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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,025 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,025
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 215
Gots: 342 | 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 ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured inot a nonic, Finest Kind is a chill haze pale gold with a large, dense white head with long last leaving heavy lace. I really like pale IPAs like this, great head too. Gorgeous IPA.

Smell is light pine hops, a touch sweet malt.

Taste is similar...my folks just bought this in PA and hand delivered, from a a new beer store, but it still tastes like it's a little old to me. Pretty bitter, doughy and a touch yeasty, but really really not a ton of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, fuller then it looks.

Drinkability is ok, easy enough to suck down, but I don't like IPAs that are almost all bittering hops. Ultimately I'm a little disappointed, but whether or not the problem is the recipe or the age of the beer I don't know...

ccrida, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks JCB!

Pours a light golden orange. Three or four inches of white foam.

The aroma is mostly floral, with maybe a hint of pine to it. Not a lot of citrus in the smell.

Not a lot of citrus in the taste, either. This is mostly bitter pine, some floral notes, and a big dollop of bitterness. I'd say the overriding flavor by a mile is an astringent pine palate blast. Surprised this is "only" an IPA, as it's pretty strong stuff.

A bit wearying on the palate after a while. There's some grainy sweet malt to it, but could definitely use more of a citrus/fruit presence.

Good, but there are many better.

Overlord, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got through a trade with Rbald42. Thanks for the brew!

A- Pours a clear golden color with lots of nice bubbles. A large creamy off white foam head leaves tons of lacing.

S- Lots of nice citrus grapefruit and floral hop aromas make up the nose. A bit of pine and some light grain scents as well. A light malt sweetness actually comprises a decent amount of the nose as well. Weird for the nose to be balanced?

T- A light sweet malt breadiness initially and then Wham! A ton of hoppy pine bitterness floods in and steals the show. The citrus fruits from the nose are not translating as much into the taste. The hops are definitely an earthy pine flavor rather than a grapefruit/orange bomb.

M- Lots of carbonation with a light/medium body. Crisp and clean.

D- Decent brew with lots of hoppy bitterness in the taste.

projectflam86, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of CavePainter
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich, bright copper. Slight haze - light carbonation. Thin lacy, white head that dissolves after a moment or so.

S: Malt - piny, florally. Surprisingly subdued.

T: A slight malt and then HOLY JEBUS, HOPS! This beer is a showcase for spicy, bitter, hoppy goodness.

M: Dry - crisp. lighter to medium bodied.

D: Designed for the hop lover - not for the faint of hops. Nice 5.8% ABV. These are best enjoyed as singles or in pairs. You will think of this beer when you crave an IPA, but you won't drink this all night at the party or watching the game.

This is a lighter bodied beer with a lot of hop character. Hops dominate this brew. 65 IBUs and you feel every single one bite you tongue on the way down. Neither extreme or traditional, this is a definitive American IPA.

CavePainter, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, bright amber with a nice golden hue. Head is about a finger tall and dissipates leaving streaky lacing.
Smell is a little off to me, the bottle is dated so the hops really smell subdued. What I can smell is pine and maybe lemon or pineapple, with some sweet caramel in the background.
Nice kick of piney, lemony hops, sweet at first with ample bitterness to even it out. Very balanced.
There is ample carbonation and the brew doesn't stick to your mouth, refreshing.
It would be very easy to put down several of these, wish I could get it here.

BDLbrewster, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a lovely light copper color with a foamy one finger slightly off white head that evaporates into a thick collar. Active carbonation, but not overly fizzy. Aroma is a nice balace of sweet malt & grapefruity hops. Taste is neutral at first, with a firm wallop of grapefruity, slightly metallic hops on the aftertaste, which lingers for a good while after the swallow! Mouthfeel is light & smooth, whith a hint of carbonation fizziness on the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good, fairly light body and relatively low ABV for an IPA. Good stuff!! I'm not much of a hophead, but i'm pretty impressed by this. I could definetly enjoy a few of these while watching a ball game or at a backyard BBQ!!

CJfromPhilly, May 27, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Thanks to Ken for picking this up while in Wisconsin on a fishing trip.

