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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,092
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 218
Gots: 360 | 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 indiapaleale
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours tangerine orange, nice and clean/clear with 3/4 inch of well conditioned foamy white head.

Smell is piney and resiny with some citrus notes (lemon/lime/grapefruit) lingering as well. The hop profile is quite sharp, almost astringent.

Taste is pure IPA-bliss. Very citrusy and piney. This one starts bitter on the tongue and finishes with a very sharp, crisp bite at the end. Definitely one of my favorite IPAs on the East Coast.

Smutty hits all the marks with this no-nonsense IPA. One of the best IMO.

indiapaleale, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of JMD
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber color with some sediment floating around. 2-inch pillowy head that dissipates slowly.

S: The aroma is practically all hops. Juicy red grapefruit, piney resin, some grass and floral notes. Maybe some malty, bready notes as well, but I had to really search for them.

T: Exactly what you would expect after smelling this beer, huge hop flavor. The taste of fresh grapefruit just explodes in your mouth on the first sip. Some piney and grassy elements as well, but the citrus dominates.

M: Light carbonation, medium bodied. There is almost a creaminess to this beer. Very nice.

D: This is great IPA from an East Coast brewer, but I can't drink more than a few of these. The bitterness is overpowering. It lingers in your mouth and on your lips long after you've finished. I prefer my IPA to be a bit more balanced, but for someone who loves that mouth-puckering bitterness, this is your beer.

JMD, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz, best by Nov. 2009. Pours a darker amber, lots of sediment, one finger white head remains. Smell: grassy, toasty, citrus rind, orangey, earthy, yeasty. The nose doesn't exactly scream hop bomb, but it's still nice. Taste: puckering bitterness overlaid on a sweet toasty malt background. Lemon and orange rind, white grapefruit, earthy and grassy, medicinal touch in the finish. Quite tasty, but a little odd... nearly a palate obliterater in a smaller (abv, ibu) package.

babaracas, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose pint glass. Bottle is notched to enjoy prior to December 09.

A - Pours dark yellow and hazy with one finger of head. Leaves a sheet of lace down the glass as I drink

S - strong grassy, hay like aroma. Very nice.

T - harshly bitter - I usually enjoy hoppy, unbalanced beers, but this particular bitterness is not doing it for me. Maybe it's the grassy flavor I'm getting, I tend to prefer the citrusy, grapefruit hops.

M - refreshing, curls the back of your tongue

D - Too bitter to be truly drinkable - unbalanced. The malt doesn't back up the hops here.

Overall, decent IPA. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again, but it would satisfy a hop craving in a pinch.

FickleBeast, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by November 2009 poured in to a goblet.

Pours an orangey haze with lots of floaties and a white head.

Smell is lacking. Very little smell of hops and some biscuit smell.

Taste is a chalky bitter dry finish. Hopefully this is not fresh, but it is within the best by date. It tastes a little stale.

Mouthfeel is good and the dry finish leaves it very easy drinking.

aubuc1, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Light gold with a thin white head that is stickier than would be expected from said thinness. A LOT of sediment that is fine as far as the beer goes, but adds nothing to the appearance.

S- Smell is dominated by hops, though the smell isn't all that strong. There is a maltiness apparent in the smell that balances, so far as they can be balanced, the hops.

T- Taste is equally hoppy all the way through, from beginning to end. A bitter hop aftertaste. Malts are apparent, though under-represented in relation to the hops, which could be good or bad. As an IPA, I enjoy the unbalance. Overall, there is not much complexity here---hops and malts.

M- On the lighter side of medium-bodied.

D- This is an all-around great beer, and it is made better by its drinkability. A 6 pack will be no problem here. Very enjoyable, very sessionable.

jdklks, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of jwheeler85
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah Smutty... how I go through love/hate phases with you and your mineral sometimes earthy tasting brews:

A- Poured a nice orange-amber with a thin head lacing

S- A nice very hoppy aroma with a good strong full malt backing

T- Starts off malt sweetness forward, then the hop bitterness kicks in and gets even more bitter as it finishes.

M- Medium bodied with a little effervescence.

D- Today, this one hit the spot. But, other days... not so much. It's a good round and full IPA, but some days it seems a bit too metallic and mineral tasting. All Smutty's seem to have this earthy harshness to them... maybe just the water used. Sometimes I like that, other times not.

jwheeler85, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a slightly cloudy orange copper, with a one finger white head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Grass, hops, citrus, floral

T. Hop oil, yummy. Bitter bite. Flavor increases after you swill.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonated, oily coats you pallet.

D. I will definately drink this beer again. A robust IPA plenty of flavor and character.

smibroncos, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of HopHeadHerman
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought one of the bombers at a local grocery store.

A -- Light Orange.

