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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,209
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 227
Gots: 395 | 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 billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generous extra from Stormking47. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark golden color that is semi see through w/ ton of yeast particles floating around with some effervescent bubbles rushing around. 2 finger white head. Takes awhile to reside to a half finger head. Don't like the yeast particles there. Would have scored higher without them. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of apricots, mango and pine. The apricot/mango scents stand out.

Tastes of nice barley and dank bitterness. Quite bitter in fact. Some mango and apricot. Lingering smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel is higher end of medium bodied. Tiny bubbles with a huge hop bite.

Drinkability is good. I could knock back a few.

billshmeinke, May 19, 2010
Photo of tchenery
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle to glass.

Beer looks awesome. It has a rich white head that just won't go away. It's down to a nice thin layer after settling but is sticking around. It's a nice full orange color and has decent carbonation.

It smells of floral hops. Something on the tail end of the boil really amped up the aromas on this beer. It's a very bright smell, refreshing in itself.

The beer tastes great. It has a upfront bitter punch that mellows off to a smooth trace of pale malts and finishes with the taste of the floral smell (if that makes sense).

It's not a very heavy beer, but very full. Full of flavor, aroma, and character but not too much. It leaves you with a pretty dry mouth afterwards which in my opinion enhances the bitter.

Delicious IPA, probably one of my favorites I've ever had. I guess it really is 'Finest Kind.'

tchenery, May 18, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After going through a bunch of possibly old bottles (why bother having the dating chart on the side if you're not going to actually notch out the date?), I was pleased to be able to get my hands on a growler so I could be assured of freshness. While this certainly tastes fresher, I'm still not sure what all the fuss is about.

A nice level of piney bitterness is somewhat overshadowed by a lingering sharp metallic flavor. It finishes oddly clean. Could really use a dose of resiny hop flavor and texture. On the positive side, the appearance is nice (see-thru copperish amber, fluffy off-white head, good lacing), and it's not overly malty like many of its east coast brethren. Bready and a bit chewy mid-swallow, but not too sweet.

Overall impression: Decent but forgettable. I'll give Big A a shot, but I'm done with Finest Kind.

PDXHops, May 18, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass--

Slightly hazy (I guess a chill have, as I may have served this too cold) copper. Lots of litttle streams of bubles running up through the body. 1 finger of white head settled to a wispy little cap leaving very little lacing.

Smells really balanced. Good malt presence, god hops too. Not a crazy hop bomb, and not a malty toothache in a bottle. There is some lemony citrus hops with a good sweet bready malt-- almost like a toasted English muffin.

Taste follows nose-- nice sweet malts up front with a good hop flavor and bitterness. But it isn't overdone. It is nicely balanced and this makes for a great drinker.

Nothing really blows me away with this beer, but there is also no flaw with it. Overall, this is a solid drinking beer, reminds me a little of crooked tree by Dark Horse.

AleWatcher, May 14, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 4/27/10.

A-Pours a golden amber with a white, two finger head.

S-Lemon and grapefruit hop notes with some caramel malt and pine.

T-Follows the nose with bitter lemon, grapefruit and pine notes somewhat balanced by the caramel. Finishes dry and pretty bitter. Some alcohol/slightly astringent notes are also present.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

D-A pretty good IPA, but the bitterness and astringency/alcohol character hurt the drinkability for me.

samie85, May 12, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Arenbeer for the trade!

Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of carbonation. Smell just a little hops, not too much. Taste is malts up front, pine hops and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability, not so much. This is a very bitter beer, I am glad I shared this bomber. Decent beer, but bitter.

Lukafer, May 09, 2010
Photo of AJacob81
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey in Washington DC. Served in a 16-oz. imperial pint.

A - Apricot-hued, deep orange brew with a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Tiny bubbles form intricate lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink.

S - Lovely IPA smell of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple with grassy and piney hops complementing. Smells like a spring day.

T - Great balance between citrus, pine/grass, and a touch of caramel/butterscotch malts. Brilliant orange dreamsicle feel on the tongue and great, but not overpowering, hop bitterness.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp, with excellent carbonation.

