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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,388
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 248
Gots: 507 | FT: 4
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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:
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
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Photo of gregshead
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours with an orangish golden color. Full finger of dense head.

S: Grapefruit and lemongrass from the hops

T: Pine, some lemongrass with some grapefruit taste as well. Nice bitter aftertaste.

M: Has a large/good amount of carbonation

D: I like my IPA with a dry finish and this has it. Overall good and enjoyable but nothing that puts it at the top of my IPA list.

Photo of brandoncox
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy and hazy orange color. Sediment in the brew makes you excited to drink it. Lacing is present.

Smells like sweet pines with citrus notes and a good malty backbone. Slightly breaded smell.

Right off the bat the bitterness hits your palate and leaves a lasting sting on your tongue. Very powerful bite. Reminiscent of a strong and bitter orange... if you can picture that. Overall it tastes very good.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and with not much carbonation. Good mix for an IPA.

I see this being an IPA for hopheads and not just for the casual beer enthusiasts. But hey, give it a shot. It's delicious.

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

Poured a very nice hazy orange with a fluffy white head. Awesome head retention and beautiful lacing was left down the glass.

Smell - Smuttynose has a certain air to their beers, it's chock full of citrus notes such as grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste - this beer is intensely hoppy! It's amazing, this is an IPA not to be shunned away from, that's for sure. This one has definitely been made with care and it comes through. The hops round up all of the citrus notes for an incredible flavor that is hard to forget, even harder to put the glass down. I can't get enough of it.

Mouthfeel - Nice and full mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these with no problems. One of the most delicious IPA's i've had.

Photo of SuperNova777
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/29/10

A:Pours a hazy orange color with a nice fluffy white head that falls fairly slowly,
nice lacing is left down the glass

S:Has a very citrus hop aroma that seems to be balanced out by the smell of pale malts
not too overpowering but pleasent. Like a prime example of the East coast and Mid-west
versions of IPA

T:At first hit you get a nice taste of citrus/pine hops with a balance out of hops in the middle before the last bite of bitterness left on the backend. A oily resin is left on the palate.

M:Very full bodied with ample carbonation

D:This is a very drinkable and sesionable IPA. Pleasent citrus taste but very well balanced
at the same time, really reminds me of a EastCoast Two Hearted ale. Would suggest checking this one out if you get a chance.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into shaker. From notes.

A - Cloudy orange with a tint of amber in the center. finger and a half of nice fluffy white head with sticky lacing.

S - More on the piney bitterness end of the spectrum than the citric end. Some bready malt.

T - Big hops up front; mainly pine, grass with a strong support from grapefruit and lemon. Earthy.

M - Clean and decently smooth, not overly carbonated but good.
A bit tacky

D - Well built NE-style IPA. I'd have no problem having this again.

Photo of tapman
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden brown body with an off-white head of whispy foam that stands 2 fingers and subsides moderately quick. Bottle says some sediment is usual, though as of now the beer is crystal clear.

Piney and resinous aroma with a firm malt backbone of biscuit and caramel malts. A little bit of butterscotch as well.

Taste is skunky, sticky hops with plenty of bitter soapiness. Malt is highly toffee. Yeast very clean.

A little heavy, but not too bad for the abv%. Not too harsh with the carbonation.

Not bad, but I'm not a big fan of these English type IPAs. I don't like this much toffee in my brews. A matter of personal preference. Also hops are a little too soapy for my taste, like dry hopping with centennial opposed to amarillo which is fruitier and a little cleaner.

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- cloudy pumpkin color with small head and minimal lacing
s- hoppy and orange citrusy smell, bitter orange
t- big hop kick at first then the orange, grapefruit and maybe a little spice, caramel in the aftertaste, very nice taste
m- kind of light feeling, nothing to brag about, the weakest link in my opinion
d- pretty good ipa, well worth a shot if youre looking for a new ipa to try

Photo of soze47
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow-gold in color with an orangey glow to it. Head rises, then falls fast.

Aroma: Herbal and floral hops and a sweet bready maltiness ar all present and co-mingle.

Taste: Hops from the news show up in the taste right away. They get held in check by a sweet and maltier than expected body.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: There is an almost growing astringent-like quality in the aftertaste that hurts this one's drinkability to me. The malty and somewhat rich body makes the robust flavors last too long.

Overall: I like the flavors of this beer, but they devolved and don't evolve throughout the drinking experience. Great hop and malt flavors in play and they do some great things at the start. Too bad they can't finish.

33 Beers Wheel Scores (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2
Dark Fruit: 3
Citrus Fruit: 3
Hoppy (pine): 3.5
Floral: 3.5
Spicy: 3.5
Herbal: 3.5
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 2.5
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 3
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 2.5
Body: 3
Linger: 4

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before Feb 2011.

A. Pours a hazy gold with a two finger foamy white head that never quite dissipates and leaves lots of clumps on the side of the glass.

S. Citrus with some bread and grains.

T. Tons of bitter hops upfront: citrus, lemon peel, some grapefruit. Once you get past the hops, you can notice some bread and slight caramel flavors.

