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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,767
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 204
Gots: 259 | 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 Jmamay22

New York

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

Poured from a bottle showing "Cy and Paul whooping it up." The beer is a very hazy light colored amber with all sorts of particles floating about. I assume this is yeast and maybe hops, but who knows. The head dissipates to a thin off white that leaves beautiful sticky lacing all down my pint glass. The aroma is hoppy grapefruit. While this IPA can be a hop head's delight it isn't overpowering in the sense that your pallate is worn out after. It's a drinkable IPA. There's very little carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel that's absolutely delightful. Pairs well with salmon.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 16:08:21 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Tomas77


4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA's and this particular one is high on my list. It pours a deep golden yellow with a nice tight head. Small fine bubbles with foam and lace sticking at one finger. It's all about the hop in this brew.

A nice sweet malt aroma with a strong hop presence of citrus fruit. Some orange and lemon but mostly grapefruit.

For taste. Again a sweet maltiness on the palate followed right away by the big grapefruit flavors of the hop. (propably cascade,maybe some simcoe). I usually like my IPA's over the top hoppy and a fair amount of bitterness in the finish and Smuttynose does exactly that.

On top of all that it has a nice light body. A somewhat dry bitter aftertaste that lingers quite a while. If you love IPA's you want that to happen.

Easy drinking beer. Maybe too easy @ 6.6%abv.

Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 01:32:44 | More by Tomas77
Photo of KevinB

New York

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass.
The pour revealed a hazy, aeneous reddish body with a foamy two finger bone white head. Head slowly dissipated over time leaving a nice amount of lacing throughout the glass.
This beer really had an amazing amount of sediment; I couldn’t even see through my glass at all, it was really a beautiful thing.
Smell was popping with hops, malty notes, with a nice floral aroma..
This beer has flavor, it has a very nice light malt backbone, and is really just dominated by biting hops. Starts of slightly piney with a touch of a little malty sweetness than the hops really just kick in and take over. It finishes with a slightly bitter, clean aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is solid, kinda chunky, nice medium to full bodied beer, solid carbonation, with a dry bitter finish.
Overall, this is one of the best American IPAs, I’ve had, besides the well balanced Sea Hag. Very drinkable, this is one fine beer, one could have several in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 01:05:03 | More by KevinB
Photo of nortmand


4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and light amber with a half finger of white head that lasts throughout.

Aroma is predominantly orange citrus with a hint of grassy resins. A nice yeast character backs everything up.

This IPA is definitely bitter hopping driven. Some sweet malt-yeast character up front, a lot of flavor hops, grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit mid-tongue. Ends very bitter, leaving an in your face bitterness long after the swallow.

Nice, light beer with a lot of character. Very drinkable and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 20:34:48 | More by nortmand
Photo of seaoflament


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrBURTON55 for this one.

The beer pours a ripe apricot color with a small amount of head. The aroma is of citrus fruits and some piney notes from the hops, great combo. The first sip encountered some malt sweetness, continues with some lemony flavors and ends with a nice bitter and dry finish. Then it’s a nice hoppy journey throughout. This is a very enjoyable and extremely refreshing IPA

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 00:58:56 | More by seaoflament
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

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

Poors slightly hazy with a finger or head. Smells of allot of bitter hops, hard to pick up much else. Taste starts bitter with some nice piny hops working in and finishes with an almost lemon bitterness, with some malt flavor also coming in at the end as well. A good mouthfeel, quite drinkable, a solid example of an AIPA

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:22:55 | More by dickieb
Photo of illidurit


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

Poured into a pint glass, this beer manifests as a saffron body underneath a finger of white, fluffy, sticky head. Lots of lacing and good retention.

Smells of floral and piney hops, earthy malt, citrus.

Two-faced hop profile of sweet citrus and bitterness. A little lemon and a little biscuity malt.

A bit sticky from all those resiny hops but smooth and carbonated well.

Very easy to drink at 6.6%, works as a summer refresher. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 06:23:19 | More by illidurit
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a sparkling light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a spicy peppery hop, and that is really it, which is okay with me.

The taste consisted of an upfront peppery hop with some piney notes. Some grain at the finish and a powerful lingering hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a spicy finish.

Overall any exceptional AIPA - one of the best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2007 19:21:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of BBM

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gamboge, with a rocky white head atop this brew. The aroma was a floral array of fruits; oranges, lemon, grapefruit, with some added pine notes to really give it some pizazz.

If one is looking to be blown away by a copious amount of American hops in a scintillating yet robust fashion, then this is the beer for you. Smuttynose throws balance out the window in favor of an all-out hop barrage; and I couldn't be happier with the results. Grapefruit, flowers, pine, some grass, they all dance on the taste buds. An oily finish and a noticeable bitterness round out this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Provided you're a hophead, this is a session beer. Grade-A IPA from Smuttynose.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2007 00:56:54 | More by BBM
Photo of Bugsey

District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this to be a disappointment.
The appearance was poor, with too much stuff floating around.
Smelled like a typical IPA, very hoppy and resiny.
But the taste was somewhat soapy. The malt seems absent, and the hops have a taste of grapefuit and pine, but also kinda soapy.
Poor mouthfeel and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 16:15:02 | More by Bugsey
Photo of GRPunk


3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Deep gold with some sediment floating around. It had a 1/2" whitish head, medium carbonation, and medium lacing.

