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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,877
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 211
Gots: 292 | 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 phattysbox

New York

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

A- Straw yellow with a nice sticky lace that lasts a while. Tho seems quite lagerish in color.

S- Citrusy and piney florals smack you in face, quite nice from the Amarillo hops they put in.

T- Hop wallops tongue and then lingers for ten minutes afterward. Hops are so strong that the maltiness just barely balances it out - but barely.

M- Light body and quite dry, which further puckers the mouth

D- Definitely drinkable but needs more balance for my taste

05-13-2008 15:24:43 | More by phattysbox
Photo of gford217


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle courtesy of wolfsblood poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright hazy golden with hints of orange. Head is minimal but has a nice bubbly center that keeps the foam going throughout and leaves a really nice lacing.

S: Big up front hoppy citrus smell of oranges and grapefruit. Slight malty sweetness in the background along with some resiny pine, but it's mostly citrus hops in the nose.

T: Taste follows the smell with big orange, grapefruit and lemon flavors with some grassy hints as well. I'm not getting as much sweetness in the taste as in the smell.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation leaves a little hoppy stickiness in the mouth.

D: A nice take on the American IPA. Very clean and crisp and especially nice on a hot afternoon.

05-08-2008 23:13:21 | More by gford217
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a golden yellow with tons of yeast suspended in the body. A rocky two finger slightly off white head has some staying power with a sheet of sticky lacing.

A good amount of floral hops mix with a citrus hop aroma and clean toasted malts. All together, comes off as grassy and earthy. Solid.

Tart grapefruit, floral kick, and sweet toasted malt. Solid hop flavor and bitterness.

Clean and crisp, medium bodied.

This is an easy drinking ipa with a good hop bite.

This has always been a good go to ipa for me, but has fallen off my radar recently given the other choices around. It does everything well.

05-05-2008 01:54:22 | More by ColForbinBC
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West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a sampler glass. Golden colored with a nice white head with some staying power.

Big grapefruit hop aroma. Not a lot of malt behind this but that's ok in my book.

Taste is also big on the grapefruit. There is some sweet malt backing it up but the overwhelming aftertaste is all citrus hops. Turns a bit bitter in the finish. They did not skimp on the hops that's for sure.

Light bodied, smooth feel, good and drinkable but you might get the bitter beer face.

05-04-2008 20:21:37 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Deuane


3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

This is a redo review. I had this some time back and gave it a rather poor score. I have a feeling the keg wasnt fresh as it was WAY too malty and had no hop presence what so ever. This pint was very different, a totally different experience.

A-Deep copper with a thin film of tan foam. Leaves no lacing.

S-Malty sweet with a pleasant citrus zing.

T-Malty sweet and citrus hoppiness battle it out to see which one will win. Nice balance.

M-Medium body with a decent carbonation level. Smooth to go down easy. Good long lasting bitterness.

D-Nice. Not too malty, not "too" hoppy (if there is such a thing!) This is a well balanced eastern IPA.

04-30-2008 06:28:58 | More by Deuane
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

P: Poured from a 12 oz., brown bottle with notched freshness dating.

A: Pours an uncharacteristically pale golden for an American IPA. Whispy, thin head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Active carbonation.

S: Predominantly pine and grapefruit with notes of earthy peat and grass.

T: Bitter, spicy pine upfront, followed by a subtle citrus tang and dry, 65 IBU finish that borders on astringent. Heavily hopped, one-dimensional profile.

M: Crisp, light-bodied and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Make mine a Smutty and I'm good with two.

04-28-2008 23:08:18 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of cameraman


4/5  rDev -2.4%

A medium golden color, with a bit of amber hue. a quater inch head forms and it dissolves away, leaving a film on top. A mild malty fragrance at the start, followed by a grassy, grapefruit, spicy scent. The malt is dtrong at the front of the flavor and is soon overwhelmed by the hops. The hops bring a grapefruit bitternessmidway, followed by grassy and earthy flavors; finishing with a bit of a tobacco flavor. The slight tingle of carbonation at the front, having a thin feel blending to amore of a medium feel. It finishes with a medium dryness at the backend of the palate. This is a very good IPA, solid in every category. Throwing some spicy mexican food at this beer is excellent.