M. Medium body with a fairly high brisk carbonation that creates a fairly dry mouthfeel.

D. Not a bad IPA by any means, but lacks the complexity I desire in a really good IPA. I tend to favor a more malt forward profile with a wider variety of hop bitterness.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark-ish golden color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some grassy, floral, and citrus hops. The flavor is unfortunately short a bit on these flavors, but does bring a good amount of bitterness without letting too much malt get in the way. Good body with nice carbonation. This is one of the better Smuttynose beers that I've had.

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

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date of January 2011. Pours a murky orange color with a thin head. Some sediment floating around in there. Aroma of hops and citrus fruits, predominantly orange. Taste has a nice bitterness to it. Nice hoppy, citrus flavor. Bitter aftertaste. Relatively smooth and crisp IPA. Nicely drinkable and tasty.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get strong smells of pine, herbal hops and that grapefruit smell. The smell reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. You get that crispy hop fruity taste again which reminds me of Sierra Nevada's hopping. It has a sweet bready almost caramel malt taste and then just ending with that piney herbal bitterness that sticks on the back of the tongue very nicely.

Very robust IPA. This could almost be a double IPA... its definitely just as bitter. The IBU's seem to be in the 70s maybe even low 80s. The unfiltered quality definitely adds to the taste but there are definitely pretty decent sized sediment pieces floating around.

Excellent IPA especially for it only being 7.99. This IPA I think definitely gives the West Coast IPA's some good competition and I'm glad an East Coast IPA tastes like this. Definitely recommended.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a perfect hazy slightly orange strong golden color with a thin white head. There was some stickiness to it.

S - Slight grass aroma with some flower hints as well. Grains are present and there is some citrus character to it as well as some slight pine.

T & M - Flavor starts off with some nice dry bitter character that coats the mouth and sticks to every square inch. There is some greta bread character up front and then during the middle part the citric hop hints kick in. Very interesting flavor "delivery" for an IPA. Im liking it. There is some slight grapefruit and nice orange peel in the flavor and thats mostly where the citrus is coming from. The flavor is nice and clean and there are some great dry bitter finishing note to the beer. Great crisp carbonation. For my first Smuttynose offering Im quite happy.

D - Very refreshing and well balanced beer with great crafted flavors. Good ABV as well. Many could be had.

Photo of whisperjet
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

a: Pours a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of creamy head. The head sticks around and leaves nice foamy lace evenly around the glass.

s: Strong fruit scents can be notice as soon as the bottle is opened and they come out exponentially after pouring. Lots of citrus, specifically oranges and lemons. Sweetness of honey. The smell is sticky and inviting.

t: Strong and hoppy like a good IPA should. Perfect level of bitterness, the citrus is more low key than in the nose. Hops and barley are the dominant flavors and are very well balanced.

m: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very crisp and light feeling.

d: Very easy to drink and finishes cleanly. A great overall drink, a new personal favorite.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden with a thick, creamy, white head.

S - In the nose, initially, there is a little sweetness from the hops that matures into a more earthy, almost lemongrass smell.

T - Not much going on in terms of the malts. Some spiciness from the hops, then some really subtle fruitiness that turns into a a flavor that mirrors the smell with its earthy, lemongrass notes. And finally a healthy bitterness that coats your throat and the back of your tongue as you swallow. Not as balanced as I would have liked.

M - Some bite from the carbonation, but the head lasts and it acts as a comfortable cushion to your lips and tongue.

D - It has a crisp, refreshing body and the alcohol is not too high so it is easy to drink. Plus, it is not too bitter for me, which adds to the number I could throw back.

I must admit, I am a little disappointed with this brew. I was expecting an out of this world IPA, but I have definitely had much better ones. I probably won't be getting this one too often.

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

22oz bottle Best before November 2010. Huge thanks to Beandip for the bottle, Cheers Adam!

Slightly hazed golden yellow body falling just short of orange. Massive three finger meringue head. The head has some staying power, slowly working its way back. A slight cap remain through the duration, retention is excellent. Think sheets of lacing left clinging to the glass. Great looking IPA.

The aroma is strong on the citrus. Healthy does of grapefruit and tangelos. Largely sweet citrus slight floral aroma. Subtle malt peaks through underneath but it no match for the citrus.

Sweet citrus with a slightly pithy bite. Grapefruit orange and guava flavors supplied by the hops. Bitterness is slightly biting but the sweeter juicy hop flavor holds it in check. Pale malt with very slight caramel. Good malt base but this is all about the hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. The overall finish is dry though a slight grapefruit flavor digs into the tongue.

A top notch IPA there is no doubt. I wish I had more than the one bomber. There is nothing to dislike about the beer. I could easily drink a few of these in a session. While not my favorite IPA, it is very close.

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

Notes from 12/08/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a red-orange color that is clouded by persistent sediment and sports a finger and a half of creamy white head that holds and laces very well.

S: Grapefruit, orange, and wonderfully floral hoppy notes.

