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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,226 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,226
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 230
Gots: 402 | FT: 3
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:
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 puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated May 2010. Sampled on January 14, 2010. It pours a hazy amber-copper and there is a substantial amount of sediment floating around in the glass. For some reason that surprised me. The aroma is well hopped and yeasty but it also carries some kind of bread or biscuit background. The flavor is incredibly smooth for the atypically tart IPA. I enjoy it.

puboflyons, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange tan, with a few chunks floating around the glass. Very nice head, white, and voluptuous.

S: Hops, dry and earthy. Smells like dried leaves and citrus.

T: Tasty. Citrus with a bitter bite at the back. Some malt in the finish. Overall quote nice, thought the hop bite is a little more then I tend to like. Still.... appropriate for the style.

M: Slightly thick, with carbonation that fits the style.

D: Quite good, but not my favorite example of the style.. Something that I would love to try again, especially on tap, but not amazing.

Beejay, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of 220emaple
2.15/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I was initially excited buying this beer due to all the enjoyment reviewed by fellow members, however, after I poured the ipa into my tulip and took a wiff and taste i was hihgly disapointed. It smelled similar to a german lager and tasted similar as well, except hoppier and fruitier. I can't explain why--- being the "drink by" date was 04/10. Maybe I just had one of those rare good beers that turned out bad who knows...wouldn't recommend from this tasting, yuck.

220emaple, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden orange color with lots of floaties in suspension. White head dissipates quickly, but lots of lace makes its mark down the glass. Pine and grapefruit dominate the scent. There's also some tropical fruit notes like pineapple, papaya, and guava. This is very good. Tastes like grabbing a fresh grapefruit and just biting into it, rind first. It's very clean. Very faint (to the point of hardly being there) malt notes, which I prefer. Slightly slick feel going down. I think this is one of the best AIPA I've had yet. Drinkability is off the charts.

alkemy, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of ledzepp817
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer from a 12oz bottle into a large glass. In the bottom of the bottle, there's quite a lot of sediment floating around which was a little concerning, but there's actually a note on the side of the bottle saying that sediment is completely normal. So I was like "Dive In!"

The color was lightly golden amber.

The aroma was a thin, bitter, hoppy smell, very solid for a typical IPA.

The taste was absoultely wonderful. A very earthy, bitter taste that was quite smooth. A little hoppy aftertaste.

I was very impressed with this beer.

ledzepp817, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of blackenmn
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a nice slightly hazy yellow gold with a farily small head white head which left a small collar and a bit of lacing on the edge of the glass. Smelled really fresh. Plenty of floral aroma and sweet citrus aroma present.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of peppery lemon, toast, and a bit citrus. Not an abundance of malt in this one. Some feint toffee like sweetness sneaks in here and there but mostly just plenty of hard hitting earthy hop bitterness. Very filling for a brew of its stature mostly due to it being unfilitered as stated on the bottle. The part of the brew that really stood out to me was when it warms a bit the bitterness doesn't cease to bite the tongue the instant it hits it.

Drinkability:Definitely a tasty brew which sits in the gut more than the typical IPA. Fairly unbalanced yet enjoyable due to its character, not much break from the bitterness in this one.

blackenmn, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Yekaterina
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose IPA probably is my favorite beer (if I were forced to only choose one favorite.) I have always been a fan of real hoppy beers and I do go for IPAs a lot. Finest Kind is definitely my favorite IPA though. It has a nice clean flavor and a very dry finish that compliment the bite of the hops. This beer is very crisp and pairs nicely various cheeses, cured meats, and fish. I just made myself a nice hass avocado and cheddar sandwich ... mmm .... guess what? it pairs great with yet another one of my favorite foods.
This beer is very well balanced, and they go down very easily. However, Smutty IPA is 6.9% so I do find that it's wise to drink 1 or 2 bottles of water when consuming the entire six pack in one night (by oneself).

Yekaterina, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of elgiacomo
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, two weeks old.

Pours very hazy golden amber with a large foamy white head that leaves some very nice lacing and holds a good cap. The best looking IPA I've ever seen.

Aroma is dank, pungent citrus, citrus rind, pine, floral hops, fair amount of yeast and bread for an IPA. Huge, attention-getting aroma.

Big, immensely bitter flavor of resinous hops, citrus, rind, pine, grass, a touch of malt sweetness. Very nice bitter finish. Initial sips are almost painful, this is so bitter.

Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, finishes a little sticky.

An excellent IPA, but get 'em really fresh though as this one seems to fall apart quicker than others.

elgiacomo, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of bound4er
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Smuttynose beer - this brewery is starting off on the right foot if Finest Kind is indicative of their quality.