Poured a bright, but rusty orange color with some particulate matter. Head was thick & frothy; off-white in color. Sticky lace easily cakes the side of the glass. Sweet floral hop aroma with some sour grapefruit. Taste was initially a sweet caramely malt that was very quickly taken over by a bitter hop profile - lots of grapefruit rind, pine, and herbal hops with hints of bitter orange rind. Mouth-feel is juicy at times and medium bodied. Oliy hop resins coat the palate well. The oils push the lingering bitterness almost to the point of no return at times, but is just held in check by the sweet malt backbone. Finishes very dry. At first I wasn't that impressed with this tongue bruiser, but it is a quality American IPA for the hop lover. Definitely has its unique characteristics, which helps it out when compared to other American IPAs.

barnzy78, May 27, 2009
Photo of brow1901
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden honey color with a bright white head. Not much retention but decent lacing.

S- Surprisingly the hops don't steal the show here. I smell lots of malt, bread dough, and it sometimes remids me of rye. This dosen't mean that hops are non existant, they smell mainly of piney resinous hops not so much citrus.

T- Again the sweet malt flavors are strong on the tongue but this time the hops win by a landslide. Again not much citrus hops and more strongly bitter piney hops. Classic of an eastcoast IPA.

M- A little less carbonation than I would like in an IPA but the beer leaves a good dryness in the throat.

D- Pretty drinkable sometimes anything that differs from a west coast IPA seems odd to me but this is a nice change of pace.

brow1901, May 25, 2009
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber, $3.15 at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Best Before date of Oct 09. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

1-finger bubbly head settles quickly after a vigorous pour, leaving significant foam clining to the glass. Straw colored brew with abundant carbonation. Equal quantities of light malts, subdued hops, and yeast in the nose. Much hoppier in taste than I expected from the smell. One very strong bitter pine hop note with a secondary note of lemon or litsea. Not much malt character, only detectable by a slight viscosity in the mouthfeel.

The overall degree of hoppiness is approprite, but it lacks complexity and a sufficient malt body to back it up. Comes across as watery and pungent, like an overly-hopped macrobrewed pilsner. The primary benefit to this beer is the attractive price, but it would only be a bargain if it were more drinkable. I'm frankly surprised the reviews are as good as they are.

Edit on April 3, 2010: reviewed another bottle and had exactly the same impressions as above (no changes). I will drink this on occasion because it is local and cheap, but still not that impressed by it. Other Smutty beers are much better but not as inexpensive or widely available.

BeerNinja007, May 23, 2009
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy orange-gold color with a creamy 1.5" head. The head dropped fairly quickly and left some ok lacing on my glass.

S= Whoa! I found some very sharp aromas of citrus and pine hops, rum soaked tropical fruit, and some huge floral notes. The malt base was totally overwhelmed in this one.

T= The flavor started off with some bakery malt sweetness and a biting hop bitterness (with balance leaning way toward the hops). The fruitiness in this beer is striking and also sort of strange. Its reminiscent of fruit/herbal tea. Finish was very dry with some alcohol warmth.

MF= Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation crispness in the feel.

D= Not my favorite IPA but a worthy one.

spointon, May 23, 2009
Photo of IRNBRU
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Smuttynose IPA pours an opaque dandelion yellow that's really beautiful in light and shadow. The head starts out creamy and foamy but it soon settles in to a nice, consistent ring that persistently sticks, tracing the entire ride down the glass.

Aromatically, this beer has most IPAs beat. It's earthy and mosslike but it's really grounded by a layered scent of sweet citrus fruits that help balance it's character.

It tastes piney and acidic, matching it's complex nose, but it's amazingly clean - dominated by lemon and grapefruit. The sweet hop bitterness sticks around for a beat. The alcohol really breaks through at the finish line but because your mind is blown by the multifaceted citrus notes throughout, it's not the last thing you remember. After one, you'll want another.

Easily one of my favorite IPAs and definitely something that I try to keep nearby at all times.

