Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,302
Reviews: 1,684
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 235
Gots: 437 | 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 Brenden
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour reveals a hazy orange brew beneath a soft, white head about one finger tall. Head retention is good and some think rings and patches of lacing are left on the glass.
This brew creates an extremely aromatic bouquet of pine resin and fresh grapefruit, a nice raw and firm mix of floral and citrus hops. There's a faint tinge of alcohol detectable beneath the pure hoppy goodness.
The bitterness puts itself right out, at the same time perfectly complimented by the bright citrus aspect. Grains lie underneath and the alcohol is just barely there beneath. Pine is all there as well, with an earthy, slightly grassy note backing it up. Malts are very soft and play there part well as the hops are the star here. There's even a light honey-like touch in a bright, lingering finish.
There's a nice smoothness to this one after a crisp bite. The carbonation is moderate and the body is medium.
This is one any beer lover may want to drink several of in a sitting, but the ABV is just creeping up to fairly high.

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured an amber/gold color with a big fluffy white pillow of foam filling the top quarter of the glass. Excellent head retention and it left thick lacing as well as I drank it.

The aroma has a good amount of hoppiness to it with more of a pine, grapefruit, grassy, earthy hop character to it. Some bready malt also shows through a bit.

The taste also shows more of the grapefruit, earthy, pine qualities of the hops with a good amount of bitterness throughout the flavor. It finishes on the dryer side with a pretty bold bitterness to it. The malt comes through a bit to provide a nice base for the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a very nice IPA overall. Personally I prefer a bit more of a citrusy hoppiness in IPA's but this was still a well made and good version of an IPA.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second try on this one first review..

A-pours a nice Hazy orange with a short head leaves a nice sticky lacing all the way down ;)

S-Grassy and floral hops with only the slightest breadiness/graininess

T-Bitter up front...actually all the way through not much malt competition on this one this is not a hop explosion but a nice bitter sipper of an IPA.

M-medium bodied with a slight stickiness(alot less than the first one i had) i definetely reccomend a palate cleanser before quaffing one of these as it will stick to anything that it wants to.

D-slightly resinous but that being said not terrible,althought it wouldnt be considered my favorite IPA I think i will enjoy all this six pack has to offer.


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

From notes:

Golden orange color, hazed over nicely with a strong, leggy foam in a cream hue. Nose is reasonably hoppy in the American strain, from grapefruit, orange, and lemon to pine resin and grass.

The flavor continues the hop-centric focus, at least as far as northeast IPAs are concerned. Similar notes of grapefruit and orange rind bring a load of juiciness to the table which is sweetened to even by the herbaceous tobacco and pine. Malts are low on the totem pole, with pale malt sweet-and-dry character that makes little impression. For a West Coast IPA enthusiast, this is an outstanding Eastern version.

Photo of mikepuke79
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle in a SA perfect pint glass

A: Pours a hazey golden color with some sediment from the non filtering. A nice two finger head appears and disolves into a nice patchy head leaving some sticky lacing along the glass.

S: Smells of spicey piney hops up front. A little bit of sweet caramel malts in the back end.

T: The taste is hop dominated with a slight malty backbone to it...finnishes off with a nice piney aftertaste that lingers. very nice.

M: the mouthfeel is medium. Not too thin, and not as thick as, say a DIPA.

D: This is a very tastey IPA and has become one of my favorites. The drinkability is medium I would say. I could make a session of these easily, but it may cath up with me.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hay colored with beautiful two fingers of wispy cream-like head. Super stick lace clings to the glass in giant clumps.

Smell - aroma from the hops is massive. They are piny, floral, aromatic, and dank all at once. Light alcohol esters and lots of citrusy grapefruit.

Taste - love this beer. It is IMO the quintessential american IPA. Over hopped but delightfully complex and surprisingly balance. Don't get me wrong, not much malt going on here, but there is some sweetness which lends a much needed break from the pungent hoppy bitterness. Reminds me a lot of stone ruination. Both are exceptional at destroying your taste buds.

