1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,487 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,487
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 262
Gots: 585 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,487 | Reviews: 1,721 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jadpsu
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a variety pack in Middletown< NJ.
Pours a hazy orange with a full white head with some excellent side lacing. The head itself fades away in a few minutes.
Aroma: Sharp pungent hoppiness of citrus and pine nuts, hit the nose. While malts come through in the taste along with tart grapefruit hops, this is still a most hoppy beer.
Has a pleasant, bitter bite and very dry finish.

A really solid session beer.

Photo of grumpyowl
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz bottle in Manchester, NH.

A: dark golden hue. Some haze. No head to speak of and no lacing.

S: piney, some citrus. Pretty tame actually. Maybe too cold? It is new Hampshire !

T: Hops! Piney first, then comes the tart and bitterness of grapefruit as you swallow.

M: Dry! Too dry to my taste. It almost hurts. The tartness and bitterness take over any hint of malt for me. Also quite carbonated adding to the crispness effect.

D: did not think of it all that drinkable until realized all of it gone in no time.

O: Imagine your mouth after eating an whole grapefruit: pretty tart uh? That's how my mouth feels. Hop galore. I liked it but prefer something not as dry.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold. Nice thick white head and thick lacings to match.

Incredibly fruity aroma. Citrus zest sweetened with pineapple and mango.

It's an aroma heavy beer. A not-over-the-top bitterness on the tongue throughout, but mango just fills the mouth, the flavour is actually pretty remarkable. Lasting pine bitterness.

Goes down fine. An excellent AIPA. Very flavourful, but never overboard. Seek out.

Photo of kevinv
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by July '11 notched on the side of the label.

A - Pours a hazy honey color with a 1 finger creamy slightly off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Notes of grassiness and light fruits. Large hop presence. I'm getting a strong aroma of pears with a hint of grapefruit. Also smells of a fruity and almost musty yeast. The aromas are my favorite part of this beer.

T - Surprisingly, I'm hit with the fruity yeasts up front. Juicy and bitter hops give you a nice pucker. The taste of pears that I picked up on is prevalent in the finish. Clean and crisp finish with a slight lingering bitterness. No alcohol noticed.

M - Medium bodied and soft. Low/medium carbonation. Fairly average.

D - Good drinkability. This IPA seemed "different" to me, but in a good way. It's not overly bitter and it has different tastes and aromas than I'm used to in IPA's.

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent and light orange in color. The white head is approximately a half inch thick and leaves ample lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma is a little less aggressive than I was hoping. Scents include hops with a splash of grapefruit. The beer is tasty and hop forward, but not bold. The finish is very dry, with a lasting hop bitterness. This is an enjoyable beer that I'd like to try again.

Photo of websherpa
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This unfiltered IPA looks interesting. It's cloudy but all the unfiltered bits are very small and fairly well suspended in the glass. The beer really has the look of a lighter honey. The eggshell 1 finger head is nice too.

Smell: All I really get is hops. I'm getting pineapple but just faintly. I feel like there is more generic hop scent than anything. Again can't really pull much of anything from the yeast or the malt end of things.

Taste: The faint pineapple is even more muted when I drink. In my mouth the beer really lacks flavor. It's hoppy on the mouth but subtle is too strong a word. It's nearly non existent. In the back the bitterness really kicks in and provides a nice and long aftertaste. I enjoy a nice bitter kick, but this beer seems to do it without much other flavor to compliment it.

Mouthfeel: Sometimes I don't like unfiltered beers because they can get gritty. This beer remained smooth to the finish. Well done.

Drinkability: I was really excited to drink this beer because it is highly regarded on this site. I just don't think it delivered at all. I drank this well within the bottles freshness window.

Photo of afksports
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

There's a clean bitter and a cloying bitter. Smutty has hit on the latter with their "Finest Kind". Just a little bit too drying. That said, my goodness they get there enjoyably.