04-25-2008 00:44:04 | More by cameraman
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Poured into a pint glass. Has a dull orange, brown appearance with some floating particles. Has a one-finger head with lacing that remained on the glass.

S: Wonderful floral and earthy smells with hints of citrus.

T: Very crisp in the beginning with a bitter kick at the end from the hops. Has hints of citrus just like in the smell.

M: Can't really describe it, but seemed medium-bodied.

D: For me it seemed heavy for an IPA and while I would have another, this one filled me up really well.

04-23-2008 00:25:18 | More by Lecithin
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Its been about 4-5 years since Ive last had this beer, so an updated review is in order.

A: Huge sticky marshmellow head sits a promising 2 fingers high with a steady stay of execution. A hazy cadmium orange is filled with an abundance of dancing yeasty matter. Visible carbonation was hard to determine due to thick haze and suspended material but rare glimpses showed a strong presence if not just by the movement of the swirling macro-particles inside. Lacing is thick and lustrious, clumping to the glass walls providing good coverage. Very good by style and just the way I like it, strong head, nice coloring and filled with lots of goodies inside along with a strong carbonation to make them dance.

S: The nose is strong with heavy scents of lemon citrus and pine. Expecting some signs of the malty base but the hops may be so dominate that they drown this out. Either way its loaded with citrusy goodness, freshly squeezed and ready to enjoy.

T: The flavor is thick and malty, lush and heavy on the hops with dry citrus flower, pine and sweet toasted speciality grains. Grassy pine with a green earthy hopping that finishes dry. Grainy with a great balance between the hops and malts that leaves a dry hopped citrus parching the tongue upon swallow. Great flavor with a definite wow factor to it.

M: The mouthful is medium-full, creamy, almost thickening up in your mouth the longer you hold onto it. Grassy pine warmth along with alcohol teases the inner cheeks and tongue. A great hold, if I didn’t enjoy the flavor so much and wasn’t rushing to get my next fix.

O: Overall a long overdue friend that I was more then happy to see. Highly hopped, great malt body with a punch of dry citrus and wow factor that hits the spot as one of the bigger and more easily attainable ipas (in my area at least). Finest kind is aptly named and I promise we will meet more frequently in the future.

04-22-2008 23:16:17 | More by beerthulhu
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Serving - On-tap into a pint glass

A - Light copper color. Light head that stuck to the glass.

S - Strong smell of fresh floral citrus hops. Great smell of IPA.

T - Strong hops that packs a pop. Nice citrus hop taste dominates throughout. I really love this taste as it wets the palate perfectly.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable. I had two.

Smutty really puts out great beer and having this for the first time on-tap was so good. I highly recommend trying this beer!

04-22-2008 16:05:15 | More by SUjunkie
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

Best before: Sept. 08

A: Pours a gorgeous looking hazy amber color with a towering, 3 1/2 finger, off-white head. Very creamy and blessed with excellent retention. Tons of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Nice juicy aroma of pine resin. Hints of grapefruit peek through as this warms up. Smells a little soapy.

T: Bitter and spicy pine flavors. Like there's a freshly cut pine bough, as garnish, in the glass. Tart grapefruit and dry, toasted malt along with a tiny pinch of caramel malt as well.

M: Bitter and dry. Quite astringent. Oily hoppiness coats everything in my mouth and contributes to the extremely long finish. Dry, spicy, bitter, and toasty = awesome.

D: This is a damn good very sessionable AIPA. Goes to show that you can have "extreme" levels of smell, taste, and mouthfeel without "extreme" levels of alcohol.

04-18-2008 01:23:05 | More by GbVDave
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Once again, thanks to BuckeyNation. You've made my week, Brad.

Appearance: It's very hazy and cloudy. Looks to be a slightly burnt gold color. Head is a little off white, very foamy and two and half fingers deep. Excellent retention and top notch lacing. Waves of laces line the glass.

Smell: Loads of citrus sweetness dominate the nose. There are strong grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and mango elements that create a very sweet aroma. Loads of piney hops follow. There are ancillary caramel malt and yeasty aromas. This is very fine smelling ipa. Straight forward, but impressive.