T: Heavy, intense, and juicy citrus throughout with some semblance of a caramel malt balance at the end.

M: Medium-light body, moderate-heavy carbonation but not prickly, and a dry finish.

D: This is hard to beat when fresh.

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

BB N-10 poured into a tulip.

A yellow-orange beer that is cloudy with a nice white head that descends and laces. A fruity hop nose comes first with a bit of bready malt underneath it. A thick, sweet body that has a bit of bread within it finishes cleanly with a subtlety balanced bitterness. A bit of piney hop comes through along with an alcoholic warmth. Coats well, and eminently drinkable. A well made IPA, likely one of my top 5 by rating...

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

Pours a very cloudy, unfiltered-looking orange, less translucent than a lot of other IPAs. Bubbles indicate carbonation that is neither too much or too little. Some lacing down the glass. Looks like a great beer.

Smell is citrusy, but not intensely so. A bit of malt and sweetness also.

Tastes fantastic. Bitter, but never too much; citrusy, but never too much. Definitely not a West Coast-style citrus hop bomb. The hop bite doesn't rip at the teeth and doesn't completely overpower a solid malt backbone, but they are very prevalent and this is definitely an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation good. Doesn't have that sweet, syrupy quality some IPAs have that sticks to the mouth and can become a bit overbearing eventually. As such, drinkability is great for something pushing a 7 percent ABV.

This beer has everything I like in an IPA and nothing I don't. It's the best IPA on the East Coast I can think of and, maybe, my favorite anywhere.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a light golden hue, with a good haze. The head is a layer of white that settles into a consistent layer. The lacing that is left, is very noticeable.
S: The aroma is powerful citrus, lemon hop aroma. The layers in the aroma are very nice and project only good things to happen from here.
T/M: The taste is a very hoppy bitterness, one that has a bit of a bite at first. The mouthfeel is a smooth hop dryness that shocks the palate. The body is a nice and full flavored feature. The finish on the mouthfeel that projects into the lingering finish maybe too dry, one that holds a very interesting and powerful dryness.
D: This is a great IPA, dry, bitter and hop hop hoppy!. I will be going back for more of this.

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

From a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect glass. Perhaps my fave IPA. I always come back and buy more even though there are so many IPAs out there to try. The appearance is quite good: copper colored, a creamy head that lasts leaving loads of lacing; I particularly love all the unfiltered sediment. There's nothing ugly about an unfiltered beer, in my opinion.

Smells of piney and citrusy hops with biscuity-sweet undertones. The taste is of bitter hops that will leave you puckered with a semi-sweet aftertaste that again fades to bitterness. Yum! I really like this beer. It tastes far more bitter than the IBUs suggest.

The mouthfeel is medium and it never, ever tastes the slightest bit watery or weak. You feel like you've had something substantial to drink but leaves you craving another. Repeat as necessary. Finest Kind is the standard to which I compare all IPAs.

Photo of atlanta
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can remember having this on cask at the GBBF and it knocked my socks off. Now I drink alot of it in the bottle, its my brother-in-law's favorite. Its always good. I wish it weren't so strong, it affects the drinkability and my head the next day.
Their use of hops is spot on, the aroma and taste full and exciting.

Photo of trbergman
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy orange-yellow with fine streams of carbonation and about one finger of white head. The foam leaves huge sheets of lace all over the glass on the way down. (NB: I've had this quite frequently, and on more than one occasion I've encountered some floating hop material in the glass, but it's never had any influence beyond the aesthetic.)

S - Pine and pithy grapefruit, orange peel, and a backing of caramel malt.

T - Dry flavor with some caramel and biscuit-like malt, grapefruit pith, pine, orange zest, and a delicate floral taste. Intensely bitter without being completely over the top. Superb effort from Smuttynose - a classic American IPA.

M - Medium body with ample carbonation, maybe just a tad astringent.

D - Absolutely great. This is one of my favorite IPAs and one of the few beers I'll buy again and again. You'd be hard pressed to find a better single IPA for the price, too. If you haven't yet tried it, get off your ass!

Photo of king75
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber gold with a solid two maybe even three finger head. Looks absolutely delicious, I dare say it is one of the best looking beers I've had.

S- Light citrus and hops. Not a very strong aroma

T-Wow, the hops, citrus and pine blow out the taste buds, very tangy in taste, yet perfectly balanced, leaving a crisp dry taste to the palate.

M-Light and crisp feel with a nice tanginess thrown in the mix.

D- Could drink this all night, too bad I only have one more of this brew.

Notes: One of the best balanced and best tasting IPA's I've had to date. IPA fans you have to try this one.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark gold/light orange with a 2 finger white head. Lacing is amazing, all the way up the glass and very foamy. Looks fantastic.

S- nice citrusy hops with slight hints of pine. Its a little mild, though...nice regardless

T- starts with some nice piney bitterness, with a slightly sweet citrus finish. Tastes very good, albeit a little boring

M- nice body. Maybe a little overcarbed

D- good, solid east coast IPA. Really easy drinking despite the bitterness I get from it

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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