S- I picked up grass and pine hops.

T- Lots of hop character in the taste I felt there was pine character up front and some grapefruit in the finish.

M- Pretty medium, but I want to use the term "chewy."

D- It was a good IPA. It was too straight forward to call complex. While it was decent, there are so many great IPAs coming from U.S. breweries that I don't feel the need to seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 20:35:23 | More by GRPunk
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light golden, mildly carbonated, with a decent head and nice lacing down the glass. Smell reminds me of an English IPA, somewhat grassy, earthy, and a hint of, though i don't like to say it, urine. Also in the mix is a citrus scent of grapefruit and orange. Taste reminds me somewhat of the Hoppyum from Foothills, with a biscuity malt backbone and grapefruit hops. Well balanced and quite tasty although it's not extremely complex. Just straightforward IPA flavor for you, here. Mouthfeel is nice, bitter and refreshing with some sweetness in there also. I like this beer, it's simple and solid. For some reason I expected more but I'm still satisfied with what I got.

Thanks goes to zutmin for this and the Robust Porter as part of a trade.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 19:05:02 | More by ncvbc
Photo of revolution


4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour reveals a tasty-looking honey-colored brew. A small head develops and slowly dissipates.

Scent of grapefruit-orange and the hop aroma is definitely present.

A very nice citrus flavor, grapefruit, with a solid bitter finish. A great balance of the flavors.

Excellent feel as more drinks follow. Very smooth.

Impressive IPA. Hits the spot. Will put it on the buy a 6-pack list.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 23:15:13 | More by revolution
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz fresh sample with dec. 07 notched on the label. Golden, orange color looks great in the glass. This beer gives great head and drops lace all the way down the glass. Aromas of pine, mint, and citrus. The citrus notes are mostly of straight up yellow grapefruit(no ruby red here) and orange-mint. Taste is huge with all the same flavors as aromas. The maltiness is quite sticky as evident in the sticky lace, and some stickiness must be attributed to oily hop resins. A hop bomb. Hop juice that you dream about. Nationally underated. Passed over by many BA's. Give a fresh sample a try and review it again Skeezy. Cheap by the 12-pack and easy to find in most grocery stores in New England. Seek out and quaff mister.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 00:02:35 | More by mshallah
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma was very piney, some grassiness and grapefruit there too.

It was golden/straw in appearance with a little bit of haze and flakes (it is dry hopped and unfiltered). Average sized, rocky white head. Medium head retention, and left good amount of lace.

Tasted very bitter. Enough malt to let you know that it is there, but not enough to stand up to the hops. More bitterness in the finish, then when it first hits your tongue. The hop flavours could be described as citrusy, spicy, and piney.

Mouthfeel was OK for this style. On the lighter side of medium bodied (i wouldn't object to a more full body). Average to crisp carbonation

Overall, I like it a lot. I will be getting some more of this soon. It would pair well with spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 02:14:38 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of monkeybutler


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden - much paler than any other IPA I've seen. Moderate head dissipates into a half finger foam, and a healthy lacing coats the glass as it's consumed.

Smell is spicy, sharp, earthy. Not much malt in the nose. Definitely unique in this American IPA.

Taste is bitter and pungent, with little balance. I'd prefer a bit more maltiness, but it's still a joy to drink such a challengingly bitter beer.

Mouthfeel borders on being a bit too thin, but the lack of cloyingness fits with the overwhelming bitter notes.

Drinkability is good, despite the bitterness. It's going down smooth, but maybe that's just the beer talking.

Overall, I'd like to see more balance, and a darker hue. I do enjoy the unique hops. It's good to see a brewer branch out from the standard American "c" hops with regard to an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 04:04:45 | More by monkeybutler
Photo of billybob


4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours golden orange with a large off white head that holds very well and lots of sticky lace. grapefruit pine and citrus come though fairy strong in the nose. strong grapefruit rind, very bitter, lots of hops, ending with a lingering after taste. medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. you will definitely like this one if your a fan of ipa. this ones a little to strong for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 18:14:04 | More by billybob
Photo of fank2788


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A pale gold beer with a thin white head and a ton of floating junk, yeast and some chill haze and maybe some other stuff, not very appealing. Ok the smell is a bit better floral and citrus hops out front with a surprisingly strong sweet malt backing I don't know maybe a bit weak all together leaves me wanting a bit more. The taste is intense grapefruit hop flavor with fair bitterness yet amazingly well balanced with solid maltiness underneath. General bitterness ranks pretty high also. Mouthfeel is pretty solid subdued carbonation does enough to move the beer across the tongue without making it too light. The finish is very dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is ok I've had better IPA's this is different with the high level of very acidic citrusy hops, but the floating particles are a bit of a turn off.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 00:41:28 | More by fank2788
Photo of shertz


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated best before July 07 into a Pint Glass.