Taste: Grapefruit and pineapple flavors are very citrusy sweet and slightly bitter. Caramel malts add to the sweet factor. Hops are piney and very lively. It's balanced somewhat, but it falls on the hoppy side of the fence. It finishes dry and bitter. But, the bitter taste seems to slam on the brakes toward the end. It really is a unique experience. It drives right to a point and stops without crossing the line of being too bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Mouthfeel is a great example of the style. It's got just the right amount of thickness. It's smooth and doesn't have a light, slippery feel to it. Drinkabilty is very high especially in light of its relatively modest abv. This is an impressive and excellent IPA. I walk away wishing it was available in Ohio. Unfortunately it's not distributed here. Dammit....

04-16-2008 01:38:14 | More by prototypic
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Nice light in color. Golden, bottle conditioned with only a wis of head.
Smell is very good. Cant wait to taste it. Sweet, bready malts mixed with the fragrance of big floral hops!
Taste seems to be lacking the malty flavor I expected, although it still hits the taste buds favorably. What I get most is bitter kiss of hops, mixed with a medium, grainy maltiness.
This beer is a good, solid "go to" beer.

04-16-2008 00:28:31 | More by dmamiano
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Agressive our into a pint glass yeilds a two finger head of low density foam. This quickly fades to one finger pillowy head with small bubbles. By the end of this beer the head is still hanging around but fades to a thin skim of protective foam, with some lacing. Color is a coppery daker than average honey like color. There is a slight cloudyness to this beer. there is not too much of a smell to this some light hop aromas and somevery light flowery notes. There is a litlle bit of malt aromas if you really search for it. I feel like there shoud be more to the nose. I put it down for a while drink a little water then try again, I think I am picking up some white bread scents but very faint. Taste is hops up front but not overwhelming there is a nice bit of malt there to back it up. As it warms a little and given a good shake I feel like there is a bit more malt character coming through, this beer has a nice clean hop finish that lasts. Mouthfeel is light and nice IPA refreshing. this one is quite easy drinking and very refreshing. Definitly could get in trouble on the beach with this one this summer.

04-11-2008 01:37:06 | More by Kempleton
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3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

an earlybird in my IPA tasting ; pours a cloudy light copper-gold w/ a fluffy whit head which lasts a good bit leaving a pinhole lacing completely covering my snifter ; a piney, cattish hop aroma with some cereal grains underneath ; a decent hop bite initially, grapefruitish citrus and some caramel malt at midway, a bit on the thin side for the hops, not quite enough malt to balance it out ; a med. body, dry and well-carbonated, makes it feel rich ; a decent brew for sure, i'd put it on my top Am. IPA list...

04-09-2008 22:33:51 | More by animal69
Photo of rgb2807

New York

4.95/5  rDev +20.7%

This beer is just amazing. The pour is a somewhat cloudy orange. The smell is just ridiculous, if I could give it a 6 I would. The taste, I don't want to say flawless, but I can't conceive of an IPA tasting better than this. (stone comes close) This stuff just feels so good in your mouth and I could drink this stuff all night, and even tomorrow morning when I wake up hung over.

The label is awesome too. Please, if you like IPAs get a hold of this, this is best, like the best. Seriously, no seriously, like the best IPA. I'm not one to ever say something is the best, I've just had so many IPAs over my beer drinking career and I just can't not think this is not the best. Please, send me a message if you know an IPA (it'd have to be a much lesser known IPA because I've tried lots) that's better because I want it.

04-07-2008 04:56:05 | More by rgb2807
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4.55/5  rDev +11%

Smuttynose, IPA (FinestKind) (Best by 09/08) (Tasted 04/02/08)
12 oz. Bottle: Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours out hazed gold with a huge pillowy off-white head that leaves solid lace.
Odor: Citrus zest, pine & floral aromas with some earthy & sweet caramel in the background.
Consistency: Smooth, medium body featuring hop oils and bready malt, coarse hop bitterness is biting but pleasant. Carbonation is mild.
Taste: Grapefruit, followed by coarse & bitter pine flavors some toasted malt. Sweet caramel malts rush in to balance. Finishes crisp with some more dry toasted malt, a splash of citrus zest, grapefruit, & pine sap flavors.