S -- Very distinct hops, delightful

T -- Wow. citrusy, hoppy, balanced. A lingering taste, if you will

M -- Smoooth, dry

D -- Incredible. I think I may found a new favorite Northeast IPA. Great job, Smuttynose.

HopHeadHerman, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of kshankar
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-ish color...small head, sticks to the side. I can see a good amount of carbonation..and some sediment in the glass as well

Aroma: Hops. Pine, floral. Some sweet leaning malts in the background. Maybe caramel?

Taste: Bitter to start...then it lingers into the malts, there is also this buttery character that I'm getting that is great. Hops throughout

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, creamy

Drinkability: Its a good IPA, but I don't know how many of these I can take. There is quite a bit of bitterness..


kshankar, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of originalsin
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea how I haven't gotten around to picking up some smuttynose since I've been home. What a treat.

The IPA has a nice deep orange color that borders on gold. The head is white, creamy, and ample--it laces well throughout. The nose on this beer is a real treat--a nice dose of floral hops and pine resin. It smells heavily of grapefruit and reminds me so much of a lot of my favorite amazing smelling dipas, just toned down a bit. I love the way this beer smells and it makes me really happy.
All in all, this is a clean, drinkable, and very smooth ipa. It's very assertive with it's hop flavors- grapefruit practically kicks you in the face and then the moment you swallow. The mouthfeel is good- it's medium bodied and quite well carbonated, all of which lends to pretty decent drinkability. Maybe, just maybe, I've had much more drinkable IPAs but this is still great.

I love the east coast. I absolutely love the east coast.

originalsin, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on June 8, 2009.

A: Golden yellow to copper. With a small head that stick well to the glass... Nice!

S: Well this is an IPA so I get mainly hops. Piny hops with a little something else that make it very nice... Caramel malts maybe.

T: Dry bitterness, awesome. Hop's oil stick well in the mouth, the taste linger in the mouth. Wow! I like, err love, that.

M: Full bodied beer and round feeling in the mouth. A very fine beer... I want more.

D: Sooo easy to drink.

Received from Ralphus for CanBIF5. Thanks Ralphus!

ZorPrime, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a sports bar. Took a while for the bartender to pour because the tap was giving an excessive head, but when I finally got the beer it was dark yellow to orange with a nice haze. There was a one finger, pillowy, white head with great retention. The smell was all hops, grapefruit and pines notes in nice balance. The taste follows behind this. There are nice grapefruit notes at the beginning of each sip that recede in nice bitter pine note at the end. The pale malt is barely there for me, but it does allow the hops to take center stage. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little carbonation. Drinkability is average due to the bitter hop flavor that lingers and the moderate ABV.

Overall, a great IPA I really enjoyed. Certainly worth the try. Just a terrific hopbomb.

Gosox8787, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours light orange and copper with a bit of haze. light white head and very light retention. little to no lacing.

light pine hop and and a wee bit of floral. light sweet malts

very bitter! light grassy notes but very light. hidden citrus within the bitterness. light pine flavor. malts are sweet but light. grapefruit like finish that lingers.

fairly full bodied medium carbonation that assists with the bitterness and flavor.

given the bitterness and flavor, i doubt i could go much further than 2-3 of these but overall i love this. one of the better IPA's i have had.

hooliganlife, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of beerphan
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
Best Before: Nov 09
notched on label

Pours a bright golden orange that just shines. A small wispy head dissipates quickly, some patchy lace, but not much. Carbonation is mild and persistant.

Nose: Light hops, caramel, grass, citrus.

Huge grassy flavor initially, quelled by some residual sugar/caramel flavors that bow too an imperial bitterness, that overstays its welcome. Big, Balanced and bitter. This ones a keeper. Huge flavors without a huge ABV, makes this one a good choice for a palate busting evening of IPA drinking.

The beer was bought to you by the album Billy Breathes, circa 1996.

beerphan, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The guy behind the register at the beer store said, "You're going to love the Smuttynose; that's an awesome brew". He was right!

Normally, I don't like a beer that is this grassy; flint and grass are major flavor profiles from the first sip. The balance is superb, though, and creates a highly enjoyable IPA. To counter the sour grass, there is butter and caramel malts. Overall, very fresh tasting and unique. No negative cereal notes like the kind I have endured in other grassy IPAs.

I notice, though I have several different kinds of beer in my fridge at the moment, the Smuttynose is what I reach for first. To me, that's the ultimate yardstick to measure a brew's true worth!

dhd1491, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of TheRowan
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden clear small head but very active
S: Fruity, citrus, hay, and clean smelling
T: Bitter citrus flavors, almost floral. Not to sweet. Hay/pine flavor to go with the citrus. like being outside.
M: Active and has a bite to it. Refreshing. fills the hole mouth. Very carbonated.
D: Has and will always be a great IPA and is best enjoyed outside relaxing like the guys on the label.

TheRowan, Jun 07, 2009
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
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