IRNBRU, May 23, 2009
Photo of ToasterChef
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res' First Anniversary Party. Reviewed from my notes. This Smutty IPA was aged in a Lagavulin Oak cask. It has a golden orange color and a pure white head of soapy bubbles. It had a grassy aroma that makes one think of being outside in a field. There is a full-bodied malt taste at first followed by a very sharp hop taste; it's bitter and strong. I imagine these flavors are enhanced by the oak cask cask and a higher serving temperature, so the bottled Smutty IPA may not be as forceful with it's hops, but this cask was certainly nice. It had a medium body and left a bit of a coating in my mouth. I couldn't really taste the oak or any hints of Scotch whisky, but they were probably there, my palate just isn't refined enough to find them.

ToasterChef, May 22, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pale with a solid 2 fingers of head, lots of lacing nice looking beer
smells of metallic grapefruit, thats the only way i know to describe it
the taste is very dry, driest ipa i think i have ever had, grapefruity hop, lots of minarelity, like you poured grapefruit juice over some steel and granite and licked it
Decent mouthfeel, drinkable , very drinkable actually
one of the better ipas out there imo

redneckchugger, May 22, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange color with white moderate head that subdues rather quickly, leaving a light lacing behind. There is a ton of sediment floaters.

There's a bitter citrus nose and a mild sweetness to it. Theres also a slight grassy scent.

This is a well balanced flavor that swings slightly in the hops vs the malt. The citrus hops are the forefront and this is one bitter beer that made my mouth pucker. The sweet and biscuit malt keeps it from crossing the line of being over the top, but it definitely walks right up to that line.

The mouthfeel is a little sticky with crisp carbonation. The finish is nice and bitter.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. For all the flavor that's going on, it's actually pretty light in body.

Overall, a very respectable ipa that I'm sure I'll enjoy again.

Vonerichs, May 22, 2009
Photo of frimairist
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a snifter - head is large (a finger and a half or so) and long-lived, settling pretty slow; the beer itself is a nice, deep, hazy sort of amber you can't quite see through. Add a real nice lacing that comes as you drink and this is a pretty IPA. The smell's just as nice - pine and grapefruit and a little bit of malt. Others have chronicled how lovely this is far more eloquently than I can but the taste is nice and hoppy without being overwhelming with a good crisp feel to it. I could definitely drink this all day if I had the chance (and I suppose the two fellows on the label don't do much to hurt that sense) - this is far and away my go-to IPA and recommend it as highly as I can.

frimairist, May 21, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a semi-clear deep gold with lots of floating particles from the dry hopping and a ¾" white head that begins to recede immediately leaving rings and sheets of foam. Sipping leaves a combination of speckled lacing with small sheets at the corners. Most of the foam disappears leaving a small ring around the liquid and a few long trails of foam on the surface.

Smell: The aroma is an interesting mix of fruits with a touch of grapefruit and some orange zest. It is backed up by the sweet caramel malt.

Taste: The flavor is fruity with the orange zest and grapefruit, but it is also gently bitter (actually it is less bitter than the same brewery's APA) But for me the Simcoe hops in this beer are the star of the show. The beer has lots of hop character with a reasonable malt backbone and an almost total lack of harshness

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a very soft texture from the gentle carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with the malt which then fades away leaving some hops behind but little or no harshness in a dry ending.

Drinkability: For me this is a very drinkable IPA. Each sip leaves me wanting more and the balance between sweet malt and hops is such I could drink several in an evening and definitely want this one on my "buy more" list.

drtth, May 20, 2009
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smuttynose ipa
surprised to see this at the local store, picked up a mixed 12 pack bottled in late Feb 09, says good through august. it's now may.

a 4 slightly cloudy bright light orange, moderate head quickly fades to a ring and decent lace.

s 4.5 citrus hops, some sweet nouget candy, a gentle yet abundant nose

t 4 again pretty gentle despite the ample citrus hoppiness. a mix of orange and grapefruit rind lingers in the finish, and that nouget-like sweetness is all over the place. it's a bit sweeter than i'd normally prefer for the moderate (yet substantial) level of bitterness, but not offensive.
(second bottle on another day: the nouget sweetness seems more reserved and the bitterness more pronounced. definitely not too sweet a beer.)

m 4 nice fine carbonation, medium to a bit thick in body due to the residual sugars more than the hop resins i think.

d 4 a good solid brew that i would appreciate returning to now and then.

brewmudgeon, May 15, 2009
Photo of Albinoh
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Turbid color between orange and brown. The beer has a heavy yeasty/floral smell, you feel it when you open the bottle, when you pour the beer and before every sip, its there and cannot be ignored... Just from here I can say somebody put a lot of effort into this beer. The taste carries some heavy bitterness, but I would say is the right amount for a good IPA. Its the kind of beer that forces you to take another sip.