A brilliant and hazy, mostly-copper body sits underneath a half finger's head that sustains good lacing throughout the pour of this IPA on tap at Franklin Park in Brooklyn last weekend. The aroma is grapefruit predominantly, notes of pine, but basically all hops. A touch of malt comes through on the taste in the middle, which is a great thing after the bitter hoppy attack at the front end. The finish starts clean, but builds up to be more and more bitter, both as you have more and as it warms. By the end of the glass it was unpleasant.

I'd put that more on the drinkability of it than the taste though, because it's certainly an interesting drink. And it feels great as the medium-bodied and well-carbonated brew goes down.

Smutty's Finest Kind is one I'd return to simply because it's available on grocery store shelves, but probably not one I'm going to run towards.

For the extra bitter hopheads though, this is absolutely one to try and enjoy.

Photo of suspect
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a very nice looking cloudy dark gold color. About a finger.5 of head after an aggressive pour. Head retained nicely and lacing was also very prevalent throughout.

B: Hoppy overtones, blended nicely with caramel and citrus. Very nice balance of hop and sweet.

T: Hop and malt balance each other well here. Neither stands out too much, although the bitterness of the hops hits first and stays the longest. It's still not overpowering.

M: Medium body, perfectly carbonated, dry finish left leaving me want more.

D: Pleasant east coast balanced IPA. Wonderfully done and one that will be in my regular rotation for some time.

Photo of nickshep7
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a murky orange w/ one finger snow white head. The head is short lived, but very nice lacing throughout. My senses may be off, but overall, the aromas on this beer are faint. I get a bit of pine, but that's about it. Taste is similar to the smell, with a bit more hop coming through. Mouthfeel is good though, nice carbonation. Drinkability is solid. I feel like a I could throw back a few of those on a hot summer day.

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, good till June 2011. Have had lots of good Smuttynose IPA for a long time, or as I call it, the Bartles and James beer with two old guys on the front who remind me of that old wine cooler commercial from the 80s (although these guys look happier).

On to the beer she pours into a pint glass a nice golden orange with a small one finger head that is perfectly white. Body is cloudy with lots of visible carbonation.

Bouquet is like a musty almost yeasty hop bomb. Big on hops and kind of a barnyard faint must-orange smell. Also giant husky grain quality to it as well This might be real off putting to people, but I actually enjoy it.

Upon tasting Finest Kind it is very big bodied and feels dense. Extremely hop bitter at first but with a nice clean finish that is kind of a small bread taste. Airy hop and very dry in the palate. Surprisingly not that citrusy in taste to me.

This is a fun beer, and one that sort of stands out to me amongst all the citrus-y fruity IPAs that you could have. She's kind of unique. There's nothing like Smuttynose finest kind I think.

Photo of patreely12
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy copper. tall creamy off-white head, about an inch tall. good bit of carbonation. great lacing, clings to the glass the whole way down.

S - bready yeast and hops. piney aromas. some spice, maybe a few citrus notes too. semi-sweet smell of honey.

T/M - faint sweetness of the malts up front, along with a hint of honey and citrus. this is quickly dominated by the bitterness of the hops. crisp, fairly light bodied. the high carbonation and bitter aftertaste linger on the tongue, leaving it dry and looking for the next sip.

D - fairly drinkable. I'll admit that IPAs are not my favorite style but this is good. this is the quintessential IPA.

Photo of backfat
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beaut from Andyc5337 on a recent trip to Maryland. Thanks bud! Poured into favorite random tulip, Back in the U.S.S.R. in the backround.

Pours a hazy and glowing honey. Bright and fluffy bone white head. very attractive color profile.

Aromas of a spicy and peppery hop profile with a bready zing. light and pleasant with a touch of pine. cinnamon apple as it warms.

Flavors are crisp and slightly sweet. faint pear and metal.

Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. I feel like I could kill a few of these no problem. not mindblowing, but still nice.