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Rather oily feel from the hops.

Drinkability - awesome brew, the alcohol is disguised very well, leaving a bitter but very refreshing IPA. Very drinkable and easily worth another purchase.

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

A - Full bodied and translucent dark burnt orange color with one of the most dense and fixated heads I've ever seen. There is steady lacing about the whole way from the rim to the surface.

S - Hops come right at you with nice grapefruit tones and a jagged, robust kick from the great use of hops. I can get smells even with the glass down. One of the sweeter smelling IPA's I can ever recall having.

T - So much going on here, I don't know where to start. The first and obvious intro is the hops. The way that they act with the pungent sweetness is great. Some maltiness is apparent as well.

M/D- A full and big IPA. Probably the best IPA I've had so far. Nothing outdoes another facet or characteristic. It is a master of the craft of beer.

Smuttynose is the brewery that opened my eyes to the world of craft-brewing. I owe it to them for saving me from the world of mostly indifferent college drinkers.

Photo of stimulus
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with yeast particles floating throughout the beer (never seen this before, but looks pretty cool), with a one finger white head.
S: Citrusy and piney with hop bitterness on the finish.
T: Pine and a LOT of hop bitterness. The finish provides even more hoppy character.
M: Light bodied with great carbonation.
D: Very bitter for the style, reminds me of Stone IPA.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crisp, hazy, golden in color. Eggshell colored head on top, sticky lacing adorns. Smells of citrus fruits, with some pine and resin hops. A slight malt base for balance, but still very hop forward. Ditto for the tast: Citus,, woody, piney, and delicious. The feel is crisp, yet mediumish in body. Drinkability is perfect, just an amazing single IPA.

Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium golden color with a slight orange haze and a significant amount of sediment floating around the body of the beer. Features a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Nice head retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Very mild aroma which features floral hops up front with light hints of grapefruit and caramel.

Taste: Bitter pine and grapefruit up front with a light toasted malt flavor in the middle. Bitter and dry finish. Aftertaste is reminiscent of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could easily down a few of these in one sitting.

Overall: Very good IPA. I will be buying more of these and I recommend that you do the same.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. I really like the color, its got that sunburst orange color that is soo apealing, that is slightly hazy with some visable yeast which i happily poured in my smuttynose big beer snifter, and it looks great, just makes your mouth water.
The aroma is a preasent mix of citrus and light tropical notes, nothing really strong in the aroma dept, not the most heavily dry hopped it seems but good non the less. The taste follows, and man can i saw this all around with the flavors, Feel, and overall is just a refreshing and drinkable IPA that you can go for over and over and not get tired of. There is no bad flavors in here, and the bitterness is such a perfect level so as to be refreshing and not get cloying. just a orange zest, grapefruit, pear and light mango bliss.

Photo of cdizinno
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's Downtown Columbia, SC.

A: Nice golden color with an orange tint, slightly hazy. Fluffy, single-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S: Very mild scent of citrus hops. Kind of disappointing.

T&M: Medium bodied. Tastier than the smell. Well-balanced citrus and pine hops with a slightly sweet, chewy malt. Some mild bitterness on the semi-dry fade.

Very drinkable, but not as good as the average would state if you want an IPA that WOWS you.

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

A vibrant and hazy visage with flecks of orange juice-esque pulpy sediment. The lacing is light, but the head is thick and sticky. A fitting look for 4th of July weekend.

There are more aromas on display than initially expected. The obligatory hoppage is there, but it's joined by orange, lemon, a hint of vanilla and sweet cream. The overall impression is of an all encompassing smoothness, which bucks the conventional coarse hop stink.

The flavor is quite refined. The liquid is smooth on the tongue and the dryness works well alongside the opening bright sweetness. The hop bite doesn't strive to dominate the tongue and the doughy maltiness makes it more refreshing and balanced. Fresh, summery and delicious.

This is one I should have revisited much sooner. It's so simple and easy to drink that it's easy to forget how complex and different it is.