D - Exceptionally easy-drinking IPA. Great for a warm spring night on the sidewalk patio spent eating great food and drinking some world-class beer.

What a great beer. If I hadn't drank the phenomenal Green Flash IIPA the same night, this would've easily been the highlight of the evening. As it is, I'd definitely like to get my mitts on this again.

AJacob81, May 07, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ploughy head, dark yellow appearance, lacing retains itself quite well. Aroma was not so pleasant, beginning to wonder if the age of the bottle may be suspect?

Jeez this is a bitter taste, all bittering hops no dry hopping perhaps? Just tastes like hops in a very long boil, with little to no dry hopping. Alcohol up on ya. Unbalanced. Imbalance? Bitterness just kills picking up the type of hop quality. Not much to speak of mouthfeel wise, just bitter.

Beerandraiderfan, May 07, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Golden orange with a formidable fluffy white head resting on top

S - Not all that aromatic. Slight sweet florally hop smell but I'm not really picking up all that much.

T - Lingering piney bitterness dominates the flavor of this brew. Similar finish to that of a grapefruit. I don't pick up much citrusy flavor, this beer is definitely about bitter resiny pine flavors. A hint of sweetness lasts for a split second once you have had a couple sips.

M - medium to heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation. Good mouthfeel for style.

D - The lingering bitterness makes this one kind of touch to drink. I love bitter IPA's but this one seems to have taken it a step too far. I think this one could use a little bit more of a backbone. I probably won't seek this one out again but if you are a fan of piney bitterness then this is the perfect beer for you!

jpmclaug, May 04, 2010
Photo of BeardFacePhD
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head. Good lacing. Some particulates floating around. Nice carbonation.

S - Very subtle citrus smell.

T - Strong bitterness with a grapefruity finish.

M - The nice bitterness sticks around.

D - Nice crisp IPA. Intense bitterness might limit the number of these brews you can consume at one go.

BeardFacePhD, May 04, 2010
Photo of Adamdc
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This has been my local 'go to' IPA for several years now and I feel it's time to review it.

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass

A: Orange-yellow body capped by bright white 1/2 inch of foam with great sticky lacing

S: Very piney and resiny with caramel malt blended in.

T: The pine and resin spearhead the hop attack that lasts until the swallow. This is not an orangey, floral hop bitterness. This is a northern New England pine hop hit. Some grapefruit rounds it out and the malt backbone keeps it all nicely balanced.

M: This could be the best part of the beer for me. A medium/heavy mouthfeel for an IPA. Almost syrupy and finishes out dry.

D: Pretty drinkable. I think the bitterness might limit me to 2 or 3 max.

As mentioned above this is not a floral IPA but a piney, bitter IPA. I've really grown to love this beer. A gem from the other SN brewery!

Adamdc, May 01, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass (for a change)...

A - Pours a pretty cloudy orange body, with some yeast sediment. Good head and head retention, some nice lacing. Looks beautiful!

S - Lots of fresh floral hops, with a hint of grapefruit. Some butterscotch-like maltiness. Smells like a typical, but good American IPA.

T - At first this tastes like a generic American-style India Pale ale, with a powerful hop bite, some bitter grapefruit notes, with a hint of pine, and some mild caramel sweetness. The finish was definitely on the dry and bitter side.

However, this beer definitely opened up for me, as I was drinking a whole bomber bottle! After a while, the bitterness mellowed out, and I was getting some tropical fruit notes and much more sweetness then at first. Very tasty overall!

M - Medium-bodied, very mildly carbonated. Bordering on too dry, but I've had drier IPA's so it's all good. The 6.9% abv is not really noticeable, but it starts coming out after a while.

D - Very drinkable. This beer is a treat for any hop-heads out there!

NightINgale, May 01, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Best by July 2010.

Pours into my American pint a hazy orange/yellow with a slightly off-white slowly dissipating head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell is robust for the style, I'm tired of running into IPAs that have a stale malt scent. There is a nice tropical smell (passion fruit, pineapple) to this one along with some sweet citrus (grapefruit) over a sweet malt backing.

The taste isn't as robust but it is very nice. It has a good piney/grapefruit bitterness and a sweet malty tropical body.