Amber appearance with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Big, fluffy two finger off white head with loads of lacing. The head never disappears. Smells of piney hops and bread malts. Similar on the palate with pine, grapefruit and biscuit with a nice lingering bitter, lemony hoppy finish with some malt thrown in. This is well balance stuff. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable - I can see myself putting back a few of these in a night without batting an eye. I am glad this is available locally - it will be part of my normal IPA rotation. Good stuff.

bound4er, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of eporter66
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - 2 finger thick creamy head from an aggressive pour. Excellent lacing and retention to the finish. Cloudy orange color with some sediment settling to the bottom of the glass

S - an almost honey like sweet smell with a piney background

T - a fruity blend of grapefruit with that bitter hops bit hiting the back of the mouth. This causes a watering at the back of the mouth and asking for more. Not a strong alcohol flavor for a 7% ABV

M - Crisp IPA with a medium mouthfeel - not heavy with decent carbonation

D - I love this beer, an excellent crisp IPA that can easily be a session beer. Thanks to the recomendations here - this is now a new favorite and will have a spot in my fridge as a regular! Awesome

eporter66, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick orange topped by creamy white head. Sweet scents of hops, hop resin, tangerines and cream. Flavors of hop resin, oranges, evergreens, orange rind in the finish. A great thick, full bodied brew that hangs lazily on the tongue. Highly drinkable for any season.

JRed, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of lester619
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright hazy dark orange anber with a sticky clingy head and sheets of lacing all the way down. Massive grapefruit smell smacks your nose. Lots of pine, some more citrusy notes and molases is noticable. Great smelling IPA. Harshly bitter up front, but it mellows beautifully with rich toasted sweet malty molases and toffee flavors and some herbal spiciness. This stuff is fantastic. Brutal bitter hoppiness, but so much more. The flavors play off each other perfectly. Very thick substantial bready mouthfeel, but it still goes down very easy for a full grown IPA. One of the best. It strives for perfection and achieves greatness along the way. Magnificent. And two old dudes in lawn chairs with long necks in there hands is hands down the best label in the world. I love everything about this beer.

lester619, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side-by-sided the cask version and the on-tap version at the Church Key today, just out of curiosity. Interesting experiment, and it made me realize how the cask affects the different beer styles - the on-tap was way more interesting and "peppy" than the cask version.

Again, flavors were similar to the cask version - nicely balanced caramel and fruity hops. This one, though, seemed to have a more integrated and appropriate hop kick (I think cause of the strong carbonation). The pour, likewise, showed the same nice maroon-amber color, but with a solid finger of head and nice lacing.

Really no contest, and I'm not sure if that's due to poor cask conditions or a poor pour or what, but the on-tap version won hands down.

Church Key/$5/16 oz

soupyman10, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of drink1121
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a sam adams pint glass with little head. Amber colored.

S- Nothin too special here. I smell a good amount of malt with some piney hops. Not much hops for an IPA

T- About the same as the smell with a decent amount bitter hops at the end. Nothin too impressive. Big malt backbone for an IPA, typical "east coast" IPA. As it warms, I feel like I am drinking a small version of a barleywine.

M- Little carbination, but good feel for the style

D- I COULD have a few of these, but I probably would go to another beer. So maybe not.

drink1121, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out very nice dark golden/straw color with lots of carb and natural sediment floatin around.

you can tell off the rip that this beer is dry hopped, extremely floral with a very well balanced aroma of sweetness to it.

tastes like a bouquet of hops. if you are an IPA lover this is clearly a brew you have to keep on rotation. one of the better that i have had.

it feels great in the mouth, unlike many other ipa's of such hop forward taste, it is very very refreshing on the tongue

i've had easier to drink ipa's i wouldn't drink a whole 6er in a night.

pour some out for your hop lovin four legged friend.

Ezone024, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had Smuttynose IPA with Thanksgiving dinner, at the in-laws in New Hampshire.

It poured dark straw with a large head. It left tons of lace on the glass. The color was a little too light; but otherwise, it was a great looking IPA.

The smell, taste, and feel were near-perfect for an IPA. It was crisp and citric, with an aggressive thick and bitter feel. It was perfect with a heavy meal and it was perfect after dinner. It would also be perfect on a hot summer day.

Other than the light color, Smuttynose IPA is as good an everyday IPA as I've had. Smuttynose nailed the style.

MetalHopHead6, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer in the bottle and now on tap. I remember really liking it in the bottle but on draft, I did not like it. I will re-review this beer once I have it in the bottle again (under a different review).

Served on draft. Beer is clear and orange. Thin white head leaves behind a lot of lacing, carbonation moderate.

Aroma smells like dried oranges. This is not the aroma I remember and it is not making me want to drink this beer.

Smooth, medium body, not detecting a lot of hops here unfortunately, again I'm not sure what's going on, this is not how I remember this beer being. Finishes with an odd bitterness, dark bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, drinkability is fine.

drabmuh, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light, straw color... definitely a few shades lighter than most IPAs I've seen. I'm seeing a good amount of sediment floating around in there also because of the fact that it isn't filtered. Its slightly hazy as well. The head formation is fairly thin but it sticks around for what seems like forever and leaves behind an incredible amount of lacing. This is probably the best looking IPA I've seen.

As for the aroma, I'm mostly getting the aroma of the malts. There's a little nuttiness in there also. There's a good amount of hops at the end of the smell also. It smells great but so far I'm not expecting a hop bomb.