Very rustic, rough, flavorful & drinkable. This would, at the very least be a competitor for "Desert Island Beer" in my book.

04-03-2008 02:07:57 | More by Walken
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4.47/5  rDev +9%

Hazy amber/orange appearance wih an average size white head and very good lacing. Aroma evolved from fruity sweet to fruity citrus along with some resin. Similiar hops dominate the taste and are off set by earthy, lightly toasted malts. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel; dry, bitter, durable finish. Well constructed and consistently good.

03-29-2008 22:40:29 | More by Rootdog316
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3.35/5  rDev -18.3%

This was very pale colored, looking more like a Bud Lite than anything else. It smelled of nothing but hops, and the texture was fairly watery. It had a much stronger than average hops flavor up front and all the way through. Overall it was a typical one-dimensional IPA that wasn't very easy to drink, but not bad either.

03-29-2008 21:57:16 | More by Pencible
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Copper/amber body with a thick white head and some decent lacing throughout my consumption...

S: Bold citrus hops... mostly grapefruit in tone... some pineyness towards the end...

T: Good hops hit up front... Grapefruit takes center stage... again piney bitter finish... good transition through a soft malt base...

M: Medium bodied.. decent carbonation. crisp finish...

D: Decent IPA... nothing stellar... but solid all around.

03-28-2008 01:53:14 | More by callmemickey
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

12 oz. bottle enjoyed from a Great Divide pint. This is easily some of the best packaging around, but I will address that later.

Radiant blonde with a honeyed texture. The body is somewhat nontransparent crowned by a billowy head of foam. Retention is great and the sticky lacing is even better.

Nose is a proportional blend of grapefruit, honey, pine and floral notes.

The hop character is relentless, yet equally distributed are the bittersweet citrus flavors. A dose of tangerines and grapefruit sprinkled with honey. Forest conifers are coated with tree sap, which gives the perfect stick appeal to the malt profile. Coats the palate on the way down, resulting in a thirst-quenching state of bliss. Has a smooth finish, which is largely predicated by the dry hopping.

This is a highly drinkable IPA. One of the leading IPAs in the northeast region, be sure to try Smuttynose if it's available in your area.

Note to Smuttynose Brewing: Revisiting the marketing strategy with Cy and Paul would not be a bad idea. In my humble opinion, its quiet genius would only be reinforced, and possibly raise the awareness level to an already standout brew.

03-26-2008 23:57:58 | More by weiserr
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Poured a shiny copper color into a pint glass. White two finger fluffy head with sticky lacing that clung to the glass a lot.

S - Strong smell of fresh floral citrus hops, with hints of pepper and clove.

T - Strong hops hit you immediately, followed by faint, very faint malt back. Nice citrus hop taste dominates throughout, an absolute, on the nose, take on an AIPA!

M - Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated due to the growler.

D - Highly drinkable, I look forward to more of these as the weather gets a little warmer! Highly recommended.

03-25-2008 15:29:30 | More by shabbtastic
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured murky golden with a nice head. Smells sweet and citric. Tastes bitter with the sweetness for an aftertaste. It doesn't have the "zingy" taste of alcohol some IPAs have, which I consider a good thing. Great light-to-medium bodied beer with high drinkability.

I'm generally not an IPA fan but this is one I'd consider putting this on tap at home

03-23-2008 00:52:42 | More by msolar
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4.43/5  rDev +8%

Pours an orange/yellow color with some haziness, decent size head and fades at a decent rate, leaves a little bit a lacing.

Smell is assertive with the hop aroma, citrus and pine being the dominating feature.

Taste has quite the hop kick to it for being just a regular IPA and not an imperial. The bitterness is up front with the citrus and piney elements, then smoothed out and balanced by the malt and finishes with a slight bitterness again.

A strong hop IPA, but not over done and remains balanced.

03-22-2008 22:33:28 | More by deltatauhobbit
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle

Apperance- Poured a golden yellow color with a decent, quickly dissapating head yeilding good lacing. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle

Smell- Big floral hop scent, piney, some malty tones hiding too.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Predominant hops flavor with a crisp/clean finish. Medium body and carb

Drinkability- Smooth, clean very drinkable beer.
Very tasty IPA

03-22-2008 17:50:30 | More by johnnyirishman
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