The mouthfeel is right on and this one is immensely drinkable.

This is one of the best east coast ipas out there.

crossovert, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright hazy orange color with a nice rim of white head that sticks to the glass.

The smell is a blast of piney hops and an underlying citrus.

The taste impressed me with a nice rounding malt character that many IPA out there seem to forget about; the graininess combined nicely with a bitter grapefruit citrus and a lingering taste of pine.

Goes down smooth enough but the mouth stay dry in it's wake.

Pretty good IPA, very hop heavy.

donteatpoop, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a orangish yellow hazy color with a half inch of white fluffy head, fair lacing and lively carbonation. floral piney hop smell and flavor which finished very bitter. i pleasantly surprised with this beer. first smuttynose i have tried. i had heard their beers were decent but nothing special. i thought this beer was well above average and one of the better IPA's i've tried. pretty inexpensive for such a delicious beer. if you ever see one around i suggest picking it up.

berpwillie, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Sam21
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a vibrant hazy gold with suspended sediment. Creamy white head with maximum stickage. Leaves tightly wound rings of lace.

Smell - Citrus hop blast to the face (mmm, sticky grapefruit). Some bready malt in the background. Some grassiness. Big tropical fruit note as well that smells like pear and mango.

Taste - Same as smell. Bready malt is taken over almost immediately by big citrus hop flavors that power through into a lingering bitter finish. I immediately want another mouthful.

Mouth Feel - Full bodied, slightly chewy, coats the mouth nicely. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability - This has been my go-to IPA since I turned 21 and I'm always in the mood for one. Bold hops, slight sweetness to add some semblance of balance, and a lengthy bitter finish. Boom!

Sam21, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a hefeweizen glass with 3 fingers of rocky white head that lingers for a little. Leaves very strong lacing throughout. Very deep yellow orange body with little sediment, but still rather opaque, especially for an IPA. Looks strong.

S - Pine hop smell. Slight sweetness. No alcohol smell. Surprisingly weak smell.

T - Floral hops. Grainy malt taste. Not balanced, but not to be expected. Little lemony taste to the hops. Slight mintiness too. Lingering bitterness

MF - Full bodied and slightly syrupy. Almost chewy.

D - If you can put up with the bitter aftertaste, I could see this being very drinkable. I don't see what all the hype is about this beer, but then again, mine's been in the fridge for more than a month.

MikeBrandman, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden color with a sticky bubbly white head. Retention and lace a excellent. Foam never settles shorter than 1/4" and there's a well defined ring for each sip.

S- pungent grapefruit orange and pine aroma with a nice sweet glazed donut malt back. The more I sniff the more tropical it gets. Tangerine, pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, mango. Amarillo? Tart puckery and citrus. Very nice.

T- insanely bitter first thing in the morning. Definitely the most numbingly bitter ipa I've had in quite some time. Grassy and tea like, somewhat earthy and woodsy with the citrus flavors on a back burner. Lime pith and grapefruit peel slowly emerge with some pine and the subtle flavor of Greek food. And I'm definitely going with oregano and kalamata olives. Interesting. Small amount of malt sweetness gets blasted away by hop bitterness in the finish.

MF- astringent and resiny. Dry and puckering. Bitterness takes over the mouth feel and tires the palate. There's a pillow of malty cushion there when I need it, but the hops are relentless. Rolling and soft at times, seems like a combination of oily hop feel and malty viscosity. Tight prickly carbonation may be just a tick too aggressive.

D- not my preferred ipa formula- I jones for a certain balance that I call marshmallow... But I am definitely down for a good hop ass kickin and the finest kind left me concussed. And I'm only half-way through the pint. Seems milder from a bottle but on tap it generated a more thought provoking review. Perhaps the keg is fresher because the hops seem so much more intense. A good drinker at nearly 7% abv, but get ready for some shivering, and have some hot wings handy.

hustlesworth, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange colour with a finger of thick creamy white head that stuck around for a while.

S - Citrus hops - grapefruit with orange rinds. Very faint nose of sweet caramel malts in the background.

T - Bitter hops up front - citrus and earthy. A subtle malt profile lurks in the background.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Mild carbonation.