A- Lots of floating particles in this one. Golden orange in color with one finger head that stays around for awhile.

S- Really nice fruity hops aboundwith lots of grapefruit. Hints of sweetness also come out pretty strong, maybe some molasses.

T- HOPS! Nice, orange tasting hops. Very dry finish.

M- Carbonated, and kind of chewy in texture turns very dry as you swallow. Leaves a nice numbness in the back of the mouth as you finish.

D- On a hot day, I could enjoy this one for a long period. However, you may not be in the best of shape with the 6.6%ABV. Truly a remarkable IPA, especially for hopheads. I could do without the floates though, but could have been around quite long. I recommend drinking this beer quickly before it has a chance to age. With this taste, I'm sure it won't last long.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 23:47:04 | More by shertz
Photo of Damian


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Atwood's Tavern, Cambridge, MA

Poured an orangey crimson-amber with a tight, sticky, off white, one-finger head that faded to a thin film. Thin, crackly patches of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was hoppy and crisp. Aromatic, citrusy hops prevailed with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The taste was super hoppy and bitter from start to finish. A touch of malty creaminess came through up front before the hops completely took over. The hops were quite citrusy and grapefruit-like mid-palate and they became piney, resiny and sticky in the dry and bitter finish. The puckeringly bitter aftertaste seemed to last forever.

The mouthfeel was medium-full bodied for the style with a rich, creamy frothiness

Overall, this was a rather hoppy IPA. The bitterness and dryness were a bit overwhelming. Nevertheless, the beer was crisp, flavorful and refreshing and would be a perfect accompaniment to summertime barbecue foods.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2007 02:02:03 | More by Damian
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: On-tap at the Bayou Cafe in Albany. The barmaid had to pour a great deal of foam, so when I got it, there was about 1 finger of a tight, foamy white head settled over a slightly hazy coppery-golden body. I could tell it was going to leave plenty of lacing and was not disappointed -- rings appeared all the way down the glass.

S: Not particularly strong -- lemony and grapefruity citrus with a hint of oily pine, but milder than expected.

T: First impression was "mostly hops, but not in an over-the-top way." There's a moderate sweetness up front, then an oily, resiny pine-like note in the middle. It becomes dry, citrusy and lemony and coats the mouth at the finish with that dry, lemony lingering semi-sweet bitterness. It really puckers the mouth and encourages that next sip.

M: Light-to-medium body and low in carbonation. Pretty smooth in feel all around.

D: Very good. I could easily have a few of these.

Notes: This went well with blackened chicken and cajun fries -- the dry, lemony bitterness cut through the spice nicely and cleansed the palate. I would definitely recommend it. . . .

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2007 20:33:25 | More by Kendo
Photo of smcolw


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

Cloudy orange-amber color; Nearly no head but decent slippery lace.

Near perfect aroma with an excellent blend of floral hop and solid
malt base.

Extremely high bitterness from start to finish. The malt is present but not omnipresent. The aftertaste is an extension of the strong bitter flavors. It lasts a very, very long time. Excellent body with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is heavily hopped beer even for an IPA. Great freshness.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 20:45:42 | More by smcolw
Photo of cbrakel


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

I got a recommendation from a friend to try this beer, and it was great advice. This is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. The taste is complex, extremely hoppy, and slightly bitter. It has a very rich texture and will not disappoint. If you want an IPA, buy this one next time!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:13:17 | More by cbrakel
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle (with one of my favorite labels) poured into a pint glass. Poured a beautiful hazy orange/gold blend with decent head. Lacing on my pint glass was quite noticable even quarter way through the beer. The aroma was of hops, mostly in the grapefruit spectrum- when you smell this one you know you will be drinking an IPA for sure. This one left my mouth very dry tingly with hops. This one tip toes a long the lines of a sessionable beer because of the great flavor/drinkability but the ABV is too high to truly session. This is a phenomenal IPA, something I could drink over and over again. Constantly in my fridge. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 00:35:19 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of sleazo

New York

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

Fresh direct strikes again. Man nothing beats beer to the door.

A-Medium copper, lovely head with wierd large bubbles but it left plenty of head. Slight cloudiness which I Like. An attractive brew.

S-Very interesting aroma. You have both the typicla biscuity aroma of a beer but the way the hops and malt intermingle on the nose is wonderful. Grapefruit hops hit the nose at the end after the wonderuflly toasted malt.

T-Not as strong as the smell. Slightly acidic on the scale. the first thing that hits you is that tartness followed by the biscuity, bready malt. Then only a mild hop aftertaste. The taste does not match up with how wonderful this beer smells. It is almost as if the bitterness comes more from the toasted malt than from the hops.

M-Rich and nice on the tongue. A thicker body with good carbonation.

D- I would say good, but there is something lacking on the hop end of the spectrum that I like from my IPAs. This would make a great session brew.

In the end there is something missing here. This would be a great beer if it was not an IPA. Maybe I spent too long on the west coast though i do love Victory hop Devil.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 03:50:24 | More by sleazo
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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