very nice, though not hoppy enough for my personal taste.


Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 22:48:11 | More by sholland119
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy deep golden hue with a two finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind solid lacing. The yeast is suspended in the beer in a way that it looks like bubbles frozen into ice. Strong rings of lacing along the glass.

The malts provide a sweet honey-biscuit aroma that mixes perfectly with the sharp citrus aromas from the hops.

The malts are light in the background only making a grainy base. The hops aren't overpowering either, but they do provide a good bitter kick with a little bit of spice. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering bitterness from the hops.

This is an IPA that someone can find refreshing on a hot day. It's not to chewy but still gives a good amount of hops for those who want them. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 19:40:49 | More by BeerSox
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New York

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

Fresh growler fill from a firkin, purchased at Big Z berverage in Huntington, NY (Smuttynose Tasting-6/7/08).

L - slightly hazy, yellow/orange color with a white head that left good lacing.

S - delicious pine and citrus hop aromas.

T - bitterness is strong and consistant throughout. I love it!

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a good drinking brew anytime.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2008 02:20:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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North Carolina

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

12 oz bottle received in the Virgin BIF.

A-Cloudy, golden straw color. Looks interesting.
S-Great piney, citrus smell coming through. Very clean smell
T-Mild sweet malt, citrus, and some earthiness hit the tongue first and then ends fairly clean but bitter on the end. Almost astringent and very drying on the end.
M-Medium body with low carbonation
D-Could put a few down, but alittle too drying on the end to keep drinking these

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 15:37:35 | More by hopsleeroy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA arrived a dark hazy orange with a short crown, disapating quickly to a short glass ring and thin island lace.
Appears to be particles floating throughout this brew.
Carbonation is light.
Strong sence of citrus on the taste buds lingering to end.
Limited grassy aroma.
The body is a medium at best.
Very nice product.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 23:21:09 | More by Shiloh
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to johnnniee for this tastly brew.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy pale golden color with one finger of strong white head that dissipates and leaves thick spotty lacing.

A: Hops do not explode, but are rather very distinct in this brew. Some lite citrus and grass.

T: Nice, this is where it becomes the "Finest Kind." Earthy Hops and lightly roasted malts. The beer finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium light body, with just the right amount of carbonation. Again very nice.

D: At 6.6% ABV this is a session beer IMO. Very good example of the style, not my favorite, but very good. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 21:42:03 | More by Gtreid
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Smuttynose IPA was from a cask that was dry-hopped with simcoe hops at the Moan and Dove.

Poured a dark orange color, with little to no head. Right from the start the sweet aroma of the simcoe hops fills your nose. Slight bitter IPA taste, but the hops make their presence known from sip to swallow.

Throughout the entire beer, I was thinking to myself that I couldn't believe how much a difference the dry-hopping made in the cask Smuttynose IPA. In March I had a cask of the IPA that wasn't dry-hopped, and I wasn't at all impressed. But this dry-hopped version was great.

Serving type: cask

05-31-2008 12:18:40 | More by wwheeler
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Smutty Variety pack.
Best before August 08.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold to orange color with a two finger white cloudy head with great retention that leaves solid lacing all the way up the glass. You can see the yeast floating around in the beer. Hop aromas of grapefruit and tea, yeast and some peach. The up front taste is of grapefruit leading to a floral, lemon hop flavor with a dry, bitter lemon rind finish. There is a toffee malt flavor coming in and out throughout the beer. Medium body, medium carbonation, starts with a creamy mouthfeel but leaves it gritty. Easy drinking IPA, the hop flavors are there but not overly aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 02:14:16 | More by scottg
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

it has a nice warm honey color to it that is hazy. there is a little bit of head.

it is very hoppy and seems overwhelming at first. each sip gets a little more focused in taste, and every aftertaste seems stronger than the last. full of flavor, but you have to be ready for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 18:39:53 | More by ph2001
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4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pale yellow hazy, translucent pale gold with tinges of brown, light carbonation and bits of yeast floating all around, light bit of head on the top of this bad boy. Wondering about the yeast, nice sticky lacing all over the glass

smells of grass and citrus a bit of bready malt in there.

taste: a nice bit of bready malt, almost sweet like candy, a bit yeasty and nice citrussy bitter hop finish. Hard to pin this one down, FANTASTIC

rather light carbonation, medium body, and a nice amount of cleansing tannic astringence.

drinkability: I only have this single bottle but man I wish I had more. Good shit.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 02:46:07 | More by Donnie2112
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a very slight burnt orange hue coming through as well. Lots of sediment easily poured out. The brew has a nice head; nothing special but way better than average. The aroma is hevily of hops but also has citrus and spices coming through as well. Liberal amounts of hops dominate the taste. Grapefruit, orange and grass provides a supporting role. Although apparent, wheat and malt take a back seat in this beer. It has a medium body and a dry finish. Also, just a side note to myself; after drinking and reviewing, I was surprised to learn that this beer only had a 6.6% ABV...not that it tasted of alcohol, but mainly because of the strength and complexity of the flavors...guess I was wrong (...and a little disappointed).