Photo of hosehead83
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright orange/gold in color,with an attractive head of whipped- eggwhite foam
Aroma-Subtle citrus and hop notes-faint sulfur note
Taste-Full-on Grapefruit/apricot/mango juiciness, followed with a tasty hop counter-balance leading to an orange-rind with honey finish. This is one damned tasty IPA!
Smuttynose just became available in my area a little while ago, and I finallly got hold of their IPA. It certainly lives up to all the great reviews. Snappy, tasty, well-balanced and very drinkable. A great IPA from start to finish.
Welcome to my beer fridge! If you're an IPA lover, this beer is a must! Get some!!

Photo of pvsob
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice orange brown color with a one inch head that lasts forever. The carbonation holds up a nice 1cm head throughout the tasting experience. The head produces outstanding lacing. I'm mainly picking up grapefruit aroma with just a hint of pine and malt. Each sip starts off with the slightest touch of pine, but is quickly engulfed by the grapefruit. Bitterness starts off at low-medium, but finishes high. A little malt rears its head in the finish as well. "Finest Kind" isn't my favorite American IPA, but I do enjoy a pint or two every once in a while. Give it a try. Cheers!

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

Re-Review, I had this a while ago and not sure I gave it a fair shake. Very hoppy IPA, you can taste the unfiltered properties in the beer, nice pour, very bubbly, it initially strikes me as more of a Pale Ale and not an IPA, or at least a cross between the 2. Nice pure taste to the beer. Smells of hops and citrus.

Maybe it is because it is not filtered, but has some qualities of a pale ale, not as piney/sticky as I like in an IPA, but it is also very different from other IPAs I have had that all tend to taste very similar, so it has originality going for it. Very bitter and dry, with a citrus flavor, goes down easy, very light and refreshing, excellent beer for the summertime, or anytime really, but I do think it is a lighter IPA and I like that change.

I am upgrading my review, because I do think this is a solid beer, very drinkable, and appealing, and I think as an unfiltered IPA it makes it stand on its own compared to many of the other IPAs out there right now. I also thin the 1st one I had was a bit toned down to what I am tasting now, or that is my perception, this is much more aggressive than I remember.

Photo of p0wn
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smutty never leaves me down. It's more of an east coast type ipa, with piney hops, but they are at the perfect ratio for this type of beer. I'm more of a west coast ipa type guy... grapefruity hops, but this delivers.

Great on a sunny summer day.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA, very well rounded and a pleasure for the US take on the style.

Presentation: 12 oz brow capped bottle. Label offers a photograph of two men sitting in t of a roulotte laughing and holding a couple of bottles. The neck label has a minimal line about the dry-hopping, unfiltering, and possible sediment of the brew. It has an unnotched "best before" side scale. Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour, good frothy head and retention with nice lacing.

S - Dedicated hoppy aroma. Grapefruit touches, with pine and resin and feeling fresh.

T - Nice hoppy range with a nice malty sense and a small sweetness lingering. Nicely balanced with fruity tones, grapefruit, and a nice resin touch.

M - Medium body with good carbonation, crisp finish over the tingly bite.

D - Very drinkable. Works like it should, and more.

Notes: One of the most understated and best offerings from Smuttynose? This could be a nice go-to-beer if it were more commonly available, in particular in tap form, around here.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is light orange with gold color mixed in. The pour produced a three inch slightly off white head. Good head retention with minimal lacing

Aroma consisted more of floral like hops then citrus ones. On the the citrus side it seemed pineapple was the more dominate with maybe hints of lemon? Floral like aromas were of an earthy smell of grass, hay?, grains, and slight pine

Taste upfront was of pine bitterness that follow throughout your sip. Herbal like qualities follow with caramel and cracker like malts. Dry bitter finish.

Medium Bodied with high carbonation

Overall this beer was a little one sided with straight up pine bitterness. If that is what you like then I recommend it but if you like more citrus side IPA's then I would not pick this up.

Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by November, 2010. Pours a beautiful light orange w/ a head that stays the whole time and sticky lacing. The smell is a little odd to me, very tinny, almost like it was in a can. The taste is very raw and bitter.. this is not a juicy IPA. The mouthfeel is exceptional, very creamy, not too much carbonation. The raw bitterness of this one makes it hard to drink more than one in a sitting.

This is a REAL IPA.. unique, unfiltered and no gimmicks! I can't put it next to my personal faves, but I will recommend this to anyone.

The sediment seen in the bottles is normal!

Photo of uustal
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taste follows the citrus aroma. Creamy mouth-feel. Citrus hops, predominately orange, and a bit of grapefruit. A lot of hops in this beer. Finishes strong and bitter with hints of a malt follow through. Still well balanced for a very big tasting IPA.

Photo of mstyne
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Finestkind". Best before Nov. 2010. Purchased from Hannaford on NY 43.

Pours a really nice peach-orange into my Magic Hat #9 pint glass.

A decent head and nice lacing. Odor is faint, but the hops are definitely there. Taste is full, and there is a lovely ...

Oh dear. The cat just horked up a hairball in the bedroom.

Anyway, the taste is what you would expect from an IPA, and what I've come to expect from Smuttynose. Excellent hop flavor; fruity, citrusy, spicy.

There is kind of a weird, unpleasant aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on. I had to knock off a couple drinkability points for that, unfortunately.

Photo of Natural510
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BBD Sept '10

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with soft, bone-white head which leaves a solid coat of lacing upon slow dissipation. A closer look reveals a significant amount of sediment floating in the brew, alluding to a bottle-conditioned brew. Nice.

Fresh, very fresh, hops to the nose. Nice herbal quality with a hint of sweetness as well.
What the hell...I mightas well say it. I'm getting a strong whiff of peanut butter, and have no idea where it's coming from. Suffice to say I haven't smelled a beer like this before.

Flavor is immediately bitter. One which presents itself as a medium-bitter, cascades up the ladder to full-bitter, then slowly creeps down to an astringent, puckering bitter in the finish.
Yeast also adds quite a bit to the dry, astringent nature of the brew, along with tartness to the flavor.
The malts are muted, and if you're expecting a citric IPA, you'll be disappointed. In fact, I didn't care for this IPA at first for that very reason, but now its other qualities are growing on me, and realise "citric" is not a universal quality for the style. There is an underlying sweetness to the brew still, and an overall spiciness I tend to enjoy in an IPA.

Not much else to say, as I rarely write such a detailed review, but this one had quite a bit going on while maintaining a balanced identity. This is great stuff, and I'm excited we're finally getting this brewery in Ohio.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle of this recently in Totowa because it's one of the few left there that I haven't tried and this seems to be one of the more popular east coast IPA's on here. Sure enough, this lived up to its billing and went down pretty easily!

Nice pour to this - a rich almond hue with a slightly cloudy look to it because of the sediment on the bottom. Fairly frothy as well with a decent amount of lacing as I workedm my way down my glass. The hops are nice and sharp in a metallic way with an dry and earthy undertone to them. Not too strong a taste but enough to last long without overpowering.

As for the ABV%, I was surprised to see that it was almost 7%. This certainly didn't taste or feel like that strong a beer, but that's probably proof at how well this is crafted. While it's not a "hop bomb" like its west coast counterparts, this may be the strongest beer in Smuttynose's lineup outside of any Porter. For this time of the year, this is a good choice for a solid, hoppy beer that doesn't call for a chaser of water!

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange, lots of floaties. Nice white head turns to a thick ring and leaves spots of lacing.

Caramel malt, citrus and hops in the smell. A bit typical but good.

Strong tastes of citrus, pine, caramel malt and a bit of earth. Great hop bitterness that is smoothed out nicely with the malt. Good but probably too bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is nice and full-bodied, no booze taste. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking. Hops may be a little much for a session, great price for a 6-pack though.

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