D - A very drinkable IPA. Could sit back and enjoy a couple of these back to back.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, goblet, 'Best before: July 10' notched on the label to the credit of Smuttynose. Thanks for hooking me up with some Smuttynose farrago!

What I wouldn't give to be enjoying a care free Sunday with the two jolly gents on the label. This is a lovely hazed sunset, wheat orange with a small but sticky white head. There is a fair amount of floating matter, and like I said, the haze is significant.

Sweet dried mango, papaya, caramel malt, honey, and citrus rind.

Citrus (orange, grapefruit) rind bitterness makes this not as decidedly sweet as the nose implies. Some vodka and orange juice, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango.

Just about perfect mouthfeel for an IPA. Moderate carbonation with a dry but not empty body.

Since this is sub-7% abv and a solid IPA, I would love to have it around. Unfortunately it isn't. So far I think Smuttynose is an excellent brewery.

brewerburgundy, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange/amber color with a big, fluffy white cap that retains pretty well. Yeast particles are seen floating in the glass.

S: Wow! Strong citrus blast from the hops (sweet grapefruit), followed by some tropical fruit (pineapple). The hops are aggressive in the nose but are not really bitter or resinous. Malts balance perfectly, giving some caramel and toffee notes.

T: Strong sweet ripe grapefruit flavor immediately greets the palate, as well as pineapple. The hops are more aromatic and flavorful than bitter or resinous, which works out really well with the caramel malt backing. The flavor does have a bitter bite to it, and a citrus twang.

MF/D: Medium in body, clean refreshing feel on the palate. The finish is a lingering citrus explosion or grapefruit and orange peel. Carbonation is a tiny bit fizzly, but I'm splitting hairs.

scottyshades, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an unapologetic American IPA, easy to come by in you live on the East Coast, but not for the feint of heart.

It pours a light gold with a peachy tint, translucent but hazy. The eggshell-colored head was minimal but quite frothy and it lingered a while. The lacing was very thin and leggy.

It took a while for the aroma to open up, but when it did it was malty, piney, floral and very hoppy with hints of apricot and spice.

The taste is very, very hoppy and bitter in a piney, floral way. Citrus and soap are present, as well.

The bitterness definitely coats the mouth, but the body is quite appropriate. Carbonation is also medium. Overall, not something I'd want to drink every night of my life, but a pretty solid beer.

BeckyFreesTibet, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of colts9016
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from the TheManiacalOne, thank you. Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has really good retention. The head is ivory, creamy, and frothy. The color of the beer is medium amber color, with dark copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is good amount of effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A nice malty base that is toasty, has a biscuit and a yeasty note. There is a good floral bouquet, citrus, and pine.

Taste: A good malty flavor, toasty notes, biscuit, and yeasty. There is a good floral bouquet esters, citrus, and pine.

Mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and malty.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium, with a medium finish. This is an okay IPA, I feel the flavors are muddled and don't have definition. Good overall.

colts9016, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of HeroicDoses
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pint of this on a glorious spring afternoon. Love the label..two goofy old bastards drunk in lawnchairs. Look is very nice...a robust orange with a fluffy dank head, extensive sediment, decent lacing. Smell is so fresh and so clean, and hints at some choice hops. First sip...wooooh! Went down like sandpaper. Very dry feel, very heavy aftertaste. Wasn't expecting this level of dry hoppiness. The second sip was a different story. This one went down smooth as silk! By the way, it looks like a snow globe inside of it with all the sediment. Anyway, yeah, this is an IPA I can get into. Just keeps getting better and better after each sip. This stuff is no joke! It's dry as hell, it's hoppy as hell and it's got more sediment floating around than the East River, but it's a winner. The faint of heart will back away after the initial blast, but true connoisseurs (like the drunk old men on the bottle) will find this to be a tremendous beer.

HeroicDoses, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass a coppery amber with a fine head and nice lacing.

The aroma was citrus, pine and herbs. Just a hint of sweetness.

The flavor followed the nose but with a grapefruit juice presence not apparent in the head. A fine hop bitterness with a light malt presence to hold the thing together. All in all a fine example of an American IPA. Well done.

BuckeyeOne, Apr 19, 2010
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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