Drinking it, it feels a bit thick at first as it tastes very lightly carbonated. The taste is a good deal different than the aroma; this one is all hops all the time. The hoppiness is, however, unusually complex to me. At first, it tastes a bit citrusy before going into a sweet hop taste and it finishes tasting of pine. I'm not tasting the alcohol at all. The bitterness is well balanced in this one.

Drinkability wise, this one goes down smoothly and is pretty easy to drink. The alcohol isn't so much that its not a good session beer. I could see drinking more than one of these per sitting.

Overall, this is probably my favorite American IPA. I think its high rating on BA is well deserved and the brewers should be proud of this one. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of BigDoug
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at 6 and save in New Kensington.

Served into a pilsner glass. Nice half inch creamy white head with perfect lacing. Color was a little lighter than expected.

Smell was very nice floral bitter hops. Sweet malt peaking through a little but definately dominated by hops.

Taste was amazing. Everything you could ask for in an IPA in my opinion. Super hoppy. Would be overwhelming to a non-IPA drinker. Bitterness was strong but in a very good way. The malt is present but this beer just slaps you in the face with hops hops hops. I love the taste of this one.

This beer is very drinkable. As hoppy and bitter as it is, I can drink a few of these with no problem. Above average alcohol but lower than some IPAs make it easy to put down 3-4 of these. Definately one of my favorites at 6 and save. Hope they keep it around for a while!

BigDoug, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

A - nearly three fingers of big bubbly slightly off-white foam. clings and sticks. nice classic gold color with some sediment floating around.

S - loads of citrus, slight piney twang, just barely getting a whiff of some underlying sweetness...also a tad soapy.

T - again with the citrus - mostly slightly subdued grapefruit. pretty good floral notes set in after the initial onslaught. only a very faint malt backbone, which doesnt distract (thankfully) from the hop profiles. very unique and pleasant for an East Coast IPA.

M - sharp and crisp. bitter aftertaste sticks around for a good bit.

D - no problems working on this. delicious and a bit different than most IPA's available here. will go back to this for more.

Stigs, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got four 12oz bottles, and just poured the third. Looks very nice with all those floaties fishing around in a amber orange colour. But I am starting to suspect I have an older batch. This really lacks the flavour I was looking forward to. Its decent, but nothing is standing out with it. Easy to drink and the abv% is well hidden. But theres no personality to this for me. Tastes more like a pilsner or pale ale. Disappointed for the most part.

WeedKing4, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade with Samichlaus. Thanks, Tom. Bottle says "Best before 1/2010."

A: Orangey copper in color. A thin film of head forms as only a couple bubbles rise through the beer towards the surface. I see a couple of floaties suspended in there...interesting, I'm not used to seeing these in IPAs. Despite the seemingly non-existant carbonation, this beer does produce a nice delicate lace from beginning to end.

S: Hints of hoppy bitterness, but the hop character is the more notable component of this semll. Piney and earthy-smelling hops come through nicely. There is also an evident component of caramel pushing through from the malt backbone.

T: Clean crisp taste full of a nice piney hoppy bitterness. There is a sweet caramel note in the finish, as the malts shrink in influence from the aroma. The finish brings back a nice piney aftertaste. The taste is a nice improvement upon the smell.

M/D: A medium textured beer that is maybe a touch on the heavier side for an IPA. The tingly bitterness is crisp and smooth, and despite the lack of head or streams of carbonation, this beer had plenty of carbonation, which added nicely to the body. The bitterness does not overwhelm the flavor and character of the hops. I wish I had more to drink right now.

NittanyBeerFan, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with about a fingers worth of head. The head is an off white color that recedes pretty quick and leaves minimal lacing on the side of the glass.
S- The smell of this beer is mainly of hops and a little bit of malt. Also there is a bit of that piney goodness that we come to look for in an IPA.
T- This is definitely an East Coast IPA. The hops are balanced pretty well with the malt and the effect is not too bitter. There is a piney taste at the back of the mouth. Maybe even a little bit of lemon lingering in there.
M- A medium to lighter bodied beer. I would have liked this to be a little heavier but decent nonetheless. The carbonation seems barely present and the bitterness isn't that bad.
D- I don't mind this beer but I guess I would have liked a little more of a hop profile but then again it's and EC IPA. Again not too bad but there are others I would reach for before this one. Glad I tried it though.

Wisconsinality, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of UncleBubba
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smutty nose Finest Kind IPA is a very good beer. I have been drinking a lot of IPA's recently, and this is one of my favorites. Very strong hop presence!!! Almost overpowering for my personal taste, but still very palatable. In comparison to IPA's from Stone, Lagunitas, Anderson Valley, and some west coast IPA's I've tried, Smuttynose packs more punch. Again, very hoppy. Nice beer!!!
Will drink again.

UncleBubba, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw color with hints of amber. Medium sized white head that stays for a while and leaves substantial lacing. Sediment can be seen floating around in the beer.

Smell: Nuts and earthy hops along with flowery notes. All hops.

Taste: Begins bready, finishing with strong bitterness and notes of nut.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and chewy body, with natural carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: A strong IPA, perfect for hopheads (of which I, admittedly, am not). Drinkable, but not in large quantities. Still, I like it and recommend it.

Mosstrooper, Nov 06, 2009
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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