Photo of Lupuliniac
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold colour with foamy small bubble collar. Aroma smacks of fruity hops with a subtle malty sweetness. Tastes sweet with an immediate hop bitterness attack. Piney with that feline urine finish. This beer has a somewhat oily body that is full but hides behind it's bitterness despite a lively carbonation.

Photo of Fluke828
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass...

Appearance: Cloudy and a very pale-amber in color, Not quite two fingers of head with good retention. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and very floral/perfumy, almost has a berry-like aroma to it....can't quite explain it....

Taste: Bites a bit when first going down, very pleasant tasting IPA with a the bite at first, transitioning into a crisp, fruity middle and finishing with spicy floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, crisp, at first and medium texture going down. Refreshing tingle at the end with a mild, comforting amount of bitterness.

Drinkability: Dangerous. Very good. Disappears quickly. Easy to crush 4 without even blinking....

Overall this is a superb IPA in my eyes. Was turned on to it by a friend years ago (an IPA enthusiast) and it has been in the fridge rotation consistently ever since. Would recommend trying even if you are not a big fan of IPAs.

Photo of theo871
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a perfect pint glass.

A - pours a beautiful cloudy dark gold, with a one finger head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing.

S - I smell sweetness, spicy notes with a nice hop scent. This is quite the treat for the olfactory senses.

T - this beer has amazing balance. Sweet up front, bitter hop notes at the end.

M - smooth and dry, medium carbonation, hoppiness lingers for a decent amount of time.

D - this is a beer that I could drink all day and not get sick of it. Not quite session able, but as close as you can get for an IPA on the strong side.

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden body with a small white cap. Foamy ring leaves a few spots of lace.

S- Light caramel malt behind a nice amount of grapefruit and pine.

T- Pretty much a plentiful amount of grapefruit and pine hops making most of the flavor.

MF- Light body with crisp feel and nice carbonation.

DB- A solid IPA with a smooth, nice flavor. Drinks easily.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Finest Kind pours an unfiltered golden color with a tinge of orange. A well proportioned 3 cm creamy white head forms upon pouring. After a few minutes, this reduces to a film with some rocky bubbles. The head refreshes with every swirl of the glass an leaves some splotchy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Tons of pleasant hop aromas without much sweetness to get in the way. Grapefruit is the primary aroma, with tangerine, apricot, pineapple, and pine supporting.

Taste: The pale malt is really in here to give the hops a platform more than anything. Juicy grapefruit hops get me puckering almost immediately. Tangerine and pineapple add some tropical fruit depth, and some pine helps round out the hop bill. The finish is fairly clean, but a lingering bitterness grows with each sip.

Mouthfeel: Even with the huge load of hops in each sip, I never get to the point where I feel like my taste buds are being ripped off my tongue. Instead, a quite creaminess massages the tongue, leaving just a mild bitterness after each
sip. There is a medium level of carbonation and a medium to full body.

Drinkability: Tons of hop flavor yet still incredibly drinkable. A six pack of this could just vanish.

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated "best by" 3/2011 served in pint glass.

pours a hazy light amber with a substantial off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves exceptional lacing.

East Coast (i.e, less hoppy) IPA with significant malt base. Satisfying and good tasting, but not bold or especially interesting.

Photo of Avantyawn
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful hazy, murky deep golden. Nice thick head forms from a hearty controlled pour. Head is not extremely thick.

S: Piny oily hops, a subtle malty soothing backbone. Some light lemon zing.

T: Super bitter hops. Dry, invigorating. Grapefruit bitter, and a bit of malty bread at the close. Super hoppy. Exceptional.

M: Bitter, slightly oily , very refreshing. Fresh.

D: High, especially alongside a nice spicy meal.

This is my standby affordable IPA staple beer. I love it!

Photo of y2jrock60
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy orange hue with a frothy white two finger head that laces beautifully.

S- Very citrus and floral with a hint of pine.