Albinoh, May 15, 2009
Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Sept '09

A: Pale gold in color. Slight haze. Pours with about 1 finger of foamy white head. Noticeable lacing.

S: Strong grapefruit scent mixed with resin and pine. You can just smell the impending bitterness.

T: Smacks of grapefruit bitterness. There is absolutely no hiding it. It is a very "in your face" bitterness. Moves from grapefruit to a mild malt sweetness back to grapefruit and then into a residual pine resin bitterness.

M: Very dry. Light to medium in weight.

D: For such a flavorful beer, this one is surprisingly light, which lends well to it's easy drinkability. While a little high in the ABV's to be a true session beer, this is certainly a beer that you could have multiple of in a single sitting.

Florida9, May 14, 2009
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have drank a lot of these bad boys. Whenever i go home to the east coast i end up consuming at least two 6's (what with all of the "welcome back" festivities)

The Smutty nose IPA is probably my favorite session IPA. From the time you pour it into your pint glass, you can smell the crisp hops. It is relatively light bodied while being just boozy enough to keep a party buzz without slowing you down.

It is exceptionally balanced, has a pleasant mouth feel and a drinkability that only few IPA's manage to sustain after your 3rd.

hazah, smutty. hazah.

gregmoscetti, May 11, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look is cloudy amber, with floating yeasties, topped by a thin dark beige head, which diminishes rapidly to islands, and leaves a thick gargoyle arm of lace around the glass.

Smell is a tempting bouquet of yeast, biscuit, orange peel, lemon, flowers, and herbal bitterness. Not overpowering, very well balanced.

Taste starts with a blast of bitter and floral, expands to sweet biscuity citrus, and ends in a wonderful finish of citrus, earth, and bitter. Not as dry or complex as some others in this style, but more balanced and tasty than most. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel is very good. It clings nicely into the finish, clears out for the next sip. Carbonation is very good for the style.

Drinkability is excellent. Refreshing and delicious, it is a beer to enjoy through a session for sure.

cavedave, May 10, 2009
Photo of JAA
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

True gold in color, nice fluffy white head. A little hazy but mostly clear.

Not much aroma at all. A tiny bit of citrusy hops, but that's it.

Tastes wonderful. Not sweet, just clean, bitter hops.

good carbonation makes the mouthfeel perfect for an IPA.

The drinkability of this brew makes it one hell of a sessionable beer. An easy drinking, wonderfully hopped brew. Smuttynose in Florida, hooray!!!

JAA, May 10, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, hazy body with a sticky white head that has great retention.

S- Citrusy, fruity sweet aromas (grapefruit comes to mind) with some pine.

T- Hop bitterness is prevalent from start to finish. Not a lot of malts jump out. Some fruity sweetness does jump in a little as do some mild alcohol notes.

M- Smooth with a crisp finish. Good carbonation.

D- Really excellent representation of an American IPA.

TommyW, May 10, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden sunset color and is a bit cloudy. Uniform white head with a lot of visible carbonation. Aroma is on the grassy, floral side of hops, but also has some citrus characteristics reminiscent of fresh squeezed lemons. There is some wet straw smell as well.

Moderately high bitterness upfront, then disappears for a moment before coming back in the aftertaste. The wet grass hop flavor is pleasant. Not many of the malt properties come through. Slick mouth feel and dry aftertaste. A decent IPA, though I wished it were more complex.

SirSketch, May 09, 2009
Photo of GPHarris
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white and fluffy head into a snifter that left thin sheeting and lace. the body was a slightly dull amber with little floaties.
s - big grapefruit aromas.
t - bready, spicey, grassy and fruity with a slight hint of sweetness.
m - slightly thin.
d - this is a big hoppy IPA if you're into that sort of thing (which I am).

GPHarris, May 08, 2009
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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