Very good beer, glad to know its readily available near by.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 04:04:46 | More by Douglas14
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beauty ontap in Boston at Bukowski's. I'd had this in bottle a number of times, havn't ever reviewed it though, apparently.

Orangy pinkish in color with a frothy head.

Floral purfume hops, citrus is grapefruit, and there is a bit of pine.

Great clean hop bitterness. Hop forward, though the malt is right there acting like a backbone to the body. A bit sticky in the mouth, but not over the top as some IPA's tend to be.

A superb drinker, for sure. My pint dissapeared mighty-fast.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2008 21:37:44 | More by SurlyDuff
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Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by September and poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice orange color with a small head that leaves lacing on the side of the glass and quite a bit of sediment floating in the beer. The aroma is a little weak with some citrus and a mild malt smell. This is a nice one it has a great taste of grapefruit, citrus and some nice pine notes to it with a slight malt backbone to it. The beer has a good amount of carbonation and leaves a dry bitterness to it. This is a nice IPA with a lot of hop but lacks a nice balance with the malt. Probably one of the smoothest IPA's that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 02:57:18 | More by Hokies
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear,golden yellow with a medium sized head and it settles to a decent lace. The aroma is piny,hops,hops some more hops and a backbone of malts and citrus.
The taste is quite complex,fruits/grapefruit,citrus,malts,hops and some light alcohol.
The overall feel is dry,bitter finish.

Notes: There is a nice medium carbonation which is fine,but and there is a but. This brew was really god, first review was not so good,but I really appreciated this beer a lot more the second time around. I believe this is a fine example of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 00:06:24 | More by Lexluthor33
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old men sitting in lawn chairs? Pours a very hazy darker golden color with a slight amber hue to it. Interesting the hazy even though most of the sediment stayed on the bottom. A soft white head with good retention and ok lacing.

The nose leaves no doubts that it is an IPA. Some complexity with the hops and a lot going on. The hops have a big citrus and grapefruit notes. Other fruity hop notes, pineapple, mango and lemon as well. A touch of pine and floral too. Some biscuit, honey and a feint hints of caramel.

The taste is more in balance but still hop dominant. The hops have a light bitterness with a stronger hop finish to it. Mostly grapefruit, citrus and lemon. A nice piney, spicy finish that leaves a long lasting lingering taste. The malt is more present and a bit more complex compared to other ipa's. Bready flavors mostly with hints of biscuit and caramel flavors. Almost toasted. Some sugary notes that are not quite honey not quite palm sugar. Very flavorful but could balance bitterness.

The body is moderate but difficult to pick up with the hops. Nice carbonation to support the malt and hops equally. A nice resinous texture that emphasizes the finish. Could use a bit more smoother but really being technical here. Overall a very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 20:59:40 | More by Oxymoron
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New Hampshire

4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Lots of bold hops taste with a strong hops aroma. Very hazy when poured with a nice off-white head. Great overall beer for an warm sunny afternoon. I took a tour of the plant last year and was very pleased not only with cleanliness but the laid back workers who seemed like they were there to have a good time not to bring home a paycheck.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 15:46:53 | More by kw24ever
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw yellow with a nice sticky lace that lasts a while. Tho seems quite lagerish in color.

S- Citrusy and piney florals smack you in face, quite nice from the Amarillo hops they put in.

T- Hop wallops tongue and then lingers for ten minutes afterward. Hops are so strong that the maltiness just barely balances it out - but barely.

M- Light body and quite dry, which further puckers the mouth

D- Definitely drinkable but needs more balance for my taste

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 15:24:43 | More by phattysbox
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of wolfsblood poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright hazy golden with hints of orange. Head is minimal but has a nice bubbly center that keeps the foam going throughout and leaves a really nice lacing.

S: Big up front hoppy citrus smell of oranges and grapefruit. Slight malty sweetness in the background along with some resiny pine, but it's mostly citrus hops in the nose.

T: Taste follows the smell with big orange, grapefruit and lemon flavors with some grassy hints as well. I'm not getting as much sweetness in the taste as in the smell.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation leaves a little hoppy stickiness in the mouth.

D: A nice take on the American IPA. Very clean and crisp and especially nice on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 23:13:21 | More by gford217
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New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a golden yellow with tons of yeast suspended in the body. A rocky two finger slightly off white head has some staying power with a sheet of sticky lacing.

A good amount of floral hops mix with a citrus hop aroma and clean toasted malts. All together, comes off as grassy and earthy. Solid.

Tart grapefruit, floral kick, and sweet toasted malt. Solid hop flavor and bitterness.

Clean and crisp, medium bodied.

This is an easy drinking ipa with a good hop bite.

This has always been a good go to ipa for me, but has fallen off my radar recently given the other choices around. It does everything well.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 01:54:22 | More by ColForbinBC
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West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a sampler glass. Golden colored with a nice white head with some staying power.

Big grapefruit hop aroma. Not a lot of malt behind this but that's ok in my book.

Taste is also big on the grapefruit. There is some sweet malt backing it up but the overwhelming aftertaste is all citrus hops. Turns a bit bitter in the finish. They did not skimp on the hops that's for sure.

Light bodied, smooth feel, good and drinkable but you might get the bitter beer face.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 20:21:37 | More by ZimZamZoom
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