T- Very hoppy. The taste of grapefruit jumps out and remains til the end. There is a slight hint of pine after you swallow. Upfront sweetness followed by sourness. A nice balance of hops and flavors. The malt is on the lighter side.

M- Medium bodied low carbonation.

D- Average drink-ability for an IPA. It's not a light IPA, but its also not a big IPA.

A very delicious IPA. Excellent appearance and aroma. The hops are very citrus followed by a hint of pine. Taste transitions from sweet to sour throughout the sip. One of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of Brew33
1.73/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had this beer multiple times and I don't know why I keep doing it to myself. A hazy golden amber pour. The aroma is poor to say the least. Astringent hops, chemicals, smells of hop over-extraction. The flavor is terrible. Extremely bitter. Resinous, biting bitterness, weak malt flavors struggle to make themselves known. Some grapefruit? Pine? Little complexity. A poor attempt at an ipa. Shocked people enjoy this so much.

Edit: I've tried to go back and edit this review as it almost doesn't seem fair to give it an F but I can't change a thing. This beer is awful.

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

Bottle is best before May/2011

A - Hazy golden straw with a frothy half inch white head. The lacing is full and unrelenting. A quarter inch of head stays around for most of the beer.

S - Lemon rind, orange, pinecones, some biscuit and cracker.

T - Juicy lemon, dry lime and orange, some grass. The malt character is not pronounced, but there is a bit of biscuit and nut to help balance the healthy smattering of hops I'm getting from this. The finish is straight grapefruit and pine bitter. Not an overwhelming bitter, but it leaves a dull bitter in my mouf. This gets better as it warms.

M - thin and soft, but the carbonation is on the high end.

D - It is drinkable, it would be moreso if I were having a few of these back to back with the geezers on the bottle. These guys look like they can party. Nice flavors, bitter isn't overwhelming and overall enjoyable.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams Imperial Series snifter glass.

A- Very cloudy, sudsy, non transparent golden orange. A head that latches on to the sides of the glass and little floaties dancing in the very low carbonated beer.

S- The smell is so good i got carried away and accidentally got some up my nose, which wasn't so bad. Very citrusy, hoppy and flowerly. Exactly what you want to smell from an IPA.

T- Extremely bold and bitter citrus and hop characters. Very delicious.

M- Tart and bitter. Leaves the mouth thirsty for another sip.

D- High drinkability, one of the finest beers of its style that I've had.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before December 2010. Usually I would not rate such an old beer, but I have been looking for fresher bottles for several weeks now and this is the best I could come up with. Purchased at Barb's Beer Emporium, out of the cooler on Jan 30 2011

Hazy orange color with light, short-lived head and light lacing. A few small white chunks are present. That seems unusual especially since I don't believe it is bottle conditioned. (There is no noticeable sediment in the bottom of the bottle.)

Very slight orange aroma with a touch of biscuit. Nice but very understated. Touch of citrus flavor with some pine that quickly resolves in a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a tasty brew, but the flavors just seem a little jumbled and muted.

Medium body with just enough carbonation to lighten things up. A tasty enough beer. Definitely worth trying, especially if you can find it fresh. But in its home state of New Hampshire, this is a difficult thing to do. Maybe the distribution network is in need of a major overhaul?

Photo of MattyV
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best before April 2011 poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Golden orange colour with lots of floaties in suspension. 1 finger white head with considerable retention.

S: Pine and grapefruit, a nice mix of spice and citrusy fruit.

T: Lacking the hoppy bite I expected, which is likely due to the fact this bottle's only a few months away from it's best before date. Still, nice citrus zest/grapefruit flavours with light piney bitterness that coats the mouth. Good biscuity malt backbone. Finishes on the crisp side with only a light bitterness.

M: Medium, slightly chewy body, nice smooth carbonation.

D: I didn't find this spectacular (the bitterness seemed highly restrained or faded), but still a highly drinkable IPA. I'll have to keep an eye out for a fresher bottle next time I'm down south and give this another go.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 4,487 ratings.